03 March 2024

Link round-up for 3 March 2024

Various interesting stuff I ran across on the net over the last week.

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You're doing that wrong.

Cats and toasters do not mix.

What if the Bible was fun?

He must have done something to make his wife mad.

Wedding guests, please don't interrupt.

Lady M visits one of Denver's most haunted places.

Some people are so gullible.  How do I get in on making money off this?

To stop Godzilla, get to the root of the issue.

Maybe he'll learn his lesson.  Maybe.

At last, we finished building the wall..... oops.

He uses his truck to make tea.

These boats actually moved a floating island (this happened on a lake in Wisconsin).

Maybe we're doing leap years wrong.

What's the best way to threaten someone with a bow and arrow?

The Spartans actually sucked.

A dog should behave this way -- a human should not.

Sometimes, one intelligent life form helps out another.

Contrary to long-standing belief, syphilis or related diseases existed in the Americas long before 1492.

The Odysseus lunar lander failed because the company didn't test it properly because that would have cost too much.  We need to consider banning manned space travel by the private sector.  There's too much temptation to cut corners to save money.  Human life shouldn't be placed at such risk.

WordPress and Tumblr are planning to sell out their bloggers' work to be stolen and imitated by "AI".

Don't just fight "AI", support real creators.

Believe your mother.

Explore the mystery stairs.

It really does matter which way the characters in a movie are going.  Fascinating stuff!

"AI" is destroying the internet's usefulness for research.

Suffering doesn't make you nobler or stronger.  It's just suffering.

This person may exist.  But I hope not.

It may be that the monetization and shittyization of the internet is reaching its limits.

Not everything needs to be on video.

Here's an interesting history of the last quarter-century of techno-gimmick scam companies, and why things have been going to shit lately.  "AI" is their final hope, the one thing the morons with money still believe in, their chance to excitedly flush billions down the toilet one last time.

Trump expounds upon language (found via Hackwhackers).  He, not Biden, is the one with obvious mental issues.

This pastor exists.  He apologized after a backlash, but the fact remains he said what he said.

Marion Stokes created a unique historical archive.

See a complete idiot get pwned.

The art that somebody wants to censor is the art that must be defended most fiercely.

Free time is the most valuable time of all.  It's no virtue to spend every waking moment turning widgets counterclockwise to further enrich the financial parasite class.

Why are older TV shows more popular than newer ones?

Let no topic be off limits to study, let no conclusion be forbidden if the evidence supports it.

Dragging work-from-home employees back to offices adds no value and make employees unhappy and resentful.

FFS don't rely on "AI" chatbots for election information.

Meet just a few of the victims of religion.

Tuberville really is an idiot.

What a self-righteous, enraged cheater.

Biden should campaign on expanding Social Security.  It's a winning issue even with Republican voters.

Taxes on Social Security benefits are creeping up.  Congress can and should act, but probably won't.

An arrogant CEO channels the spirit of Marie Antoinette.

Abortion rights are the top issue for young women voters, a potential election game-changer of colossal proportions.

Another valuable issue for Democrats:  most Americans want access to birth control.  Even 72% of Republican voters support it.

The naming of a new US Navy destroyer honors a World War II hero who was ignored at the time (found via SickoRicko).

A union election victory in Alabama signals that auto workers in the South are open to unionization.

You are not obligated to tolerate guests who hate you in your home.

A new campaign seeks to encourage millions of the poorest Americans to vote.

Yes, she was a hero.  Not many today would have the same courage.

Trump wants to raise your taxes and boost inflation.

A former senior manager at Boeing discusses how the company's safety standards went to hell.

This eighty-year-old sounds perfectly coherent to me.

These doctors want to discuss their sex lives with your kids.

In Michigan's Democratic primary, the Nazi "uncommitted" campaign to pressure Biden into backstabbing Israel won a hundred thousand votes, 14% of the total.  In a primary this makes no practical difference since Biden is effectively unopposed, but in the general election, that many people could easily hand Michigan to Trump.

She's being forced to share a bunk with a man who had raped his own daughter.

Large majorities of Americans agree with Trump on immigration, crime, and transgenderism (but disagree with him on many other issues, such as cutting corporate taxes and increasing presidential power).

Sikorski is right -- the credibility of our country is at stake and right now a minority of House Republicans are trashing it.

Get rid of Confederate monuments and the squid-ink of nonsense and lies protecting them.

Consider the legacy of Mitch McConnell, the intelligent evil man whose partnership with the stupid evil man, Trump, made our country a much worse place.  But if Trump becomes president again, McConnell is one of the few Republicans who could have kept him under control.

Stop telling lies about murderers like this.  "These are not our crimes."

He's the perfect guy to represent women.

Ursula von der Leyen, one of the EU's most powerful figures, supports using the profits from frozen Russian assets to aid Ukraine.

France stands in Ukraine's corner.  In Germany, the pacifist/Putinist fifth column is still too powerful.

Putin's bullying is driving yet another country, Moldova, to aspire to join NATO.

Pictures here from Navalny's funeralThousands attended.

More links at WAHF and Fair and Unbalanced.

My posts this week:  some truths and inspirations, and the meaning of La Marseillaise.

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Why do people say they're going to do things and then not do them?  If you're not going to do it, don't tell people you are going to do it.

01 March 2024

Video of the day -- a song for the times

Most of us are familiar with the melody of France's magnificent national anthem, La Marseillaise, but how many know what it actually means?  This is an anthem that doesn't pull any punches.  It embodies the spirit the democratic world needs for confronting Putin, Xi, and the jihadists.

27 February 2024

Truths and inspirations for 27 February 2024

If something's hard to read, click to enlarge.

(For the link round-up, click here.)

All those nodding at this and thinking how well it describes their opponents -- take a good look at your own side as well.  It's there.

Whom you elect does matter.

Dominionist Christian views are in rapid retreat among the American people, even as the shrinking numbers of dominionists themselves grow more aggressive.

Yes, he did basically say these things (scroll down), though he was talking about an individual case in both instances.