11 August 2013

Link round-up for 11 August 2013

Will hackers terrorize Japan by seizing control of its toilets?

There are people out there who believe this stuff -- China has an alliance with space aliens to take over the world.

Murr Brewster looks at Texas.

Now this is how you park a car.

Can eldritch horror and madness be politically correct?  Feminist Yog-Sothoth thinks so.

For a Halloween with a spooky glow, check out West Virginia's pumpkin house (found via Mendip).

Alaska state troopers investigate an unusual sexual assault.

Ta-Nehisi Coates looks at the power inherent in the English language.

Americans are getting screwed on medical costs (found via Squatlo Rant).

An important trend, if sustained:  the elderly are turning against the Republican party.

Richard Dawkins speaks the truth, idiots can't handle it.

Republican heavyweights pay court to Christian-nation extremist David Lane.

Some doctors are way behind the times.

The "League of the South" denounces illegal-immigration reform -- to see where these guys are really coming from, see the quotes from their website at the end.

Michael Shermer, one of the biggest names in the global anti-bullshit movement, is anonymously accused of rape in a blog post by PZ Myers.  Somebody is going to be in serious trouble before this is over.  Commentary by Al Stefanelli here.

Target needs to decide which side it's on.

The Air Force gives another small victory to the First Amendment.

Wendy Davis may run for Governor of Texas.  In the meantime, here are some retailers to boycott.

My city's crime rate is the lowest in half a century.

Conservative Joe Scarborough denounces stupid Republican posturing on Obamacare (found via Progressive Eruptions).

What do fracking advocates have to hide that requires a lifetime gag order on two children?

A devout Christian blows up his dog because it's possessed by the Devil (found via Lady Atheist).

A large flag of treason will fly alongside a freeway near Richmond, Virginia.

Right-wing media distortion in action:  The headline says David Shuttleton of Scotland was "fined" £40,000 for homophobic statements, implying an Orwellian criminalization of expression of opinion.  In fact, it was a judgment for defamation.

Edinburgh sees what may be the first-ever ginger pride march.

Muslim leader Ahmad Akkari, who help fuel the uproar over the Danish Muhammad cartoons, now regrets his actions.

What goes around comes around, even dogshit.

Take a photo tour of the world's first spaceport.

Cardtards, bow down before the financial ingenuity of Dmitry Agarkov.

Hadassah hospital gets a surprise taste of Tchaikovsky.

This shopping mall in Osaka is cooler than the one in your city.

Workers in India reply to violence with violence.

Here's the house of India's richest man.  And here's where some of that country's less-fortunate people live.

A Catholic bishop resigns -- the Church isn't backward enough for him.

Muslim barbarity strikes again, in Zanzibar.

Here's the importance of the environment in a nutshell (found via Squatlo Rant).

Dolphins remember old friends.

The Discovery Channel's fictionalized megalodon "documentary" was a disgrace.

Global warming continued apace in 2012; the severe drought in New Mexico drags on.


Blogger Ahab said...

The Osaka shopping center was gorgeous and lush -- but is it real?

I LOVED the feminist Lovecraftian horrors!

11 August, 2013 08:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: but is it real?


11 August, 2013 09:14  
Blogger mendip said...

Wonderful links - particularly the Japanese toilet hacking!

11 August, 2013 09:52  
Blogger Green Eagle said...

Thanks so much for coming up with Veterans Today, the site which claims the Chinese have made an alliance with aliens. What a find- they also claim that the Illuminati are about to attack Russia, and that Israel has set off three nuclear weapons in Syria in the last week. This site has already been promoted to Green Eagle's favorites list.

11 August, 2013 10:51  
Anonymous Bacopa said...

I haven't been to Kroger since the Chronicle's article last week. Kinda hard because I live right next to one and a Food Town is not far away. Been buying more groceries on car trips that take me near a Fiesta or HEB. Don't want to make a car trip just to buy groceries, that's why I usually walk, but I can't do that now.

Presumably the fact that Fiesta (don't they own Minyard up in Dallas?) was not mentioned in the article means they're OK.

11 August, 2013 11:07  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Great links (and thanks for the h/t) as usual.

I just found out about this from a relative's email.

Can you confirm it? It's so unbelievably cruel and outrageous, that I'm thinking it can't possibly be true.

Do you know if it is? Thanks for any info you can share. I'd like to cover the story on my blog but need more verification.

11 August, 2013 11:49  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Shaw: I have not seen those flyers, but they're probably posted only in those particular neighborhoods. Still, the story is true. Portland's main newspaper The Oregonian has a report on it (click here), including an official statement from the Portland Commission on Disability.

11 August, 2013 15:53  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Green Eagle: I suspect real veterans' groups aren't too happy with those crackpots using that name. This stuff is deep into tinfoil-hat territory.

Bacopa: If they're not mentioned they're probably OK, at least on this issue. Shopping at places which don't support bigotry can be inconvenient, but for me at least, I feel better about it. Everyone has to strike their own balance.

11 August, 2013 15:55  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mendip: The modern world can be a scary place, when unseen enemies can turn our very toilets against us.....

11 August, 2013 16:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People acting as if the environment doesn't matter is pretty annoying. It's not like we can just move to the next earth like planet in ten years.

It's also pretty irritating when hacks want to divert every issue to the economy. They're the reason we can't do anything. Any proposal has to have cost considerations. What I'm thinking is that those assholes just want to maintain the status quo.


11 August, 2013 21:10  
Anonymous Blurber said...

"Air Force Offers Secular Oath . . ."

It's taking a while but we're getting there!

12 August, 2013 09:42  

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