08 March 2015

Link round-up for 8 March 2015

Elephants just wanna have fun (found via TYWKIWDBI).

Would you dare climb this staircase?

Here's an amusingly nutty blog by an MRA who seems to think he's a neanderthal (link provided by an anonymous reader whose missive I reproduce in the comments).

Sometimes a joke (if that's what this was) reveals a person's true nature.

Hardly anyone qualifies to be a member of the Republican party in Laurens county, South Carolina.

A deeply embarrassing teachers' contract from 1923 shows how far we've come in less than a century.

DC cops pilfer nude photos from people they stop (found via Mendip).

Maps highlight our country's problem region.  A few more are here.

BP is still trying to weasel out of paying for the mess its oil made in the Gulf of Mexico.

We need more CEOs like Mark Bertolini.

Green Eagle's Wingnut Wrapup keeps us up on the latest right-wing lunacy.

Women have been making special use of cannabis for thousands of years (found via TYWKIWDBI).

Some fundies think ISIS is cool because it's a sign of the End Times.

As long as we're dependent on antiquated fossil fuels, this kind of thing will keep happening.

The Jehovah's Witnesses are as bad as the Catholic Church in facilitating child molesters.

Republican control of Congress is off to a pathetically awful start (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

Guns were a vital part of early black American resistance against racist violence (found via GoodShit).  In some people, it seems, the spirit of the lynch mob lives on.

Scott Walker's question-dodging evokes a kind of sophistry -- the annoying kind.

Drinking milk is weird -- stop it!

Loony rightists suddenly realize their hero Putin is a murderous thug.

If Hillary doesn't run, who will be the Democratic candidate?  Here are some possibilities.

Cornwall may be a small place, but it has a distinctive culture and history (found via Mendip).

Some Danish leaders want schools to teach about the menace of religious extremism.

A Cuban who fled to the US may need to return to Cuba -- because of the limitations of the US health-care system.

Slovenia becomes the first Slavic country to legalize gay marriage (don't tell Putin).

Must-read of the week:  a liberal Iranian assesses Netanyahu's speech to Congress.

Iraqis lament ISIS's destruction of their history, while Syrian Christians take up arms to protect their territory.  ISIS has destroyed the ruins of the ancient cities of Nimrud and Hatra.

At Tikrît, the Iraqi army, with Iranian support, is kicking ISIS's ass.

India's censors guarantee that Fifty Shades of Grey will be a hit there on underground DVD.

Sorry, I'm with the Singaporeans on this one.

Interactive photos dramatize Beijing's terrible pollution problem (found via GoodShit).

Two of a kind:  Boko Haram declares loyalty to ISIS.

Titan might have life, but not as we know it.

[Image at top:  Hatra, northern Iraq.]


Blogger Infidel753 said...

Here's the comment from the reader who gave me the MRA blog (third link):

Off topic, but via Reddit I found a blog full of glorious lunacy that you can put under the "these people exist" heading in your next link roundup.

It's common (though probably not particularly anthropologically accurate) to mock "men's rights activists" and similar reactionaries as "Neanderthals", but here's a fundie white male supremacist who literally self-identifies as a Neanderthal:


I recommend starting reading with "State plan - the US Constitution Rebooted" (you can find it under the "Civilization" category) in which he outlines his plan to replace the US Constitution with a system of government based on "blooded patriarchs", "tribes" and "moots", with "judges" at the top who are "selected from the blooded by % memorized of King James Bible [sic]".

If you have a taste for more, read the more recent posts where he outlines his dreams of conquering the world under a "eugenicist Christian state" based on equal parts Rushdoony, Sparta as depicted in the movie "300", and sci-fi wargames.

08 March, 2015 01:58  
Anonymous Zosimus the Heathen said...

Ah Koanic Soul! I remember stumbling upon his blog a few years back, at a time when he seemed to have a thing for writing bad poetry (in which "aquatic apes" and other strange concepts featured prominently). He certainly came across as one of the more unhinged members of the so-called Manosphere/Dark Enlightenment, which is no mean feat given some of the other loons those Internet subcultures have attracted! (Another of these loons, who I find simultaneously hilarious and exasperating, is some twit who's given himself the pretentious title "Rational Male", yet whose outpourings come across as nothing more than so much gobbledegook. Seriously, I've probably read stuff by Scientologists that's made more sense than his screeds!)

08 March, 2015 05:29  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

He does achieve the unusual feat of being completely repugnant even though it's almost impossible to figure out what he's saying.

08 March, 2015 05:32  
Blogger mendip said...

Another wonderful set of links - thanks for posting! I loved the spiral staircase photo, and the MRA blog was deliciously unhinged!

08 March, 2015 10:38  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mendip: Thanks! Koanic seems to be a hit as loon of the week -- I wonder if he's considered trying out for the Republican Presidential race?

09 March, 2015 02:43  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Thanx for the breakfast link up selection Infidel.

I liked the elephant playing ... he/ she would be a good GOP candidate, at least to not be so engaged in the Congressional bitch fights of today and gridlock ... maybe actually even get something done!

The piece on GOP requirements in South Carolina sounds a lil hard to believe, I mean ... wassup with that? ... that sounds like ISIS influenced them(?) ... was watching a video on YouTube (I think Vice News) about ISIS and their standards and strict form of Sharia Law in some town they took over ... I mean like ... that shit was so strict it makes US fundamoralists look like liberal's.

We knew BP was going to give the runaround after that accident and try to get out of anything, even just if they paid the money they spent on tele commercial propaganda talking about how loving and concerned they are on the accident, they could have done something at least halfway decent.

Return to Cuba or die was quite a read though ... welcome to Austerica.

Yeah ... I heard Boko Haram was pledging allegiance to ISIS ... I dont even think ISIS wants them ... and ISIS plays down their African affiliates like 2nd class.

Alien hunting on Titan? ... well ... it shouldnt suprise any of us if there are OTHER life forms out there that we may not understand.

Other than that ... I'm thrilled we will get a heat wave in Dallas today up to upper 50's or so (except with rain all damn day), after a week of ice and snow and freezing temps!

09 March, 2015 05:44  
Blogger Blurber said...

I love Singapore's graffiti laws.

09 March, 2015 10:52  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ranch: I bet the people who wrote those rules for the South Carolina party are themselves doing half the stuff they frown on. If people stopped being hypocrites and everybody who doesn't meet those standards left the party, there wouldn't be much left of it.

Boko Haram and ISIS are two of a kind. Maybe they can get together for an atrocity contest or something.

I remember how cold Dallas can get! Nothing like it has been lately, of course.

Blurber: I think a lot of exasperated people here envy them.

10 March, 2015 05:24  

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