15 May 2016

Link round-up for 15 May 2016

#GiveElsaAGirlfriend -- now even The Washington Post has noticed.  So have the religious wingnuts.

This Finnish candy bar may not sell well in the US.

Kristen Stewart has a more sensible take on "sexual identity" than most older people.  Traditional views persist in some quarters, of course.

If you can solve this puzzle, don't be too surprised if demons rip you to shreds (found via Mendip).

Professor Chaos looks at scriptural marriage.

Read this before doing any chemical-sounding "cool stuff" you read about on the net.

HR Giger explains a quirk of the egg design from Alien.

Protect the children (found via Squatlo).

Never forget.

There's still a place where cowboys herd cattle on the wild frontier.

Don't freak out if you hear someone speaking the world's fourth-commonest language on an airliner.

I've been to Kiev.  This doesn't belong there.

The first transgender woman has just been elected to Congress -- in the Philippines.

Here's a long but must-read profile of India's dangerous religio-populist leader, Narendra Modi.  And read up on Hindu traditional values -- or did you think only Islam is like this?

Bloggers appreciate David Attenborough.

Octopuses may be smarter than we think.

The number of confirmed planets outside our solar system now exceeds 3,200 (found via Hackwhackers).

Hillary takes a stronger position against the TPP.  Her plans on climate change (found via Clarissa) and on taxes and investment show the kind of practical pragmatism that can actually get things done.

No one left to stop him?

Is Warren's anti-Trump Twitter campaign an audition for the Vice Presidency?

No, closed primaries aren't why Bernie lost.

Most of the world finds Trump frightening and disgusting (found via Progressive Eruptions, which has an example of why eastern Europeans are worried).

When they say "never again", they mean it.

[Image at top:  Remember that when American pop culture does something affirmative, the effects reach far beyond our own borders.]


Anonymous NickM said...

I have a policy. I am not a vegetarian but I won't eat anything smarter than my cat (if you met my cat that is leaving a lot of options) but an octopus is smarter than my cat by a country mile.

I watched a documentary about them a few years back and it was centered around an Italian marine biology lab. And odd thing is whilst cephlapods are very smart they don't have a life-cycle long enough to create culture. Basically every generation starts from scratch.

15 May, 2016 01:16  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

These were great, especially the shout-out to David Attenborough. I've enjoyed all of his nature programs from the BBC for years. Most of them can be watched on Netflix. This month he turned 90. Cheers to Sir David Attenborough.

Thanks again for the link.

15 May, 2016 05:49  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Still going through some of these ... but Thanx for the link up's Infidel!

15 May, 2016 14:18  
Blogger Professor Chaos said...

Thanks for the link!

16 May, 2016 17:18  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Nick: My policy is not to eat anything with a central nervous system. That still leaves me the entire plant kingdom and, if desperate, Trump supporters.

I've been struck lately by how many factors there are that could prevent an intelligent species from developing a technological civilization. Too short a lifespan is yet another. Perhaps such factors are part of the explanation for the Fermi paradox.

Shaw: He's done a great job of educating people and getting them interested in nature.

Ranch: Let me know what you think!

Professor: Thanks for the post!

18 May, 2016 05:32  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Wasnt 'thinking' much, but trying to catch some views/ links ... then I had to run in the middle of it, and didnt make it back home till late. However, No, I didnt know that Philippines had a transgender congressional member, my wife would cheer over that one.

BTW, a link concerning the number of planets outside the solar system just came up when I clicked it as a map of the United States/ AP?

Reading that thing (asian character blog) about mixing cool chemicals or whatever reminded me of once when I was working a film graphics department in the eatly 1980's, this trainee we had was trying to clean the processor out, he poured bleach into the fixer unit ... luckily I was there and caught it ... I rushed him and all the employees out of the building immediately and called the fire department (it was in a downtown Dallas office building too!) ... they asked me what was going on? ... I told the employees that the gas coming of of it is poisonous when you mix the 2, and breathing it could kill you.

19 May, 2016 07:20  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Fixed the planet link -- thanks for pointing that out.

The Philippines seems to be freeing itself from the strictures of Catholicism. Maybe it will be the first Asian country to have gay marriage, too.

I'm amazed more people don't kill themselves with household products. Most people have no idea how dangerous they can be in combination.

19 May, 2016 18:03  

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