05 June 2016

Link round-up for 5 June 2016

I've just finished blogger Rosa Rubicondior's latest book, Ten Reasons to Lose Faith and Why You Are Better Off Without ItEspecially if you're religious, you owe it to yourself to read this -- aren't you better off knowing if you're being deceived?

This principle may well be widely applicable.

I'd be more concerned about there being leopards.

Epic boss trolling with The Exorcist.

"Guiding Hands" may be the next essential service industry (found via Mendip).

Why vote for the lesser evil?

Suomi Blog has some interesting photos, some old photos, and some weird art.

As if this election weren't already ridiculous enough, we're getting Star Wars attack ads.

Who's the metal-est of them all?

Beware of wingnuts posing as ex-liberals on the net.

Third-century-BCE Morocco chose intriguing subjects for art (NSFW).

An eccentric billionaire's obsession with making an epic mermaid movie led to an epic fiasco much more entertaining than the movie would have been (found via Zandar).

Recharge your avocado, and other odd things people do.

Here's one more thing wingnuts can't eat any more.

AdBlock poses a dilemma, but.....

These sharp-eyed waitresses spoke up and prevented a crime.

Is compassion the essence of spirituality?  Apparently not.

Anti-Semitism sometimes takes the form of silence.

If you think police brutality is exaggerated, defend this.

There's one thing everyone can do to fight global warming, but the US government isn't telling you about it.

Want to buy a sex slave?  Dâ'ish (ISIL) has them for sale on the internet.

Even though the people of Fallujah are Sunni, Dâ'ish has been ruling them with shocking brutality, including forcing husbands to punish their own wives for "transgressions".  This creates an opportunity to reconcile them with the Iraqi state -- provided the Shiite-dominated Iraqi forces refrain from committing abuses of their own.  US influence will help, but in reality Iran is calling the shots.

Don't forget the refugees.

The first big Hillary-Donald clash has Republicans worried. But maybe she shouldn't squash him quite yet.

Trump could hurt other Republicans down-ballot.

An idealistic millennial explains how Hillary won him over.

Paul Wartenberg makes the case for Hillary, for Bernie supporters.

Trump's rhetoric echoes crude media misogyny of the past.

YouTuber "Liberal Redneck" makes an important point about Trump's appeal.

Attacks on Hillary over her notorious 1975 rape case constitute an attack on the rule of law itself.

Here's what the rest of the right wing has been up to.

[Image at top:  Fallujah in peacetime]


Anonymous Zosimus the Heathen said...

That weird art on the Suomi Blog was great. Very reminiscent of M.C. Escher's stuff.

05 June, 2016 07:26  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

The most recent Star Wars attack ad is a parody that is part of an ad campaign for a Star Wars book. The weird part is that a fan parody on the same theme came out first and before that, Trump actually used Star Wars in an attack ad. All that needs to happen is that Trump resumes doing so with Hillary Clinton in the Princess Leia role. Life imitating Art imitating Life!

As for Paul Ryan replacing Trump--that will happen only if Trump drops out before the convention, in which case he'll have a tough time elbowing past Ted Cruz or John Kasich. I have as much confidence in that happening as Hillary Clinton dropping out and being replaced by Joe Biden. Fat chance of that happening!

05 June, 2016 09:44  
Blogger Rosa Rubicondior said...

Thank you for the shout out for my book, Ten Reasons To Lose Faith. It's always good to know someone thought it was worth the effort of writing it.

05 June, 2016 10:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Zosimus: Some people have quite the imagination.

Pinku: I still wouldn't quite rule out the Republican leadership using some shenanigans with the rules to snatch the nomination from Trump, though it looks less and less likely as they're mostly rallying around him. If that did happen, though, the Trumpanzees would go berserk.

Rosa: And thank you for writing it!

05 June, 2016 10:48  
Blogger Paul W said...

danke for the link, Infidel!

as for the debate over the Republican leadership pulling a last-minute stunt to dump Trump... it's been talked about before, but the reaction to any such removal - even if it's a legitimate one like Trump getting arrested for knocking over a liquor store - would split the GOP party for reals. For the Republicans, there are stuck with a racist narcissist for their standard bearer, and I can only pray to the Old Gods and the New that more and more Americans will recoil from that.

05 June, 2016 20:40  
Anonymous Blurber said...

On Hilary vs Donald, her recent speech was probably the first time that one Presidential candidate did a psychiatric critique of her opponent.

06 June, 2016 13:19  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Paul: I can only pray to the Old Gods and the New that more and more Americans will recoil from that.

Hillary's working on it -- and Trump has provided material for a hundred ads as effective as that.

Blurber: Well, this is the first time a Presidential candidate has so needed a psychiatric critique.

07 June, 2016 05:48  

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