17 December 2017

Link round-up for 17 December 2017

Americans can be proud of the Alabama result.

Vore away fascism!

An AI program writes a new Harry Potter chapter (here's the whole thing).

Wasn't this a kids' show?

Come to the dark side.

Here's some Christmas music, American style.

The French language is a bit dangerous.

Well, at least he knew where Japan is.

Perfection is achieved!

John Oliver characterizes Trump.

Explore the wacky world of wrong numbers.

Go behind the scenes at the MGM logo.

Sailor Moon tarot cards are a thing (beautiful work, too).

Yes, there is such a thing as a stuffed animal hospital.

Why do they keep using swords when guns are obviously more effective?

I don't want to believe.

Do something cool with leftover straw.

Where the hell did this person grow up?


Animals do cool stuff at night -- I had no idea raccoons were so cooperative.  Perhaps they're already on the attack.

After the Republicans deregulate housing construction.....


They're plotting something.

Pingu presents The Thing.

In those days, bread was serious business.

For once, the addition of the Christian cross creates truth.

"What's the big deal if you grab someone's butt?"

Pope Francis wants the Lord's prayer re-translated -- incorrectly.

To fundies, even Santa is dangerous.

Get the truth behind a much-cited hot coffee storyDon't believe everything you read.

Vaccines will turn you gay!

Teachers from one of the world's best-educated countries get an inside look at American schools.

Here's a message for fatalists -- and if you won't help, get out of the way (both found via Yellowdog Granny).

Even the biggest companies are not immortal.

Must-read link of the week:  save net neutrality by decentralization (I have no idea whether this is technologically feasible, but if it is, in the long run it's the only way).  Here's where things stand after the FCC vote. Even the dead have strong views on this issue.

Remember the difference between enemies and allies -- and don't pick fights with the latter over trivia.

Reality is not affected by belief (found via Crooks and Liars).

Bruce Gerencser has found a strong contender for looniest misogynist in the world.  I'm surprised the Republicans haven't recruited him to run for office.

Don't let the justified revolt against coddling sexual harassers degenerate into "we are all guilty" nonsense. And remember that accusations need to be believable.

Here's what it was like voting while black in the South in 1963.

Does mumbling to yourself really help?

Bitcoin is still around -- for now.

Not sure what this guy's exact beef is, but apparently some Christians don't like politicizing religion.

Why do Republicans coddle and shield their sexual abusers, while Democrats repudiate theirs? Maybe it's due to different concepts of morality.

Racism is racism.

The private-prison industry is branching out.

The harasser mentality starts early.

Don't contaminate our arbitrary nonsense with different arbitrary nonsense.

The US, too, has long wait times for specialized health care.

Do you eat this?

Americans throw away enough food every year to feed 200 million people.

Some abortion myths are dispelled.

How many passenger pigeons were there?

Imagine the horror of realizing your child is a monster (found via TYWKIWDBI).

In the UK, only 15% of people now want to stop Brexit and stay in the EU, and only 16% want another referendum (see page 3).

France is giving research grants to US climate scientists (found via BB-Idaho).

Germany confronts a rise in anti-Semitism -- and the problem of where it's coming from.  Germany's postwar relationship with Israel has always been haunted by history.

Murderous fanatics panic pathetically as their rightful doom closes in.

Hatred rears its head in Iraq.

Burma's persecution of the Rohingya minority includes a brutal campaign of mass rape.

The Trumplings bungle even the simplest things.

Wingnuts make a crude effort to frame Chuck Schumer for sexual harassment.

Merry Republican Christmas (found via Hackwhackers).

Alabama Democrats fought ruthlessly, thank goodness.  Here are some winners and losers.  Green Eagle has a round-up of wingnut reactions to Moore's defeat.  They probably won't learn anythingPundits give their views here.  Our chances of taking the Senate next year have been improved -- but don't take black women for grantedNext stop, Texas.

The Republican civil war between Bannonism and the establishment is getting hotter than ever.  Bannon remains a genuine threat to American values.

Republican tax "reform" may turn out to be political suicide.

Kirsten Gillibrand's leadership in the revolt against sexual harassment boosts her chances for the 2020 Presidential race.

Read with popcorn.

Don't upset the toddler.

53% of Americans believe Trump should resign due to the sexual harassment allegation against him. Roger Stone is betting on impeachment.

Paul Ryan may quitGood riddance.

Politics Plus has a Samantha Bee round-up.  Don't miss the Brigada Feminista video!


Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

If they taught stuff like that in my junior and high school French class, I think I might have paid more attention and retained a lot more.

Love John Oliver. I think you could put together a list of disgusting adjectives and a list of disgusting nouns, pick one from each list and put them together and have a pretty good description of Twitler.

I think I will tell any wrong numbers that I am Morgan Freeman from now on. Just have to get my voice low enough so nobody gets suspicious.

Dammit, to think of all the leftover straw I have thrown away over the years. But, seriously, those are seriously amazing! The straw equivalent of sand sculptures.

Awaiting Twitler's raccoon ban. They all must be bad, right?

Wow! Who knew bread could last almost as long as Twinkies?

I would love to see independent localized internet providers. There is no real competition in most places, so we are at the mercy of corporations who don't have to give a shit about their customers.

That article about kid psychopaths is truly scary.

Damn, I forgot to buy some popcorn. I do so look forward to continuing watching the Rethug Civil War. It's nice to have snacks though.

I'mnot so sure Gillibrand boosted her chances for 2020. A lot of Dems, including me, are really pissed off and aren't getting over it any time soon.

Thanks for the link over to The Raisin here and at Crooks & Liars. I considered it my birthday present (it was Saturday), and it was much better than the present my dog gave me. He threw up all over my bed right after he had his breakfast. The good news is that he enjoyed the meal just as much the second time as he did the first time he ate it.

18 December, 2017 14:53  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Nonnie: They really should teach it, both for that and to save people embarrassment. In German most expressions of temperature have a secondary sexual meaning. I still remember them, if only to avoid saying them.

I'm sure Trump will crack down on the raccoons as soon as he figures out where to deport them to.

The place I live in has a choice of only two ISPs, both of them giant companies. Not sure what I'll do if they both start messing with the net. Hopefully independent companies will quickly rise to fill the gap.

The story about your dog reminded me of that time President Bush barfed on the Prime Minister of Japan when he was visiting there. A gift fit for America's dilpomatic tradition!

18 December, 2017 15:54  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Well, I enjoyed all of the links, finally got through them today.

Favorite? The straw sculptures are amazing.

Love the Baby Jesus Cat.

19 December, 2017 10:00  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Love the Baby Jesus Cat.

Christianity would certainly have been different.....

20 December, 2017 14:55  

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