12 August 2018

Link round-up for 12 August 2018

Various interesting stuff I ran across on the net over the last week.

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Jill Dennison has a few more oddball news items.

I never knew catfish grew this big.


Here's a safe roller-coaster ride.

Which is worse, heat or cold?

Some students made a few improvements in their textbooks.

A cosplayer seizes his opportunity.

Becoming an adult doesn't mean you have to be boring.

Captain America is an inspiration to some.  Don't mess with this fan.

Yeesh, think of the tides!

Here are some free computer art programs.

Interesting point about Lord of the Rings.

2017 wasn't all bad.

The alt-right groups that rioted in Portland two weeks ago suffered extreme parking pwnage.

Seriously, this place has excellent doughnuts.  It figures the bad guys would go after it.

Comedians have their say on Trump's Space Force.  "In space, no one can hear you lie."

Professor Chaos has some random thoughts and kittensMore cats here.

How many of these traits of smart people do you have?  (I score high on 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, and 10.  As for 4, it's a grey area -- my humor isn't to everyone's taste.)

The Greek gods were more interesting than the Abrahamists' personification of impossible absolutes.

US states have some weird sex laws (found via Miss Cellania).

Plumb the depths of Trumpanzee dumbth (seriously, this video is mind-blowing).

It's OK to simply want what you want.

Trump is OK with chain migration in some cases.

Understand God with this handy flowchart.

What will the QAnon qrackpots do when their fantasy collapses?

This is what inadequately-regulated capitalism looks like.

Trump is bringing asbestos back -- and there's a Russian angle.

Bible-spouting racist can't even spell "mulatto".

Hating everything makes you miserable.

Here's some info on how the economy does under Presidents of different parties (found via Scottie).

Jeff Sessions supports religious bigotry.  Opposing it is now "hate speech", apparently.

That Trumpanzee "I'd rather be a Russian" T-shirt has now shown up on Russian TV.

If you want to do good, don't waste time with religion.

Historians have learned how to handle outright lies masquerading as arguments -- social media could learn from them.

Support for single-payer is growing among doctors (found via Miss Cellania).

Far-right movements across cultures share certain similarities.

Religio-wingnuts side with the tormentor of the Sandy Hook families.  Here's his latest vileness.

Some religious groups have reservations about the "Religious Freedom Task Force" (found via Scottie).

Check out these spectacular pterosaurs.  More here.

DNA plays a growing role in solving crimes, but caution is in order.

Global warming may trigger a cascade of further heating effects.

Some European companies are knuckling under to Trump's new Iran sanctions, leaving the field clear for China, India, Turkey, and Russia to move in.

Trump can't choose sides between one of our closest democratic allies and one of the world's most repressive regimes.

Tokyo Medical University apparently committed flagrant gender discrimination.

"Jesus. Some of these folks are just waiting for the text message alert that Kristallnacht 2.0 is a GO."

Is Trump deliberately sabotaging Congressional Republicans?

Voting in a real democracy should never be this difficult.

This is the ugliness of the Trumpanzees.  You can't change hatred, but you can out-vote it.  Booman takes a look at Trumpist Democrats. Here are some interesting points on different groups of rural Trumpanzees and how to win them over, but it sounds like an uphill battle to me.

West Virginia is a pioneer in hackable voting.

Is Trump evil or just a thin-skinned toddler?  The results are the same either way.

Here's some under-the-radar good news from Tennessee.

There's a case that Trump could be forced to resign.

For more link round-ups, see Fair and Unbalanced and Mike the Mad Biologist.

[570 days down, 892 days to go until the inauguration of a real President!]


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Loved the links about Captain America and also the flowchart about the insoluble problem of evil vis-a-vis God.

12 August, 2018 08:36  
Blogger Ami said...

So all those problems I have (the messy house, the worry, the reading, the nightowl-ishness... I'm just really smart!! ::whew:: good to know. :)

The free art programs... oh man, another wraith for me to chase while I'm up late making messes.

You find the most interesting things, really. I love that you share all these links every week.

12 August, 2018 09:24  
Anonymous Marc McKenzie said...

--Imagine the amount of grilled catfish fillets one can get from those giant catfish. Mmmmmmm....

--That Pyramid Head cosplay in the mist is perfect--and I can say this as someone who did play the SILENT HILL games.

--I'm an adult past 25, but you can have my anime and manga collection, my GI Joe vehicles, my Star Wars vehicles, my comics, my Gunpla kits and Figma figures and my artbooks when you pry them from my cold dead fingers! (And even before then I'll probably will them to my nieces and nephews....and they LOVE this stuff)

--Thanks for the links about the free art programs. I do have GIMP, but I normally use PhotoShop CS3 which I got years ago and a more recent version of Manga Studio which I paid for on sale. But again, many artists do not have the funds to buy some art programs, so this list is extremely helpful. Also, the 3D program Blender is free.

--What will happen to the Q-Anon folks when their fantasy collapses? Sadly, they'll move on to the next conspiracy theory birthed from the lower intestines of the Right Wing.

--Democratic Presidents manage the economy better than Republican Presidents? Well, geez, what took people so long to figure that out? /s

--Trump is an evil, thin-skinned toddler....although my nieces and nephews who are toddlers are more mature than he is.

Once again, another great set of links--thanks again for posting them.

12 August, 2018 11:10  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

That laundry basket roller coaster was so cute. I saw that on fb last week. That kid was having a lot of fun.

I prefer cold weather. I live in Las Vegas and the summers here reach 117F. That's brain boiling hot. You can always add more clothing to get warmer but you can only take off so much before they call the cops on you.

12 August, 2018 12:17  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

Hi Infidel,

I would like to see some of these stories mushed together. Let's have those gargantuan catfish in an aquarium on the back of a motorcycle or a baby carriage. They can be transported to Rockefeller Center where they can be adornments for the sandcastle. Now that would be Sand and Surf.

I don't know who that brilliant man is who gave his little girl a roller coaster ride, but he will be a hero to many who will lots of bucks, not having to take their kids to amusement parks.

It's official. If textbooks are going to be interesting, they have to be rewritten by students.

Forget the tides, if the moon was that close, we'd all be ass-deep in green cheese!

I know it's a very sweet image of University of Iowa football fans turning to wave to kids in the children's hospital across the street, but I am jaded enough to wonder if having a hospital that close to a stadium is really a good idea. What if there is an emergency right before a game? Think of ambulances trying to get through those traffic jams. Now I have to go chase some kids off my lawn.

Oh, the irony of the tiny penis brigade (aka the alt-right extremists) having their external penises (aka their big trucks) being towed away when they left them so they could protest their victimhood.

You really need to post fewer links to food. I was okay until I got to the doughnuts. Now I have to go make something to eat. I'll peruse the other links as I stuff my face.

12 August, 2018 14:55  
Blogger Adam said...

Silent Hill is a creepy game

13 August, 2018 16:40  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: The flowchart covers all the bases really well.

Ami: I have very eclectic interests. I hope that's another sign of being smart. :-)

Marc: I'm past 25 too -- by about a third of a century -- and so far I've successfully fended off maturity, or at least most of the negatives about it.

I have to wonder what the next conspiracy theory would be. I can't imagine anything crazier than Q-Anon. But I'm sure they'll come up with something.

The problems the economy encounters under Republican control are much easier to understand once you realize that conservative economic "theories" are basically propaganda designed to legitimize plundering the country on behalf of the wealthy.

Mary: I loved the roller-coaster thing! 117 degrees sounds like a nightmare. I don't think even Syria was that hot when I went there, and at least it was bone-dry.

Nonnie: I'd like to see a mash-up too. Like the close-up Moon's gravity pulling giant carnivorous catfish up out of the rivers and dropping them in the middle of the alt-right rally. That would take a lot of precision, though -- their rallies are so small.

I don't usually read a lot about food, but Voodoo Doughnuts caught my attention because it's local and I remember a place I worked years ago that regularly got doughnuts from there for meetings. Those were the good stuff.

Adam: I've never played / watched it, but I have the same impression. Pyramid Head alone is a creepy guy.

13 August, 2018 19:53  

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