05 August 2018

Link round-up for 5 August 2018

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

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I have no clue what's going on here (found via Calvin).

Some will like this salad, some won't.

How might Shakespeare write about Trump?  Don't miss Revzafod's contribution!

That's a lot of golf balls.

Don't go to Trump grocery stores or get in an elevator with him.

What exactly are the rules on oral sex in Fairyland?

I never realized grasshoppers are so colorful.

Beware the gay swans.

Perfect pitch.

These ten rules to live by seem to be working for millions of people.

James Gunn has support where it counts.

Bogi Fabian does stunning black-light interior painting.

Fungus-infected zombies go on drug-fueled bisexual sex rampages.

Yes, there is such a thing as a better system.

Impressive maneuver.

You don't want to have a screw loose.

Kangaroos are monsters.

Why do some Trumpanzees believe in the "Q" qrackpottery?  Maybe it's disappointment.

Teach the controversy.

Fed up with Tumblr?  Consider Pillowfort (more here).

It's just math.

Professor Taboo has some thoughts on sounds and silence.

Professor Chaos fisks the absurd "fuel standards are dangerous" argument.

What if everybody were like Jesus?  OK, there's not much chance of that happening.

John McNaughton's latest godawful painting is a doozy.

An eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera might have a positive side.

This seems counter-intuitive.  I'd be interested if any lesbian or gay readers want to share insights.

Is America great again yet?

Socialism is popular, even if the word isn't.

Understand what constitutes evidence, and what doesn't.

This person exists.

This happened.

No, both sides are not the same.

It's past time to stop discrimination against adoption by gay couples.

The culture war is real and the enemy is deadly serious.

This Alabama mall has a real equivalent of Iran's modesty police (found via Scottie).

Golf wastes a staggering amount of water.

Reminder:  the Salvation Army is evil.

Let's hope this error can still be fully corrected.  Such things should not be done to children.

Reefer Madness hysteria about opioids is driving people to suicide.

Theocracy is alien to American values (found via Scottie).

Being a crime victim doesn't excuse being a bigot.

Which Presidencies had the most crooks?

Incredible that people are dumb enough to fall for this.

Some Senators have proposed a law requiring gay people to "out" themselves to the government.

People can change.  This organization has repudiated its former hostility to sex workers, and this man has renounced his crusade against abortion.

The Trump regime tears apart an American family (found via Scottie).  When people stop caring about children, their humanity is dead.

We're still not paying enough attention to global warming (found via Hackwhackers).

Here's yet another reason why we can't terraform Mars.

This is the key difference between the US and European economies (found via Miss Cellania).

This was Iran (well, probably the urban middle class) before the theocracy.  This week protesters there showed their feelings by attacking an Islamic seminary.

The Chinese regime has destroyed the studio of a dissident artist.

The Trump administration promotes Christian values in Africa (found via Scottie).

The DNC has condemned Jeff Sessions's new theocratic initiative, the "Religious Liberty Task Force", a step toward anti-gay Dominionist goals.  Colbert responds with this video.

Ends and Beginnings blog smells fear in Trump's tweets.

Calvin has two round-ups of Trump images.

New York state isn't the Bronx.

Tax "reform" is a dud issue for Republicans.  It may even help us.

41% of white Evangelicals say they'll support Trump even if he doesn't deliver what they want.  This has a ring of truth to it.

Must-keep political link of the week:  Shower Cap has a page on the essential races of 2018, with candidate positions, donation  buttons (for the good guys), and links to polling.

For more link round-ups, see Fair and Unbalanced and Mike the Mad BiologistScottie also posts lots of links regularly.


Blogger Bruce.desertrat said...

"I have no idea what's going on here" first link, is a portable Iron Lung machine. Designed for the days of polio the Anti-vaxxers want to drag us kicking, screaming and dying back to...


05 August, 2018 13:27  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks -- that makes sense.

05 August, 2018 14:36  
Anonymous Sam240 said...

"Let's hope this error can still be fully corrected. Such things should not be done to children."

Between the ages of 12 and 14, the only medical intervention (for those identifying as transgender) would consist of puberty blockers, which are fully reversible. Hormone therapy doesn't start until age 16 at the earliest, and surgery can't be obtained until age 18.

In other words, the only thing being "done to children" would be puberty blockers, which, as noted above, are reversible. If someone that age decides to detransation, there is no harm done. However, if puberty blockers are prohibited for transgender youth, they will undergo puberty (which is irreversible), and this will harm the majority who don't detransition.

As long as the medical treatment for those below 16 consists purely of puberty blockers, I have no problem.

05 August, 2018 17:13  
Blogger Comrade Misfit said...

Terraforming Mars wouldn't work. Mars has no magnetic field. Solar winds would rip away the atmosphere.

05 August, 2018 19:03  
Anonymous John said...

Thanks so much for linking to my satirical article on flat-earth science; I noticed a big spike in views today, and I appreciate it.

05 August, 2018 19:18  
Blogger Martha said...

Looking forward to the day when we start caring about what women wear. And even more so, telling them what to - or not to - wear. And if you really are pro life, you indeed have to be pro life all the way, especially after the baby is born. The concern does not stop as soon as the child exits the womb. Then you are simply pro birth.

06 August, 2018 04:15  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Sam: Here is a more detailed article on the case. Hormone therapy was used starting at age 12, with the support of doctors. They caused breast growth which will now require surgery to correct. Even if Australia's laws or medical policies or whatever you were talking about are as you say, obviously they are not being enforced. Even puberty blockers are doing something not natural to the human system. Such things should not be done to children.

Comrade: Good point. Actually there are any number of reasons why it can't work.

John: Thanks for pointing out the absurdity of anti-science "education".

Martha: I'm looking forward to the day we can tell all these busybodies to bugger off.

06 August, 2018 05:21  
Blogger Martha said...

I agree, Infidel! And I meant to write "STOP CARING" not "START"! Big difference.

07 August, 2018 04:42  

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