25 November 2018

Link round-up for 25 November 2018

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

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Sheldon Comics presents animal anatomy.

Canadians greet a seasonal visitor.

Things were different back then (found via Yellowdog Granny).

Headline of the week.

Somebody up there has a problem with Texas, or maybe it's just Earth.

How many of these did your rage uncle cover? (found via Scottie).

Here's a new take on ethical vampire survival.

They don't specify which word became flesh.

Nice shot!

This astrological chart is the real deal (found via ErosBlog).

When bullshit becomes shrapnel.....

Don't spell with letters you don't know.  But when writing Spanish, watch the diacritics.

Some may find this gif a morale-booster.

Exotic hair colors are a form of aposematism.

Bluzdude at Darwinfish 2 found a few things to be thankful for.  Donna at Tell Me a Story has a few places not to buy from.

This is Victoria Falls, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Ancient Mesopotamian civilizations regularly decreed mandatory debt forgiveness (found via Mike the Mad Biologist), and they may have been on to something important.

There's a difference between humans and God (found via Scottie).

What will you tell them?

Trumpanzees retreat further into social isolation.

Lock her up!

And so companies' managers tend to remain ignorant of problems.

Being bilingual affects how you see language.

Don't repeat their mistakes (found via Scottie).

The enemy freaks out over a lesbian kiss at the Macy's parade.  Look, homosexuality is part of the mainstream now.  If you insist on throwing a fit every time it manifests itself in some way, you're going to be exhausted 24-7.

Some Trumpanzees are having second thoughts, but don't let them pretend Trump never happened.

Liberals fight over the wrong things (found via Yellowdog Granny).

Steve Ruis looks at the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Trump celebrates Thanksgiving by trying to take land away from the tribe that saved the Pilgrims.

Only in %!$#@ America (found via Frances Langum).

If you're a blogger, keep back-ups of all your posts, especially if you write anything controversial.

Life is better without illusions.

Here's how the fires in California look from space.  (Here's how they look from the Dark Ages.)

The Salvation Army recognizes that its homophobia is a liability in today's America.

RedState celebrates Trump's reverence and his revival of religion in government -- with a straight face, as best I can tell.

Don't worry about the indictment of Assange (and remember, he's a monster).

Trump's $12 billion bailout to farmers hurt by his trade wars isn't helping them much.  Farmers face mounting storage costs on unsellable crops.

Here are the arguments in the racial-discrimination suit against Harvard.

The Women's March is trying to take out the garbage.

No, religion did not originate from "trying to make sense of the world".  And no, it does not work like science at all.

A blogger discovers a true heroine from history.

Neo-Nazis hate witches and can't do math.  As Christianity declines in the US, paganism is on the rise, though the strongest growth is in the non-religious category.

Trump's latest effort to dismiss global warming is a failure.

Sorry, ideology has no place in science.

Researchers in Texas are testing a promising Alzheimer's vaccine.

The European Union continues to arrogantly dictate policy to member states.  If the US were part of an organization that interfered in our internal affairs like this, we would have voted ourselves out of it years ago.

Mexico denies making a deal with Trump to keep migrants out of the US.

Several gay couples in the migrant caravan got married once they were in Mexico.

Religious crackpots disrupt a plane flight.

There is a racist apartheid state in the Middle East.

John Allen Chau is dead, but the trouble caused by his actions may be just beginning.

Taiwanese voters have rejected gay marriage, though it's unclear what will actually happen since there's a court ruling in place that says it must be legalized eventually.

The Chinese regime takes another step toward Orwellian dystopia (found via Crooks and Liars).

Ten years in prison for writing gay novels.

Arrested for being lesbian.

Duterte is a coward.

It's "a tradition that goes back thousands of years", now on Facebook (found via Politics Plus).

If Trump is still in office in 2020, the Republicans are stuck with him.  Donna at Tell Me a Story suggests an option for Democrats.

Stacey Abrams will be back.  And she's not the only one rejecting Kemp's fraudulent "victory".

The blue wave was largely powered by black and Latino voters.  The party must prioritize upholding minorities' right to vote.  Young voters' turnout also rose, though it remains low.

Cindy Hyde-Smith is in real trouble, with even some Republican voters leaning toward Mike Espy, and a new revelation about her Confederate sympathies.

Rapid growth and urbanization are transforming Texas.

We're winning -- keep the pressure up.

Hecate Demeter supports Pelosi.  So do a large majority of Democratic voters.  The fact that Republicans demonize her is a point in her favor.  Remember her track record.  If you oppose her from the left, don't be fooled.  Here's some more on the challengers.

No, we are not just a coastal party.  But there's still work to do to secure real voting rights.

The both-sides-are-alike crowd really has to struggle in the time of Trump.

Republicans have begun to pay a price for their union-bashing (found via Mike the Mad Biologist).

We have a winning issue with older voters.  Let's put it front and center for 2020.

Shower Cap reviews the week.

Here's an example of distorting the news by framing.

Trump may have made a serious mistake by picking a fight with John Roberts.

[Image at top:  Babylon in its heyday]


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Ha ha, loved that "headline of the week." The "nice shot" girl is a regular Artemis! Interesting info about John Allen Chau -- I hadn't heard the full story. Now all is clear.

25 November, 2018 07:21  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I heard about some making a big fluff over nothing. That kiss at the Macy's parade should not have gotten any bad publicity but there are some that will complain about everything.

Anatomy of a guinea pig...resting cute face as opposed to my resting bitch face. lol Love it.

That iceberg would freak me the hell out. Not even kidding. That thing is huge.

25 November, 2018 10:21  
Blogger Les Carpenter said...

Outstanding slingshot!!

25 November, 2018 18:28  
Anonymous PsiCop said...

Re: "If you insist on throwing a fit every time it manifests itself in some way, you're going to be exhausted 24-7."

Actually, that's kind of the point! Rightwingland is a perpetual-rage machine. It goes from one sanctimonious conniption to the next. It never stops, because the people who created it won't let it stop. They need their peeps to be continually worked up to a froth about something. As a side-effect, this means monetary appeals are always possible.

25 November, 2018 18:53  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

Hi Infidel,

I had company all day, so I am just getting to all the links. I started at the bottom this time and I'm bouncing back and forth from there to the top. Just wanted to say thanks for the link over to The Raisin. It's appreciated.

P.S. As a puggle, Macho is half-insulted by the description of the anatomy of a pug. The other half wants to know if that ginormous iceberg is edible.

25 November, 2018 21:21  
Blogger mcfrank said...

Decreed mandatory debt forgiveness is also featured in the The Bible!

Deuteronomy 15:1-3 New International Version (NIV)
The Year for Canceling Debts
15 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. 2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. 3 You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you.

26 November, 2018 02:37  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: An impressive shot even for a goddess!

The Chau story continues -- Indian troops have gone to the island to try to recover the body without coming into contact with the natives, a delicate mission. I don't know why they bother. He knew what he was getting into.

Mary: I don't think it offended anybody except the professional offended people. They are ever vigilant for things to take umbrage at, though.

That iceberg is massive. Considering they're mostly under water, the water there must be deeper than it looks.

Rational: It's an almost superhuman shot.

PsiCop: Well, considering how mainstream homosexuality is these days, they'll never run out of froth material. It's like deciding to be outraged at doorknobs or shoes.

Nonnie: Thanks for the post! As for the iceberg, Macho is certainly ambitious. The locals probably settle for chipping off a few ice cubes for their drinks.

Frank: Can't say I'm surprised. That could well have been Babylonian influence -- the Israelites got a lot of exposure to that culture during the Babylonian captivity.

26 November, 2018 19:16  

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