16 December 2018

Link round-up for 16 December 2018

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

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Learn the truth about the Freiburger Münster butt gargoyle.

I could really imagine Trump saying this.

It's Christmas at Boston Dynamics!

Most incompetent burglars ever (found via Calvin).

Some fear that laws will not change as fast as technology.

It's getting hard to tell reality from The Onion.

Check out these proposed Trump movie titles (found via Hackwhackers).

I liked this poem about the epic battle of cat vs. Christmas tree.

Bah!  Humbug!

Scandinavia's Sankta Lucia is yet another pagan deity stolen by Christianity.

Be who you are (found via Calvin).

NASA's plans usually work; this one may not.

Here's a little more on that lunatic with the wedding dress code I linked to last Sunday (scroll down).

Trump gets his own Christmas carols.

See the new members of Congress in emoji form.

Tumblr's review process fine-tunes its ban on NSFW content.

She's not sure whether this photo is of her.

Militant anti-masturbation fanatics come up with the nuttiest conspiracy theory yet.

If English is your native language, remember this.

Religion seems to promote stupid behavior.

One grave, two visitors (found via Scottie).

Here's a great Trump painting (found via Politics Plus).

The Bohemian Rhapsody film focuses on the positive.

I can believe this -- it's the biggest negative about my current job.

A reader who writes for Elder Spark recommended these links to help understand Medicare.

Legislators don't know jack about how the internet works, and you can't explain it to them.

Here's a good discussion of communism and revolution (scroll down to Sviatovid).

Tax harassment of prostitutes probably isn't effective, but it's still nasty.

Kaveh Mousavi answers eleven stupid questions.

Artificial intelligence doesn't "get confused" -- it's much worse than that.

Mountains and con men are a dangerous combination.

The status of free expression at US universities is improving, though not great.

Tumblrgeddon* was partly triggered by SESTA.  Here are five groups that will be harmed.

Fundies fume at Boofy-Boy's betrayal.

Crazy Eddie reviews this year's Nobel prizes.

For those who will be staying off Tumblr tomorrow, here's something else to do.

Both-siderism requires warping of judgment (found via Driftglass).

This loon is an embarrassment even to Republicans.

For those seeking a new blogging platform, Pillowfort has some positives.

Save elephants from cruel abuse in circuses.

Seriously, are there really people who didn't know this?

In reality, anti-Zionism is almost always anti-Semitic.

Censorship has one consistent effect.

A nine-year-old girl was driven to suicide by racist bullying (found via Scottie).

Some student loan debt will soon be canceled (the headline is misleading, though, since DeVos fought against doing this).

Quantum mechanics isn't weird, we are.

Canada has repealed its blasphemy law.

Ireland's Parliament legalizes abortion, in accordance with the referendum earlier this year.

This cult leader claims to be above the law.

A photo exhibit in Rome is closed down after the Vatican bitches about it (so now people all over the world will post about it, you idiots).

Too little, too late -- the US stands up for the Kurds, at least in Syria.

Islam reasserts itself in Libya.

This is how Hamâs celebrates Hanukkah.

The US is coddling and arming the nastiest regime in the Middle East.  How do we get into these positions?

In an echo of our own elections last month, India's ruling Hindu-nationalist party has suffered defeats in state elections.

It's not just Google and China -- Facebook is helping another gangster regime silence dissenters.

Even in the twenty-first century, whole populations are still living without electricity.

Wonkette celebrates Pelosi's epic pwnage of Trump (found via Shaw Kenawe).

Crooks and Liars and Electoral-Vote have background on this week's anti-ACA ruling in Texas.

A Republican legislator can't stomach her party any more.  Neither could this judge.

Can House Democrats get Trump's tax returns?  It's a grey area.

Trump is not predicting an insurrection -- he's inciting one (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

Republicans in 2020 will again have a valuable ally -- left-wing ideological purists.

Anybody smart enough to do this job is smart enough to turn it down.

Trump and his gang respond to the death of Jakelin Caal Maquin with classic racism and callousness.

Where there's smock, there's firp.  And yeah, folks...shit remains decidedly cray.

[*Credit to Debra She Who Seeks for the term]


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Alas, I do not deserve any credit for the term "Tumblrgeddon" -- some unknown wag on (where else) Tumblr coined it!

OMG, love the Butt Gargoyle! But I hate that creepy robotic Santa sleigh and reindeers!

And where can I sign up for that all women, soon to be all lesbian, Mars mission? I could be a real asset to that team!

16 December, 2018 10:29  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I just had to click on the butt gargoyle. That's pretty funny.

16 December, 2018 14:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: Every church should have a butt gargoyle. And I'm sure NASA will recognize the need for a blogger to chronicle the Mars mission. :-)

Mary: I have a feeling that item will prove one of the more popular links in this round-up. :-)

16 December, 2018 15:03  
Blogger jenny_o said...

I saw that wedding-outfit-demand-story elsewhere - my eyebrows still haven't come down out of my hairline. One of the follow up articles suggested maybe it's a fabricated story. I don't know. People are strange!

Thanks for the link to the atheist answers. Much more eloquent than I could be, but basically says everything I think.

And thanks for the shout out - I had fun writing that poem. More fun than people had reading it, I would imagine :)

16 December, 2018 20:05  
Blogger Ami said...

Legislators don't know how the internet works because they're all a bunch of butt gargoyles. Or just big assholes. Same thing, I guess.

16 December, 2018 20:06  
Blogger Martha said...

The incompetent burglars...BAHAHAHA! That had me laughing out loud :)

Great round-up, as usual! Thank you.

17 December, 2018 05:50  
Anonymous Blurber said...

Surprising that NASA betrays such a poor understanding of female sexuality. Things have changed since I worked for them.

17 December, 2018 13:38  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Jenny: People certainly can be strange.

Most of those questions are just variants on the same question as Kaveh said, or at least based on the same fallacy.

The poem was funny -- and many people with cats can relate, I'm sure!

Ami: Some of them would make pretty good gargoyles, actually.

Martha: Natural selection strikes again.....

Blurber: I don't really see why preventing astronauts from having sex is even a goal. Maybe NASA'a afraid the Republican religious nuts will vote against funding otherwise? I'm sure the French space program is snickering at us.

17 December, 2018 19:11  

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