28 April 2019

Link round-up for 28 April 2019

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

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Mistress Debra is ready to administer your pun-ishment.

This is the calendar.

Behold the brilliance of Islamic science.

Traditional Japanese art depicts epic fart battles (found via Jerry Coyne).

This person exists.

Happy American Easter.

Check out this car evolution gif.

Mutant horror comes to the candy aisle.

If you want to go to a church, try this one.

Hey, it's another cat post.

Knowledge of thermodynamics can be useful.

What do visitors learn at Ken Ham's "Ark Encounter"?

These shrooms are pretty trippy before you even eat them.

Parental expectations can be awkward.

I'm not 100% convinced that this robot was purely an "art project", but it's still impressive.

Hysterical Raisins is back!

Some interesting odds and ends here.

This businesswoman dodged a relationship bullet here.

Read the story of an Easter service that got a bit out of hand.

Where is this town?

"Good planets are hard to find", so let's take care of this one.

Here's more on that intergalactic bleach-drinking cult.

Could the Notre Dame fire have been God's punishment?

The medieval Danes aroused Englishmen's ire for a curious reason (note that the Danes would have been only superficially Christianized at that time).

Before marrying a religious person, be sure to find out how serious they are about their taboos

Live and let live.

The cannibals raise an objection.

What is the essence of a "Christian burial"?

Watch out for management bullshit on the job.

Fundies don't grasp that religious freedom must apply to everyone.

Elections have consequences, including for net neutrality.

There are dangers in Buttigieg's liberal Christianity.

Unions work for us all.

If you use Google apps, you are being tracked.  Then there's this.

They just want tolerance and respect.

Trump's latest "explanation" of his "many fine people" comment is just more bullshit.

There's good news on abortion from Kansas and California.

Business executives must be held accountable for crimes like everyone else is.

Jerry Coyne looks at Bari Weiss and Nadine Strossen, fighters for truth and freedom.

Several of our candidates voted for a dangerous law which is costing lives.

Religious hospital staff bully and harass an atheist patient.  Dogma is a rising threat to your right to medical treatment.

The party of Akin lives!

Bluzdude examines the latest right-wing bullshit.

Younger Evangelicals are different.

Here's a good letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

This guy wants to ban advances in industrial technology -- then he gets even weirder.

Be skeptical of shocking quotes you see on the internet.  Especially when they're like this one.

Will Social Security's problems be solved our way or their way?

The Mueller report was quite a letdown for some of the QAnon qrackpots (found via Shower Cap).

Some tech billionaires are just beginning to understand the problems of the modern economy.

Here's a map of population density world-wide -- click the + at the upper left to zoom in, or check the "interactive stats" box to see data on each country by hovering.

NASA is preparing for the threat of a giant asteroid impact (maybe Trump can throw paper towels at it).

Our bodies are full of evolutionary vestigial structures.

Priceless fossils should never be sold off to the highest bidder.

There are three trillion trees on Earth, but we need more.

France has this.  We never will.

The Nazis' bigotry crippled their science -- thank goodness.

Expect increased VPN usage in Austria.

Trump hasn't done much for the Republican agenda, so the roots of Trumpanzee loyalty must lie elsewhere.

Biden must do more to make amends to Anita Hill.  More discussion on Biden here.  And here's a detailed interview with him on foreign policy.

We need to keep moral outrage out of the primaries (found via Swarn Gill).  And don't let identity politics get out of hand either.

Shower Cap looks at Trump's (dis)obedient lackeys and his growing siege mentality.

More political links here.

[829 days down, 633 to go until the inauguration of a real President!]


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hmmm, "Mistress Debra" -- I like the ring of that, LOL! And of course, I stole that Gregorian Calendar pun for future use!

Good to know that homophobic Islamic pseudo-science is just as goofy as its Christian counterpart. But I fail to see how a suppository that kills semen-eating anal worms is going to help butch lesbians specifically? But then, I'm not a scientist.

Epic fart battles! Soda pop crucifixions! Weed in the censer-burner! Clean Vikings! But those memes about evolutionary vestigial structures missed a few -- wisdom teeth, appendixes and male nipples.

And finally, where can I get one of those Scarlett Johansson robots? Asking for a friend.

28 April, 2019 08:58  
Blogger Ami said...

SO MUCH stuff this week!
The Easter story made me laugh. Even if it isn't true, I want it to be.
The robot. I've always been fascinated by them, and the more real they become the more interesting I find them. Ex Machina was on my mind for weeks after I saw it.
"epic battles of flatulence".. not sure there's anything else to say other than almost everyone still thinks like a 10 year old even now. :-D
I have fourteen links lined up on the top of my screen to go read now, thanks to you.

I really do appreciate this weekly link thing, I have definitely broadened my horizons and learned a great deal.

28 April, 2019 12:17  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: I don't think Islamic "science" is quite ready to tackle the issue of lesbianism yet. Let's hope what they come up with is as funny as the male version.

There should definitely be more use of marijuana in religion. Maybe they can claim it's a new interpretation of all those Old Testament passages about people being stoned.

I suspect the guy who made that robot is bombarded with requests to buy them. At some point some enterprising entrepreneur will buy the rights and start mass production.

Ami: The fart battle thing just goes to show, Japan has always been weird.

I've done a couple of posts about robotics (here and here) -- the field has a lot of interesting potential.

I'm glad the results of my internet wanderings are on interest to people.

28 April, 2019 12:30  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

Hi Infidel!

Thanks so much for the link to this wayward blogger and for starting off my afternoon with puns. I love them, but I am still on the fence with fart art. Those Easter crosses would have been more representative of this country if they had been made of beer and footballs (or maybe just dollar bills?). Those Peeps are horrors, but did you see the pic of them on pizza? That made me want to support capital punishment. Pot in the censer-burners? Holy smoke!! Cold cheese on a thermostat is genius! Teachers should be paid more! OMG! That Easter story is hilarious! The dog is wondering why I am laughing so loudly. On that note, I will go peel some potatoes and then check out the rest of the linky goodness.

28 April, 2019 17:09  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

The google tracking was suspected, never acted on it until now.
The vestigial structures link made me go look in the mirror! LOL
And you know the trumpanzees really don't follow a combination of admiration for Cheeto's corruption, racism, xenophobia and homophobia with their own brand of resentment. There's not one thing they like about Cheeto. It's what they dislike in OTHERS what drives them...


29 April, 2019 02:28  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Got interrupted trying to go through these a couple times. But thought it's a good piece too, on NASA preparing for doomsday asteroid, it's something that folks just don't think of, but I alwayz looked at it as a reality, even though we are fairly calm now after several billions of years. That's something that even the most wealthy with the best built bunkers, and most popular of our loving species would have a very difficult time avoiding, even though we are protected by God as his/ her little personal teddy bears. Also caught my atencion was the Dr.Pepper/ Coca Cola display with the 3 crosses (representing them other 2 dudes that died with old Jesus). Not sure who owns Coke or Dr.Pepper these dayz, need to look it up. I can tell you that trying to find a display of them together in the past was not seen, as they were in competition with each other. Years back, my buddy worked at Coca Cola plant on the plant line here in Dallas, they actually had strict rules that you could not bring a Dr.Pepper product on the premises, not even have it in you lunch if you brought your lunch in the break room, it was pretty strict, and paid about $10 an hour, they worked you hard too. I was wondering if it was a photoshop humour picture or something? I mean, it's hard to imagine a retailer displaying such religious stuff like that, and especially a kid kneeling and praying to it. I mean, isn't that bad for business, like putting politics in a retail display? just a thought, thanx for the links though ....

29 April, 2019 18:25  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Nonnie: I think many of us are on the fence with fart art, but it's right on the blogosphere's level.

The stuff some people are doing with pizza nowadays is atrocious. Fart pizza will be next, unless someone's already invented it.

Glad you're back in action on the net!

Sixpence: That's the problem with the idea of trying to find common ground with the enemy. How to you reach common ground with people whose primary goal is to deprive you of what you want?

Ranch: The goal for NASA would be to divert an asteroid so it wouldn't hit Earth, though I suppose it's necessary to prepare for an impact as well. But if we get hit by one so big it was impossible to divert, we're screwed, bunkers or no bunkers.

I wondered about those pictures, but there seems to be no limit to the crassness of religious kitsch.

29 April, 2019 20:31  
Blogger dellgirl said...

This is another great list of links. I clicked on a few and enjoyed reading there. Too much typing to list the ones I visited. The one about Easter Sunday was funny. Thanks for all the interesting information.

Wishing you a good week!

30 April, 2019 20:47  
Blogger Martha said...

The altar boys with the weed in the censer-burner! HAHAHAHA That is hilarious. There's always fun stuff to discover here :)

02 May, 2019 18:41  
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