04 August 2019

Link round-up for 4 August 2019

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

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Kittens!  And more kittens!

Coolest-looking courtroom drama ever, or maybe it's just a really weird ad.

Bad toy design.

Debra She Who Seeks looks at unicorns.

Wherever you're going, here's how to get there.

Here's an ad I can relate to.

Walled in!

Here are some drinks, food, and cars personified.

Some film students are kind of nutzoid, apparently.

"Why is nobody talking about this?"

Cathedrals in Europe are being used for fun things, since hardly anybody there goes to church any more, and the religious pearl-clutchers are in a raging snit about it.

There is such a thing as uranium glassware.

The miniskirts on Star Trek TOS had their own significance in the context of the sixties.

A recent book covers maps of imaginary places.

Some useful advice here.

Everybody should be like this.

Check out this awesome chart comparing the sizes of hundreds of spaceships seen in science fiction.  For the full-size version, click the "download" button at right.

These stolen wedding photos need to be returned to their rightful owners (found via Miss Cellania).

The "Pixar theory" is a good analogy for interpretation of the Bible.

Bishop Nephytos "hetero buggery causes gays" Masouras claims he's speaking for the saints.

Is Instagram displacing blogging?  I can't imagine it could ever be a real substitute.

Never trust someone who over-promises and doesn't deliver at all.

Samantha Bee delves into Russian election trolling (these days we rely on humorist/commentators to do the kind of analysis the MSM used to do).

An atheist blogger responds to a questioning Christian.

"Moscow Mitch" now has a theme song.

Tech experts know the score.

"Because people told me not to, and words are important."

Compare the US and Germany for raising a family (and scroll down for wingnut response).  The US is becoming a hostile environment.

John Barber died in Connecticut over 200 years ago under suspicion of vampirism.  Now his skeleton is telling us about his real life (found via Mendip).

Bastelmania is a blog I just discovered, showcasing the author's art and photographs of Düsseldorf where she lives.  The pictures of the Lambertus Basilica here are particularly spectacular.

Test your knowledge of religion with a simple quiz.  I got them all right except the one on Buddhism.

This kind of bullshit has nothing to do with "trafficking".  They're just harassing honest entrepreneurs.

The arguments against decriminalizing sex work collapse under thoughtful examination.

What if media pundits had always focused on "optics"?

The Catholic Church has a rapid-response team to offer support to priests accused of molestation (found via Joe.My.God).

Personal lifestyle changes do very little to fight climate change.  Focus on the fossil-fuel industry instead, and don't get distracted.

Read this post and especially the comments, and consider that millions of people actually believe that this gibberish describes the underlying reality of the universe.

Trump has found a new way to bully individual military personnel who displease him.

The New Yorker's whitewashing piece on Franken doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

A new book analyzes the Gospels and concludes that Jesus was mythical.

The Donner party met its ugly end because it refused the help of people who could have saved them.

Maybe Trumpism is a sort of adolescent rebellion for the elderly?

Some photographers are unbelievable assholes.

Wingnuts are actually making this stupid comparison.

A blogger who is one of Rep. Elijah Cummings's constituents has a few things to say about Trump's attacks.  Here's The Baltimore Sun's immortal editorial.

Maureen Dowd tries to talk sense to fanatics.

This is disgusting.  It reminds me of the Palin crosshairs ad and Gabrielle Giffords.

A prominent Christian author renounces Christianity, and the usual bullshit follows.  There's no forgetting the damage he did to people's lives while he was a Christian.

Michigan voters passed an anti-gerrymandering ballot measure 61%-to-39%.  Now Republicans are trying to overturn it (found via Shower Cap).

The Gilroy mass murderer was inspired by an antinomian manifesto from 1890.

This took a lot of guts, especially in 1886.

A Lutheran pastor declares US Christianity "a hollowed-out shell in search of a center".

Censorship backfires as an activist changes her views after seeing women silenced from discussing the Yaniv case.  "No one is aided by the trans activist lie -- not even trans people themselves."  (In case you missed it, I recently posted on this issue.)

If the government won't rein in the ghastly private prisons, maybe lawsuits can do it.

The Noah's Ark myth is a big part of why Evangelicals generally reject anthropogenic climate change.

Is it "happening here"?  Remember what really happened there.

Trumpism seems to be embracing the QAnon qrackpottery just as we're finding out how dangerous it really is.

The House takes a near-unanimous stand against the anti-Semitic BDS movement.

Globally, July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded.

An anti-HIV vaccine appears effective in tests on monkeys, even against the toughest virus strains.  Testing on humans will likely take years, though.  A new drug, delivered via an implant that lasts a year, could block HIV transmission, but again, human testing will be painfully slow.

Gene editing is being used to treat sickle-cell anemia.

The huge variations in the aging process among different species suggest that it can be controlled.

New forest growth on Staten Island shows how nature reclaims garbage.

Britain just had its hottest day ever recorded.

Another religious nut, more homophobic yelling.

Finland is winning the war on fake news.  It's a lot of work, but the skills to differentiate verifiable information from bullshit will be useful in many areas of life.

Anti-gay bigotry is reaching murderous levels in Poland and Russia.  In Moscow, Rammstein offers a small gesture of defiance.

Russia has declared an emergency over huge wildfires in Siberia.

The Iranian theocracy must be really worried about Masih Alinejad, threatening women with years in prison if their photos are used in her campaign.

Hong Kong protesters have a (rather cumbersome) way of neutralizing tear gas.

Here's what the latest round of tariffs on China will mean.

Real witch-hunting still happens.

Economic and technological development is leading to a collapse of the female birth rate in some parts of India.

Ethiopia just planted over 350 million trees and has plans to plant billions more by October.

The Congo Ebola outbreak is taking root in Goma, a city of two million, and threatening to spread to Rwanda.

Voting is war.

Charlotte NC has been trying to get out of its agreement to host the Republican convention.

Samantha Bee talks with Amy McGrath about unseating McConnell.

Voting for Democrats won't make the country perfect, but will make it a lot better.

For Republicans, climate change is an electoral time bomb.

Must-read political post of the week:  there are some serious problems with the messages the Democratic candidates are conveying.  More here.

More independents now think the Democrats are too radical than think the same about the Republicans.

There's grounds for believing that morality arguments will be effective against Trump.  And his viciousness seems to be alienating suburban women.

This week's debates fomented worthless zingers and gotcha moments instead of substance, and egged on no-hope candidates to damage the ones who have a real shot at the nomination.  They were a Republican push poll in disguise.  But TPM takes a more positive view.

Russian and Republican trolls are at work -- if you see something that makes you want to turn against other Democrats, question it.

Those hundred-and-whatever House Democrats who "support impeachment" are actually supporting an impeachment inquiry (found via Fair and Unbalanced), which is really no different than what the House is already doing. It's not at all the same as actually impeaching Trump, for which support is probably much lower.  The MSM are creating a lot of confusion by treating an impeachment inquiry and actual impeachment as though they were basically the same thing.

Even if impeachment could remove Trump (and we're nowhere near the point where conviction in the Senate is possible), Pence might be harder to defeat next November than Trump.  Read the whole thing for a serious reality check.

A lot more House Republican retirements may be coming. They already include the party's only black House member.

Warren tells it like it is.

There's no room for magical thinking and gobbledygook in a serious political contest.

A good economy may actually help Democrats, not Trump, in the Midwest.

Shower Cap looks at Trump vs. Baltimore and "Moscow Mitch", along with the rest of the political madness.

More links here.


Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

Hi Infidel!

I've been on 3 juries, one for 14 months, once as foreperson. There were never any Hostess fruit pies.

I wish travel sites were that easy to navigate. Meanwhile, I'll be in the desert on a horse with no name, which is a lot better than walking 500 miles and then 500 more.

So Canada built that wall? Will Mexico pay for it?

Mini golf in church? Does one get a holy-in-one?

How heartbreaking that those men never got to see their own wedding pictures.

Some of those life hints are really useful. I bookmarked the page, because I'm getting really sleepy and will forget them all in 5 minutes.

I got 12 out of 15 right on the religion quiz, which is a lot better than I thought I would.

Words are starting to blur, so off to bed. I'll finish reading the links tomorrow.

05 August, 2019 01:42  
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05 August, 2019 06:19  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

Thanks for linking to my post showcasing Samantha Bee's videos on Russian election interference twice. Between here and Crooks&Liars, you sent about 300 people my way!

05 August, 2019 08:03  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

The piece in The Appeal/ Molly Minta is solid, this is something I know a bit about, in particular how sting operations work and the justification of such concerning sex crimes (sex IS NOT a crime, but I am using their words). Frankly, what we see happening today, is "entrapment", by law, committed by law enforcement ... and yes, this is big time especially in Florida ... why?, I haven't a clue, but Florida is heavy on this ... I mean, there is this same sex activity going on in all your largest populated states, not just Florida. In my view, U.S. is perfect and 2nd to none, as far as showcasing hypocrisy at it's most complex best ... and entrapment violations and laws over the last couple decades have been swept under the rug, mainly because you have too many half assed bargain bundle defense attorneys, and folks arrested that either don't know their rights or fail to utilize them. The whole reason why we have an abundance of folks/ women, children selling sex, is because of the economic and social climate in this country created by this model of capitalism, the system is what amplifies this. People that whine about sex workers, are the same types, like here in Dallas for example, that may whine about Mexicans/ immigrants out of one side of their mouth, yet on the other side, are at the many street corner day laborers hangouts at 7:00am in the morning, picking up and hiring undocumented aliens that line the empty parking lots in all weather conditions, to have them clean their yards, garages, paint, clean or whatever for cash. THIS COUNTRY PROMOTES ALL IT SAYZ IT IS AGAINST, period. Even suburban cities, such as Garland or Irving (Dallas area), actually created "designated" areas, to pick up illegal immigrants for day labour ... I shit you not. And this country PROMOTES, human trafficking in every respect, period. Usually when cops/ stings bust these sex workers, or the clients/ johns, and say they also have other "unspecified" crimes/ charges included, they are usually talking about a couple joints/ blunts of pot, maybe an open alcohol container (beer can) in a vehicle or other petty related nonsense, such as an outstanding traffic ticket ... this is the truth, it is all designed to make all these people look as criminal as you can paint them ... although they are just everyday folks and our neighbours trying to make it or having a little consenting entertainment, is all. I once talked to a christian fundamoralist, I told him that rich folks also pick up hookers, etc ... he said .... but the rich people don't take it out on the street, they keep it behind closed doors ... in other words, if you don't have enough money to have a brothel like Epstein, you are wrong and the rich are right. Try to make a serious point to a fundamoralist, and I get a stupid reason to justify rich over poor doing the same thing!

05 August, 2019 09:04  
Blogger Nan said...

I'm amazed that you find the time to look at all these! And I would lay odds they aren't the only ones you visited. :-)

05 August, 2019 14:12  
Blogger Adam said...

Republicans love to gerrymander

05 August, 2019 17:33  
Blogger RO said...

OMG - The Bad Toy Design was colorful and outrageous! (lol) Hugs, RO Always so much neat stuff to see here! Hugs, RO

05 August, 2019 20:16  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

The miniskirt story is cool! I also think it was rebellious!
I took the religion test. Missed three 🙄
Moscow Mitch until he dies. And beyond. Just like the Pixar theory.


06 August, 2019 00:42  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Nonnie: I bet the rest of the jury didn't look anything like that, either. I think the person who wrote that comic was on something a bit stronger than fruit pies.

By Trumpian logic, they should make the guy who got walled in pay for the wall. Or at least spring for a few joints for the cops.

I don't know if you get a holy-in-one, but at least it's a golf course you can feel sure isn't associated with Trump.

Anon: There's an e-mail address in the profile linked at the upper right.

Pinku: Thanks for the post!

Ranch: It's amazing that we're still wasting the time of the police trying to enforce medieval sexual taboos. And yes, there are almost as many Bible-thumping politicians who have been caught with hookers as have been caught doing gay stuff on the sly. Wherever there's ranting about morality, you know hypocrisy isn't far below the surface.

Nan: Yep, whenever I run across something interesting during the week (that won't freak the average reader out too much), I just bookmark it for the round-up -- and I usually end up not using a lot of the links I bookmarked. I just have very eclectic browsing habits.

Adam: So we must spoil their fun next year.

RO: Thanks! I don't know who designs some of that stuff.

06 August, 2019 01:31  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Sixpence: "Moscow Mitch" is going to last. Serves him right for being such an asshole.

06 August, 2019 04:15  

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