29 December 2019

Link round-up for 29 December 2019

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

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Have a few more Christmas cartoons.

A good keyboardist knows how to play the cat.

When they go bad.....

Jenny_o has Christmas animals, plus an incitement to versify.

This is about sandwiches, apparently.

A haunted house?

These lights must be viewed from just the right angle.

It's a cat-astrophic Christmas.

I don't think it's actually possible to wrap this.

This rare key chain is a steal at just $50.


Boxing Day is a day made for cats.

Cartoonists pwn Evangelicals.

Here are some useful phrases for living in India under British rule.

This is American Christianity today.

If the fundies run out of things to freak out about, there's gay chocolate.

Gizmodo summarizes Cats so you don't have to watch it.  Here are a few review tweets.

Take a short flight over America (link from Willie).

Victorian-era Christmas cards were.....different.

Vinyl is coming back, apparently.

Batocchio has posted the Jon Swift round-up for 2019.

Found via the above:  This woman was threatened by a Trumpanzee -- who was a cop -- in Texas.  Yet she managed to take effective action.

For those who haven't seen it, here's my post on the true origins of Christmas.

This Swedish family built a greenhouse around their house.

It's not obvious why these people's genes disappearing from the gene pool would be a bad thing.

Where can atheists turn for a sense of community?

Here's a compendium of modern Orwellian language (found via Aunt Polly).

"Objective" morality may be neither possible nor necessary.

Evidently Colin Kaepernick is popular.

"The Secret" isn't worth knowing.

Just a reminder (and this applies to the First Amendment as well).

The anti-shipper mentality is disturbingly similar to fundamentalism.

Assholish asshole displays assholitude.

Steven Pinker takes a stand against the destruction of language.

Darwinfish 2 sweeps away some leftover Obama-bashing.

Yes, make them explain.

The most amazing bullshit spreads like wildfire through the wingnut fake media.

Speaking of bullshit, this is what eventually happens when people reject science.

Samantha Bee celebrates Impeachmas.

Facebook will fight like hell against anything that helps protect your privacy.

Credit where credit is due -- this church did a good thing.

Government needs to protect public-housing residents from having facial recognition technology imposed on them.  Amazon is pushing hand recognition.

QAnon qrackpots yearn to see some violent validation of their absurd fantasies.

The obvious falsity of the Exodus story discredits Jesus as well (found via A Tale Unfolds).

Support for removing Trump has surged since mid-month.

Long-abused Amazon workers finally start to rebel.

Only non-Evangelicals believed that that Christianity Today editorial indicated a split or shift in fundie support for Trump.

The US has 3,141 counties, and just 31 of them produce one-third of total economic output.  Los Angeles county has an economy as large as Saudi Arabia's.

If you have a recent-model car, it's probably spying on you.

New York City has had nine anti-Semitic attacks in one weekThis kind of "reform" isn't helping.

This is the Republican economy.

Climate change and tariff wars are crushing US farmers.

Pushy religionists thrive at Peterson AFB in Colorado.

Conservatives can't win on facts or logic, so they use tribalism and trash talk.  Trump is a natural leader for such people.

There's some good news on climate change.

Australia's wildfires are destroying koala habitat (and koalas).

Freedom of expression is still alive in the Netherlands.

European Israel-bashing reeks of hypocrisy and lies.

Some West Bank clans reject a treaty banning discrimination against women because it would clash with their "religion and traditions".

Resistance to vaccination is fueling a resurgence of polio in Pakistan.

India's religio-nationalist government regularly shuts down the internet to suppress dissent.  One state is threatening to confiscate protesters' property.  The upheaval is beginning to have an economic impact.

The latest Star Wars movie had to be edited to be shown in Singapore (there's a long history of pop culture being censored for distribution in less-advanced countries).

Even China is easing up a bit on its horrific treatment of sex workers.

Is Biden just too flawed to win?

Trump has aged alarmingly in office.

More links here.


Blogger Jack said...

Thanks for the mention. I am interested in adding some new blogs to my reading list, and your link posts give me some good ideas about some to check out.

29 December, 2019 04:38  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Cartoonists owning xtianists on xmas is absolutely 2019 in a nutshell.
Happy everything, dear.


29 December, 2019 04:42  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Jack: Thanks! There are plenty of worthwhile blogs out there to check out.

Sixpence: Well, they do make themselves very ownable.....:-)

29 December, 2019 05:06  
Anonymous Debra She Who Seeks said...

A busy day kept me from going through the whole list, but I had a quick peek at several. Lotsa laffs as always!

29 December, 2019 21:52  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: Yes, the internet always provides plenty of humor. And cats.

30 December, 2019 05:49  
Blogger Mike said...

I always forget that the links don't open a new window. All of a sudden, poof, you're gone! So you get a few extra hits from me.

30 December, 2019 14:45  
Blogger jenny_o said...

Thank you for the shout out once again - traffic is up a thousand percent, which is the tip off before I ever get over here :D

I've enjoyed several links so far and am looking forward to following up on more. Just wanted to say I am horrified by that Measles Is Marvellous children's book - it's insane. I've always thought it would be helpful if parents-to-be should be required to take a basic parenting course, just as many churches require marriage courses. Say what we will about religion, that's something they do contribute. I think. I'm actually not sure what goes on in those courses. Crap . . . But a parenting course? I could have benefited immensely from one of those!

30 December, 2019 15:54  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mike: Most browsers let you right-click and choose "open in new tab". For me it's become automatic now.

Jenny_o: I guess it's inevitable that a movement which promotes disease will wind up having to declare disease a positive good.

Courses to prepare people for marriage aren't a bad idea, but considering how many religious leaders get caught committing adultery or child molestation, they may not be the best people to teach them.

Glad to hear of the extra traffic :-)

31 December, 2019 02:40  
Blogger Martha said...

What would we do without that cat humour? HAHA

A book about how marvelous it is to have measles... Nothing surprises me anymore.

31 December, 2019 05:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Martha: If they'd had more power fifty years ago, I'm sure "Sally's Scrumptious Smallpox" would be a best-seller by now.

If cats only knew how funny they are.....

31 December, 2019 17:12  
Blogger Batocchio said...

Thanks for participating and for spreading the word!

31 December, 2019 21:52  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks for compiling your round-up, and helping so many bloggers reach new readers.

01 January, 2020 03:07  

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