26 January 2020

Link round-up for 26 January 2020

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

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What if lions took selfies?

There's something fishy about this post.

Beware -- he bites.

Accept your pun-ishment.

Her Royal Highness launches an emergency fund-raiser (but please donate to your local cat shelter instead).

This is the future liberals want.

Lady M makes dollhouse furniture by laser.

Science and religion work differently.

Romantic is romantic, in either case.

The gun obsession meets a deep psychological need.

How do you forgive yourself.....

This is not a sea monster.

Maybe quantum mechanics isn't so weird.

Cancel someone's day off, face the consequences.

I suspect this kind of thing happens to a lot of kids.

Driving while faithful is dangerous.

I already knew almost all of this.  Has so much really been forgotten?

It's the year of the horrid little scuttling thing -- which is supposed to be auspicious -- so long as the coronavirus doesn't get you.  Who thought up this calendar?

Beware of online personality quizzes.

It's good to ask follow-up questions.

All those cigarette butts couldn't have helped either.

Trump's pet religious nut believes in what's basically magic.

If you were ever a Christian, why?

Modern storytelling is trite and simplistic compared to traditional folk tales.

The forced-birth fetishists are united behind their candidate and ready to fight -- we must be as well.

This guy gets it.

It's not only abortion -- for some, access to birth control is under attack.

When you're in a strong position, taking a stand is worth the risk of losing a few fans.

We need more atheist blogs, and more blogs generally.  Every voice is unique, and "social media" are a pallid substitute.

Every time some Satanist announces a Black mass, the religio-nutballs start spending huge amounts of energy on vigils and rituals and whatnot.  It's like the real-world equivalent of trolling.

Same crime, different colors.

"Great torture, terrible suffering, horrible despair, terrible and indescribable suffering, caverns and pits of torture....." -- if you don't do and believe as I tell you to.

Ken Ham's Ark Encounter tries to entice children to visit its moronic paean to an imaginary genocide.

Never forgive what was done to this man.

Trump unveils more plans to facilitate discrimination.

Jerry Falwell Jr calls for civil disobedience, not against the gutting of health care or the caging of migrant children, but against gun control.

Pompeo made an utter fool of himself in this interview (found via Hackwhackers).

At some point it becomes treason.

Global warming is making libertarianism untenable (found via Crooks and Liars).

Remember what Martin Luther King said about war.

Looking at the record, Trump's relationship with the military is "complicated".

Views from the other side: coverage of the Richmond gun rally from two right-wing blogs and The Daily Stormer (the latter may surprise you).  The protesters did bring this interesting prop.

What does "America is a Christian nation" really imply?

Members of the Trump gang who committed crimes mustn't get away with it after he leaves office.

It's probably a myth that aluminum is a cause of Alzheimer's (found via Billions of Versions).

Yet another problem with colonizing Mars is dangerous radiation.

One cell to kill them all, one cell to find them.....

Dinosaurs were weird.

Even in the Netherlands, some people still have deep spiritual beliefs.

The haters must not win, but that means we must not let them.

Attacks by religio-nationalist mobs on India's universities are an attack on democracy itself.

In 2016, 6% of the popular vote was wasted on third candidates.  Trump's unpopularity is electorally unsurvivable if we all vote -- and avoid repeating that mistake.

We need to reach people who don't usually care about politics.

Moscow Mitch will win on impeachment, but may lose the war for the Senate.  The process is exposing the vacuous corruption of Republican senators, and that could be valuable.

What's our plan for after we win in November?

What's the Republicans' plan for after they acquit Trump?

More links here.

[Image at top:  Satanist march for reproductive freedom, date/location not known to me]


Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

More blogs that we like to read and visit of any kind is a good idea. As long as we like what they post, that's a plus. A lot of blogs don't stick around for a long time. I've been around for more than 10 years and have seen a lot of blogs come and go.

I've seen the lion taking selfie meme, I found it hilarious. I can definitely see a lion thinking that. lol

26 January, 2020 08:53  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Those texts between The Boss and his employee Alex are hilarious! I enjoyed the article about "The Good Guy/Bad Guy Myth." The article about Taylor Swift was really good too.

26 January, 2020 08:56  
Blogger Mike said...

The plan the Dems need when they win is to undo every undo tRUMP did. What worries me is not tRUMP not wanting to leave (the secret service will carry him out the door), but what the spiteful asshole will do from Nov 3rd to Jan 20th.

26 January, 2020 14:27  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Great links.
More bloggers, please. Influencers are supper annoying!


27 January, 2020 02:48  
Blogger dellgirl said...

This is another great list of links. Many times I can choose a favorite one or two, this time I can't. Thanks for sharing this, I enjoyed going through the list.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

27 January, 2020 17:07  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

Hi Infidel!

Just checking in late as usual. Love the fishy post and really loved my pun-ishment. It was truly an inspired collection. Thank you for the link to the emergency fundraiser. I could not have expressed my disdain for the royals any better.

I love dollhouses, probably because my mom never let me have one, even though my sister had one, but let's skip the childhood traumas. There is an amazing display in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. There are dollhouses of Petronella Oortman, a rich Dutch woman who lived in the 1600s. The dollhouses are amazingly detailed. I would love to see them in person one day, because the pictures are amazing. Here's a link, if anyone is interested.

I've seen that gun cartoon before, and it's perfect.

That not-a-sea-monster was amazing! For some reason, I felt it was very soothing. I watched it several times, and it was better than Valium.

I bet electrons, no matter how badly behaved, are still nicer than a lot of people.

That boss deserved what he got, and it was hilarious! I wish I could do that to telemarketers, but I never answer the phone when they call.

I always suspected that Jesus would be a lousy driver.

I'll be back for more. Getting late here.

27 January, 2020 22:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary: You're definitely one of the longer-lasting bloggers. It's not for everyone, but there are so many fun blogs out there I wish more people would give it a try.

Debra: I hope Alex didn't eventually get in trouble. The post about fairy tales was fascinating. We lose sight of how much deeper storytelling can be. Of course, a lot of modern novels and short stories are a lot richer than most movies.

Mike: I worry about the lame-duck period too. Hopefully someone will remind him that after he's out of office he's definitely subject to prosecution.

Sixpence: I even hate that term "influencers". It just radiates shallowness.

Dellgirl: Thanks! I'm an eclectic reader.....

Nonnie: I do wonder why so much attention is paid to the royals, especially here in the US. This is basically just two people quitting jobs that don't suit them. It's no big deal.

Thanks for the link -- there's a curious fascination in miniatures.

Electrons can be very helpful, but it's also a bit of a shock if too many of them run into you at once.

28 January, 2020 00:52  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

I've been hearing a lot, especially lately, that electrons have consequences.

28 January, 2020 11:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...


30 January, 2020 05:17  
Blogger Martha said...

Finally got through this post and had a great time doing it! Thanks for all the fun and interesting links.

Those online personality tests are very common on Facebook. I see friends doing them all the time and think "noooo...".

30 January, 2020 05:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Martha: Glad to provide some entertainment!

Everyone's drawn to things like personality tests, I think. That's what makes them such a useful tool for political trolls.

30 January, 2020 17:12  

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