15 March 2020

Link round-up for 15 March 2020

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

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These trucks just belong together.

"Please wait here....."

Whoever attached this sticker knew exactly what he was doing.

Look at classic art with a modern eye.

It's a revolution in cat transport.

The world is in the grip of the Pandumbic.

He can fight with lies.

Have some quotes for International Women's Day.

RO looks at waitresses, birds, Pez dispensers, sports shirts, and more.

Judith Hope's puppets make the microscopic visible.

Remember Rosalind Walker, the original "Rosie the Riveter".

Medieval art depicts sex with demons (found via Miss Cellania).

It's a barrage of Trump dumbth, with a brief inspirational message from John Lewis.  If we couldn't laugh at Trump, we'd go mad.  None of this bullshit is remotely normal.

Buttigieg's run was a game-changer for gay Americans.

These women were pioneers in their fields.

Alexandra Rowland pwns the pearl-clutchers, and it's a beautiful thing to behold.

What if religio-wingnuts decide the covid-19 vaccine is the Antichrist?

Every woman in the Utah state senate walked out in protest against this abortion bill.

Steve Ruis takes a close look at Pence's prayer circle.

Assholes exploit covid-19 for profit.

"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear."

Must-read of the week:  a detailed discussion of how the covid-19 epidemic is likely to play out.  You need to start social distancing now -- don't wait even until later today.  Per the CDC's worst-case scenario, covid-19 could kill 1,700,000 Americans.  That's four times the total US battlefield deaths in World War II.  Stop comparing this to the flu.  Our country may be on the brink of literally the worst disaster in its entire history.

What are the risks of using public transit?

Turn your Evangelical teens into annoying phonies.

Fake museum gets pwned by fake ancient relics.

"This only works if you add....."

Congress is ill-prepared for the impact of covid-19 on its aging membership.

It's absurd that anyone still pays attention to Ayn Rand.

Expertise is back in style and fundamentalism is imploding.

"Reverse freedom rides" were once a tactic used by segregationists.

Trump's covid-19 speech was a fiascoHackwhackers (see here too) and Electoral-Vote round up more commentary.  Here are a few specific lies.  In case you'd forgotten, this is what a real president sounds like.

Target has developed a new system for shitting on its employees.

Fox News viewers are not taking covid-19 seriously, and many of them will probably die for it.

One cruise line is telling lies to sell tickets.

Warren could still become president.

The whole Republican party shares the blame.

You'd think a law protecting girls from religious genital mutilation would be a no-brainer, but not everyone agrees.

Right-to-repair is a rising issue in farm country, one which Democrats ought to get behind.

The human mind is ill-equipped to understand exponential growth.

Colossal turtles once roamed South America.

Abortion patients in Nova Scotia will no longer need to face screaming religious nutjobs on the way in and out of the clinic.

This Australian church is setting itself up to be a textbook case of natural selection in action.

Yeah, yeah, blame the gays.....shit, these guys are monotonous.

Covid-19 poses an existential threat to the Iranian theocracy (yes, it's NRO, but the article makes some solid points).

Don't forget the women's rights activists imprisoned under the world's most misogynistic regime.

There are reasons why new diseases tend to emerge in China.

Covid-19 is already a global disaster.

Vagabond Scholar looks back on Warren's campaign.

The media's obsessions led them to miss the roots of Biden's resurgence.

10% of Trump's 2016 voters may dump him this year.

If you have reservations about Biden, read this.

Intrepid hog-castrator Joni Ernst is in trouble in Iowa.

Some Republicans -- well, one Republican -- says Trump's covid-19 blundering has doomed his presidency.

That guy really was full of shit, and Biden's got what it takes.

[Image at top found via Crooks and Liars]


Anonymous NickM said...

OK, this might be a bit off-topic... You cite Margaret Court who used to play tennis. Now, I do wonder... I am somewhat a bit of a weak nominative determinist. What do you think?

By "weak" I mean it doesn't cause it but very few of us really know as kids what to do with ourselves, exactly so some vague nudge...

15 March, 2020 06:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Nick: Sorry, but I have no idea what you're talking about.

15 March, 2020 06:32  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Good lineup today! My fave is the very first one!

15 March, 2020 07:02  
Blogger The Conservative Lady said...

Oh Boy, we sure do live in interesting times!
Americans have a need for things now that we are bunkering down for the duration of this Cardona Virus thing. Boy God has created a very strange world. We seem to be in the need for Toilet Paper more than we are for food.
Personally I loaded my house up with Pizza, and Hot Dogs, to the Hell with Toi;et Pater. We have lots of trees out where I live and I can always use the leaves from the trees to wipe myself clean.

I haven’t seen emptied store shelves at least here on the west coast since I was a teen during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
My mother’s words that she often uttered haunted my head as I waited in line at the grocery store. I only needed some milk. She said as we looked around at the empty shelves” the bloody alarmists” . She had lived through and survived the Blitz in London as a teen.

Many Americans have become alarmists, I personally rely on Michele Obama’s words as important reminder to have faith and rely on God.
She always said, “The hell with Toilet Paper, we need lots of Lobster, and Caviar” But Caviar has become So Damn Expensive, that I think I’m going to give it up.

Also, I amused my self in the Grocery Store line to noted the items chosen by people that appear to be their secret stash for the end of the world, like Rice and Beans, and plenty of cigarette. Good Luck to us all. And by the way as Robert the Nero so correctly said. Fuck Trump.

15 March, 2020 09:44  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Really been tight, as far as trying to stay cautious, and changing lifestyle or whatever. Been not shaking hands and alot of other stuff, more phone talk than in person, etc. I do usually wash hands alot, even without virus. Staying out of public much more, and just various little measures ... but I really feel the change ... even in a big town like Dallas, and still folks out and about, you can just sense it, that things are not business as usual. Yeah, you new that folks are going to be trying to make a buck off this, hoarding everything from stores, etc (I bought some needed stuff, but way out in middle of nowhere Texas, far from the cities ... had several neighbours and folks tell me they can't eget basic sanitation items ... my neighbour Bill just told me the entire shelf of dishwash liquid was empty at Walmart ... I'm like "Huuuhh? ... dishwash liquid?" ... I guess, gotta wash the dishes, ust didn't expect that one. Now's a great time for social networking online, if there was ever a good time.

Really nice medieval art collection as far as demon and folks sex art ... they had alot of stuff like that in those dayz, I looked at it like old school porn. Xtians especially fantasized all the time about sex and rape scenarios with demonic entities and stuff.

Good deal that Pete ran for President tough, I think he even represented LGBT folks well, as far as mainstream, he was a vet, and the rest. He certainly wasn't one I would have voted for in the primaries, but not because he's gay ... but I thought he done a good job, even in debates, and he is a good inspiration for young gays that may get interested in serving and politics

15 March, 2020 10:43  
Anonymous Quaker in a Basement said...

I didn't understand NickM's comment either, so I looked up "nominative determinism." It's the phenomenon where one's name influences what you become in life. "Weak" because Nick is saying "well maybe that influence is just a little push is some direction."

It's like a girl named Amy Freeze who grew up to be a meteorologist, or little Richard Chopp who became a urologist who specializes in vasectomies.

So what perhaps in a different time, Margaret Court might have become a judge, but women on the bench were nearly unheard of in her day. So...

15 March, 2020 11:56  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

Hi Infidel,

I hope you and all of your readers are well.

I wonder how many "accidents" those trucks caused, as it doesn't look like either were using protection.

Love the classic art. Some themes are timeless.

What's wrong with me that I would really like to go to a Pez dispenser museum but wouldn't be too thrilled with a microbe puppet show?

LOL! I think I would feels safer if the virus gave a presser explaining how it will save us from Twitler. Funny line, but it might be that the Coronavirus will save us from 4 more years. Sad that it had to come to that, but I think a lot of people had to take off their blinders and recognize the incompetence of Twitler and everyone he surrounds himself with is (with the exception of Dr. Fauci).

That picture of the female firefighters at Pearl Harbor reminds me of the Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph and memorial.

Twitler is a Chuck Norris joke. I'm not laughing.

The blood of the guy who doesn't have Coronavirus (which proves he's the anti-Christ is used as a vaccine, and that's how everyone gets anti-Christ cooties? “That is absolutely scientifically possible.” Oy vey.

I don't see the upside of choosing Elizabeth Warren as Veep. Better to choose a woman who can do some good for us in the Electoral College. Biden has already adopted Warren's bankruptcy plan. That was a very smart way of appealing to those more to the left without actually picking Warren as a running mate. I think she would better as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Colossal turtles once roamed South America? Wait'll Yertle McConnell finds out he's descended from immigrants!

How is Mike Pence and his prayer circle supposed to pray the Coronavirus away? It's not gay!

I don't know why, but I can't comment or even like anything at Mock, Paper, Scissors. Never had a problem before. I get some weird error message.

15 March, 2020 13:11  
Blogger Mike said...

I had to look this up.

"Nominative determinism is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. The term was first used in the magazine New Scientist in 1994, after the magazine's humorous Feedback column noted several studies carried out by researchers with remarkably fitting surnames. - Wikipedia"

I should have known this. I was getting New Scientist back in 1994. Oh well. I've forgotten a few things.

15 March, 2020 14:13  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Pete made a difference.
Xstofascists will hopefully go extinct due to stupidity.
I am forever fascinated by what some people think are ‘essentials’.


16 March, 2020 02:05  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: A match made in Heaven.....

Freddy: I'm pretty well stocked too, and if the toilet paper runs out, there's always the Bible.

Ranch: It's weird what people feel the need to stockpile. For a year or two, toilet paper won't sell as people work through the mountains of it they accumulated.

I think we'll be hearing from mayor Pete again. He's pretty young.

Quaker: Oh, I get it. Sounds dubious, though. So many names are professions, but most people named Baker don't become bakers, most people named Miller don't go to work in mills, etc. And I never noticed that Elizabeth Warren was much of a warmonger.

Nonnie: Microbes are just icky. Especially when they're unnaturally big.

The amount of utterly insane Christianist reactions to covid-19 I'm seeing around the net is just beyond belief. The antichrist thing was a new wrinkle, though.

Biden needs to give a lot of thought to his VP choice. Given his age, it's very likely the person will become president.

Mike: It figures the idea was basically a joke.

Sixpence: They're more likely to go extinct if they lock themselves in bunkers with nothing to eat but toilet paper. Serves them right.

17 March, 2020 15:52  
Anonymous Sally143 said...

I am curious about something.

Breitbart had a "Black crime" section, showing that they are racists. Websites with a "Jewish crime" section show that they are anti-Semitic.

You link to a website "Black-collar crime" section. I think that's different from the other two, although some people say such a website is also bigoted. I've heard similar things from people opposing lists of "crimes by the police."

The way I see it, the difference is power. There's already an image of Black people and Jewish people as somehow deviant, and lists of those criminals, while ignoring crimes of White people or Christians, just reinforce the deviance. Their purpose is to encourage bigotry against people with less power in society.

Christian clergy and the police, on the other hand, are widely seen as sources of good, and cover-ups of their crimes are common. If criminals in those groups were prosecuted instead of defended by large sectors of society, there would be no need for such lists. Criminals from minority groups are already prosecuted.

It's hard for me to explain why "clergy crime" and "police crime" are acceptable, but people who focus on "minority crimes" are bigots, but that's the way I feel. Any help?

28 March, 2020 20:54  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I think Gerencser's point is that religionists believe clergy are more moral than other people, and that it's necessary to demonstrate that this is untrue. Anyway, pointing out that people with a particular belief system or organizational affiliation behave worse than the general public isn't analogous to racism. If somebody started a listing of "Mafia crimes", nobody would say they were "bigoted" against members of the Mafia.

29 March, 2020 04:15  

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