12 April 2020

Link round-up for 12 April 2020

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

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Have a few religion cartoons, and a few cats.

Debra She Who Seeks goes to the grocery store.

Grow a new cash crop, how to bribe a police officer, and other tips.

Here are some song jokes, plus Trump as captain of the Titanic.

Locked-down Australians dress up to take out the trash.

Easter is canceled in Germany, but they still have snark.

Even covid-19 has its lighter sideMore here.  And here.

Everybody is working from home now.

Nice and peaceful.

Easter eggs?  These are Easter eggs.

Violating quarantine is a mistake.

It's a different kind of treehouse.

When you make a mask, make it with style.

Home and garden.

Why waste a band-aid?  I just use a small square of cardboard and some tape.

Ole Phat Stu has some unusual clocks.

Halloween 100 years ago was a bit different.

Tim Klein creates bizarre art from jigsaw puzzles (link from Nonnie9999).

Some movie posters kind of miss the point.

Here's why Namibia is shaped like that.

Do your online shopping intelligently.

It's a versatile article of clothing.

It's hard to imagine these magnificent places devoid of visitors.

Plans are under way for a Frankenstein museum (found via Mendip).

Editors saved Star Wars.

Don't push people too far.

From the air, a city under lockdown looks eerily almost deserted (this is Johannesburg).

Turns out that nobody really misses John Galt.

Why bother "fighting, warring, struggling and scheming" to get what you want, when all you need to do is ask?

Read a survivor's memories of Christian homeschooling.

The end of the world is near, just as it has been for 2,000 years.

"It is the theodicy of a sadist."

A well-known quote from Ursula K LeGuin needs to be put in context.

Chelsea Clinton pwns Jared Kushner.

"How do you get from here to the rest of the world?"

Some sports organizations are waking up to the unfairness of allowing males to compete in female events.

Here are some worthy groups to donate to.

A covid-19 vaccine hasn't even been developed yet and already the religious nuts are thinking up objections to it.

The winner of the Wisconsin primary thanks his campaign team (found via Hackwhackers).

Pornhub helps, fundies bitch.

We could have had a real president.

Mississippi's governor celebrates racism.

Stopping food intake and mumbling to yourself won't solve anything.  Viruses aren't afraid of swords and old bits of wood, either.

A protest gets some new supporters (found via Hackwhackers).

Stupidity has consequences.

The Devil is in the Church.

Some try to help.

History tends to repeat itself.

Totally contained, this is fine (found via Hackwhackers).

Volunteers answer a hospital's plea for the protective equipment the government won't supply.

This nutcase wants a global Catholic theocracy -- and he's a Harvard law professor.

Here's why covid-19 is more dangerous to diabetics.

Read this memo from a grocery-store manager.

Wonder why some Instacart shoppers are on strike?  Maybe it's because of shit like this.

The Rude Pundit seems rather unimpressed with Jared Kushner.

Senate Democrats propose hazard pay for essential workers (as I suggested here).

Trump and his cronies can't address the pandemic because they lack basic humanity.

A doctor reports from the front lines of the pandemic.  Here's one of the many heroes we've lost.

Is this a rational system?

Tony Spell, rapidly emerging as the "poster pastor" of Evangelical refusal to abide by social distancing, says "true Christians" see death as a "welcome friend".

Trump's self-interest is at odds with public health.

Some banks stand to make a ghoulish profit off the pandemic.

The US death toll is probably much higher than official figures indicate.

There are now mass graves in New York city.

"The Trump administration's incompetence is so staggering, so jaw-dropping, it would have been rejected as implausible in fiction not long ago."

It's not just Republicans' incompetence that will kill people, it's their determination to keep the churches packed and the gun shops open.  Kansas Republicans have overturned the governor's order limiting church gatherings.

"This is Trump's fault" -- David Frum chronicles the failures and bullshit.

Some of the plans for "re-opening the economy" sound scarier than the pandemic.  Relaxing the lockdowns too soon would actually wreck the economy even more.  We need large-scale testing first, but Trump is cutting federal funding for that.

The pandemic has exposed conservative ideology as a delusion (found via Michael in Norfolk).  Government should not be run by people who don't believe in government.

The PPE shortage has consequences -- over 700 healthcare workers have tested positive for the coronavirus in just one Detroit hospital system.  Hospitals throughout the country are beset by crippling supply problems.

With the federal government AWOL, state governors must lead -- and most of the Republican ones are too scared of Trump.

There has been a "horrifying surge" in domestic violence under lockdown conditions (as fellow blogger RO anticipated two weeks ago).

The pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of the US economy and of the trans-national world order -- and the dangers of dependence on fascist China.

Some people who recover from covid-19 are left with permanent lung damage.

Here's an overview of the drugs currently being studied as possible treatments for covid-19.

Our technology is now good enough to measure the wind speed on a world two hundred trillion miles away.

This tiny creature may have been the ancestor of almost all modern animals (found via Notes to Ponder).

Any relaxation of the present precautions will lead to a resurgence of the pandemic.

Here's what Europe's busiest shopping street looks like now.

Several of the doctors who died fighting covid-19 in Italy were Arab immigrants.

Spanish police have no patience with virus-spreading church gatherings.

Malta has seized almost €30 million from the Vatican's bank after the latter tried to weasel out of a deal.

Near-deserted cities and roads in Israel dramatize the impact of the lockdown.

The ultra-religious Haredim are 10% of Israel's population but have over 50% of the covid-19 cases, due to their leaders' initial disregard of the government's public-health orders (found via Earth-Bound Misfit).

"It’s a divine punishment against homosexuality."

Lift the sanctions on Iran so it can fight the pandemic -- also, cartoons celebrate the heroes of the struggle.

Covid-19 hasn't hit Russia hard yet -- but it will, for reasons that suggest Putin isn't as smart an operator as we tend to think.

India uses light to express defiance of the virus.  The country is perhaps two weeks away from the kind of disaster now engulfing the US.

Japan is pulling production back home out of China.  When will we wise up?

Last week I noted that Japan wasn't acting fast to forestall the spread of covid-19; now it's facing the consequences.

Even South Korea faces a second wave of the virus.

The pandemic reveals the stupidity of excluding Taiwan from international organizations.

As the virus's second wave takes off in China, Africans residing in the country face hostility (the regime is attributing the new wave of infections to people entering China from outside).

There's a little good news from South Africa.  The country is seeing a slow-down in infections, but it may not last.

If we vote Trump out, we get rid of all these turkeys as well (found via Octoberfarm).

Don't get complacent because of Biden's lead in national polls -- the swing states are a lot closer.  But Trump may be sabotaging himself in Michigan and Florida.

Americans want a public option, not single-payer.

Remember how much is at stake.

Worst president ever.

Here are some of the dirty tricks Republicans will use.

The path to control of the Senate runs through Georgia.

Spread these ads around.

[1,179 days down, 283 to go until the inauguration of a real president.]


Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

This time you did give us VARIETY!
And the religulous will always find a way to bitch and moan. Ugh.


12 April, 2020 03:08  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Those crazy Aussies taking out the trash -- the 1920s gangster with the black garbage-bag body was the best, in my opinion! As usual, thanks for the shout-outs!

12 April, 2020 07:29  
Blogger Lady M said...

So many funny memes here! I needed a good laugh today.

12 April, 2020 09:40  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I haven't been online a lot lately with my husband being in the hospital but I wanted to wish you a Happy Easter. I hope you at least got some chocolate eggs.

12 April, 2020 15:49  
Blogger Mike said...

I have always been for universal healthcare, not medicare for all. All the other countries with universal healthcare have better systems than medicare.

12 April, 2020 23:03  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

Hi Infidel,

I hope you and your readers are staying healthy and sane.

Love the grocery store jokes. One of my son's friends posted this on Facebook: "Suddenly the whole nation is depending on the very people they don't believe should make $15 an hour." Amen.

The Titanic is a perfect analogy for the Twitler debacle. Just one small change—it should be the HMS Moronic.

I feel a little better now. Even Carl from Up is walking around in flipflops. I haven't put shoes on since I went to the supermarket 18 days ago. I never wear flipflops, but I found a pair in my closet, and they are practically welded to my feet.

The Ukrainian Easter eggs are gorgeous. Did Twitler make any perfect phone calls to them?

I had to laugh at the Japanese art. Too funny!

Speaking of clocks, the other day, I was watching one of Twitler's "press conferences" and I went onto Twitter to see if other people were thinking the same things I was. I saw that they were, but their tweets were marked as being posted an hour before. I was wondering how they saw what I was watching an hour before I did when the presser was supposed to be live. I figured I had paused the TV and had forgotten, so i hit fast forward on the remote. Nothing happened. I changed the channel and then turned it back, because that will cancel the pausing. The presser was still where I left off. At this point, I'm freaking out, feeling like I was in the Twilight Zone. I hit the guide button on my remote, and the TV listings came up along with the time, which was an hour earlier! I grabbed my iPad and texted my sister. I told her that my TV was stuck at 6:40, even the TV listings screen. She texted back, "That's because it is 6:40." Honestly, I wondered if I was having a mental breakdown or a stroke brought on my cabin fever. That's when it occurred to me to turn around and look at my clock. It said 6:40. Then I looked at my iPad. 6:40. Phone. 6:40. Apparently, my computer, for some unknown reason, suddenly reset the clock an hour ahead, and I guess Twitter's timestamps go by my computer and not some universal clock. I manually reset the time on my computer. I checked the settings, and they have the right timezone and settings, so I have no idea what happened. I felt really stupid, and I am still a bit rattled by it. It was so bizarre, and the emotions I felt when I thought Rod Serling was going to step out of my bathroom at any moment still freak me out. And that is my stupid quarantine story of the week. I wish it was fiction.

As someone who loves to mess with movie posters, those are some really horrible movie posters.

Namibia (or Nambia in Twitler speak) looks just right for some Rethuglian gerrymandering.

I hope everyone enjoyed the jigsaw puzzles as much as I did.

Be back tomorrow to hit the rest of the links.

13 April, 2020 00:28  
Blogger Batocchio said...

Thanks for the link. That's quite the roundup -- I went through about a dozen interesting links and they just kept coming...

14 April, 2020 01:16  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Sixpence: I always aim for variety, but last week's round-up was really too covid-19-heavy. I'd been obsessing over the news.

Debra: I'm glad they found a way of having fun even in the midst of this mess.

Lady M: As do we all, I think.....

Mary: The stress of the situation must be terrible. Give yourself the time you need. You have a lot to cope with.

Mike: Well, they certainly have better systems than the mess we have now. Still, I don't favor running on abolishing private insurance. We'd lose.

Nonnie: I question whether staying sane is such a good idea right now.....:-)

I was glad that the Democrats proposed hazard pay for those minimum-wage workers. I suppose the Republicans will quash it, though.

Trump doesn't care about fine art unless it depicts Biden doing something crooked.

I'm sure you could improve those posters a great deal.

The majority of people in Namibia are black, so the Republicans would accuse them of being born in Kenya.

Batocchio: Thanks for the post! I hope I'm providing a bit of diversion in these dark times.

14 April, 2020 16:03  
Blogger Martha said...

It's amazing how many funny images are available right now. I think we all need to keep a sense of humour going. I'm a little behind, so off to see your next post...

19 April, 2020 17:39  

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