10 May 2020

Link round-up for 10 May 2020

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

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What if Hitchcock worked on Sesame Street?

They're just compensating.

Monday was pun day.

See the cat armored division (link from Nonnie9999).

It's a haunted house with a difference.

Choose your mask wisely.  You don't need to take this one off to have a drink.

Here's how you get a low-maintenance, pigeon-free balcony.

The first few steps are the hardest.

Georgia Marfels makes mini-art for the pandemic (and other creepy things).

Who was he talking to?

There are some tough-looking gangs on the prowl.

Knowledge vs experience.

Here's the best format for long text documents (found via Bluebird of Bitterness).

Less than 559 feet.

Try to be optimistic.

A simple bus trip across California turns a bit Twilight-Zone-ish.

Dumb animals are protected by smarter animals.

Every death impoverishes the future.

Some pithy observations on the lockdown protests here.  And one more.

This is not love.

The enemy is preparing to fight.  So must we.

Wingnuts have achieved their own form of herd immunity.

54% of Americans who have been working from home want to continue doing so after the pandemic ends.

"So glad for that place called HELL."

They are a cult.

As if we needed another reason to avoid going outside.....

If you don't agree with every detail of my beliefs, you're blinded by Satan.

Old people are people.

Yes, abortion can be beautiful.

Bruce Gerencser looks at the world of Baptist missionaries.

The shots fired at Kent State fifty years ago still reverberate.

Don't get trapped in a lifelong career you know is a lie.

Here's how to deal with dental issues during the pandemic.

Guess which one the police shot.

Blood, blood, blood!

It is better to acknowledge uncertainty than to be certain without evidence.

DarkMatter2525 imagines the trial of Kenneth Copeland.

The pandemic is spawning biting, classic cartoons.

Fair and Unbalanced referenced my post "The Culture War Turns Hot", leading to some further discussion.

The Screaming Idiot of Michigan acquires yet more renown.

It's an empty gesture from an empty man.

Just stop being poor!  And go die for the economy.

Here's a round-up of wingnut asshattery, plus a hopeful move by an athlete.

Yes, let her be known as "Grandma Killer" for the rest of her life.

Internal dissent at Amazon is rising to the top.

Yes, you do need to wear a mask in public -- don't resort to the same old Republican denialism.

Doctors are getting sick of all the conspiracy bullshit they have to deal with.

Green Eagle dives deep into the lunacy of the wingnutosphere.

Republicans have made the US a failed state.  They're now attacking the CDC's science-based re-opening guidelines on religious and political grounds.  Our country is leaderless, sinking into absurdity.

Ending lockdowns won't help the economy until people feel safe.

At least one Michigan legislator now feels a need for armed guards.

This is not what the heroes fought for.

Here's a pandemic report from the Shenandoah Valley.

Yes, people who talk like this are "the enemy", period.

South Dakota's Republican governor won't allow the Sioux to protect themselves against covid-19.

Here's a good illustration of what can happen when you don't observe social distancing.

She worked to keep others alive, and now insurance is letting her down.

Yes, the Lansing MI protesters have been spreading the virus.

Leonard Pitts will not die for someone else's stupidity, and neither should you.

Religionists step up their efforts to undermine the fight against covid-19.

It's not under control yet.  Don't quit before the war is won.

We're probably never going "back to normal".  Here's how the pandemic could change US politics.

Pastors and their dupes are being mowed down by the virus they refuse to take seriously.

People are setting themselves up for horrible suffering (found via Mock Paper Scissors).

Some meat-plant workers are refusing to come back to their dangerous jobs.

Apparently "religious freedom" includes the right to poison people.

Republicans do not speak for our country.

Every time you think people can't get any stupider, they do.

Some were prepared for the pandemic, others weren't.

Trumpanzees don't do introspection.

Security people trying to enforce anti-covid-19 precautions are being assaulted or even killed.

A Trumpanzee attacks a tribute to nurses in Pennsylvania.

Let the true ugliness of the enemy shine forth (be sure to watch the video within the post).

You can suffer from severe hypoxia without knowing it.

There are grounds for hope in the war against covid-19.  But don't count on warm weather to slow it down.

Octopuses probably aren't all that smart (but no, don't eat them).

A new genetically-engineered enzyme recycles plastic in hours.

British parents successfully push back against school rules that threaten girls' privacy.  The government may finally be listening.

Sweden is paying a "horrifying" price for its decision to eschew a lockdown.

Religio-nutters are undermining the fight against the pandemic in Russia too.

China probably has eighty million people out of work.

Trump is losing a chunk of his base.

Learn from Dukakis -- about what not to do.

Intrepid hog-deballer Joni Ernst is slipping in the polls.

Tara Reade's attitude towards Biden has fluctuated suspiciously.  No, this is not like the Kavanaugh caseAnnie Asks You and I Should Be Laughing explain why they doubt the accusation.

Trump's campaign airs a flagrantly-dishonest ad.

Crooks and Liars has more covid-19 links.  Still more links here.

[Image at top found via Hackwhackers.]


Blogger Hot guys said...

"She worked to keep others alive, and now insurance is letting her down" - why am I not surprised about that? Unfortunately, that's exactly in what kinda world we live in. Sad! 🤷‍♂️😏

And when it comes to eating, I would eat literally almost any kind of food, but... not octopus. 😃💚🤎

10 May, 2020 04:34  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

A lot of people have been caught wearing weird masks outside. Why though?

10 May, 2020 09:59  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

"Every death impoverishes the future" -- the passage from Ray Bradbury is exactly right.

10 May, 2020 10:01  
Blogger Mike said...

It's hard not to use Amazon. They have almost everything at a decent price. But I hate giving Bezos money. And I've been scammed a time or two by not using them.

11 May, 2020 00:47  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

Hi Infidel,

I hope you and all your readers are safe and well.

Thanks for the link to the cartoons. I love Bill Abbott's characters. Not the funniest cartoons on the planet, but I love his characters with the white glasses in different shapes and no eyes. I don't know why they appeal to me, but they do. Of course, I always appreciate the puns. I am all in for imbleachment.

Can we get some Holographic Scare Tape and hang it around the Oval Office? If it keeps pigeons away, maybe it will work on a Chickenshit?

I look just like that baby elephant when I first wake up, except that he's adorable.

Those cats look very organized. Just think how dangerous they would be in cardboard tanks!

Why do Namibia and Zimbabwe look like a Rethuglican redistricting map?

That was such a nice story. With the hitchhiking, I was expecting some kind of gory turn.

Went to see my mom today for Mother's Day. Had to tell her I love her through a window, but I was still happy to see her, even if it was raining. That, plus a trip to the grocery store after wore me out, so I will be back tomorrow for more. Thanks, as always for the link over to The Raisin.

11 May, 2020 01:12  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

That first image is soooo telling!
And so many stories.... really. This pandemic is bringing out the best and worst in people...


11 May, 2020 02:02  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Hot: There's an inherent conflict between running a for-profit business and doing what medical coverage is supposed to do. They have an incentive to deny coverage as much as possible.

Mary K: A lot of people don't seem to understand the purpose of the masks. It's not about covering your face, it's about making your breath pass through fabric to trap the droplets than might contain viruses. A lot of these improvised masks don't do that at all.

Debra: I'm already thinking about a post based on it.

Mike: I've avoided using them for a long time now. There are almost always other options. It's not so much Bezos's money I mind, it's how they treat their employees.

Nonnie: Cartoons can be very expressive. We've had some great ones lately.

I'm starting to worry about the cats. They're up to something.

I think Namibia's odd shape resulted from some sort of scam during the time of German colonial domination (Namibia was one of the few African countries to be colonized by Germany instead of Britain or France), but I forget the details.

Sixpence: It's funny how we knew in advance exactly which people would show their worst during this.

12 May, 2020 14:42  
Blogger Martha said...

HAHAHAHAHA! That photoshop fix on the second link! That is hilarious.

17 May, 2020 06:20  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I like the rainbow-patterned one.....

17 May, 2020 08:59  

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