16 August 2020

Link round-up for 16 August 2020

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

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Read Jurassic Park's Twitter account.

Dreams, dreams, dreams.....

Book time!

Now this is parking.

"What if you go to Hell?"

It's a hot time down at the vampire disco.

Teach him to jump.

Bill Maher delivers Trump's funeral oration (Trump doesn't like it).

Here's how kids define politics.

For the time of covid-19, there's now a drive-in haunted house (found via Old Fashion Halloween).

Gag, retch, barf, vomit, puke.....

No more HOAs, more purple houses.

It was a snazzy vehicle in its day.

They're excavating a surprisingly large city.

Lots of fine travel photos of Rome here (text is from a Catholic viewpoint).

"There are always men like you."

Here's the right way to add Trump to Mount Rushmore.

Get your back-to-school supplies here.

"Grab him by the ballot."

RO looks at birthdays, covid-19 in the family, hot dogs, and gifts.

Watch for media piracy to make a comeback.

Some tips on short story writing here.

Perhaps aliens would just become an outlet for our worst habits.

Margaret Hamilton paid a steep price for her iconic role in one of the most famous films ever made.

It's the nightmare of late capitalism.

".....and I think to myself, what a wonderful world....."

Even Twitter is now introducing a form of comment moderation.

Perhaps "religious freedom" can be used to protect abortion rights.

They're not all nasty.

Trump is so incompetent he's even fouled up the Republican plan to destroy democracy.

There is no possible justification for this behavior.

What an asshole.

It's as if Jesus wanted people to go to Hell.

This must be the craziest wingnut conspiracy fantasy yet.

Yes, schools can enforce mask rules if they choose to.

It's not your job to save decaying regions that won't save themselves.

Guess I won't be relying on Newsweek for information.

Defend the real meanings of words (Orwell warned us about thought control via manipulation of language).

The top executives get millions in bonuses, the people who do the actual work get laid off.

In Portland, state police who replaced Trump's mystery feds are now pulling out, citing local unwillingness to prosecute crimes.

Stop subsidizing germ-spreading freaks who think they're above the law.  79% of Americans agree that churches should obey the rules.

They're ripping out Postal Service infrastructure right in front of our eyes.  But the people are starting to rise up against this outrageous sabotage.  One of America's most influential leaders calls on her followers to vote early.

This person exists (and will vote).

This person exists (and will also vote).

A lot of American Christians aren't really Christians.

No, we are not all fine.

Endless sickness and death, brought to you by the "right-to-life" party.

Two private schools in Pennsylvania have joined in a "Christian school district" to maximize the spread of covid-19.  This California county is now a "sanctuary county" for the virus.

There is no common ground (found via Hackwhackers).

It's only a myth that the Republican party was sane and decent before Trump.

Say goodbye to Fred the skeleton.

They fired him, then lied about the reason.

The governor must do his job even if the fundies don't like it.

Science and rationality aren't just for white people.

Trump has found yet another quack doctor.

MAGA "tough guys" are weak men.

It's not Congress, it's the Republicans.

A new Johnny Appleseed roams the land, sowing orchards of lies.

They're not pro-life (found via Octoberfarm).

SpaceX is screwing up astronomy.

Science is gaining ground against nonsense in our schools.

The explosion in Beirut sheds some light on what's gone wrong with the US (read the comments too).

Islamist authoritarian regimes in Iran and Turkey condemn the new peace between Israel and the UAE.

Biden and Harris make a good combination.  Their clash on race during the debates will be a positive for the party and the country.

Here's why eastern Tennessee will vote for Trump no matter what.

They chose the QAnon qrackpot over the neurosurgeon.

Republicans are already (incompetently) slinging mud at Harris.  And they're already right down in the gutter.

Trump's attack on the Postal Service is an election issue in its own right.

Here are some tips on how to vote safely and make sure it counts.

Silicon Valley is preparing to push back against election shenanigans.

Which one is "in decline"?

Progressives are largely supportive of Harris.  Electoral-Vote has more on reactions.  She's the attack dog we need.

More links here and here.

o o o o o

I'm saddened to learn that blogger Ed Brayton, whose posts have sometimes been included in these round-ups, has decided to end his fight against the final darkness.  Farewell.


Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I've been reading Jurassic Park's Twitter account for weeks. It's made me laugh so much and right now I really needed that.

16 August, 2020 12:00  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Regarding the post about how people shouldn't feel any obligation to fix their neighborhoods and should pack up and move somewhere else guilt free reminds me how some people rail against Central American migrants that they should stay in their home countries and try to fix their problems, and in the next breath declare "I'm moving out of this state, the taxes are too high" or something along those lines. Why don't they stay and try to make their state better just like they argue Hondurans or Salvadorans should do?

While I agree that a lone individual or even a small group of people cannot reverse the decline of a city (though imagine what Jeff Bezos could do with all of his money if he really wanted to), as you know from my post that you commented on about my trying to get my local county government to maintain a couple of sections of public sidewalk, a community can benefit from the efforts of concerned and active citizens on small, concrete (pun intended!) goals that should be attainable.

16 August, 2020 16:10  
Blogger jenny_o said...

Thanks for the shout outs the last two weeks, Infidel. I appreciate that. I'm not going to be blogging for a bit; I've posted about it on this week's Monday post. But I'll still be reading.

16 August, 2020 18:20  
Blogger dellgirl said...

"Four Ways To Safely Cast Your Ballot" is right on time. I found it very helpful, glad I got a chance to check it out here. Thanks for the heads-up on ways to vote safely.

Wishing you all the best! Stay Safe, my friend!

16 August, 2020 21:37  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Yep, those people are voting. That's why everybody else must vote, too!
The voting-by-mail debacle is upon us. That guide to safely cast your ballot is priceless, now that Cheeto is kneeecaping the USPS.
OMG the Chinese takeout story is priceless.


17 August, 2020 02:47  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary: I can imagine. It's pretty amusing.

Tommykey: Local authorities do have an obligation to try and fix local problems, and appealing to them to do so is certainly an option for those who choose to stay in an area. But sometimes the problems are too big for the local authorities to handle, or they're too incompetent or ideologically disinclined to tackle certain kinds of problems. I'm expecting, for example, to see a substantial exodus from urban core areas over the next few years (post on this coming in the next week or two).

Jenny_o: Very understandable under the circumstances -- family comes first. I'm glad you'll still be reading when you have time.

Dellgirl: Thanks. I'm trying to do what I can to spread useful information like that around. If many bloggers do so, we can make a difference.

Sixpence: Always remember, there's more of us than there is of them. We just need to make use of the power that gives us.

17 August, 2020 12:19  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

A tad late at viewing these, as soon as I did yesterday, I got interrupted.But thanx for the read on Margaret Hamilton ... never really knew how much hazard was involved and her injuries on making the Wizard of Oz movie ... man! ... what a job with getting burned and all making it. Never knew any of this ... I remember my first time seeing the movie, I was 6 years old, my mom turned me on to it, with a couple cousins one night, and made us some popcorn and brownies ... I was so excited ... what fascinated me most, was these flying monkeys, it was a fav of my mom. When we seen it, it was on a black & white television, the year was 1962 or 1963.

17 August, 2020 15:58  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Movie special effects were a lot more dangerous in those days -- and there was a lot less regulation to protect actors.

18 August, 2020 06:55  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Yes, IIRC, William Shatner and I think Leonard Nimoy claimed they got tinnitus from a special effects explosion when filming the episode where Kirk ends up fighting the Gorn.

18 August, 2020 09:55  
Anonymous NB said...

Please tell me - which ones are the "Fake Christians"? The linked article doesn't say.

18 August, 2020 10:42  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Tommykey: Probably the "gunpowder" explosion. It did look kind of dangerous.

NB: Yes it does. He's saying the people who don't follow the prescribed bigotries in the Bible are "departing from the core truths of Christian worldview".

18 August, 2020 14:12  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Infidel, I think it was the scene in the beginning when Kirk, Spock, (maybe McCoy?) and a couple of red shirts are tricked into beaming down to the surface of a planet and then the Gorns start shooting bombs at them.

18 August, 2020 15:35  

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