23 August 2020

Link round-up for 23 August 2020

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

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Time for some bugs.

Is it data, or something more (or less)?

Cats are so graceful in motion.

This missile test launch did not follow proper safety protocols.

Choose a queen.

Appearances can be deceiving.

Yum!

This would catch one's attention.

The Antichrist stands revealed (found via Jerry Coyne).

These plants have attitude.

A good school provides transportation for students.

Plankton put on a light show on an Irish beach.

"We actually know what color it was."

This was really too big to eat.

Tinariwen is a rock band with an unusual background.

Some sharp outfits here.

See one critic's listing of the 25 most important sex scenes in movie history.

Mark Alexander waxes poetic over orthography (see a somewhat comparable effort of my own here).

Murr Brewster remembers a lively neighbor.

Preview the roll call of states at the Republican convention.

And I thought shooting yourself in the foot was bad.

He should've just obeyed the law.

Mar-a-Lago, January 21, 2021.

It's the reality of nature.

Here's an invention for dealing with anti-maskers.

Dump Trump.

Kamala Harris posters are cropping up in some surprising places.

Where are the televangelists?

This is what Republican "wit" looks like.

Some mailboxes that weren't removed are being padlocked.

Jehovah's Witnesses adapt to covid-19.

Embrace your doubts.  They can help you find the truth.

Here's a message from a resident of Flint, Michigan (scroll down).

This could raise some real money for the Post Office.

A Navajo code talker remembers Iwo Jima.

Sometimes a company behaves honorably.

"This isn't a pandemic, it's an IQ test."

He still lives in fear.

It's a strange country.

Blogger Donna is now among those put at risk by an anti-mask jackass.

Hearing voices in your head is bad -- believing them is worse.

"What freedoms have you lost?"

Some history wasn't so long ago.

Make America great again (found via Yellowdog Granny).

Christopher Hitchens wrote the best obituary for Jerry Falwell.

Some postal workers are not just following orders.

This is what happens when you get so befuddled by words that you lose sight of the real world they exist to describe.

The Spartan Atheist looks at Kenneth Copeland.

What kind of person is Stephen Miller?

Meet Steve Bannon's friend, a busy guy.

Here's what the wingnut side of the internet has been up to lately.

From Michigan, news videos expose the destruction of mail-sorting machines.

Lyndsey Graham is a whiner and Trump's ambassador to Iceland is a loony.

A Texas Christian school defies the law to help spread covid-19.

This "pardon" was an insult.

Watch for warning signs that quarantine is causing mental issues.

Protecting women from injury is just not worth the hassle.

Two months after Trump's rally, the Tulsa area gets another super-spreader event.

The Bible is hopelessly confused about how to avoid going to Hell.

"But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else."

One who formerly lived under a dictatorship sees warning signs here.

Trump comes up with a new way for his followers to poison themselves.

You are not out of your lane.

The enemy declares Michelle Obama's convention speech to be of the Devil.  More evidence of Satanism here.

The Republicans now toadying to Trump knew what he was right from the beginning.

Don't teach your kids gender stereotypes.  You could be saving them from a disastrous mistake.

The sabotage of the Post Office has already had its effects.  The purpose is to force people to vote in person so all the standard vote-suppression scams can work.  More here.

Trump consults with his imaginary friend about the economy.

Sexual abuse is sexual abuse, no matter who commits it.

The boss at this Texas company is a religious nut who bans mask-wearing.

"Those who flock to beaches, bars, and political rallies, putting their fellow citizens at risk.....are displaying.....the weakness of a people who lack both the stoicism to endure the pandemic and the fortitude to defeat it."

My city's downtown is sinking into barbarism, with violence between rival gangs and this kind of thing in the streets.  This needs to stop.

Trump no longer bothers to hide his dictatorial intentions -- never forgive those who still collaborate.

If there are things you want the Senate to do, then you need to vote for Democratic Senate candidates.

Have sex with me or you're a bigot.

The pandemic has made it clear -- it's time for government to go big.

It's a series a toobs!  Enormous toobs! (found via Miss Cellania).

Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep and the Moon is too dusty.

California scientists are developing a new line of defense against covid-19.

Higher humidity seems to offer some protection.

The UK's "Jesus Army" was a hotbed of abuse, sexual and otherwise.

New Zealand is still doing way better than the US against covid-19.

Touché.

In France, male activists have taken over and trashed a women's meeting space, and driven a feminist leader out of her home with death threats.  This is starting to look like the racist backlash against the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

Israel and Germany are increasing military cooperation, a remarkable reconciliation just 75 years after the Holocaust.

Religious activists in Brazil swarm to prevent an incestuously-raped ten-year-old from getting an abortion.

Japan in 1945 narrowly escaped a third atom bomb.

In Meiji-era Japan, women had to notify the government of hairstyle changes.

Modern Japanese have discovered the benefits of not being assholes.

Somalia is considering legalization of forced child marriage.

In a religion-based society, you can get the death penalty for "hurting the feelings" of idiots.

Electoral-Vote assesses the Democratic convention.  Here are some reactions to Biden's speech.

Obama's message:  We're in danger.

Biden is not the lesser of two evils.

There's a reason why Trump's campaign is full of mediocre people.

Right now there's nothing more important than the election.  It's our last chance -- don't blow it.

There are two options, and only two.

State-by-state voting tips here.

More links here.

[Image at top:  It's a lynx!  For the round-up of links!  Get it?  Get it?  OK, I just had to get that pun out of my system.]

13 Comments:

Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh, that cat falling down the stairs, LOL! Love those Yakut fashions -- stunning!

23 August, 2020 07:17  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Thanks for sharing my Jehovah's Witness post. I was thinking I had posted it too late during the night to make the cut.

I think ultimately Stephen Miller is someone who revels in being a dick. I remember seeing a video of him from when he was in college where he is saying it should be okay to litter because the school pays janitors to clean it up. Kind of like the right wing trolls who proclaim that they turn on every electrical device in their home during Earth Hour every year because "Suck on it libtards!"

23 August, 2020 07:40  
Blogger Mary said...

I am testing as my google account is acting up. There is no message here of importance...sorry

23 August, 2020 12:50  
Blogger Bruce Gerencser said...

Thank you for continuing to share my writing. I appreciate the Sunday traffic bump. 😀

23 August, 2020 19:39  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Loved the plants and the attires!
Now I want some of those little succulents that look like pebbles!
And the roll call for the RNC? Priceless.

XOXO

24 August, 2020 05:20  
Blogger Mike said...

Too many good ones to pick a favorite.

24 August, 2020 10:14  
Blogger jono said...

I'll still be working on these through the week.

24 August, 2020 15:01  
Blogger JACKIESUE said...

thanks for the shout out...lots of good stuff here.

24 August, 2020 18:28  
Anonymous Amelia Dyer said...

I like reading your blog. We have so few women fighting nonsense and superstition, I'm happy you do it.

24 August, 2020 19:54  
Blogger The New York Crank said...

Thanks for yet another link.

If I may comment on one of the items (not mine) I love the bit about the guy who shot off his own testicles.

He should be nominated for a Charles Darwin Award, which is given to people who have improved the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool. In fact, I believe he should be awarded First Prize because he not only got his genes out of circulation, but also did so without forcing anybody to incur the cost of a funeral.

Yours crankily,
The New York Crank

24 August, 2020 21:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: I was surprised how nonchalant the cat was afterwards. "I meant to do that!"

Tommykey: Thanks -- I usually do a little browsing around the net right before finalizing the link round-up. Miller always struck me as a creepy character.

Mary: That's cool.

Bruce: Thanks for continuing to post all the content you do.

Sixpence: They do look like candy, don't they? Probably poisonous. That state roll call was inspired.

Mike/Jono: Glad you like them.

JackieSue: Thanks for putting together all those images so often. I don't know how you find so many.

Amelia: Thank you! I appreciate it. About two dozen of the bloggers in my links list are women, by the way.

Crank: It's a promising sign that he's apparently attracting some admiration from others of his ilk. Is it too much to hope for that such self-neutering might become a trend among them?

25 August, 2020 01:41  
Anonymous NickM said...

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/aug/25/africa-to-be-declared-free-of-wild-polio-after-decades-of-work

In a year that has not exactly been fun... Well, it hasn't has it? That is good news.

Way back when... My parents insisted (and our doctor and the NHS were well up for it) that me and my brother were vacinatated for the full nine-yards.

https://twitter.com/luwandajenkins/status/562707754679549952?lang=en

I am not gay. Or particularly artistic. I do have immunity against various diseases though so that is something ;-)

25 August, 2020 02:55  
Blogger JACKIESUE said...

I'm on facebook..and there are just tons of stuff to pick from.

30 August, 2020 10:39  

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