30 August 2020

Link round-up for 30 August 2020

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

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Take some "fix your life" advice from a cat, if you dare.

Ant Farmer's Almanac interviews a shark.

There is, apparently, a Netflix show called Norsemen.

Time for some stupid people.

I wonder if these Nixon campaign buttons are for real.

"Ten Catholic priests all die in a bus accident....."

Dogs, dogs, dogs.

Back to ancient Egypt.

Here's how one guy dealt with a kid bike-riding on his driveway.

This is a car worthy of its driver.


Let sleeping cats lie.

"Evil" aliens find humans oddly compliant.

No pillow fights, please.

Make an incendiary soap bubble.

No cage can stop this wild beast from roaming free.

Wise words.

Spectacular photos here of Lake Gordon, Tasmania.

See the history of religion in one cartoon (found via Jerry Coyne).

Maybe California is just too flammable.

Here's how fast-food restaurants in the Roman Empire worked.

Compare the caps.

Politics inspires cartoons.

Annie Asks You takes an in-depth look at octopuses.

Wind turbines kill fewer birds than almost anything else does.

Ancient texts erased by medieval Christians still offer traces of almost-forgotten ancient languages.

Be careful of deals that seem too good to be true (especially if they involve China).

Murr Brewster endured the Republican convention.

Here's what Guilfoyle was really saying.  More interpretations here.

Educated wite suburian.

Even hurricane Laura did some good (found via Mock Paper Scissors).

I can't believe they're still writing in this ghastly, clunky travesty of English.

Your answers to these questions reveal something about you to others.

Here's a tip on how to share your faith in Jesus with someone (found via Nan's Notebook).

Bloggers can write about whatever they want.

These are some things Republicans believe.  Here's why they support Trump.

Astonishingly, her commands were not obeyed.

Powell's Books of Portland, the biggest independent bookstore in the US, is ending its collaboration with Amazon.

Jerry Falwell Jr deserves to suffer as his Christian hypocrisy is exposed.

There's always some new crackpot idea out there.

Some questions are not worth worrying about.

Natural selection is at work in north Texas.

Wingnuts have their own view of Jesus.

"Gays, Jews, bees -- where does it all end???"

This kind of mistake should never be made.

We should abandon modern psychology and go back to blaming everything on demons and evil spiritsThese people exist.

Marijuana sales are booming in my state during the pandemic.

Republicans have been pandering to ignorance for a long time.

Donna at Tell Me a Story reports on looting, the Sturgis rally, and a stupid boss.

To deal with the pandemic, Trump doubles down on stupidity.

Fundamentalism makes men weak and pathetic.

Sometimes the trolls slip up.

This teacher is not looking forward to returning to work.

Many teachers taking a stand together can make a difference.

There's a precedent for addressing DeJoy's sabotage of the Postal Service -- which is going to hit rural America hard.

"My actual, literal life is on the motherfucking line."

See how your congressperson scores on upholding secularism.

The Kenosha shooter is a dedicated Trumpanzee.  He does have his supporters.

Don't rely on faith healing.

The University of Alabama has ordered faculty to keep quiet about any covid-19 infections (found via Mendip).  Maybe they're embarrassed about their record (found via New Witch).

Even if the Republicans lose big in this election, they won't get any less crazy.

How concerned should atheists be about offending Christians?

Victoria Smith responds to Rebecca Solnit (found via Butterflies and Wheels).

There was another Republican convention.

Sometimes becoming a machine beats the alternative.

The brain is incredibly flexible and adapts itself to the body it finds itself in.

What would happen on Earth if humans suddenly disappeared?

Covid-19 can cause permanent and serious kidney damage.

See newly-declassified video of the largest human-made nuclear explosion in history, the Soviet "Tsar Bomba (King Bomb)" 50-megaton H-bomb test of 1961.  The video is in Russian -- click the CC icon for English subtitles.  The actual detonation is around minute 23.

North America is not being adequately debugged.

In the UK, 90% of workers now working from home due to the pandemic want to keep doing so when it's over.

In France, government is often not on the side of the pearl-clutchers.

Yet another case of religion making people assholes.

Japan's nationalist prime minister Abe is stepping down for health reasons.

An obstetrician reports on China's gruesome campaign of genocide against ethnic minorities.

After a long struggle, Africa is polio-free (link from commenter NickM).

The Republicans don't have a platform because they no longer have any beliefs to base it on.

"Because it's a desecration."

Shower Cap blog has a guide to the House and Senate races.

Trevor Noah reviews Pence's convention speech.

Keep up the pressure for voting by mail.

Accept reality -- the party base, not the DNC, chose Biden.

The top US general declares that the military will not intervene in the election.

Darwinfish 2 examines the astonishing idiocy of the wingnuts' attacks on Harris.

Twitterers respond to the Republican convention.

More links here.

[1,319 days down, 143 to go until the inauguration of a real president.]


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

I had a good laugh at the "Cat's Meow" film, especially the part with the cat carrier. Reminded me of HRH!

Love the pillows carved out of marble. And jeez, what kind of super-strength soap are they using for those incendiary soap bubbles?

30 August, 2020 06:50  
Blogger Professor Chaos said...

There is a Netdlix show called "Norsemen," and it is one fo the funniest shows I have ever seen.

30 August, 2020 07:53  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: I got a few laughs from that video. Would hate to be the person who throws himself down onto a bed with one of those pillows. Crack!

Professor: I wonder if it's about the Postal Service -- "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, Norsemen....."

30 August, 2020 09:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a way to send you a link to a webpage you might be interested in?

30 August, 2020 12:38  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

You can always use my e-mail -- it's in the profile.

30 August, 2020 13:23  
Blogger dellgirl said...

These are great, I got some really good laughs today . . . just what I needed today! I like the advice from the cat and Jim Carrey gave great advice for sleeping well at night...

30 August, 2020 13:55  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I cackled at the dad jokes. The one about ten priests, though... LOL
I loved the photos of Lake Gordon! And reading about what religion has done to the world is always infuriating. The monks wanted all the knowledge for themselves. Ugh.
And of course pot is outselling everything. If I could, I'd have an edible a day to keep the news away!


31 August, 2020 01:57  
Blogger Lady M said...

His Lordship and I scored some edibles from Colorado recreational Marijuana industry at the beginning of the pandemic but I tired of them. They made me kind of depressed which in the middle of a pandemic, is not a good place to go.

31 August, 2020 13:31  
Blogger Lady M said...

Incredible that the Republicans have no platform except to support Trump. Have they really all checked their brains at the door?

31 August, 2020 13:49  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Dellgirl: Glad to provide a few laughs.

Sixpence: A surprising number of important ancient manuscripts have been recovered because medieval Christians washed off the parchment in order to cover it with their own superstitious tripe. With modern technology it's often possible to recover the original writing that had been there before.

Lady M: I tried marijuana when it became legal here, but it didn't do much for me, so I stopped. It's an important cultural and personal-freedom issue, though. As for the Republicans, they sold their brains, along with their souls, for right-wing judges and "owning the libs". They're going to find out what a bad deal that was.

01 September, 2020 05:29  
Blogger jono said...

As Professor Chaos says, Norseman is hilarious. You should check it out.

01 September, 2020 07:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Nixon buttons are real. I recall seeing them during the [second] time he ran for president.

02 September, 2020 16:11  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Jono: Too bad I don't have Netflix (or a TV).

Anon: Amazing. Whoever made them must have been pretty oblivious.

03 September, 2020 03:28  

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