11 October 2020

Link round-up for 11 October 2020

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

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Do not talk to my parrot.

Explorers on a strange planet make a horrifying discovery.

The witching hour is close at hand.

For Halloween, Rawknrobyn has a warning about chocolate and a playful poem.

Artful skeletons adorn the shops of Manitou Springs CO.  More here.

People in Alabama have their own way of operating elevators, apparently.

Plowing through Life is back in action.

Have you ever wondered how they weigh an owl?

This post is haunted.

Dellgirl has a few questions.

Worst romance/porn novel concept ever.

If the year 2020 were a Star Wars film.....

Not for sale?  But many would buy.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

More Halloween decorations here.

Mary had a little lamb.....

Faces, faces everywhere.

Kids find an ancient relic of the forgotten past.

Green Eagle finds what may be the silliest movie ever.  There's a trailer too.

A satirical porn author showcases Pence and his new companion.

The Slashstreet Boys perform "I'll Kill You That Way".

If you yearn to know all about the effect of gum and nanoparticles on horse semen, you're in luck (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

This style of clothing will make you feel reflective.

Mary Kirkland has some tips on the new Blogger interface.

Don't feed the trolls.

They're giving Trump too much of the good stuff.

What do you do when skeletons come visiting?

Sometimes vampires aren't so bad.

Appearances can be deceiving.

What a bunch of crap.

A lonely widower finds love via online dating (found via Butterflies and Wheels).

Real art takes work.

Is your Are you computer disabled?

A blog I've recently discovered, Raistlin0903, specializes in meaty reviews of mostly SF, fantasy, and horror movies and TV series.  Check it out if you're into that kind of thing.

Esme upon the Cloud poetically portrays a final union.

Here are some Halloween movies for people who don't like horror (found via Miss Cellania).

Pence's encounter recalls Americans' long war with germ-spreading flies.

Apparently Disney is threatening AO3.

WordPress users may find this post helpful.

With the best will in the world, Trump is not an easy guy to care about.

Boys with pride pwn the Proud Boys.

Visit Debates Motel.

Political cartoons here, many fly-related.  Will Pence follow his own rules?

Retail work is different from office work.

Twitterers get snarky about Republicans' covid-19 woes.

Religio-wingnuts lament the decline of female submissiveness (there's nothing wrong with people who find dominance and submission an erotic turn-on, but these creeps preach that there's just one right way for everybody).

Failure is the only thing Trump has really succeeded at.

Albert Mohler has some objections to reality -- well, too bad for him.

Jefferson got it right about the supernatural.

Censorship always starts with porn, but it never stops there.

Check out this wall of shame for covidiots.  You can nominate people too.

Background here on the Michigan kidnapping plot.  Trump reacted like a toddler, Rick Wiles reacted like a lunatic, and I hope that the FBI is keeping an eye on this asshole.

Hear a young woman describe the liberating effects of leaving a cult.

We'd be better off if the parasite class didn't exist, or at least didn't impinge on our attention.

Shower Cap looks at Trump and his gang under siege from covid-19.

Christians can talk, but so can we.

Since 1980 workers have received none of the benefits of the rise in their own productivity (this period covers my entire working lifetime).

Don't let covid-19 dominate your life.

Steve Schmidt pwns Trump.

Come out of the box.

I challenge you to not gloat.


Evangelicals donate to those in need.

God has sent a thousand special-ops angels to help Trump get re-elected.

I wonder whether all the assholes bashing Rowling for respectful dissent will say anything about this guy.

See a candid family moment with Kellyanne Conway.

Racism, more widespread than you think.

Trump's return to the White House plumbed new depths of assholery.

This movie feels oddly relevant to our current situation.

Objecting to calls for violence can now get you branded a bigot.

He tried to make a five-year-old child smoke a cigar.

The fate of the Canary Islanders foreshadowed what the Conquistadors would do in the Americas.

600,000 black women worked in industry during World War II.

Evangelicals emphasize soul-winning, but unfortunately they suck at it.

Turns out, she was right about everything.

One building makes a whole city a viral hotspot.

Maryland votes, Trump and the gang keep on spewing bullshit.

Death threats on Twitter may or may not be OK, depending who the target is.

Dr Fauci gets some well-deserved appreciation.

Coathanger Coney's cult is weird as hell.  Also sick and evil.

Don't buy sex toys on Amazon.

Authoritarians have a simplistic, hypocritical mentality.

Decline of the cities:  More and more businesses are leaving downtown Portland.  One business destroyed by looters during the riots is suing the city for failing to provide protection.

Trump and his gang getting covid-19 serves them damn well right.  They never gave a shit about us.

Here's what Jeff Sessions deserves to be remembered for.

Which disease is it?

There's an odd stray asteroid whizzing around Earth -- but it may not be an asteroid.

Sharks eat their own siblings -- in the womb.

You can help discover planets.

The BBC enforces conformity of thought.

The Church of England, like the Catholic Church, has had a policy of shielding child abusers rather than protecting the victims.

Europeans overwhelmingly want Biden to defeat Trump.

Italy, hard-hit by the first wave of covid-19, is effectively resisting the second.

India is racing to upgrade its nuclear capabilities in response to Chinese aggression.

Globally, unfavorable views of China are at an all-time high.  Well, running an Orwellian fascist state, unleashing a pandemic on the world, and putting ethnic minorities in concentration camps tends to have that effect.

Trump at the "debate" was a man raging at his own inevitable defeat.

Republican vote-suppression efforts in Ohio are failing massively.

Good overview here of political and demographic changes in the southeastern states.

Lo Imprescindible has a message for gay voters.

The contrast speaks for itself.

Trump appeals to some working-class Democrats due to a toxic "honor culture".

Vote for the America you want to see in the world.

Texas is looking interesting, and not just for the presidential race.  At least one scheme to make voting harder has now been foiled (link from Ranch Chimp).

Shower Cap sees light at the end of the tunnel.

More links here.

[Image at top found via Progressive Eruptions]


Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Just been cruising through some of these links here. But I wanted to point out some of the insanity in our society concerning President Trump. I know that we are supposed to be civilised, politically correct, sensitivity, etc ... but we have become insane listening to this stuff, by looking at reactions to the President and his illness or whatever, which, like my daughter broght up to me, could be a scam ... no, I wouldn't put anything past Trump. I hear so many in media, including Democratic politicians asking for a speedy recovery, well wishes and prayers for this cocksucker (I guess for politically sensitive reasons, elections, I don't know). Are we that short sighted? Not long some of these same folks were calling him rightfully for what he is, including his racist rants, sexist, being like a dictator, Nazi, etc. and the thousands of deaths that resulted because OF HIM. I heard on the morning news that he was planning on wearing a Superman tee shirt under his shirt, for his strength against corona or whatever. I can't even write on here, or anyone elses blog what I really think about this cocksucker, or wish for him, or would do to him, because of algorithms, because you may not be able to publish it or others, so out of respect, I refrain ... this is how locked down we are on free speech, too ... I sure as Hell do when I talk to folks in my community, these rail corporate communist cocksuckers can't censor that. I mean, I'm not saying they should wish him death or whatever, but at least don't be so f*cken sappy and so full of shit, hypocritical, etc ... and don't even mention the cocksucker. Give him prayers and hope for him to gain strength? ... are we/ they f*cken crazy?! It is fine all day long for these like Trump, the wealthiest people to decide who lives and dies, and be open about it, saying they are killing terrorists, domestic or foreign invasions for oil or whatever, the extreme rich, responsible for killing millions ... but a common person like myself or those in my community are supposed to pray and hope for cocksuckers like Trump and these other billionaires, and we're treated like criminals for being honest, even imprisoning us. I could go on and on, you get the point ... it's stupidity, no wonder we get f*cked by these cocksuckers.

11 October, 2020 06:28  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

AO3 and their legal team are ready for Disney. Love how gay guys have pwned the Proud Boys!

11 October, 2020 06:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many fly references . . .

I don't know if you ever heard the circle fly joke. That was a circle fly on Pence's head. "It's hard to fool them circle flies."


I'm also disappointed that the horse semen research didn't win an https://www.improbable.com/ig-about/winners/ Ig Nobel prize this year. However, Trump, among others, did win one in the field of Medical Education:

"Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Narendra Modi of India, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Donald Trump of the USA, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan, for using the Covid-19 viral pandemic to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can."

The Ig Nobel is as close to a Nobel Prize as Trump's going to get.

(Most Ig Nobels are in the vein of this year's acoustic prize: "Stephan Reber, Takeshi Nishimura, Judith Janisch, Mark Robertson, and Tecumseh Fitch, for inducing a female Chinese alligator to bellow in an airtight chamber filled with helium-enriched air.")

- Sam240

11 October, 2020 12:10  
Blogger Mike said...

Lots of good stuff here today. Mary had a little lamb was informative. I left a comment mentioning that I was surprised Kritika hadn't heard about Mary before. Not that I was picking on Kritika. I was realizing how old I am.

11 October, 2020 12:34  
Blogger Martha said...

Always enjoy the links you share. And thank you for adding me here. Yes, racism is all over the world. When will we all understand this?

11 October, 2020 13:29  
Blogger Lady M said...

Love that little fly on Pence's head - go Biden/Harris!!! Also appalled by the person dumping crap in your state. How ghastly!

11 October, 2020 14:51  
Blogger Lady M said...

OMG - the skeleton sculpture video was so cool. And the artist....I think I got an cougar crush.

11 October, 2020 15:00  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

As always, a great read!
I think I'll even go out and get a pumpkin, after looking at those decorations.
And thanks for the Sci-fi-horror blog tip!


12 October, 2020 07:35  
Blogger jono said...

It will take me DAYS to go through these, but always worth it. I actually do know how to weigh an owl. Or a hawk or an eagle as I have done this numerous times and lived to tell about it. The little owls, saw-whet and screech, are amazingly cute.

12 October, 2020 12:03  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ranch: I care about Trump and his toadies as much as they would care about me -- that is, not at all. I'm careful not to allow anything in the comments here that could be taken as a threat, because that's a mob tactic. The proper way to deal with Trump is to vote him out.

Debra: I hope so. Disney's pretty formidable.

Sam: Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is one of the few people who actually deserves to have a name like that. And if someone put me in an airtight chamber full of helium I'd probably bellow too.

Mike: It's hard to believe anybody hasn't heard that old rhyme, but I guess some people haven't.

Martha: Glad you've returned to the scene. And yes, most of the world makes the US look like amateurs when it comes to racism.

Lady M: I hope they catch the shit person so we can find out why he's doing it. Toilet doesn't work and he's too cheap to call a plumber? It's amazing how much work went into the skeleton sculpture and how much the subtle details add. And yeah, I noticed he was kind of hot.

Sixpence: Please post pumpkin pics -- it will be a nice addition to the documentation of your residence.

Jono: Glad to give you something to do when you run out of owls to weigh.

13 October, 2020 00:44  
Blogger JACKIESUE said...

pride boys and the fly...yes!!!!

13 October, 2020 13:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Maybe "Pride Boys and the Fly" should be a rock band.....

14 October, 2020 00:34  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

That you for adding me to your link round up. I didn't see it before because I've been so busy with Ken.

18 October, 2020 11:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary K: Thanks. I can certainly understand being busy with all that you and Ken have going on.

18 October, 2020 20:45  
Blogger RO said...

Don't Talk to the Parrot had me laughing out loud!(lol) Happy Monday! RO

19 October, 2020 07:56  
Blogger RO said...

Very cool to see Mary added to your awesome roundup. They have been going through so much. and I was laughing out loud to the Don't Talk to the Parrot" post.(lol)Hope you're doing well. Hugs, RO

19 October, 2020 08:07  

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