20 December 2020

Link round-up for 20 December 2020

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

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Maybe you shouldn't wear socks with days of the week on them.

"There's a strange alert message on my dashboard."

Have a coronavirus Christmas.  Or, much better, a cat Christmas.


Looks like Santa is in for a "breezy" ride.

What he lacks in agility, he makes up in brains.

Here's an idea for a Zootopia sequel.

RO brings us hunky barbers, hotel thieves, a lipstick psychic, and outré Christmas trees.

See the cutting edge of spaceship design.

Check out an octopus hat and a squid with a glowing green ass.

Amateur researchers examine a mysterious artifact.

Twitter reacts to the new "guardians" brand of Trump's "space force".

Zombie movies need to change.

The Goddess of the Winter Solstice lives on.

Don't touch.

124 years ago there was a snowball fight.

Trees in the wind.

There are people you just can't trust.

Memory is a painter.

Cas d'intérêt looks at the complex history of the French language (post is in English).

Lots of interesting material on autism at this site, including some arresting art and poetry.

Wingnuts continue to freak out over the failure of the Texas lawsuit.

Vegan fast food is a hit, at least in California.

The president used to be so different.

The wingnutosphere's delusions just get loonier and loonier.

When people say "we have made it through worse before"..... (found via Silverapplequeen).

Was it the schools that caused the decline of religion in the US?

We've been nuked.

They never miss a chance to humiliate poor kids.

Yellowdog Granny looks back at 2020.  Every media person should memorize the Sally Claire quote.

Green Eagle imagines Trump's last rally as president.

Worthwhile discussion in the comments here about "sin" and religious self-abasement.

Parler, being full of dumb and gullible people, is naturally attracting a lot of scammers as well.

Walter Forbes was just released from prison after nearly forty years for a crime he probably didn't commit.

Some customers have rights -- some don't.

Evangelicals supporting Trump have merely added a new cult to their old one.  It's a cult of multi-denominational extremism.

Lo Imprescindible has some background on Joseph Epstein, the guy who attacked Jill Biden's use of "doctor".

One-third of Americans between 18 and 29 are "nones".  They've seen through the scam, as this great American did long ago.

Sometimes it's too late to change your mind.

Trump is cementing his dominance over the Republican party.

This is what bravery looks like (found via Octoberfarm).

Pompeo's super-spreader Christmas party was a flop.

Understand the real nature of the judges Trump appointed (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

Straight out of the Dark Ages -- an archbishop thunders against science and public health measures from a position of abject, stygian ignorance of even the most basic relevant facts.

The Republicans supported a coup based on lies -- never forget and never forgive.  They're going to try it again in the future.

Gove county KS has America's worst per-capita covid-19 death rate, but many are still resistant to precautions.  Choices have consequences.

"Republicans always leave the country in smoking ruins for the Democrats to fix and complain the whole time that the Democrats are not fixing it fast enough as they throw cinder blocks from the overpass to stop progress."

"Understand these people for what they really are, and start acting accordingly."

The latest church super-spreader event has infected at least 75 people in North Carolina.

This person exists.  So does the shirt.

73% of Americans now accept mask-wearing as an expected norm during the pandemic.

Far-right blog Power Line finds a liberal they agree with.

Wingnuts fantasizing about violence won't get any leadership from Trump.

When the pandemic is over, remember who saved us.

To those liberals who want to "reach out" and make nice with the Trumpanzees, this is what they think of you.

Here's what failure and success look like.

Ophelia Benson and Jane Clare Jones comment on the Tavistock ruling.

The New York Crank has a few observations about France.

Reminder:  "Native American" religion was humane and benevolent.

Kowtowing to the North Korean regime is a bad idea.

Human evolution is now accepted by large majorities in almost all developed countries -- even in the US it's 64%.

See a perfect example of gravitational lensing in action.

This is Pluto -- known to us as nothing but a blurry red dot until the New Horizons mission.

More links here.

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In case you missed it -- last week I posted on the malignancy of the Republicans, the Lone Animator's Scary UFO, and the degradation of worship.


Blogger Mike said...

"The Republicans supported a coup based on lies -- never forget and never forgive. They're going to try it again in the future."
I saw an article about the nazis first trying to take over in 1913(?). Years before they actually did.

20 December, 2020 00:58  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

The Nazi party didn't yet exist in 1913 -- you're probably thinking of the 1923 coup attempt, ten years before Hitler actually won power in an election.

The Republicans will keep on trying to steal elections, certainly. Our democratic institutions are a lot more robust than those of the Weimar republic, though.

20 December, 2020 01:26  
Blogger RO said...

That Days of the Week message is the perfect way to start off the day, and so fun!(lol) Hugs, RO

20 December, 2020 04:06  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wow, that 1896 snowball fight film footage by Louis Lumiere! The poor guy on the bike, LOL! And ooooo, that trees in the wind gif, too!

"Colonel Grifter, in the Parler, with a Rube" -- hahahahaha!

20 December, 2020 07:50  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I always like looking at funny pictures. Anything to bring a smile to my face these days will make me feel better. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

20 December, 2020 10:23  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

All of these were quite enjoyable! thank you!

20 December, 2020 14:27  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I cannot believe somebody was wearing that t-shirt!!! Fascism or the desire for it is alive and kicking in Washington, DC. Shameful.
And I'm not surprised about the Talibangelists aligning themselves with Hair Furor. Not at all.
And thanks for the shout out!


21 December, 2020 04:41  
Blogger CAS said...

Many good posts here and by good I mean posts that illuminate the dark sides of American society. We're doomed if smart people also decide to put their heads in the sand and ignore our problems. On the upside, I loved the dog that positioned the chair almost as much as that wonderful series of Obama shots. The man was clearly a superior being in so many ways.

21 December, 2020 10:52  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

RO: Glad to provide a few chuckles.

Debra: And none of the people in that snowball fight -- all long dead now, of course -- could have imagined at the time that people in 2020 would be watching that film of them on a global network of machines they wouldn't even have had a word for back then.

Mary K: I do try to bring people a few laughs. I think we all need it.

Shaw: Thanks!

Sixpence: Trump has brought people like that out into the open, like an infection rising to the surface. And thanks for the post!

CAS: Unfortunately, including so many news items means that there's a lot of negativity. Still, many of us are not ignoring the problems, so there's hope that they will be solved.

Always remember that Obama won the popular vote of Americans twice. Trump never did.

22 December, 2020 00:45  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

thanks so much for the shout out..merry merry..ydg

22 December, 2020 05:35  
Blogger Martha said...

All the funny stuff, of course, is always enjoyable. But that snowball fight...WOW! Amazing. And the photos of Obama *sigh*. What a difference between then and now. My daughter's boyfriend asked for Obama's latest book for Christmas. I was so happy to hear that!

24 December, 2020 04:50  

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