14 March 2021

Link round-up for 14 March 2021

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

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Sigourney Weaver doesn't want to stop.

Actions have consequences.

Time for some fish.

Apparently in Korea McDonald's has a different menu.

Negativity is like a monster, but.....

Debra She Who Seeks explores the "yelling at a cat" meme.

He knows how to offend an ostrich.

Time for another fish.

England has the best place names.

Prove you're not a robot.

Dogs keep us entertained, even riding on a dog train.

Finally, a useful Bible.

Good book, bad cover (found via Miss Cellania).

Solve the mystery of the ancient alien skull.

The path to inner peace begins with four words.

Sir, those are respectable occupations.

Fox News displays professionalism.

No pets on board, please.

Does anybody know what song this is?

Aesop was right.

Check out this colorful squid.

It's an amazing new technology.

Yes, this is still funny (good comments too).

Madison Cawthorn punches out a tree.

Cultural appropriation!  Real figures from Satanist history have been exploited to create a (mediocre, apparently) novel.

Take a virtual walk through a distant city (found via MBRU at Crooks and Liars).

Check out these paraprosdokians.

See the domino effect, with cards (found via Miss Cellania).

Buy real books -- Microsoft can't take them away.

Some cool architecture photos here, mainly from France.

This is Finland.

Yeah, it's time for daylight savings time again.  Why don't we stop doing this?

Sorry, this is not an improvement (found via Yellowdog Granny).

These songs gave us lines to remember.

Shower Cap reviews the week in politics.

Who's the most concerned about dong size? (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

Some bosses are just clueless (found via Miss Cellania).

Stop subjecting yourself to things you know will make you angry.  You don't owe anyone your time or energy.

"You will live on inside me.... Forever."

Here's yet another reason to avoid shopping at Amazon.  I'm not five years old and I don't need some government or corporation deciding what is or isn't right for me to read.

The four-day work week is an idea whose time may be coming.

Don't let conflict over the minimum wage divide us.

Kamala Harris is a fitting subject for International Women's Day.

A religious pest has a problem with Bruce Gerencser making a little money from his writing.

By Hook or by Book reviews the Dr Seuss controversy, and numerous commenters weigh in.

Freedom of the press doesn't include doxxing, and people need to read beyond a headline before jumping to conclusions.

Even Christians are getting disgusted with church.

Women formerly dominated a crucial industry (found via Miss Cellania).  Crazy Eddie looks at women in the US space program.

Many politicians are assholes, but some are assholier than others.

Some info here for disabled people about fire safety.

The translation of Amanda Gorman's poetry is the latest arena of political correctness gone mad.

They don't even realize what this evokes (found via Hackwhackers).

So much for Trump's stupid wall.

I want my representation.

This kind of nonsense is why many people no longer take claims of racism seriously.

There's a new budget sheriff in town.

Churches already get many exemptions from the laws everyone else has to obey.  Some legislators want to let religio-nutters deny healthcare to those in need.  Time to rein in their ridiculous demands.

The word for the day is "girl".

Not even the covid-19 relief bill can stop the relentless wingnut bullshitting.

You need more "non-time".

Don't let anyone tell you your ethnicity bars you from writing about some particular topic.

Meet Marc Elias and Dale Ho, lawyers defending democracy against Republican attacks.

Apparently "#superstraight" is the hottest new sexual orientation, thought it really just means the same as "straight" does (TW for predictable death threats).

Oregon's governor is trying to stampede schools into re-opening while the pandemic still rages.  Only the teachers' unions are standing up to her.

Mike Lee thinks voting-rights protection is "a bill as if written in Hell by the Devil himself".

This is neo-rape culture.

Guantánamo prisoner Ahmed Rabbani has a message for Biden.

Global leadership has a new face these days.

A UK councillor quits the Green party.

".....many of them gay men and women in despair at what is being done in their name."

A new covid-19 wave is overwhelming Brazil.  Widespread refusal to observe precautions is the culprit.

Saudi Arabians have a forum for free speech, but it may not last.

India is projected to be the world's fastest-growing economy this year.

Different countries have different priorities.

Ten years later, the effects of the Fukushima tsunami linger.

The UK and France and other allies deploy their forces to help the US contain China.  Biden strengthens cooperation with fellow democracies instead of picking fights as Trump did.

An independent report by global experts confirms that China's brutal behavior in Xinjiang qualifies as genocide.

This is a cool illustration of the scale of the universe (found via Mike) -- be prepared to spend a bit of time with it.

Great T-rex statue and info here, and no, they didn't have feathers.

See Earthrise through the eyes of JAXA's Kaguya orbiter.

Three new books explore life and death.  Remember, there are alternatives to Amazon -- all these books can be ordered from Bookshop.

Here's why electric cars should have solar panels.

What would our sky look like with another star in place of the Sun?

It sees the light, but chooses the darkness.

The Alcubierre drive, or something like it, is looking just a little more practical (but we're still far, far away from actually being able to build faster-than-light spacecraft).

More links here and here.

o o o o o

In case you missed it -- this week I posted Mary Chapin Carpenter, an assessment of the covid-19 relief bill, and a favorite quote.

Reminder -- if this blog ever suddenly disappears, it's probably because of this.


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh Sigourney, hahahahaha! Love the tortoise and hare race too. "Slow and steady wins the race."

14 March, 2021 06:53  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

(PT.1 or 2) Just was doing a bit browsing on this rainy morning/ noon here on the Ranch, I overslept? ... no, the damn clocks changed again {:-) so some comment before I got to cut out.

The Amazon stuff is crazy, I noiced you had brought it up before. I don't seem to hear much about it here, know several people that treat Amazon like God's gift to humanity, and have that Amazon Prime stuff, wait for Amazon Day like Christmas, etc. I have no account with Amazon, don't want one, never shop there, and actually can fully function without them, wouldn't even give a shit if they moved to China. I actually know people, that go there for the simplist little Chinese mass produced plastic trinkets you could find at a bloody damn dollar store. Some folks are proud of it, they feel a sense of corporate alignment and solidarity, I guess ... wow! ... what's the latest Amazon craze? heh, heh, heh, heh, heh {:-) ... it's so hilarious, I could do a comedy blog alone dedicated to this mass stupidity. It's not only Amazon, it's all this newest wave of political correctness, cancel culture nonsense, etc, etc More and more of these mega corporate icons want to regulate every damn thing we read and view ... as well as what in Hell we say. I'm even against banning Trump from these platforms, and I don't even like that mother fucker! Frankly, my home has more controversial literature and viewing materials than you could shake a stick at. But, that's folks choice if they agree with this crap, I guess ... I don't need it. I wrote and suspected years ago that the corporate culture, as well, was going to incorporate itself into people, and will be praised, they're the new high priests. Some of these same people, will shop the shit out of a place like Amazon, then get on their Twitter, blog, or what have you, running their fucken mouth (or fingers, in this case) about how badly their employees are treated .... don't SHOP AT THE MOTHER FUCKER! Yup, You got it, bud, we're looked at, as if we're 5 years old.

Rosa's piece on over represented Christians is good ... they need more privileges ... I just yearn day after day to see more MyPillow commercials on the tele, in between news briefings of politicians holding Bibles, and saying God Bless this, and God Bless that .... ooohhh, I can't wait for the next (and God Bless any of you mother fuckers that may view this). "Satan get behind me" (as Jesus once said), and fuck me deeper in my ass, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh {:-) But Rosa's right, they're OVER-REPRESENTED ... and UNFAIRLY ... atheists sure don't get a fraction of their views out.

Saudis speaking more freely? ... that's great, wonder how long it can last? Maybe the U.S. can take lessons from the Saudis for free speech, eh? Just joking, hope the U.S. never gets to that point/ level. But between countries, whether U.S. Saudi Arabia, China or whoever ... is why I look at some coutries such as ours, that I always point out, as being semi-puritanical. Some would disagree with me, and even bitch about me calling the U.S. that, labelling me as ungrateful, and saying I should get my ass out of U.S. if I don't love it, you know, love it or leave it shit ... btw, fuck them too, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh {:-)

14 March, 2021 11:27  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

(PT. 2 of 2) Yeah, we're in for a heap o' trouble with all this movement across the country (I believe 24 red states pounding hard) pushing all kinds of crazy legslation, that is going to make voting so much harder ... you can just read some of this stuff, and tell that it is so partisan, and hasn't a bloody damn thing to do with making voting more secure, or love of the people and fairness, God's word, or other stupidity ... these son's of bitches want to make it hard as shit to vote for anyone who would VOTE DEMOCRAT, plain and simple. As far as Mike Lee's view of protection of voting rights legislation being as if it was wrote by the Devil himself or whatever ... just shows how much that shitbag gives a shit about Democracy and people's rights, Constitution, etc ... of course, he has more authoritarian type views, maybe he likes communism, eh?

BTW ... I hear alot of talk about Biden's first hundred days in the news, although it's far shy of 100 days he been at the desk. I'm a little surprised actually, because so far, I like Biden more than I expected I would ... no shit.

14 March, 2021 11:27  
Anonymous Johnny Knapp Âû said...

A quick thank you to Infidel753 fir the mentions...

And to the incredible community of critical readers here for their response!

Cuz you have shown such interest, I started a new roundup on Autism & the Police... violence, positivity, legislation, politics...


14 March, 2021 11:55  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I've watched some Youtube videos of fast food places in other countries and it's interesting to see what they have on their menus.

14 March, 2021 12:05  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

any thing Debra she who seeks posts is stellar.

14 March, 2021 15:38  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Ahhhh a good dose!
I almost spit at the 'fox news showing professionalism' of course. And that non-time idea? Well...
Bolsonaro is going to devastate Brazil. Another idiot in power. And they kind of deserve it because they elected him?


15 March, 2021 14:41  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: I've heard Weaver's a bit kinky.

Ranch: Amazon has way too much power, and the odd thing is, it's entirely up to us whether we let them have that power or not. Almost everything sold there can be obtained somewhere else -- so I do. If everyone did that, Amazon's power would evaporate overnight.

Atheists tend not to be organized, and in most cases, don't preferentially vote for atheist candidates. Maybe that needs to change.

The Georgia proposal that would ban giving food or water to people waiting in voting lines reveals the truth. That has no conceivable relevance to "vote fraud". This is all about vote suppression.

Johnny: Thanks for the posts!

Mary K: In the case of certain countries, I'm probably better off not knowing.

JackieSue: She has quite the knack -- a unique blogger.

Sixpence: That guy on Fox is never gonna live that down. But as for Brazil, remember that a lot of people there didn't vote for him, just like many here (the majority, in fact) didn't vote for Trump.

16 March, 2021 01:19  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Yeah, when I seen that part about not be able to give food or water to people standing in line to vote, made me think ... "who in Hell would come up with some shit like that?" and why is something like that "importante" ... that RIGHT THERE shows you what this is about ....

16 March, 2021 07:38  
Blogger MJ said...

That "Oatmeal" guy is my go to for weird facts focused on, picked apart to explain better, and then illustrated like some mad (like nuts, mad) 12-year old. He's almost xkcd level for me.
That's the mantis shrimp write up, BTW.

18 March, 2021 00:04  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ranch: They're not really even trying to hide it any more.

MJ: He certainly has an unusual take on things.

18 March, 2021 03:45  

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