21 March 2021

Link round-up for 21 March 2021

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

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St Patrick's Day has arrived!

UK town names make a road trip more, uh, interesting.

Can you still get this car?

Kinky St Patrick's Day poetry here from Rawknrobyn.

Faces, faces everywhere!

Finally, a review site cats will find useful.

Seems it's hard to find a good editor these days.

Witness a desperate chase and escape on the high seas.

Covid-19 isolation is easier for introverts.

Let's give classic movies modern trigger warnings.

Nice little witchcraft story here.

Enjoy your meal.

Why do demons even bother possessing people?  What's their game?

She stood up to an anti-masker, and received an unusual honor.

Find small businesses here, or list your own -- made by this person.

There is now actually a program for escaping from Zoom meetings.

For 28 years, thousands of treasure-hunters in France have been on the trail of the Golden Owl.

An underground grotto in England is richly decorated with millions of shells.  Nobody knows why.

Take a closer look at ordinary things.

Nicely-done fight scene here.

Don't let your job consume your life.

See a surreal cloud formation.

Why are some people so verbose on the internet?

Church assholes are assholes through and through.

Things are nicer now in the US Capitol.

Síle na Gig is an ancient and multifaceted pagan goddess (found via Silverapplequeen).

Perhaps being bi helps you understand the opposite sex.

Claire Bretécher was a prolific cartoonist who lampooned everyday life.

On global warming, beware of contrived distractions.

Anti-mask asshole (from Oregon!) mouths off to Texas cop, gets arrested.

Atheist Revolution examines the modern witch-hunt.

When healthier eating is an "attack on our way of life", we need a different way of life.

The religionist mind fetishizes suffering (these people are weird).

Sorry, some people are just bad at things.

Grovel before me, you worthless worms.

The wingnuts just keep going crazier and creepier.

Professor Taboo laments the continued dominance of the pandemic over our national life -- and over his blog.

Some genuinely wise traditional Navajo thinking here.

A hopeful development for my long-suffering city -- Portland's black community leaders denounce the violence and vandalism which has plagued downtown so long.  Maybe this will help embolden the cops to finally restore order.

The Spartan Atheist has some questions for self-proclaimed "pro-life" types.

Eating a fish?  It may not be what you think.

The fact that so many people have left religion gives hope for those who still remain indoctrinated.

You don't need to "pass as" what you actually are.

Help catch the worst of the Capitol lynch-mob members who are still at large.

Arguing on the internet is pointless.  And it's a waste of time talking to people who won't listen.

The Atlanta murderer was a product of religious indoctrination.  It was probably more about sex than race.  And there's stuff we don't need to keep hearing.

Seduced early into a fundamentalist cult, saved by doubts and Disney movies.

Hell of a sense for public relations these people have.

Evangelicalism brainwashes women into a submissive role.

Police in the UK harshly suppress a genuinely peaceful vigil (no window-smashing here) for a victim of police violence.  More background here.

"The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears."

In Israel, the ultra-religious are starting to question their community's disastrous response to covid-19.

Turkey's Islamist president Erdoğan has pulled out of a pan-European accord on violence against women.

Sutematsu Ôyama, the first Japanese woman to get a Western college education, had a life worth remembering.

The gangster regimes are getting mad as hell at Biden.  Good.  That shows he's standing up to them instead of kissing their asses like the last guy.

The EU will impose sanctions on China over the Uyghur genocide.

Girls in Indonesia, even non-Muslims, are often bullied into abiding by Islamic dress codes.

No, covid-19 vaccines are not killing people.  With hundreds of millions now vaccinated, in a few cases people will die right after a shot just by coincidence.

Whales can learn from experience, and have.  They're now gathering in unusual numbers, and we don't know why.

This is the sound of driving on Mars (found via Hackwhackers).

More links here (mostly politics) and here (on autism/police issues).

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In case you missed it -- this week I posted some more improved words, a cool music video, and a quote on the plague of stupidity.


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

(1) Those "zoom in" videos were freaky! (2) You know, despite the visual appeal and lesbian subtext of "Xena, Warrior Princess," I could just never get into it. It was just too over the top for me and the dialogue/scripts were atrociously awful. (3) That church assholes story about the fake scripture money was bloody typical! (4) Thanks for the article on Sheila-na-gig, always a favourite Goddess of mine! (5) Dating women didn't make me understand heterosexual men, it made me understand how little het men understand women, LOL! And in my experience, lesbians ALWAYS go dutch treat as an expression of independence. Bi women may be more prone to still using het norms as their guides. (6) Thanks for the link about the cartoonist Claire Bretecher. I was a fan of hers back in the 90s but didn't know she just passed away last year. A feminist icon!

21 March, 2021 09:44  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Regarding the demon possession thing, after becoming an atheist, one of the things that caught my attention about Jesus in the gospels is how, in addition to curing lepers (apparently Israel was the leper capital of the world back then), he was constantly casting out demons. Which got me thinking, if you're Satan, why would you have demons possessing people within walking distance of Jesus? It just gives Jesus more miracles to perform so that he can obtain fame and people believing he is a miracle worker. Put a moratorium in demon possession in the Galilee for the duration of Jesus's wanderings there, and Jesus is deprived of the opportunity.

21 March, 2021 14:23  
Blogger Lady M said...

I never thought I would disagree with Bill Maher but this week I do. First of all, a lot of old movies just don't age well. I used to like James Bond but quite honestly, I don't want to watch him slap women around anymore - it just bores me. And as for Gone with the Wind - loved it as a kid but it is so embarrassingly racist - I can't stand it now. Really, it just revolts me. And as for music, the mainstream music industry has always been a banal warehouse that rewards mediocrity. My entire life, I have looked for my music in other places beside the Grammys and that industry. There is so much great music out there and commercial success does not necessarily reflect talent or creativity -just what is the flavor of the moment. We have a house in Chipping Sodbury but I have never heard of Old Sodbury. I wonder if it is close?

21 March, 2021 15:18  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I love your lists. Not like I need to get addicted to more blogs, but you've got an eye!
Also, that illustration is EVERYTHING! I want it on a t-shirt. STAT.


22 March, 2021 11:00  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: Not all that familiar with Xena myself, but I thought the video was well done, even if not truly realistic (no one person alone could actually defeat so many, I think). Religion is the ultimate source of oblivious self-righteousness. No one else would be so unaware that they were being cruel to relatively poor people just trying to make a living. I wasn't familiar with Bretécher, but we can always count on Cas d'Intérêt to go deep.

Tommykey: I'm surprised the demons didn't go on strike over being expected to work under unsafe conditions.

Lady M: I was never a fan of James Bond either, and some old movies are pretty embarrassing, but I think Maher's right that the pearl-clutching over anything sightly different from the sensibilities of the moment has gotten ridiculous. Don't people realize that today's attitudes and values, including a lot of what the "woke" types are so insistent about, will probably look equally dated or even offensive in two or three decades? As to music, now that the barriers to entry are down, what gets rewarded is what lots of people like, even if it's not to your, or my, taste. There are a lot of things that are very popular that I can't stand, but obviously somebody does like them. The great thing about it is that everybody can find what they want, if they're willing to dig a bit. And if so many would-be stars never find an audience, I suppose a few of them might be unappreciated geniuses, but a lot of people just aren't talented.

Sixpence: Thanks! I do manage to find the internet catnip, I think. And that pic on a shirt might get you some interesting reactions in certain parts of the country.

23 March, 2021 03:12  

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