28 March 2021

Link round-up for 28 March 2021

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

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Don't believe everything you see.

Eldritch evil lives within him.

View an informative guide to Canadian provinces.

If you're going to put a symbol on yourself, at least find out what it means.

Looks like Pepsi made a mistake.

"Have you seen the dog bowl?"

The arrival of spring brings hedonistic verse from Rawknrobyn (NSFW).

They're armed and dangerous.

"Firefox has encountered an unexpected problem with windows."

Truck brake failure?  We've got a ramp for that.

A corncob battle is escalated by technology.

That strange feeling that you're being watched.....

Bitcoin offers an existence free of regulation.

These are all true.  Without standardization, language would change beyond recognition every couple of centuries.

You know the drill, right?

Learn the history of a mountain that isn't there.

This "insult" has been used on me, and probably on a lot of us.

Some people jump the shark -- she threw one.

Just use plain language FFS.

An offer of free fish proves very popular.

Discover the truth behind the cannonball tree of Québec city.

Celebrate Scottish heritage, with a few jabs at Trump.

This actually looks kind of cool.

Here's an interesting comic book page from 1997.

Read whatever you want.

Yes, this is, or was, a real animal.

Do you love the color of the sky?

Crazy Eddie observed Persian New Year, a date celebrated in many countries besides Iran.

Novels can be educational.  Which are your favorites?

I don't understand the purpose of this website.  I never signed up for it or even knew about it until now.  It looks like they do this with a lot of blogs.

These people are cultists.

Always remember, fiction isn't reality.

James Doohan was good guy.

Even a ship blocking the Suez Canal is fantasy fodder for the QAnon qrackpots.  Evergreen, the company that operates the Ever Given, has quite a reputation.  Still, the situation has its amusing side.

Meteors?  Aliens?  Nah, just SpaceX again.

An unorthodox researcher finds clues to the roots of Shakespeare's Hamlet (link from CAS).

Encourage businesses to take "The Democracy Pledge".

This shithead messed with the wrong little old lady.

God is not the answer.

Flaws in human judgment make job interviews pretty much a waste of time.

What's a David to do, when there are so many Goliaths around?

Stay the hell out of Arkansas, especially if you have a medical condition.

Tax Badger might be a good option for offbeat earners.

I guess this is a right-wing idea of "humor".

Amazon plunges deeper into evil.

Religious media struggle to accommodate their own ridiculous taboos.

Who ya gonna call?  Woke-busters!

More Asian-Americans are buying guns for self-defense against hate crimes.  As restrictions loom, the gun industry prepares for the inevitable surge in demand.  Here's a chart for choosing the media narrative after mass shootings.

Republicans are losing the filibuster debate.

".....all you who lobby against making drugs legal..... You're the one who's guilty."

Don't throw a lit match into the powder keg.

The Atlanta mass killer was shaped by a corrupt and evil institution.  Forget the bullshit about sex addiction (NSFW images).

No, Trump probably isn't going to create his own social-media platform.

Death threats are still acceptable on Facebook, apparently.

Some tips here on helping to fight the Georgia vote-suppression law.  "You will not win.  We see what you're doing.  We see you for who you are."  And there may be a price to pay.

The tax system makes it easy for the big guys to hide income.  And who's at fault for tax filing being such a nightmarish experience?

Right-wingers, now trying to hijack the cancel-culture issue, have themselves been guilty of attempted censorship when it suited them.

Anti-vaxxers lie about coincidences.

The majority of Americans support DC statehood.

John McWhorter weighs in on translating Amanda Gorman.

Look at other countries on covid-19 relief.

There must be no religious exception to freedom of speech.

A majority of British people want their country's official church to give up its traditional privileges.

"This idea simply won't fly among the wider public.  It's only got this far because they didn't know it was happening."

Yazidi women freed from sex slavery under Dâ'ish (ISIL) face a difficult choice imposed by their own religion.

A Japanese court ruling may soon open up marriage to gay people in that country.

Democratic Taiwan begins mass production of long-range missiles as a deterrent against the threat from fascist China.

Don't worry too much about those North Korean missile tests.

Religionists do religious thing, religiously.

The Inca ruins at Machu Picchu are under threat.

Your vulnerability to covid-19 partly depends on what kind of neanderthal DNA you have.

Two new papers suggest an explanation for the unusual properties of Oumuamua.

Four billion years ago, Mars was an ocean planet.  So was Earth.

One simple mutation explains much of the difference between human brains and those of other apes.

More links here (mostly political) and here (on autism issues).  Miss Cellania's latest collection is here.

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In case you missed it -- this week I posted a video of liberation from religious stifling and a reflection on NASA's mars helicopter.


Blogger Paul said...

Thanks for the link to my blog article making like of the Suez traffic, Infidel!

However, I encourage you to add the link to the tracking website "Is The Ship Still Stuck?" so that people can keep track of, you know, if the Ever Given is still stuck. ;-)


28 March, 2021 05:21  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

(1) Ha ha, eldritch evil! (2) The informative guide to Canadian provinces is actually entirely accurate, LOL! (3) OMG the no-balls tattoo! (4) Scotty was a class act!

28 March, 2021 07:02  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Of course, lots of good stuff here as usual, I was browsing these earlier today. But one thing that was weird to me that you mentioned, was that you were insulted for being "single", and I viewed the link on that. I was somewhat shocked, I don't believe I ever even heard someone insulting a person for being single(?). I myself admire single folks to a degree, because they are very self reliant, I know several single people (both genders), and a few friends that have said they never were intersted in marrying, etc. Well, at least if someone ever says that to you again ... you can tell them "At least I'm self reliant ... and I'm an available bachelor for dating any time I choose ...". Well, it's not all that bad though, I've been called plenty ... from queer, commie, ni**er lover (when I dated a black woman), to name a few ... ohhh yeah, don't let me forget ... a "devil worshipper".

28 March, 2021 17:12  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I cackled at the idea of the people who have a tat done and they have no idea what it means. The puppy tattoo was quite clear though. I'd think the guy could get sued for false advertisement, though. He's not shooting blanks.
The idea of Mars as an ocean planet does not surprise me.
Once Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American people start buying weapons en masse, you'll see regulations will start popping up.


p.s. thanks for the shoutout!

29 March, 2021 13:31  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Paul: I guess now they'll have to mothball that site until the next time it happens.

Debra: There's usually a certain deeper truth behind these things (referring to the cat, the province guide, and the tattoo). Obviously Doohan was a decent guy, not like some of the egotistical and self-absorbed actors you hear about.

Ranch: I think the gist of the insult is "you're too unpleasant to attract somebody". People can turn anything into an insult, if they're the type inclined to do that.

Sixpence: Since tattoos are pretty difficult to get rid of, he'll need to get a vasectomy so it's not false advertising (it's probably best if people like that don't reproduce, anyway).

30 March, 2021 02:53  
Blogger MJ said...

I had to look up the "Biden wants to seize guns" thing (at "Don't throw a lit match on a powder keg" and Snopes points out there is a bit of nuance not addressed in the sensational headlines.

31 March, 2021 15:57  
Anonymous BOB said...

Infidel: The insult you refer to reminds me of an old joke:

Q: What do lawyers use for birth control?

A: Their personalities.

Anyway, here's a reminder not to break the law .

01 April, 2021 12:26  

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