04 April 2021

Link round-up for 4 April 2021

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

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Let these new TV channels really exist, please.

US law strictly regulates imports of this vital substance (link from "Bob" in the comments last round-up).

See the true size of the Ever Given, and how important its cargo was.

They found something better than a box.

Face your pun-ishment, visually.  More here.

Understand the five laws of stupidity.

Look, Moses has returned!

Dolphins are assholes.

Join the true Space Force.

Have some Easter bunnies.

He's never met a happy feminist.

As if just displaying a skeleton in a hardware store wasn't weird enough.....


Imagine if sea lions were woke.

Equaff ass, aliect ass, tyionin.....

Our distant ancestors would be pleased.

This little submarine is full of activity.

The object of Giuliani's illicit lust gets some recognition.

That's a big dwarf.

Every writer on the net gets this.

I had the same reaction too.

This was the sky over Iceland a couple of months ago.

Shrinking dongs and weakening jizz are part of the price of unwise eating habits.

Both sides, both sides!

Learn how to sabotage a golf course.

Home technology has come far.  In some cases, customer service hasn't.

This building exists.  So does this one.

This person exists.  But I wouldn't say he's really alive.

Maybe relationships aren't meant to last forever.

Nichelle Nichols did a lot more than play Uhura on Star Trek.

You can't change what's already happened by talking to someone who isn't there.

NFTs, a gimmick allowing people to "own" digital art, are apparently not a safe investment.

Cas d'Intérêt has a few choice items from France, including initial preparations for the restoration of Notre Dame.

For the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans belong to a church.

You can now visit the Louvre online.

Caesar's last words may not have been what you think.

Some men are not comfortable with women in power.  Or speaking up at all.

God sent covid-19 to punish Democratic voters, Trump will soon be president again, blah, blah, blah.  More here.

Here's why machine translation only works with major languages.

A dead squid "dances" (may be disturbing to some).

Wingnuts demand the "right" to spread disease wherever they want.

If you're on Facebook, read this.

Even believers can recognize the hypocrisy of the Evangelical church.

At least three-quarters of Americans support various aspects of Biden's infrastructure plan, and over half support raising taxes to pay for it.

Annie Asks You contemplates how to win over those who are hesitant about the covid-19 vaccine.  One approach is to use history.  Or you could explain the risks of the disease (found via Billions).  Here's a sample of what the opposition is putting out.

Very good overview here of how the culture war actually works, though I'd describe it as a still-ongoing effort that started in the 1970s, not one we've already "won".

Companies manage to turn even working from home into a nightmare.

"How about talking to girls about it?"

Don't suppress your doubts -- give them a fair hearing.

Green Eagle brings us a mountain of lunacy from around the wingnutosphere, starting with some rather desperate potshots at Biden's press conference.

What is SpaceX really doing?

Baltimore has stopped prosecuting phony "crimes" like drug possession and prostitution, with positive results.

Amazon's propaganda department is slipping.

Georgia's vote-suppression law is starting to have consequencesThe business world knows which side it needs to takeThe worst part of the law isn't getting much attention.

It matters what news you listen to (found via Hackwhackers).

Analysis of the 2020 House elections shows that going hard left loses the Democrats more votes than it gains.

A top figure in the US Catholic hierarchy considers excommunicating Biden because he opposes forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.

A former sailor looks at the Ever Given fiasco.

If some members of Congress collaborated with the January 6 lynch mob at the Capitol, prosecution will take some time, but that doesn't mean they're off the hook.

Fanny Brukner should have turned 87 this week.

Students in the UK support free expression -- which is under attack in that country.

Egypt has tightened security in the Suez canal, already foiling one terrorist plot (link from Dave Dubya).

Amazon drivers in India plan a nationwide strike.

To fight global warming, South Korea will spend $43 billion to build the world's largest wind-power facility.

The fascist Chinese regime has destroyed the last traces of real democracy in Hong Kong.  Japan and Indonesia are strengthening military cooperation in the face of the Chinese threat.

Scientists now believe that once we get greenhouse-gas emissions down, the climate will return to normal relatively quickly.

We're starting to understand an alien ocean.

See more links at Fair and Unbalanced and AutisticAF.

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In case you missed it -- this week I posted an expression of defiance against vote suppression, a concern about the Suez canal, a religious potential super-spreader event in India, and a new song.

[Image at top:  the new strange fruit, found via Hackwhackers, which regularly posts collections of political cartoons]


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

(1) Oh no! Sex toys stuck on the Ever Given! (2) Love Moses parting the Red Mud Puddle! (3) Great response to the anti-feminist jerk! (4) Yeah, that comment from the random weirdo is spot on. (5) "See you in hell, punk!" I like it!

04 April, 2021 08:10  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Facing down the PRC is replacing Islamic terrorism is becoming the new focus of our foreign policy. It's about whether the future of humanity lies with democracy or repressive authoritarianism.

I suppose one advantage we have against the PRC is that in Cold War, the USSR could claim to represent an ideological movement (communism) that stylized itself a universal system for all races and nationalities, whereas all the PRC has to offer is its own ethnic chauvinism.

04 April, 2021 09:14  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: Yep, those were entertaining ones. Thank goodness the dildi are now on the way to their rightful owners.

Tommykey: Very good points. China is more like Nazi Germany than like the USSR -- its drive for supremacy is fundamentally racist, not ideological.

04 April, 2021 13:27  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Thanks, Infidel! In a way, Communist China is like what Scientology would be like if it was a country. The thought occurred to me while listening to a podcast the other day and given me an idea for a post laying it out. Meanwhile, I put up a bit of magnum opus post just now looking at the conspiracy theory touted by Trump supporters that coronavirus was a Chinese plot to keep him from being reelected.

04 April, 2021 17:03  
Blogger Kay said...

Voter suppression in Georgia right now is shameful and such a threat to democracy. The thought that there are other states wanting to do the same thing is frightening.

05 April, 2021 11:44  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I can't with the blatant voter suppression. Can't.
And those five laws of stupidity? Yep. So true.
I was reading we'll be suffering the effects of the Ever Given until 2021. No dildoes. The tragedy!


05 April, 2021 14:04  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Tommykey: They've got incredibly tight control, that's for sure. It does look like what you would expect if a religious cult got control of a whole country.

Kay: The Republicans do have an alternative to vote suppression -- they could change their policies to actually appeal to more voters. Like democracy is supposed to work. They barely seem to have even considered that, though.

Sixpence: That's why we must be vigilant against terrorists attacking the canal -- they are even dastardly enough to threaten the world's dildo supply.

06 April, 2021 02:02  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

what the fuck is wrong with using fuck...fuckem..I don't trust people that don't cuss.

10 April, 2021 13:34  

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