30 May 2021

Link round-up for 30 May 2021

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

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Bugs Bunny has too much power and should be feared.

Best internet comebacks here (found via Mike).

Better living awaits -- on Mars.

Just great, I'm sure.

The plan has succeeded -- time for the harvest.

Cryptocurrency traders turn honest in the end.

Watch a prehistoric cave man try to invent the toilet.

Sounds like an insurance scam indeed.

Raccoons make shitty pets.

This person exists.

This person..... ewww.

No diving!

No asses!

Save me from this dangerous monster!

Gorilla pwns lion.

Yeesh, she's not wasting any time.

Get some dating advice and puns from a cat, if you dare.

The item arrives.

Must've been quite a bug.

Maybe phones should just be for phone calls again.

Snowmen contemplate eternity.

This may not have been part of the competition (found via Hackwhackers).

Two guys watch a caterpillar.

Don't do that!

You know it's getting hot when the animals are melting into puddles.

Fear not, you will be re-educated.

Debra She Who Seeks looks at some vapid celebrities.

Murrmurrs reports on postal esoterica.

God?  What God?

Sometimes birds are good for business.

If you've been getting cialis/tadalafil spam, here's what to do.

Arabic words become graphic art.

Carol Seidl continues her report from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The Southern Baptist Convention is suffering a dramatic membership decline.

Here's a biker gang with a difference.

Biden reaches out to a gay influencer to promote covid-19 vaccination.

Conspiracy bullshit isn't even funny any more.

Cas d'intérêt reports on Napoléon's legacy, a new strategy against art theft, and more.

A Moonie gun cult in Texas is preparing for war.

If a fetus is a person.....

Bruce Gerencser fends off yet another Christian who won't listen, or understand, or tell the truth.

Trae Crowder looks at Biden's crimes.

Corporate-speak is gibberish.

Here's how Santorum was wrong about Indians and US culture (scroll down a bit).

Stephen Fry contemplates meeting God.

In 2008, Debra She Who Seeks visited desecrated ground and honored its original deity.

Annie Asks You has a poetic rumination on family memories.

This long-vanished bee left a strange relic of itself.

Pyramids are found all over the world (but look different everywhere).

Men and women have distinctly different skeletons.

Geology evokes haunting thoughts of ancient life we will never know.

Fact-check some common beliefs about heart attacks.

Women were second-class citizens in the US just half a century ago.

No means no!  Unless.....

The internet has developed a culture of personal attacks.  Don't contribute to it.  It's usually best to not even respond.

We don't need any more celebrity politicians.

Abusive behavior comes from abusive beliefs, not from repressed feelings.

The Green New Deal will destroy the energy industry!

He didn't want the vaccine (found via Hackwhackers).

Here is what it was like when abortion was illegal.

Connecticut girl runner Chelsea Mitchell writes about having to compete with boys, and predictably gets bullied for thoughtcrime.  Even at the Olympic level, women who speak out on such issues are told to shut up.  If the left refuses to listen to the victims in such cases, they naturally turn to whoever will listen.

Covid-19 infection numbers in the US are dropping despite our numerous missteps -- but not among those who refuse vaccination.

In case you need it explained why Marjorie Taylor Greene's Nazi analogies are bullshit, here you go.  Oh, and this person is an asshole.


"It's one extreme or the other.....No space for normal human behavior."

Democrats need to go big -- people won't turn out in 2022 for a party that didn't deliver.

Trump will be prosecuted, and the country needs to be prepared (found via Miss Cellania).

Follow the money.

Overturning Roe v Wade could backfire on the Republicans.  I'm not quite convinced, but there's a case to be made, and here it is.

Some wingnuts are now comparing vaccines to street drugs.  Anti-vaxxers are a plague on American society.

Madness tends to turn dangerous.

Good discussions here and here about the Democrats' "wokeness" problem.  This issue has the potential to cause us serious electoral damage.  It's no wonder the Republicans talk about it as much as possible -- it's a winning issue for them.

The air pollution alone from animal farming kills 13,000 Americans per year, almost as many as shootings do.

We need to talk about Kevin (McCarthy).

There's no limit to how low wingnuts will sink.

"I think any rational Jewish person didn't like what happened in Nazi Germany" -- "didn't like"???

John McWhorter's upcoming book looks like a must-read.

Here's a look at the black community of Greenwood in Tulsa which was destroyed in the 1921 racial massacre there.

This person exists -- and apparently works for the media.

A Canadian library stands up to the book-burners.

Unmarried mothers in the UK suffered brutal official abuse well into the 1970s.

Keira Bell, the girl at the center of the Tavistock ruling in the UK, tells her own story.  It's gripping and disturbing.

Interesting discussion here on the French approach to race and racism.

Germany has acknowledged its crimes in Namibia from 1904 to 1908 as a genocide.

India's media are finally standing up to Modi's religio-nationalist government.

NASA plans a new series of missions to help fight climate change (found via Hackwhackers).

More links at Fair and Unbalanced.

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In case you missed it -- this week I posted a video on hoarding gasoline, some amusing images, and a discussion of how the "self" is a set of processes, not an entity.


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hahahahahaha, discreet packaging! Snowmen contemplating eternity made me laugh too. And the birds employed by the car wash!

Stephen Fry does not mince words, does he?

That post about abusive behaviour coming from abusive beliefs is absolutely right and should be widely disseminated.

30 May, 2021 08:19  
Blogger Leanna said...

I have loads of reading material to catch up on. Thanks for the new blogs to look at. I really love when you post bloggers that I don't know about.
Oh, the Snowman was cute and funny. Thanks for directing us to it. It was one of many items here that made my morning.

30 May, 2021 09:56  
Blogger Mike said...

LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP? I found LGBTIQCAPGNGFNBA. And I've seen longer ones but can't find them right now. Where's the K at the end?!

30 May, 2021 10:53  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: Stephen Fry is a treasure. And that post about abusive beliefs certainly had a ring of truth to me.

Leanna: The ending of the snowmen item was a tad unexpected, to be sure.

Mike: K? Is that for kiddie-fiddlers? I can't keep track of who's included lately. LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP looks to me like how to spell a fart.

30 May, 2021 11:30  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

That must have been a big bug.
Raccoons are cute but after reading that I wouldn't be cuddling one. lol

30 May, 2021 12:49  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

I don't know about Bugs Bunny, but someone needs to do something with that damned Felix the Cat. All these years later, my sides still ache, and I'm still having heart palpitations. Wonderful, my ass!

I loved those burns, but the one that really made me laugh so loudly it scared the dog is the one about the Roomba.

The only thing I understand about cryptocurrency is that, by the time I hear about one, it is too late to make any money from it.

Every restaurant in the U.S. should be named Soon Fat.

Why do I think drinking Roundup before a drugtest is something the MAGAts would do right after drinking bleach so they don't get COVID?

Thanks for all the links to excellent jokes. I really needed the laughs. Now onto more serious matters.

Thanks for the link over to The Raisin, Infidel. Appreciated, as always.

30 May, 2021 14:31  
Blogger Green Eagle said...


I want to thank you once again for the persistence with which you have covered this topic. I have no personal connection to either side of this issue, but I am very concerned with the degree to which people on the left have allowed themselves to succumb to what is really nothing more than bullying from people that can't defend their position legitimately. This is not the only issue where this sort of thing is occurring; the recent spate of left wing support for the genocidal Hamas religious dictatorship is another example. What really worries me is that this sort of irrationality undermines the public impression of the left in general, and gives fodder to the inevitable both-siderist rhetoric by giving people something that they can claim is just as irrational and mean spirited as the madness that has utterly engulfed the right.

30 May, 2021 18:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary K: Unfortunately most animals aren't that clean by human standards (even some humans aren't too clean by human standards).

Nonnie: The fact that crypto"currency" fluctuates in value so much shows that it's really a speculative investment. Currency is supposed to stay fairly stable in value and serve as a medium of exchange. Cryptocurrency is almost never actually used as money. People buy it and hope the price goes up. It's pure Dutch-tulip stuff.

I think the Trumpanzees will embrace anything poisonous, maybe even raccoons. The only thing they seem to avoid is vaccines.

Very glad you're posting again!

31 May, 2021 01:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Green: Thank you, I appreciate it. In all honesty I haven't done a lot myself -- I just try to amplify the voices of those who are speaking out, trying to wake people up.

I'm actually increasingly worried about this whole problem. I've heard of people who voted Republican in 2020 saying things like "I know damn well the Republicans are crazy, but the Democrats are even crazier". There's the whole trans insanity and the resulting harm and threats to women (and Frankensteinian mutilation of children). There's the increasing rejection of free speech, support for speech codes and removal of books from circulation, silencing and de-platforming even people on the left who aren't "woke" enough -- all the while claiming cancel culture doesn't exist. And, yes, the open Israel-hatred in the prog wing of the Democratic party. I hate the way the word "Nazi" is thrown around so casually, but what else do you call people like Hamas who are literally and pretty openly trying to finish the job Hitler started, complete with actual swastika flags now? And the progs are taking their side and bashing Israel for hitting back? It's madness.

And most people on the left seem absolutely determined to avoid reading or seeing anything that might make them confront the reality of any of this. It's getting almost as bad as the right-wingers who only watch Fox and OAN or whatever to avoid anything that might break their alternate-reality bubble. And when somebody insists on pointing it out, the reaction is a bunch of hand-waving and name-calling.

And then people wonder why we keep losing elections we were supposed to win (almost everything in 2020 except the presidency and Georgia) or getting knife-edge-close results in elections that weren't supposed to be close. They think demographics will doom the Republicans and we don't need to worry. The hard evidence says otherwise.

I worry that for a lot of the left, the only thing that would wake them up about these problems is a crushing, sweeping national electoral defeat, or maybe several. Something similar is already happening in the UK, where the left has lost the working class and is now losing women. But in this country, where the Republicans are completely deranged, an electoral implosion of the Democrats would be a catastrophe.

I'm just getting sick and tired of politics, period. But I'm going to keep on trying to spread the words of those who do keep on fighting.

Thanks for all you do.

31 May, 2021 02:23  
Blogger Martha said...

Another great roundup! Loved the comebacks. Some people are so good at that. A lot of stupid shit out there. And so many ridiculous conspiracy theories floating around, particularly about the vaccines. You can't reason with the unreasonable.

31 May, 2021 05:19  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks! The insanity and stupidity do seem to have reached a peak lately. I can only take encouragement from the fact that we've been through periods of madness before -- McCarthyism and the Satanic Panic -- and they did die down eventually, though a lot of people got hurt while they were raging.

02 June, 2021 05:26  

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