27 June 2021

Link round-up for 27 June 2021

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

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Here are some tips on staying cool in the heat.

All these signs are open to interpretation.

Install a bar in the shower.

Look at the cutting edge of clothing design.

Shoulda left the effing spider alone.

Addictions are bad for you.

True, this dog is a bit of a drama queen, but that's a pretty grueling beauty ritual for an animal.

Already we have too many social media platforms.

Not the best place for a straw.

Visualize Star Wars characters as food.

Mike is feeling some effects of age.  Also, here's where to send the bill.

Not sure skulls are dishwasher-safe.

Petunia genetics can produce unexpected results.

A disobedient child makes difficulties for its parents.

I've heard of "drawing down the Moon", but.....

Job's done, come home.

What does it mean to be "cringe"?

Everything is racist nowEverything.

If you read or write fanfic, this person could use your help.

This house's pride month display wowed the neighborhood (found via SickoRicko (NSFW)).

Annie Asks You has some remarkable dog yoga, plus Juneteenth.

"She fed them on minutes.  The old ones ate years."

Images here from the son et lumière show at Notre Dame in 2011, its 800th anniversary.

Ba afraid of big herbivores.  Very afraid.

Wild gorillas are smart enough to find and dismantle poachers' traps.

Luckily, this bartender was alert.

Cheating boyfriend gets pwned big time.

This is the city of Strasbourg in eastern France.

Tumblr is re-inventing the Hayes code.

He can be trans too.

In a job interview, these questions are improper or illegal.

"Don't feed the troll. Let it perish, cold and hungry, in the wasteland of your indifference."

Beware of the dog.

Actually, this is epic-scale kitsch.

Put that "heritage" in its place.

God needs your money!

Quit messing up other nationalities' names for themselves.

There should be a support group for survivors of this support group.

If you're shipwrecked on an island, don't build a raft.

Let the Bible be our guide to how marriage should work.  Apparently Ben Shapiro got the message.  More Biblical law here.

Keep your door locked.

I don't get how this counts as "art".

Replace egg and meat protein with nuts -- you'll live longer.

Land subsidence due to rising sea levels probably played a role in the Florida building collapse.

This asshole should not be a school principal (the Magellan quote is fake, unfortunately).

Logically, who would be most hostile to escapism?

"Oh, you're tired of my anti-religion posts?" (NSFW blog).

Interesting Harvard-Harris survey of the US here.  People are getting optimistic, Biden is popular.  Approval of the police is at 68%; Antifa, Hamas, Russia, and China are all at 21% or below.

Fiction is fiction, and reality is reality.

Atheist Revolution has some advice for new bloggers.  A few more words here.

This doctor made a remarkable recovery from multiple sclerosis.

Here's a proposed voter ID law I can support.

It's not healthy to fetishize guns.

A democracy can't be a "Christian nation".  Nor can it work by minority rule.

Gay people in earlier times dreamed of a more enlightened future.

Learn to recognize progress.

Freedom of religion exists only in secular societies.

Title IX helped an American pioneer get her start.

"Immigrants aren't taking your jobs.  Slavery is."

Twitter commentary here on the clash between Gaetz and general Milley.

Our region has more heat waves in its future.

Yes, ideological indoctrination in schools does exist.

After a year of working at home, returning to offices and commuting means misery.  Watch for a lot of people to quit if they're forced back.  We need to do better than "back to normal".

Savor a small but important Supreme Court victory for free expression.  But the ruling should have been even stronger.

We mustn't fund infrastructure by privatizing public services.  In the real world (as opposed to theory), that brings rising prices and often deteriorating quality.

"Don't say inclusion if it's a form of intrusion."

A proposed Pennsylvania law would treat miscarriages as homicides, with burdensome effects for women.

It's capitalism!  Thank Gawd the Republicans are saving us from the nightmare of socialized medicine.

Following in the footsteps of Tumblr, OnlyFans betrays the people who built it up so it can turn itself into just another ad-clogged wasteland.

Don't silence the voices of de-transitioners.

Shower Cap blog reviews the week in wingnuttery.

Watch out for evangelicals posing as friends.  In this case, one turned stalkerish.

Why has the US murder rate gone up so much this year?

Almost all US covid-19 deaths are now among the unvaccinated.  Natural selection in action.

"Listen to marginalized voices," but only if they agree with us.

Don't mess with Philadelphia.

Perhaps Manchin and Sinema can be brought around by voters in their own states.

Having your own sexual boundaries is now "hate speech".

Some business websites cheat you on price, but there are ways to prevent it.

The US right wing has now turned hostile to the military (found via Hackwhackers).  More on this at Annie Asks You.

Which one of these people knows what he's talking about?

At least in Illinois, the practice of putting male criminals in women's prisons (and the predictable results) dates back at least to 2019.

The housing-as-investment culture is a trap (found via Steve Ruis).  There's no substitute for a strong labor movement.

"Southern Christians who fought for the Confederacy and agreed with racial domination will one day, by God's grace, be resurrected to eternal life. Conversely, non-Christians from the North who fought for freedom will one day, because of their sin, experience eternal torment in hell."  Christianity is a moral abomination.

This is how scapegoating works.  Don't get fooled again.

Fight cancer with teh shrooms.

Sometimes reality isn't complicated.

If you're working from home and your company is using keystroke monitoring to re-shittyize your job, here's a work-around to beat it.

Don't pretend fascism and democracy are the same.

"Sexual predation is a male problem. It’s no surprise that males of any identity demonstrate this perversion."

This person exists.

The Chinese regime has shut down the last pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong.  It's now purely a police state.

The large imbalance of the sexes in China and India is causing growing problems.  Some commentary here.

Japan promotes clean energy in southeast Asia while China promotes coal.

Here's some interesting stuff about pre-colonial India and Gandhi.

This is the woman who lost her shot at the Olympics due to trans ideology.  Even The Guardian gives some attention to the other side of this issue, but the BBC is still a bit clueless.  It's a growing problem around the world.  Update: Manumua will be going to the Olympics after all thanks to a special invitation from the relevant agencies.  No doubt the world-wide public outcry helped.  More action is needed to prevent further such injustices in the future.

More links at Fair and Unbalanced.

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In case you missed it -- this week I posted a couple of music-video tributes to space pioneers, a discussion of why local independence can promote progress better than unity does, and a note on my area's current heat wave.  The first day of serious heat wasn't too bad in my place; however, today and tomorrow are expected to be even hotter.


Blogger Mike said...

I'm surprised Bruce didn't at least have a link to George Carlon's bit about God needing money. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ8hefESt7c

27 June, 2021 02:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

That's already pretty well-known -- and Bruce had his own things to say.

27 June, 2021 07:38  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

May I correct one claim?

Kuinini Manumua - whom your links say was eliminated from the Olympics by "transgender ideology" - actually will be competing in the Olympics .

27 June, 2021 09:53  
Blogger SickoRicko said...

Thank you for the shout-out. It's absolutely amazing how you have the time to find all of these varied and interesting things.

27 June, 2021 10:12  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Straw placement, LOL! "Poison him. Come home." HAHAHAHAHAHA! Love the Pride House display! I support replacing Confederacy statues with Pikachus too!

27 June, 2021 10:41  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Charlotte: Duly updated in the post.

Ricko: Thanks! I never actually look for things to include -- I just happen to run across a lot of stuff of interest.

Debra: Very likely Melania dreams of that. I'm glad the house display got so much neighborhood support. And the statue replacement would definitely be an upgrade!

27 June, 2021 10:47  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

You have to be really afraid of spiders to light a gas pump on fire. Great googly moogly.

27 June, 2021 13:26  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Whew! I had a super-busy day and can only get back to your blog now to make a couple of more detailed comments on a couple of posts.

The tweeter who mocked transgender people by saying he was born in the wrong body and is actually a Korean ("lmaoooo") reminded me of the same ignorant arguments homophobes used to make about same-sex marriage ("Does this mean I can marry my DOG now, haha?")

A legal process exists for anyone to "transition" to a new national identity despite "not having been born" that particular nationality -- simply by meeting immigration requirements, moving to that country and legally becoming a citizen. There is no need to pretend that this experience somehow makes transgender issues ridiculous. If anything, it bolsters the argument that such transitioning and legal identity changes would (and should) be as simple to provide.

The other article which disturbed me was the women's cancer support group one. The administrators of that support group totally botched how to handle that situation. Instead of banning or censoring the lesbians, the administrators would have been well advised to instead employ the "trigger warning" method used by AO3 (Archive of Our Own) to handle fanfic disputes. Anyone can write what they want on AO3 but trigger warnings about content must precede the fic so that readers who would be triggered by the subject matter can choose whether to read it or not to read it. This method respects both parties while allowing a more vulnerable reader to never have to be ambushed by triggering content.

In a support group setting, before a woman speaks, she should briefly say what kinds of things she'll be talking about (in this case, ovarian/uterine/breast cancer or in other cases, trauma like spousal abuse, rape, what have you). In other words, give a brief "trigger warning." Then any woman who might be triggered by such discussions would have the choice whether to listen or to step out of the room while that person is speaking so as not to be triggered by the content. Then she would return when the speaker was done. This method would protect and respect both women and enable all to remain members of the support group. Both groups of women have the right to be there and to have their issues treated with respect and compassion.

27 June, 2021 19:55  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary K: I'm more afraid of gas pumps. Spiders don't normally explode.

27 June, 2021 20:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: No analogy is perfect. However, the fake Korean case was revealing in that the guy was insisting that he should be accepted as a Korean simply on his own say-so, as many "trans" people insist that they should be considered members of the opposite sex simply by claiming to be such. In any case a nationality is a legal status, not an objective biological reality, and as such can be changed by going through whatever legal process is established for the purpose; he was claiming to be trans-racial, a member of a different race than he objectively was ("born in the wrong body"), like Rachel Dolezal. Even the physical differences between races are trivial compared to the physical differences between sexes. There is a legal process whereby I could become a German citizen (a legal status), but there is no legal (or other) process by which I could become a giraffe (an objective biological reality), no matter how strenuously I claimed to be one. And as numerous other links I've provided over the last year or so illustrate, allowing men to claim to be women creates all kinds of objective problems and dangers which allowing people to change nationality doesn't and allowing people to claim to change race wouldn't.

As to the other case, it seems fairly ridiculous that a woman in a support group for women cancer survivors should have to provide "trigger warnings" before talking about the physical effects of a fairly common form of female-specific cancer. It's totally absurd that anyone should claim to not "feel safe" just because a woman referred to the universally-known fact that women have periods, which is what the male bully in this case was claiming. It's like going to a math class and then claiming to be "triggered" by people mentioning that 2+2=4. Nobody should need to provide "trigger warnings" or otherwise make special arrangements for some grandstanding bully who claimed to be upset about something so obvious and commonplace. This is all the more true in that it was a women's support group and he should not even have been there. He was asserting his male dominance over those women in a space where he wasn't even supposed to be, and rendering the whole group useless for its actual purpose. You can see from the description how traumatized the woman was by his attack. The fact that the administrators of the group "totally botched how to handle that situation" is inevitable given their craven kowtowing to this ridiculous ideology which insists on allowing mentally-ill men to do that kind of thing. They should have stood up for the woman who was being bullied in what was supposed to be a safe space for her, not supported the man who was bullying her.

Please remember that my normal policy is to reject all comments that could be construed as sympathetic to trans ideology. I'm not obligated to provide a platform for views I find morally abhorrent, and this is a blog, not a debating forum. I made an exception in this one case because you're a long-established reader and someone I consider I have a good (internet) relationship with, but I won't make such exceptions going forward.

27 June, 2021 21:17  
Blogger Lady M said...

OMG - I am laughing so hard at that Melania/Putin meme.

28 June, 2021 07:03  
Blogger Lady M said...

YogiOabs Reborn and Ben Shapiro should really wake up. They would have much happier partners if they took a little time to pleasure them. Obviously, they are both terrible lays who can't be bothered to change.

28 June, 2021 10:45  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I bet Melania has seen it and wishes it were true.

I really feel sorry for the women who are stuck with guys like that. I hope they have something on the side with the gardener or something.

28 June, 2021 11:10  
Blogger Lady M said...

This is a pretty intriguing study here https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/JAHA.119.015553 - Followed over 100,000 post menopausal woman over years. Basically says that plant protien associated with a lower risk of all types of death.

28 June, 2021 11:14  
Blogger Martha said...

Love going through your links! The "Fight cancer with the shrooms" made me cringe. All people have to do these days is add "A new study has shown..." to anything they post and VOILA, it's truth.

29 June, 2021 04:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Lady M: Thanks. That's an impressive sample size! I'll definitely use that for the next round-up.

Martha: Thanks! With studies, what counts is whether it's done in such a way as to be scientifically valid and really shows the results it purports to show. That's the only way we can actually know anything about issues like nutrition and what works or doesn't work for disease prevention.

29 June, 2021 05:11  

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