19 December 2021

Link round-up for 19 December 2021

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

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Better cat owners, please.

Apparently this company exists.  I won't try to guess what they sell.

Here's your nativity scene, now I'll get beer.

Hey, he's violating the dress code.

Unapproachable?  Perhaps not enough so.

Maybe it's better not to wrap presents.

Book overdue, returned to library.

Upgrade your signs.

Get to the root of the problem.

Trae Crowder assesses the "war on Christmas".

Dynamite, shit, and stupidity make a bad combination.

Find the curved line.

Bloggers, do you put a lot of thought into post titles?

Wingnuts are wearing radioactive amulets to defeat the imaginary Bill Gates microchips in covid-19 vaccines.

This device would cause every business meeting to end as soon as it started (good idea).

Cas d'intérêt has book recommendations for Francophiles.

Some people get their photos taken with Santa, but Lady M has a better idea.  And she has fond memories of the Creepmassy "Slovenian witch".

It's OK to block people who impose drama, conflict, or stress on you.

Morons will pay insane amounts of money to literally eat dirt (found via The Honest Courtesan).

She preserved the image of her son in a gold ring.

Now this is how you grow rice.

God loves you -- he's just a terrible bungler.

This beetle was not intelligently designed.

This crow is intelligent (found via Mock Paper Scissors).

Not everyone who works for "Big Pharma" is a bad guy.

Religion is incoherent nonsense.

It's tough having a spouse or partner in a high-risk job.

Shopping malls make weather worse.

Meet the new homophobia, same as the old homophobia.

"A conspiracy theory is a form of faith."

When applying for a job, take precautions.

Don't let the assholes get to you.  And it's wise to not trust people.

Your hard work will pay off.

Time magazine chose well for its "Heroes of the Year".

There's plenty of good news, even if you're not hearing it.

Info and links here to help the victims of the US tornado disaster.  I'd add the usual warning about the anti-gay Salvation Army.

Immigrant history is being erased in New York.

Do you watch ads?  Because soon the ads will watch you.

Flight attendants have had it with anti-mask assholes on planes.

The rich are waging class warfare against the rest of us.  Wake up!

Links here to several essays on the persecution of sex workers.

Pete Seeger once pwned a fascist dictator (found via Octoberfarm).

We can do better on flu shots.

Watch out for these shill and saboteur tactics on internet forums.

Parents of UPenn women swimmers complain to the university about its unfair gender policy (and it brushes them off with platitudes).

The strike here in Oregon against Fred Meyer and QFC ended a day after it began, with the bosses apparently caving.  Unions get things done!

In the Kellogg's strike, management's latest offer doesn't look good -- and they're threatening to hire permanent replacements for striking workers.  Others are fighting back.

"If, at this point, you are still unvaccinated, you are not a victim.  You are a cause of the victimization of vulnerable others."

It's good news!  And we were warned.

Religion in the US continues to decline, with "nones" now at 29% of the population.

This cartoon exemplifies the willful distortion and misdirection used by the idiots who try to downplay the evil of cancel culture.  Cancel culture refers to the harassment and bullying of persons who express opinions the bullies don't like, often up to the point of hounding them out of their jobs, as has recently happened (for example) to Kathleen Stock and these New Zealand scientists.  It doesn't refer to generic criticism of ideas.

Much of the Great Resignation consists of early retirements among people over 55.

The Salvation Army is finding that racism has consequences.

Moline Skeptics dissects another anti-vax lie.  I've actually seen claims like this on a few wingnut sites.

"The central question in the abortion debate is not whether a fetus is a person, but whether a woman is."  To Hell with Madison "earthen vessels" Cawthorn and the rest of the toxic-masculine adult toddlers.

Dr Rebecca Gomperts will help you to get an abortion by any means necessary (found via Nan's Notebook).

Anti-vaxers are assholing the Cheesecake Factory.

A pizzeria employee in Tennessee shot a robber, and the reactions of neighbors and the comments below the video are revealing.  People are sick of crime, and politicians downplay this at their own peril.

Pennsylvania Republicans are striving to help covid-19 spread among schoolchildren.


Read a mother's thoughts to her daughter in dangerous times (found via Dead Wild Roses).

It's idiots like this that help keep the pandemic going.

This police department has a serious racism problem.

Here are some of the things gender ideology is destroying.

Workers who died at an Amazon warehouse and a candle factory in Kentucky were human sacrifices to modern corporate callousness and greed.  But no-o-o-o, you had to buy that item from Amazon because ordering it from someplace less evil would have cost you an extra three dollars and six minutes of internet searching.

Democrats are losing support among blacks and Hispanics and are in their worst position ever in the CNBC generic poll.  What we're doing isn't working.

Abdol-Hossein Sardari saved the lives of thousands of people.

Omicron suggests that God is an asshole.

If they want a war, let's give them one.

She survived.

Threats and bullying are the mark of a reactionary movement, not a "progressive" one.

Police in Scotland will start logging accused rapists as women when the rapist requests it.

The Pacific island of New Caledonia has just voted overwhelmingly to remain part of France.

US wingnuts regurgitate Putin's propaganda on Ukraine.

Moderna backs down on the patent fight, guardedly good news for the campaign to speed up vaccination planet-wide.

Even in one of Iran's most religious cities, a woman stands up to a religio-bully.

Biden has nearly ended drone warfare in the Middle East.

More links at  Fair and Unbalanced.

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My own posts this week:  the politicizing of everyday things, and a new set of improved word definitions.


Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

Finding the right title for a blog post can sometimes be challenging.

It is ok to block or ignore people on social media that make your time there less fun. I've blocked all kinds of people on Twitter because Twitter is full of not nice people.

19 December, 2021 13:19  
Blogger Mike said...

Too many good ones so I'll go back to the top. I love to violate dress codes.

19 December, 2021 18:38  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary K: The whole internet seems to have a fair number of not-nice people, though there are nice people as well.

Mike: Rules were made to be broken, especially the arbitrary rules of religious nuts.

21 December, 2021 00:50  
Blogger Daal said...

blog titles - I heard it helps SEO to keep them 70 characters or less... very sad video of Iran... & as for advertisers watching us, they have been for a long time already, tracking our shopping, our googling, etc...

23 December, 2021 12:48  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

It's interesting that the Iranian woman got away with it, though. Strictly speaking women actually can be arrested in Iran for having their hair uncovered in public.

Having ads that can actually watch people in the literal way described at the link would be a substantial escalation. There's a lot one can do to avoid being tracked on the internet (use Firefox, use DuckDuckGo instead of Google, don't have a smartphone, don't use a Windows 10 computer, etc).

24 December, 2021 00:41  
Blogger Daal said...

true, regarding the ads -- as far as the Iranian woman, what's saddest is that who knows what happened afterwards...

24 December, 2021 10:19  

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