20 February 2022

Link round-up for 20 February 2022

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

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Would you eat the brownies?

It's just her normal morning routine.

The wind is..... big.

Check to see if you're actually a cat (four of these apply to me).

Here's why humans live so long and waste most of it.

Call the cops!  But don't strike a match.

Really bad driving here.

Alien has been remade in a 60-second version.

FFS, imagine all the shit.

This is the most elaborately-decorated toilet I've ever seen.

Not so smart.

Learn how to wash a cat.

Click here for dumbth about fish, prostitution, Sarah Palin, and more.

This is Cork, Ireland in 1902.

NFT twits undergo pwnage by an Australian hacker.

One is law, the other is not (found via YellerDawg Granny).

Are Apple products really this bad?  I've heard a thing or two about modern cars.

You don't need to blindly go along with what everybody else is doing.

Architect Paul R Williams built houses for neighborhoods he wouldn't have been allowed to live in.

This is Elon Musk.

"Selling your body" or destroying it?

Mumble mumble mumble.

The AMA has lost its mind.

"No one wants to work" -- well, not if you keep shitting on them (found via YellerDawg Granny).

RO is back with popular music, petty theft, TV series, and more -- but is hinting she may be giving up blogging.

What is God?

It's a total mystery why more and more women are committing weird sex offenses.

On parental leave, the US lags pitifully behind other countries.

The "Jesus and Mo" barmaid reviews the Koran.

"Nadar" won notoriety in 19th-century France with his caricatures of cultural icons.

Live life to the fullest.

Forgive, except.....

Locking kids in "time-out rooms"?  Is this real?

Even on LinkedIn, she tells it like it is.

Dave Chappelle 1, out-of-touch whiners 0.

Some publishers are now using "sensitivity readers" to water down books into bland slop.

There exist some unsupported but popular dogmas that aren't linked to religion.

This 15-year-old's level-headed intelligence in a terrifying situation helped bring a serial killer to justice.

Would you send your fifth-grade daughter to a camp where this was happening?  How long do you think parents will keep voting for a party that supports laws like the one that caused this?

Here's how you can know that you're recovering from trauma (found via Silverapplequeen).

This wingnut ruined his own business by dragging ideology into it.

Women are badSex is bad.

A bare 52% majority of Republicans now recognize that Pence didn't have the authority to overturn the 2020 election result, as Trump has claimed he did.

Visitors and workers still aren't returning to Portland's mob-violence-wracked downtown.

The ACLU resorts to lying about a proposed law in Indiana.

The crimes of child molesters and their enablers should be covered up to protect the reputation of the Catholic Church and its leaders.

Vote suppression doesn't harm the Democrats, it harms your rights (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

"Those [companies] that are requiring employees to come back to the office five days a week are experiencing a bigger backlash than they had anticipated -- so much so that the Great Resignation could accelerate in the coming months."

The stigmatization of sex work ruins women's chances to choose a different career (found via The Honest Courtesan).

Religion promotes disgusting self-hatred to intimidate people into obedience.

The polls now are probably underestimating how well Republicans will do in November.

Even in San Francisco, voters dump woke school-board members by huge margins.

Wingnuts cheer some criminals for doing the very same thing that they condemned other criminals for.  Sorry, blocking traffic is harassment of innocent bystanders no matter who's doing it or why.  They should go hassle whoever is actually causing whatever problem they're protesting about.

The Great Resignation hasn't yet spread among schoolteachers, but it will.

A minor error in wording by one Arizona Catholic priest has rendered thousands of baptisms invalid, putting the innocent victims in deep shit with God -- and highlighting the absurdity of bureaucratic, scribe-and-pharisee-style religion.  I discussed a comparable case here.

One man is more important than hundreds of women.

Autism makes kids more susceptible to sexual abuse.  There are plenty of warning signs to watch for.

It's natural that evangelicals are drawn to authoritarian politics.

Sex work set her free.  Then covid-19 happened.

The Democratic party is vanishing from rural America, mostly due to an association with toxic far-left stances.

The internet is becoming too besotted with video.  It's not always the best format.

Intelligent design is dead, but there's a new faith-based attack on evolutionary biology.

The covid-19 death of anti-vax QAnon qrackpot Cirsten Weldon is fueling a new wave of conspiratardia.

Elon Musk does horrible shit to monkeys.

Women across the US are being legally persecuted for stillbirths and miscarriages.

Post-pandemic covid-19 won't be like the flu, it will be like smoking.

An explicitly-violent Christian extremist movement is metastasizing across the US (found via Hackwhackers).

The Ottawa trucker insurrectionists and their backers are hit with a class-action lawsuit.  Most Canadian truckers are not insurrectionists, and most insurrection leaders are not truckers (found via Fair and Unbalanced).  Canadian blogger Jenny_o has more details and background.

Prince Charles, the likely successor of the UK's current queen, is a foolish and ignorant man.

Many male prison inmates who claim to be women so they can go to women's prisons go back to identifying as male once they're released.

Women in Scotland are turning away from the SNP and other leftist parties that don't respect their rights.

Prince Andrew is finished as a public figure after settling with Virginia Giuffre.  The US still needs to properly investigate the high-profile American associates of Epstein and Maxwell, notably Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

Schools in Wales are installing mixed-sex toilets, and the kids are so determined to avoid using them that many are skipping school.

Biden's rallying the West against Putin is an impressive achievement.

Ukrainians are getting exasperated with constant Western predictions of invasion.  This scholar of Russian history suggests another outcome; Atlantic Council advisor Harlan Ullman predicts it won't happen.  Even threatening an invasion is a serious blunder in the long term.  But if it does happen, expect a wave of targeted arrests and killings (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

Russia continues its long-standing practice of cheating at the Olympics.

Biden is getting close to restoring Obama's nuclear deal with Iran -- but can he overcome the US reputation for violating agreements?

Religious barbarians stone a mentally-ill man to death for blasphemy in Pakistan.

In 2016 Amazon bought Westland, one of India's greatest publishing companies.  Now they've destroyed itMore here.

With all eyes on Russia, don't forget the other big bully on the block.

More links at The Honest Courtesan, Fair and Unbalanced, and The Psy of Life.

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My own posts this week:  the fiasco of Beijing's genocide Olympics, how Republicans could lose this year and in 2024, how to protect a blog in the time of cancel culture, and a sample troll comment.

[Image at top:  The Monastery of St Michael in Kiev, Ukraine -- photo taken by me when I was there in 2007.  It was just down the street from where I was staying.]


Anonymous Johnny Profane Âû said...

Thank you, as always for linking. And for your gift with concision.

I'm working on one that may be of interest...

"Religion, Politics, Jr High Football...? This Autist Just Doesn't Get Team Sports"

20 February, 2022 04:17  
Anonymous Johnny Profane Âû said...

Nice bunch this week btw. Even crisper & weirder than usual.

20 February, 2022 04:18  
Blogger NickM said...

Apple hardware is seriously over-rated (and over-priced) but then most of it is made in China in factories with prison-style suicide nets. Replacing a battery in any modern laptop is a total pain. My old IBM Thinkpad just slot-in, slot out. This had the added bonus back in the day that a lot of machines had a little internal secondary cell to keep 'em trucking so you could have more than one battery and hot swap keeping your stuff going. You can't do when you have to dismantle the entire thing. People are amazed when I quote them for a new battery because they think it ought to be a trivial task. It ought to be and once was but it isn't.

20 February, 2022 07:00  
Blogger Mike said...

Yes that is a bunch of shit. The starlings come through here twice a year, spring and fall. They hang around for two weeks and there is shit everywhere.

20 February, 2022 11:03  
Blogger Bruce.desertrat said...

Apple didn't invent the pentalobe screws; I've seen them in other equipment, and anyplace that sells replacement batteries includes 'em with the kit.

Apple didn't choose them for being hard-to-get; there are assembly advantages to using them (though I'd wish they went back to the old Torx ones.) I cannot count the number of times I've had to try to extract a tiny stripped out philips head screw from a laptop, or struggled to find that last screw hidden under the label (looking at YOU Dell!) I have had to resort to a drill in a dremel tool to drill out a recalcitrant screw once; this time in an HP laptop.

Have done these kinds of replacements on dozens and dozens of laptops over the years; I'll take Apple's gear over any of the others.

Replacing a laptop battery on an older Apple powerbook is *literally* a 15 minute job. Sure my old Powerbook 540 had hot-swappable batteries, but it weighs three times as much as my vastly more capable MacBook Air.

And heaven forfend that you have to replace the PRAM battery on that old Powerbook. The directions are literally: "Remove everything that isn't a PRAM battery!

The post 2018 MacBook Pros, though are a PITA, since the battery is glued in; OWC sellss a decent kit to do it, but it's messy and they don't give you quite enough acetone in it to get it out cleanly, but I've only had to work on one of those. I expect the latest superthin Windows laptops are similar. Windows Surfaces are completely glued together, no battery replacement possible. Just had a professor have to replace her Surface Laptop for that reason. (and at the worst time. Ordered in June 2021...didn't get it until after Thanksgiving!)

Finally,despite what you may read in places, amazingly other companies ALSO use those Chinese factories, and all of them have had to deal with these labor problems, it's just that Apple got the name recognition, because like NYT Cletus Safari stories, stories about how evil Apple is are ALWAYS good for clicks! Seriously stories about bad conditions making Dells or Lenovo computers would never get much traction with newspaper editors.

20 February, 2022 11:41  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I've seen the meme for the brownies in the cast iron molds. That is too funny.

That video of the woman laying in her bed, cleaning her face and messing with the cat is hilarious.

Those grown men should not have been sleeping in the same cabins with the young girls.

The laws around miscarriages, arrests and jail time for it are outrageous.

20 February, 2022 12:02  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Johnny: I'll be interested to see that -- I don't get the appeal of sports either.

I like to think people can always find plenty of weird in these round-ups.

Mike: I keep thinking of the passenger pigeon -- back in the day, supposedly they were so numerous that they darkened the skies for hours as they passed overhead. The whole continent must have been hellishly beturded.

NickM & Bruce: Never having owned any Apple products, I wouldn't know from direct experience. I'm just passing along links to stuff that seems interesting. I have noticed that Apple has a bad reputation in some quarters.

MaryK: It might be fun to eat a plate of those brownies in front of a group of people who didn't "know", and see their reactions.

That woman's cat must be the most tolerant cat in the world. And she must be an alien.

I think we know exactly what kind of men would take advantage of the law to get unsupervised bedtime access to a bunch of ten-year-old girls. Sometimes I'm amazed parents aren't marching on these places with torches and pitchforks.

That harassment over miscarriage (which I know can be a traumatic event all by itself) is horrifying. They're treating women worse than livestock.

20 February, 2022 12:18  
Blogger SickoRicko said...

Lots of "good, bad, and ugly" stuff. Some funny stuff. The starlings, I thought, were amazing. But, be inside or carry an umbrella.

20 February, 2022 16:26  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

If those swarms happen a lot, you'd need a new umbrella every few days.....

21 February, 2022 08:52  
Blogger jenny_o said...

Thanks for the link again this week, Infidel.

The link to "omg they funged the tokens" was not just funny but an accessible explanation of NFTs. I have a hard time wrapping my head around those but this helps. It's been interesting to see how Melania's recent NFT bombed.

21 February, 2022 10:22  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks for the post -- it was enlightening.

Most people find NFTs hard to understand because they just can't believe that anybody would be taken in by something so dumb -- they think there must be more to it. The NFT cult does make an excellent laughingstock, at least.

21 February, 2022 22:53  
Blogger Jack said...

I was curious to see how the mainstream news media would cover the San Francisco school board story. From what I saw, the coverage seemed dismissive. Nothing to see here, move along. Once again, I find myself suspecting that the Republicans would not be nearly as effective as they are if the Democrats could reduce the number of self-inflicted wounds.

22 February, 2022 04:55  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

That seems to be the response to every warning sign -- ignore it or hand-wave it away, and pretend it doesn't exist or doesn't mean anything. It's very worrisome.

22 February, 2022 08:04  
Blogger Daal said...

I am a cat but I sure love my doggie -- the bird activity is called a murmeration, I think?

22 February, 2022 21:17  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I think the relevant term is "defecation".

22 February, 2022 23:25  
Blogger Daal said...

lol depends on pov...

23 February, 2022 09:43  

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