24 April 2022

Link round-up for 24 April 2022

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

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Stormtroopers always miss.

Understand the sign.

Penguins get through their day (actually better with sound off).

Embezzle $182 million without even breaking any rules.

Religious services can be fun.

Conquer your fear of monsters in the dark at night.

A classic cinematic pursuit concludes at last.

There's a word for expertise at identifying birds.

Woah, here she comes.....

He gazes into the abyss.

Giant psychedelic toads eat smelly beetles.

What exactly do they do at this "Christian center"?

Strandbeests roam the beaches, or even take flight.

This statue exists.

He's got a keen eye for spotting lions.

A long-suffering cave man explores home improvement.

Storytelling is important.

You've escaped from Plato's cave, but.....

Lady M celebrates Zombie Day.

Annie Asks You has a poetic paean to springtime.

It's a personal decision.

And all the records he sets are totally valid.

It's the best of three options.

Philosophy and a dead parrot don't mix well.

This abomination exists.

This relationship couldn't last.

The Sumerians invented metaphor but not subtlety.

Easy trick here for deterring bugs.

Watch out for the avalanche (this is in Iran).

I know most of what you get in church is a croc anyway, but.....

If you want to write realistically about pre-modern times, pay attention to lighting.

Welcome to nightmare world.

Serve Putin some hot soup.

These monstrosities existed.

Well, this house is certainly unique.  I'm not sure I'd want to wake up with a hangover in it.

Happiness between Tails blog wants to know what you celebrate.

Believe it or not, Tucker Carlson has made a film documentary about masculinity.

The system will eat itself.

He's got the right idea, though he doesn't know it.

Monopoly capitalism contributes to the shittyization of movies.

Here's a powerful poem about Jesus.

"For we shall only achieve true diversity when everyone thinks the same way as me."

If you're thinking of moving, consider Maryland.  Here's a taste of the local culture.

The "before" pictures look a lot better.  Why do people do this?

There is no virtue in suffering.

The Perseverance rover drives past artifacts on Mars.

Atheist Revolution has a collection of Easter posts.

The New York Times is still crap.

More info and links here on reporting a politicized church to the IRS.

Management just keeps coming up with new ways to shittyize the workplace.

Even some English teachers embrace the retreat from mass literacy.

Who is God?

Ethical businessmen aren't the ones who become billionaires.

The wingnuttery just goes on and on.  There's even a cobra venom conspiracy theory now.

Sex shouldn't hurt.

If you're an ideologist, you likely have a version of Morton's demon living in your head.

The hard-line right is now openly rejecting democracy.

The Bible accounts of the resurrection are riddled with contradictions.

"It turns out that many Latinos identify more as 'working class' than as 'Latino' and their concerns are more about inflation and other kitchen table issues than about immigration."  If the Democrats can't get their heads out of their identity-politics asses and focus on the class issues, there's no hope.

Green Eagle assesses fascism as a sort of shoddy, bargain-basement successor to the divine right of kings.

Ask a straightforward question, get a straightforward answer.

Louisiana pastor Tony Spell believes that the government should be subordinate to "prophets" such as himself.  He also believes Biden is possessed by Satan.  Leadership for the 21st century!

Cancel culture exists and is doing real harm to innocent people.

Alaska is becoming the scene of a proxy war between McConnell and Trump.

Censorship of libraries is having insane results (this is a public library, not a school).

If you didn't want people to attack the Bible.....

Men tend to have a false sense of invulnerability.

It's best to simply not engage with haters and fanatics -- "debating" them is a waste of time.

Communism seems to require a dictatorship to work.  Socialism doesn't, but it seems best suited to ethno-states, which the US is not.

Whatever the brand of evil, obsessive hatred of Jews will usually be part of it.

Part of the reason why our society tolerates ghastly "gender-affirming" surgery on minors is that most people don't know or don't believe it's happening.  But there's less and less excuse for not knowing.

Severe covid-19 increases the risk of dementia.

Even as a kid, this blogger saw through religion pretty well.

Even in deep-red states, wind energy is booming.

Should atheists refrain from mocking Christian observances?

Don't be shy about calling groomers groomers.

"Opponents dubbed the law 'Don't Say Gay', arguing that barring lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in early grades would marginalize LGBTQ people."  They are actually, literally defending the concept of "lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in early grades".  The Republicans don't need to even do anything.  The left is committing electoral suicide.

Last month's much-hyped Disney walkout protesting the law was actually a huge flop.

Amazon employees suffer injuries at several times the rate of other workers in comparable jobs.

You can't save democracy if you aren't in power.

Congressional Republicans are delaying the federal legalization of marijuana, even though the majority of their voters support it.

A life centered on work is not worth living.

Some right wingers have plans to effectively ban abortion even in blue states, eventually.

Christian assholes harass trapped plane passengers with noise.  Don't they realize that this kind of behavior actively turns people off of what they're trying to spread?

That NC medical student who implied she mistreated a patient because he expressed "wrong" opinions has been placed on extended leave.  The school should also expel the student newsletter writer who demanded that the patient be witch-hunted.

She's just asking questions.

Green Eagle responds to CNN's disgusting, craven essay in support of appeasing Putin.

In April 1943, the Belgian resistance against Nazi occupation carried out a daring rescue mission on a train carrying Jews to Auschwitz.

Those who attack people's children are awakening a sleeping giant.

Up in Nova Scotia, Procrastinating Donkey isn't happy with mask mandates being lifted.

Looks like Assange will be extradited.  Here's a reminder of who he is.  But he was cautious about some information.

It's just a sex show for five-year-olds.  Perfectly normal.

Cas d'intérêt has a detailed assessment of today's presidential election in France.

Religious mobs are waging a violent war against free speech in Sweden.

Here are some pragmatic reasons why Ukraine is important to the world at large.

Pictures from Ukraine here.

"Hide the girls" -- when the Russian army comes to town.

You can't rely on polls showing that most Russians support Putin's war on Ukraine.

Here's what to expect in the battle of Donbas.

The frozen Russian state assets in the US amount to tens of billions of dollars.  Perhaps we can make good use of them.

Russia's military incompetence goes back to the 1990s (sourced to this BBC report).  Here's how bad it was when they occupied Chernobyl.

Japan is getting more aggressive about the Kuril islands, which Russia seized from Japan at the end of World War II.

India is serious about saving endangered rhinos.

Most Asian countries are becoming more supportive of the US, less supportive of China.

It's nightmarish being an unmarried woman in China.

Elon Musk plus China equals as shitty as it gets.

Lawyers in Haïti struggle to get the legal system to take rape seriously.

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

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My posts this week:  some thoughts on my own mortality, the effects of sanctions on Russia, and a game-changing new anti-projectile defense.

[Image at top found via Cas d'intérêt]


Blogger jenny_o said...

Thank you for the link once again. I'm actually in Nova Scotia, not Ontario. At the time I posted, I was thinking that most of my readers know that by now but I should have made it clear, especially considering you've been sending a lot of new readers my way. The lifting of mandates is pretty much the same across Canada, though.

24 April, 2022 11:51  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I don't have a fear of the dark but that is a funny way of getting over the fear.
I used to have an email signature that read, "Do not fear the darkness, but rather that which the darkness hides."

24 April, 2022 12:33  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Jenny_o: Thanks for the reminder -- I should have remembered that. I've adjusted the wording of the post.

Mary K: I guess the monsters fear that which the darkness doesn't hide quite well enough.....

24 April, 2022 13:04  
Blogger Kay said...

Thank goodness LePan lost!!! Although we might have lost some respect for the French if they voted her in, just as many other countries must have wondered about us in the US when Trump won.

24 April, 2022 13:39  
Blogger Daal said...

Thanks much for adding my link here. Remember SimCity game, where if you didn't create just the right world, even bugs could take over? bugs must be attractive to other bugs, but am shuddering

24 April, 2022 14:13  
Blogger jenny_o said...

Thanks - and I added it to my post as well :)

24 April, 2022 15:04  
Blogger Jack said...

Thanks for the links! It is always nice to be included with such great company.

24 April, 2022 15:19  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Kay: It's a grey area. She loses by a smaller margin every time -- and 41% of the vote is pretty good for someone whom the media have relentlessly branded an extremist, and who keeps cozying up to Putin.

Daal: I'm not familiar with SimCity, but the world needs strict size limits on bugs, at the very least.

Jenny_o: I think I spaced out and was thinking of another Canadian reader who lives in Ontario. Sorry for the confusion.

Jack: Thanks for your posts!

25 April, 2022 03:34  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

now if America could win over our right wing assholes this midterms...grrr.

25 April, 2022 04:21  
Blogger SickoRicko said...

I very much like the idea of shooting rhino poachers. If only we could do that to poachers of this republic. But, then we'd have to define who the real poachers are and what they're really poaching.

25 April, 2022 12:22  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Granny: We'll see. The Democrats need to address the issues on their own side a lot better to have any hope of beating the Republicans.

Ricko: At least with animal poachers, it's easy to see who they are. If it was as easy to define the bad guys in politics, we'd hardly need politics.

27 April, 2022 01:01  
Blogger Martha said...

Another interesting collection! And covid vaccinations made of Cobra venom... ??? This is the first I hear of this one! Oh my gosh, just when you think you've heard it all!

28 April, 2022 16:59  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Martha: At different times they've embraced bleach, horse de-wormer, and various random things which are real medications but irrelevant to covid. We'll see if the cobra venom conspiracy thing takes off. It's not even as ridiculous as the one about microchips in the vaccines. Personally I'm hoping Carlson's testicle-irradiation thing goes mainstream among the wingnuts. It would at least be pretty funny and it might stop some of them from reproducing.

28 April, 2022 21:54  
Blogger Lady M said...

Wouldn't that birdwatching term be giss rather than jizz. It stands for general impression of size and shape. Heading out to Kiowa county on Sunday for some birding as they are having an exciting migration. Plan to use some giss super powers.

29 April, 2022 20:01  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Lady M: I'd never heard the term before. The Wikipedia excerpt is real, although it briefly mentions that "giss" is an alternate spelling. So jizz it izz, I'm afraid. :-)

29 April, 2022 20:52  

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