01 May 2022

Link round-up for 1 May 2022

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

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Jesus is getting pretty active.

Use caution when speaking Welsh.  And writing it.

Property rights create problems for vampires.

It's the history of TV.

Try something new!

Every animal is round.

Revive this word -- we need it for modern office life.

Never mind words, bring back the guillotines.

He got a job at the zoo.

How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb?

Maybe this is about more than just food.

This boss needs to stop pushing his religion in the workplace.

The exploited class rises in revolt!

Supervillains have options.

It's a serenade for Putin.

This machine exists.

These trees exist.

This plant exists, or whatever the hell it is.

Dare big dreams.

Behold a manly priest.

This thing is a rat???

He learned a new fact about pigeons.

It's not a tyrannosaurus, it's.....

There's nothing so disgusting that somebody won't eat it.

Blogger Jenny_o waxes poetic about worms.

Lady M observes Walpurgisnacht.

This bridge exists.

This is Warsaw in 1890.

Nice pic of Niagara Falls here.

Some photos here of Manchester, UK.

This is Ireland.

Surf the wave.

Magpies outsmart scientists trying to study them.

Put Carlson's bollock irradiation idea to the test.

The Brooklyn Public Library is helping young people across the US to circumvent censorship.

This person exists.

Jesus is a reverse vampire.

Not all cryptocurrencies are Ponzi schemes.

Explore the world of crystals for sale (NSFW).

Now this is art.

Early medieval Anglo-Saxon kings were largely vegetarian.

Emperor Nero was a weird guy, and not in a good way.

See the last H-bomb test at Bikini atoll, 1958.

Cas d'intérêt looks at an early pioneer of photography.

Women in the late nineteenth century had ways of sharing forbidden knowledge about birth control and abortion (found via Miss Cellania).

New words, same old crap.

Florida's war between Ron DeSanitize and Big Mouse may have some unexpected tax consequences.

Challenge Twitter to match Tumblr's great achievement.

Stop making up stupid insulting names for ethnic groups.

Clyde was killed, but his death has been avenged.

They are villains.

Curious choice of words there.

When your child is threatened, nothing else matters.

German guy doesn't understand US gun culture.

House-price inflation is destroying people's lives.

Tips here on avoiding phone scams.

If an autistic person avoids eye contact, there are likely good reasons.

"How does a conversation rip apart an oasis?"

The workplace balance of power is shifting.

Netflix is doomed.  If you have a subscription, cancel now -- don't wait.

Will Twitter be better under Musk's ownership?  Probably, but the real goal must be decentralization.  Even a system controlled by free-speech supporters isn't as free as one with no central point of control at all.

Church membership in the US has fallen below 50% of the population.  It was 70% just twenty years ago.  Faced with shrinking congregations and politicization, more and more pastors are considering quitting.

The US plans to sell seized Russian assets to help Ukraine.  In these polarized times, a 417-to-8 vote in the House is remarkable.

"The West will resist the temptation to polish off your pathetic 'army,' because yes, you've got nukes, but honestly, if it came down to it, would you clods even be able to get the silos open?"

This loathsome freedom-hater exists.

Saying you "identify as" something doesn't really mean anything.

Wingnuts indulge in the usual lunacy, but there's a free wristwatch.

Strengthen your mental immune system.

Ideological fanatics propagandizing grade-schoolers about sexuality and "gender identity" are prompting a parents' revolt across the Anglosphere.

Tips here for dealing with Obamacare customer service.

Connecticut takes steps to protect abortion rights.

Pastor-turned-atheist Bruce Gerencser posts links to media interviews he's done in various formats.

John Oliver is wiping out medical debt -- and you can help.

"No one does that" -- except when they do.

The oligarchs are self-made men.

Meet the quintessential Republican, Byron Low Tax Looper (yeah, that was actually his name).

The erosion of free speech has created a culture of weakness.

The inevitable -- a male inmate in a New York women's prison has been convicted of raping a female prisoner there.

Inflation is eroding workers' income faster than raises are increasing it.

What do sexual predators look like?

Recently many right-wing blogs have claimed that a rash of fires at food-processing plants reveals a conspiracy to create food shortages.  It's not true.  For those who don't trust that source, this right-wing site agrees.

What's the point of all this work?

Confront the new homophobia.

The US spent trillions to help those impacted by covid -- but much of it was stolen by scammers.

The Washington Post joins the calls for appeasement of Putin.

Democrats need to seriously think about this question instead of just engaging in performative incredulity.

Dr Fauci and the EU authorities agree -- we're past the covid pandemic.

Those who spread lies about global warming have an agenda -- notably this particular lie.

It's not as simple as people just "educating themselves".

Some guy wrote an entire book about his penis.

Nuclear war is unlikely, but if it happened, what would it be likeMay 9 is a date to watch.

Interesting map here of the distribution of racial tolerance.

British Columbia's school system is launching an experiment whose outcome is already known.

After two years of being inundated with death threats and rape threats, JK Rowling is done with playing nice.

Another woman politician is subject to a silly, juvenile accusation.

We don't need a new religion when we're still trying to get rid of the old ones.

Yes, Macron won in France.  But Le Pen got 42% of the vote after being relentlessly slammed as "far right" in the media, in the midst of the Ukraine war which focused attention on her ugly ties with Putin.  In another election or two, she or someone like her will win -- unless mainstream politicians take an honest look at why they're driving millions of voters away, and seriously address the problems.

Dumbass tourists disrupt a whole airport.

This statue definitely needed to come down.

Sanctions are starting to squeeze the Russian elite, leading to a lot of grumbling about the war.

Besides screwing up the war, Putin is now sabotaging Russia's fuel-export industry by bullying customers.

Russian tanks have a "jack in the box" problem.

A recorded radio exchange shows how badly Russian troops' morale has deteriorated.

The first step toward mass murder is dehumanization of the target group.

India's summer heat waves have come early this year, likely an effect of global warming.

Japan's re-militarization is changing the balance of power in east Asia.

An American blogger living in Shanghai reports on the "human-made disaster" of China's over-zealous covid lockdownsPublic reactions here, though that video is from about a month ago, and things seem to be getting worse with time.

More links at Fair and Unbalanced and The Psy of Life.

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My posts this week:  American enemies of democracy, Putin's attempt to reverse history, and an image round-up.


Blogger jenny_o said...

Thank you for the link to my blog, Infidel.

And among the few links I've read today, I'm thankful to find the blog discussing autism and eye contact - extremely helpful for me as my SIL and my grandson are, I suspect, on the spectrum (although the father has not been diagnosed and will not allow his son to be diagnosed) and I welcome all the information I can get, especially first-person accounts. Another link (Newsweek opinion piece by Ben Appel on The New Homophobia) is very well written and deserves a wide audience. I like that he allows for the existence of real gender dysphoria while intelligently opposing the free-for-all that is taking place. Thanks for your weekly round up.

01 May, 2022 10:37  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I don't know much about autism -- it's not an easy condition to understand for those who don't suffer from it themselves -- but I've found that blog very informative.

I was a bit surprised that a major outlet like Newsweek would publish Appel's piece. The media seem to be becoming more open to dissenting views on that issue. It's a positive sign.

01 May, 2022 21:17  
Blogger Martha said...

Another wonderful round-up! I like that there is a balance of humour alongside nuttery. It keeps us sane.

02 May, 2022 07:05  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

The round animals video is just too funny. I saw a couple of them last year.

I've never even heard of a Bamboo Rat before but I love her! She's adorable with her little baby.

Raw oysters are awful. Smoked oysters in the can are good though.

I'm going to have to show those crystals to my neighbor since he sells crystals in his shop. lol

Netflix needs to get their sh*t together.

02 May, 2022 13:44  
Blogger SickoRicko said...

The history of TV was pretty spot-on. Thanks for the work you do putting these together.

02 May, 2022 17:24  
Blogger Daal said...

tx for including my post here - the gorilla & the lion really had me going lol

02 May, 2022 20:56  
Blogger Mike said...

The minute commercials start showing up on Netflix they're GONE!

03 May, 2022 00:40  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Martha: Thanks! Fortunately there's always plenty of humor out there, if only thanks to the idiots of the world.

Mary K: I never realized rats got that large. I know capybaras are even bigger, but I thought rats maxed out around cat-size or so.

Your crystal-selling neighbor may have to put out a "no minors allowed" sign if he starts selling those.

Netflix seems to have completely lost touch with its customers. Well, even big companies do sometimes die.

Ricko: Thanks. The history of TV seems to be a history of repeated mistakes.

Daal: Thanks for the post. I wonder how long an actor could get away with that. Most people don't have much sense of what gorillas really look like.

Mike: Well, they've already said they plan to start running ads, or so I hear. I hope their customers start bailing en masse.

03 May, 2022 03:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Self-made men. If God were real, he'd say "Take my name off it."

07 May, 2022 05:50  

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