07 August 2022

Link round-up for 7 August 2022

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

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Weather's getting hot.

Optical illusions, cats, and flowers here.

Not at all useful advice.

During filming, a bear suddenly appeared.

Even reptiles have fun.

Remember, if you lose a sock in the dryer.....

Get off my lawn!

Find the circles.

Portland greets the zombie apocalypse.

He uses a truck to make tea.

Gaze down these hallways.

I thought the point of being an undercover cop was to avoid attracting attention.

He is a Bigot, and probably proud of it.

Visit the wacky world of the Mandela effect, with memory lapses, misspelled candy bars, and a time-traveling seagull.

Some interesting stuff here about the Guns N' Roses album "Appetite for Destruction" (found via Miss Cellania).

A lonely kid takes action.

Did Satan really lie?

Pliny of Far Corner Café explains the process behind his unique image style -- human figures here, environments here.  There's a lot more to it than you'd think, and useful tips for creating images with or without computers.

This is London in the 1930s, the last decade in which the British Empire could plausibly claim to still be the world's leading power.

No, Iceland did not declare religions to be mental disorders (a claim that has been going around).

Hear JRR Tolkien himself read passages from Lord of the Rings.

Some people just have to turn everything into garbage.  If you inherit something like this, don't destroy it.

The memoirs of Jean-Marie Déguignet, a nineteenth-century Breton peasant, reveal a world of hardship, hate-filled priests, and women with weird hobbies.

This is what an "agrihood" looks like.

Compare English with three of its closest relatives.

Hear the reconstructed call of the moa, a giant extinct flightless bird of New Zealand.

See awesome icebergs.

Check out this majestic Italian castle.

If that Uber driver seems weird, you can just leave.

Don't harass people online.

Trustworthy people don't trust easily.

Some tips here on how to apologize, and how doing some research can enhance a novel.

Nichelle Nichols is fondly remembered at Crazy Eddie, SickoRicko, Neatorama, and Voenix Rising.

Here's a scholarly (and quite lengthy) analysis of the world-wide relationship between economic development and male dominance.

Religion depends on fear and muddled thinking.

Kaboom!  What a bunch of idiots.

This is fake science, rigged to legitimize ideology.

Special spellings to indicate an accent should be used sparingly, if at all.

Here's a guide to self-publishing a book on Amazon.  I'm not condoning doing business with Amazon, but for those who want to self-publish, I'm not sure there's any practical alternative.

There's not enough recognition in the world.....

They can't even write a song without glorifying hate and murder.

See if this low-cost online pharmacy can help you.

"Rugged" cars are mostly just for show.

Hans Holzer wrote a huge book which did nothing but expose his own gullibility.

Deplatforming is never a win for free speech.

The "hope" religion offers is dangerous and evil.

Once we get greenhouse-gas emissions way down, global warming should stop pretty quickly.

Lakota people have seen through Christianity's claims.

What is feminism for?

Capitalism and markets are not the same thing.

The Kansas abortion vote was a strong rebuke to the state's Catholic hierarchy, which strongly backed the failed amendment.

These assholes will think twice before terrorizing another innocent person.

No, covid definitely did not come from a lab -- it came from a filthy meat market.  This kind of thing will keep happening as long as we keep treating animals as food.

It's the forced-birth side of the abortion conflict, not the pro-choice side, that has historically been violent.

The Republican candidate for governor of Michigan apparently once worked on a vampire-themed porno movie.  I don't particularly object to this, but it's an unusual thing to see on a politician's résumé.

In southeast Portland, squatters are taking over vacant houses and terrorizing neighbors, while police and local government do nothing.  This is one reason I prefer to rent.  If the neighborhood goes to shit, it's almost impossible to move out of a house you own, because nobody wants to buy it.

Freedom won in Kansas by dropping the Orwellian ideological jargon so common these days and using plain straight talk that everyone can understand.

When your daughter goes to college, she could be forced to accept a man as a roommate -- thanks to federal policy.

Ivana Trump's grave is a sad travesty.

McConnell warns off senators seeking to oppose Sweden and Finland joining NATO.

See which states have the highest teen pregnancy rates (no surprises).

Neurologically, "gender dysphoria" is a lot like anorexia.

A Satanist parent in Kansas challenged religious discrimination and won.

This is what global warming is doing now.

It's not low-skill work, just low-wage work.

In less than two years, the Democrats have accomplished a lot.

Ophelia Benson and John McWhorter assess a shockingly racist book.

If you're traveling, stay the hell away from Michigan airports.

Darren Bailey believes that not forcing women to go through with unwanted pregnancies is more evil than the Nazi Holocaust.  And he's not just some fungus-covered crank living under a bridge -- he's the Republican candidate for governor of Illinois.

Who wants a Constitutional convention?

Lesbians are under attack from both left and right.

Here's what early exposure to too much gadgetry is doing to kids.

Unions are booming in the US despite corporate opposition.

Thirteen-year-old girls having babies is just fine, no problem.

Here's what a third party would need to be viable, as opposed to merely dividing the left.

The more we learn about the long-term effects of puberty blockers, the worse it looks.

It's starting to dawn on Republicans that their anti-abortion stance is provoking a backlash.  But some are still forging ahead -- Indiana just passed a draconian ban.

Yes, the Tavistock is being shut down, but thousands have already been harmed -- there need to be investigations, and prosecutions.

The future will look back in horror at the atrocities of the present.

The UK will no longer place male criminals in women's prisons, except by special approval.

Sweden is building the world's biggest offshore wind farm, which will meet 17% of the country's energy needs.

In an attempt to destabilize our country, the Putin regime supported a secessionist movement in California.

See extensive discussions on Russian war crimes and the history of Russian military ineptitude (both found via Earth-Bound Misfit).

For lasting peace, the Ukraine war must end in a clear Russian defeat, not a negotiated settlement (found via Reaganite Independent).

Brazilians deal firmly with criminals.

The Iranian theocracy is supplying drones to Russia to use against Ukraine.

Islamists in Tehran are removing gravestones that have pictures of hijab-free women on them.

The Taliban are viciously enforcing Islamic law in Afghanistan, and trying to force journalists to lie about it.

Pelosi was a star in Taiwan.  Senate Republicans supported her trip.  Other top US legislators have visited Taiwan without the Beijing mafia throwing such a huge tantrum, but there was a difference.

More links at Fair and Unbalanced and Miss Cellania.

My own posts this week:  an image round-up, the Kansas abortion referendum, and Russia losing the Ukraine war.

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Science can't answer every question.  Religion can't validly answer any question.

"Heaven" as most religions envisage it would be boring because it is supposedly "perfect" and therefore eternally unchanging (any change from perfection is for the worse, by definition).  Immortality here on Earth, with its endless cultural, social, and technological development, would be anything but boring.

I never worry about being a "burden on society".  Society has been one hell of a burden on me.


Blogger SickoRicko said...

I really liked the optical illusion down those halls; The lonely kid was terrifically creative; Yes, Russia needs to be totally defeated; That Climate News article had a beautiful image of an ice berg that I added to my collection; At first I had mixed feelings about what Brazilian citizens are doing to the motorcycle robbers, but then I thought: More power to 'em!

07 August, 2022 10:43  
Blogger Green Eagle said...

Infidel, here is a question I have been meaning to ask you for a couple of months at least. Your blog roundup is the most thorough source of information that I know of about Trans idiocy. I believe I have noticed in the last half year or so a gradual diminution in support for this malignant perversion of left wing principles, and an accompanying willingness to speak out against it.

Am I just imagining this, or do you think it is a consequence of your coverage of the subject, or (as I hope) is the left coming to its senses, in this one area at least? I anxiously await your opinion.

07 August, 2022 11:57  
Blogger Pliny-the-in-Between said...

Thanks for the shout-out. The 'how to' posts no doubt are interesting to a very small cadre but it was fun making them.

07 August, 2022 15:04  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ricko: The halls illusion is pretty convincing until you see what it is. The recent escalation of Chinese bullying against Taiwan shows why Russia needs to be made an example of -- letting one gangster-regime get away with aggression encourages others. Brazil has a high crime rate and I can see why people there are frustrated and want to hit back against their tormentors. I wouldn't be surprised (or unhappy) to see the same kind of thing here eventually.

Green: I agree with you that the trans lunacy does seem to be somewhat in retreat in the last few months; much as I'd like to, though, I don't think I can personally claim much of the credit. Rather, these periods of mass hysteria and intimidation (I see trans ideology as similar to McCarthyism or the Satanic Panic of the eighties; like them, and unlike gay liberation, it is doing massive, concrete harm) tend to naturally run their course given enough time -- people just get tired of submitting to what everybody knows are lies, and start to defy the threats and bullying and speak out against the insanity. The roll-back of trans ideology is most visible in the UK, which is what we'd expect since that's where it seems to have established its sway most strongly, and perhaps earliest. I attribute that to the few courageous people like Maya Forstater, Keira Bell, and of course JK Rowling, who started pushing back. Once that happens, there's a kind of dam-breaking effect, since most people actually know the madness is madness and only kept quiet out of intimidation.

The same is happening elsewhere, though; Scandinavia has stopped surgically transing minors, and there's a growing backlash here against men in women's sports (sports is the logical place for the backlash to start in the US, since it's highly visible and something many people care about). I feel pretty confident now that we're in the beginning stages of a return to sanity. It would be nice to think that my link round-ups, amplifying the voices of those who speak out, has helped in some small way.

Pliny: Thanks for the posts! I certainly couldn't do what you do, but it's still interesting to see how it's done, and how images exploit our natural tendency to give the most attention to certain areas.

07 August, 2022 17:22  
Blogger Daal said...

thanks much for adding my post to the list -- definitely heat-wilted here lolol

07 August, 2022 18:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite example of the Mandela effect is Batman. Well, more accurately, Robin, who constantly has things added to his/their history or people forgetting which one of them was involved in what because people cannot remember things like "This character premiered in 1940, less than a year in on the Batman franchise." and "He can't be over 17, she's at least 25."

08 August, 2022 04:51  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Daal: Thanks for the post! Our heat wave has died down -- I hope yours will as well.

Anon: It's funny how most of these cases revolve around minor details of culture like cartoon characters or candy bars. No one ever claims they remember a different person being president, or 9/11 not happening, or something major like that.

08 August, 2022 23:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's easy to see why. Details. 9/11 is something important. Though people WILL misremember some detail that makes for a conspiracy theory.

Notice people deliberately forgetting details about 1/6. So if you have an agenda, you can develop amnesia.

09 August, 2022 06:54  
Blogger Martha said...

Good stuff! I laughed with the advice on how to avoid aging! The one about trying to find the circles in the optical illusion gives you a headache.

11 August, 2022 04:03  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Anon: On January 6, the wingnuts aren't just from an alternate universe -- they're living there permanently.

Martha: Some people do have a gift for unhelpful advice. Most optical illusions are kind of grating. The brain isn't evolved for dealing with sensory twists like that.

11 August, 2022 05:05  

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