25 September 2022

Link round-up for 25 September 2022

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

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The tire pressure is low, better pump it up a bit.

Let's go for a spin!

See misbehavior by goats, cats..... and crayons.

Chickens are stupid.

Put the car back in the garage!  Or maybe not.

We need to find out whether or not Trump really declassified those documents.

Cats struggle with existence.

Doughty!  Phlogiston!  Ratoon!

Large animals should be taken seriously.

Win the game by moving the goal line.

I got nine out of thirteen.

There's a lot more to getting a novel published than just writing it.

Now this is a chair.

Halloween is already manifesting itself in stores.

What things inspire you?

Teach kids to handle emotions in a mature way.

AutisticAF blog could use some help, and has some perks available.

Colorful pictures here of St Johns, Newfoundland (click for bigger).

Lots of background here on Doctor Dolittle.

Blogger Daal looks at reading habits, AIDS, and the Iran uprising.

"Just Some Guy" reviews episode four of The Rings of Power, and assesses more general problems with the show.  Whatever they spent that billion dollars on, it apparently wasn't the intro.

Here's why all these crap remakes of classic movies are doing real damage to our culture.

World-War-II-era German submarine bases on the French coast stand as a monument to the brutality of war.

Essential facts about ancient Egypt here, from a real Egyptologist.

This is what you can do where there's no asshole HOA to tell you to mow your lawn.

When you check into a hotel, don't put your suitcase on the bed.

She got banned from a banned-books group for talking about banned books.

Twenty million billion ants!

Studying whale brains is extremely difficult.  We still know very little about these creatures' minds.

Biden is right -- the pandemic, as a pandemic, is over.

Humans are not the only species to have developed culture.

This new malaria vaccine looks like a world-class game-changer.

There's more grounds for optimism about global warming than ever before.

Wingnut excuse-making for Trump has become so formulaic you could make a bingo game out of it.  And Republican propaganda is getting comically sloppy.

How important is it that atheists call themselves atheists?

Some people persist in believing nonsense even when it's proven false.

Windows 11 seems to be just as big a nightmare for privacy as Windows 10.  This advice and this advice may help -- I'm no expert.

Orwell's warnings are more relevant today than ever.

One type of organized crime is pretty much like another.

Presumption of innocence is of vital importance in law, even in cases where it's not popular.

TikTok censorship forces users to resort to ridiculous work-arounds.

This post claims that "Amazon devices" will soon start "sharing your internet with neighbors".  I'm not sure what that means, but if you have any "Amazon devices", you should probably look into it.

Don't let bullies weaponize being offended.

Covid death rates continue to be much higher in Republican-leaning areas of the US.

This man is not worth remembering (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

61% of Republicans support declaring the US a Christian nation, even though 57% are aware that this would be unconstitutional.

A polygamist cult in Utah is being sued by former members who were exploited.

We'll soon be hearing a lot more personal stories like hers.

Unlike in other rich countries, life expectancy in the US is still falling.  We now rank 54th in the world and it's getting worse.

The Fed has openly declared itself the enemy of the American worker.  The rate hikes will hammer the most vulnerable while doing little to curb inflation.

Women voters are fed up, and it's not only about abortion.

Not by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin.

Tara Rule can't get proper treatment for chronic pain because of local hospitals' pregnancy fetishism (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

Bruce Gerencser, a veteran of the IFB movement, describes its cultish practices including ostracism of those who question or leave.

Getting raped in the US will cost you $3,500 (found via Miss Cellania).

Republicans just can't stop attacking Social Security and Medicare.

66% to 80% of Americans favor tough policies to fight global warming.  The denialists are a smaller minority than most of us believe.

74-year-old gay-rights activist Fred Sargeant was viciously beaten by a homophobic mob in Vermont.

Respect the integrity and needs of ex-Muslims.

Krysten Sinema's behavior isn't popular with anybody.

Religion poisons everything, even death.

Some tips here on interpreting political polls, and more on whether they're overstating Democrats' chances.

In the current cultural environment, voting involves difficult choices.

If you change your mind, we'll kill you.

With a concerted effort, the world could reach 100% renewable energy by 2050.

The ranks of global-warming denialists are dwindling, but what drives the remaining hard core?

They called a baby a fascist.

What's already happening in Europe shows how trans ideology will be defeated in the US and Canada.

The world's two top gangster-regimes try to challenge the dominance of the democracies, and get slapped down.

Here's one blogger who doesn't take Putin's nuclear threats seriously.

Over time, Russia's isolation is wrecking its economy.  The global consensus against Putin's war is hardening.

Putin, and Russia, may yet pay a high price indeed for the botched Ukraine war.

Putin's mobilization triggered a spike in internet searches on "how to leave Russia" and a scramble for flights out of the country, plus traffic jams at the bordersMore reactions here.

Russian torture chambers have been discovered in liberated Ukrainian territory.  A survivor of torture describes his experiences.

Background here on the Iran rebellion.  Iranians being silenced by the theocracy need outside help to get the truth out.

Iran went backward under the mullahs' regime.

Christiane Amanpour called the Iranian president's bluff.

A member of Iran's "morality police" is confronted by an angry mob after attacking a woman.

Video here of a joyous hijab-burning in western Iran.

More links at Fair and Unbalanced and Angry Bear.

My own posts this week:  a Jonathan Pie video on the petty madness of our times, an image round-up, and the rebellion in Iran.

o o o o o

Whoever says "do as I say, not as I do", especially to a child, has forfeited all claim to be taken seriously.

I've made no secret of what I think of Amazon's abusive employment practices, but its deployment of the slur of "racist" against Tolkien devotees who object to its bastardization of his work is the final straw.  I will never forgive this.

Inflation has been raging for a year or so, but only now, as the election approaches, has the Fed gone all-out with insane rate hikes calculated to strangle growth, destroy jobs, and crash the value of everybody's retirement accounts. It sure looks like a blatant and clumsy attempt to manipulate the election outcome.


Blogger Martha said...

Another very interesting round-up of links! My three favourites are:
"Put the car back in the garage! Or maybe not." - WOW! That was intense.
"Large animals should be taken seriously." - Yes. Yes, they should be taken very seriously!
"Teach kids to handle emotions in a mature way." - What a great way to teach a child about handling emotions!

25 September, 2022 04:32  
Blogger Lady M said...

I love that guys Black Eyed Susan meadow. It is just beautiful.

25 September, 2022 09:35  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

I stole the first meme...and oh my goddess. yes chickens are so stupid..only surpassed by the turkey.

25 September, 2022 12:41  
Blogger Kay said...

I really like the one this not being a Christian nation, but that you're free to be a Christian.

25 September, 2022 19:24  
Blogger Daal said...

thanks for including links to my site - don't get me started on remakes lol - & when it comes to bed bugs, is it worth asking to move to a different room since I double any rooms at hotels don't have them?

25 September, 2022 19:55  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Martha: That guy might have saved his car by trying to go when he did. If it had still been in the garage, it would have been wrecked.

Not many parents are as mature as she was in how they handle their child's feelings.

Lady M: I know! Far more appealing than the standard section-of-golf-course-looking lawn. Hopefully he doesn't get too many obnoxious bugs with it.

Granny: The dumbth of turkeys is legendary. It's a wonder they survive.

Kay: Yes -- and equally free to be Hindu or Wiccan or whatever, or no religion at all. That's what the First Amendment means. The only problem is the people who want their own religion to be favored.

Daal: Thanks for the posts. I could write a lot more about all these damn remakes but I think Overlord's video says much of it very well. Why don't they try to do something original instead of a second-rate version of what's already a classic?

I don't stay at hotels very often, but I've never had any problems, even though I usually opt for cheap ones.

26 September, 2022 05:56  
Blogger Pliny-the-in-Between said...

Thx for the shout out. I have personally witnessed 3 near instances of natural selection triggered by an inability to process the concept of 'wild animal' including one with a Grizzly. BTW: That video triggered a new panel.

26 September, 2022 08:00  
Blogger Mike said...

The first one is worth a post of its own.

26 September, 2022 11:23  
Blogger SickoRicko said...

OMG! Did you see the video after the spinning squirrel of the snake that had gotten inside that woman's ear?

27 September, 2022 07:15  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Pliny: Grizzly bears strike me as extraordinarily effective agents of natural selection, where winnowing less-bright humans is concerned.

Mike: Feel free to write one -- I found it to be a mildly-amusing mistake, but no more than that.

Ricko: I've heard about the snake-in-the-ear video here and there, but I've avoided watching it or learning anything more about it. I don't like that kind of stuff.

27 September, 2022 08:07  
Blogger dellgirl said...

You always have so many fun and interesting links in your blog posts, I can never pick a favorite one. Thank you for sharing these with us. It’s good to learn about a lot of these things from you.

I especially thank you for including my "What Inspires You" post. It's a real honor to be included in the line-up.

Wishing you all the best, my friend! Have a wonderful Tuesday night.

04 October, 2022 19:46  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thank you for the kind words, and thanks for your post.

04 October, 2022 19:57  

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