02 October 2022

Link round-up for 2 October 2022

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

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Some wry aphorisms here (found via Silverapplequeen).

This reporter needed to waterproof her microphone.

Give your kitten something to play with during the ride.

Finally, a good idea for an audiobook.

Somebody had fun naming these birds.

Eleven years before Star Trek.

Far Corner Café proclaims the beginning of the Halloween season.  Lady M starts the countdown.

After years of service and saving 38 lives, officer Luna retires from the Scottish police (scroll down a bit).

Not everyone is as smart as NASA.

Some people are just bad drivers.

View the startling huacrapona palm tree.

Read the inspiring tale of Harlot's Web (NSFW).

It's not Satan's fault.

See video from around the world in the 1890s.

Here's all you could ever hope to learn about Idunna, Norse goddess of the apples (found via Silverapplequeen).

The Rings of Power just keeps getting worse.  Part of the problem is that the good guys are evil.

What would life be like if everybody could teleport?

When you dress for Halloween, don't be too scary.

Novels must be free to explore evil.

Who will pray for the one who needs it most?

Read about Fauja Singh the Sikh Superman, and a "naughty" novelist from the 1960s.

A former Nazi submarine base in France has been transformed into a visual-arts space -- how successful is the effort?

Finally, an honest commercial.

Margaret Atwood has grounds to complain.

OnionShare allows you to create a website that can't be censored.  This post is a little technical and I'm not sure it would work for a blog, but any blogger concerned about being censored on their current platform might want to look into OnionShare more broadly.

Here's a guide to internet services that help protect privacy.

On Thursday, the blog Big Whack Attack was taken down by Blogspot (NSFW images at link), then restored a few hours later.  A week ago one post at Lo Imprescindible was taken down for unclear reasons and apparently is still down.  Finally, remember this.  If you have a blog that includes any sexually-explicit material or controversial opinions, or if you have trolls/assholes who would like to see you censored or silenced, you need to back up all your material frequently and do your research on censorship-free platforms, so that if you get taken down, you can be back up and posting on a suitable new platform as quickly as possible.  I do.

Christianity makes real morality impossible.

It's OK, and even admirable, to be ordinary.

Group social events are difficult for many of us; for autistic people, they're impossible.

New research on self-assembling molecules helps us understand how life began.

Here's the background on NASA's successful DART mission, a big step toward making planetary defense a reality.

The growing popular disdain for expertise has consequences.

People who believe this story exist.

Facebook seems to be turkeying out as users decamp to TikTok, the spyware platform controlled by fascist China.

See video of a storm surge in Florida.  Maybe it's divine retributionMore video here.

Brazilians don't have much patience with thieves.

A Russian man eagerly goes to the military recruitment office.

Inflation is being driven by greed at the top, not by wages -- and not by Biden.

The far right wallows in lunacy, laced with anti-Semitism.

Another young life is destroyed by ideology (found via Aunt Polly).

US workers are ready to stand up for their rights in Striketober.

Biden has a 33% lead among..... voters who don't much like Biden.

Right-wing ideology leads to dehumanization.

All who value freedom must take a stand against the new inquisitors.

Those who leave hard-line Christianity need to come to terms with the harm they did when they were believers.

"Ukrainian-occupied territories".

There are good reasons why the Supreme Court is losing legitimacy with the people.

We demand teachers who will pander to our delusions!

Biden's presidency has seen more accomplishments than the public gives credit for.

Drugstores are shelving fake medications alongside real ones.

Most low-paid US workers still aren't getting paid sick time, and union-busting efforts continue.

The Republican attack on abortion isn't playing well with swing voters.

Lindsey Graham appears to be delusional, and wingnuts use veterans as a distraction.

Corporate America is pulling out of fascist China -- and the US is seeing a domestic manufacturing boom (found via Angry Bear).

There's a colossal loophole in our laws on reporting child abuse.

Republican support for Trump has dropped by 20 points since 2020 (found via Reaganite Independent).

Money doesn't help a politician win as much as most believe, though it can serve as a useful indicator of support.

The extremists of the left and right aren't real patriots -- another group are.

Draconian anti-abortion laws are highly unpopular, even with most Republican voters.

Canada is dropping all covid-related border controls.

Here's what probably happened to the Nordstream pipeline.

Putin has not even bothered to define the borders of the Ukrainian territory he "annexed".  He's losing touch with reality.

Victims of Russian torture and rape in Ukraine include children (found via Reaganite Independent).

The Russian Orthodox Church is ratcheting up its support for the war against Ukraine.

Russians continue to be unhappy with the new mobilization.  War supporters are getting a wake-up call.

The West should not fear the fall of Putin.

The Iranian theocracy is setting up special courts for protesters, but women remain defiant.  It's time to recognize that the oppression of women is part of the theocracy's very identity.

The people fight back against the enforcers.  Remember those who have died for freedom.

Women-only spaces are proliferating in South Korea, due to a surge in creepy male behavior.

More links at Fair and Unbalanced and Angry Bear.

My own posts this week:  a video on two strange visitors, the over-use of labeling, and images for Blasphemy Day International.

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Putin's "annexations" of occupied Ukrainian territory are meaningless.  He did this with Crimea in 2014 (annexation after a fake referendum), and yet during the current war the Ukrainians have attacked targets in Crimea several times, without any issue arising that they are carrying the war to Russian territory.  Everybody knows Crimea isn't part of Russia.

[Image at top found via Hackwhackers.]


Anonymous Johnny Profane Âû said...

Just a note. Thanks as always for finding s link of mine worthy!

Not all autistic people have trouble like mine with groups. Yet it's common.

Some LOVE groups. Just like many of us seek a quiet life .. but some are thrill seekers. I should write on this ...

02 October, 2022 04:06  
Blogger Jack said...

I got a good laugh out of the images of bad drivers. I had a friend in high school who told me that his father got really drunk one night and drove his car through a neighbor's house. I was skeptical until I met the man. Those pictures make it look like he's not the only one.

02 October, 2022 05:33  
Blogger SickoRicko said...

So much to like here. The kitten batting the ponytail made me chuckle. Thanks for linking to a couple of my posts, I always appreciate that.

02 October, 2022 11:21  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

The storm surge from Ian was no joke. The videos were so incredible. It's nice that we have so much video of stuff like this but also sad to see houses and cars just floating away when hurricanes happen.

02 October, 2022 12:51  
Blogger Daal said...

the audiobook! priceless!!!! no wonder it's not around lol

02 October, 2022 17:40  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Johnny: Thanks for the clarification. I hope you will write on it. I honestly don't know much about the variations of autism.

Jack: I think most people would find those pictures pretty funny, other than the car owners (and their insurance companies).

Ricko: Thanks for the posts! It should have occurred to that girl that the kitten would do that. They're always play-hunting things.

Mary K: It looks horrific. I can't imagine living in a place where that kind of thing happens every few years. Up here the big worry is earthquakes, but the real mega-earthquakes come three or four centuries apart.

Daal: I'm sure it would be a very entertaining tape.....

02 October, 2022 20:41  
Blogger Martha said...

Another great round-up! My top three this week: the one about bad drivers, the one about it not being Satan's fault and the honest (Chevron) commercial. Good stuff!

06 October, 2022 03:53  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I can't imagine how some of those drivers even managed to get into those situations. I wonder if Chevron will sue somebody over that commercial (maybe they can't -- parody is generally protected). It hits brutally close to the mark.

06 October, 2022 05:38  

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