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Options here to donate to help victims of the Turkey/Syria quake.
The tree got its revenge.
What was that Chinese balloon really carrying?
Compare these two film trailers.
Have a few Biblical cartoons.
Things are jumpin' down at the disco.
Nice sunflower field.
Catify your house.
Don't try this at home.
It's a better job, anyway.
I don't have time for your bullshit.
Ricky Gervais prefers old-fashioned women (NSFW).
See a cigarette lighter in slow motion.
Useful cleaning tips here.
Yeah, these are clouds.
He's being careful not to damage the walkway.
This must be the most haunted hotel in the country.
See the stop-motion LED art of Darren Pearson.
Tip here on recovering a lost pet.
Imagine if Star Wars and 2001 had swapped directors.
This gadget looks useful, if it works.
This is the ocean.
In Giza, history is just down the street.
This is the Gateshead Millennium bridge near Newcastle UK, which can tilt 45 degrees to let ships pass underneath.
Respect the original scapegoat.
Christmas in Kyiv has changed.
Berating people is not "educating". Everybody has biases.
So who's going to actually make all these movies? And enough with the %$#@!# sequels already.
Don't leave the broken window unfixed.
Tips here on improving your foreign-language skills.
Never be ashamed of what you like to read.
Jenny-Jinya says goodbye to an old friend.
Here's what can happen when you don't get enough sleep.
Shaming people out of their boundaries is predatory.
Retirees should not be nagged to return to the workforce to contribute to the economy. We've already done our part.
Name-calling isn't debate.
Don't take movies as a guide to dealing with life, especially if you're autistic.
This person exists.
Lies can get out of control.
Matriarchy is not just a mirror-image of patriarchy.
This winter's covid surge was much milder than expected, probably due to vaccination and built-up immunity from earlier infections.
So far, the covid explosion in China has not produced any new virus variants.
Electricity can affect the behavior of water.
Weather shapes the human world.
This image shows the tectonic plate shift from the Turkish earthquake.
Renewable energy should generate 35% of the world's electricity by 2025 (it's now 29%).
Atrocities are the product of ideology, not of psychopaths.
Atheists, secular humanists, etc are not all the same, although there's overlap.
Rewarding kids with status trinkets can be bad for them.
"Misgendering" is bad, except when it isn't.
Elon Musk is just going bonkers (found via Hackwhackers).
This doctor needs to lose his license.
This judge needs to lose his job.
This person exists. Would you want him around your kids?
Many Americans are confused about the country's demographics.
You're not just imagining things -- the quality of most consumer goods really is getting worse.
Quick (less than two minutes) primer here on why the Fed is full of shit.
If abortion isn't a women's issue, what is?
After three months, the HarperCollins strike has succeeded.
The failed boycott of the new Hogwarts Legacy game epitomized sanctimonious hypocrisy.
Here are some details of the accusations of fraud against Trump.
They were talking about women like this as recently as 1973.
Helping people is "demonic".
This proposed gag rule for scientists is disturbing.
Don't count on God. Or thank him.
Workers at NBC hold a warning strike against management abuses.
The obsession with "inclusion" ultimately leads to idiocy.
Elon Musk is shitting on the Ukrainians again.
The Great Resignation may have tapered off, but workers aren't happy.
Media companies must beware the trust thermocline.
Women of the suffragette era could never have imagined what things are like today.
Dr Frankenstein has nothing on this ghoul.
Responsible leaders understand nuclear weapons.
There stands a monument to the children of Lidice.
Salman Rushdie speaks out about the attack on him, from which he has made some degree of recovery.
This woman's life was ruined by her husband's delusions.
Railway understaffing and cost-cutting contributed to the massive train wreck in Ohio last week, causing a release of toxic chemicals that forced the evacuation of thousands of people. So long as such management practices continue, such disasters will recur.
Who is more prone to conspiratardia?
Boeing isn't what it used to be.
Seven million "prime working age" American men have opted out of work, much to the alarm of the bosses' media toadies.
Minnesota plans to transition to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 -- and North Dakota is considering suing them for it.
Critical race theory is a reversal and betrayal of decades of progress against racism.
If extremist Republicans aren't lemmings, what are they? (Read the comments too -- they went off in some interesting directions.)
Inflation is not being caused by workers' pay, which is why the Fed's efforts to strangle the economy are useless.
Work harder to understand "rural resentment".
The US suffers from high functional illiteracy because too many teacher-training schools are teaching outdated, non-phonics-based methods.
65% of Americans say that House Republicans are wasting time by obsessing over Hunter Biden's laptop; 73% want them to focus on solving actual problems. This is how you lose future elections. Phony investigations and gun-shaped lapel pins are just posturing -- they don't solve problems.
"If voting were fair, we would lose."
Is Islam a feminist religion?
The New York Times is still garbage, apparently.
Claims that gender identity is innate in the brain are junk science.
Despite huge profits, BP (yeah, the same guys who brought us the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster) is cutting back its commitment to fight climate change.
Marjorie Taylor Greene inspires cartoonists.
Most Americans, including most black Americans, don't want a reduction of police presence.
One railway company has finally relented and given its workers paid sick leave. Biden should still issue an executive order requiring the others to do the same. It is now seventy-three days since Congress robbed railway workers of their right to strike over such issues. The fight continues, with Bernie Sanders giving it his all.
Darwinfish 2 assesses the SOTU.
Yes, at least some Republicans do want to destroy Social Security. Don't trust their denials.
The FBI has foiled a planned terrorist attack in Maryland, but these terrorists are an ongoing problem.
A former employee at a "pediatric (!) gender clinic" blows the whistle on what goes on there (found via SilverAppleQueen).
About 60% of Americans oppose the Dobbs ruling, and support expanding Medicaid to cover abortion.
Republicans continue to waste hundreds of millions on border walls which are very easy to breach.
It's unconstitutional to ban marijuana users from possessing guns.
The UK's Guardian newspaper asked women for examples of online misogyny, and the results were interesting. Here's one response.
This rally in London is just one part of the British general strike.
Why would a political party put this obviously deranged misogynist in a high-profile role?
The British would be fools to allow healthcare privatization.
Don't trust the BBC.
Support for Nicola Sturgeon's government has fallen sharply after the latest men-in-women's-prisons uproar.
Ukraine should, and can, take back Crimea.
One of Putin's gauleiters is talking about invading Poland. No wonder several of Russia's neighbors are buying advanced defensive weapons.
Russia can't be allowed to keep any Ukrainian territory.
More links at Angry Bear, WAHF, Fair and Unbalanced, and Elder of Ziyon.
My own posts this week: some truths and inspirations, a valuable resource for mental health, and two videos on the reality of China.
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Elon Musk is a self-important twit who was born lucky. We need to stop thinking he's an expert on things just because he has a lot of money.
Considering the amount of fuss caused by one balloon last week, maybe Nena Kerner's classic 99 Luftballons song wasn't so implausible.
It's the writer's job to express his meaning clearly, using words the target audience will understand. It's not the reader's job to do extra work to understand writing which is difficult because the writer didn't make an effort to be clear, or used "fancy" words to show off.
The idea that humans have a "soul" or that the mind is something distinct from the body, that "you" are not your body but an immaterial entity sitting inside your body and controlling it the way a person sits inside a car and controls it -- this is the main central error of human thinking, from which most other serious errors flow.