31 March 2024

Link round-up for 31 March 2024

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

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Cats keep active.

It's an effective defense against a sneak attack from behind.

Always make sure your paint cans are closed properly.

Sometimes you just need to sleep in a bit longer.

The hunting dog lets the wild pig go free, in exchange for.....

Whatever the hell that is, don't try to eat it.

When you are fishing, there may also be crabs in the water.

See some lucky survivors.

A priest is a pious and holy man, uninterested in worldly things.

Here's a short (under three minutes) horror film with a simple but disquieting premise.  How the hell would you escape from this situation?

The best slave is one who is well trained for it.

These kids deserve better than bacon.

Why do some American houses have razor blades in the walls?

Workers celebrate after the final revolution.

What did ancient Romans really look like?

Animals learn to fear the sounds of predators.

Astronomers are reconstructing how the Milky Way galaxy was formed.

Humans aren't the only species who practice slavery.

The history of the Catholic Church is a history of invention.

The crucifixion of Jesus as described in the Bible is completely unlike how crucifixion was actually done.

Yes, popular music really is getting worse -- "simpler, more repetitive, angry and self-obsessed" compared with the eighties.

Take the Easter challenge.

This man is not normal (found via Progressive Eruptions).

How big was the ship that hit the Key bridge?

My city is banning gas-powered leaf blowers, one of the worst sources of urban noise pollution.

What an idiot.

It won't stop with porn.  It never stops with the first target.

American workers are forgoing $52.4 billion worth of PTO a year, largely because of asshole bosses who make them feel guilty about using it.

Sadistic child abuse gets a light punishment when religion is used as an excuse.

The dead of the Key bridge collapse exemplify the reality of most immigrants.

Fight political polarization by remembering to think of opposite-"side" people as individuals rather than just representatives of a group.

The bosses are losing the battle to drag employees back to offices, and undermining their own authority in the process.

Learn to lose gracefully -- to cheatersMore here.

Christianity makes marriage scary.

"Don't say gay" is still a real threat.

Annie Asks You blog assesses this week's special-election landslide in Alabama.

Right-wing blogger Darrell Michaels asserts that US society is now irredeemably polarized between political extremes.  Debate ensues in the comments -- see what you think.  As long-term readers know, I disagree and am hopeful that the noisy extremists can be overcome.

After a mere three years, Oregon politicians want to give up on drug decriminalization, driving the problem back underground and out of reach of regulation and constructive solutions.  The success of Portugal shows that Oregon's approach, not the decriminalization itself, is the problem.

Stanford university has become a cesspit of belligerent intolerance and intellectual cowardice.

Texas Republicans discuss imposing the death penalty on women who have abortions.  Several county-level party chairmen were present.

He won an award for being a monster.

Corporate tax dodging and skyrocketing executive pay continue to drive the growth of our country's oligarchy of the obscenely wealthy.

At UC Berkeley, Nazi scum heckle an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor for speaking in favor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.  This is where I studied and I can't believe it has sunk to this.  Again I am thankful that I got out of academia when I did.

Here are the top fifty corporate donors to those who promote Trump's "stolen election" lie.

Westerners are profoundly confused about what hard-line Islamists really believe.

The British authorities use harassment and theft to suppress freedom of speech.  Read the "Screechy Monkey" comment too.

A Jewish child was allegedly grossly abused by anti-Semitic staff at a British hospital.

With this one simple gimmick, a sports team can cheat and injure their opponents, and anyone who complains is accused of "discrimination".

Ireland's turn against Israel reflects misunderstandings of history.

Will Slovakia follow the Orbán path?  Maybe not.

The Crocus terrorist attack in Moscow undermines Putin's authority, though probably not enough to pose a serious threat to his regime.

Israel continues to set a standard for avoiding enemy civilian casualties that no other country can match.

Turkey's religio-nationalist president Erdoğan firmly supports Hamas, and anti-Semitism is rampant in the country, but trade with Israel continues to grow.

In Afghanistan, defiant women keep girls' education alive despite Taliban repression.

The US is strengthening military cooperation with Japan to deter the threat from China.

More links at WAHF and Fair and Unbalanced.

My posts this week:  some truths and inspirations, and the Alabama special election.

If any links in this round-up are paywalled or require a log-in to view, please let me know so I can avoid linking to that site in the future.  To suggest an item for inclusion in the next link round-up, you can use the e-mail address in my profile, or if you don't want to use e-mail, leave it in a comment to the previous link round-up.

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It's pointless to try to explain anything to a person who interrupts.

It's possible to take offense at absolutely anything, if you try hard enough.

"International law" is a contradiction in terms.

The same world could be Heaven or Hell to you, depending on who you are.


Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I see so much that I hadn't heard about when I check out your Sunday posts. It's always very informative so thank you.

31 March, 2024 10:36  
Blogger NickM said...

"It's possible to take offense at absolutely anything, if you try hard enough."

True but... I think the real problem is there's a lot of people who really don't have to try very hard at all.

31 March, 2024 12:02  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary K: Thanks. It's often amazing to me what important things are going on that most of the media don't cover.

NickM: It's in their nature to take offense. I guess such people don't have any actual problems to deal with, so they're free to maintain a permanent chip on the shoulder.

31 March, 2024 14:04  
Blogger Lady M said...

After you finish reading about how the crucifixion of Jesus is BS, scroll down on that thread as there are some really funny Jesus crucifixion pictures.

01 April, 2024 12:08  
Blogger nick said...

"Song lyrics are getting simpler, more repetitive, angry and self-obsessed". That confirms what I've been thinking for quite a while. And where's the sheer panache and energy that drove the Beatles and the Stones and so many other groups?

01 April, 2024 13:12  
Blogger SickoRicko said...

I had to watch that toad video a few times. It's hilarious.

01 April, 2024 16:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Lady M: Heh..... I've long thought that mockery is the best way of addressing religion.

Nick: I think music has become too channeled, to norm-bound. Safe and predictable topics and lyrics, anger with safe and predictable targets. The Beatles and the Stones and the Kinks came from a more experimental time. They didn't know what you couldn't do, so they went ahead and did it anyway.

Ricko: They certainly learned their lesson.

02 April, 2024 00:35  

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