16 June 2024

Link round-up for 16 June 2024

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

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A kitten learns that a sofa can be treacherous.  But a bowl can be even more so.

These signs go pretty hardcore.

Fish retaliate.

Life imitates art.

It's coffee time.

The thief refuses to relinquish his plunder.

You'd look better if you wore a helmet.

I don't understand the purpose of this device.  Perhaps I'm missing something.

The Cybertruck has a lot of good features -- and you don't even need a Cybertruck to get them.

Sometimes longer isn't better.

Here's a look at incest themes in Star Wars.

Some cool photo tricks here.

Today this is probably the classiest fan you could have.

Always be alert for smooth-sounding nonsense.  If it sounds ridiculous, it probably is.

Sometimes you do know that something is bullshit.

Are jeeps really this tough?  I suspect they filmed this and then ran the video backwards.

Pumpkinrot blog can serve your out-of-season needs for Halloween imagery.  They sent Lady M a thoughtful gift.

This sculptor's skill seems almost diabolical.

See a rare multi-colored winter aurora.

"AI" "art" does D-Day.

The past was more colorful than you think.

Have you fallen for any of these common misconceptions about the Roman Empire?

Long covid is being classified as a chronic illness, which will make more benefits available to sufferers.

Every month over the last year set a new heat record.

Why do the abominations of the deep ocean grow so huge?

Don't believe outlandish claims about the past without checking with somebody who knows what they're talking about.

This "planet-first" diet will lengthen your own life too.

These are said to be traits of high-IQ people.  Makes sense to me.

Don't eat "microdose chocolates".

Obesity is on the rise almost everywhere.  There's now only one major country where it's declining.

If you're considering "vitrectomy" eye surgery to get rid of floaters, read this.  Blogger Bluzdude suffered a side effect which serious impairs his vision and is not all that rare.

"AI" is now threatening to start handling contact with other people on your behalf.  I suppose the tech-gadgetry giant corporations want real people to spend all their time doomscrolling and being shown ads.

Interesting discussion here on why the UK is so far ahead in dealing with trans ideology, with the US lagging behind.  A major factor seems to be grassroots organizing by women, which should certainly also be possible in the US.

A popular news app is infested with "AI"-generated nonsense.  Its solution was to add a disclaimer that its content "may not always be error-free".  And we're supposed to just accept that and still consider it news?

Here's why you should always tip in cash.

Don't judge by appearances.

Stop treating black people as inferior.

It takes just a few questions to expose the grossly ignorant.

This T-shirt is being marketed as suitable for eight-year-old girls.

Blogger Annie is acrostically cross with the current wave of wingnut flag desecration.

Gosh, why don't any actresses want to perform in this play?  More discussion here.

Listen to your Jewish acquaintances.  The left blogosphere seems to be completely dropping the ball on this issue.

Crazy Eddie blog assesses the case for DC statehood.

We need a new word to replace "phobia".

Sometimes, media bias is absolutely blatant.

Maybe we should abandon the left-vs-right paradigm.  Both "sides" are more-or-less random collages of ideas that don't always fit together.  Take the good and ditch the bad, wherever you find them.

Some Atlanta-area landlords are so corrupt that the FBI is now getting involved.  And I wouldn't bet on such behavior being limited to Atlanta.

A right-wing blogger tries to talk some sense into his civil-war-minded brethren.  The discussion in the comments is of interest, notably as an illustration of how some of these people think.

The Republican candidate has won the special election in Ohio's sixth Congressional district -- but by only nine points, in a district so red that Republicans usually win there by at least thirty points.  It's yet another example of Democrats out-performing the historical norm since the Dobbs ruling.

Don't be fooled by the media narrative -- the overwhelming majority of Americans support Israel, including supporting the Rafah operation which the US government opposed.  The mental rot in the universities is genuinely dangerous, but not representative of the country.

After a year of strikes and other pressure, Waffle House is raising its US workers' base pay -- to three dollars an hour.  What in the name of all that's buggered were they paying them before?  How is this even legal?

"Long live" mass murder, rape, and torture.

69% of Floridians now support the proposed amendment to protect abortion rights in their state, up from 60% a month ago.  66% also support a marijuana legalization amendment which will also be on the ballot.  This is a Fox News poll, thus unlikely to be biased toward the left.

There are people out there who believe all of this.  However, read the comments on the article -- even on a right-wing Christian site, many readers have more sense.

To improve both "the economy" and the perception of it, we need a radically new approach to housing.

When the UN isn't promoting hatred of Israel, it attacks women's rights.

Older voters value democracy more.

Since October 7, all over the US, Jews are being ostracized, shunned, harassed, and banned from professions.  This "anti-Israel" movement is a Nazi movement and needs to be dealt with as such.

Chick-fil-A is a good Christian company.

People like this are why I support bringing back the guillotine.

Nationally, public support for gay rights is still fairly strong.  For trans ideology, not so much.  Despite the media's best efforts, it's clear that those two things have no logical connection with each other.

Alito wants a Christianized US in which people like me would be second-class citizens.

People are noticing that the support for Pride Month is much more subdued this yearThis comment suggests why even gay people are losing interest.

New Department of Labor rules about classifying workers as employees vs contractors have some interesting implications.

As trans ideology implodes, a common-sense, fact-based approach to gender dysphoria is starting to emerge.

We need to stop pretending that word-games can determine reality.

The last thing these delusional bigots need is "revolutionary education" to further indoctrinate them (link from commenter NickM).

When they tell you what they are, believe them.

US support for Ukraine has been much too cautious -- a more robust approach, and above all faster decision-making, are needed.

New sanctions hit Russia's economy.  Serves 'em right.

Following the lead of Europe, Chile has "suspended" medical transition for minors.  The US is increasingly alone in allowing this.

The Venezuelan regime is escalating its threats against Guyana.

Some dramatic video here of the hostage rescue in the Gaza Strip.

A former top Hamas member is horrified by the naïve anti-Israel rallies on American campuses.

More links at WAHF and Fair and Unbalanced.

My posts this week:  an image round-up, the EU Parliament elections, and a video on the slow death of a great nation.

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This week the US government and the UN went full Munich, calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip to save Hamas from destruction so it can recover and go on to slaughter more Jews in the future.  I have long viewed the fact that Netanyahu is in power as basically unimportant because any Israeli government, regardless of its politics, would be following the same policy of military retaliation in Gaza (Netanyahu is unpopular with the Israeli public, but that's for reasons unrelated to Gaza).  I'm beginning to think I was wrong.  Netanyahu has been resolute in standing firm against this kind of bullshit from the US leadership; I'm not sure a less militant leader would be equally so.


Blogger NickM said...

The SNP are beyond a joke... To misqturned up. uote, Melanie Gibson in Braveheart, "They may tek our lives, but, they'll never tek us seriously!".

Yesterday, in Munich, there was a planned march for Scottish Independence. It was cancelled because although there are 150-200 thousand members of the "Tartan Army" there for the football European Championships 29 turned up for the march. The rest were apparently too pissed/hung-over after they got hammered 5-1 by Germany on Friday.

As an Englishman I am utterly "whatever" about Sottish independence. If they want to create the Democratic People's Republic of Jockistan then I really don't care.


16 June, 2024 07:13  
Blogger SickoRicko said...

I love that gyro ceiling fan.

16 June, 2024 11:27  
Anonymous Tim said...

Ovarit is right about the Paradigm, which has been on my mind a lot lately. On Trans, I’m with you and Ophelia and Ovarit (which I only just “got” the pun about an hour ago, but anyway) I’m also with (gulp) Cruz and Boebert and Ben Shapiro and that whole horde, which grates. Knowing that THEY WON’T STOP THERE! They’ve still got gays and women and same-sex marriage and abortion and IVF to marginalize and erase. And Trump to re-elect! As a liberal, I can be tribal, which is lazy and wrong. But then, who isn’t, sometimes? It just feels icky being on the same side of any issue with those assholes.

16 June, 2024 13:44  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

NickM: The SNP does seem to have lost the plot lately. And I think the independence issue was settled for the foreseeable future by the 2014 referendum. 55% to 45% is a pretty solid result.

Munich seems like a rather odd place for a march for Scottish independence. I wonder what the locals would have thought, if it had gone ahead.

"Colonized by wankers" is an immortal line. Maybe the SNP should adopt it as their motto.

Ricko: So, you're a "fan" of it?

Tim: Sometimes the worst people are right about some things, due to chance or because those things are obvious. I assume Hitler believed the Earth is round, and I know he was firmly against smoking. That doesn't mean you should "feel icky being on the same side of" those issues with Hitler. You're on the same side of the trans issue as JK Rowling and Kellie-Jay Keen and a lot of other very courageous people, as well as most of the Earth's population. The fact that a lot of right-wingnuts also acknowledge the blatantly obvious is hardly relevant. This is another reason why too much attention to the left-right paradigm is harmful. If Ted Cruz says that 2+2=4, I'm not going to insist that 2+2=5 just to distance myself from him.

16 June, 2024 16:51  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

Those photography tricks are so cool.
That sculptor is very talented. I loved seeing that.
It feels like it's getting hotter. That doesn't surprise me at all.
I knew about spider crabs and greenland sharks. I find the ocean so interesting because I'm sure there are still animals in there that we don't even know about yet.

I've been using cash in stores exclusively for a coupe of years now. With the card skimmers out there everywhere that steal your card number and pin so easily and you don't even know it until it's too late, I don't trust swiping my card anymore. Plus if I'm going to tip at a restaurant or fast food, I want to pick the tip not be handed an Ipad that only gives me 18%, 25% or 30% when I use my card.

17 June, 2024 10:29  
Blogger NickM said...

Those are different things. They can’t all be dropped into a food processor and blended. Lesbian, gay and bisexual are not like transgender or intersex, and “queer” doesn’t mean anything

That is Quote of the Day material. The whole article is good but that is it in a nutshell. Especially, "queer doesn't mean anything". That is a slogan!

When I walk down Canal Strret in Manchester (the centre of the Gay Village) there are lots of the new LGBTQ+ flags. It's a horror of vexillology. That's not me being "phobic". It's me wearing my graphic-designer hat. Isn't a rainbow as inclusive as you can get already?

My personal fave of the 72+ genders is...

"Alexigender: The person has a fluid gender identity between more than one type of gender although they cannot name the genders they feel fluid in."

...which is utterly meaningless.

Check out the rest.


J K Rowling is being pilloried for stating the bloody obvious. She's not the first. Alas, I doubt she'll be the last...

PS. I was wrong. #35 takes the soggy biscuit. "Cassflux: There is a fluctuating intensity of irrelevance toward gender."

"a fluctuating intensity of irrelevance" sums up the whole malarkey.

17 June, 2024 11:07  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary K: It's amazing to me that some people can take a shapeless lump of stuff and carve it into an intended shape with such precision. I can't even draw worth a damn.

There might very well be animals in the deep ocean which we don't know about because they never get close enough to the surface to be seen. It's just a matter of a deep-sea probe happening to spot one, and given the size of the ocean, we can't cover much of it.

I didn't know restaurants were now using iPads that only allow certain tipping options. They spare no effort these days in making the experience as annoying as possible for customers.

NickM: With both the word "queer" and that ridiculous ever-mutating flag, the problem is "inclusion" gone mad. It's been said that when a word means almost everything, it means almost nothing. The meaning of "queer" keeps expanding so as not to "exclude" anybody. Since it has no boundaries, it has no center and no character.

That flag similarly isn't really a flag, it's just an ever-growing inventory of symbols, constantly added to as they think of new things to avoid "excluding". The result just looks like a pile of junk.

I would have guessed that "alexigender" means you identify as being Alexander the Great -- which a few people actually do, though they're normally found in rooms with rubber wallpaper and not marching in the street. Similarly, "Cassflux" really should refer to the gender ideologists crapping themselves as they read the Cass report. The actual definitions are just gobbledygook, efforts to construct an identity out what sounds like the babbling of the extremely drunk.

18 June, 2024 00:43  
Blogger NickM said...

It has even been reported, although apparently without historical documentation, that Adolf Hitler was influenced by concave Hollow Earth ideas and sent an expedition in an unsuccessful attempt to spy on the British fleet by pointing infrared cameras up at the sky. -wikipedia

18 June, 2024 02:03  
Blogger NickM said...

Assuming the plural of "Lexus" is "Lexi" then "Alexigender" could mean you don't like any from of posh Toyota. There has got to be a "gender" > "bender" > "fender" joke somewhere in that.

18 June, 2024 11:15  
Blogger Lady M said...

Hee hee - still laughing about the incest in Star Wars. That was a great link.

18 June, 2024 19:46  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

NickM: Well, auto-eroticism is a whole other issue.....

Lady M: A fun video. I'm rather surprised that Star Wars included that subtext at all. It wasn't necessary to the plot for Luke and Leia to be related. And then they doubled down on it in the later films. It is funny, but it's a but peculiar.

19 June, 2024 04:55  

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