Links and Quotes for 2021-03-23 22-05-14

17 Unnecessarily Gendered Things, scraped from Pointlessly Gendered Products.

In a gesture of annoyance, [Einstein] stuck his tongue out at his pursuers — a moment that was captured by photographer Arthur Sasse. The picture quickly circulated around the world, becoming an iconic image.

“The vaccine rollout has been inequitable, unfair, and dangerous in leaving so many countries without any vaccine doses at all,” said Gavin Yamey, director of Duke University’s Center for Policy Impact in Global Health. “It’s a situation in which I, a 52-year-old white man who can work from home and has no pre-existing medical conditions, will be vaccinated far ahead of health workers or a high-risk person in a middle- or low-income country.”

Michelle Pfeiffer whipped the heads off those four mannequins in one take and received applause from the Batman Returns crew.

I have feet?”

Meat Loaf is making a dating competition show called I’d Do Anything For Love… But I Won’t Do That.

I’ve [REALLY] Been Everywhere.

Some of Our Brain Cells Get More Active Hours After We Die, Study Finds: “The glial cells themselves also expanded massively in size and even grew new “arms,” at the same time as the neurons in these samples were degenerating.”

The footage shows Fagradals Mountain from below before the drone flies to the top of the volcano as lava erupts.”

Horrendous: Arkansas legislature passes bill to allow EMTs & doctors to refuse to treat LGBTQ people.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Tuesday unveiled the largest rollback of consumer mail services in a generation, part of a 10-year plan that includes longer first-class delivery windows, reduced post office hours and higher postage prices.

Jake, Adventure Time: “Man, don’t you know? The laws ain’t made to help earthy cats like us. Nah, man. Listen. Here on our planet, back in the old days, back in the REAL old days, it was just every man for hisself. Scrooblin’ and scrat-scroblin’ for the good stuff, the greenest valleys, and scrat-scroblin’. And the strongest, meanest men got the best stuff. They got the green valleys and were like, ‘The rest of you, y’all scrats get sand!’ And THAT’S when they made the laws, you see. Once the strong guys got it how they liked it, they said, ‘This is fair now, this is the law.’ Once they were winning, they changed the rules up.”

Stella Gibson, The Fall:

Men always think in terms of fight or flight. In fact, the most common instinct in the face of this kind of threat is to freeze. If she didn’t fight, if she didn’t scream, if she was silent and numb, it’s because she was petrified. If she went with him quietly, it’s because she was afraid for her life. And not just her life, yours, and Nancy’s, and the baby’s. In that state of fear, she might well have been compliant, she might well have submitted. But that does not mean she consented.

Tom, the way you behave, the way you approach your role as Rose’s helper, will either make her experience better or worse. If you react badly, you will devastate her. Or you can be a big part of her healing and her recovery. What she needs from you right now is to know that she is safe, to know that she’s loved. Be patient be tender. Tomorrow’s another day.

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Links for 2021-03-21 21-56-29

The law in question dates back to 2019, when Russia dictated that all computers, smartphones, smart TVs, and so on sold there must come preloaded with a selection of state-approved apps that includes browsers, messenger platforms, and even antivirus services.

@DakotaJW: Walking down the supermarket aisle wearing my Navy ball cap. Guy in a MAGA hat walking the other direction towards me. Him: “Thank you for your service.” Me, not missing a beat: “Get fucked, traitor.” The flabbergasted look on his face was fucking priceless.

Staggering Photos Capture a Frozen Apartment Complex in Vorkuta, a Dwindling Russian City That’s the Coldest in Europe | Colossal

Sprawling 8-mile-long ‘canvas’ of ice age beasts discovered hidden in Amazon rainforest. Ice age people painted these animals 12,600 years ago.

Putin summons Comrade Elmo.

Alien: Joan Lambert Is Canonically Trans. Further (interesting) commentary on the issue.

A little 80’s nostalgia – Album on Imgur

There are eleventy thousand projects about Agatha Christie’s missing days so now can I get a film about how at 40 she took up with a 26-year-old archaeologist, swam with him in her pink undies, and married him?

This was one of a few adventures made for the extremely ambitious Immortals add on, what today we’d call “endgame content,” where level 35+ characters became immortal gods, and started to play a completely new game with completely new levels and god-powers, as a physically perfect deity patrolling universal cosmic order.

@Farringt0n: “‘how are you’ i am literally going insane thank you for your concern.”

Punk ain’t no religious cult
Punk means thinking for yourself
You ain’t hardcore when you spike your hair
When a jock still lives inside your head

— Dead Kennedys, “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”

Michael Winslow – “Whole Lotta Love,” by Led Zeppelin. Amazing talent here.

Key & Peele: Bling Benzy & Da Struggle

When Commas Are Life and Death

Slice of Life.

Links for 2021-03-19 23-48-32

Archie Comics in 1997 predicts, in 2021, Zoom schooling.

dame-de-pique: Lightning in Spokane, Washington, 1937.

Donald Trump didn’t fare too well at a wax museum in San Antonio, Texas. He was constantly punched by visitors, as well as gouged, left with "deep, cathartic scratches to the face," according to KLUV radio. Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks at first tried to move Trump to a more trafficked spot in the museum – the lobby – where security guards could keep an eye on him, but to no avail. Finally, like the White House, Waxworks banished him – he now lives in the museum’s closet.

As Hemsworth filmed a scene in which Thor comes faces to face to battle the Incredible Hulk (one of of his superhero colleagues), the kid offered a funny suggestion. “We had a young kid ― a Make-A-Wish kid ― on set that day, and in between the takes I was talking with him and coming back and forth,” Hemsworth said. “And he goes, ‘You know, you should say he’s a friend from work.’”

@LisaRieffel: My kid wrote a song called ‘I Wonder What’s Inside your Butthole.’ Quite honestly, it slaps.

@QasimRashid: “Trump promised 20M vaccinations by Dec. 31 – he delivered 2.8M. Biden promised 100M vaccinations in 100 days; he’s delivered 100M in just 58 days. Elections matter.”

How to make a road sign. Pretty cool.

Rutger Hauer on the set of Blade Runner.

Astronomers measured the winds in Jupiter’s stratosphere for the first time and discovered ultra-fast jet streams. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, speeds were clocked at 895 miles per hour—that’s about five times faster than Earth’s strongest hurricanes and twice as fast as the planet’s Great Red Spot.

Democrat introduces resolution to expel Greene | TheHill

12 Republicans vote against honoring Capitol police for protecting Congress | US Capitol breach | The Guardian

The story of the development of Candyland, originally for children’s polio wards. Kind of amazing.

1979 The Black Hole concept art, by Peter Ellenshaw. Wow.

Lightning in Spokane, Washington, 1937. Also wow.

Links from 2021-03-17 02-41-50

John Locke: Persons have a right or liberty to (1) follow their own will in all things that the law has not prohibited and (2) not be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, and arbitrary wills of others.

AP News: COVID relief bill could permanently alter social safety net. Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty discouraged about my fellow man (on a societal level). This is nice to read.

Karen: “Police brutality!” Tired-of-this consumers in bank line: “No, it’s not.”

“Kids” these days. Get it? Get it?

Trump supporter who participated in the January 6 attack because he thought the Insurrection Act permitted insurrection. facepalm

Conservatives Are Furious Biden Delivered a Non-Insane Presidential Speech:

Carlson turned out to be angry that Biden promoted vaccines. “The military will give you that shot, and if you take that shot, things potentially could get back to normal,” he sneered. “No mention at all of the people who might not want to take the shot.” That is true! Likewise, Ronald Reagan’s Berlin Wall speech made no mention of people who support Soviet communism, and George W. Bush’s Ground Zero speech snubbed Americans who support plane hijacking. Presidents take positions in speeches, and the current president no longer caters to the dangerous ignorance of vaccine skeptics.

Navy probe finds contractor charged in Capitol insurrection was well-known Nazi sympathizer. Who purposefully dressed up like Hitler. I’m so not kidding, and so wishing I was.

Nebulous Nightmares, Chromatttix.

The wonderful 1972 McDonaldland poster featuring The Mad Professor, Officer Big Mac, That Crafty Old Hamburglar, Ronald McDonald, That Crooked Pirate Captain Crook, Filet-O-Fish Fish jumping in the Filet-O-Fish Lake, An Apple Pie Tree, The 4-Armed Evil Grimace, Hamburger Puppets, Singing Wastebaskets, Gobblins, Mayor McCheese, The French Fry Thatch, Thick Shake Volcanos, The McDonaldland Train, The Sun & the orange & Yellow Sky, The Castle (Originally thought to be Grimace’s), the Burger Alarm, The Golden Arches Bridge. It’s McDonaldland at it’s best.”

Wolf eels are horrific.

Chicago has a lily pond. Cool.

Chop Suey” … as bluegrass.

Why do dogs and cats run around in random bursts of speed? “FRAPs.”

“The problem today is people don’t cherish good people, they try to use them.” – Bob Marley

@KaiserBeamz: Remember how a big part of Knives Out was that the rich family all had different political beliefs from leftists to alt right, but they all formed a united front once they realized that a working class girl was gonna get money they thought belonged to them.\0x0C

Pharmaceutical Giant: “This medicine costs $3 to make, but I’m selling it to sick people for $300 because I know that they can’t just refuse to buy it.”

Rich People: “That’s a smart business strategy.”

Reddit User: “These GameStop shares cost me $3 each, but I’m selling them to short investors for $300 each because I know that they can’t just refuse to buy it.”


@QasimRashid (US House candidate, VA-1):

“I don’t take any responsibility at all.” — Trump on March 13, 2020

“How dare you not give me all credit.” — Trump on March 13, 2021

Modern GOP in a nutshell.

Links for 2021-03-15 00-17-31

Pixar Short: “Wind“. Like much from Pixar, prepare to sob.

If the Republican Party Played Dungeons ‘n’ Dragons:

Dungeon Master: “The dragon rests on a hoard of gold.”

Player: “We gather the town’s wealth and add it in. The dragon will surely create jobs now.”

2 Timothy 3:1-3 (ESV):

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good.

Fascinating exchange:

/pol/ News Network (@polNewsNetwork1): This is the future that liberals want.

[picture of woman in modesty garb next to drag queen Gilda Wabbit on NYC subway]

@meakoopa: Religious freedom, kicky daytime drag looks, and a robust public transit program? SIGN ME THE FUCK UP.

blackness-by-your-side: my utopia

gentlyepigrams: The drag queen from this photo has spoken up about the photo.

Gilda Wabbit: “I won’t speak for all liberals, but I’d like to see a future where it isn’t a big deal for a woman in full modesty garb to sit next to a drag queen in NYC. It’s become a bit of a sensation, but her and I were just existing. The freedom to simply be yourself in sea of people who aren’t like you is a freedom we all deserve.”

theroguefeminist: The central irony is that this isn’t some hypothetical future – it’s just present day reality. This is a picture of two ordinary people going about their normal lives despite how haters want to politicize it Imao. So the underlying message is not “future liberals want” it’s “people conservatives want to eradicate”.

counterpunches: The underlying message is not “future liberals want” it’s “people conservatives want to eradicate”.

Links for 2021-03-14 22-40-34

Higher rate of smaller businesses see PPP benefits under Biden than Trump | by CAP Action | Mar, 2021 | Medium

How One COVID-19 Nurse Navigates Anti-Mask Sentiment : Shots – Health News : NPR

In my first conversation creatively with him, he kept accidentally calling “Diana” “Natasha,” which is crazy stuff.

Daily Sun: “FLAKENSTEINS: Snowflake students claim Frankenstein’s monster was ‘misunderstood’ — and is in fact a VICTIM.*facepalm*

David Byrne Kermit the Frog – Once in a Lifetime (Muppets Tonight, 7/7/96)

British people reacting to American pharmaceutical ads during the Harry/Meghan interview.

AMERICA! Did you Know?! Facts About America You May Not Know! QI

Elton John and Miss Piggy – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Piggy … do I say it … “hams” it up …

A dog rescue charity with links to Lara Trump has spent as much as $1.9 million at former President Donald Trump’s properties over the last seven years and will drop an additional quarter-million at his Mar-a-Lago country club this weekend. All the profit from that spending winds up in [Trump’s] pocket.

The 7th Infantry Regiment attached to the 3rd Infantry Division drink Hitler’s wine on the patio of the Berghof, below the Eagle’s Nest.

Scouting: Her Eagle Scout Project Helped Firefighters Stay Safe

People shouldn’t HAVE to work. People should WANT to work. Sharing in the labor of building and maintaining a society because it benefits everyone should be desirable, not forced. It shouldn’t be something we do because we’ll die otherwise.

Poor little baby.

21% vaccinated. And, to be honest, probably more would be if they could just get a damn appointment.

Perhaps one of the most idiotic things said by this man:

President Trump: “It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch.”

Wade Crowfoot, CA Sec. for Natural Resources: “I wish science agreed with you.”

President Trump: “Well, I don’t think science knows actually.”

@kayraisabitch: “It’s so weird being raised by christians and spending your entire childhood being told to care about others then one day they’re just like you’re not actually supposed to care about others you stupid socialist.” (Not a slight against my own parents. But it is unpleasantly fascinating to note how most of Christ’s 21st century “followers” actually “follow” a version of Christ’s teachings that is 180&degr; from the original.)

Adam Smith, inventor of capitalism: “It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.”

Links for 2021-03-12 22-29-54

Penn & Teller (long ago!) explain amazingly well why you should get vaccinated.

Although this is a Chobani commercial, it’s really a nice kind of solarpunk future setting, too. Hope that’s our future.


The Lincoln Assassination is really just wild if you think about it for a moment. The younger brother of one of the most famous actors in the country — himself a famous actor and heartthrob in his own right — killed the President in a theatre and yelled “Sic semper tyrannis,” a line often associated with Brutus, a character that his brother had famously played.

Like, imagine if Liam Hemsworth killed the Prime Minister of Australia at a red carpet movie premiere or something and yelled “I went for the head,” and Chris had to leave the Avengers press tour to tell everyone, “I swear I had nothing to do with this.” Imagine how weird that would be.

@JamesRLeVan1: Hot take: we should raise the minimum wage to $17.76 per hour. Then rename it “Patriot Pay.”

Right Up Our Alley: some amazing drone footage.

Elmo and Robin Williams … and some bloopers. 🙂

DJ Cummerbund – Pretty Fly For Rasputin.

Smithsonian: Astounding Facts About Crocodile Eyes.

Some brilliant, and semi-animated/storyboarded, fan fiction writing for Back to the Future IV.

Quotes from 2021-03-12 16-56-50

Max Aaron:

Conservatives weren’t thrilled about what Dr. Seuss had to say about ecological sustainability and how capitalism was destroying the planet when he penned The Lorax. When that book was made into a movie in 2012, conservatives slammed it as “insidious propaganda” infecting kids with an environmentalist message. Now, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announces they’re pulling six books that feature gross racist tropes and illustrations from publication. Most people had never heard of these books anyway. Suddenly, conservatives are falling over themselves to demand that the books continue to be published. So to sum this all up, conservatives tried to “cancel” Dr. Seuss the environmentalist, but leapt to the defense of Dr. Seuss the racist.


We NEED to stop glamourising overworking. Please. The absence of sleep, good diet, exercise, relaxation, and time with friends and family isn’t something to be applauded. Too many people wear their burnout as a badge of honour. And it needs to change.

Rep. Chaz Beasley: “‘Tyler Perry provided security to the royal family because the Queen wouldn’t’ is not something I had on my 2021 bingo card.”

Hunter S. Thompson, “Fear and Loathing on the ’72 Campaign Trail”:

Remember the Whigs, Larry? They went belly up, with no warning at all, when a handful of young politicians like Abe Lincoln decided to move out on their own and fuck the Whigs — which worked out very nicely — and when it became almost instantly clear that the Whig hierarchy was just a gang of old impotent windbags with no real power at all, the Party just curled up and died … and any politician stupid enough to ‘stay loyal’ went down with the ship.

Noam Chomsky (1998) (framing the ‘Overton’ window):

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum–even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.

Michelle DuBarry:

In 2010, I had good union health insurance. Obamacare was the law of the land. In November that year, my one-year-old son was struck by a careless driver in a crosswalk. After two surgeries and a night in intensive care, he died.

Before we knew the outcome, I sat at his bedside, his tiny stitched-together body hooked to a million incessantly beeping machines, straining to recall what our deductibles were. I worried I wouldn’t be able to keep working during what could be a long hospital stay.

I googled FMLA and learned I wouldn’t qualify because I hadn’t been at my job for a year. If I lost my job we would both be without insurance. Without my income, there was no way we could afford $1,000/month COBRA.

Within a week of his death, before we had even received a bill, the hospital put a lien on our house to make sure we wouldn’t skip out on the PICU bill.

My husband who was also injured in the crash, was refused treatment by his primary care doc because she didn’t accept payment from auto insurance and his health insurer wouldn’t pay til we exhausted our auto insurance.

Have you ever had to call around to find a doctor that can handle your specific insurance situation? Have you done it in the days after your toddler has died, when you haven’t even figured out a way to talk about it, when your husband is injured and urgently needs a prescription refill?

We ended up with around $5,000 in out-of-pocket expenses and our health insurer paid $175,000. Eventually, we’d receive a settlement from the at-fault driver. For a minute, we thought we might be okay financially.

Then our health ins. co. came after our pain and suffering settlement. They demanded reimbursement for the $175,000 they were out. Turns out they were legally entitled to do that. In an instant, our modest settlement – meant to compensate for the loss of our son – was reduced to $0.

(Side note: It took me 8 years but in 2019 I initiated and passed a bill making this practice illegal in OR. It remains legal in many states.)

Through all this, my husband and I both were suffering from PTSD. We had jobs, a mortgage. All of it hung in the balance. In a humane system, we could grieve without having to navigate an insurance juggernaut, without worrying about being thrust into debt and poverty.

Despite Obamacare and “good” union insurance, we were nearly bankrupted by a 27-hour hospital stay.

Every one of us lives in a body that is going to fail. Sometimes it happens suddenly, catastrophically. Do you want to fight with insurers when this happens? Do you want to sort through a mountain of bills when you lose someone you love, when your grief is raw?

There is no compromise on healthcare that doesn’t leave millions of people unacceptably vulnerable to corporations trying to profit from sick and injured people.

I believe change is coming. I am ready to fight for other families, for #MedicareForAll, and to elect @BernieSanders president. Sending solidarity and love to all who are suffering under this awful system.

“My kids will never know that awful feeling of realizing there’s no VHS tape behind the box at the video store.”

@TheOperaGeek: “Cheery was aware that Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’, believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but EVEN MORE from those who Say things like ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’.” – Terry Pratchett, Snuff

@DrPsyBuffy: Since the Bible says not to charge interest on loans, I think the Democrats should propose a bill that removes all interest on student loans and use this as justification. Make the GOP state out loud, repeatedly, that the Bible can’t be used to make policy.

🎶 When no one told you life was gonna be this way / your job’s remote, you’re broke / you’re hiding from a plague / it’s like you’re always stuck in quarantine / you might be there a day, a week, a month or even a year 🎵

Links for 2021-03-12 01-48-48

Toxic Qanon congressperson Marjorie Taylor Greene thinks Guam shouldn’t receive U.S. foreign aid | Boing Boing

Rep. Katie Porter: “A Big Oil exec told me I had a ‘misconception’ about a special tax break polluters get that other businesses don’t. So, after explaining the deduction to him, I offered to write it out of the tax code if that what he wants. Just let me know!

Trump ‘greeted by single supporter’ as he returns to New York for first time since presidency

South of Brusio, in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden, the Bernina railway must change elevation without exceeding its specified maximum gradient of 7 percent. So engineers hit on the appealing expedient of a spiral viaduct, an arch bridge of nine spans that carries a train through 360 degrees with a grade gentle enough to ensure safety.

Japanese Drink Vending Machines Quench Thirsts in Event of the Worst