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Weekend link dump for December 1

“This article is not about PED allegations. Roger Clemens doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame for an entirely different reason, and one which merits far more attention than it has thus far received.”

“Doctors have placed humans in suspended animation for the first time, as part of a trial in the US that aims to make it possible to fix traumatic injuries that would otherwise cause death.”

Smallpox was gone, just over 250 years after inoculation was introduced to the West. Before that, it had been around for thousands of years, and inoculation had existed as a folk practice for centuries. What happened? Here are some factors.”

Meet King Kelly, Hall of Fame catcher from the 19th century, first celebrity athlete, and innovative cheater.

Here are all the books that should be on your nightstand.

“Two years after its launch, I still believe in the message, the protest quality, and the storytelling capacity of #EmptyThePews and similar hashtags as a means of inspiring people to confront the threat to democracy, human rights, and pluralism represented by right-wing evangelicalism and the Christian nationalism it fosters. As more stories of leavers of high-demand, anti-pluralist, fundamentalist religious groups are highlighted in the public sphere, we might begin to see prominent media outlets and personalities grappling seriously with the nexus of authoritarian religion and the authoritarian politics currently on the ascendant in America.”

“Under Trump, LGBTQ Progress Is Being Reversed in Plain Sight”.

“Mitch’s inaction is directly harming his home state. There’s no question in my mind.”

“This is a little bit like a baby with a hammer, or a monkey with a typewriter.”

“Just ask yourself where this game ends. Do demonic powers explain opposition to all politicians supported by Graham and Metaxas, or to Trump alone? Would they argue that all Christians (and non-Christians) who oppose Trump are under the influence of Satan? What about when it comes to specific issues? Should we ascribe to Beelzebub the fact that many Americans differ with Graham and Metaxas on issues such as gun control, tax cuts, charter schools, federal judges, climate change, the budget for the National Institutes of Health, foreign aid, criminal justice and incarceration, a wall on the southern border, and Medicaid reform?

Why the hell does Tucker Carlson have a job here in the first place? The reality is this is someone who said white supremacy is a hoax and why does Fox allow him to still be here in the first place?”

“The fundamental question raised by the impeachment hearings isn’t: What did Trump do? The hearings have added details and witnesses to the account first offered by the whistleblower and later confirmed by the White House call record, but the narrative stands largely unchanged. Instead, the question raised is: Why is the Republican Party accepting, and even defending, what Trump did?”

How to deliver Christmas presents in a future without chimneys.

Joanne Rogers, widow of Fred Rogers, is a mensch. More here and here.

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2 Comments

  1. Bill Daniels says:

    “Indeed, hashtags may prove critical in the fight for human rights and democracy, the greatest threat to which, in the United States, is undoubtedly represented by the Christian Right and the Christian nationalist ideology to which its members adhere.”

    ~Chrissy Stroop

    I wonder why Chrissy is noticeably silent about Islam and Muslims? Nope, no threat to human rights or democracy there, amirite, y’all? Those members of the Islamic ideology are right on up there, trumpeting all the values that Chrissy, et al, subscribe to.

    It would be interesting to drop her off into any Muslim country and see how a religious dilettante like Chrissy really fares. And if, by some miracle, she survives her immersion into Islam, she can return to the US with hopefully newfound appreciation for what those Christian conservatives are trying to do for her and others like her.

    Chrissy, you’re a huge disappointment to your parents, but it’s not too late, like the prodigal daughter, to return to them and be thankful for the upbringing you got. I’m sure they worked hard to send her to Ball State, only to have that thrown in their faces. Sad.

  2. Flypusher says:

    Big fat stinky red herring there Bill. Fundie Muslims in other countries aren’t trying to write repressive laws in America, and they aren’t promoting bigotry, hate, and intolerance here. There’s zero reason for her to go over there, because what happens there has zero, zip, zilch, and nada to do with what is happening here. The main differences I see between our Fundie extremists and theirs are that ours fortunately don’t have the same degree of social dominance, and they haven’t yet corrupted enough laws. But the hate is the same.