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Weekend link dump for January 19

A deep and myth-busting dive into the life of the notorious Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

“After Floridians approved an initiative to restore voting rights to approximately 1.4 million people with felony convictions, Republican lawmakers immediately moved to sabotage the historic effort. The GOP-controlled legislature passed a law along party lines that effectively required a poll tax from a majority of those poised to regain their right to vote. The GOP’s brazenly partisan measure, however, appears to be backfiring. Democratic counties are taking advantage of a compromise buried in the statute to give residents their voting rights. Meanwhile, Republican counties are taking a hard line against suffrage—meaning a substantial majority of Floridians who do manage to register to vote are likely to be Democrats.”

“Password sharing has serious economic consequences. In 2019, companies lost about $9.1 billion to password piracy and sharing, and that will rise to $12.5 billion in 2024, according to data released by research firm Parks Associates.”

“George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue Is In The Public Domain And Gerswhin’s Nephew Is Worried Someone Might Turn It Into Hip Hop“.

“A womanizing tortoise whose rampant sex life may have single-handedly saved his entire species from extinction has retired from his playboy lifestyle, returning to the wild with his mission accomplished.”

Make sure your Windows 10 machine installs the latest security patch.

“So the White House was not reporting the weather; it was just running a weather rerun, so to speak, as news and government outlets are known for doing because it creates absolutely no public problems at all.”

Yeah, I’m sure this is why Meghan Markle said “screw it, we’re outta here”.

“This is the literal polar opposite of reality.”

“Last week, there were 47 Holocaust survivors living in Dallas, according to the museum. Today there are 46. No longer will Repp share his stories with groups that visit the museum, or schoolchildren from all over this state whose teachers request his presence. One more living connection to that genocide is gone, one more bond erased.” Rest in peace, Jack Repp, born Itzik Rzepkowicz in Poland, Holocaust survivor.

Jeopardy!‘s all-time low scorer (non-Wolf Blitzer division) comments on the “Greatest of All Time” tournament.

So, how about that Equal Rights Amendment, huh?

“In trying to be above taking sides, the mainstream media does Trump a favor by making order out of his chaos.”

RIP, Christopher Tolkien, author and son of JRR Tolkien.

And that was the completely bat$#!+ crazy week that it was in Major League Baseball.

RIP, Gary Starkweather, inventor of the laser printer.

Congratulations to Alyssa Nakken, the first female coach on a big league staff in MLB history.

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  1. Jules says:

    Diego is a long way from retirement, did you see that wink he gives in the video?

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    “But Florida Republicans quickly kneecapped it, passing a bill that forced individuals to pay all fines and fees associated with their sentences before regaining their voting rights. This legislative assault on Amendment 4….”

    I actually agree with restoring voting rights for felons who have fully completed their sentences. At some point, you have paid your debt to society, and that should be it….your rights in society should be restored. The Republican bill just codifies that. If you haven’t finished paying fines and restitution to the people you hurt with your crime, then you have not fully paid your debt to society, and you shouldn’t have your right to vote restored until you do. What’s so hard about this?

    At least we are all just agreeing that the vast majority of felons are Democrats, so making felons fully complete their sentences before voting hurts the Democrat party most.

  3. Jules says:

    That’s not what it says. It says blue counties are restoring voting rights, red ones are not. You just make everything up.

    Can’t believe you are still allowed to comment here, go away.

  4. Manny says:

    Maybe as to them being Democrats, but they start out as Republicans like Hunter and Collins. Ain’t those the first two to endorse Trump, they knew fellow crook immediately.

  5. Bill Daniels says:


    It says what it says. Where R’s have control, only felons who have FULLY completed their sentences can vote. Dems, meanwhile, are happy to have felons who have not yet paid their debt to society vote at will.

    Maybe you like Bernie’s approach? Let the Boston bomber vote? Let the Unabomber and the Ft. Hood shooter vote, too? I mean, I respect your opinion, but I can’t believe most Americans agree with that.

    I certainly don’t think the Ft. Hood shooter has America’s best interests in mind, do you?

  6. Jules says:

    Go away Bill, that’s not what you said it said. You lie about lying.

    I do not respect you or your opinions.

  7. Bill Daniels says:


    I don’t know what to tell you. I quoted the pertinent line in the article. I mean, I quoted it. I can’t help you if you don’t understand what you are reading. Maybe get someone you trust to explain it to you? Seems pretty clear to me.

    And you never answered the question….you want the Boston bomber, the Ft. Hood shooter, and the Unabomber voting from prison? It’s just a yes or no question.

  8. C.L. says:

    I know where there’s a lot of felons who can’t vote, and most of them appear to have worked for the President in one position or another.

    At some point everyone will realize Bill is a troll and makes comments just to incite. Stop feeding him with directed responses and he’ll go away.

  9. Jules says:

    Sorry CL, I will go back to ignoring him.

  10. robert says:

    Since Jules forgot his simplest reply, I’ll do it for him.

    Shut up Bill!

    Reminds me of Family Guy every time, lmao