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Weekend link dump for April 9

The original ending for Frozen, in which Elsa was the villain.

So why do cartoon characters only have four fingers, anyway?

“VPNs can be a useful tool for protecting one’s privacy online. However, it’s important to understand the limitations of this technology, and to take the time to research providers before entrusting them with virtually all your browsing data — and possibly even compounding your privacy woes in the process.”

“When a pres­id­ent can’t even pres­sure his core sup­port­ers, it’s a clear sign that his pres­id­ency is shrink­ing in the pub­lic’s eyes.”

“The information networks we’ve built are almost perfectly designed to exploit psychological vulnerabilities to rumor.”

“But with the rise of Donald Trump—and his spectrum-bending brand of populist nationalism—many longtime Republicans are now struggling to figure out where they fit in this fast-shifting philosophical landscape.”

All the women who have accused Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. So far.

“There seem to be an awful lot of people who heard only one thing from Trump during the campaign: He was going to build a wall and keep out all the Mexicans.”

Blaming the victim for auto-pedestrian fatalities.

“The problem with [the save the firepower] argument is that it’s delusional to believe that Mitch McConnell—who prevented Merrick Garland from even receiving a hearing—would allow Democrats to filibuster the next Supreme Court vacancy if they allow Gorsuch to go through. If Justice Kennedy or a liberal justice like Ginsburg or Breyer stepped down and Republicans had the ability to overturn landmark laws like Roe v. Wade with a 6-to-3 vote, they would do everything in their power to make it happen and wouldn’t blink for a second about going nuclear.”

“But given all the rest we’ve learned in recent months, the fact that Russian intelligence had tried to recruit the guy who two years later became Trump’s chief advisor on Russia and Europe seems like a hell of a coincidence.”

“When did Matt Taibbi begin to sound exactly like George Will?”

Advertisers are fleeing The O’Reilly Factor.

Cadbury eggs are the latest totems in the culture wars.

“Also, I’m not taking that trip until Elon Musk sends his mother and brings her back alive. Then I’m good for it.”

“Why did it take this week’s violence and bloodshed to change Trump’s mind about something he should’ve known before?”

“Britney Spears’s Tel Aviv Concert Is Forcing an Important Israeli Election to Be Postponed“. Don’t mess with Britney, y’all.

RIP, Don Rickles, legendary insult comic.

“The apology to Jenner was misplaced, not just because it infantilizes her, but because it doesn’t address the real source of the offense. The apology should have been directed toward the protesters and the movement itself, which their ad appears to trivialize.”

“But for now I’m just glad that one of the most painful moments of my life has been turned into stinging satire that makes me laugh out loud.”

Every story I have read about Trump supporters in the past week”.

“Now, today, our president says he’s changing his mindset on Syria. OK, but real empathy is more than just words. You want to show the beautiful babies of Syria that you meant what said, Mr. President? Let them come to America.”

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  1. Flypusher says:

    I absolutely agree with the Dems using the filibuster when they did, even though there was no doubt about the outcome. What the GOP Senators did to Judge Garland was unprecedented and just plain WRONG. Currently all the Dems can do is make a stand on principle, but that stand needed to be taken, and it’s just one of many battles to come. McConnell is treacherous and untrustworthy beyond any shadow of a doubt, the the author is 100% right on in the assertion that if he didn’t nuke this time, he absolutely would next time. Might as well make everyone completely show their true colors. And remember that what goes around comes around.

  2. Bill Daniels says:


    You think RBG can stay alive for 8 more years? I wonder about Kennedy, too. Replacing those two with originalists would be a dream come true.

  3. Flypusher says:

    We’ll see. The time window could also be less than 2 years rather than 8.

  4. Bill Daniels says:

    If it’s two years, that means Pence will be doing the picking, and I’d much prefer The Donald do the picking, if I had to choose. I’m guessing social liberals would agree, given the choice of those two deciders.

  5. Flypusher says:

    Or if it’s 2 years it could be that the Dems rode a backlash midterm to control of Congress.

    If the prospect of a conservative replacing RBG doesn’t motivate liberals to vote next year, nothing will.

  6. Flypusher says:

    Also Bill, do you truly think Trump is really doing the picking here, given how he blows off all the hard work of Presidenting? See the half-assed attempt for AHCA as the latest evidence of his laziness.