Saturday Link Encyclopedia

Solitude must be managed. I love this post because as a great fan of solitude I have realized that if I don’t control it, it will find a way to make me miserable. But if I do, it will be extremely enjoyable. See also the entire series to which this post belongs. They are very good.

Open source protests are nearly unstoppable.  Once a protest like this gets going here, it won’t stop until it drives Trump out of office, just like it ousted the leaders of Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and Libya.” Leaving aside the attractiveness of becoming Syria or Libya, what makes Mike Pence so much more attractive than Trump?

How Democrats assured the swift confirmation of Trump’s cabinet. Is there anything these clowns haven’t mismanaged?

Former admirers are awkwardly trying to distance themselves from Assange. Give them two minutes, and the same will happen with Snowden.

Do you, folks, believe in self-driving cars? The whole thing sound way too complicated and expensive and with very little gain.

The webpage that has been selling child rape is finally being investigated by the authorities. But this pathetic piece of human detritus that dares call itself a feminist defends the right of sex traffickers to sell rape. Of course, she pretends that it’s all completely consensual in an act of such inhuman hypocrisy that I’m stunned such horrible people even exist.

I don’t know if to laugh or cry at the sheer cluelessness of the rich prick who wrote this idiotic article on the guaranteed basic income. Nobody does the job of popularizing the ideology of liquid capital better than Salon.

Social workers claim in court that they had no idea lying was wrong and are not guilty.

32 thoughts on “Saturday Link Encyclopedia”

  1. Funny:

    Еще о быстрой смене курса


    How Jabel Mukaber became a terror incubator

    Fadi Qunbar, who murdered an IDF officer and three cadets in the East Talpiot vehicular attack, lived not far from the two cousins who murdered five worshippers and a policeman at a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014. As the villages annexed to Jerusalem in 1967 produce more and more terrorists, there is a growing demand to separate them from the city. But according to local resident Mahmoud Awisat, the solution begins with providing basic services to the neglected neighborhoods.,7340,L-4909890,00.html


  2. Since I am sensitive to plight of single mothers in general:

    Single mother asks for help causing meltdown in Egyptian social media

    Hebrew article claimed the mother is also trying to fight for her son’s rights, which he is liable not to get because of being seen as born out of wedlock.

    It also said that some threatened her life.


  3. Of course self-driving cars are here to stay (now that I’ve spent all these years honing my driving skills)… Can you think how complicated the original mechanical cars were? and now they’re everywhere


  4. “Once a protest like this gets going here, it won’t stop until it drives Trump out of office, just like it ousted the leaders of Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and Libya. ”

    It I recall correctly, the military is back in control in Egypt, Putin’s puppet Assad is still in charge of Syria, and Libya has been in absolute chaos since we bombed it and abandoned it.

    Maybe a unicorn will gore Trump to death Monday morning before he can sign the first batch of executive orders erasing the Obama legacy! (Sorry, but the level of psychotic wishful-thinking that the shell-shocked left is showing nowadays is HYSTERICAL) 🙂 🙂 🙂


  5. Self-driving cars are inevitable as there is already so much capital and research behind it, and because it will automate a lot of things that capitalists don’t like paying for (truck drivers and all of that related infrastructure).

    Prediction: In some American cities within 20 years, using a non-self-driving car will be illegal because it’ll be considered too dangerous.


    1. I have a junior colleague who’s looking forward to self-driving cars; I rode with him, and he is not a very good driver or very comfortable driving, so I understand where he’s coming from… In contrast, I will be one of those whom they will have to legislate out of the driver’s seat.

      I certainly support self-driving cars it it will make it easier for elderly or disabled people to get around. But I love driving and I will be very sorry if self-driving cars become ubiquitous.


  6. Despite your reservations, the women’s march turned out to be a smashing success. Millions of people from all over the country participated. Trump may not care but the congress has to be watching this.

    I’m hopeful. If one could harness even a fraction of the energy created today, we’re off to a great start.


    1. That’s great. Because I read excerpts from Trump’s speech and it’s both horrible and scary. He’s revving up the crowd into a hate-filled frenzy, and those fools need so little to go off their rails.


  7. Perhaps instead of marching, all those women — at least the ones over 18 and legal — should try something less melodramatic like voting.


    1. Dreidel: by your own account you’ve been a republican all your life. What justification did you use to oppose civil rights, women’s rights, desegregation, etc. back in the day? No snark here, I’m genuinely curious. Did you take a break from conservatism at the time?


      1. You’ve NEVER heard me say that I’m a social conservative — that I’ve ever opposed any of those things you accuse me of. In fact, ALL of those social issues had larely been decided favorably before I was old enough to vote.

        The Republicans aren’t going to turn back the clock on social issues, no matter how badly some regressive state legislatures want to. They can’t hold back the hands of time, and most people know that. The courts, even a more conservative Supreme Court, know that as well.

        But the Democrats have been CONSISTENTLY wrong about the major non-social issues — foreign policy, fiscial issues, federal governtment size and limitations, reasonable anti-crime laws, etc., all my voting life — and they still are.

        If the Democrats had won this election, people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would be in effective control of the government. No thanks!


      1. “Why do you assume the march is mostly made up of non-voting adults?”

        Look at how many countries the graph flags as having protestors. How many of them outside the United States do you think are American citizens with voting rights in U.S. elections?


          1. It feels very very strange to talk to people who sincerely have no idea that somebody was inaugurated two days ago and that there were protests.

            It’s like those folks who were sunbathing when the allied troops were liberating the south of France. They didn’t really notice that anything was going on.


        1. How many of them outside the United States do you think are American citizens with voting rights in U.S. elections?
          That’s a non sequitur justification of “Perhaps instead of marching, all those women — at least the ones over 18 and legal — should try something less melodramatic like voting” which assumes people who are eligible to vote and can vote but chose not to. It’s not a valid critique of people who cannot vote.

          It’s astonishing to me how much we poo-poo the right to free and peaceable assembly and say it has no effect while throwing up all kinds of roadblocks and charges at people who do so. (This is a weird exception to how these protests here are usually policed.)


          1. You’re right that my answer was a non-sequitur to your specific question, “Why do you assume the march is mostly made up of non-voting adults?”

            But your specific question was a misinterpretation of my original post. My post doesn’t assume that the march was composed of “mostly” non-voting eligible women — it merely suggests that the ones who didn’t vote should have. It might have made a difference in the election result, and in future elections.

            As to whether that marching will ultimately have any effect other than making all those women feel temporarily good about themselves remains to be seen. Clarissa’s post about the Russian clerk gleefully rearranging the figurines on the mantelpiece may be an apt metaphor.


            1. I’m hoping that the protest will lead to people organizing, working together to win elections and change things. But for now, there is nothing to celebrate.

              I remember how in Russia back in 2011 after the massive anti-Putin protests many people wrote things like, “Well, the power is now pretty much in our hands. Just the technical issue of how to physically remove Putin from the Kremlin remains, but that’s easy.” They really believed that the protests meant something, that Putin’s feelings were hurt, that he cried because he was so hurt. Five years later, and guess who’s crying now.

              I don’t want to see the repeat of that story.


            2. Dreidel: Have you ever protested against anything? Has there been any issue in your lifetime that you considered worth protesting in the streets for?


              1. “Have you ever protested against anything?” That’s a pretty broad question — hasn’t everybody protested to somebody about something at one time or another? When I was in school / during my career, I did my share of complaining through appropriate channels to authority figures who could address my concerns, and usually got results.

                I’ve never protested in the streets about anything — thought it would be a nonproductive waste of my time, and I had better things to do with my life.

                I have voted in every election where I was elgible since I turned 21 (legal voting age at the time), including casting scores of absentee ballots while I was stationed overseas with the military — and those votes all counted toward actually getting policies done.


              2. I protested against my university investing in private jails – a disgusting practice! – and we won. I’m very proud of having participated.


              3. Other than that, I always end up participating in tiny minority protests. Like the protest against the destruction of unions in Wisconsin or our local BLM. It’s always me and a dozen more people. Or fewer. But it’s still great.


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