Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Post That Wanted to Be a Link Log

Things I wanted to check out, but the Sickly Snail wouldn't let me...readers, would youall rather see a list like this, or wait'til I've actually viewed each link and can comment on more than the thumbnail image and first paragraph that showed up in the feed? Categories: AAA Awesome, Adult Content Squick, Animals, Bloom County, Civilians Fighting Crime, Confederate Flags, Crafts, Cute, Fun Stuff, GMO's, Kid Stuff, News of the Weird, Obamacare, Outer Space, Philosophy, Politics, Writing.

AAA Is for Awesome News

Years ago I posted an article about organic food stores in and near Kingsport, Tennessee, that mentioned a store called The Shouting Sprout. I mentioned that the contact information I had for that store had gone out of date, and begged readers to update it. Apparently the store floundered along without phone or Internet access for a while, then went out of business. But here, at last, is a link to a beautifully simple, even though photo-enhanced, Blogspot maintained by one of the Shouting Sprout suppliers. A couple of those small farmers in Tennessee to whom being nice may help you get organic goodies.


Adult Content Squick (the Planned Parenthood Scandal)

For those who don't know, “squick” is cyberjargon for something that turns your stomach independently of whether you think it's good, bad, or morally-neutral. Sylvia Maner Nickels, a Kingsport Daily News columnist, has a Blogspot that even the Sickly Snail can open. So, out of all the links to the fracas about the Planned Parenthood guy allegedly trafficking in human body tissue, I clicked on SMN's. She takes a conservative view of the issue. All I'll say here is that everything about this issue (including my comment on SMN's blog) is one big squick. Not recommended if you're eating, or just ate.


Animals 

Another adventure of Valentino at dogpawsitivetidbits.com.

Bloom County...Revives?

Coincidence? My last LJ post replied to the question, “Which comic strip from the past would you like to see revived?” Like all good baby-boomers, I instantly thought of “Peanuts,” then “Pogo,” then thought that I could not imagine those characters in this century. What about “Calvin & Hobbes,” which some people had picked? What about...“Bloom County”? I could not imagine. But Berke Breathed is still alive, unlike Charles Schultz and Walt Kelly, and he can imagine. I think he must have set up that question just to see how many people would mention “Bloom County,” and be delighted. (Btw I saw the premiere of the new “Bloom County” cartoons courtesy of Language Log, a site created for and by people with advanced degrees in linguistics and/or a language and its history and literature...for fun. This site defines "ludic cerebration" and gives at least one example a day.)


Civilians Fighting Crime

At The Blaze, Dave Urbanski shares another heartwarming story...this time the civilian crimebuster is a firefighter. Never mess with anyone who fights fires. (Btw, I've fought a fire.)

Kaitlyn Schallhorn's story, also at The Blaze, features an unarmed man fighting crime with a stick.

Confederate Flags

Megyn Kelly on behalf of her Confederate ancestors at ntlconsulting.blogspot.com. Y'know, I really think the cool, twenty-first-century thing to do here is to declare a moratorium on the whole flag flap. I don't like censorship. I've said that. If we want to talk about racism, let's talk about the truly racist idea of those HUD block grants to yuppie neighborhoods being contingent on the construction of slummy high-rise apartment buildings that must house a specified number of “black and Hispanic” families, including children who need and deserve to be in single-family houses with yards. Let's explore why it's better for children, regardless of color or ethnicity, to have free time and private space, even if it's only the shade of one tree...and why our profoundly racist federal government wants to coop those children up in slums, where their instinctive efforts to define and claim private space are likely to take the form of aggressive hostility.

Crafts

The thumbnail photo in my Blogspot feed promises a beautiful, complex patchwork quilt at marshasspot.com.

Cute Things

At ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com, the feed promises a link to a movie an indoor cat might like to watch...wildlife videos! (Would I ever consider buying, renting, or downloading a movie for a cat? During the two weeks after just one cat has been spayed, I would. None of the resident cats at the Cat Sanctuary has taken much interest in technological stuff, although Mackerel and Bisquit each tried typing, but a few years ago this web site was briefly co-hosted by a cat who liked to chase the cursor around the screen...Viola the Cybercat. She might've got into movies.)

Fun Stuff

Those who remember “The Barefoot” from AC will want to read “The New Adventure and the Open Road” at thebarefoot.wordpress.com.

GMO's

At freedomfightersofamerica.blogspot.com, there's reported to be some sort of link to information about how GMO corn increased pesticide use by 300%. This is the sort of link I'd like to check out before sharing. It might be a video.

Kid Stuff

Discussion of car seats, with video and cute baby images, at daddytypes.com.

News of the Weird

Jon Street reports a weird news story from Tennessee...I don't so much want to read about how the counterfeiter thought the President could be blamed for her crime. I just want to know if this bit of weirdness came from Hawkins County. At theblaze.com.

Obamacare

The President can definitely be blamed for this weird story. Actually, it's sort of planned. A federal office planted eleven bogus applicants for Obamacare to test the system, and the system re-qualified them for benefits this year. The story came courtesy of The Blaze, but it's regular AP News that may be in your local newspaper—if your local newspaper hasn't cut out two-thirds of its worthwhile content due to lack of advertising, the way the Kingsport Times-News has done.

At ntlconsulting.blogspot.com, Alieta Eck, M.D., explains more about how insurance companies inflate the cost of medical care.


Adult Content Squick

For those who don't know, “squick” is cyberjargon for something that turns your stomach independently of whether you think it's good, bad, or morally-neutral. Sylvia Maner Nickels, a Kingsport Daily News columnist, has a Blogspot that even the Sickly Snail can open. So, out of all the links to the fracas about the Planned Parenthood guy allegedly trafficking in human body tissue, I clicked on SMN's. She takes a conservative view of the issue. All I'll say here is that everything about this issue is one big squick. Not recommended if you're eating or just ate.


Animals 

Another adventure of Valentino at dogpawsitivetidbits.com.

Bloom County...Revives?

Coincidence? My last LJ post replied to the question, “Which comic strip from the past would you like to see revived?” Like all good baby-boomers, I instantly thought of “Peanuts,” then “Pogo,” then thought that I could not imagine those characters in this century. What about “Calvin & Hobbes,” which some people had picked? What about...“Bloom County”? I could not imagine. But Berke Breathed is still alive, unlike Charles Schultz and Walt Kelly, and he can imagine. I think he must have set up that question just to see how many people would mention “Bloom County,” and be delighted. (Btw I saw the premiere of the new “Bloom County” cartoons courtesy of Language Log, a site created for and by people with advanced degrees in linguistics and/or a language and literature...for fun.)


Civilians Fighting Crime

Dave Urbanski shares another heartwarming story...this time the civilian crimebuster is a firefighter. Never mess with anyone who fights fires. (Btw, I've fought a fire.)

Kaitlyn Schallhorn's story, also at The Blaze, features an unarmed man fighting crime with a stick.

Confederate Flags

Megyn Kelly on behalf of her Confederate ancestors at ntlconsulting.blogspot.com. Y'know, I really think the cool, twenty-first-century thing to do here is to declare a moratorium on the whole flag flap. I don't like censorship. I've said that. If we want to talk about racism, let's talk about the truly racist idea of those HUD block grants to yuppie neighborhoods being contingent on the construction of slummy high-rise apartment buildings that must house a specified number of “black and Hispanic” families, including children who need and deserve to be in single-family houses with yards. Let's explore why it's better for children, regardless of color or ethnicity, to have free time and private space, even if it's only the shade of one tree...and why our profoundly racist federal government wants to coop those children up in slums, where their instinctive efforts to define and claim private space are likely to take the form of aggressive hostility.

Crafts

The thumbnail photo in my Blogspot feed promises a beautiful, complex patchwork quilt at marshasspot.com.

Cute Things

At ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com, the feed promises a link to a movie an indoor cat might like to watch...wildlife videos! (Would I ever consider buying, renting, or downloading a movie for a cat? During the two weeks after just one cat has been spayed, I would. None of the resident cats at the Cat Sanctuary has taken much interest in technological stuff, but a few years ago this web site was briefly co-hosted by a cat who liked to chase the cursor around the screen...Viola the Cybercat.)

Fun Stuff

Those who remember “The Barefoot” from AC will want to read “The New Adventure and the Open Road” at thebarefoot.wordpress.com.

GMO's

At freedomfightersofamerica.blogspot.com, there's reported to be some sort of link to information about how GMO corn increased pesticide use by 300%. This is the sort of link I'd like to check out before sharing. It might be a video.

Kid Stuff

Discussion of car seats, with video and cute baby images, at daddytypes.com.

News of the Weird

Jon Street reports a weird news story from Tennessee...I don't so much want to read about how the counterfeiter thought the President could be blamed for her crime. I just want to know if this bit of weirdness came from Hawkins County. At theblaze.com.

Obamacare

The President can definitely be blamed for this weird story. Actually, it's sort of planned. A federal office planted eleven bogus applicants for Obamacare to test the system, and the system re-qualified them for benefits this year. The story came courtesy of The Blaze, but it's regular AP News that may be in your local newspaper—if your local newspaper hasn't cut out two-thirds of its worthwhile content due to lack of advertising, the way the Kingsport Times-News has done.

At ntlconsulting.blogspot.com, Alieta Eck, M.D., explains more about how insurance companies inflate the cost of medical care.

Outer Space

Oliver Darcy's post at The Blaze reached me first...I'm sure every newspaper and web page will be reporting on images the space probe sent back from Pluto.

Philosophy

Provocative thoughts on human nature at blog.dilbert.com.

Politics

A Tea Party that shall be nameless shared an e-mail on behalf of a candidate this web site doesn't even want to name in a sentence that contains the word “presidential.” This person is well and widely known for his unconvincing hairpiece, and this web site has long believed his hair to be an accurate reflection of his character. The headline of the e-mail quotes this dude as having threatened a Mexican druglord with a violent act that is commonly used as a metaphor for “humiliate in defeat.” So, if the serious Republican candidates wanted to make my day and form a coalition, this coalition might find a use for this guy after all. Not as head of, but as a consultant to, the Immigration & Naturalization Service. He does, as Linked In likes to put it, know about planes; he might have an untapped talent for deporting drug goons.

Meanwhile, at noisyroom.net/blog, there's a KeyWiki Leak about what Donna Brazile's been up to lately. If you weren't in Washington in the 1980s-1990s and haven't been out of the city for the past ten years, this may not pique your curiosity; it piques mine.

Writing

I did click on this one, because I thought it was the sort of web site the Sickly Snail could handle. It's cool to see how many readers Jerry Jenkins has at all different stages of literary development.