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Tuesday, November 21, 2023



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NOV. 21, 2023

Argentina elects far-right libertarian Javier Milei as president
    Here's a brave prediction: Flurries of wacky headlines and bad news are in Argentina's future. 

Scientists who study Earth’s ice say we could be committed to disastrous sea level rise
    God, it's sad watching billionaires kill the world. 

How the dead are counted in Gaza
    Undercounted, probably.

Advocates push for change on World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Traffic Violence 

Getting to know your AR-15 

What are the right codewords to convince a doctor you're in pain? 

Republican-controlled court guts Voting Rights Act 

Ohio voted to protect abortion rights. Republicans are scheming to undo it. 

US Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) proves she is not antisemitic: "I actually support Jewish space lasers" 

Nobody hates baseball more than Major League Baseball: Owners approve Oakland A's planned move to Las Vegas in 2025 

This isn't the Death Star trench you were looking for 

Explaining cricket, the world’s second-most popular sport, to Americans  

The Great Library Card Collection 

Tumblr is betting big on going small
    I've been reading Tumblr blogs for years, but haven't even figured out how to comment on posts there. Everything about the place is counterintuitive to me, and yet — most of my favorite blogs are on Tumblr.
    Odd, eh? If anyone reading this is active on Tumblr, please explain to me how it works. 

Russell T Davies on secrets, sex and falling for Doctor Who 

Quite the self-own

Why there's no Wyoming 

At CooperCon, D.B. Cooper is a mystery, a passion and a community 

Apostrophe Protection Society 

Amusing, Interesting, Outrageous, or Profound
    AIOP is my Lemmy page, for anything that's (in my opinion) amusing, interesting, outrageous, or profound. It's mostly a rough draft of this page, but you're invited to stop by.

♫♬  MUSIC  ♫ 

Alice's Restaurant — Arlo Guthrie 

Hey Ya! — Outkast 

Long Black Road — Electric Light Orchestra 

Thanksgiving Prayer — William S. Burroughs 

Trouble Waiting To Happen — Warren Zevon 


Joss Ackland
actor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 

George "Funky" Brown
drummer, Kool & the Gang 

A. S. Byatt
author, Possession 

Rosalynn Carter
former First Lady of Georgia and America 

Charlie Dominici
singer, Dream Theater

Sarah Keys Evans
refused to ride at the back of the bus 

Sanjay Gadhvi
film director, Dhoom 

H. Roger Grant
railroad historian 

Janel Green
civil rights activist 

Zdena Hadrbolcová
actress, Idiot Returns  

Luis Larraín
gay rights activist 

Fredrik Ohlsson
actor, Pippi Longstocking 

Carlton Pearson
heretic, preached that God doesn't hate gay people 

Suzanne Shepherd
actress, Mystic Pizza 

Gregory Woolley
first Black member of Hells Angels  


Cranky Old Fart is annoyed and complains and very occasionally offers a kindness, along with anything off the internet that's made me smile or snarl. All opinions fresh from my ass. Top illustration by Jeff Meyer. Click any image to enlarge. Comments & conversations invited. 

Tip 'o the hat to the AVA, BoingBoing, Breakfast at Ralf's, Chuff, Dirty Blonde Mind, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, Lemmy.world, Looking for My Perfect Sandwich, Miss Miriam's Mirror, Self-love Is My Superpower, Voenix Rising, and anywhere else I've stolen links, illustrations, or inspiration.

Special thanks to Linden Arden, Becky Jo, Wynn Bruce, Joey Jo Jo emeritus, Jeff Meyer, John the Basket, Dave S, Name Withheld, and always extra special thanks to my lovely late Stephanie, who gave me 21 years and proved that the world isn't always shitty.


  1. The billionaires won’t care about climate change until a CAT 6 literally obliterates their supply lines to the third world they exploit.

    They won’t care about nuclear Armageddon until the bombs are literally dropping.

    By stability, I meant market stability, meaning shooty shooty quarterly line goes /.

    Capitalists have never and will never give shit 1 about the externalities they cause, because they resent the societies they profit from for taking so much as a dollar from them despite their societal damage. Workers daring to strike after they spent decades changing the laws to hobble unions is of far greater concern to them than nuclear Armageddon, because it’s personal. It’s a defiance of what they see as their kingdom.

    1. I see no way to wedge a comment in there, but I have no comment anyway, as we're generally agreed.

  2. To people with privilege, a taste of equality tastes like oppression.

    1. Yup. That's the basis for the Republican Party and all its racist sexist religionist tiny-dick fears.


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