RIP Amazing Randi

Oh no 🙁

James Randi, a magician and illusionist known as “The Amazing Randi” as well as a scientific investigator who debunked paranormal and occult phenomena through his organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, has died. He was 92.

The James Randi Foundation announced his passing in a tweet, saying he died of “age-related causes” on Tuesday.

Randi was remembered on Wednesday by magician Penn Jillette in a pair of tweets, which you can see below, as an “inspiration, mentor and dear friend.”

Trump says if Biden’s elected, “he’ll listen to the scientists”

I’m trying to stay away from the news as much as possible because it’s such a cesspool, especially given that the election is about 2 weeks away. But my god, what a headline.

Well, we certainly wouldn’t want to listen to anybody who may have some kind of snotty expert information and could help solve a problem would we?

 

Looks Like I Didn’t Miss Much From My News Embargo

Ok, I admit, I’m kinda curious about the Mr. Rogers talking point.

In other news, I filled out my ballot, put it in the local OFFICIAL ballot drop box at city hall, and it has been accepted according to the website. And yes, of course I voted for Biden.  Biden was not my first choice during the primary, nor my second or third, but compared to a pathological lying narcissist who was impeached in his first term, has said that white supremacists were very fine people, who has done everything in his power to make this pandemic far worse than it could have been by disregarding all of the science, who has fucked up everything possible, placed people in power not from their experience but their loyalty to himself, and makes every single thing about himself no matter how small of a slight, well, then Biden looks pretty damn good. Let’s just say, Biden, the only real competitor in this race, outclasses Trump in every single way possible and I’m pleased with my vote.

 

What They Do in the Shadows et Beurre: What I Learned Today – Tuesday, October 13

I stayed away from as much news as possible over the weekend. I’m not watching any of the sham hearing on that religious nut they are going to install on the Supreme Court despite their own rules that they wielded for Merrick Garland. At the moment I’m just trying to pace myself until November 3rd, after which I’ll either be completely inconsolable or see a spark of hope. Can you imagine waking up on a random day without having to deal with the narcissist in chief screaming for attention. And he’ll be screaming for attention no matter what happens, but if he is successfully kicked out of office, his wailing will be more easily ignored.

But, I did manage to find something new that probably most of you have heard about but it had slipped beneath my radar:

A little hurt that none of you mentioned this to me, but I forgive you.

Another thing I watched this weekend and enjoyed was the Spanish Netflix film, The Platform, which doesn’t even attempt to disguise the capitalist metaphor but still makes for a compelling film:


The California Republican Party has been placing fraudulent election ballot boxes around churches and schools. For the party that complains nonstop about election fraud, it seems that they really enjoy the frauding part. Hopefully there is some jail time for those responsible for this but I’ve given up hope.


A man attacked reporters doing a segment on masks. The man was so upset that he ended up knocking himself out:


The ASSailant got away before police arrived.


How traditional french butter is made in Brittany