Alaska National Weather Service office begs “please pay us” in secret message

From WaPo:

In an official public forecast discussion, the Anchorage National Weather Service office – whose employees are working without knowledge of when they will be paid during the ongoing Federal shutdown – encoded this secret message: “Please pay us.”

The first letter in each of the first 11 lines in the forecast discussion spells out the message, as shown below.

Trump Literally Did Not Understand What a Shutdown Would Do

I mean, this shouldn’t be shocking to anybody who has been paying attention and realizes that Trump is completely ignorant of how anything works and only cares about himself.

The Trump administration’s shutdown of the federal government over the last two weeks is a synecdoche for the way it has run the federal government over the last two years. They blundered into it almost by accident, without any understanding of what they are doing nor any plan for success.

Just as Trump did not expect to win the election and neglected to plan for his transition, he shut down the government on a whim, after right-wing media complained about his plan to approve a government funding bill. Nobody in the administration had a clear understanding of just what a shutdown would entail. Two devastating reports in the Washington Post over the weekend detail the horrifying scope of their ignorance. The administration did not realize that 38 million Americans lose their food stamps under a shutdown, nor did it know that thousands of tenants would face eviction without assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Administration officials “recognized only this week the breadth of the potential impact,” reports the Post, and was “focused now on understanding the scope of the consequences and determining whether there is anything they can do to intervene.” First Trump shut down the government, and then the Trump administration started looking into what effect this would have.

Question of the Day

What do you use to listen to music?

Spotify. I started to use it more over the past few months and I’m more than willing to give them my money for a premium membership. I’m listening to entire albums more than I have in years now.

My dad painted the iconic cover for Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung,’ and it’s haunted him ever since

 

From TheOutline.com

Seven million copies of Aqualung have been sold over the last five-odd decades and the cover has become one of the most recognizable in rock and roll history, migrating from vinyl albums to cassettes, CDs, and iTunes art, plus an unending supply of Aqualung-embossed merchandise. But dad’s earnings had a hard cap. In 1971, Terry Ellis, the co-founder of Chrysalis Records, paid him a flat $1,500 fee for the three paintings which would comprise the album’s artwork, consummating the deal with nothing more than a handshake. No written contractual agreement was drawn up, and, much to his eventual dismay, nor was any determination made about future use.

Netflix warns against Bird Box challenge as dangerous trend goes viral

I mean, the YouTube crowd once lit themselves on fire as a challenge so I guess I’m not surprised that this is a thing:

Netflix has warned fans against participating in a potentially dangerous online challenge that’s inspired by its recent original horror film Bird Box.

The challenge takes the core concept of Bird Box — wearing a blindfold at all times while wandering around outside — and applies it to a certain period of time. Some people, like YouTube creator Morgan Adams, have tried to go about their daily lives for 24 hours while blindfolded, while others have attempted the challenge for a shorter period.

I watched Bird Box over the holiday. It’s a fine post-apocalyptic movie. It’s worth the 2 hours invested in watching it which is more than what I could say for any superhero movie (sorry, I really hate all of them).

A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills

Trump is throwing a hissy fit over a stupid wall that won’t ever be built and wouldn’t work even if it was. Meanwhile:

On April 3, Nina Dang, 24, found herself in a position like so many San Francisco bike riders — on the pavement with a broken arm.

A bystander saw her fall and called an ambulance. She was semi-lucid for that ride, awake but unable to answer basic questions about where she lived. Paramedics took her to the emergency room at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where doctors X-rayed her arm and took a CT scan of her brain and spine. She left with her arm in a splint, on pain medication, and with a recommendation to follow up with an orthopedist.

A few months later, Dang got a bill for $24,074.50. Premera Blue Cross, her health insurer, would only cover $3,830.79 of that — an amount that it thought was fair for the services provided. That left Dang with $20,243.71 to pay, which the hospital threatened to send to collections in mid-December.

Really sick of the GOP pushing a terrorist bogeyman slipping over the border from Mexico to kill us all when basic healthcare is completely unaffordable and will kill more Americans than all the terrorists in the world combined.

BREAKING NEWS ON ALEXANDRA OCASIO-CORTEZ!!! ALARM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gateway Pundit, run by Jim Hoft who is for some reason considered to be the dumbest man on the internet, has broke a HUGE story on AOC. She went by a nickname when she was younger:

DEVELOPING!!!