What I Learned Today – Friday, August 21

I miss being in Boston. I’ve only been a handful of times to run into the office on weekends since the start of the pandemic. On a day like today I would usually take a short walk over to the Boston Public Garden to enjoy the greenery, the swan boats, the botulism-enriched lagoon which is killing off ducks:

Yep, 2020.

Senator Bill Cassidy demanded in-person voting, declaring  “I keep saying you can go to Walmart and be safe, just stand six feet behind the guy in front of you. Um, and why can’t we do that also at the voting booth? Of course we can. ”  After saying that he immediately tested postive for covid-19.

Trump teased a big pardon a few days ago and then made the country do a collective eye-roll when he announced it was for Susan B. Anthony. It’s pretty obvious that Trump has no idea who Susan B. Anthony was and this is one of his aides’ idea to capture a press cycle and troll the libs (that she was charged with voting illegally while Trump screams about dems voting illegally was not lost on anybody). The Susan B. Anthony museum has rejected the pardon on her behalf. Obviously a nasty woman.

Trump threatens to send law enforcement to polling places on Election Day. As somebody who has only voted in Massachusetts their entire life, we always have a cop standing around chatting with the workers there. I already thought this was a thing. I assumed that the a cop was around to prevent some of the more enthusiastic campaigners from getting closer than the legal distance required.

The post office delivers a lot more than just letters, packages, and your Netflix dvds. I had no idea that the USPS also delivers livestock, a little detail I came across in this story about how thousands of baby chicks are dying in transit because of the changes DeJoy has implemented:

At least 4,800 chicks shipped to Maine farmers through the USPS have arrived dead in recent weeks, the Portland Press Herald reported. “It’s one more of the consequences of this disorganization, this sort of chaos they’ve created at the post office and nobody thought through when they were thinking of slowing down the mail,” Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, told the newspaper. “This is a system that’s always worked before and it’s worked very well until these changes started being made.”

This is heart-wrenching. And I’m going to assume that the baby chicks were going to humane farms where they would grow up to be free-range chickens living  wonderful idyllic lives before becoming somebody’s sandwich.

Sarah Cooper is having quite a year. She guest-hosted for Jimmy Kimmel, signed a deal with Netflix for a comedy special, and is currently developing a sitcom with CBS. She also had a segment last night at the Democratic Convention:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus got in some good digs at Trump at the DNC last night:

But Joe Biden’s speech was especially strong. It’s worth watching the whole thing if you have 20 minutes or so. One of the underlying aspects of Biden being the nominee is Trump got impeached in an attempt to kneecap Biden from running against him. Trump is scared to death of running against Biden. This sparks within me great joy:

The Republican Convention starts next Monday if they can get any of their speakers a livestream from Rikers Island.


Since I can’t travel right now, I’ve been relying on some YouTube virtual walks.  Usually it’s for Sunday brunch with some music and a virtual tour of a city playing in the background.  Such as this walk through a market in Aix en Provence:

Be safe everybody and have a wonderful weekend.

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