What I Learned Today – Tuesday, September 1

It’s September 1st!!  FALL IS OFFICIALLY HERE!!!!!!! (Oh, you can save your intransigent comments and emails saying, “actually Chris, September 22nd is the first day of Autumn”)  So just stuff a caramel apple in it seasonsplainer.  September 1st is morally fall.And yes, I’m THAT guy.

It’s Primary Day in Massachusetts today. The biggest race on the ballot here is Senate incumbent Ed Markey who is being challenged by Joe Kennedy.  I voted for Markey on a mail in ballot weeks ago.  If you live in MA and sent in a ballot, you can track it using this site. (And yes, I’m signed up for mail-in voting for election day in November and not quite sure how I’m going to get the ballot back to them yet.  Do I trust the mail or search for a drop box.  I’ll worry about that when I actually get my ballot.)


This is the scariest thing I have read all day so far. Because of covid and how Trump supporters are far more likely to go to the polls to vote in person, (covid is only a hoax after all) there is a good chance that it could appear as if Trump has won a landslide victory on election night since mail in votes will take longer to count. And I’m sure that Trump won’t use that as an excuse to declare victory and start crying “SCAM” if Biden takes the lead in the days to come. This is going to be messy.


Trump had an interview with Laura Ingraham that aired last night and went as well as any of his interviews go. He compared cops who murder black people to golfers who miss a putt, claimed that a bunch of thugs in black uniforms were on a plane and up to no good (he doesn’t elaborate on this and just leaves out there), and that Biden is being led by a shadowy syndicate.


Ingraham breaks in multiple times when Trump is taking a wander through untreated late stage syphilitic lane to guide him back to semi-coherent raving. And that may be the most infuriating part.  She knows he’s nuts.  Everybody at Fox News knows he’s nuts. Most of the Republicans in the Senate and House know he’s nuts also and yet they have done nothing to stop him. They could have convicted him and still had Pence but nope.

NBC News looked into Trump’s claim about the thug plane and found that it matches a rumor spread by white nationalists several months ago.

Trump thought that he could settle the investigation with Mueller like settling on bankruptcy for one of his shitty hotel/casinos.


MGM Resorts announced that they were going to be laying off 18,000 employees. American Airlines is furloughing 17,500 employees.

Iowa State University has had 508 students test positive with covid.

Covid-19 cases are spiking in the Midwest states now. It’s almost like this disease is very catchy or something but this isn’t stopping Iowa State from planning to have 25,000 fans for their home opener. What could go wrong?


Well, this doesn’t smell a bit scammy at all.  $20,000 a month to do some podcast and radio work?


Well, this is the best mashup you’ll see all day.  Karens mixed with zombie noises.  Or is it mixed with zombie metal (is that a thing?)


Artist Maira Kalman has an illustrated version of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas which looks amazing.


A man has built a nut bar for his local squirrels:

The news story is here if the YouTube video wasn’t enough to satisfy your rodent needs.