Trump isn’t Hiding Himself at all: What I Learned Today – Thursday, September 24

I haven’t been much in the mood to post the past few days.  I’ve been busy with a few other things and the news has just been nothing but depression inducing. But, it is what it is and ignoring it for a day or two is fine for your mental health, but ignorance won’t solve anything.


Trump says he may reject the stricter FDA vaccine guidelines for COVID-19. Trump, in case you don’t know, is not a doctor. In fact, I would be shocked if Trump could even spell “doctor”. But here we are with the guy who sold steaks in an electronic store overruling actual scientists so he can rush out a vaccine and look like a hero.


Yes, Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of presidential power if he loses is scary,  but not really all that surprising at this point is it?

The Atlantic has a lengthy analysis of what would happen in a variety of circumstances if (or more likely, when) Trump refuses to turn over the reins. The title of the piece is probably the most optimistic part of the story: The Election That Could Break America.


Voter registration has surged since Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.  Which is good! I mean, besides that it is kinda like closing the gate four years after horse bolted, but baby steps I guess. (And yes, I’m still bitter that people didn’t take this more seriously back in 2016. We knew who Trump was back then.)


The Missouri governor who is also an anti-masker has tested positive for being a fucking moron of the highest degree.  Oh, he has covid too.

Justin Trudeau is declaring that the second wave of COVID-19 has started in some parts of Canada. This is where I feel good about living in the US where we are in no way worried about a second wave. We’re never going to get over the first.


870,000 new filings for unemployment. But there is only one job that the GOP cares about.


Halloween, 2020

RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg and 200,000+ Covid-19 Victims: What I Learned Today – Monday, September 21

A makeshift memorial for Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Harvard Law School.


Trump expects to make his announcement on who he will nominate to replace Justice Ginsburg on Friday or Saturday. I hope nobody is really surprised about the hypocrisy from the GOP by this point. McConnell would have tried to ram a conservative judge through even if a Justice died three days before the inauguration if Trump loses.


CDC is finally admitting that Covid-19 can be spread through the air. How on earth are they just updating their guidance regarding this now?


The Washington National Cathedral rang their bells 200 times for the 200,000 victims of Covid-19.


Trump’s defenders will say this is just a joke, but we all know that Trump has no sense of humor and is looking for some legal excuse to do this:


This is fact!:


I’m really enjoying the hell out of Chef Billy Parisi’s YouTube channel.  I need to make these Thai Drunken Noodles soon!

 

Everything is Terrible: What I Learned Today – Friday, September 18

I hate putting up a post without anything positive, but 2020 and all….  Have a safe weekend.  46 days…


A few weeks ago there was a big change in CDC guidelines regarding covid-19 testing which was published to their website stating that testing was unnecessary in asymptomatic people who had been exposed to the virus. The New York Times is reporting that the change in policy actually came from Trump’s HHS which decided to bypass any scientific testing and just push it onto the CDC’s website:


Speaking of the HHS, their spokesperson has taken a leave of absence after a Twitter meltdown after accusing scientists of sedition.


How’s that Make America Great Again campaign going?


In just two decades though?


The White House blocked the US Postal Service from sending face masks to all US residents back in April. If you recall, this was when face masks were almost impossible to get. Very few cloth ones were even available unless you knew how to make them yourself. I remember that Mrs. C had a box of paper masks that she had bought a year or two before the pandemic which contained 6 masks. We gave out all we had to our family except for two for ourselves. Most people were not as fortunate and this could have offered some protection and saved a few lives if it had been implemented. But, Trump makes the wrong decision on every single call.


A guy refuses to wear a mask, refuses to leave when asked, tells the police to drag him out, and then resists arrest while being dragged out. The stupidity in this country….

A pastor who refused to shut down his church and refused to wear a mask is now in an ICU ward with covid-19.  Several members of the church’s staff also have tested positive. And some parishoners are holding candlelight vigils for the pastor, without wearing masks.


A trans Satanist/Anarchist registered as a member of the Republican party and ran for a Sheriff nomination and won. Their blog post about this is really something to behold:

I went into it expecting that I would lose the primary to a write-in candidate, because I didn’t think that so many voters were just… completely and totally oblivious about who they are voting for.

Because the fact is that you didn’t bother. You trusted the system. You trusted the establishment. You trusted the party. You felt safe. You were sure that there must be some mechanisms in place to prevent from occurring exactly what just occurred. Your anger is misplaced if you direct it at me. Please listen. Your anger is with the system that has lied to you. Your anger is with the system that convinced you to believe in it, trust in it, and have faith in it, when it is completely and utterly broken.

[…]

I’m running for sheriff because I oppose that very system, and the sheriff has the most hands-on ability in Cheshire County to oppose that system. The system that let you down by allowing me–the freaking transsexual Satanist anarchist–be your sheriff candidate is the same system I’m attacking. I’m sorry, and I know it hurts to hear, but that system is a lie. The entire thing is a lie. It’s broken from beginning to end, and my existence as your sheriff candidate is merely how this reality was thrown into your face.


Understatement of the year:


You can literally pick a random day since Trump became president and whatever day you picked would have something Trump did which would be a 3 year long scandal in any other administration.  Fact!


TikTok may be banned in the US starting Sunday.

A Mossy Church and Trump has a Heat Ray: What I Learned Today – Thursday, September 17

I’m pro-vaccine. That anybody would be against vaccines is just so bizarre. Anti-vaxxers are creepy to me. Hey, medicine that will stop my child from a variety of diseases that cause death or paralysis?  Nah, gonna listen to the prophet Jenny McCarthy and roll the dice with polio.

Republicans are now trying to cast anybody who has some misgivings over a Trump-rushed vaccine into the same camp as anti-vaxxers. To say this is disingenuous would be an understatement. Virtually everything Trump has ever spewed from the Oval Office (and before!) has been a self-serving lie. His promises that a vaccine would be available by October is just another lie, designed to get himself 4 more years of watching Fox News from the White House. But, don’t take my word for it. Let’s see what the CDC has to say:


Trump has decided to just ignore science, again, and try to push through this by saying the CDC director was wrong and misspoke. For all we know Trump could be using a heat ray on him right now to get him to change his story.

So what does this all mean for me? Well, I for one will not be heading out to get a Trump-rushed vaccine anytime soon. At least not in 2020. I think I’ll wait to see what science has to say than a game show host. Trump has proved time and time again that his word is completely worthless and we need to be skeptical of everything that he says or does. It’s sad that it has come to this but here we are.


A Maine wedding has been linked to 7 deaths (of people who didn’t even attend the wedding) and at least 170 cases. I know, people just want to go back to normal, and there is tremendous peer pressure coming from Trump on down that it’s not really dangerous, but you are taking people’s lives into your selfish hands when you do just that.

Who would have thought that Texas was juking their covid stats? I’m sure Florida’s is on the up and up though.


Trump wanted to use a heat ray on protesters. Oh, it’s too early in the morning for this kind of shit. He’s moved into bond villain territory now:

William Barr wanted the mayor of Seattle arrested for allowing a police-free protest zone. Barr is far more than your usual Trump sycophant. He’s a tyrant himself. Barr is also comparing the lockdown to slavery. Because a forced lockdown in an attempt to save hundreds of thousands of lives is exactly the same as buying and selling human beings. These fucking people.


Do you think Susan Collins is concerned about this?


Oh and that Lindsey Graham poll.  I don’t want to get too excited about it because he’ll most likely pull through (I mean, it’s South Carolina), but the fact that he is sweaty right now about it fills me with some joy and I’ll take any of that I can get right now.


This is still really bleak:


From Reddit: An old church in France. There’s a debate in that thread and another reddit thread as to where this church is located and what the current state of it is. The two candidates are between Church of Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux in Caen and La chapelle du Domaine de Vic in Conques sur Obiel, Aude.


Not since keyboard cat have we seen such feline virtuosity:

Blue Moons and a Storrowing Happens: What I Learned Today – Wednesday, September 16

This week is a bit busy so forgive the smaller than usual posts.


Oooh, Halloween this year will be a rare blue moon.


Over 200,000 Americans have now died from Covid-19.


Trump had a town hall last night.  It did not go well. There are a million clips of it on twitter and YouTube, each more crazy than the last, but this is the one that I just can’t get over.  Trump is blaming Biden for not leading the country through the pandemic.  Let’s repeat that. The President of the United States, is blaming his opponent, a man who is currently NOT president, nor even in office in any capacity, for not passing any laws or leading the country during a pandemic when Trump is President. It’s like me blaming YOU for doing a shitty job on the material being posted to this blog. DO BETTER READER!


Scientific American has been around for 175 and has never endorsed a candidate for president.  Until now. They are endorsing Joe Biden.

 


A train a tad too high meets a bridge a tad too low and a storrowing occurs.

And “storrowing” is named after the memories of so many once healthy trucks that decided to take a jaunt on Boston’s Storrow Drive and became insta-convertibles.  Here’s one from yesterday:


Christine McConnell bought an old spooky Victorian house in New York without stepping foot in it, and just posted a video of her moving across country along with her first moments receiving  the key and stepping inside the assuredly haunted foyer.

Didn’t she have a Netflix show at some point? I remember watching the first episode and I forget why I didn’t watch more. (Just logged in, found it; The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, and added it to my Autumn watching list)

 

STFU Already JK Rowling and Baby’s First Waterfall – What I Learned Today – Tuesday, September 15

It’s Tuesday.  Let’s do this!

Just listen to Oscar the Grouch please.

Or Paul Rudd:


Maybe, just maybe, we should aspire to something a little higher in the leadership of our country  than having the former Fear Factor host, moderate a debate with the former Apprentice host.


Ummm, can we get a little more info on this story about ICE performing mass hysterectomies on detained women? This sounds like nazi level Dr. Mengele type of bad.


The GOP lost a bid to keep Green Party candidates on the ballot in Montana. I understand the sentiments of those liberals who vote Green Party, but your attempts to start a more liberal party have done nothing but create a more conservative United States.


The amount of stupidity packed into this 1 minute and 39 second clip is astounding and soul draining. And that also goes for the reporter who just parrots the covidiots’ QAnon talking points without interjecting the word “mistakenly” or “deluded” or “opposed to all available science” or “fucking crazy” at any time during the report.


JK Rowling has found the hill she wants to die on and it’s called Mt. Transphobia.


A baby seeing a waterfall for the first time and it’s a wonderful and pure moment:


I missed the 25th anniversary of the Windows 95 launch dance party. In case you have never seen it, this guy does an analysis of the video which is spot on:

What I Learned Today – Monday, September 14

Practically nothing. Not enough stuff today to put into Otherwise, but I did find out a few new things.  Hope everybody’s week has gotten off to a not too horrible start.


No masks, no social distancing, and an awkward race to be in a crowded arena to watch Trump go on and on about himself:

One doctor has called this rally, “negligent homicide”. Difficult to not agree with that considering what we know about how covid spreads now, especially indoors.

And Trump isn’t concerned that HE will get it during these rallies:


A recipe for flan pâtissier. I only allow myself to have dessert on the weekends. Last weekend were the half moons, (which turned out really well) and the week is young so I may not be in the mood for these come Saturday, but flan pâtissier is already a strong contender.