Friday Cat Blogging

Ok, so it’s not Friday but if facts don’t matter to the President, then what does it matter?

Lola is doing well. We’ve had her now for about 6 months. She’s gone from a tiny little 2lb kitten to a 9lb explorer who won’t let me practice the cello because the bow is too damn tempting for her not to attack.

Trump is a Proud Liar

Trump is a proud ignoramus who just says whatever it is he feels like saying at that particular moment no matter how far it is from the truth. This is just one of the few moments where he actually has admitted to it. What a shameful excuse of a human being:

The president’s tweet came after a Washington Post report Wednesday night that Trump said in a fundraising speech that he made up facts about U.S. trade with Canada during a meeting with Trudeau.

In recounting the conversation with the Canadian premier, Trump said that he pushed back on Trudeau’s claim that the U.S. did not run a trade deficit with Canada.

“I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. … I had no idea,” Trump reportedly said.

According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. actually has a trade surplus with Canada. Data by Statistics Canada, however, shows that Canada has a trade surplus with the U.S.

Teacher accidentally fires gun in California class, 3 hurt

And another reason why bringing guns into a school is such a dipshit idea. Accidental shootings happen all the time. We don’t need to add more guns anywhere.

SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) — A teacher in Northern California accidentally fired his gun inside a classroom, injuring three students, police said.

Dennis Alexander, who is also a reserve police officer, was pointing the gun at the ceiling to make sure it was not loaded when the weapon discharged Tuesday inside his classroom at Seaside High School in the coastal community of Seaside, KSBW-TV reported .

The Seaside Police Department said no one suffered “serious injuries.” One 17-year-old boy sustained moderate injuries when bullet fragments lodged in his neck, the student’s father, Fermin Gonzales, told KSBW.

“It’s the craziest thing. It could have been very bad,” Gonzales said.

Alexander was teaching a gun safety lesson for his administration of justice and was about to show the students how to disarm someone, Gonzales said.

Gonzales said no officials contacted parents to let them know what happened and that he was shocked when his son returned home with blood on his shirt and bullet fragments in his neck. He rushed his son to a hospital for X-rays.

RIP Stephen Hawking

From The Guardian’s obituary (which is really good):

Those who live in the shadow of death are often those who live most. For Hawking, the early diagnosis of his terminal disease, and witnessing the death from leukaemia of a boy he knew in hospital, ignited a fresh sense of purpose. “Although there was a cloud hanging over my future, I found, to my surprise, that I was enjoying life in the present more than before. I began to make progress with my research,” he once said. Embarking on his career in earnest, he declared: “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”

He began to use crutches in the 1960s, but long fought the use of a wheelchair. When he finally relented, he became notorious for his wild driving along the streets of Cambridge, not to mention the intentional running over of students’ toes and the occasional spin on the dance floor at college parties.
The life of Stephen Hawking – in pictures

Hawking’s first major breakthrough came in 1970, when he and Roger Penrose applied the mathematics of black holes to the universe and showed that a singularity, a region of infinite curvature in spacetime, lay in our distant past: the point from which came the big bang.

New C.I.A. Deputy Director, Gina Haspel, Had Leading Role in Torture

From the NY Times:

Ms. Haspel, who has spent most of her career undercover, would certainly fall within Mr. Pompeo’s description. She played a direct role in the C.I.A.’s “extraordinary rendition program,” under which captured militants were handed to foreign governments and held at secret facilities, where they were tortured by agency personnel.

There’s Always a Tweet. Always.