Italian Space Lasers – What I Learned Today – Wednesday, June 16th

A man who has been charged for his involvement with the January 6th insurrection has decided to enter politics and run for a state seat. He is interviewed about his candidacy where he finds out  mid-interview that he is running for the wrong seat:

It’s a bit tricky trying to decide which GQP congressperson is the most despicable these days. Rep. Paul Gosar, who is even hated by his own family, makes a strong move to take the lead:

Rep. Jim Jordan, an odious puddle of sludge that somebody squeegeed into a dress shirt and put on a congressional committee, is upset that the Dept of Justice didn’t listen to Trump’s theory that Italian space lasers altered the votes to give Biden the win.

Headline of the day:
Virtually all hospitalized Covid patients have one thing in common: They’re unvaccinated

I don’t use or have TikTok. I’ve been weening myself off of most social media platforms because they are so terrible at just about everything. For example:

TikTok just gave itself permission to collect biometric data on US users, including ‘faceprints and voiceprints’

A change to TikTok’s U.S. privacy policy on Wednesday introduced a new section that says the social video app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its users’ content. This includes things like “faceprints and voiceprints,” the policy explained. Reached for comment, TikTok could not confirm what product developments necessitated the addition of biometric data to its list of disclosures about the information it automatically collects from users, but said it would ask for consent in the case such data collection practices began.

The biometric data collection details were introduced in the newly added section, “Image and Audio Information,” found under the heading of “Information we collect automatically” in the policy.


Partisan Vaccines and a 600 Year Old Cello – What I Learned Today – Friday, June 11th

States that Biden won have the highest vaccination rates. This is quite the graph if you want to see how divided the US is currently:

I just can’t believe that a life saving vaccine is a political issue.

Businesses with worker shortages are finding that if you pay people more money, you actually get people who want to work for you.

The owners of Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor had hit a wall.

For months, the 98-year-old confectionary in Pittsburgh couldn’t find applicants for the open positions it needed to fill ahead of warmer weather and, hopefully, sunnier times for the business after a rough year.

The job posting for scoopers — $7.25 an hour plus tips — did not produce a single application between January and March.

So owner Jacob Hanchar decided to more than double the starting wage to $15 an hour, plus tips, “just to see what would happen.”

The shop was suddenly flooded with applications. More than 1,000 piled in over the course of a week.

The Amati “King” cello, made in the mid-16th century, is the oldest known cello in existence. And it’s beautiful:

And why yes, there is a sample of what it sounds like:

Speaking of cellos, Yo-Yo Ma answers some questions about cellos and cellists.

Human Magnets and Changing the Moon’s Orbit – What I Learned Today – Thursday, June 10th

A pregnant woman is being pulled over by a cop. She gets into the right lane, puts on her hazard lights while looking for a safe place to pull over.  The cop decides she poses a threat and decides to flip her car over. The police in this country is broken:

GOP Rep Louie Gohmert, one of the many low wattage bulbs in Congress, has a solution to global warming:

An anti-vaxxer nurse attempts to prove she is now a magnet:

This reminds me of the time a person declared himself to be magnetic which did little to impress James Randi who used some baby powder to disprove his magnetic powers.

A Rube Goldberg squirrel feeder:

Joints for Vaxx – What I Learned Today – Wednesday, June 9th

Washington State is  giving out marijuana to people who get vaccinated. Lt. Governor of PA, John Fetterman, brings up a good point:

Merrick Garland and the Dept of Justice, thinks that it is perfectly fine for religious schools to have an exemption from anti-LGBTQ discrimination laws.  At this point I’m not sure why McConnell blocked Garland from the Supreme Court considering what a disappointment he has been for us liberals this week alone.

French president Emmanuel Macron got slapped while greeting a small crowd yesterday:

A man has invented a contraption that sees when something is in front of you. Finally.

This testimony by an anti-vaxxer…..

A City of Scarecrows – What I Learned Today – Tuesday, June 8th

We haven’t done one of these in a long time.  Let’s see how long I can do it again before getting bored or busy with non-internet life.

The ultra-wealthy, who could easily pay a much larger percentage of their taxes without even noticing, are barely taxed.

In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world’s richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes. He achieved the feat again in 2011. In 2018, Tesla founder Elon Musk, the second-richest person in the world, also paid no federal income taxes.

Michael Bloomberg managed to do the same in recent years. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn did it twice. George Soros paid no federal income tax three years in a row.

Wait, wut is this shit?

Twitter has finally banned Naomi Wolf for being an anti-vaxx kook

There is a Japanese town inhabited by scarecrows: