Right wing christian pastor accuses Democrats and Tom Hanks of pedophilia:
Right-wing pastor Greg Locke used his sermon today to allege that there are child-trafficking “tunnels” under the Capitol and White House and accuse Joe Biden, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks of being “a bunch of pedophiles.” pic.twitter.com/hYC864ir8a
A couple of thoughts on this. I know this is your basic garden variety QAnon-cult think insanity, but I never quite understood why Tom Hanks gets sprinkled into this equation. And do all preachers spouting the good book of Q have to pace around the stage like they just snorted half a bottle of adderall and need to walk it off?
Some really good news this morning for the mRNA vaccines:
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines set off a persistent immune reaction in the body that may protect against the coronavirus for years, scientists reported on Monday. https://t.co/WqobfRFqTF
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — As the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, Missouri is becoming a cautionary tale for the rest of the country: It is seeing an alarming rise in cases because of a combination of the fast-spreading delta variant and stubborn resistance among many people to getting vaccinated.
Intensive care beds are filling up with surprisingly young, unvaccinated patients, and staff members are getting burned out fighting a battle that was supposed to be in its final throes.
I have to admit, it gets a lot harder to have much empathy when you read stuff like this:
Frederick said some people in the heavily Republican state are resistant because they feel as if Democrats are pushing the vaccine.
Dying to own the libs. Good job.
I try not to post too many things about Trump these days because I’d rather not think about him ever again, but this story in the Washington Post about how he got covid, and the race to save his life using experimental meds that nobody really has access to, is just a wild read. I can’t believe the biggest punishment he has faced so far was being banned from Twitter:
According to this report, Trump nearly died, was saved by a rare, experimental drug that pretty much nobody else got access to, and rather than being humbled, he doubled-down on a reckless approach that continued to cause hundreds of thousands to die. https://t.co/iXFFEtbxMr
We’re not out of the woods with Covid yet and it’s mostly because of anti-vaxxers:
The transmission of the more contagious Delta variant in the U.S. could spur a fall surge in coronavirus infections if only 75 percent of the country’s eligible population is vaccinated, former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb said Sunday. https://t.co/fgKBkC0tr2
LOT OF GAETZ NEWS
*Sources say feds believe decision re charges against Gaetz could come early as July
*Feds interviewing more women
*New details re minor who later entered porn
*Lots of target letters & subpoenas@ABC ?@wsteaks? ?@KFaulders? https://t.co/VqnG2k2vva
The MyPillow guy runs away from an interview on the Daily Show:
A brief history of Satan:
Satan, the beast crunching sinners’ bones. Lucifer, the fallen angel. Mephistopheles, the trickster striking deals. These three divergent devils are all based on Satan of the Old Testament. But unlike any of these literary devils, the Satan of the Bible was a relatively minor character. So how did he become the ultimate antagonist, with so many different forms? Brian A. Pavlac investigates.
Kordan’s photographs, which are shot at dawn, golden hour, and under a star-illuminated sky, frame this unique growth pattern that leaves the trees’ gnarled wood underbelly exposed. Combined with the deep red sap that seeps from its trunk, this otherworldly feature ties the species to local lore. “According to legend, the first dragon blood tree was created from the blood of a dragon who was wounded in a battle with an elephant,” the photographer says.
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. Paul Gosar said rioter Ashli Babbitt was “executed” by a Capitol police officer, before voting against awarding Congressional Gold Medals to police officers who responded in the Jan. 6 attack https://t.co/nn8EelTEaC
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.
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.
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:
The partisan divide in States’ success in mass vaccination across the US is truly startling. #COVID19 is an equal-opportunity infector, but unused #vaccines can’t be equal-opportunity protectors.https://t.co/dzjxbQpBMY
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.
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:
A cop flipped over a pregnant woman’s car because she didn’t pull over quick enough.
Not only is what she did not wrong, it’s what you’re supposed to do: turning on hazards to indicate you’re complying and pulling over at the next safe place to do so…
GOP Rep Louie Gohmert, one of the many low wattage bulbs in Congress, has a solution to global warming:
ORBITS: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asks whether the Forest Service or the BLM can alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth in order to fight climate change during a House Natural Resources hearing pic.twitter.com/yYiOyi2cMZ