Pranking a Scammer and Flowing Sheep: What I Learned Today – Monday, June 28

Right wing christian pastor accuses Democrats and Tom Hanks of pedophilia:

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:

A fan with a sign caused a huge crash which took out most of the Tour de France riders:

The organizers are vowing to sue the signholder.

A news anchor pranks a scammer:

Time-lapse drone footage of sheep herding doesn’t sound very compelling but the video of it begs to differ.

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Living in a Prius – What I Learned Today – Friday, June 25

Oh, Rudy….

Covid-19 is raging through the unvaccinated in Missouri:

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:

This woman has converted her Toyota Prius to a camper and lives in it while traveling across the country:

The Gas Scam and Delta Brand Covid: What I Learned Today – Tuesday, June 22

We’re not out of the woods with Covid yet and it’s mostly because of anti-vaxxers:

I could watch Jen Psaki swat down gotcha questions all day:

Trump wanted the Dept of Justice to make SNL stop hurting his feelings:

The Honest Guide takes a look at a common scam that happens frequently in Europe:

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Dragon Blood Trees and Satan’s Promotion: What I Learned Today – Friday, June 18th

Lisbon is the latest city to go back into lockdown because of the new variant of Covid-19.  It’s not over yet folks. Get vaccinated!:

What is taking so long though????

Juneteenth is now a federal holiday. But there is some confusion as to when it actually starts?

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.

These photos of dragon blood trees are phenomenal. And I had never even heard of a dragon blood tree until today:

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.

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: