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:

The Hill We Climb and Q Falls Off a Cliff- What I Learned Today – Thursday, January 21

I watched most of the coverage of yesterday’s inauguration. I think a lot of us who were sick to our stomachs about everything that happened in the last four years needed some catharsis. I won’t rehash much of it here today but I did want to highlight Amanda Gorman’s amazing moment when she recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb”:

And if you want to know a little more about her, here are 10 quick tidbits.

Now, onto the business of putting actual adults in charge of the country.

Biden has already reversed several of Trump’s Executive Orders including the ones where Trump took us out of the Paris Accords, WHO, putting a stop to the silly border wall, and the xenophobic travel ban.

Biden will also be reversing the ban on trans people serving in the military:

The new administration certainly has a lot of pieces to put back together:

So remember when Trump and his merry band of liars would parade big binders around and claim that this was the plan, and SOME of us would just assume that they were nothing short of props with nothing in them but empty paper?  Well:

The sad people who followed the QAnon idiocy had a very bad day yesterday when they found out that, no, Donald Trump had not been working with them to uncover a satanic pedophile cannibalistic deep state cabal run by the Clintons and the Obamas in underground pizza caves:

But as noon arrived, and a grinning Biden placed his hand on a Bible to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, reality came crashing down.

“I can’t stop crying. Fuck. Why?” one person pleaded. “It’s over,” another conceded. Some wondered how they could possibly mend their broken relationships with the loved ones they’d pushed away over their obsessions with Q.

Like a flipped switch, the attitude inside online QAnon communities shifted from glee to shock and misery: “NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENED!!!”; “So now we have proof Q was total bullshit”; “I feel sick, disgusted and disappointed”; “Have we been duped???”; “You played us all”; “HOW COULD WE BELIEVE THIS FOR SO LONG? ARE WE ALL IDIOTS?”


Joe Exotic has jumped from the Trump train:

Netflix is adding a shuffle play button soon. Honestly, I love this idea even though I probably won’t ever use it considering how deep my list is already. But every streaming service should have it for those days you just want to give a chance to randomness.

Remember when…

8 More Days and Scandinavian Crime Dramas – What I Learned Today – Tuesday, January 12

Eight more days to go before Trump is out of office. I’m so exhausted from the amount of attention he requires. Even in the waning days of his presidency, during a time when most presidents are preparing to leave, wrapping up their terms, he still needs to make everything about himself by sending his followers to murder his vice president and any Democrats they could find.  Not having to wonder what kind of disastrous fuck up your president has created every other day is going to be such a mental break. Not that I expect Trump to just slip off to a golf club and never be heard from again.  He’ll try to stir up shit. But without the power of being in the Oval Office, and without his Twitter megaphone, he won’t be as effective.

But he can still cause a lot of damage in the next week. Hopefully what happened at the Capitol has scared off most of his enablers. He has psychologically abused this country now for four years with his gaslighting and tantrums. Next Wednesday can’t come quick enough.

There’s really something about Trump’s personality that is adored by the worst fucking people in the world:

Susan Collins is really not that bright is she?

The Capitol insurrection also was an opportunity for the anti-maskers in the GOP to infect their colleagues:

Democratic Rep. Lou Correa is yelled at by members of Trump’s cult in Dulles airport.  Several of them are also not wearing masks:

I don’t know where to begin with this:

Every single Scandinavian crime drama:

Things fitting perfectly in other things is the oddly satisfying video of the year so far.