The best laid plans...
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Published Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 1:50 PM EDT
Jul 11 2022

We'll be delayed for another week or so due to a plethora of items beyond our control.

"Stinks to be sentient, sometimes, don't it?"
-(From the comic X-Men)


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Same old same old...
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Published Tuesday, July 05, 2022 @ 4:56 PM EDT
Jul 05 2022

Celebrating independence and the Second Amendment

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Fourth of July weekend marred by violent shootings across U.S.

Doctor describes 'wartime injuries' seen on victims of Highland Park, Illinois, shooting. ...the state of some of the victims' bodies is "unspeakable for the average person."

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New January 6 Trump documentary footage revealed. And it ain't pretty.

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Another reason to get a VPN: Texts, web searches about abortion have been used to prosecute women. The data privacy risks associated with abortion aren't hypothetical. Cases in Mississippi and Indiana could preview how digital evidence could be used post-Roe.

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Remember RadioShack? It's now a crypto company with wild tweets. RadioShack is no longer the electronics store Americans ran to for generations, but rather an online cryptocurrency company that also happens to sell batteries.

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Tearful WWII vet says on his 100th birthday that current state of America is 'not what they died for'.

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DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state. Universities may lose funding if staff and students' beliefs do not satisfy Florida's GOP-run legislature.

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Mitch McConnell says the labor shortage will be solved when people run out of stimulus money because Americans are 'flush for the moment'. "What we've got to hope is once they run out of money, they'll start concluding it's better to work than not to work."

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The omicron subvariant now dominating the U.S. is 'the worst version of the virus that we’ve seen'. The jury is still out on whether current vaccines hold up against BA.5. But given that vaccines were 15% less effective against Omicron than they were against the Delta variant, even with a booster, "it would not be at all surprising to me to see further decline of protection against hospitalizations and deaths"...

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Car quality is slipping: These are the brands with the most and least complaints.

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The Supreme Court's EPA decision is one more win for Charles Koch's dystopian America. "The year is 2022. A virus rages across the planet. Digital money has collapsed. Infants have nothing to eat. Women are forced to breed. Men are ready to die for gasoline..."

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A crisis historian has some bad news for us. Adam Tooze, a historian of economic disaster, sees a combination of worrisome signs.

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TikToker says Walgreens employee refused to refill her birth control prescription. 'The Handmaid's Tale was meant to be fiction not a manual.'

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Subway is redesigning its menu. Get a free sandwich on Tuesday, July 12.

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Miscellany:

Birthdays:

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Today is:

Bikini Day, Mechanical Pencil Day, National Apple Turnover Day, National Graham Cracker Day, and National Workaholics Day.

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Comments, tweets and observations:

I don't know which is less surprising, the white shooter being a Trump supporter, or the white shooter being taken alive.
-Middle Age Riot


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A slight delay...
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Published Saturday, June 25, 2022 @ 10:58 AM EDT
Jun 25 2022

Some important and can't be delayed maintenance items have arisen, so we're extending our "vacation." We'll be back on Tuesday, July 5.


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Jan. 6, Covid "mass deterioration event", global heating, arctic melting, drought, fire rainbows, pricey eggs
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Published Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 3:50 PM EDT
Jun 16 2022

Republicans

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We're off next week and will return on Monday, June 27.

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The latest on the January 6 hearings. I'm old enough to have watched the Watergate hearings live. While interesting, I'm waiting for the Alexander Butterfield moment.

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The leader of Trump's favorite 2020 election "audit" may be disbarred after courtroom meltdown.

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Long COVID could be a 'mass deterioration event.' A tidal wave of chronic illness could leave millions of people incrementally worse off.

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As if things aren't bad enough now, New data reveals extraordinary global heating in the Arctic. Temperatures in the Barents Sea region are 'off the scale' and may affect extreme weather in the US and Europe.

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Formula production at Abbott's Michigan plant delayed after flooding from severe storms. The shortage will continue...

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Bill Gates says crypto and NFTs are a sham. Who am I to disagree?

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New study finds catnip protects cats from mosquitoes. When cats chew and rub against the leaves, the plant releases a compound that repels insects like mosquitoes.

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'Moment of reckoning:' Federal official warns of Colorado River water supply cuts. "We are 150 feet from 25 million Americans losing access to the Colorado River, and the rate of decline is accelerating."

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Florida woman spots 'fire rainbow' in the sky.

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A 67-year-old who 'un-retired' shares the biggest retirement challenge 'that no one talks about'. Sing it, brother.

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Why Disney passed on Tim Allen in 'Lightyear': He's 'dumber' not 'castrated'. "Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear the toy," "Lightyear" producer Galyn Susman stated, according to Yahoo. "We weren't making a 'Toy Story' movie. We're making Buzz Lightyear's movie."

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Mars Perseverance rover adopts pet rock. (Video)

Record-Breaking Voyager spacecraft begin to power down. The pioneering probes are still running after nearly 45 years in space, but they will soon lose some of their instruments.

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City of Langley dedicates trash can to Conan O'Brien.

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Why eggs cost 30% more than last year.

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Birthdays:

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On this date in:

Today is:

Bloomsday, Corpus Christi, Fresh Veggies Day, International Day of the African Child, Ladies' Initiated in Baseball Day, National Career Nursing Assistants' Day, National Dump the Pump Day, National Fudge Day, National Vinegar Day, No Orange Clothes Day, Recess at Work Day, Wish Fulfillment Day, and World Sea Turtle Day.

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Comments, tweets and observations:

The best thing Trump ever did was make it obvious which of your Facebook friends would've signed on as a prison guard at a concentration camp.
-Liam Nissan™

If you're the kind of person who takes their sick child to the doctor instead of the village idiot, listen to Dr. Fauci instead of Rand Paul.
-Middle Age Riot

The only thing scarier than Mike Pence saving democracy is Dan Quayle instructing Mike Pence on saving democracy.
-John Fugelsang


Categories: Baby formula; Bill Gates; Buzz Lightyear; Cats; Climate change; Conan O'Brien; Covid-19; Cryptocurrency; Donald Trump; Drought; Florida Woman; Inflation; January 6; NASA; NFTs; Rainbows; Retirement; Tim Allen


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Fauci has Covid, Yellowstone is flooded, heat wave kills, alligators are mating, it's not really cheese, you know...
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Published Wednesday, June 15, 2022 @ 3:36 PM EDT
Jun 15 2022

Incoming!

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Fauci tests positive for Covid-19. Fauci, 81, has mild symptoms and has been boosted twice

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US report: nearly 400 crashes of automated tech vehicles from last July to May 15. It would be interesting to see how many "human" crashes occurred during the same time period.

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Flooding closes Yellowstone, in a sign of crises to come. Record rainfall and mudslides forced closures just as tourism season ramped up. Virtually none of America’s national parks are untouched by extreme weather and climate change.

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WATCH: Florida woman records giant alligator's mating call in Apopka. Yep, it's Florida.

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Sleeping on your side can literally clean your brain. Personal experience: move the dog first.

Also: Americans take way too much melatonin.

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Four cheese brands to avoid right now, including Kraft Singles, which technically isn't cheese but a "pasteurized prepared cheese product".

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Russia is 'hemorrhaging' millionaires. As Western sanctions make life harder for its elite, Russia is predicted to suffer a net loss of around 15,000 high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) - defined as people with more than $1 million in assets - in 2022, compared to 5,500 in 2019, according to the report. That equates to about 15% of Russia's millionaire population.

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Physicists link two time crystals in seemingly impossible experiment. What could go wrong?

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Extreme heat is bad for everyone's health -- and it's getting worse. Of all the natural disasters, heat is the No. 1 killer, studies show. And as temperatures continue to rise because of the climate crisis, scientists expect it to make even more people ill.

Also: Remember how renewables were blamed for the Texas winter power crisis? Now, wind and solar power are 'bailing out' Texas amid record heat and energy demand.

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Dr. Oz and his sisters are embroiled in a multi-million-dollar inheritance battle in the US and Turkey.

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'Squid Game' reality series coming to Netflix with biggest cash prize in TV history. The streaming home to the hit survival drama announced 'Squid Game: The Challenge,' with 456 players in real-life competition in a series of games for a record-setting $4.56 million purse.

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So long, Internet Explorer. The browser retires today. And good riddance.

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Plants appear to be breaking biochemistry rules by making 'secret decisions'. "We found that plants control their respiration in a way we did not expect, they control how much of the carbon from photosynthesis they keep to build biomass by using a metabolic channel."

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Miscellany:

Birthdays:

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On this date in:

  • 1844 - Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.
  • 1864 - Arlington National Cemetery is established
  • 1878 - Eadweard Muybridge takes a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study becomes the basis of motion pictures.
  • 1916 - United States President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.
  • 1969 - "Hee Haw" with Roy Clark & Buck Owens premieres on CBS TV. (Video)
  • 1991 - In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, killing over 800 people.

Today is:

Fly a Kite Day, Global Wind Day, Justice for Janitors Day, Magna Carta Day, National Electricity Day, National Kiss a Wookiee Day, National Lobster Day, National Megalodon Day, National Smile Power Day, Native American Citizenship Day, Nature Photography Day, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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Comments, tweets and observations:

Millions of Seniors move to Florida for the climate, and then stay indoors all day with A/C to avoid the climate.
-John Fugelsang

Republicans who accepted NRA money to keep gun laws from being passed now want taxpayer money to keep Republicans from being shot.
-Middle Age Riot

I also didn't win the 2020 presidential election. $250 million, please!
-Stephen Colbert

Today was President Trump's 76th birthday. Pretty impressive. 76, and he can still get an insurrection.
-Seth Meyers


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