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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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Miscellany:

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


Categories: AI; Anthony Fauci; Artificial Intelligence; Autonomous vehicles; Cheese; Climate change; Covid-19; Heat Wave; Internet Explorer; Mehmet Oz; Melatonin; Microsoft; Physics; Russia; Sleep; Squid Game; Texas; Time crystals; Weather


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AI not sentient, elephants not persons, crayfish invasion, female update, Tom Hanks, sex starter kit, the usual drollery
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Published Tuesday, June 14, 2022 @ 4:00 PM EDT
Jun 14 2022

Things change
Things change.

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No, Google's AI is not sentient. Happy the elephant may be sentient, but a court says she's not a person. As one of the X-Men once remarked, "Stinks to be sentient, sometimes, don't it?"

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Cloned crayfish accidentally created in an aquarium are conquering the world. Let's just hope the marbled crayfish never sets its sights on humanity. If they do, we may never be able to stop them.

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How zoology got female animals all wrong. Female animals are just as promiscuous, competitive, aggressive and dynamic as their male counterparts and play an equal role in driving evolutionary change...

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Tom Hanks explains it all.

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Tom might have problems explaining this: Mother and teenage son create 'first time sex starter kit'.

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Dr. Oz says he'll fight to end illegal immigration. A business owned by his family, in which he is a shareholder, faced the largest fine in ICE history for hiring unauthorized workers.

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Coffee brands with the worst ingredients. As long as they have caffeine, I'm ok.

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A three-hour long solar flare erupted from the sun. Impressive video; fortunately, it only caused isolated radio blackouts.

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Wingnuts helpfully threaten to kill police after arrests of neo-Nazis who planned pride event riot.

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Over 100m Americans urged to stay indoors over extreme heat and humidity. Heat wave expected to settle over states from Gulf coast to Great Lakes and east to Carolinas with 100°F temperatures in some cities.

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No, Marjorie Taylor Greene, transgender people aren't causing the tampon shortage. ...the real issue can be traced back to an increase in the cost of cotton and plastic used to produce tampons. These materials, also used for masks and other medical supplies, have been in particularly high demand since the pandemic. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has added another challenging layer to the problem, as both countries are key exporters of the materials.

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Miscellany:

Birthdays:

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On this date in:

  • 1775 - American Revolutionary War: the Continental Army was established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of the United States Armed Forces.
  • 1777 - The Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Act of 1777 adopting the Stars and Stripes as the Flag of the United States.
  • 1822 - Charles Babbage proposed a difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • 1900 - Hawaii became a United States territory.
  • 1949 - Albert II, a rhesus monkey, rode a V-2 rocket to an altitude of 134 km (83 mi), thereby becoming the first mammal and first monkey in space.
  • 1951 - UNIVAC I was dedicated by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • 1954 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law that placed the words "under God" into the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
  • 1959 - Disneyland Monorail System, the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, opens to the public in Anaheim, California.

Today is:

Army's Birthday, Call Your Doctor Day, Family History Day, Flag Day, International Bath Day, National Bourbon Day, National Strawberry Shortcake Day, Observed annually on June 14th, Own Your Share of America Day, Pause for the Pledge Day, Pop Goes The Weasel Day, World Blood Donor Day, and World Pet Memorial Day

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Comments, tweets and observations:

If you don't think Donald Trump will end up in prison, remember, nobody thought he would end up in the White House either.
-Middle Age Riot

If Trump was arrested, and led away in cuffs, and it was televised by the US Gov't., live on Pay Per View, it's possible we could eliminate the National Debt.
-Duty to Warn


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Google AI becomes sentient; heat wave; January 6; $5 million car sex; 'Florida man' returns
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Published Monday, June 13, 2022 @ 4:29 PM EDT
Jun 13 2022

Irony

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The Google engineer who thinks the company's AI has come to life. AI ethicists warned Google not to impersonate humans. Now one of Google's own thinks there's a ghost in the machine. The chorus of technologists who believe AI models may not be far off from achieving consciousness is getting bolder.

More: LaMDA: Google's breakthrough conversation technology.

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Over 235 million people set to experience temperatures 90 degrees or hotter this week.

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Barr says Trump was 'detached from reality'. No kidding.

Also: Bill Barr cracks up during January 6 testimony while dismantling Dinesh D'Souza's 'indefensible' big lie documentary 2,000 Mules.

Also: An 'inebriated' Giuliani urged Trump to falsely claim victory on election night. Former Trump attorney Jason Miller testifies that Giuliani who was advising Trump on election night was 'definitely intoxicated.'

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Court: Geico must pay $5.2 million to Missouri woman who got STD from sex in car. An arbitrator's decision in favor of the woman was affirmed by the Jackson County Court, and upheld by three judges with the Missouri Court of Appeals.

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Ohio Gov. DeWine says he'll sign a bill arming teachers after 24 hours of training. The new law dramatically reduces the amount of training a teacher must undergo before they can carry a gun in a school safety zone. Instead of more than 700 hours of training that's currently required, school staff who want to be armed would get training that "shall not exceed" 24 hours, House Bill 99 states.

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Diseases suppressed during Covid are coming back in new and peculiar ways. Health experts say Covid-19 restrictions could have reduced exposure and lowered immunity to infectious diseases, making society more vulnerable to new outbreaks.

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Texas police want Uvalde bodycam footage suppressed because it could expose law enforcement 'weakness'. Too late, fellas.

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The forthcoming bipartisan agreement could be the first new gun control laws enacted in decades. But it focuses primarily on mental health and school security interventions, rather than meaningfully restricting access to firearms.

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The end of the Millennial lifestyle subsidy. Start-ups are starting to want to make profits.

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A Florida man was bitten by an alligator after apparently mistaking it for a dog in the middle of the night.

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Miscellany:

Birthdays:

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On this date in:

  • 1854 - Anthony Faas patented the first US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound.
  • 1966 - The United States Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their Fifth Amendment rights before questioning them (colloquially known as "Mirandizing").
  • 1971 - Vietnam War: The New York Times began publication of the Pentagon Papers.
  • 1983 - Pioneer 10 became the first man-made object to leave the central Solar System when it passed beyond the orbit of Neptune.
  • 1997 - A jury sentenced Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombingOklahoma City bombing.

Today is:

National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, Random Acts of Light Day, Sewing Machine Day, Weed Your Garden Day, and World Softball Day.

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Comments and observations:

When ovaries are more regulated than assault weapons, that's when you know it's a war on women.
-Andrea Junker

Idolizing a politician is like believing the stripper likes you.
-Adam Carolla

Lauren Boebert "praying" for President Biden's death at a "Christian" event is just the latest and perhaps most despicable example that this person never should have been handed a microphone by voters.
-Stephen Beschloss

True, "no sitting or former president has ever been put on trial." But so what? Not even Nixon matched Trump's crimes, and Nixon would've been put on trial but for the pardon he got from Ford. Failing to try Trump for his crimes would mean anything goes.
-Laurence Tribe


Categories: Artificial Intelligence; Climate change; Florida Man; Geico; Google; Gun laws; Guns; Heat Wave; January 6


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