Best Part of Waking Up…

It’s been another shitty week, so I’m going to make it a kitty week. So here’s some cats, relaxing. Enjoy!

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: Pumpkin Spite Edition

1) Current mood:

2) This is your weekly reminder that #FacebookIsTrash.

3) Thought for the Week: The light at the end of the tunnel… is just the headlight of an oncoming train.

4) Last Sunday, one of my coworkers said she was just about ready to walk off the job. Why? Well, it seems that her closer called in that day, which isn’t unusual for her. So, apparently when she got the news, she reacted in an over the top, but sarcastic, manner. It was a joke. Her reaction was a joke. But one of the managers–KB–saw it and dragged her into the office. Why? According to him, she was “screaming” in front of the members, which absolutely wasn’t true. However, her closer? She’s gotten a counseling notice, but that’s all. Now, who should be the one getting an earful from management: the person who has a sarcastic reaction to getting screwed over yet again or the one who hasn’t made her ninety days and keeps calling in constantly? Because I think the answer is obvious.

5) I visited my local Walmart on Wednesday and I literally have no idea as to why. The shelves are still bare, one of the items I needed to get for Prime was out, and the FSA items I purchased couldn’t go on the FSA card. Even worse? One of the FSA items had a coupon for $3 off but the register wouldn’t accept said coupon. I have no idea why I keep going to Walmart to buy anything; it’s not worth the hassle. I’m thinking next time I need something, I’m going to check Meijer first. I might be pleasantly surprised if I do.

6) My Costco finally got masks. There’s a limit of two, so I went ahead and got the limit. I have no idea how long they’ll last; people have been requesting them a lot lately.

7) The Brewers’ magic number is still two. Also, I hate the dirty red birds known as the St. Louis Cardinals. For reasons.

With that said, I’ll pause for now. But stop by again next week for more random thoughts. So until next time, stay safe, have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

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Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 38

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s another edition of Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something to share, drop a link over in the comments!

Peter Thiel’s Origin Story (from The Intelligencer): “In 2019, while on a trip to Washington to answer questions from Congress about his digital currency, Thiel joined Zuckerberg, Jared Kushner, Trump, and their spouses at the White House. The specifics of the discussion were secret — but, as I report in my book, Thiel later told a confidant that Zuckerberg came to an understanding with Kushner during the meal. Facebook, he promised, would continue to avoid fact-checking po­litical speech — thus allowing the Trump campaign to claim whatever it wanted. If the company followed through on that promise, the Trump administra­tion would lay off on any heavy-handed regulations.”

Facebook forced troll farm content on over 40% of all Americans each month (from Ars Technica): “What’s more, the troll farms were able to slip their content into Instant Articles and Ad Breaks, two Facebook programs that give partners a cut from sales of advertisements that run alongside page content. “In Instant Articles, there was a period when perhaps as much as 60% of Instant article reads were taking place on scraped content, which is the Troll Farms article writing method of choice,” Allen said. Facebook had been inadvertently paying the troll farms.”

Misophonia: When Life’s Noises Drive You Mad (from NPR): “Misophonia got its name just a few years ago, and it is not officially listed as a diagnosis in any medical manuals. Many doctors have never heard of it, and if patients do mention their symptoms, they are sometimes dismissed or diagnosed with a mood disorder.”

‘I regret having children’ (from Maclean’s): “Unsurprisingly, women who express regret are called selfish, unnatural, abusive “bad moms” or believed to “exemplify the ‘whining’ culture we allegedly live in,” as Donath puts it. One commenter called Dutton “an utterly miserable, cold-hearted and selfish woman.” Even Donath has been savaged for her research: one critic suggested she be burned alive.”

Sir Walter Raleigh’s Colony Vanished Over 400 Years Ago. Scientists Are Still Looking (from NPR): “It’s one of the nation’s great mysteries: The first permanent colony of English settlers in what would become the U.S., founded in North Carolina in 1587 by Sir Walter Raleigh, disappeared three years later with virtually no trace.

Now, archaeologists hope a new search for the Lost Colony will unearth clues about what happened to 117 men, women and children who vanished and were never seen again.”

‘I need help’: Michigan health official troubled after almost being run off the road by anti-maskers (from Raw Story): “In his Aug. 22 email to commissioners, in which the health officer provides extensive data supporting the county’s school mask requirement, London paints a dark picture of the abuse he has faced, from people “accusing me of being a deep state agent of liberal-progressive socialist powers that are working to undo the America they love (paraphrased minus expletives)” to others calling him a “child-abusing monster.””

Dog collar or slave collar? A Dutch museum interrogates a brutal past. (from National Geographic): “From the 17th to the 19th centuries, Dutch traders sold more than 600,000 Africans to buyers in North and South America and enslaved and sold between 660,000 and 1.1 million people from Asian territories.”

Here’s Why Firefighters Are Wrapping Sequoia Trees In Aluminum Blankets (from NPR): “General Sherman looms over the north end of Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. Firefighters and park officials have been on alert in recent days, as the KNP Complex Fire has neared the area.

Intent on saving General Sherman and other high-priority trees, firefighters wrapped sequoias in aluminum-based blankets, sheathing the trees’ foot-thick bark with a synthetic material to help them survive.”

That’s all for today. But don’t fret. I’ll be back again, same bot time, same bot channel, with other tidbits and factoids you’ll want to digest. Until then, have a great rest of your week, stay safe and I’ll see you soon!

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Dumb Bunnies

So this is A Thing That Is Actually Happening: Disneyland makes Toontown ride ‘more relevant’ with Jessica Rabbit as central character. You are reading that correctly. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is getting an update and we’re getting Jessica as a private investigator.

bUt tHE tReNcHCoAt iS bAGgY!! 🙄

““Jessica Rabbit has determined it is past time for her to throw her fedora in the ring by starting her own private investigation service,” according to the new Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin backstory. “Watch out weasels, your reign of terror is over.””

Now, if you’ve actually ever watched the movie–and paid some damn attention!–you’d know that this is pretty much in line with Jessica’s character. In the third act of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jessica was the one risking her safety to both try and protect her husband and clear his name. While in Toontown, she was the one who saved Eddie Valiant’s life. She’s a helluva lot more than a simple damsel in distress and Disney is trying to reflect that.

But that hasn’t stopped the assmad “fans” from throwing multiple tantrums.

There are people on Twitter claiming that “Disney doesn’t understand her character”–funny, as SHE’S DISNEY’S CHARACTER–or that the “PC police” have struck or her trenchcoat is “baggy”.

Let’s be totally blunt here: this all boils down to “bOoBiEs gO jIgGLe” in these people’s minds. That’s it. They never saw Jessica as an actual character. To them, she was merely eye candy, put there for their titillation. Her character can’t change because to them, she has none.

Would these same “fans” complain about Mickey Mouse’s character radically “changing” because he’s not steering a steamboat? I mean, Mickey has changed jobs and appearances multiple times, but we don’t hear a lot of complaints about it.

Characters are not static. They can and do change. It’s true for every franchise and property. Don’t believe me? Compare G1 Bumblebee to 2007’s take on the character. There are differences and some fairly major ones. But at the core, it’s still Bumblebee either way!

Characters change. They get updates. It happens. What worked thirty years ago might not necessarily work today. The recent changes to this Disneyland attraction is a reflection of that. The original concept has been updated because things change. That’s a fact of life. And if a property can’t change, then the chances are very high that it will be left by the wayside.

There’s been a long enough drought when it comes to Roger Rabbit anything. I’m fine–hell, I’m better than fine!–with this. But then again, I always saw Jessica as more than a pretty face, so that might be part of it.

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Thoughts on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (Warning! Spoilers!)

Whoever thought of this was a freaking GENIUS. ❤

Netflix has just started airing their new animated He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series and Prime and I caught a few episodes. As always, I have a few thoughts on the series, so I’ll post them.

A word of caution: this post will contain spoilers. If you’d rather not know, then don’t read past this point. Everyone else? Let’s do this thing!

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Cat Break

For a day off, today sucked. So we’re just going to have a cat video. Because fuck everything.

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The opening to Automan. This aired in 1983 and looks like something I would absolutely watch, but I can’t say that I did. I have zero memories of this.

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Fail Blog

It’s been another shitty week, so let’s make it a kitty week. So here are some cats, failing over. Enjoy!

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: Mas Tequila, Por Favor Edition

1) Current mood:

¡Hola! ¡It’s ya gurl, estúpido!

2) This is your weekly reminder that #FacebookIsTrash.

3) Thought for the Week: If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?

4) It’s already gotten too cool to sit in the break room without a jacket. So it looks like I’m going to have to start carrying one with me from now until next spring. It’s nothing I haven’t done before, but I don’t like leaving things like that in the break room for extended periods. I ended up losing a damn Brewers hoodie because of that and I’m still pissed off about it. No, I can’t trust people because the moment I do, this kind of bullshit happens.

5) Last night, Prime and I went out to dinner. Our local Mexican restaurant was doing a 2-for-1 margarita special. I had two: one frozen strawberry and one lime on the rocks. It seems that two medium margaritas are my limit. Also, I happen to be a happy, but very philosophical, drunk. I think I may have solved most of society’s problems just by having a couple of margaritas.

6) We’re possibly getting masks back in next week. A lot of the members have been asking about them and we’ve been out for weeks. That huge set of 200 masks and four bottles of sanitizer? It’s long gone. We had someone who bought two cart fulls of them. We had a good number of people buying masks last month. It looks like people are getting the hint. I hope it sticks this time.

7) We’re looking at ninety degrees this weekend. Yuck. May this be the last time we deal with this.

On that simmering note, we’ll stop right here. But I’ll be back soon, with more random thoughts for you to laugh about. Until then, have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

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Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 37

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s time for another issue of your Weekly Reader! Got a blog post you want to share? Found an interesting editorial that you’d like to post? Or maybe you just want to let everyone know about an article you found. If so, drop us a link in the comments!

Unvaccinated TikTokers Are Calling Themselves ‘Purebloods’ (from Vice): “The term “pureblood” doesn’t exactly have the best connotations. But now unvaccinated people on TikTok are, er, trying to reclaim the term as a way to tout their “superiority” over their jabbed fellow citizens.”

“The phrase was popularized by J.K. Rowling’s villain Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series as a way to distinguish between those with “pure” wizard ancestry and everyone else, drawing parallels with the Nazi doctrine of the “master race.” As a concept, basically, it’s been used to justify some of the worst crimes against humanity in history.”

The Dark Side of ZEISS (from Y.M. Cinema Magazine): “We wrote a decent amount of articles regarding the exceptional lenses of ZEISS, especially its professional high-end ultra polished and beautiful cinema glass. There is no doubt that ZEISS offers excellent cinematography solutions for filmmakers. On the other hand, the company has a shady past regarding World War II. In the years of the Nazi dictatorship, ZEISS was increasingly focused on equipping the German armed forces. However, this article is going to focus on the forced labor that ZEISS has utilized during the War.”

Anti-Vaxxers Are Now Gargling Iodine to Prevent Covid-19 (from Rolling Stone): “Povidone iodine, often sold under the brand-name Betadine, is an iodine-based treatment largely for topical use that kills bacteria. It’s a “commonly used cleanser in the ER and OR,” says Kenneth Weinberg, an emergency room physician in New York City. “If you’re in the ER and someone has a wound to sew it up, you use it to clean with.” When told that anti-vaxxers had taken to gargling with Betadine, Weinberg said, “Fuck me! Of course they are.””

The summer before 9/11 (from the Washington Post): “It was the first day of the summer of 2001, leery and languid. The new president, George W. Bush, had recently signed a $1.35-trillion tax cut, but the economy was stalling. The tech bubble had burst, but Americans were still lounging on the bloat of prosperity. Kenneth Lay, a pal of Bush’s, had been crowing about the health of his energy-trading company, Enron, which was reporting $50 billion in revenue. Engineers in Silicon Valley were readying a top-secret gizmo, code-named “P-68.””

Take It From Them: Americans Hospitalized With Covid Regret Not Getting the Vaccine (from Rolling Stone): “The degree to which right-wing influencers like Valentine are responsible for the vaccine hesitancy fueling the Covid resurgence can’t be overstated. Local radio hosts, cable news talking heads, and Republicans in Congress have duped tens of millions of Americans into failing to protect themselves and others from the disease. These unvaccinated millions are now coming down with severe cases of Covid at an alarming rate. Like Valentine, many of them are expressing regret that they neglected to get the vaccine.”

It’s Not a Death Cult, It’s a Mass Murder Movement (from Medium): “What should we call people who advocate an action they know will kill not themselves but others? Not suicidal but homicidal.”

“And in this case we should call them mass murderers.”

“They aren’t volunteering to take the bullet from Trump’s gun in the middle of midtown Manhattan; they’re helping him point it at someone else and pulling the trigger.”

Face masks effectively limit the probability of SARS-CoV-2 transmission (from Science): “In this work, we develop a quantitative model of airborne virus exposure that can explain these contrasting results and provide a basis for quantifying the efficacy of face masks. We show that mask efficacy strongly depends on airborne virus abundance. On the basis of direct measurements of SARS-CoV-2 in air samples and population-level infection probabilities, we find that the virus abundance in most environments is sufficiently low for masks to be effective in reducing airborne transmission.”

Facebook says post that cast doubt on covid-19 vaccine was most popular on the platform from January through March (from the Washington Post): “For example, the article that surged earlier this year on Facebook’s platform, which is used by more than 2.8 billion people each month, was a factual article from the South Florida Sun Sentinel (distributed by the Chicago Tribune) about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigating the death of a doctor who passed away two weeks after taking the coronavirus vaccine, according to the report. (Months later, the medical examiner’s office found that there wasn’t enough evidence to say whether the vaccine played a role in the doctor’s death).”

“Facebook has said it will take down outright false information about covid-19, but has argued that conversations about factual articles should not be suppressed.”

That’s all for this week. But drop by again next week when I’ll be back with more random information that you didn’t know that you needed to read. Until then, have a great rest of your week, stay safe and I’ll see you soon!

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