Link Roundups & LinkDumps

Twitter, Pelosi, Trump, North Korea, more

📝 Housekeeping notes: I’m re-categorizing posts and updating the categories I use on this site, so if you spot things that seem miscategorized, that’s because they are. I may eventually get them all updated, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting on it to happen.

🦤 Twitter is still, technically, there. Y’know, functioning. You can go post a tweet, other people can still see it, etc. But… probably not for much longer? Musk activated Hardcore Mode on Twitter yesterday at 5pm on the West Coast and it seems like most of the remaining employees bowed out, leaving Musk with something that, by all reports, barely qualifies as a skeleton crew. The World Cup starts tomorrow, and apparently that kicks Twitter’s ass as far as site traffic and whatnot goes. A lot of people who should know about such things think Twitter may buckle under the stress and lack of help. I guess we’ll see.

🏛️ Nancy Pelosi stepped down from Dem leadership yesterday. A few contenders for the throne include Hakeem Jeffries, Katherine Clark, and Pete Aguilar.

⚖️ Jesse Benton, a Republican political strategist who was pardoned by Trump in 2020 for a campaign finance crime, just got convicted of another campaign finance crime. He helped Russian businessman, pyramid scheme-runner, and former Russian naval officer Roman Vasilenko illegally contribute to Trump’s campaign.

🍊 Hey, remember when Trump tweeted that classified photo from a secret intelligence satellite? Good times.

🇰🇵 In case you don’t have enough to fret about, North Korea just tested an ICBM that could probably hit mainland US.

🍊 Speaking of Trump, the Mercers claim they won’t be funding him this go around. Pretty sure Murdoch and the Koch brothers have told him to piss in the wind, too. With three major GOP donors telling him to go pound sand, I’d be keeping a mighty close eye on Trump’s campaign funding if I were a person in charge of such things.

🍊 Still speaking of Trump, the DoJ has appointed a special counselor, Jack Smith, to oversee the investigations over the stolen documents found at Mar-A-Lago and Trump’s involvement in Jan. 6. I’m seeing a lot of people online either complaining because it’ll slow down investigations or hush them up or some such, or treating this like the second coming of Robert Mueller, only, y’know, this time we’ll get him for sure, guys! I think that about the most it shows is that the DoJ is taking things seriously, I guess?

💉 There’s a vaccine for aggressive breast cancers going into Phase II human trials. Neat!


Link Roundups & LinkDumps

Trump, Facebook, Pelosi

Today has been another long, busy day.

Link Roundups & LinkDumps

Trump, Ukraine, COVID-19

Got a whole day ahead, so here’s some quick links.

Link Roundups & LinkDumps

Ukraine/Russia, Jan. 6, abortion rights, Trump, more

🇺🇦 So, Russia’s bombing Ukraine at the moment, and it looks like two of their missiles might have hit Poland, killing two people. Moldavia is also having some issues related to this – lost power, etc. The Pentagon isn’t confirming that Russian missiles overshot, though, and there were reports that it might have just been wreckage from missiles shot down by Ukrainian forces, not actual missiles. Worth pointing out that Poland is a NATO member. Bad scene, man. Picture a lot of nations standing around holding their breath while everyone tries to figure out what happened and what they’re gonna do about it.

🇺🇦 There’s an anonymous US intelligence source “confirming” that this was, in fact, a missile strike, and not just debris… but it is an anonymous source and no one’s going on the record yet, so grain of salt.

🇺🇦 As best as I can tell, whether or not actual missiles or just debris hit Poland is still unconfirmed.

🧵 Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D, a disinformation expert, has a very good thread on Twitter about Russian disinformation and propaganda regarding the missile situation.

💰 In case you’re curious, companies are still donating money to the election deniers in Congress who egged on Jan. 6.

⚕️ A woman miscarried in Ohio, and the hospital she went to for help nearly let her bleed to death before helping her. You mean striking down Roe v. Wade and abortion rights in America has led to the suffering of women across the country? Gosh, who could have predicted.

🍊 Trump’s probably gonna announce his 2024 campaign tonight. I hope that turd trips on his way to the podium.

🏛️ Meanwhile, Kevin McCarthy, who is also a turd, is trying to nail down votes to be Speaker of the House, assuming the GOP takes control of the House (they probably will, but y’know, 🤞).


Little Notes & Short Posts

2022 midterms, House Democrats, Twitter, more

🗳️ We still don’t know who’s gonna control the House of Representatives. It seems like most journalists/pundits/etc. think the Republicans will take it, but by, like, a squeak. There’s a hopeful handful who think the Democrats may just barely hold it, though. We held the Senate, though! We’ve got the Senate, 50-50, with the VP to break ties. If Warnock wins his December run-off vote against Herschel Walker, then we’ll have the Senate 51-49, which means we don’t have to share power in committees anymore, so McConnell can’t block nominees or tie things up in committee as he has been doing. It also means that Sinema and Manchin have just a teeny bit less power, and that’s also good. So if you have a spare buck or two, maybe throw it Warnock’s way.

🏛️ Meanwhile, Democrats in the House are looking to check a few items off their To-Do List in the remaining session. For example: Protecting equal marriage rights and raising the debt ceiling (important so Republicans can’t take it hostage next session, if they take the House).

🦤 A little more Twitter drama: Musk just had one of his companies, SpaceX, buy a great big ad package from Twitter, which is kind of like robbing Peter to pay Paul, I think.

🦤 Speaking of Twitter ads, I had some weirdness over the weekend with them. I subscribed to this advertising blocklist a few days ago. The list blocks all of Twitter’s major advertisers (kind of a “half-protest, half-screw Musk” thing), and the maintainer is adding new advertisers to it as fast as she can. Last time I looked I think the list was over 800 accounts? I don’t see ads on desktop because I use an adblocker, but between the blocklist and advertisers in general fleeing Twitter, I’ve seen a marked decrease in the amount and quality of ads in the Twitter app (where I can’t use an adblocker). I can’t tell if something is breaking down or if Twitter’s ad inventory situation is so dire they’re having a hard time finding ads to serve me.

🦤 If you’re trying to keep up with the slow-motion train wreck that is the death of Twitter, here’s a great timeline site slapped together by some readers of Today in Tabs.

📱 The government’s coming after TikTok again. Look, I love TikTok. I will happily kill hours scrolling TikTok. I love it so much I have rules about when I’m allowed to open the app, just so I don’t waste my whole literal day on the damn thing. People are doing some seriously cool stuff on this app. But it is absolutely egregious spyware and you should definitely not have it installed on any device. Of course, apps like Facebook, Instagram, the Amazon store apps – none of them are a whole lot better… but at least they’re not reporting to a hostile government. Probably.