Douglas Adams on Sloths

“My absolute favourite piece of information is the fact that young sloths are so inept that they frequently grab their own arms and legs instead of tree limbs, and fall out of trees.” – Douglas Adams

Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. (Wikipedia)

Photo: Feeding brown-throated three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus), Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica, by Christian Mehlführer, CC BY 2.5. (Source and license.)

Movie: All the President’s Men

“The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand.” – Deep Throat, “All the President’s Men” (Movie)

Bob Woodward: The story is dry. All we’ve got are pieces. We can’t seem to figure out what the puzzle is supposed to look like. John Mitchell resigns as the head of CREEP, and says that he wants to spend more time with his family. I mean, it sounds like bullshit, we don’t exactly believe that…

Deep Throat: No, heh, but it’s touching. Forget the myths the media’s created about the White House. The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand.


You can watch All the President’s Men at Google Play or Amazon (affiliate link, I need more stuff to read), and it’s worth the few bucks to rent or buy it – great movie, and unfortunately topical these days. You can also read the book (affiliate link). It’s a bit dry, but a good read.

5TtRT: Sinclair, a podcast, Portland burgers, Ammon Bundy, & fascism

Today we’re talking about Sinclair Media, a great podcast about Oregon’s white supremacist history, the Portland burger joint that some food critic supposedly killed, Ammon Bundy’s mind-boggling opinion on the caravan at the border, and a book about fascism.

Okay, got kind of a busy day/week ahead, and a lot of time sucked out of it already that involve things that do not actually equate to me completing my work, so this’ll have to be fast. Here we go.

5 Things to Read Today

Okay, that’s it. Go read good stuff!

‘Johannes Cabal the Necromancer,’ Jonathan L. Howard

“He’d painted himself into a corner and a thousand lazy reporters and ever-so-sincere politicians had rendered the only word that he could use comically melodramatic. ‘I think … Johannes Cabal … is evil.’” – Jonathan L. Howard, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

I don’t remember how I stumbled across this book – maybe my sweetheart recommended it to me? At any rate, the Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L. Hubbard has been delightful and they’re among my favorite books.

Johannes Cabal is a clever necromancer and student of various sciences on a mission to defeat death. He’s taciturn and cranky and short of patience, and does not suffer fools well, at all. He’s aided in his missions by a fantastic cast, including his brother Horst, a vampire.

I love these books. They’re fun and smart and the writer’s sense of humor is dry and hilarious. The writing style reminds me of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, which is pretty good company to be in if you can manage it.

There are five books and a handful of short stories in the series (so far?), and you should definitely read every single one of them.

Here’s a link to the first book. That’s an affiliate link, so if you buy it through there, I get a few pennies, which I’ll definitely spend on more books.

5TtRT: Camp Fire, climate change, romaine lettuce, tear gassing immigrants & the weekend’s political news

Today’s topics include the containment of the gigantic Camp Fire in California, the big climate change report the the Trump admin tried to hide from you, romaine lettuce still being bad, how we tear gassed immigrants on the border this weekend, and the political BS you missed over the holidays.

Is there anything worse than the Monday after a long weekend? We spent our weekend being lazy and stuffing our faces with leftovers while watching the second season of MST3K on Netflix, and this did not prepare me for a Monday, y’all.

5 Things to Read Today

🌀 The Atlantic: The Three Most Chilling Conclusions From the Climate Report
The Trump administration issued their climate change report, dumping it out on Black Friday when no one would be paying attention. They didn’t want you to pay attention to it because the report basically says, “Hey, if we don’t start doing something about all this right now, we can all kiss our asses goodbye.”

🇲🇽 NPR: U.S. Agents Spray Tear Gas At Migrants, Briefly Close Tijuana Border Entry
There about 5,000 migrants now camped on the southern border near Tijuana. Sunday morning, Border Patrol closed the busiest port of entry, the San Ysidro port, to car and foot traffic for awhile. For reference, that port has around 90,000 people a day passing through.

The migrants, many of whom are trying to seek refugee status – legally, mind you – were irate and headed towards the border. Things escalated. There were Mexican police in riot gear, Border Patrol, and rock-throwing, and a group of migrants tried to sneak under the fence at the border. So Border Patrol started firing tear gas into the crowd.

The crowd which was at least partly made up of mothers and young children. They fired across the border into a sovereign nation.

So that happened. And it kind of sounds like this isn’t the first time it’s happened? Like, is tear gassing attempted refugees a regular thing? I don’t know, and I’m not finding any information about it.

At any rate, we tear gas women and children at the border, now. That’s a thing America does.

But don’t worry – Fox News says it’s fine. One of their Sunday commentators said, of tear gas, “It’s natural. You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.”

I mean, you can eat sriracha sauce, too, but I wouldn’t recommend putting it in a child’s eyes.

🔥 Earther: Camp Fire Now Completely Contained, With 85 Confirmed Dead and Hundreds Still Missing
The fire isn’t out yet, but they’ve established a firm fire line around it, so it’s not expanding anymore. So far, the fire has burned “13,696 single residences, 276 multiple residences, 528 commercial properties, and 4,293 other structures had been destroyed, with 153,336 acres burned.”

🥗 Vox: It’s still not safe to eat romaine lettuce
You still can’t eat any romaine lettuce, although the CDC is getting closer to nailing down the issue. Maybe it’s safe if you spray tear gas on the romaine?

📰 NPR: The Political News Didn’t Stop Over Thanksgiving. Here’s What You Missed
To wrap things up, here’s a quick round-up of what happened over the holiday weekend. Highlights include Chief Justice John Roberts chewing out Trump, Trump going to bat for Saudi Arabia, who definitely murdered the hell out of a US resident journalist, House subpoenas for former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and more.

Black Friday 2018

“Online sales rose more than 23 percent, crossing $6 billion on Black Friday, according to data from Adobe Analytics, which tracks transactions at 80 of the top 100 U.S. retailers.”

“The Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday kickoff of the U.S. holiday shopping season showed the increasing preference for online purchases, as more Americans opted to stay home and use their smartphones while sales and traffic at brick-and-mortar stores declined.” – On Black Friday, more U.S. shoppers chose the computer over the mall