Daily Thoughts: Garbage People

Today’s random thoughts and whatnot.

Shortly after the fall of Roe v. Wade, a story made the rounds on the Internet about a 10 year old girl in Ohio who’d been raped, gotten pregnant, and had had to go to Indiana for the abortion because she was three days past Ohio’s six week limit when her pregnancy was discovered.

Republican talking heads, being the horrific monsters they are, immediately decried the story as fake. (Two examples, here and here.)

Well, the bastard rapist was arrested and charged yesterday.

Fucking garbage GOP.


Screencap, tweet, Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR): "The market is down ~13% in the past year, and inflation is up 9.1%. The only way to fix this catastrophe is to vote Republican." at 6:19 AM on Jul 13, 2022
Republicans are fantastic at the economy. That’s why every time we elect one the economy shits itself and the next Democratic president has to spend 75% of their term fixing it. 🙄

Screencap, tweet, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn): "Why can’t the left say the word “woman”?" at 9:14 AM on Jul 13, 2022
I am so sick of this disingenuous bullshit from these asshole GOPs. Racist, homophobic, transphobic, power-hungry, trapped in the past, money-hungry useless garbage people, every last single one.

Reading List

I have a bad habit of bookmarking links on Twitter to share here, and then forgetting to share them. Here’s a big list of the stories I’ve been forgetting to share.

Daily Thoughts: Staring Into The Sun

Today’s random thoughts and whatnot.

Is it just me or is getting online these days exactly like sitting down naked on pavement on a 120° day and staring directly into the sun for like 10 straight hours?

I’ve watched Minecraft vids that pulled bigger numbers than this.


5 Things: Fascism, vaccinations, Jan. 6 committee, rude customers, & Jif peanut butter recalls

Today we’ve got articles about CPAC in Hungary, vaccines for kids under 5, the Jan. 6 committee, rude people, and recalls on Jif peanut butter.

So, got some good news about vaccines for kids under five down there, which is awesome. But, uh, has anyone else noticed that the story about vaccines has really changed a lot?

Like, they’ve kind of just completely stopped talking about whether or not they have any effectiveness at preventing you from getting COVID-19 entirely, haven’t they? They still do a great job at preventing death, serious illness and hospitalization – so far – but nobody’s talking about not catching COVID at all anymore.

Shouldn’t we be hearing about updated vaccines by now? Or maybe entirely new 2.0 version vaccines? Or even more boosters for everyone?

Speaking of, Omicron BA.1, BA.1.1 and BA.2 seems to have burned through fairly quickly, but we’re obviously in the midst of yet another surge (ours so far seems to be made up of BA.2 and variations thereof) and I haven’t heard a single peep about, y’know, mitigation efforts. Not to mention we’ve got some nasty new Omicron variations on deck (BA.4, BA.5), and no one’s really talking about those.

Guys, I know we’re tired. I’m so exhausted with this, I can’t even tell you. But we don’t get to just ignore it.

🐘 CBS News: Hungary’s Orban opens CPAC by telling conservatives “we need to coordinate the movement” of allies – CPAC, the major conservative convention that happens every year, just held an event in Hungary, which is run by a fascist government. I’m sure it’s technically possible that there are conservatives/Republicans who aren’t fascist or fascist-curious, but if there are any left, they sure are deep in hiding.

💉 New York Times: Pfizer says three doses of its vaccine produce a strong response in the youngest children. – This is great news, unequivocally. Three shots are 80% effective in preventing symptomatic infection in kids 6 months to 5 years old.

🤷‍♀️ The Guardian: Capitol attack panel to hold six public hearings as it aims to show how Trump broke law – I’m not sure I see a point to this. Anyone who would watch this probably already knows or has guessed anything they have to say. Anyone who needs to hear this won’t watch, and wouldn’t believe any of it if they did. No one who should seems to be going to jail because of these hearings, as far as I can tell. Do they think it’s going to affect mid-terms? Prevent Trump from running in 2024?

🤬 Slate: A Rude Awakening – Alison Green, who writes the extremely popular work-advice blog, Ask A Manager, has a little article here about the horror show customer-facing people are dealing with.

🥜 Lifehacker: Throw Out These Recalled Jif Peanut Butters ‘Immediately,’ FDA Says – There’s a bunch of Jif peanut butter products with salmonella. Check your PB now and make sure you don’t have any of the contaminated products. You can see the full list here.

Quick Linkdump

A quick roundup of links because I’m busy today.

Busy day ahead, so here’s a few links I saved up.

5 Things: Pandemic trauma, weird Secret Service conspiracy, LGBTQ+ rights, Ketanji Brown Jackson, & Russia

In today’s 5 Things, we’re talking about trauma caused by the ongoing pandemic, some kind of weird conspiracy possibly aimed at the Secret Service(?), the ongoing GOP attack against LGBTQ+ people, Judge Jackson getting confirmed to the SCotUS, and a poll on how Americans feel about Russia these days.

Absolutely gorgeous day today, practically summer weather out there. Here’s a quick peek at the news.

  1. NPR: People are developing trauma-like symptoms as the pandemic wears on – This is not even a little surprising. I dunno if it qualifies as PTSD, but the pandemic is definitely fucking everyone up.
  2. AP: US: 2 posed as agents, gave gifts to Secret Service officers – The more we learn about this story, the weirder it gets.
  3. NBC News: A Texas teacher faces losing her job after fighting for gay pride symbols in school – Just another example of the evil shit the GOP is doing to the LGBTQ+ community.
  4. Washington Post: Senate confirms Jackson as first Black woman on Supreme Court – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed for the SCotUS.
  5. Pew Research Center: Seven-in-Ten Americans Now See Russia as an Enemy – Great. Now if we could just get 70% of Congress to see Russia as an enemy…