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Folgers, Trump, more

β˜• Folgers is trying to rebrand themselves as the coffee for non-coffee snobs. Folgers, it’s not that your coffee is too old fashioned, it’s that your coffee tastes like stale butt. No amount of rebranding on Earth will fix that.

βš–οΈ Clarence and Ginni Thomas were in on it. Of course they were. No one is surprised by this.

πŸ• The FBI is warning Jewish people in New Jersey of credible threats against their synagogues.

🍊 Expect Trump to announce his run after the midterms. With any luck he’ll announce and be immediately indicted. Will that tank his run for the White House? Fuck I hope so.

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Quick thoughts because I’m busy…

Continuing in the vein of “social media as we’ve known it is dying,” Facebook hasn’t been having a good time, either. Engagement on the platform is dying, revenue is piddling away, and the platform is basically unusable.

I’m excited to see what happens next in social media. I feel like it’s going to be something a lot more decentralized, personalized, and niche.

Remember COVID? That’s still a thing. And it’s still wildly dangerous. Even mild infections cause long-term, possibly permanent, heart damage. You should really be up to date on your shots and be working to avoid catching that shit.

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Right wing terrorism, NaNoWriMo, more

🐘 The cops are having to debunk conspiracy theories about the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband, because of course they are. Just for the record, a right wing terrorist who intended to seriously harm and possibly assassinate Pelosi broke into her house. When the terrorist didn’t find Pelosi, he attacked her husband instead. Anything else is just right wingers throwing chaff in the air to confuse people and give their base justifications to continue ignoring the problem of right wing terrorism.

πŸ“– Today marks the start of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. It’s a challenge – write 50,000 words in a month. I’ve tried it in past years with no particular success. Kicking around the idea of giving it another go this year. We’ll see.

πŸ“§ I have subscribed to roughly 16,000 newsletters since Musk bought Twitter. Pity my inbox, y’all.

πŸ™„ For some reason, after being screwed absolutely raw, made to risk their lives during the pandemic in some cases, forced to return to hated offices too soon in others, and while watching their dollars buy less and less while their employers bank record profits, US employees are getting way less productive. And no one knows why. It’s a mystery. An enigma. We shall never learn the cause.

πŸ—³οΈ Biden’s preparing a re-election bid and for some reason, this is considered news. Like, barring some kind of serious health issue they can’t hide, he was always definitely going to run again. Nobody ever only wants one term as president. That’s not a thing.

πŸ˜† IPG is Interpublic Group, a massive global marketing company. This is not a great sign for Twitter. If Musk has any sense at all, he’s sweating bullets right now.

πŸ’Έ Y’know, I was actually kicking around the idea of buying Twitter Blue awhile ago – the paid tier gets you access to an edit feature that I coveted – but I hadn’t quite talked myself into it yet. Sure as hell ain’t gonna get it now, though. Musk’s apparently tying verification to Twitter Blue, which is not a great idea in all sorts of ways, plus promising “half the ads” and longer posts and videos and whatnot. If you’re still on Twitter, and you aren’t already using an ad blocker, may I aggressively suggest adding one to your browser? uBlock Origin is the one you want.

🦠 I’m not the only one who thinks that Vanity Fair/ProPublica COVID lab leak article was dodgy as fuck, by the way. A whole pile of experts thinks so, too, and they have much better reasons than my “I dunno, feels hinky, guys” thoughts. The reports the article was based on were full of mistranslations and misunderstandings, the whole thing was put together by Trump-appointed Republicans (a concerning sign I noted, too), as well as a lot of weaselly shit like avoiding mentioning that the scientific consensus is against the lab leak idea.

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Today’s Thoughts: Nancy & Paul Pelosi, Twitter, ‘Willow,’ more

πŸ’’ Some MAGA Cultist fuckbag broke into Nancy Pelosi’s home in California and attacked her husband with a hammer, intending, apparently, to hold him hostage until he could get his hands on Nancy. The fuckbag’s in jail and Pelosi’s husband is in surgery and expected to make a full recovery.

πŸ™„ Meanwhile, Fox News is all “We just don’t know why this happened.” I’m pretty sure we can make a good guess at it, you chuds.

🐦 Elon Musk officially owns Twitter as of last night. He immediately fired a bunch of the Twitter muckety-mucks. I don’t intend to storm off Twitter in a huff just because I think Elon Musk is a big ol’ douchecanoe, but I don’t expect things to improve there. The platform is dying. Also, immediately after Musk took over, the site exploded in hate speech. Because Musk’s fanboys are trash.

πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ If you’ve got a minute in the next few weekends, you should watch Willow. The sequel series kicks off on Disney+ on Nov. 30. I’m looking forward to it.

πŸ’­ One one hand, I want to stay on top of whatever news there is about the Twitter situation, because if that thing goes down in flames I want front row seats. On the other hand, journos and other current events nerds keep retweeting Musk’s inane, trollish shitposting into my newsfeed. I think I’m gonna have to block him.

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Today’s Thoughts: Climate change, social media, medicine, more

β˜€οΈ Hey, transparent solar panels might be a thing soon. Like, for windows!

πŸ„ If you need something new to worry about, you could try fretting about fungal diseases, because we barely study them and we have like four drugs to treat them and the fungi that infect us are getting resistant to them pretty fast. Yay!

βš•οΈ DYK: Most medicine and medical treatments were developed for and tested on men, and a whole bunch of that shit only tangentially applies to women? For example, as they say, the first sign of a heart attack in women is sudden death. Not really, but for most of recent medical history, we didn’t know what the signs were in women because they’d only studied heart attacks in men. Turns out, the same thing is true of concussions (and many, many other things, probably). Concussions apparently affect women way differently than men.

🍊 Something interesting went on with one of the multitude of legal cases against Trump this morning. Wish I could tell you more, but that’s apparently all we actually know at the moment. The Trump lawyers handling the case about the stolen documents found at Mar-A-Lago met for a closed meeting and/or hearing with prosecutors in a federal court in DC, which is unusual because they usually meet in New York or Florida.

🌑️ Everyone worries about the oncoming climate apocalypse, but there’s a chance it won’t be an apocalypse. We’re developing new technologies constantly to mitigate the effects of catastrophic climate change. Which, yay! Unfortunately, we ignored the problem for so long that even at the breakneck pace we’re currently solving problems and developing mitigating strategies and whatnot, the climate is still going to change drastically and in shitty, shitty ways. It’s just that we’ll be able to live with it. Sort of. Mostly. Probably especially if you have money, and less comfortably the poorer you are, if we follow established patterns for this kind of human fuckery. Think of it as living with a chronic disease instead of a sudden and terminal cancer. You’re not gonna die, but things are going to suck, at least a little bit, possibly often.

πŸ‘ Meta’s value is swirling around the toilet bowl, and Twitter is hemorrhaging active users. I don’t think social media is going away, but the sites we’ve been used to for the last twenty years are slowly dying. I’m not sure what we’re going to get next, but I think it’s going to look a whole lot different than it does right now in a couple of years.

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