A Quick Roundup of News & Thoughts

Here’s a handful of news items and fun stuff to check out.

It’s super cold right now and I am freezing my entire ass off. The whole thing. Right off. Blame any typos on the fact that I can’t actually feel my fingers.

Anyway, a few things.

There’s a new book coming out that details ways to get a president out of office called How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives, by David Priess. Lawfare has a review of the book. It sounds interesting, especially if you have any interest in history.

There’s a massive dog food recall happening right now due to the affected food having toxic levels of vitamin D in them. You can read the quick version at Lifehacker or the complete version at on the FDA website.

Go check your dog food. I’ll wait.

Also, the symptoms of vitamin D poisoning in dogs include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D poisoning can kill your dog, so get ’em to the vet if you notice these symptoms.

Apparently there’s no mail delivery tomorrow, in honor of Bush I’s funeral? Is that normal? It’s been awhile since a president passed away. I don’t remember if we did that for… Reagan? He was the last president to pass, right? Anyway, no mail tomorrow. Also, the stock exchange is closed.

You should be aware that the GOP straight up stole two elections (Georgia and North Carolina) and are working to take power away from Democrats who won the governorship in two different states (Michigan and Wisconsin) right now. Republicans are bad for democracy, pass it on.

While I’m busy passing news along, I’ll just remind you that two months ago the New York Times published a blockbuster report about how the Trump family, including Donald, committed, just, like, all of the tax fraud.

To wrap things up, here’s an extremely fluffy puppy who thinks he’s trapped.

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.

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

‘Go Set A Watchman,’ Harper Lee

“But the white supremacists fear reason, because they know cold reason beats them. Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” – Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

Go Set A Watchman was the “sequel” to Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. It was marketed as a sequel, that is, but it wasn’t, really. It was the first draft she wrote for To Kill A Mockingbird.

It does work as a sequel, sort of. And it’s a good book, a good read. But it absolutely ruins Atticus Finch as a character. It does so for the reader in the exact same way as it does for Scout, the character.

I was never sure what I thought of this book. I loved To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s one of my favorite books. Go Set A Watchman was certainly an interesting read, and it made me think a lot, so it’s got that going for it.

There was a lot of drama surrounding the publication of the book, and a lot of weirdness in the way the book was written. It doesn’t work at all without Mockingbird, but it was thought to be a first draft? Was Harper Lee taken advantage of in the publishing of the book? It’s hard to read the book and look past all that.

But despite the mess, it’s worth a read. I wouldn’t consider it… canon, exactly. More like, and alternative version of events, maybe?

Anyway, here’s a link to buy the book: Go Set A Watchman. That’s an affiliate link, FYI. If you buy it through there, I get a few cents, which will promptly be spent towards buying more books.

Ray Bradbury on Books

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Ray Bradbury

“Ray Douglas Bradbury was an American author and screenwriter. He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction.

“Widely known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), and his science-fiction and horror-story collections, The Martian Chronicles (1950), The Illustrated Man (1951), and I Sing the Body Electric (1969), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American writers. While most of his best known work is in speculative fiction, he also wrote in other genres, such as the coming-of-age novel Dandelion Wine (1957) and the fictionalized memoir Green Shadows, White Whale (1992).” (Wikipedia)