Category Archives: Science & Technology


Measles, Trump, Warren, & Batman

Happy Friday, y’all.

🩺 Vox: A new study on measles reveals a scary side effect: “immune-system amnesia” – New studies show that measles wipes out your immune system’s memory, meaning that if you get the measles, one of the effects is that your immune system will forget how to fight off other diseases you’ve already recovered from, like colds, flus, other things you’ve been vaccinated against, even things like skin infections. Get your vaccinations, and maybe ask your doctor to do a titer count and check if you’re immune to the measles. It’s bad, folks.

💵 NPR: READ: Elizabeth Warren’s Plan To Pay For ‘Medicare For All’ – Elizabeth Warren put out a plan to pay for Medicare for All without raising taxes on the middle class. Her plan raises money by taxing the extremely rich and higher taxes for employers. Folks also won’t be paying premiums or co-payments under Warren’s plan, but they will be paying taxes on “whatever extra take-home pay they would receive in this new system.” Whatever that means.

💰 Politico: Trump lures GOP senators on impeachment with cold cash – Trump is using his fundraising power to keep GOP senators on his side, which is basically bribery, but apparently not in the legal sense. So, there’s that.

🏴‍☠️ GQ: How Trump Corrupted the American Presidency in Every Imaginable Way – We’ll be cleaning up the mess this president made for a decade. It’ll take us generations to correct the clusterfuck Trump just caused with the Kurds in Syria, if that’s even possible to correct.

🦇 Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles Reveals Impressive Batman CostumeSupernatural‘s coming to an end, and the CW has Batwoman, as well as a new Superman show in development, for which they may need Batman appearances. Not to mention that since they got a Superman show, they may have a better than average chance of getting a Batman show off the ground. I suspect somebody’s campaigning for a new job.

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Friday Round-Up: Trump, Ukraine, Astronauts, & More

It’s been a long week, you guys, and I’m betting next week will be longer.

Current Events

The US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, will appear before the House for their impeachment inquiry on Oct. 17, but he won’t provide documents because he says he’s not legally allowed; the State Dept. will have to release the documents. You know Sondland’s name because he’s tied up in this Ukraine mess. Specifically, he had a lot to say in the damning text messages that the House released this week.

Meanwhile, more whistleblowers are crawling out of the woodwork, which is to be expected.

Also, Marie Yovanovitch, the US’ ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted by the Trump administration because she wouldn’t play ball in their attempt to pressure Ukraine into helping smear Joe Biden, testified to the House today. It was closed testimony, so we may or may not get details anytime soon, but her opening statement is public and gives us a place to start, anyway.

Don’t forget – the Senate Select Committee released their report on the Russian disinformation campaign in the 2016 elections. The disinfo campaign was complex, began before the 2016 elections, and continues today. Also good to know: the disinfo campaign propagates mainly on social media, and social media platforms haven’t done much of anything to curb it.

One last thing: Trump lost his appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which means that the House is allowed to subpoena his tax records from his accountant, Mazars USA.

Good News

Four young kids in in Roseville, California heard a report that a 97-year-old lady with dementia was missing, so they jumped on their bikes and scoured the neighborhood until they found her.

Researchers used an AI language program to discover that not only do bats talk to each other, like, individually, but that mostly they bitch at each other. Which is both hilarious and kind of adorable.

The first all-woman space walk is scheduled for Oct. 21. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will do a walk outside the International Space Station.

Stuff I Wrote


Washington Post: Extreme climate change has arrived in America

That’s because a century of climbing temperatures has changed the character of the Garden State. The massive ice industry and skate sailing association are but black-and-white photographs at the local museum. And even the hardy souls who still try to take part in ice fishing contests here have had to cancel 11 of the past dozen competitions for fear of straying onto perilously thin ice and tumbling into the frigid water.

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Trump’s lies, Cory Booker, abortion rights, more.

I think at this point it’s safe for all news outlets to just go ahead and start calling Trump’s lies lies. Softening it up with language like “misleading statements” or “falsehoods” or whatnot isn’t helping anyone.

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Stress, YouTube, Stadia, more.

Here’s a few quick reads I spotted over the weekend.

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5G, Tucker Carlson, Lucifer, Amazon & 8Chan, more.

I’ve decided that car alarms are just about the dumbest and most useless thing we’ve managed to invent. I base this decision on the fact that there’s been a car alarm going off on our block for about 20 minutes now and no one gives a single shit, including the owner.

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5TtRT: Cleaning Out the Dump File

Happy Friday! My dump file is full of links to stories. Here’s five good ones. Particularly number 5, from Wired. Scientists encoded a computer virus in a strand of DNA and the gene sequencer that read the DNA picked up the virus. That’s amazing.

  1. ProPublica: I’m a Journalist. Apparently, I’m Also One of America’s “Top Doctors.”
  2. SPLC: New hate map helps users explore landscape of hate
  3. The Verge: The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America
  4. Politico: ‘Sustained and ongoing’ disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates
  5. Wired: Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA