Spider-Man, Crickets, Apples & TSS

The trailer for “Spider-Man: Far From Home” dropped, plus I have a couple of interesting things for you to read.

We got a Far From Home trailer! Mysterio looks great. I’m looking forward to Nick Fury and Spider-Man. Kind of weird to see Nick Fury all… Nick Fury-ed up, though. He’d ditched SHIELD after Civil War, then we saw him driving around with Maria Hill briefly at the end of Infinity War, having dropped his “incognito” look for full Fury regalia. No explanations given for that, so I’m hoping we find out what he’s been up to since Civil War, either in Spider-Man 2 or Endgame.

I do feel bad for Far From Home, having to follow Into the Spider-verse. That bar has been set pretty damn high, folks.

Okay, let’s read some stuff!

  • The Atlantic: Animals Keep Creating Mysteries by Sounding Weird – Okay, remember how there were those “sonic attacks” that American diplomats were dealing with in Cuba, and everyone was baffled, and people were getting brain damage and whatnot? Turns out: Crickets. Crickets and bullshit, apparently, as that whole “permanent brain damage” thing was based on wildly flimsy evidence.
  • Chuck Wendig: In Which I Rank Grocery Store Apples – Chuck Wendig is an author with a highly entertaining Twitter account, and one of the things he occasionally does on Twitter is review heirloom apples (hilariously). Well, apple season is pretty much over, so he’s reviewing grocery store apples (hilariously).
  • Lifehacker: Everything You Think You Know About Toxic Shock Syndrome Is Probably Wrong – This was a pretty informative and interesting read about TSS, a rare disease vagina-having people can get from putting things in their vaginas. (Mostly tampons, but not always.) It’s long, but worth a read, especially if you have a vagina you need to take care of.

And that’s all I’ve got today. The rest is all politics, and really, there’s not much new there to report. We’re still shut down, Trump and the GOP are still trash, everything is awful, all that jazz. But hey, The Flash is back on tonight, so that’s something to look forward to.

5 Things to Read Today (Jan. 11)

Today’s articles cover Internet fakery, bad forensic science, a huge malware attack, an awesome read about being a cable guy, and how your cell providers are selling your private data.

5TtRT: Medicare for all, Facebook, facts matter, Tesla, & privacy

Today’s topics include working towards Medicare for All, Facebook being terrible, reality vs. facts in politics, Elon Musk and Tesla, and how advertisers track literally everything about you.

I’m on vacation for two weeks, and I’m having a nice, quiet day after Christmas. We’re gonna go see the new Spider-Man movie this afternoon and then I’m gonna spend the rest of the day being lazy and not looking at the trashfire of news. I may just go ahead and play Minecraft all day. If I get motivated, I might clean a thing, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up if I were you.

Here’s some stuff to read.

5 Things to Read Today

5 Things to Read Today (12/6/18)

Today’s topics: France’s “Yellow Jacket” riots, a crime story, journalism, the Internet, and spambots.

Good reading here today. In particular, “Blood Cries Out” was a fascinating and well-reported story, but it’s pretty long, just so you’re forewarned. The BuzzFeed article is pretty interesting, too.

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