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Tucker Carlson, Long COVID, George Santos, & Over-the-Counter Birth Control

🦤 Vox: Tucker Carlson’s show is back, and it’s on Twitter – “Two weeks after former Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s stunning firing from the channel, he seems to have figured out his next step: Twitter.”

Yeah. Fox canned Tucker Carlson, and he decided to take his show to Twitter. Yes, that Twitter. The Twitter that’s been overrun by Nazis and fascists. The one owned by Elon Musk that is slowly breaking down and dying by inches. In order to take his show there, Tucker Carlson had to break some kind of deal with Fox News that would have finished paying out his 25 million dollar contract.

Carlson was already rich AF, I’m sure. I think he’s from money to start with. So maybe 25 million dollars doesn’t mean anything to him. But Twitter is dying. There’s no argument about that – the only thing in question is how much longer it’ll keep staggering down the road.

The reason I point this out is that sometimes I’ll hear people say, “Oh, these Fox News pundits are doing a bit, they don’t really mean what they say, they’re just scamming scared old people, blahblahblah.” I’m sure there’s some of that going on, but you don’t give up 25 million dollars and drag your garbage show to a dying site because you’re doing a bit. You do that because you’re a True Believer.

Either that, or Carlson thinks he can jump in and plug the Alex Jones-shaped hole in the rightwing “news” ecosystem.

🦠 Scientific American: Long COVID Now Looks like a Neurological Disease, Helping Doctors to Focus Treatments – “‘I now think of COVID as a neurological disease as much as I think of it as a pulmonary disease, and that’s definitely true in long COVID,’ says William Pittman, a physician at UCLA Health in Los Angeles, who treats Ghormley and many similar patients.”

The article is chock full of interesting reading about COVID-19 and long COVID, but the main thing I took away from it is that we’re going to be dealing with the after effects of the COVID pandemic for decades.

🤥 CNN: George Santos pleads not guilty to 13 federal charges, including fraud and money laundering – “Rep. George Santos has pleaded not guilty to 13 federal charges, including allegations of fraud related to Covid-19 unemployment benefits, misusing campaign funds and lying about his personal finances on House disclosure reports.”

I know you’ll be shocked to hear that an obvious con artist and liar was busted doing a bunch of crimes. Santos is claiming he won’t resign his seat and that he’ll still be running for re-election. He’s also calling this a witch hunt, because of course he is, we can thank Donald Trump for this dumb trend. There’s another thing we’ll be recovering from for decades.

💊 NPR: Advisers to the FDA back first over-the-counter birth control pill – “In a unanimous vote, 17-0, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that the agency approve the first over-the-counter birth control pill.”

This is fantastic news! Also, I’m calling it now, some MAGA cultist in one of these women-hating red states will move to block this from happening somehow or pass some legislation outlawing it before the end of the month. Don’t forget: these people hate us and want us trapped in kitchens, barefoot and pregnant and out of options, beholden entirely to men for everything. They will do anything to achieve that.

Photo Credit: Tucker Carlson, by Gage Skidmore. Source. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Trump’s been found liable for sexually abusing & defaming E. Jean Carroll.

The jury came back and found Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming E. Jean Carroll. She was awarded five million for both. It seems like the jury had the option to find Trump liable for rape, but didn’t? It’s a little bit unclear. I don’t think anyone had said yet why the jury found he was liable for sexual abuse, but not rape.

A federal jury has found former President Donald Trump liable for battery and defamation in the lawsuit brought by writer E. Jean Carroll, who says he raped her in a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s.

The nine jurors, who deliberated for barely three hours before reaching their unanimous conclusion, did not find that Trump raped Carroll. But they agreed that he "sexually abused" her and that he defamed her when he refuted her story.

Carroll was awarded $5 million in total damages for both claims.

In an email to NPR, a lawyer representing Trump said the former president would appeal the decision.
NPR: A jury finds Trump liable for battery and defamation in E. Jean Carroll trial
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Re: Florida

Okay, look, is Florida doing some kind of badly conceived bit? I mean, there’s all the weird crime, “Floridaman,” all the hate legislation – the anti-gay and anti-trans stuff – picking fights with Disney, and now they’re building radioactive roads?

Like, if I tried to write a story and described a place like Florida, the editor would stop me and be like “All these ridiculous hate laws, picking fights with one of their major economic drivers, and also radioactive roads? It’s too much. It’s not realistic. Back to the drawing board, kiddo.”

The law actually mandates studying the use of phosphogypsum as a road aggregate, like gravel or sand, not swinging right into production. Still, I feel like you don’t need a study to answer “Hey, should we use radioactive waste to build our roads?” with a resounding NO.

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American Fascism

Hey, here’s a bunch of fascists, including Megyn Kelly and Elon Musk, talking about forcibly institutionalizing people.

This is fascism. It’s blatant. It’s inarguable. This is what led to concentration camps. These turds consider people who disagree with them insane, and they want to round them all up and lock them away in some hellhole somewhere.

Given the chance, they will do this to LGBTQ+ people, the disabled community, the neurodivergent community – anyone they see as too far outside their “norm” and can’t otherwise put to work or make use of. They want women disempowered and trapped in kitchens making babies. They want non-white people enslaved. They want non-Christian people killed.

They are telling you what they are, every day, right out loud and in public. For the love of little puppies with heart-shaped spots, please believe them.