@Jack on Elon’s Purchase of Twitter

Dude, you are high as balls. Drink a glass of water and go to bed.

JFC. 🙄🙄🙄 Here’s the tweet, which is part of a short thread of similar foolishness which you can read starting here.

[Image: a screencap of a tweet by @jack on Twitter. The tweet reads, “In principle, I don’t believe anyone should own or run Twitter. It wants to be a public good at a protocol level, not a company. Solving for the problem of it being a company however, Elon is the singular solution I trust. I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness.” Tweet from 4/25/22 at 7:03p.m.]

Elon Musk & Twitter; Emmanuel Macron; & Orrin Hatch

I guess Elon Musk *is* buying Twitter? That should be fun.

So, a few quick things,

Emmanuel Macron, the non-Nazi French president, won his election and remains president. This is good because his main opponent was Marine Le Pen, who is, as you may have guessed from the context clues, basically a Nazi.

Orrin Hatch, former senator, died this weekend, and the Internet was full of the usual weirdos being like “Oh, don’t speak ill of the dead” but like, Orrin Hatch was an asshole? He was consistently anti-LGBTQ+ rights and anti-women’s rights, and pro-people owning as many guns as possible in a basically unregulated manner, among many other problematic positions. So, y’know. Fuck that guy, he was trash.

This morning’s big news is that Twitter is apparently selling out to Elon Musk, which. Ugh. I have no idea what effect, if any, Musk owning Twitter will have on actual Twitter but I feel like it’s probably not going to be great?

Musk has babbled about “taking Twitter private,” which, whatever the fuck that’s supposed to mean. He claims he wants to get rid of ads? I don’t even know how that’s gonna work. It’s not like anyone is going to pay to use Twitter.

He also claims he’s going to solve Twitter’s “free speech problems,” but this guy is the kind of asshole who thinks “free speech” means white dudes, and in particular rich white dudes, should be allowed to say whatever ignorant/racist/misogynist/bigoted/otherwise hateful/harmful bullshit is twiddling around in their money-addled brains without facing a single consequence, but especially without being called out on Twitter by people. So I dunno what “free speech” problem he’s gonna solve. I guess you won’t be allowed to bully billionaires on Twitter anymore?

Update: From the Washington Post, “Elon Musk acquires Twitter for roughly $44 billion.” 😑

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Friday Notes (4/8/22)

Weird stuff I noticed this week.

🤨 So these two guys who somehow had access to absolute shitloads of money spent all this time impersonating federal agents and giving freebies away to the Secret Service and other federal agents, and not only does no one seem to know why, but every time we learn more about it, the whole thing get weirder. I can’t wait to find out WTF is going on here.

🥴 Dude. Humans get frickin’ weird when we’re separated from each other for too long. Add that to stress and grief and outrage, and some days I’m honestly surprised we’re doing as well as we are.

😲 Scientists have manage to rejuvenate skin cells in this one woman, making the cells 30 years younger than they should be. This is kind of amazing. The end goal here is to be able to make any kind of cell decades younger, and reverse or prevent age-related diseases.

📺 I ordered this thing so I can watch cartoons on my Fire tablet while I’m on my exercise bike. It’s way more than I actually need, but the reviews on everything else I looked at were either all “This thing broke in 20 minutes” or “This thing broke my phone/tablet in 20 minutes,” so I decided to get the expensive thing.

🚲 Related to the above note, a worrying amount of widgets I looked at to hold my tablet up in front of my exercise bike indicated that they were for street bikes, which, no, do not watch TV while cycling around town, cyclists are annoying enough already.

Things I Wrote This Week

5 Things: Pandemic trauma, weird Secret Service conspiracy, LGBTQ+ rights, Ketanji Brown Jackson, & Russia

In today’s 5 Things, we’re talking about trauma caused by the ongoing pandemic, some kind of weird conspiracy possibly aimed at the Secret Service(?), the ongoing GOP attack against LGBTQ+ people, Judge Jackson getting confirmed to the SCotUS, and a poll on how Americans feel about Russia these days.

Absolutely gorgeous day today, practically summer weather out there. Here’s a quick peek at the news.

  1. NPR: People are developing trauma-like symptoms as the pandemic wears on – This is not even a little surprising. I dunno if it qualifies as PTSD, but the pandemic is definitely fucking everyone up.
  2. AP: US: 2 posed as agents, gave gifts to Secret Service officers – The more we learn about this story, the weirder it gets.
  3. NBC News: A Texas teacher faces losing her job after fighting for gay pride symbols in school – Just another example of the evil shit the GOP is doing to the LGBTQ+ community.
  4. Washington Post: Senate confirms Jackson as first Black woman on Supreme Court – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed for the SCotUS.
  5. Pew Research Center: Seven-in-Ten Americans Now See Russia as an Enemy – Great. Now if we could just get 70% of Congress to see Russia as an enemy…

5 Things: The Post Office, vaccines, COVID-19, Ivanka Trump, & Fox News

Today’s 5 Things includes the Post Office reform bill, what’s ahead for COVID vaccines, COVID-19 cases in the UK, Ivanka Trump’s testimony, and Fox News Fox-Newsing it up.

It’s a beautiful, warm sunny spring day out there, and my brain has absolutely refused to produce anything useful today. Too nice out, can’t brain.

  1. The Hill: Biden signs Postal Service reform bill into law – This bill removes the requirement that the Post Office pre-fund its retirees’ benefits, which was what was causing the vast majority of the financial stress, so this is a big win. It would be better if someone would boot DeJoy’s ass out of the top seat, but I’ll take what I can get.
  2. NPR: Another booster? A vaccine for omicron? Here’s what could be next for COVID vaccines – Quick peak at what might be coming down the pipe for future COVID vaccinations.
  3. NBC: U.K. reaches record Covid levels, with nearly 5 million cases – We lag behind the UK by several weeks, so brace yourselves. I see Oregon’s cases are creeping up a smidge lately.
  4. CNBC: Ivanka Trump testified for 8 hours before House panel investigating Jan. 6 riot – I am forced to assume that this was just eight solid hours of Ivanka repeating “I don’t know” and “I don’t remember.” Either that or she had a fit of the smarts and sold her dad up the river to keep herself out of trouble.
  5. Rolling Stone: Fox News Doctored Clips of Obama’s Visit to the White House to Make It Seem Like Biden Was Lost – Because of course they did. 🙄