Little Notes & Short Posts

Twitter, the debt ceiling, voting, more

🐦 Musk kicked off the promised massive layoffs this morning, and was promptly sued for it for violating California law, which requires a 60-day notice for a layoff this size. Which, LOL. Hey, remaining Twitter employees, y’all should quick and unionize this morning. I bet you could give him positively crippling heartburn for the weekend if you do.

🐘 This is a TPM Prime article, so I’m not sure if you’ll be able to read it, but: “There’s Going to Be A Global Financial Crisis in 2023.” The upshot is that we have a debt ceiling fight due shortly after the midterms, and the GOP have promised to hold the debt ceiling hostage for Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid cuts, as per their usual tactics. Democrats have several options available to head this off at the pass. They could take the GOP off at the knees by getting rid of the debt ceiling altogether or raising it ridiculously high now, before a possibly GOP-controlled House is seated after the midterms. But TPM has some experts claiming that the Democrats aren’t going to do this because… well, they’re Democrats, basically. Ug. Just… uuuuuggggghhhh.

🗳️ Please, for the love of little puppies with heart-shaped spots, get your ass out and vote in the midterms, and vote for Democrats and progressives. Fuck knows the Democrats are pissin’ useless, but at least they aren’t Republicans.

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Little Notes & Short Posts

Folgers, Trump, more

☕ Folgers is trying to rebrand themselves as the coffee for non-coffee snobs. Folgers, it’s not that your coffee is too old fashioned, it’s that your coffee tastes like stale butt. No amount of rebranding on Earth will fix that.

⚖️ Clarence and Ginni Thomas were in on it. Of course they were. No one is surprised by this.

🕍 The FBI is warning Jewish people in New Jersey of credible threats against their synagogues.

🍊 Expect Trump to announce his run after the midterms. With any luck he’ll announce and be immediately indicted. Will that tank his run for the White House? Fuck I hope so.

Little Notes & Short Posts

Quick thoughts because I’m busy…

Continuing in the vein of “social media as we’ve known it is dying,” Facebook hasn’t been having a good time, either. Engagement on the platform is dying, revenue is piddling away, and the platform is basically unusable.

I’m excited to see what happens next in social media. I feel like it’s going to be something a lot more decentralized, personalized, and niche.

Remember COVID? That’s still a thing. And it’s still wildly dangerous. Even mild infections cause long-term, possibly permanent, heart damage. You should really be up to date on your shots and be working to avoid catching that shit.

Little Notes & Short Posts

Right wing terrorism, NaNoWriMo, more

🐘 The cops are having to debunk conspiracy theories about the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband, because of course they are. Just for the record, a right wing terrorist who intended to seriously harm and possibly assassinate Pelosi broke into her house. When the terrorist didn’t find Pelosi, he attacked her husband instead. Anything else is just right wingers throwing chaff in the air to confuse people and give their base justifications to continue ignoring the problem of right wing terrorism.

📖 Today marks the start of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. It’s a challenge – write 50,000 words in a month. I’ve tried it in past years with no particular success. Kicking around the idea of giving it another go this year. We’ll see.

📧 I have subscribed to roughly 16,000 newsletters since Musk bought Twitter. Pity my inbox, y’all.

🙄 For some reason, after being screwed absolutely raw, made to risk their lives during the pandemic in some cases, forced to return to hated offices too soon in others, and while watching their dollars buy less and less while their employers bank record profits, US employees are getting way less productive. And no one knows why. It’s a mystery. An enigma. We shall never learn the cause.

🗳️ Biden’s preparing a re-election bid and for some reason, this is considered news. Like, barring some kind of serious health issue they can’t hide, he was always definitely going to run again. Nobody ever only wants one term as president. That’s not a thing.

😆 IPG is Interpublic Group, a massive global marketing company. This is not a great sign for Twitter. If Musk has any sense at all, he’s sweating bullets right now.

💸 Y’know, I was actually kicking around the idea of buying Twitter Blue awhile ago – the paid tier gets you access to an edit feature that I coveted – but I hadn’t quite talked myself into it yet. Sure as hell ain’t gonna get it now, though. Musk’s apparently tying verification to Twitter Blue, which is not a great idea in all sorts of ways, plus promising “half the ads” and longer posts and videos and whatnot. If you’re still on Twitter, and you aren’t already using an ad blocker, may I aggressively suggest adding one to your browser? uBlock Origin is the one you want.

🦠 I’m not the only one who thinks that Vanity Fair/ProPublica COVID lab leak article was dodgy as fuck, by the way. A whole pile of experts thinks so, too, and they have much better reasons than my “I dunno, feels hinky, guys” thoughts. The reports the article was based on were full of mistranslations and misunderstandings, the whole thing was put together by Trump-appointed Republicans (a concerning sign I noted, too), as well as a lot of weaselly shit like avoiding mentioning that the scientific consensus is against the lab leak idea.

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Reading & Books

Books I Read in October 2022

I started with The Wee Free Men near the end of September, and plowed through the rest of the Tiffany Aching books in October. These are re-reads, so nothing new here. The Shepherd’s Crown always makes me a little sad, in much the same way that Raising Steam does. Both books were written right before Pratchett passed away, and neither of them were exactly… finished. You can sort of see the books they were meant to be, but you can also plainly see where the Alzheimer’s wasn’t letting Terry wright the books the way he meant to.

  1. A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett
  2. Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett
  3. I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett
  4. The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett