Let’s start off with two from NBC News.

The first one’s about Facebook. This is not surprising to learn, but it turns out Facebook was weaponizing all our personal information to bludgeon advertisers and app developers into playing nice with Facebook. SurprisedPikachu.jpg, right? Basically Facebook was all, “Hey, we have a metric shit ton of personal information we’ll give you… if you do what we want.” And what they wanted was more money and/or access to whatever data various apps were drumming up. If you didn’t do what they wanted, or didn’t spend enough in advertising, Facebook cut you off. Seems like they destroyed some businesses that way, too. Shocking.

The second one’s about all the White House officials who answered Mueller’s questions during his investigation. A (probably heavily and wrongly) redacted version of the Mueller Report’s supposedly coming out this week, and now White House folks are worried that all those questions they answered for Mueller because they thought we and/or their boss, Trump, wouldn’t find out, might get made public. Pardon me while I savor this schadenfreude.

The Daily Beast has a big expose on billionaire pedophile Jeffery Epstein and the semi-secret foundation he used to try to repair his reputation after we found out he was a giant pedophile. There’s all kinds of sordid, horrifying stories about Jeffery Epstein and the people he was friends with. Some of his friends include Trump, Bill Clinton, Woody Allen and Kevin Spacey.

Meanwhile, the Hill is reporting that Roy Moore, hate monger, alleged sexual assaulter, and known religious weirdo is leading the pack of potential GOP opponents of Doug Jones in Alabama. Because of course he is. WTF, Alabama, Moore is garbage, support better candidates.

And to wrap things up, the ridiculous conspiracy theories about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire are flying thick and fast and most of them are anti-Muslim, because we live in the darkest timeline and everything is going to hell in a handcart on greased rails. BuzzFeed News has a roundup of the bullshit.

We spent most of our weekend watching Queer Eye, which, if you haven’t heard, got rebooted with a new Fab Five on Netflix a year or so ago. If you need something to watch, I definitely recommend it. It’s relentlessly positive and uplifting. Also, it’ll make you want to take care of your skin, clean out your closets, and go shopping.

5 Things to Read Today

  1. Politico: 2020 Dems warm to expanding Supreme Court – This needs to happen. We need to take the SCotUS card out of the “politics wars” deck. And not just in the Supreme Court, either, but in all courts. Courts should always be as unbiased and non-partisan as possible.
  2. CNN: Kellyanne Conway’s husband is trying to tell the public Trump is mentally ill. She doesn’t agree – This thing with Kellyanne Conway and her husband has to be some kind of performance art or schtick or something, right?
  3. AP: Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news – Facebook destroys the news ecosystem, then complains that it can’t find enough news to put on its platform. 🙄
  4. NPR: New Zealand Prime Minister Promises Tighter Gun Laws – New Zealand has its first mass shooting in like 30 years and the next its all, “These guns gotta go.” Wish we could manage the same thing.
  5. Vox: The New Zealand shooter wrote a manifesto. An extremism expert explains what it means. – “It’s definitely clearly signaling that the author is a white supremacist, and anti-immigration and anti-Muslim. We can take that away and draw some insight from it. But when you get down to the particulars, there are a lot of statements in there mainly to try get news coverage, to get people to say dumb things on TV, or to repeat memes or jokes that white supremacists and white nationalists use online to get people to search for them and try to bring attention to that cause.”