Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020


Deuces Wild

2020 will always be remembered as the year the shit hit the fan. But sadly, it didn't stop there. It kept circulating. Welcome to life inhale. It's Time to Talk About How Toilets May Be Spreading Covid-19. "Researchers found high concentrations of bioaerosols when a toilet with no lid was flushed. How many airborne particles, exactly, are we talking about? Upwards of 1 million additional particles per cubic meter of air. Not all of the aerosols generated will carry the virus, of course. But, let's be clear: When you flush the toilet, you're breathing in toilet water, and whatever is in that toilet water — including viruses and bacteria. The study also found that bioaerosols spread around the room and lingered in the air. In fact, basic aerosol physics tell us these bioaerosols will stay aloft until one of four things happen: they settle out onto surfaces, they are removed through dilution, they are removed through filtration or they are removed by your lungs." (All of a sudden, injecting Lysol into your body doesn't seem all that crazy...)


Institutions Gone Mental

"'Please hold on sending this one out until you have a chance to speak to [acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf],' wrote DHS Chief of Staff John Gountanis, according to an email obtained by ABC News. That was nearly two months ago. But the bulletin was never circulated." ABC News: DHS withheld July intelligence bulletin calling out Russian attack on Biden's mental health. (And then Trump started attacking Biden's mental health...)

+ "Intelligence agencies have warned for months that Russia and other countries were actively trying to disrupt the November election, and that Russian intelligence agencies were feeding conspiracy theories designed to alienate Americans by laundering them through fringe sites and social media. Now Facebook and Twitter are offering evidence of this meddling." NYT: Russians Again Targeting Americans With Disinformation, Facebook and Twitter Say.


Mister and Misstatement

AP: Trump misstates what happened in Kenosha. (Misstate is mediaspeak for Lie.)

+ The owner of store that burned down in Kenosha refused to be part of a Trump photo-op. So the administration got the former owner of the store to pretend he was the current owner. (It never stops. Big lies, small lies, all lies.)

+ The New Yorker: Donald Trump's Incitements to Violence Have Crossed an Alarming Threshold.

+ Biden calls for charges for violent citizens and police. Charging people who kill other people? That just might work...


Nerve Wracking

"German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said toxicological tests on samples taken from Navalny had been carried out at a German military laboratory. He said they provided 'unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent' from the Novichok group." Novichok nerve agent used in Alexey Navalny poisoning, says German government.



"The unidentified victims of carbon monoxide poisoning range in age from 24 to 84 years old, and outnumber the deaths caused by drowning, fallen trees and storm cleanup." Majority Of Hurricane Laura Deaths Linked To Improper Use Of Portable Generators.


We Crave a Different Kind of Buzz

"The two, who recently relocated to Santa Barbara, California, plan to focus on stories and issues that elevate diverse voices and other issues close to their hearts. Several projects are already in development, including a nature docu-series and a series focused on women who inspire." Prince Harry and Meghan sign production deal with Netflix. (To bad there's already a show called Succession...)


Surely You Test?

"To get out of this pandemic, we need fast, easy coronavirus testing that's accessible to everyone. From the way people often talk, you might think we need a technological breakthrough to achieve this. In fact, we don't have a technological problem; we've got an implementation problem. We could have the testing capacity we need within weeks. The reason we don't is not simply that our national leadership is unfit but also that our health-care system is dysfunctional." Atul Gawande in The New Yorker: We Can Solve the Coronavirus-Test Mess Now—If We Want To. (The test of whether we want to or not is on Nov 3rd.)



"'When people say things like, ‘You're a legend!' it embarrasses me. Because I'm just a newbie old grandma,' Ms. Curry, 84, said. 'I try to just be honest and be me. I sit here in my apartment and dream up stories. That's all I do.'" NYT: This 84-Year-Old Gamer Has More Than 900,000 ‘Grandkids.'


Fly Guy

"'Two airline flight crews reported seeing what appeared to be someone in a jetpack as they were on their final approaches to LAX around 6:35pm PDT Sunday,' the FAA said in a statement on Tuesday, but did not elaborate further." (In 2020, does one need to elaborate further? If you have a jetpack, you're gonna be heading out.)


The Bottom of the News

"The announcement came on Good Morning America this morning, showing Carole (surprise surprise) dancing in a flower crown with a stuffed animal tiger." Dancing With The Stars Casts Carole Baskin Because Yep, That Sounds About Right For 2020. (Where can one get a jetpack?)

+ Man Takes A Hilariously Bold Stand Against Boneless Chicken Wings During City Council Meeting.

+ A headline I didn't see coming: The Secret, High-Risk World of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish P*rn.