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This is how the Democrats get money out of politics
Beyond his campaign’s enormous spending spree, the amount the billionaire former New York mayor has given directly to his campaign shows why he will likely be able to stay in the race for a long time, regardless of where he stands in the polls. The record shows Bloomberg contributed over $200 million to his campaign. His campaign had $11 million on hand going into the year 2020.” — Hmmm $200 million all before a single vote was cast. Which party is the party of billionaires?

Iowa Caucus software firm receives money from Democrat candidates
Among Shadow’s clients is Pete Buttegieg’s presidential campaign, which paid $42,500 to the firm in July 2019 for “software rights and subscriptions,” according to disclosures to the FEC. A spokesman for the campaign says the payment was for a service used to send text messages to voters. The campaigns of Joe Biden and Kirsten Gillibrand, who withdrew from the race last year, also made smaller payments to Shadow.” — Perhaps this is why Buttegieg is confident in the Iowa results before they come out. Conflict of interest????? COME ON!!!

Oregon Unions want to limit self-checkout to 2 kiosks per store
Are self-checkouts an annoyance or convenience at grocery stores? Do self-checkouts steal jobs from grocery checkers? These are the questions a federation of Oregon workers wants voters to answer with their votes. With the Oregon Supreme Court’s certification of the proposed measure’s description, it looks like the federation may have its wish. A petition to limit each grocery store to two checkout kiosks will soon move forward to signature gathering.” — They should mandate everyone use horse drawn carriages too. How many jobs were lost when the internal combustion engine took over?

Bloomberg turns 900 into 2900 in misleading Super Bowl Ad
An honest discussion of this issue would start by clearly defining the problem. Bloomberg fails that test by using a highly misleading number referring to “children,” half of whom were adults, and by using a definition of “gun violence” that includes suicides, a very different problem that is likely to require different solutions.” — He’s good at making small numbers get big. That’s how he got his billions!

Another reason why I smell so sweet
Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton, following intensive exercise by their wearers, because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.” — I’m like an inert gas… colorless and odorless

Loretta Lynn says country music is dead
Some of these country singers aren’t really country … I think some of them should be singing pop music and leave country alone,” she wrote, according to” — I’ve been saying this since the early 1990’s

Dogfights in space
But it was apparent early on that an American satellite that trackers call USA 245 was the real target. Cosmos 2542’s original orbit allowed it to pass within a few hundred miles of the KH-11 every 11 or 12 days, noted Michael Thompson, an American graduate student who moonlights with a small space company and, in his spare time, tracks satellites.” — It’s time for SPACE FORCE!!

Time should run out on Tik Tok
A doctor, sporting scrubs and grinning into her camera, instructs them on how to respond if a condom breaks during sex: The pill Plan B can be 95 percent effective, the video explains.” — Doctors need to find a cure for Cringe Inducing Video Syndrome


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State of the Union Address is must see TV this year
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be seated over President Trump’s left shoulder Tuesday, less than two months after the Democratic-controlled House impeached him — and just as the Republican-controlled Senate will be deciding whether to keep or remove him from office.” — I expect to be thoroughly entertained!

Purell is not so pure
The FDA also noted that it is unaware of any adequate and well-controlled clinical trials in the published literature that support” GOJO’s claims.” — When will people stop putting this goo on their hands… It does NOTHING!

The feds come calling for TollFreeDeals
Over a 23-day period in May and June of last year, for example, defendant TollFreeDeals connected 720 million calls to US numbers. According to the Justice Department, 425 million of the calls lasted for one second or less—suggesting that many were unwanted” — I get 8 to 10 bogus calls almost everyday. Send these people up the river for 720 million years.

Murdoch’s trying to out Drudge
It’s a news aggregator just louder and more obnoxious than Drudge

NASA makes the longest of long distance tech support calls
It’s a challenge to diagnose and fix problems on the twin probes due to their sheer distance from Earth. Voyager 2 is located about 11.5 billion miles (18.5 billion kilometers) away.” — 17 hour delay between sending and receiving. We need this for cable news channels

Orwell’s 1984 Cemented in Yale University Academics
Yale announced last week that it will stop teaching its famous survey course, “Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present.” Taught for decades by Vincent Scully, one of Yale’s most celebrated professors, the course was a riveting introduction to pulse of humanism. It is being cashiered for all the usual reasons. Its focus is too white, too European, too male, too “problematic,” as Tim Barringer, chairman of the art history department, puts it.” — “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”–George Orwell 1984


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Stop recycling your plastic and save the Earth!
If the world fully converted to nonbiodegradable bioplastics starting in 2020, the carbon sequestered over the next 30 years could amount to more than 10 gigatons—which would be a good start.” — Single use plastics as a carbon sink. Huh… that’s thinking outside the plastic box.

Federal Reserve keeps printing cash
The Federal Reserve added $90.8 billion in short-term money to financial markets Tuesday.” — They’ve been printing cash since September 2019. How can this be good?

Four years a home does not make a house
According to a civil lawsuit Kroon recently filed in King County Superior Court, the 2016 letter was “the first time the City had notified… the Kroon family that Fire Station 38 was not – as the City had represented – a residential dwelling.” — The wisdom of government never ceases to amaze.


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New York Times endorsement cop-out
Senator Warren is a gifted storyteller.” — duh

Why news organizations should not be public companies
Alden’s strategy of acquiring struggling local newsrooms and stripping them of assets has built the personal wealth of the hedge fund’s investors.” — a mirror image of what Tribune did when it was a media conglomerate.

Republicans and Democrats are bathing in the same water
Democrats, too, have made up their minds, and that would be equally upsetting but for the mountain of actual evidence on which their judgment rests.” — Sometimes I feel like I’m standing between dimensions.

They know who you are and you can’t stop them
When people can be identified and their data correlated at a speed and scale previously unseen, we need new rules.” — I’ll start worrying when ads online stop asking me to buy what I just purchased.

Intentional Communities… as opposed to unintentional communities?
According to Sky Blue… ” — Yes, there is a person named Sky Blue. The article was the best ad for nut butters I’ve ever read.

America’s parallel universes are taught in school
The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides.” — Maybe… just maybe if they taught the facts and leave the nuances for college our kids would learn more.

The return of SARS
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus—part of a class of pathogens that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS—has more than tripled to 218 cases, according to Chinese state media and health authorities.” — 218 cases? Let me know when it’s 10,000. Then I’ll worry.

I wish I understood monetary policy
Global banks’ use of funding from markets rather than from customer deposits has grown rapidly in recent years, mostly in the form of short-term funding, which was a central problem of the 2008 financial crisis, according to a body that monitors global financial risks.” — I need a bigger mattress I think.

Were we better off when our life expectancy was 46?
The bad news is that the aged are too often degraded as irrelevant, useless, burdensome, ugly if not grotesque—or, not to put too fine a point on it, a pain in the butt.” — So I’ve got that to look forward to.