Need some NaNoWriMo inspiration? Well, okay.
A video of a music typewriter in action. (Grokked from John)
"As part of Airbnb’s latest promotional contest, the short-term rental company is offering two lucky individuals the chance to stay in Dracula’s castle on Halloween night." I smell a GoFundMe coming on… (Grokked from Alex C. Renwick)
"Over the past several years, the health of Americans has deteriorated—particularly that of middle-aged non-Hispanic whites. Among the culprits are drug overdoses, suicide, alcohol poisoning, and liver disease… Partly as a result, the life expectancy for 65-year-olds is now six months shorter than in last year’s actuarial study. Longevity for younger Americans was also affected: A 25-year-old woman last year had a 50/50 chance of reaching age 90. This year, she is projected to fall about six months short… Baby boomers, Generation X, and yes, millennials, are all doing worse." (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)
A Jack Chick Goes to Heaven cartoon done in the style of Jack Chick tracts. (Grokked from Dan)
When prosecutors felt they didn't have enough evidence to continue a sexual assault charge against one Democratic Missouri House candidate, he then sues his accuser, who is also a Democratic Missouri House candidate, for defamation. Proving there are assholes on all sides of the political debate.
"Duterte has vowed to stop using (swear words) because God threatened to crash the airplane he was flying home from Japan in if he didn't cut it out." I'm pretty sure that will last as long as it did for the rest of us.
"'It's the consumers' information. How it is used should be the consumers' choice.' So said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler as the commission adopted rules requiring Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon to get customers' permission before selling the data they collect to marketers." Don't worry, ISPs, just include it in your 20+ page Terms of Agreement that you can sell and share user data. Nobody reads those.
The problem with how Duterte has ben prosecuting his "war on drugs." At some point someone says won't someone rid me of this troublesome priest. A week after Duterte fingers a local mayor as involved in the drug trade, said mayor turns himself in, says he's actually fighting drugs, but then is gunned down (along with some of his followers) by police as they're driving through town. Governments can't trade in lawlessness, because it invariably leads to purging of different levels of dissidents. (Grokked from Brandie Tarvin)
"'The military expert Donald Trump previously said he could teach 'a couple things' responded in kind Thursday, repeating his original claim to the New York Times that the Republican nominee 'doesn’t know a damn thing about military strategy.'"
"Rurality does not create the fever swamp we’re now in. Fifty years of the GOP’s 'Southern strategy,' however, does." On the many think pieces about how the disaffected rural people are driving the Trump bus. Nope, they're just getting suckered all over again. (Grokked from Christopher Moore)
"For the past month, Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he will personally contribute more than $100 million to his own campaign by Election Day, but now Trump will not commit to reaching that goal." Of course not. He lies about things easily disproven by a google search. Actually calling him on this means gathering public documents and doing the math. He's not used to people actually doing that.
"'I went up there and talked to him. I told him, "I support you and I appreciate what you’re doing. It’s your right, but you’re going about it the wrong way here." The election code has very specific rules,' (Bulverde, Texas Police Chief Gary) Haecker told the Herald-Zeitung. 'These are the rules and you have to abide by the rules.'" A man is arrested for wearing a Trump hat (which he did removed on request) and not turning his "Basket of Deplorables" shirt inside out (which he claimed 1st Amendment rights). Wondering if lot of those "2nd Amendment Is Our First Freedom" people are going to discover that we go have laws that limit the rights outlined in the Bill of Rights? I'm sure it will come as a shock. Waiting for the "they're surpressing the Trump vote" outrage in 3… 2… 1…
"A Des Moines woman has been charged with Election Misconduct, a Class D felony, after allegedly voting twice for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Terri Rote says she was afraid her first ballot for Trump would be changed to a vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton… 'I wasn't planning on doing it twice, it was spur of the moment,' says Rote. 'The polls are rigged.'" Dear conservatives, please note that she was caught. This is what happens when you try to vote twice. Also note that if she's convicted, as a felon, her franchise will be removed from her and require her to reapply to gain it back. Given what she would be convicted of, it's doubtful she'll be able to vote in a public election ever again. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has asked Florida election official why nearly 25,000 people who've applied to vote haven't had their registrations completed.
Wiccans for Trump. There's always a few in the crowd, and they have the same denial mechanisms as a lot of the Christian conservatives. (Grokked from Dan)
"FBI Director James Comey has notified members of Congress that the FBI has reopened its investigation into the handling of classified information in connection with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state… He added, 'the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.'" My guess is it'll take them until Nov. 9th to come up with, "meh, nothing here." Although, less than a few hours after I typed that, it appears to be a few emails, not from Clinton, not from her server, but somehow related but discovered in the investigation into Anthony Weiner's sexting. My money is that suspicion that the word "blowjob" is somewhere in there.
"A newly surfaced video shows Donald Trump grabbing and kissing a former Miss Universe onstage." (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
Tweet of my heart: @matthewamiller Comey refused to even tell Congress if FBI was investigating Trump camp for Russia hack, but regular updates on Clinton are apparently A-ok. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)