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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Linkee-poo, lonely is the night when you find yourself alone, your demons come to light and your mind is not your own

Man these alligators. I tell ya what.

Man that Rotten Tomatoes campaign to tank Captain Marvel certainly worked wonders. It went about as well as comicgaters and MRAs previous attempts. Who's the soy boys now, motherfuckers?

"Evidence of an unusually strong solar storm that hit Earth in 660 BCE has been detected in Greenland ice cores—a finding which shows we still have lots to learn about these disruptive events." The universe wants us dead.

"Lelling said 33 parents 'paid enormous sums' to ensure their children got into schools such as Stanford and Yale, sending money to entities controlled by a California man named William Rick Singer in return for falsifying records and obtaining false scores on important tests such as the SAT and ACT." Only 33? I'ma thinkin' you're low-balling here. Getting kids into certain colleges are how college endowment funds make bank. And while there's a lot of "it doesn't really matter where these kids actually went, because they have so much privilege that it doesn't matter" let me call bullshit on that too. That piece of paper from one of those ivy league schools is a ticket to an easy and wealthy life. Without any experience, that sheepskin will not only open doors, it'll get you a window office. But yeah, meritocracy my ass.

For example this story about Match Day where newbie doctors find out where they get (or if they get) residencies. "Baker says 'doctors are seriously overpaid' and a big reason is rules that restrict the number of people who can get residencies. He calls these rules the work of 'a cartel,' and in economics, those are fighting words."

"Australian Cardinal George Pell, 77, a former leading Vatican official who last month was convicted of sexually abusing two boys, has been sentenced to six years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after three years and eight months."

"Gov. Gavin Newsom is putting a moratorium on the death penalty in California, sparing the lives of more than 700 death-row inmates… His action comes three years after California voters rejected an initiative to end the death penalty, instead passing a measure to speed up executions." Let the lawsuits begin. But basically this is only on hold while he's governor.

"Airline regulators across the globe are grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, joining an ever expanding list of countries banning the plane from their airspace. This comes in the wake of Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people on board. The cause of the crash is still under investigation." Strike 2, Boeing. You think you've made how to work the new systems clear. The aviation world is attempting to tell you that you're wrong.

"The Trump administration is seeking to close nearly two dozen U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field offices around the world in a move it estimates would save millions per year. But critics argue the closures will further slow refugee processing, family reunification petitions and military citizenship applications." Yeah, sure this isn't about wanting to cut off all immigration to the US. Let's roll up the sidewalks and put out the "Closed" signs as well.

"Back in 2016, The Intercept ran a blockbuster series revealing how foreign businesspeople were illegally laundering massive campaign contributions to Jeb Bush and other GOP presidential hopefuls." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"Adult performer and director Stormy Daniels said during a Q&A session at a women's co-working space in Washington on Tuesday that she may be ready for more legal fights… 'I have a new attorney,' she said, referring to Clark Brewster. 'The details will be coming out very soon. And ... my new attorney, you know, said today, "Things about to get real interesting."'"

"President Trump's onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort is due back in federal court on Wednesday for sentencing in his criminal case in Washington, D.C."

"Authorities at the Port of New York and New Jersey seized approximately 3,200 pounds of cocaine from a shipping container on Feb. 28." Man, the wall certainly will help stem the tide of drugs coming into our country. I mean ships heading up the East Coast will see that wall all the way over across the Gulf of Mexico and they'll know the jig is up and either dump the drugs or turn around.

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