What if Kurzweil doesn't make it?
What if all the switches get stuck on destroy?
When the shuttle goes, we won't take it
When the final counter-measures are deployed
All we'll have is all this time

Monday, December 21, 2020

Linkee-poo Solstice 2020

For your edification, aluminum oxynitride, otherwise known and transparent aluminum.

"Astronomers hunting for radio signals from alien civilizations have detected an 'intriguing signal' from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star system to the sun, The Guardian reported." Well, maybe.

"The Hawaii county Civil Defense Agency (COH) has asked residents to stay indoors after the Kilauea volcano erupted following a series of earthquakes… The eruption on the Big Island took place late Sunday night local time at the Halemaumau Crater, COH said. The Kilauea Volcano observatory raised the alert level to warning, an advisory said."

The War on Christmas… "The United Kingdom has entered a period of intense restrictions after a mutation of the coronavirus was discovered spreading rapidly through the population of London and the southeast and east of England. Most of the country faces a strict lockdown as Christmas approaches, and several countries throughout Europe have banned travel from the U.K." And "christians" are freaking the fuck out. I recommend watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and pay extra careful attention this time.

"A highly contagious new variant of the coronavirus is causing countries in Europe and elsewhere to block travel from Britain… The U.K. last week warned of a new coronavirus variant that is thought to be up to 70% more transmissible than the original strain of the disease. According to the World Health Organization, the new variant has so far been identified in Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia."

"Tax cuts for the wealthy have long drawn support from conservative lawmakers and economists who argue that such measures will 'trickle down' and eventually boost jobs and incomes for everyone else. But a new study from the London School of Economics says 50 years of such tax cuts have only helped one group — the rich." I know, I'm shocked too. Tax the rich.

How goes Brexit? "With yet another Brexit deadline disappearing in the rearview mirror, a breakthrough on fishing rights remained elusive for the European Union and Britain on Sunday — leaving both without a trade agreement that would dull the cutting edge of a chaotic, costly economic break on New Year’s Day."

Brexit comes early… "A growing number of countries are closing their borders to travelers from the United Kingdom as a way to preemptively block the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus that is sweeping through southeast England."

"Lawmakers struck a nearly $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus deal Sunday that includes another round of stimulus checks and badly needed jobless benefits for struggling Americans, ending a long standoff in Washington with one of the biggest rescue bills in U.S. history."

"The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee inside the U.S. Capitol was removed from the building’s crypt Monday morning and will be relocated to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture." Bye, asshole.

"Rocket attacks by "Iran-backed militias" into an area housing the U.S. Embassy in Iraq killed at least one local civilian and damaged the embassy compound, according to U.S. diplomatic sources."

"The cyber-security firm that identified the large-scale hacking of US government agencies says it 'genuinely impacted' around 50 organisations… The US Treasury and departments of homeland security, state and defence are known to have been targeted."

"A meeting President Donald Trump held to discuss overturning the election result alarmed some White House staffers -- people who are used to Trump's inflammatory and anti-democratic rhetoric… With only a month remaining until President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office, Trump has been ramping up his efforts to remain president, while also trying to convince millions of Americans that election fraud is to blame for his presidential loss."

"The attorney Sidney Powell was spotted on Sunday leaving the White House, where the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman cited a source saying she had been advocating an executive order that would allow for voting machines to be collected and examined." That's not within the Executive's purview. You'd need a court order.

"Over the next month, the president would conduct a sweeping campaign to personally cajole Republican Party leaders across the country to reject the will of the voters and hand him the election. In his appeals, he used specious and false claims of widespread voter fraud, leaning on baseless allegations that corrupt Democrats had conspired at every level to steal a presidential election." The president is a tyrant.

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