Friday, May 29, 2020

Trump's latest executive order is bupkis

So yesterday, he of the spray on tan and of empty head issued an executive order aimed at social media because a) didn't like that Twitter fact-checked two of his tweets as being inaccurate and b) right-wingers think they're being oppressed by having their bullshit called out as bullshit. Right-wingers always think they're being oppressed. Idiots. In any case, this EO is about as effective as a fart in the wind because unless I'm mistaken EOs can't alter federal law.

And I'm not mistaken. It'll be squashed as soon as the first lawsuit comes before a federal judge. But that's not the point. This is just an attempt to distract everybody from Trump's incompetent handling of the coronavirus pandemic. If anything, this will probably last time we hear anything about this executive order from the White House.

(Not) Musical Monday: Jinger - Pisces (Live Session)

(Fair warning: Don't listen to this with the volume too high)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

YOU too can own...a decommissioned control panel from a nuclear power plant?

Because that's certainly a thing that everybody would love to own. I'm sure it'll fit right in with your man cave decor.

Yeah, I don't feel bad for anybody who bought these "anti-5G devices"

They say there's a sucker born every minute and we have certainly seen that to be true over the past *checks notes* several thousand years. There must have been a population boom during the last presidential election. But we're not talking about that right now. Instead, the particular breed of stupidity that I'm highlighting today is the one that's leading a number of British people to buy a device that's supposed to protect against that fiendish, diabolical 5G. Yeah, some people have it in their head (helped along by the internet and presumably lead paint chips) that 5G is responsible for spreading and infecting people with the coronavirus. Never mind that it's literally not possible for that to happen, but again, there's a sucker born every minute.

Ars Technica has the story here, but basically it boils down to some company selling 128mb thumb drives with some technobabble that would make a Star Trek writer proud for $350. Oh well, maybe this will keep the dunderheads from setting fire to 5G towers which is a thing that inexplicably has happened over there.

I know, people are idiots.

But as I said in the title of this post, I have no sympathy for these morons. If they're gullible enough to be bilked out of their money - especially during a pandemic and economic downturn - then they deserve to be bilked out of their money.