Chad Wolf, named Homeland Security Secretary by President Trump but never confirmed in the role, resigned last night. He cited a court ruling that said his appointment was illegal, but it also allows him to avoid ongoing pressure on Trump's cabinet to remove him from office following last week's violence at the U.S. Capitol. Five died in the chaos, prompted when Trump told his supporters to march on Congress.
The State Department biographies for outgoing president Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence were today defaced to claim they were resigning today. The Daily Beast reports that a "rogue staffer" is identified as the culprit. READ THE REST
The National Parks Service announced today that the Washington Monument will be closed to visitors until Jan. 24. The service cites "credible threats to visitors" from the same groups that were "involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol"; its press release is embedded above. Groups involved in the January 6, 2021… READ THE REST
Following Trump's 11th-hour Twitter ban, all hell broke loose online. Here's a tally of the evening's festivities; if you know of more, add them in the comments and I'll include them on the list. Trump banned from Twitter [boingboing.net]Facebook bans Trump [WaPo] Michael Flynn banned from TwitterSidney Powell banned from TwitterRon Watkin (8chan/8kun admin, likely… READ THE REST
It's a sad fact of modern life. Most people just don't read anymore. And, for those who do make the effort to dive into a new book once in a while, life's busy nature probably means it could take several days, to a few weeks, to maybe even a month or two to finally complete… READ THE REST
Once upon a time, air purifiers were mostly only found in the homes of the elderly, the environmentally sensitive, and the all-out germaphobe. Of course, after 2020, there's been renewed attention paid to everything that wafts through the air in everyone's homes and office spaces. Where health is concerned, nobody is skimping now. That massive… READ THE REST
Bioluminescence is one of those products of nature that truly makes the average person step back and marvel at the absolute wonder of our world. Found in many types of aquatic life, science explains it as molecules in the body of a living organism that produce light, often when exposed to oxygen. While it may… READ THE REST