• Jen Psaki dealt with a more argumentative Peter Doocy as he tried a new tactic

    After our post about the "Jen-and-Peter Show," in which Fox's Peter Doocy is always put in his place, nice and swift-like, by the White House's quick-witted Jen Psaki, today he weirdly went off script. Doocy, usually so slow he's silenced before he knows what hit him, fell out of character, rudely interrupting and arguing with Psaki, and continuing to challenge her after his time was up. Of course she never lost her cool, and was victorious in the end, but it was like managing a belligerent teenager rather than the sassy 3rd-grade school boy we're all used to. Or a Peter Doocy who was trying to change his image. (Didn't work.)

    It started with his ridiculously unprofessional (even for Doocy), obviously misleading question. "For how long has the administration been spying on people's Facebook profiles looking for vaccine misinformation?" he asked, referring to yesterday's press briefing, in which she said there were about 12 people responsible for 65% of anti-vax information (see @therecount tweet at the bottom of this post).

    Psaki, staying on script, began to answer in her usual, crisp manner that ended with her signature smile: "Well that was quite a loaded and inaccurate question, which I would refute…" But as she tried to continue with a fact-backed answer, an agro Doocy interrupted with, "Inaccurate how?" and then, continuing to speak while she did, uttered an inaudible whine, prompting her to push back with, "Let me finish…"

    He then asked her an even more ridiculous question. "Okay, so these 12 people you have on a list, 12 individuals, do they know that someone at the surgeon general's office is going through their profile?" Yes, he did ask that.

    "There's no secret list," Psaki said, looking like she's about to laugh her head off. She told him she'd be happy to give him the source for that information. She said her biggest concern is "the number of people who are dying" because of false information about Covid vaccines spreading on social media. Normally this would be enough to silence the Dooce, but he was in rare form.

    By (2:19), longer than usual, she pointed to the rest of the reporters, signaling his time was up. Usually this simple act is hilarious in itself, like an exclamation point to a just-dropped Psaki bomb. But this time something went wrong. Rather than shut up and let another reporter take a turn, the relentless Doocy had yet another dumb question, thinking Facebook was run and censored by the White House. Throughout today's derailed episode, Psaki remained poised and unruffled with her always smart and concise answers. But it was a looney departure from the regularly scheduled program.

  • Tokyo wakes up to a sky-high floating head staring back at them

    People in Tokyo woke up Friday morning to find a giant black-and-white face staring back at them from above the trees in the city's popular Yoyogi Park. In a tweeted video (below), you can hear nervous laughter as someone takes video of the floating head. Was it an alien? A mass hallucination? The dreamlike visitor, who had not made a public announcement before its appearance, turned out to be a hot air balloon. Created by Me (translated to "eye" in English) – an art collective in Japan that includes three core members – the surreal experience lasted for a few hours before disappearing from the public eye. If only every day could bring such surprise and amusement.

  • Another Karen accuses a Black man of stealing a phone, later found in her car

    Reminiscent of the Soho Karen who falsely accused a Black teen at a New York hotel of stealing her phone (which later turned up in an Uber), another racist Karen, in California this time, falsely accused a Black man at a Walmart for stealing her son's phone, posted on TikTok by @cristinahatesyou earlier this week. She follows him in a parking lot, and although he shows her what's in his pockets (which he didn't have to do), she still believes he stole it. "I know I'm Black with tattoos, so she automatically assumes I have it," he says to his phone at one point. Eventually the son finds his phone – he had left it in the car. So what does the good mother do? She refuses to apologize, won't give him her name, and even tells the falsely accused man to fuck off.

  • This is why QAnon makes sense to MAGA folk

    It's no wonder QAnon was able to ensnare so many Trump voters with its far-right, far-out conspiracies.

    The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper digs up past interviews with senseless Trumpers who defy logic as they explain why we have a lot to be angry about when it comes to former president Barack Obama. First of all, where the heck was Obama during 9-11? Why wasn't Obama, who became president in 2009, taking charge behind his desk in the Oval Office when the planes hit the Twin Towers? "I'd like to get to the bottom of that," one gentleman sporting a mad MAGA hat told the Daily Show's Jordan Klepper. And what about the issue of his dang birth certificate?

    "So there's nothing Barack Obama could do to prove he was born here?" he asked one Trump fanatic. To which she responded, "If there was maybe witnesses that were in attendance at his birth." Except for his mother, that is. As if sitting at a tea-party in Wonderland, she explained that his mother had "motivations to lie." But Trump, on the other hand, was certainly born in the US – his parents were there to prove it.

  • Watch: Maskless man pushed off a train by passengers

    Anti-maskers in Spain beware – using public transportation without a mask will get you nowhere. Not with passengers like the one on the train below, who didn't put up with any guff from a man who thought he could bend the country's mask rules by riding a train without a face covering. In the video, posted on Twitter, a group of loud passengers, who repeatedly shout "Fuera!" ("outside), keep pushing and pushing until the maskless gentleman is forced off the train. He is left on the platform, where he takes a seat, perhaps contemplating his ridiculous quandary.

    Via Unilad

  • Someone broke into a New Jersey couple's home, but nothing was stolen. Instead, their house was cleaned

    A New Jersey couple were surprised to find their home had been broken into. But unlike most break-ins, nothing was taken, according to WECT. Instead, whoever broke in thoroughly cleaned the house. And fed their two cats.

    Turns out the "burglar" was actually Louis Angelino III, who cleans friends' houses as a way to make extra money. He thought he was cleaning for his buddy Mark. When he arrived at the condo, he looked under the mat for a key, like Mark had told him to do, and there was a key. He then let himself in and went to work, making the place spotless. Once he finished he even played with the cats while waiting for Mark to arrive. And then Mark called.

    From WECT:

    "Mark's like, 'Hey, did you come today? Did you clean?'" Angelino said. "'I'm in your living room, waiting for you to walk in. I'm playing with your cat.' He goes, 'Man, I don't have a cat.'"

    Later, Beth Motzel's husband, Tom, called her, surprised to find that when he got home from work, their apartment had been cleaned.

    "He said, 'You won't believe it. Somebody broke in our house and cleaned the entire thing,'" Motzel said. "Tom and I laughed forever about it. He fixed it all up. I mean, details. He cleaned up after the cats, played with the cats, fed the cats. And he wiped everything spotless. He really is a cleaning fairy."

    Image by storebukkebruse / Flickr

  • Watch: America is an "out-of-control kid" who needs a mom

    America is like a rowdy child who needs a mom. One who means business. One who doesn't blink when she says to her unruly child, "Enough!" At least that's what political commentator Leigh McGowan, aka Politics Girl, says in her latest video.

    "America is that out-of-control kid," she says, after describing those rambunctious kids who run amok in restaurants as their parents idly sit by and sheepishly shrug. "Privileged and entitled and acting a fool. And we need a tough mom to come in, grab us by the upper arm, and say, 'Enough!'"

    Her point? In tough-mom mode, she tells undisciplined America what we need to do to shape up. "We need to eliminate the filibuster and pass sweeping voter protections. We need to stop Republican cheating in its tracks … We're going to pass the American jobs plan and the American family plan and take care of our citizens and stop the corporate greed and wealth inequality from getting any worse. …" The list goes on, and at this point I'll do anything she says to keep her happy.

    "This behavior stops now," she orders. No ifs, ands, or buts. "So I need you to sit down and eat your dinner."

  • Watch: Two lucky women are swinging near a cliff when it breaks and sends them over the edge.

    A nightmarish moment caught on video shows two women swinging at the edge of a cliff in Russia, "6,300 feet above sea level," when one of the chains of the swing chair snaps. The women, not wearing a safety belt, scream as the seat tilts and they drop out of sight.

    Fortunately, as terrifying as the video is, the lucky duo fell onto a wooden platform a few feet below, according to CNBC18, and were helped back up with only bruises and scratches.

  • A Napa woman was arrested for selling fake Moderna vaccination cards

    A naturopathic doctor in Napa, California, accused of forging Moderna vaccination cards and peddling fake Covid "pellets" in lieu of shots, has been arrested. The 41-year-old ND, Juli Mazi, worked out of her house, where she allegedly pushed Covid conspiracy fears to profit from quackery.

    The state-licensed naturopath was raided by the FBI on Wednesday after a family tipped them off in April, saying she sold them pellets that she claimed contained minuscule amounts of the coronavirus to give them "lifelong immunity to Covid-19," according to ABC. Mazi told patients that Covid vaccinations, on the other hand, contained toxic ingredients.

    From ABC:

    Juli A. Mazi, 41, of Napa, was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of false statements related to health care matters, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Wednesday.

    Prosecutors scolded Mazi for peddling fake medical information and seeding skepticism at a time when health officials are pleading with the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The pandemic and the vaccines have generated deep divisions in the country, with some saying they don't trust the shots and won't get inoculated.

    Federal prosecutors say Mazi sold homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets she fraudulently claimed would provide "lifelong immunity to COVID-19." She told customers the pellets contained small amounts of the virus and would create an antibody response, prosecutors said.

  • Psaki outfoxes Doocy in another episode of the Jen-and-Peter show

    Watching Jen Psaki crush Peter Doocy is like watching a vintage Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies Saturday morning cartoon. Of course Doocy always plays the dim-witted aggressor (Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, Sylvester) while Psaki plays the sharp and hilarious protagonist (Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Tweetie) who outfoxes her challenger every single time. And although every formulaic episode runs through the same theme, it's always funny and never gets old.

    Which brings us to this week's Jen-and-Peter show, where Doocy foolishly steps into the ring to bash Texas Democrats for leaving the state to block the voter-suppression bill. He then tries, per usual, to outwit Psaki. "Do you know of any examples, of his 36 years in the Senate, that Joe Biden just hopped on a train and left town to avoid a vote that he knew he was going to lose?"

    But Psaki, also per usual, side-steps his failed "gotcha" punch with a wide-grinned chuckle, and then says, "Welcome back," as if to say here we go again with your buffoonery. Her response receives hearty laughter, reminiscent of a 1950s laugh track, from the other reporters in the room.

    Toward the end of the episode (:58), after she explains Biden's position (approval) on the Texas Democrats' actions, Doocy goes in for another failed knock-out. "Maybe it's funny to think about it that way, but the president is talking about this as the most serious assault on our democracy…" to which Psaki cuts him off and puts him in his place with "I don't think anything about this is funny," before schooling the silenced Fox reporter.

    And that's all, folks!

  • Watch anti-masker woman argue with police before being arrested and kicked off Delta flight

    A woman from Sarasota, Florida refused to wear a mask on a Delta flight, so police, after trying to reason with her, handcuffed her and escorted her off the plane. In a Twitter video posted by ABC reporter Sam Sweeney, 23-year-old Adelaide Schrowang argues with police, who gave her the choice of getting off the plane or getting arrested. She whines, pouts, and nearly cries as she says at one point, "That's not cool. I want to trust you! Do you want to trust me? That's not healing," and "You're not respecting my human rights."

    According to Heavy, she had also "spit at passengers at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida," which is not seen in the video.

  • Surprise! A dump truck delivers 1,400 pounds of trash to Boris Johnson (watch video)

    Greenpeace just made a special delivery to Boris Johnson's doorstep: nearly 1,400 pounds of plastic trash. (Video below.) That's more than half a ton. It's also the "same amount that the UK sends overseas every 30 seconds," according to Greenpeace.

    "We hope this pile of plastic helps the government to not only visualize the huge volume of plastic waste we export, but also to understand what it feels like to have waste dumped on your doorstep," a Greenpeace representative said.

    The trash dump was accompanied by a Borris-masked character displaying two thumbs up as another person dressed in construction garb held a sign that said, "Stop plastic exports."

  • This old phone makeover is one of the best restoration videos I've seen

    Awww, there is nothing more satisfying than watching an old battered vintage phone go through a complete makeover. Without any narration (but wonderful sounds of sanding, wiping, washing, snipping, disassembling, assembling, etc – along with calming background bird chirps, a cat meow, a muffled plane, etc), this beautifully shot restoration video will rejuvenate anyone's day. And the glistening final product is gorgeous.

  • Chinese ships dump so much human waste into the ocean, you can see it from space

    Hundreds of Chinese ships have been dumping so much raw sewage onto the same spots of the South China Sea every day for at least five years, you can now see it in satellite photos.

    "When the ships don't move, the poop piles up," said Liz Derr, founder and CEO of Simularity, a software company that creates technology that analyzes satellite imagery. "It is so intense you can see it from space."

    And beyond the gross factor, it's causing major damage to marine life including fish and reef.

    From The Washington Post:

    Satellite images over the last five years show how human waste, sewage and wastewater have accumulated and caused algae in a cluster of reefs in the Spratlys region where hundreds of Chinese fishing ships have anchored in batches, said Liz Derr …

    At least 236 ships were spotted in the atoll, internationally known as Union Banks, on June 17 alone, she said at a Philippine online news forum on China's actions in the South China Sea, which Beijing has claimed virtually in its entirety.

    "This is a catastrophe of epic proportions and we are close to the point of no return," Derr said.

    She warned that schools of fish, including migratory tuna, breed in the reefs that are being damaged and could cause fish stocks to considerably decline in an offshore area that is a key regional food source.

  • Watch how Trump fan reacts when cornered with facts

    It's funny how whenever a Trumper is cornered with facts, they resort to the "What-About" QAnon tactic. "What about Hillary's email?" Or in this MAGA fan's case, "What about Obama's birth certificate?"

    It starts when the sage woman tells the Daily Show's Jordan Klepper," You can tell he [Trump] hasn't done anything wrong just by his demeanor. I mean, he would be trying to hide things."

    To which Klepper sets her up with, "If he were blocking witnesses or evidence or something like that you'd be like, 'Oh, you're hiding something."

    "Right," she says.

    "But Trump is blocking witnesses," Klepper tells her.

    Looking stunned, the woman stares at Klepper for a very long moment before finally blurting "I don't care." And then she quickly segues into the Obama what-about routine.

    And there you have it, folks. Trumpers in a nutshell.

  • An 18-year-old student who slipped a Hitler quote into the yearbook is now charged with computer crimes

    A Connecticut teenager who attended Glastonbury high school has been charged with computer crimes after allegedly sneaking a Hitler quote into his high school yearbook.

    The 18-year-old hacker is accused of breaking into his school's database and sticking a Hitler quote underneath an unsuspecting student's photo, according to the Miami Herald. He then attributed the quote to George Floyd, the Minnesota Black man murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020.

    "It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us fail to realize what is really happening to them," the quote said.

    Police say the student also hacked another student's quote by weaving in references to drugs and the Boston Marathon bomber.

    From the Miami Herald:

    Glastonbury High School officials didn't notice the altered quotes until May 2021, when yearbooks were distributed to students.

    "We deeply regret not having caught the act of bigotry and vandalism before the yearbook was printed," administrators said after having the yearbooks recalled, the AP reported. "We're examining and will revise our yearbook procedures for collecting and reviewing future student submissions."

    Police arrested the teen on July 9 on two counts of third-degree computer crimes. His first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 6.

  • A plane drops thousands of fish into a Utah lake in this awesome video

    This footage taken on July 6 by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shows a plane dropping thousands of baby fish into a lake near the small town of Bicknell, Utah, which has an elevation of 7,125 feet. The state has been using this method to restock more than 200 remote lakes since the 1950s, according to NBC. "We used to load fish into milk cans and we needed horses to get us into these remote areas. The aerial method of stocking is much quicker and less stressful for the fish," the agency said. One planeload can drop up to 35,000 fish.