Pianist Brandon Ethridge, who we've covered before, is known for his "mini-musicals" – real, usually political video clips that he comically enhances with a piano accompaniment without altering the original audio (such as the Marjorie Taylor Greene propaganda below). But he strays from politics with this latest ditty that turns a depressing Humira ad into a frolicsome boy-saves-romance vignette. Funny as always.
A woman and her 71-year-old mother were driving on Interstate 91 in Daytona Beach, Florida when something flew through the windshield and crashed into the mother's forehead, leaving her with a gash. They discovered the flying object was a live turtle.
The gash drew a lot of blood, but the woman was not seriously hurt. The turtle was likely crossing the interstate and got knocked into the air by another vehicle.
"I swear to God this lady has the worst luck of anything," the daughter told the 911 operator as she tended to her injured mother.
The turtle, on the other hand, had the best luck of anything — it just had a few scratches on its shell and was released back into the nearby woods, Port Orange police officer Andre Fleming said.
Yep. Just another day in Florida.
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After a woman's Subaru got stuck in the mud "in the middle of nowhere" in Maine, she decided to walk the eight miles home alone. At midnight. But she wasn't alone for long – a friendly deer suddenly appeared and wouldn't let her out of its sight. According to her Facebook page, it kept her company for eight miles – three miles in the right direction, and five miles in the wrong direction (she took a wrong turn along the way). Finally at 4:30 in the morning, a woman stranger drove by and offered to driver her home, which by now was 15 miles away. "I got in her car and the deer ran behind the car until we couldn't see it! Crazy!!! That night would have be AWFUL if it wasn't for that deer… Such a weird almost magical animal encounter."
Police shout "Stop!" to two Black TikTokers who are filming themselves riding bikes down a sidewalk at night. "What? What happened?" one of men asks the cops. "We ain't doing nothing!"
"Get on the ground, right now!" an angry-sounding cop shouts. The two men get on the ground, asking "What the fuck happened?" and the cops order one of them to crawl. "I feel violated," one of the men says a couple of times.
One of the cops tells the clearly confused men that they match the description of two suspects, even though when the cops first ordered them to stop, they were at least a building or two away, in the dark, making it nearly impossible to make out what they looked like. According to one of the men, who goes by @riskie_e on TikTok, they were detained for 2-3 hours.
From Daily Dot:
TikTok user @riskie_e, who identified himself as Ian Adams in one of the videos, shared a series of videos featuring the incident on Tuesday. He claimed the incident took place on Monday. While it's unclear where the incident took place, some of his YouTube videos are located in Florida….
While it is unclear if the officers draw their weapons at any point in the footage, Adams says to them, "You've got your gun drawn, and I didn't do nothing." …
In a followup video, Adams says they were made to wait on the sidewalk for two to three hours.
Fortunately, this time, nobody was killed.
Dozens of protestors dumped a massive pile of cow poop at the White House this Earth Day morning, calling "bullshit" to the Biden Administration's climate plan. The pro-climate group, Extinction Rebellion D.C., rolled the manure over to the eastern entrance of the White House in pink wheel barrows. They also held signs that read, "DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY NOW" and "BIDEN'S 2030 PLAN = MASS DEATH."
Although Biden plans to slash "U.S. fossil fuel emissions up to 52% by 2030," according to WUSA9, the protestors don't think this goes far enough.
Extinction Rebellion D.C. said their call to action is to bring attention to"Biden's Bulls**t Climate Plan." They are demanding that President Joe Biden declare a climate and ecological emergency under the National Emergencies Act and set a net-zero emissions target of 2025. …
The new urgency comes as scientists say that climate change caused by coal plants, car engines and other fossil fuel use is already worsening droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters and that humans are running out of time to stave off most catastrophic extremes of global warming.
"Net-zero by 2030 and other not in my term of office scams are far too little, far too late," said Reilly Polka, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. "Biden is punting the crisis to future generations with targets that rely on unproven technologies sucking carbon out of the atmosphere. This is a massive gamble to take when the well-being of the human species and the richness of life on earth is at stake. If he cared he'd set targets that expire while he's still in office. We can't keep waiting, we need change now," the group said in a statement.
The group said in a statement that if Biden does not meet their demands they plan to continue "acts of non-violent civil disobedience."
"Kevin McCarthy is suddenly worried about extreme rhetoric," this ad starts off, referring to the House minority leader's hypocritical disapproval of House democrats for not condemning Rep. Maxine Waters. (Earlier this week he introduced a resolution to censure Waters for encouraging Chauvin protestors to stay vigilant, but it was blocked by Democrats.) "But where was he when members of his own conference said…"
The video then shows Rep. Mo Brooks (R–AL) encouraging "patriots" to "start kicking ass." And Rep. Madison Hawthorne (R–NC) telling people to "lightly threaten" their "congressman." And Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) saying, "You gotta go to the streets and be violent." And Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (Q–GA) saying we can't allow power to transfer peacefully to President Joe Biden. And Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) saying, "We're fighting to the bitter end." And despicable Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–FL) saying, "More bad behavior is what we need." And only a few of the many inflammatory remarks alpha bully Trump made while in office, such as "Knock the crap out of him," "I'd like to punch him in the face," "I would have been boom boom boom, I'll beat the crap…" and "If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore."
The powerful (at least from the choir's POV) Fox News ad, created by the republican-run organization The Republican Accountability Project, ends by telling McCarthy that if he "really opposes dangerous rhetoric, he can start by cleaning up his own House." It will air next week on Hannity in Washington D.C., according to HuffPost.
If Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David was a cocky Republican lawmaker from Texas rather than a Hollywood producer, this would be a perfect ending scene.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R–TX) was quite puffed up when he challenged President Joe Biden in January to accelerate the vaccine rollout. "If the Biden administration wants to impress us, you know what? Double the goal. Take 200 million vaccines in 100 days – I will be impressed. I will go on the record right now and say that I will be impressed if you can do that."
Cut to: Day 92 of the Biden administration – when President Biden announces, "When tomorrow's vaccine and vaccination numbers come out, we will show that today, we did it. Today, we hit 200 million shots."
Enter: Tuba playing Curb Your Enthusiasm buffoon theme song.
As if hoping for a gotcha moment to prove that Georgia's voter suppression bill isn't racist, Senator John Kennedy (R–LA) challenges Stacey Abrams by asking her to "just give me a list of the provisions you object to." But when she easily rattles off her many points, Kennedy becomes agitated and interrupts her every step of the way.
First he interrupts her mid-sentence and asks her to repeat her first three points, blaming it on the clear-as-a-bell audio. He then interrupts her again, asking her to clarify her very succinct third point, but when she starts to clarify, he interrupts her yet again, rushing her with an impatient "What else?" And then a few moments later, after she lists more points, he interrupts her with, "Is that all?" When Abrams says, "No, it is not," and lists two more points, Kennedy gives up the whole charade and tells her to stop. "Ok, I get the idea. I get the idea." Abrams was prepared and in top form, as she always is. Meanwhile, the befuddled senator and his test backfired spectacularly.
Here's a car so clean, you can't even see it until the camera pans away. And bravo to the camera person, who not only had to capture the image at just the right angle to make the illusion work, but at the same time had to make sure they didn't get caught in the reflection.
If you're not actually in Penang, Malaysia to ride the longest water slide in the world through a rainforest at Escape theme park, you can at least enjoy it virtually. Two guys shot their 4-minute excursion – which at 3,645 feet stretches out to more than half a mile – with a selfie stick, and it's pretty amazing. To see an overhead view of the slide, skip to 4:05.
On the day that Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in May 2020, the Minneapolis Police Department put out a press release that painted quite a different picture. They claimed Floyd, while in handcuffs, "physically resisted officers" and "appeared to be suffering medical distress." None of the details that occurred during the excruciating 9 minutes and 29 seconds of Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd's neck was mentioned.
A day after Chauvin was found guilty of murder, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Chauvin's guilty verdict wasn't enough. "Yesterday's verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis," he announced this morning. "Today, I am announcing that the Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing."
He [Garland] said the investigation will look at the use of excessive force, including during protests, and examine the MPD's accountability systems.
"If the Justice Department concludes that there's reasonable cause to believe there is a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing, we will issue a public report of our conclusions," he said.
Last week, Garland revoked a Trump-era memo that made it more difficult for the Justice Department's civil rights lawyers to reach consent decrees with state and local governments over policing practices, and to seek court approval for independent monitors to check whether police departments were honoring the terms of settlements.
Almost 11 months since Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd for trying to pass a counterfeit bill, Chauvin was found guilty on all charges, including second degree murder. Here are just a few of the early reactions that were posted on Twitter.
"Herd immunity" is the magic phrase – the finish line we've all been running toward – that will get us to the other side of the devastating Covid pandemic. Once we get there, masks will be mostly a thing of the past (or so we hope). Handshakes and hugs might even come back. And now it seems to reason that, with more than half of Americans having been vaccinated for Covid-19 with at least one shot, we're getting much closer to at least seeing the trophy, even if it's from a distance.
But, according to USA Today, as we get closer to population immunity widespread enough to keep everyone safe – even those who haven't been vaccinated – medical experts are suddenly doubting we'll ever actually reach herd immunity. For instance, one Mayo Clinic expert said, "There is no eradication at this point, it's off the table." The problem? It's not that herd immunity wouldn't work, but rather that around 25% of Americans just don't want to get vaccinated.
From USA Today:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, doesn't want to talk about herd immunity anymore.
"Rather than concentrating on an elusive number, let's get as many people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can," he said at a White House briefing last week, a sentiment he's since repeated.
What Fauci doesn't explicitly state, but others do, is that with about a quarter of Americans saying they might not want to be immunized, herd immunity is simply not an attainable goal.
"It's theoretically possible but we as a society have rejected that," said Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "There is no eradication at this point, it's off the table. The only thing we can talk about is control."
So rather than focus on herd immunity, the focus is now on just getting as many people vaccinated as possible.
"We need to pivot the conversation away from thinking of herd immunity as a target we get to or we don't," says Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor of statistical science the University of Texas at Austin. "It's simple – the more immunity, the better off we'll all be."
Image by Cavernia – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
With a macro lens, photographer Jens makes ordinary water, coffee, milk and oil droplets look majestic. Every frame of this video is worthy of a frame and a spot over the mantlepiece.
Even if you already know Marco Rubio is a hypocritical Trump-sycophant, it's still a shocking reminder to see just how much the sleazy politician knew about Trump in 2016 and just how much he never really cared.
"Donald Trump is going to shatter the Republican party," Rubio said in 2016.
"Donald Trump is a con artist who's being sued for defrauding people!" Rubio said in 2016.
"And we settle our differences in this country at the ballot box, not with guns or bayonets or violence," Rubio said in 2016, "and you wonder whether we're headed in a different direction today by the fact that we have a frontrunner in my party who has fed into language that basically justifies physically assaulting people who disagree with him."
Cut to Rubio today, asking for Donald Trump's endorsement and asking for his vote. This spot, created by conservative group The Republican Accountability Project, will "air on Fox News during Hannity, in the West Palm Beach market," according to HuffPost.