• As Hallmark fails to provide appropriately misogynistic holiday cards, evangelicals make their own

    Holy smokes! Imagine opening up a holiday greeting card to find this from your friends or family! I would call their local law enforcement to ensure these women aren't being trafficked or further abused.

    I really do not understand how this sends any message these people find appropriate. It takes a sense of humor for these to be considered a joke, which seems out of bounds.

  • President Biden's message on holocaust deniers Gates of Jewish Memorial at Dachau in Winter

    It is beyond scary that the President of the United States of America must remind us that the holocaust was real. Millions of Jews, Roma, gay people, and other minorities were rounded up and exterminated. People admiring Hitler are sick.

  • Edward Snowden is now formally a Russian Snowden now a Russian

    Edward Snowden has taken an oath of fealty to his new homeland and is looking forward to the stability and security granted him by becoming a Russian citizen. He is now in possession of a Russian passport. Snowden's wife, Lindsay Mills, is also in the Russian naturalization process. Both intend to keep their US citizenship, living life as dual citizens.

    Washington Post:

    "Edward received a Russian passport yesterday and took the oath in accordance with the law," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said, according to Russia's Interfax news agency. "He is, of course, happy, thanking the Russian Federation for the fact that he received citizenship," he continued. "And most importantly, under the Constitution of Russia, he can no longer be extradited to a foreign state."

    Snowden, 39, is wanted by Washington on espionage charges. He argues that his actions were in the interests of the United States. In any case, his revelations exposed the breadth of U.S. digital spying programs and altered the public's understanding of technology, privacy and digital security.

  • As his cars burst into flame, Musk still thinks people will trust his brain chips

    Not well known for quality control or well-researched decision-making, Elon Musk insists Neuralink is just six months away from embedding a chip in a human brain. A lawsuit against Neuralink and UC Davis brought by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine alleges the mistreatment of animals who purportedly suffered infections and died due to the use of unauthorized substances.

    Perhaps Elon's implant will help him start winning at this game of Umpty Dimensional Chess his fanbois keep telling us he is playing.

    The Guardian:

    Elon Musk said on Wednesday he expects a brain chip developed by his health tech company to begin human trials in the next six months.

    During a presentation by Musk's company Neuralink, Musk gave updates on the company's wireless brain chip. In addition to forecasting clinical trials, Musk said he plans to get one of the chips himself.

    The chip interface that targets motor cortex could be tested in humans as soon as six months, the company said.

    The company does not have permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell the device, but Musk said on Wednesday that most of the FDA paperwork for approval to implant the device into a human being had been submitted.

  • Lawyers for Twitter's thousands of wronged employees step up to the plate Elon Musk Horse Trader

    This letter, which purports to represent a large batch of Twitter's recently laid-off employees, is pure entertainment gold. Elon Musk's history proves he enjoys unnecessarily spending money on lawyers and has made his recent purchase of Twitter into an adventure in litigation. It is a joy to read the opening salvo of a firm ready to cash in for it's clients.

  • Snap CEO's strategy to save the ailing start-up? Togetherness

    In what appears to be an attempt to kill company morale, Snap's CEO used a lot of new-age sounding reasons to demand his employees get back into the office and save his faltering startup. Killing their work-from-home program, which he regards as an "individual convenience," the collegial atmosphere of their offices will return the company to its former glory.

    Yahoo:

    Starting in February, Snap employees will be expected to spend at least 80% of their time in the office, coming out to four days a week for most employees, according to an internal memo seen by Bloomberg. The policy, which CEO Evan Spiegel called "default together," would apply to all of Snap's 30 offices around the world.

    Spiegel said the new return-to-office policy would help Snap achieve its "full potential" and argued that what workers might give up "in terms of our individual convenience" would be offset by "our collective success."

  • Florida sheriff announces old-time punishments like disfigurement are back for school kids

    Offering questionable parenting advice and threats for students, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey knows how to hold a press conference! Ivey believes that voters in his county long to return to biblical times and thinks children should live in fear.

  • Musk declares his tiff with Apple over, after Tim Cook gives him a campus tour

    Twitter's owner has declared his recent blood match with Apple resolved! Apparently, Elon misunderstood all along, and Tim Cook's tour of Apple's impressive and shiny campus has cleared the air.

    I assume the tour was free, and Elon can return to the vital work of trashing his new company.

    Ars Technica:

    Elon Musk said he had a "good conversation" with Apple chief executive Tim Cook and "resolved the misunderstanding" about his claim that Twitter could be removed from the App Store, just days after the world's richest man unleashed a tirade against the most valuable tech company.

    In a tweet on Wednesday, Musk said that "Tim was clear that Apple never considered" potentially removing Twitter from the App Store, describing it as a "misunderstanding."

    Musk, who bought Twitter for $44 billion last month, also thanked Cook for "taking me round Apple's beautiful HQ," and posted a video from Apple Park.

    Apple declined to comment.

  • A woman who sold fake COVID-19 immunization cards gets three years in Federal prison

    A naturopathic doctor who sold fake vaccine cards has been sentenced to three years in prison. In addition to forging documents, Juli A. Mazi also sold magic pellets that she claimed offered children lifetime immunity from COVID.

    In a questionable move, Mazi attempted to defend herself with claims that her Native American descent precludes any prosecution by the United States after firing her lawyers. Ms. Mazi must turn herself in by January 6th, 2023.

    AP:

    Mazi, who fired her attorneys and ended up representing herself, last week filed a letter with the court claiming sovereign immunity. Mazi said that as a Native American she is "immune to legal action."

    She provided fake CDC vaccination cards for COVID-19 to at least 200 people with instructions on how to complete the cards to make them look like they had received a Moderna vaccine, federal prosecutors said.

    She also sold homeopathic pellets she fraudulently claimed would provide "lifelong immunity to COVID-19." She told customers that the pellets contained small amounts of the virus and would create an antibody response, they said.

  • Los Angeles: The Affordable Holiday art sale is this Saturday, Dec. 3rd

    Give the gift of art!

    This Saturday, from 11 am to 4 pm, the 2nd Annual Affordable Holiday art sale is on in beautiful Los Feliz. A fantastic selection of works by some of my favorite artists, including the absurd whimsy of Lynn Freer-Turner, the visual poetry of Ed Rachles, and some stuff by Mark Fite, will be on display and priced to go!

    I have been waiting to schedule time for a family portrait by Lynn. It will be the centerpiece of my living room and tie the room together.

    The address is in the flyer below! Comedic legend Jim Turner will be tending bar. Don't miss this opportunity to give something really unique, made by some awesome folks.

  • The Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite is darling

    I knew a woman who had an early 60s Bugeye Sprite in the late 1990s. The car was hard to keep running then, and she had a terrible time finding parts. However, she really enjoyed running it through the various canyons between Malibu and the north end of the valley and used it as a daily driver on the west side for as long as I knew her. I was allowed to drive it once, and it felt like a go-kart.

    This 1958 is from the first year of production and might be especially nice to restore.

    Bring A Trailer:

    This 1958 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite is finished in Cherry Red over red upholstery and powered by a 948cc inline-four paired with a four-speed manual transmission. Equipment includes a black soft top, chrome bumpers and trim, a fender-mounted mirror, 13″ wheels with polished hubcaps, latch seatbelts, and a heater. The car was reportedly first registered in California and was acquired by the seller in 2018 and relocated to Wisconsin. The engine was rebuilt in 2017, and the radiator was rebuilt in November 2022. This Bugeye Sprite is now offered in Wisconsin with recent service records, side curtains, a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, and a clean California title.

    I remember being entertained by the side curtains. They are impractical and only work to keep stuff out of a parked car. Driving with them in is stupid.

    Images via Bring A Trailer

  • Madison Cawthorn's farewell warns against becoming a 'soft metrosexual' and social media

    Outgoing US Congressperson Madison Cawthorn issued a farewell address on the floor of Congress wherein he decried all sorts of stuff and babbled about strength. Cawthorn was an awful clown of a super-Trump supporter who lost his North Carolina primary, failing at state politics and misplaying district hopscotch.

    Raw Story:

    Cawthorn, who became the target of House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) ire after he baselessly claimed that his GOP colleagues took part in drug-fueled orgies, used his final address to decry the purported scourge of feminization in the United States.

    "Our young men are taught that weakness is strength, that delicacy is desirable, and that being a soft metrosexual is more valuable than training the mind, body, and soul!" he declared. "Social media has weakened us, siphoning our men of their will to fight!"

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  • Fox's favorite frozen food heir grossly dismissive of every case of discrimination in US history

    Staunchly defending the most minor put-upon group of people to theoretically be discriminated against, a favored FOX news host claimed that the unvaccinated have been mistreated far worse than any of the very, very long list of people who have been discriminated against in the history of the United States. Whipping up love for entitled bad behavior as patriotism, this set of lies is particularly odious in its diminishing of actual suffering.

    Crooks and Liars:

    Breaking into another segment Tucker Carlson highlighted the White House response to hate that permeates online.

    "You just heard the White House spokesperson decry hate on the internet. Hate campaign," Carlson said. "The single biggest hate campaign of our lifetime was waged by the Biden administration against the, quote, unvaccinated."

    "People who were unvaccinated were unclean, you shouldn't have Thanksgiving with them. They're bad people, they're not really Americans, they could kill you. Well now facts have overtaken that story," he said.

  • Dr. Oz's failed run for Senate may have nuked his TV career

    Remarkable for his snake oil sales and experimenting on dogs, Dr. Mehmet Oz is having difficulty finding a path back to mainstream television. Having run as a hard-line Trumpist with incredibly awful ideas about women's rights, Dr. Oz is so unappealing to more than half the United States of America that his options may only be FOX and Newsmax.

    "Unsafe for advertisers" seems a growing problem for the GOP and their cronies.

    RADAR:

    "No one in the mainstream will touch him," a source told RadarOnline.com. "You can't alienate half of your audience with a political stance and expect to bring in an audience on your return to television," the source added.

    We're told that Oz had impressed execs at Fox News and Newsmax but no firm offers materialized. Oz is expected to return in small roles on the right-wing networks.

    However, sources said Oz wants his own show back telling us, "He wants a daily gig. But it is not going to happen."

    Another source said, "He's beating the bushes to revive his health-oriented talk show and groveling to everyone he knows to give him a break, but he's not making much progress."

  • Warnock's latest campaign ad is just Georgians reacting to what Herschel Walker has said Herschel Walker werewolf

    The Republican candidate in Georgia's US Senate run-off is so unintelligible and without any meaningful message or position beyond not being a Democrat that Senator Raphael Warnock's campaign is now running voters' reactions to Walker's statements. From his desire to be a werewolf to imagined science about global warming, Walker makes no sense and no sense for Georgia.

  • Join The Good Deeds Corps for a holiday screening of 'ELF' hosted by Will Ferrell

    This Sunday, December 4th, The Good Deeds Corps is taking its backyard series of voter registration fundraisers to Los Angeles' Pico Union Project for a holiday bash nonpareil! Will Ferrell will play host to a post-screening Q&A for his beloved Christmas film ELF.

    The show will be opened with some amazing musical talent as well. Puddles Pity Party, a longtime Boing Boing favorite, is joining singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins and the super-talented multi-instrumentalist Ben Jaffee for an all-star holiday concert.

    While this show is now too big for famed actor Jim Turner's backyard, I am certain you'll find him enjoying the drinks and popcorn.

    Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2022 – The Good Deed Corps, which has sponsored an ongoing
    series of intimate movie screenings introduced by celebrities, welcomes Will Ferrell for a showing of his holiday comedy classic "ELF" on Sunday December 4 th  at Pico Union Project. 
    Ferrell will be on hand to welcome guests and take part in a post-screening Q&A. The film showing will be preceded by an all-star holiday concert with musical performances by Puddles Pity Party, the sad clown with the golden voice, acclaimed singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins and an all-star band led by multi-instrumentalist Ben Jaffe. The series is sponsored by the non-partisan Good Deed Corps who have been getting out the vote in Georgia and Texas since 2020.
    Ferrell is the fifth celebrity to appear in the ongoing series. Previously, Jack Black, Sandra Oh, Judd
    Apatow and Patton Oswalt all appeared separately hosting screenings of their most beloved films.
    Together, those four previous screenings raised $120,000 for the Good Deed Corps' voter engagement efforts.
    "Our simple mission in Georgia and Texas is to help turn out record numbers of voters," said Don Foster, Director, The Good Deed Corps, a non-partisan organization. "Our goal is to engage more voters that reflect the actual demographic diversity of each state. As the higher than usual voter involvement in the midterms illustrated, true representative democracy is possible through greater voter registration."
    The previous screenings were held in the backyard of actor and comic Jim Turner. While the weather
    outside isn't frightful the series has moved indoors to a larger venue for this special event for the winter.
    "To get everyone in the holiday spirit, spirits will be available and we're not talking the ghosts of
    Christmas past, present and future," promised Turner a member of Good Deeds Corps. Along with the
    open bar, made-to-order tacos, crepes and of course, movie popcorn will be on hand.
    Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the Pico Union Project's toy drive.
    Doors open at 5 pm. with the all-star Christmas concert at 5:30 and the "Elf" screening at 6:30 pm..
    Tickets are $100 – $250 with very limited seating. All previous screenings have sold out quickly.
    Pico Union Project is located at 1153 Valencia St., LA, 90015.


    Donations are tax deductible. To make a donation and attend please
    visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/elfwithwillferrell 
    More information about the Good Deed Corps is available here: https://thegooddeedcorps.org
    About The Good Deed Corps (The sponsor of both the Georgia Rising and Texas Turnout
    campaigns): The Good Deed Corps is a 501c3 nonpartisan organization formed to promote voter
    registration with the goal of ensuring an inclusive and diverse electorate. It advances a strong, engaged
    civil society that embodies a diversity of voice and perspective through acts of compassion and
    generosity.
    After a very successful, unconventional relational organizing campaign (Georgia Rising) to get out the
    vote in several Georgia counties in 2020-21, The Good Deed Corps expanded its efforts to increase voter registration and voter turnout in Texas's Rio Grande Valley where voter turnout rarely exceeds 50%.
    The Texas Turnout campaign is designed to engage would-be voters with a comprehensive, multifaceted, localized approach based on one fundamental concept; relaxed (even fun!) community-based organizing. 
    The Texas Turnout coalition of nonpartisan, nonprofit civic engagement organizations includes: The Good Deed Corps,  Rideshare2Vote Aware, League of Women Voters RGV, VoteRiders, Futuro RGV, AACT Now, Texas Rising, NextGen Texas, Common Cause Education Fund, CP Future and Black Voters Matter.
    Each group brings a piece of the puzzle necessary to find eligible voters, register them, provide them with the material necessary to be informed voters, help them get voter IDs, provide rides to the polls, recruit volunteer deputy registrars, stay engaged and culturally fluent and ultimately export the model to other parts of the state.
    Texas Turnout has already helped register thousands of young Hispanic voters in three counties in the
    Texas Rio Grande Valley and made sure they're informed and able to get to the polls.
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    All contributions are tax deductible. For more information, visit TheGoodDeedCorps.org.
    The proceeds from this event will go to the Good Deed Corps' ongoing efforts to increase voter turnout in Georgia and Texas.

  • Hey, it's the WKRP turkey drop!

    I am thankful that my dogs are so well-behaved. I am thankful my parents survived the pandemic and my mother's cancer treatment. I am thankful for my daughter, who sleeps all day. I am thankful for my neighbors, who care for each other and our neighborhood. I am thankful for my business partners, who constantly work together to improve our lot. I am thankful for the beautiful set of friends I have somehow lucked into. I am beyond grateful there was no red wave, and I can remain somewhat hopeful for the future.

    Image: screen grab