Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 25, 2022


  • I wonder when this knot in my stomach will go away and I’ll crave a big meal again. That knot has been there since November 2020 and has caused all my weight loss.
  • I totally relate to this. When I was a full-time husband and father, all I did was look for ways to make my family happy because it brought me joy. Filling that void has been tough. – Trying to make other people happy makes us happier than trying to make ourselves happy
  • A few weeks ago I bought some small potato stocks which specialize in mining cobalt in Utah. – Idaho Is Sitting On One Of The Most Important Elements On EarthThe clean-energy revolution is unleashing a rush on cobalt, reviving old mines—and old questions—in a remote forest.
  • The Winter Olympics are coming. So is the China-funded sponcon – As the 2022 Winter Olympics spin up in and around Beijing, The Guardian reports that the Chinese government has, via a consulting firm, hired scores of social media influencers in an attempt to burnish its tarnished reputation. The UK firm in question is reportedly tasked with promoting the content specifically in the United States. The content in question will allegedly both highlight Beijing’s history and culture, as well as emphasize positive aspects of the relationship between China and the U.S.
  • Two-thirds of anti-vax propaganda online created by just 12 influencers, research finds
  • I haven’t even thought about it, but he just might be the next GOP nominee for president – Mike Pompeo shells out for media makeover 
    • Mike Pompeo’s political action committee spent $30,000 on media training from last March to June — the most on any service beyond payroll during the first six months of 2021.Why it matters: The former secretary of State hasn’t just been losing weight but working to hone his media skills amid speculation about a possible presidential run, records show.
  • New Texas teachers leaving the job most after their first year, study says
    • A recent study found new teachers in Texas are leaving the job after their first year at an alarming rate. It’s an issue education leaders say is adding to staff shortages districts are already facing from the pandemic. “Unfortunately, we’re seeing a lot of burnout in teachers in their first year of teaching,” said Jackie Anderson, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers.
  • San Angelo Regains Title as Top True Western CityFor four years in a row, True West magazine has selected San Angelo to the Top 10 list of Top True Western Towns in the U.S. In 2019, the city was named #2; in 2020, we topped the list at #1, and in 2021, we were #2.
  • Nothing Sacred: These Apps Reserve The Right To Sell Your PrayersProminent venture capitalists are flocking to invest in Christian worship apps. The apps say users’ prayers are a business asset.
    • For example: collects data about its users in multiple ways. According to its privacy policy, the company records detailed information about users, including their physical location, the links they click on, and the text of the posts they make. Then, it supplements that information with data from “third-parties such as data analytics providers and data brokers,” which can include “your gender, age, religious affiliation, ethnicity, marital status, household size and income, political party affiliation and interests… geographic location, and Personal Information.” The policy also says shares users’ personal information, including identifiers that link their activity to specific devices, with “third parties” for “commercial purposes.”
  • This is the highest-paid job in every state, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – Here’s the data for Texas.
  • I think this will be a fun watch, and I like the idea of a different guest star for each episode (bad language warning) – In the trailer for Netflix’s Murderville, Senior Detective Terry Seattle (Will Arnett) gets to work solving homicides, each time with a different celebrity partner — who has no script and no context.

  • Dorothy “Dot” Counts-Scoggins (born March 25, 1942) is an American civil rights pioneer, and one of the first black students admitted to the Harry Harding High School. After four days of harassment that threatened her safety, her parents withdrew her from the school, but the images of Dorothy being verbally assaulted by her white classmates were seen around the world.
    • In 2006, Counts-Scoggins received an email from a man named Woody Cooper. He had admitted to being one of the boys in the famous picture and wanted to apologize. They met up for lunch where Cooper asked her to forgive him and she responded by saying, “I forgave you a long time ago, this is opportunity to do something for our children and grandchildren.”

      They agreed to share their story and from there, did many interviews and speaking engagements together. In 2008, Dorothy Counts-Scoggins along with seven other people were honored for helping integrate North Carolina’s public schools. Each honoree received the Old North State Award from Governor Mike Easley. In 2010, Harding High School renamed its library in honor of Counts-Scoggins, an honor rarely bestowed upon living persons.

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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 25, 2022

  1. Bryan B. says:

    There are an equal number of much more experienced teachers that are burned out, like my wife, that stick with the job because they aren’t willing to give up their retirement benefits.

    Murderville looks great. I love that it looks like most of them have trouble holding it together with Will Arnett’s over-the-top approach.

    • Clay B. says:

      I am right there with your wife. Iam on year 23 and I need to go 27 years before my number reaches 80 and that won’t be enough for me to retire on. I will have to find something else.

      • Bryan B. says:

        My wife is in year 21 and I think she has somewhere around 7 years to get to 80. She has her administration certificate and I think she’ll get serious about getting out of the classroom after this year. She’s really in a good situation – good coworkers and supportive parents – but her principal is out of touch and lead by way of trying to keep herself out of trouble. She’ll probably teach on the college level when she’s retired. She just started an adjunct prof gig last week teaching one night class.

  2. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    San Angelo is a great city. True West Texas flavor. Used to go down once a year for a week to eat tasty meals, relax, and soak up the local flavor. Haven’t done so in several years, but need to do so again.

    Pompeo is an interesting dude. He really enjoyed the trappings of office when he was Secretary of State. Frequent State Department dinner parties (with the best of everything) for his friends and connections (not foreign leaders, which would have been more appropriate given his office & role). The guy likes to live large. Appears he would like to move it up a level. Surprising since he really plays up the humble Kansas guy routine.

    • Bryan B. says:

      I don’t know what Pompeo’s play is here, only that maybe he knows Trump isn’t planning to run and he’ll have his blessing. I don’t know that he has the appeal for Trump’s grassroots support, but he has a much more attractive pedigree: 1st in his class at West Point, an actual successful business career, multi-term Congressman. His time at the state department should scare people away but probably won’t: playing footsy with North Korea and Saudi Arabia and lying about his involvement in the Ukranian quid pro quo phone call. As you alluded to, there was plenty of talk of him abusing his position for social and personal purposes.

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