Bag of Randomness for December 14, 2020

WifeGeeding is COVID-19 negative as of Saturday morning. My results came in the next day and is also negative.

My father was an officer in the Army. He took a lot of pride in that, considering he enlisted. He once told me about the obligation of being in charge and in care of others and how he was responsible for his men’s needs first then his own, such as always allowing them to eat first. That came to mind as I read this article.

White House Staffers Among the First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine: Report

The top staffers of the Trump administration have abetted the president’s coronavirus misinformation campaign — nearly a year long now — to minimize the threat of a pandemic that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. As a reward, they will be among the first in line to receive the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that White House staff members, including chief of staff Mark Meadows, have been informed that they will soon receive vaccine shots. The political appointees will join high-risk, frontline medical workers as some of the first Americans to get doses of the vaccine produced by Pfizer, which was approved for emergency-use authorization on December 11. It’s not yet known how many doses will be sent to 1600 Pennsylvania, though some officials told the paper that they were concerned that it may send the wrong message if they receive some of the first shots in the elaborate drive to vaccinate the nation.


While this is a pretty low class move, I sorta respect their planning.

Paolo Rossi: Italian World Cup hero’s home burgled during funeral – The home of Italy’s 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi was burgled during his funeral service on Saturday, local reports say.

‘So Much For the Party of Lincoln’: Head of Texas GOP Calls For State to Secede From the Union Following SCOTUS Loss

I’d like to think an overwhelming majority of Texas Republicans don’t condone the words of Allen West, but I haven’t heard much rebuttal.

MAGA protesters damage historic Black church in DC

Cannibal sandwich scare: Wisconsin officials urge families to pass on holiday tradition of eating raw meat

Meet The Fiskers, The Billionaire Power Couple Taking On Tesla

Famed car designer Henrik Fisker is mounting a comeback seven years after his pioneering electric vehicle company collapsed. This time he has a secret weapon: Geeta Gupta-Fisker, his cofounder, CFO–and wife.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, December 11, 2020

I easily tire of automobile Christmas commercials, especially those with a big red bow. So, I cracked up at the new Brie Larson Nissan commercial in which she pokes fun at them.

My place of employment treats us very well. I forgot to mention this story last week. After WifeGeeding tested positive for COVID-19, I emailed HR just to clarify our procedures in case I test positive. About an hour after they applied, they sent me an Uber Eats gift card with a message, “Dear Keith, Just a token of our thoughts and support. Wishing you and your wife a wonderful evening and for her speedy recovery. Pleas have dinner on us. Warmest regards, EmployerGeeding.”

One of the best things about Fridays as of late is the release of a new The Mandalorian episode on Disney+. It’s been real neat hearing how many families are making this an event. It’s so nice to have a family show that’s actually good, that everyone wants to watch, and something we all look forward to doing.

Yesterday, Disney announced ten more Star Wars series. I’m concerned they are going to saturate the market. Less is more. Just give me Ahsoka and Obi-Wan. I’m happy that John Favreau and Dave Filoni are attached to Ahsoka. Now that Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Darth Vader, I wonder who will do his voice. James Earl Jones turns 90 next month.

Director Patty Jenkins is attached to one of the new series and announced it in a cool way.

Enchanted is one of WifeGeeding’s favorite movies, it’s got a great amount of Disney satire and Easter eggs. Now, there will be a sequelDisney Studios President of Production Sean Bailey made official Thursday an Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted, which will star Amy Adams and go straight to Disney+.

The Texas lawsuit to keep Trump in office is absurd. It’s even more absurd 18 other state attorneys general have joined in. I’d think Trump has done so much damage to the Republican brand and the office that Republicans would want to be done with him. But this is not your father’s GOP who would actually put country, the Constitution, and God first (minus McCarthy and Nixon). Today’s GOP will sacrifice all those things to promote gun ownership, eliminate abortion entirely, and turn Jesus white and grant him American citizenship.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Twenty Most Iconic Local TV and Billboard Legends in Texas, Ranked From Mattress Mack to Dick Poe to Crazy Willie, we got ’em all!

Oh man, I think they missed the mark on this one. No Wide Track, no 748-1414, no 1212 Loop 12, no Trophy Trophy Trophy Nissan! But somehow the Texas Law Hawk made it?

New Data Reveal Which Hospitals Are Dangerously Full. Is Yours?

Using an analysis from the University of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project, NPR has created a tool that allows you to see how your local hospital and your county overall are faring.  (Jump to look-up tool.)

It focuses on one important metric — how many beds are filled with COVID-19 patients — and shows this for each hospital and on average for each county.

The ratio of COVID-19 hospitalizations to total beds gives a picture of how much strain a hospital is under. Though there’s not a clear threshold, it’s concerning when that rate rises above 10%, hospital capacity expert stold NPR.

Possible repost – A high school in Texas (Sanger) opened a grocery store for struggling families where good deeds are accepted as payment

“In our school district, there’s roughly 2,750 students enrolled and throughout the district 43% of these students are considered economically disadvantaged,” Anthony Love, the principal at Linda Tutt, told CNN. “About 3.6% of our students are considered homeless. We thought it was important to support them and their families and make sure they had food on the table.”
The high school partnered with First Refuge Ministries, Texas Health Resources and the grocery store Albertsons to open the store, which is completely run by students who manage the inventory, stock the shelves and help other students find and bag the products they need.

Andrews (TX) ISD Superintendent: Do not follow health provider’s quarantine mandate

Amazon Halo Review: The Fitness Gadget We Don’t Deserve or NeedThe retail giant claims that its health product is extremely precise at scanning body fat. I found otherwise.

Enter the Halo, a new fitness-tracking bracelet from Amazon with a novel twist: It claims that by using a smartphone app to scan images of your body, it can tell you how much body fat you have much more precisely than past technologies. The bracelet also has a microphone to listen to your tone of voice and tell you how your mood sounds to other people.

To Lose Weight With Exercise, Aim for 300 Minutes a Week

I forgot to hit the “Publish” button before I went to bed on Tuesday, so this is what I meant to post yesterday morning…..


Chuck Yeager died yesterday. Three-hundred-fifty-four-days ago I asked him a question on Twitter about the time he met Orville Wright and he replied. At that time, his reply got liked about ten times, but yesterday that replied got liked or retweeted around twenty times.

Erin Andrews reported that Dak Prescott is already squatting in his rehab, but she didn’t provide any details, like, if he was squatting without weights or how much.

Dez was hugging a lot of Cowboys before the game and then had to go home because he tested positive for COVID-19. Don’t be surprised if they have an outbreak in the next handful of days.

This Tuesday night football is going to throw off my week. I’m used to Monday night games and have finally adjusted to Thursday night games, but I’m worried this morning will either feel like a Tuesday or a Friday.

My home office is upstairs and where our kids’ bedrooms are, sometimes they leave messages in their bathroom.

Elon Musk confirms that he has moved to Texas

Musk is now the richest resident in Texas with a net worth of $157 billion as of Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. He surpasses Houston pipeline tycoon Richard Kinder, with a net worth of $7 billion, and restaurateur Tilman Fertitta, with a net worth of $6.7 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Probably Texas’ most reprehensible congressional representative.

But the most corrupt Texas politician has to be our state’s attorney general, here’s his latest scheme – In new lawsuit, Texas contests election results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania

And I haven’t even mentioned Ted Cruz wanting to argue before the Supreme Court about the election results. I thought it was the Republicans saying that the Democrats never can accept the outcome of an election? Dems always accepted the outcome, we just didn’t like the Russian interference and wanted to protect the integrity of future elections. And besides, our nominee conceded, we.

Here’s a cued YouTube video of this step being taught.

American Airlines offers at-home COVID tests for US travelThey cost $129

I guess it’s time I buy a new phone. Hey Santa, you listening?

Google’s Pixel 2 has gotten its last updateThe November 2020 security patch is the end of the road

The Myth of Universal Health CareDespite our illusions, Canada’s system is neither comprehensive nor equally accessible. What would it take to reform it?

Despite unevenness and variability, our national performance on a wide range of health indicators is generally strong. A person diagnosed with leukemia, for example, is less likely to die in Canada than in Ireland, Sweden, or France, the 2016 Global Burden of Disease Study found. Similarly, someone who experiences a stroke in Canada is likely to have a better outcome than is someone in the US, South Korea, or Singapore.

Just about any Canadian will tell you that the Achilles heel of our health care system—what is sometimes characterized as the price of these basics—is the wait time to get access to nonurgent care. It isn’t the kind of delay imagined by some American conservatives, in which “socialized health care” leaves people to exsanguinate on the sidewalk while they’re told to take a number. Rather, it’s the senior who, in line for a hip replacement, loses the chance to dance at her granddaughter’s wedding; the small-town teacher with chronic headaches waiting months for an outpatient neurology appointment; the parents, worried about their daughter’s shift in eating habits, recognizing that it will take months to get an eating-disorder assessment.

The curse of ‘white oil’: electric vehicles’ dirty secretThe race is on to find a steady source of lithium, a key component in rechargeable electric car batteries. But while the EU focuses on emissions, the lithium gold rush threatens environmental damage on an industrial scale

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, December 8, 2020

They used to laugh at him.

They used to call him names.

They didn’t include him in their reindeer games.

Then he got even.

I thought the president was all about “Merry Christmas”.

This seems like it would have been a fun little project.  Jinjin Sun, an artist and software designer, digitally painted herself into 100 famous works of art. It all started back on April 25, 2018, and wrapped up last week. You can view pieces 1-50 here and pieces 51-100 here. I purposely left out the Mona Lisa because it would have been prosaic.

Anti-Vaccine Doctor Has Been Invited to Testify Before Senate Committee

A doctor who is skeptical of coronavirus vaccines and promotes the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquineas a Covid-19 treatment will be the lead witness at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, prompting criticism from Democrats who say Republicans should not give a platform to someone who spreads conspiracy theories.

I’m not familiar with any of them.

Buzzfeed – These Are The Top 10 Most Used Songs On TikTok in 2020

I didn’t do the math, but I hear right after Christmas you can use your Advent calendars again for inauguration day.

Man fined $3,500 for breaking Taiwan coronavirus quarantine for 8 seconds

Sitting all day? Just 11 minutes of exercise a day can help reverse the effects

The exercise—which needs to be the equivalent of brisk walking or biking to count as moderate-to-vigorous—likely doesn’t have to happen at once. In a previous study, researchers saw that movement throughout the day also helps. “It doesn’t matter if you accrue it in 30 minutes or one-minute bouts over 30 occasions,” Diaz says. “The guidelines historically used to recommend that it had to be 10 minutes or more time, and we found that that’s just not the case. Any movement, no matter what duration, is beneficial, as long as you accrue enough of it.”

Some previous studies had suggested that it might take as much as 75 minutes of exercise a day to offset the harms of being sedentary the rest of the time. But older studies relied on self-reported data, which is notoriously inaccurate.

How Japanese People Stay Fit for Life, Without Ever Visiting a Gym

If you take a closer look as to what exercise means to Japanese people, you’ll find that exercise equates working out. But perhaps exercise can take on forms that aren’t necessarily about going to a gym and lifting weights, or going on 10km runs. Namely, perhaps the exercise we need is the kind of exercise that is weaved into our lifestyle: walking.

What the above results show is not that exercise isn’t important to be healthy, but that in Japan’s approach to moving, perhaps most don’t see it as exercise. Japanese adults walk an average of 6500 steps a day, with male adults in their 20s to 50s walking nearly 8000 steps a day on average, and women in their 20s to 50s about 7000 steps.

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