Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, December 15, 2020


It feels odd walking into the grocery store and not being annoyed by the ringing of the Salvation Army bell.


Questioning if Jill Biden should include “Dr.” in front of her name is almost equivalent to those who were outraged at Obama’s tan suit. Ah, it’s almost like old times.


Montana reports 0 new COVID-19 cases due to system update


Disney World is going to stop digitally adding masks to people who don’t have them in their on-ride pictures, according to a report from WDW News Today.


Google pushes return to office to September and will test flexible work week


Quintet, Kansas – Deadliest place in America: They shrugged off the pandemic, then their family and friends started dying

As of Thursday, coronavirus has killed a higher percentage of Gove County residents than any other county in the United States: One out of every 132 people has died.


In case you ever wondered why the Michelin Man is white:

Prior to 1912, tires were either grey-white or had a light translucent beige hue. Carbon was subsequently added to the rubber formula as a preservative and a strengthener.


The timing of these two news stories is interesting. I wonder why Briles decided for the announcement to be made today and I have a feeling he’s sadly going to get another shot at college ball. Liberty would be the perfect place, they have no morals and the former Baylor AD is there.

Baylor Bears officials scheduled to appear before NCAA Committee on Infractions over sexual assault scandal

Former Baylor coach Art Briles resigns from Texas high school job after two seasons

Sometimes people ask me what I have against Baylor, which I find puzzling. As if the sexual assault scandal and the Dave Bliss scandal happening at a Christian university aren’t enough. Christians proudly state they are set apart and live to a higher standard, I simply don’t see this at this Christian university. Forgive me for having some morals and wanting a Christian university to have high standards. Heck, I didn’t even mention Ken Starr. I expect the same from my alma maters. I miss the old Baylor.


I have no idea if he’s related to the competitive food eater.

How a Homeless High School Dropout Became CEO of a $1 Billion CompanyTaihei Kobayashi has gone from sleeping on the streets of Tokyo to heading a technology startup whose market value topped $1 billion.


FDA approves genetically engineered pigs

The Food and Drug Administration has approved genetically engineered pigs for use in food and medical products. The pigs, developed by medical company Revivicor, could be used in the production of drugs, to provide organs and tissues for transplants, and to produce meat that’s safe to eat for people with meat allergies.


In case you ever wondered how a court reporter does his or her job explained in one minute.



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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


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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.


https://twitter.com/MostMuscle/status/1338164776086757378?s=09

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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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