Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly, please.

My employer switched to another healthcare provider. It was all a bit short notice as our insurance cards haven’t been mailed, so I printed out my new insurance info to give to the pharmacist when I went to get a few refills yesterday. To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this, that whole transition from one health insurance provider to another has proved messy in the past. But this time, I was quite surprised. The pharmacist informed me the new insurance company already contacted them and provided her with updated information.

There were a lot more boats checking out the Dragon splashdown than I initially thought.

Jacksboro, of all places, is building something record-breaking and out of this world.

Want to walk on the moon? Head to Jacksboro for a high-tech, out-of-this world journeyThe installation is scheduled to open in the spring of 2021 and will set a Guinness World Record.

Like Neil Armstrong first did 51 years ago, visitors to the old Jacksboro ball fields will soon be able to walk on the lunar surface. At least, an enormous image of it.

The company, called Back to Space, plans to build a 25,000 square-foot map of the moon on the unused land.

The map is called The Lunar Landscape and Gorton says, once complete, it will set the Guinness World Record as the biggest map on earth.

Here’s What It Looks Like Inside A Tire When You Drive

Alabama high school principal in “Can’t Touch This” parody video about COVID-19

A great take on fatherhood and I love the advice he gives towards the end about getting right with yourself. I’d just add that in a lot of cases, you never get 100% right with yourself, but you got to at least be making the effort.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, August 3, 2020

At some point, we all bought a blank VHS or cassette tape for the very last time and probably didn’t realize it.

Trump said he was going to ban TikTok, but the man also said he was going to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it.

I can’t get over how much Adele has changed.

My father would have turned 97 years old yesterday.

What’s up with military accidents as of late?

Army investigating after one tank fires on another at Fort Bliss, injuring one soldier

The Prime Minister of Finland (she’s on the right) got married over the weekend. They are both 34-years-old.

Texas lifts tampon ban at bar exam after complaints over discriminatory policy

Tampons and pads are no longer contraband at the upcoming bar exam for aspiring lawyers in Texas.

Pausing a practice that critics called retrograde and discriminatory, the state’s board of law examiners said in late July that test takers will be allowed to bring feminine hygiene products in clear plastic bags with them to the grueling, multiday exam that’s needed to obtain a law license. It’s unclear if the policy will remain in place for a later exam, in February; the board’s executive director, Susan Henricks, said the board doesn’t know the “conditions” under which the test will take place due to the pandemic.

Test takers previously could not carry menstrual products into the exam. But Henricks said the items were provided and that the only intent was to “operate the examination fairly and securely, not to discriminate unfairly against any person or group.”

HBO has an interesting documentary on the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes face named The Weight of Gold. I thought the post-Olympics letdown, the winding down of interviews and appearances, and for some not needing to workout anymore was the most interesting.

A White filmmaker held up a Black Lives Matter sign in Harrison, Arkansas, and here’s what happened

Over 100 Houston Doctors Slam Rep. Dan Crenshaw For “Spreading Dangerous Disinformation” On Coronavirus

“The COVID-19 pandemic should not be a partisan issue — that’s why even Governor Abbott is finally stalling the reopening process and implementing the mask mandates that he unwisely blocked just two short months ago,” the medical workers, who are primarily women, wrote in the letter, which is first being reported on by The Intercept. “Dan Crenshaw, on the other hand, has spewed lies for the past four months — minimizing the threat we face and spreading dangerous disinformation for self-indulgent headlines.”

Doctors rarely ever make such pointed political statements, but the urgency of the coronavirus crisis — and the real harm caused by disinformation spread by elected officials — prompted the Houston-area physicians to speak up, especially as Republicans in the state continued to promote large, indoor gatherings against the advice of public health experts.

A couple of random sunflower field photos.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, July 31, 2020

WifeGeeding bought some Nesquick for the kids recently. That brought back some good memories. I remember mixing it into my milk as a kid when it was called Nestle Quick and came in a tin box. A round lid was on top of the box and sometimes it could be a booger trying to get into it. I can vividly remember my late mother teaching me how to pry it open with a spoon, that the “trick” was to place it between the smallest gaps. It might have been the first physics lesson I was taught. I can also recall mixing it and then getting another scoop with a wet spoon and the funky gathering that would take place.

‘Success Addicts’ Choose Being Special Over Being HappyThe pursuit of achievement distracts from the deeply ordinary activities and relationships that make life meaningful.

Interactive map – Where US citizens are allowed to travel to this summer

Trump has basically made us toxic to the rest of the world.

Stephen McDaniel killed and dismembered his neighbor. Forgive me if I’m not using the correct legal margin, but during questioning or his interrogation, he keeps eerily still for about two hours.

Also eerily creepy is how loquacious he was in this live television interview, acting as if he was a friend of the deceased and helped with the search party, then shuts down (around the 1:20 mark) when the reporter reveals her body was found hidden inside a dumpster.

Take a closer look inside the BT Sport studios as boxing returns in unfamiliar circumstances after the COVID-19 pandemic. You can hear every punch and every instruction…

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, July 30, 2020

I received the following instant message yesterday, “Keith, please check the email I sent you seven minutes ago – no rush – thx.”

I’m sure I’m not the only one who misses having a president who enriched his mind by reading and then applying the material for the safety and enrichment of his country.

Modern federal pandemic planning dates back to the summer of 2005, when then-President Bush tore through a book chronicling the deadly 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic while vacationing at his Texas ranch. He was riveted, and upon returning to Washington, Bush “asked his team to come up with plans for the nation to respond to a naturally occurring outbreak,” Bossert said.

“[Bush] was worried that we weren’t prepared as a country to handle that, should it happen again,” Bossert added. “And, in fact, he was right.”

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A pair of health scares around the same time compounded Bush’s fears. The U.S. largely managed to dodge a 2003 SARS virus that ravaged parts of Asia and Canada. In 2005, an avian flu that threatened Eastern Europe further rattled public health experts.

“The combination of those events and the growing recognition of the threat of pandemic diseases … really got us to our major efforts around pandemic preparedness in 2005, ’06, ’07 and ’08,” said Lawler, the former Bush- and Obama-era NSC official.

What does Trump do? Redesigns Air Force One to make it look like a budget airline.

WifeGeeding’s first job out of college was teaching in Athens, though it was a private school. I had no idea that insurance covers such a thing.

Athens ISD pays $50K for release of data in ransomware attack

 Athens ISD Board of Trustees has agreed to pay a $50,000 ransom for school data that was taken in a criminal ransomware attack.

The attack targeted data stored on district servers, backup systems, and hundreds of computers. As a result, access to data has been blocked including teacher communications, student schedules, grades, and assignments.

“We can’t afford to not pay it,” said AISD Board President Alicea Elliott. “It would take us months to rebuild all that data so that we could start school.”

AISD affirms they do have cyberattack included in its insurange coverage, and a claim is being processed.

I’ve had a bit of a setback regarding my back. Per my specialist, I’m experiencing faster than normal degenerative changes above and below my spinal fusion. The vertebrates above the fusion are a bit worst off than the ones beneath. The term spondylosis was thrown at me. Before my fusion, I had several steroid epidurals performed on my back, now it appears I’m going to receive some facet joint injections. It’s an in-office procedure in which my doctor will use a fluoroscopy x-ray to guide an injection of cortisone and other fun stuff into several facet joints. The timing of things stink. I’ve met my deductible but my employer is switching to a new plan which starts on the first of August. If I’m lucky, maybe I can find a Groupon for this procedure. At the least, I should see what’s available on Craig’s List.

Conservative think tank leader says schools should reopen since most Texans dying from COVID-19 are elderly or HispanicIn an interview, Vance Ginn said the intention of his Twitter thread was to outline the more thorough data provided by the state. He also said his tweet with a GIF was “woefully taken out of context out of bad faith.”

“Why not #openschools, end universal mandates, target vulnerable & check those from #Mexico?” Ginn wrote in a since-deleted tweet. He juxtaposed his tweet with a GIF of Prince Harry of Wales miming a mic drop.

He later apologized for tweeting the GIF. “It’s been brought to my attention that the gif may have been perceived as insensitive. I apologize as that was not my intention,” he tweeted.

Emirates will pay $1,765 for your funeral if you catch COVID-19 while traveling

Emirates has a new strategy for boosting passenger demand in the midst of a global pandemic: coronavirus insurance. If one of its passengers is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their journey, the Dubai-based airline will cover their medical expenses, up to €150,000 (about $176,000). It will pay €100 ($118) per day for quarantine costs — such as a hotel room — for up to two weeks. And if the worst happens, Emirates will offer €1,500 (about $1,765) for a passenger’s funeral.

This was a bit more interesting than I initially thought, but then again, my first thought was Pulp Fiction. – Here’s How French McDonalds Are Different From American Ones

Those potato chips look good.


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