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Reading: Alfred 4.3 Released: Gorgeous Theming and Feature Improvements

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Reading: Young people have less Covid-19 risk, but in US college towns, deaths rose fast | Deccan Herald

From Young people have less Covid-19 risk, but in US college towns, deaths rose fast | Deccan Herald

Something to ask Sanford about. Lots of nursing students here.

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Reading: US economy: Trump will leave office with a historically bad economic record – CNNPolitics

From US economy: Trump will leave office with a historically bad economic record – CNNPolitics

First draft of history.

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Reading: Let’s check in now with the new California monolith… And it’s gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

From Let’s check in now with the new California monolith… And it’s gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

This is why we can’t have nice things, El Reg version. California monolith gives maga boys green light to destroy.

Poor-quality video filmed through a night-vision lens and taken from streaming site DLive, since removed, shows their leader referencing “so-called alien obelisks” before expressing intent to replace the structure with a cross. “Christ is king in this country,” he says, melodramatically banging the thing with his palm. “We don’t want illegal aliens from Mexico or outer space. So let’s tear this bitch down.”

Charming. The little boys then lay into the innocent stainless-steel art project, chanting like a Sunday School frat “CHRIST IS KING!” as it topples over. The intro douchebag then proclaims “America First!” while his mates puzzle over how to remove the obelisk from its base

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Reading: So bye-bye, Mr Ajit Pai. You drove our policy into the levee and we still wonder why

From So bye-bye, Mr Ajit Pai. You drove our policy into the levee and we still wonder why

Good to see him gone.

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Reading: Republican leaders ask Michigan election board to delay certification of results, in latest GOP effort to cast doubt on the vote – The Washington Post

From Republican leaders ask Michigan election board to delay certification of results, in latest GOP effort to cast doubt on the vote – The Washington Post

Michigan election audit doesn’t seem to be possible until after certification. Audits aren’t designed to smoke out fraud.

“Not sure who needs to hear this, but under state law (MCL 168.31a) audits can only be conducted after the State Canvassers certify the election,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wrote. “This is [because] election officials do not have legal access to the documents needed to complete audits until the certification.”

In more detail:

“Throughout my tenure as Michigan Secretary of State, and indeed long before, I have spoken repeatedly on the importance of post-election audits to ensure Michiganders can trust the outcome of our elections as an accurate reflection of the will of the people,” she said in the statement. “Notably, audits are neither designed to address nor performed in response to false or mythical allegations of ‘irregularities’ that have no basis in fact.”

According to Michigan election law, the secretary of state “authorize the release of all ballots, ballot boxes, voting machines, and equipment after 30 days following certification of an election by the board of state canvassers” in the event that a recount petition has been filed or a court has issued an order “restraining interference” with these materials.

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Reading: One does not simply shove elephants on a ballet shoe point and call it an acceptable measure of pressure

From One does not simply shove elephants on a ballet shoe point and call it an acceptable measure of pressure

El Reg responds to standards upstarts.

Reg Standards Bureau A bizarre American website has come up with a new way of measuring pressure by referring to the weight of elephants delivered through the area of a ballet shoe. Frankly we’re baffled.

Upholding precision is paramount – and the Register is the institution to do it.

Moreover, the unit these bizarre upstarts are using for weight isn’t even precise, let alone easily understood. African elephants can be broken down into Savannah elephants and forest elephants, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The Savannah variety comes in at up to 8 metric tonnes (9 long tons) while the GTi bush edition tips the scales at a nimble 5.5 tonnes (3⅔ skateboarding rhinoceroses or 12 per cent of an Australian Tram when correctly expressed in Reg standard units).

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Reading: Donald Trump’s failure to work with Joe Biden is becoming more urgent as Covid spreads – CNNPolitics

From Donald Trump’s failure to work with Joe Biden is becoming more urgent as Covid spreads – CNNPolitics

It’s all occuring on trump’s watch – both vaccine and continuing crisis.

The increasingly urgent pleas are coming from inside his administration, the President-elect’s team and independent public health experts as Covid-19 cases rage out of control countrywide, claiming more than 1,000 US lives a day. More than 246,000 Americans have now died from the disease, and a bitter winter lies ahead even amid encouraging news such as Monday’s announcement that a vaccine developed by Moderna is demonstrating a high success rate in early clinical trials, the second such positive vaccine news in about a week.

But instead of listening or mobilizing to tackle what some medical experts warn is becoming a “humanitarian” crisis, Trump spent the weekend during which the US passed 11 million infections amplifying lies and misinformation about his election loss. At one point, he appeared to acknowledge Sunday in a tweet that Biden won, before backtracking with a stream of defiance on Twitter.

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Reading: Alfred Ready for Apple’s M1 Chip

From Alfred Ready for Apple’s M1 Chip

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Reading: Four Seasons Total Landscaping Is a Perfect Trump Backdrop

From Four Seasons Total Landscaping Is a Perfect Trump Backdrop

via Daring Fireball. I love the scent of irony in the morning.

The photos that emerged from the event had the tawdriness of America’s worst cityscapes and the richness of an allegorical painting. The sound system’s snarl of cables lay sloppily piled on the asphalt, the emblem of every garbled message. A Sunoco sign presided over the end of an administration desperately addicted to fossil fuels. Windows covered in blackout shades and bars recalled ICE detention centers. A rusting steel scaffold appeared to be propping up the whole derelict structure. And at the center of it all, a small man behind a cheap lectern trying to persuade a tired nation that this gimcrack spectacle must never shut down.