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Friday, October 22, 2021

First it was toilet paper. Then it was processors and other silicon. Now it's cardboard. (And there's a whole lot of other stuff in between.) read more

Twitter shared its own research today that showed its algorithms amplify right-leaning political content more than left-leaning.

Former President Trump is telling most anyone who'll listen he will run again in 2024 -- and poll after poll shows the vast majority of Republicans would gladly cheer him on and vote for him.

While congressional Democrats negotiate within their ranks over the "Build Back Better" plan, the public is more likely to have heard about what it would cost than about the specific policies that would be in it.

Gov. Mike Parson escalated his war with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday when his political operation published a video doubling down on his attack against a reporter who informed the state that a state website revealed teacher Social Security numbers. read more


What are prop guns and why are they dangerous?

...Yes. You may remember Brandon Lee, the actor son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Brandon Lee died aged just 28 in 1993 while filming The Crow, when a prop gun which mistakenly had a dummy round loaded in it was fired at him.

Dummy rounds contain no explosive charge and in this case were used to film a close-up. When blanks were loaded part of the dummy round remained in the gun.

After Lee was shot, the cameras kept rolling. It was only when he did not get up at the end of the scene that those on set realised something was wrong.

In another incident, in 1984, US actor Jon-Erik Hexum started joking around on the set of a television show after being frustrated by delays in filming.

He loaded a revolver with a blank, spun the chamber, put the gun to his temple and fired.

Unlike Lee, he was not killed by a projectile, but rather the force of the blast was strong enough to fracture his skull. He died days later in hospital. ...

A common shot in film shows an actor firing into the camera and Steven Hall, who has worked on films such as Fury and The Imitation Game, says it only happens with safeguards.

"If you are in the line of fire... You would have a face mask, you would have goggles, you would stand behind a Perspex screen, and you would minimise the number of people by the camera, " he said.

"What I don't understand in this instance is how two people have been injured, one tragically killed, in the same event."

Others working in film wondered why, at a time when gun effects can be cheaply added using computers, blanks are still being used at all.

"There's no reason to have guns loaded with blanks or anything on set anymore. Should just be fully outlawed," tweeted Craig Zobel, an actor and director whose credits include Westworld and Mare of Easttown. ...

Speaking of supply chain issues...

Container Ships Headed for U.S. Poised to Worsen Port Bottleneck

...The backlog of ships outside the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach -- America's largest gateway for ocean freight -- is poised to worsen.

There's now a record of 80 container vessels waiting off Southern California, with more on the way from Asia. The bottleneck that started almost exactly a year ago shows little sign of letting up, according to a Bloomberg analysis shipping data.

With the waiting area off Los Angeles starting to stretch further and further off the coast, Bloomberg's Port Congestion Tracker has rebenched its anchorage area for the ports to more accurately show the total ships in queue. While counts for ships in port remain the same, total counts have ballooned to 112, surpassing Singapore for the world's third-largest holding area for container ships....

Trump University all over again.

The American Comedy Network - Krapco's Mr. Cardboard Tube
Lyrics excerpt:

Remember at Krapco
We Always say,
"If You buy this,
You'll buy anything."

Still another article...

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

...U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors...

@#5 ... It looks like we're seeing the full gamut of desperate maneuvering from Mr Jones' legal team. ...

Today's update...

Alex Jones' CT attorneys call for removal of judge in Sandy Hook case for appearance of 'impropriety'

...High-profile New Haven attorney Norm Pattis and another lawyer defending extremist Alex Jones against defamation lawsuits from Sandy Hook families want the Connecticut judge removed from the case for "the appearance of judicial impropriety."

"The evolution of the case, including a threat made against Judge Bellis by an unknown third-party that the plaintiffs somehow attribute to defendants, and the series of subsequent comments and rulings, would lead a reasonable person knowing all the circumstances to question Judge Bellis' impartiality," writes Jones' attorney Jay Wolman in a 28-page motion to state Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis on Tuesday. "Judge Bellis' rulings ... demonstrate a high degree of antagonism towards defendants."...

Interesting financial analysis...

Trump's new venture could be peak SPAC

...Former President Trump last night announced plans to launch a digital media network called "Truth Social," and said it would go public via a SPAC called Digital World Acquisition (Nasdaq: DWAC).

What to know: So far, this is a joke. ...

And the article goes on the explain why that view is held...

It does seem to have a Trump University ring to it...

The American Comedy Network - Krapco's Mr. Cardboard Tube

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