- There are so many threads to the impeachment story, so I’m quite glad that NPR’s Up First podcast put together a nice, logical, timeline of the events that led up to now. Or at least til Nov 2, when it posted. As the NPR Politics Podcast always reminds us, “Things may have changed by the time you hear this!”
- On Monday, a large portion of the planet will get to see Mercury transit in front of the Sun. You’ll need a solar telescope WITH A SAFE SOLAR FILTER (Don’t look at the sun, don’t look at the sun, DON’T LOOK AT THE SUN without proper protection and DON’T BLAME ME IF YOU DO I warned you.) Sorry, those eclipse glasses won’t work for this since Mercury is so very tiny. David Dickinson has a fabulous viewing guide with SAFE ways to observe up at Universe Today, including ways to watch online if you’re clouded out.
- ICYMI, Mad Art Labber Ryan Consell has released a book called “Stealing From Wizards.” This week, the podcast has launched with help from MAL’s Jim Tigwell for those of you who prefer listening to reading! I’m a little over a third of the way through, and it’s really fun. More info at Mad Art Lab and Ryan’s Twitter.
- Protesters in NYC jump subway turnstiles and march against police brutality. Why do protests in NY, Chile, and Hong Kong often involve public transportation?
- After getting booed at a World Series game, Trump gets booed at a UFC match. It’s glorious. Sure, it was less enthusiastic than the baseball boos and chants, but, I mean, he lost a significant part of a UFC crowd? Anyway, it was his last act as a New Yorker, so from a Staten Island girl, GOOD RIDDANCE. The rest of you, go enjoy Colbert’s roast of him.
- Another reason why I want to smash academia from the inside: college buys information from low-scoring SAT takers just so they can recruit then reject them, bolstering their selectivity ratings. Fire the entire College Board organization INTO THE SUN.
Here are some lovely cute animal submissions from Muscadine:
- 7 little Bambi’s cozily napping in a truck
- This bee exemplifies how I feel at the end of the week.
- A goat being airlifted to a better locale
- Mama snow leopard getting the ever loving crap scared out of her by her own cubs
- And a wee baby echidna, called a “puggle,” is rescued in Australia LOOK AT IT. Featured image is of another echidna baby IT’S SO TINY