He’s a former QAnon believer. He doesn’t want to tell his story, but thinks it might help.

Travis M. Andrews, The Washington Post:

“The world didn’t seem like a dark place. It seemed like a simple place. It felt like everyone else was living in a dream world, and I wasn’t. Even though it was the other way around.” …

Every single conspiracy theory you’ve ever heard — including some you’ve never heard — are somehow part of the Q movement,” he added, citing the beliefs that the Earth is flat and that some celebrities are actual shape-shifting reptilian aliens from space.

This would all be ridiculous, except QAnon is calling for violent suppression of people it identifies as predators.

I am, once again, concluding my experiment in queuing up blog posts in a daily digest.

I seem to need to do that every few months, to get it out of my system. Then I remember it adds no value for readers, and just makes more work for me.

Similarly, I’m going back to mirroring the full content of my posts on Tumblr. Every few months I need to remind myself that there’s really no point in not doing that.

A moose family crossing the road and other things I saw on the internet, Friday, 10/23/20

Student loans are dischargeable (Cory Doctorow/Pluralistic) – Banks have made billions of dollars on the backs of students, on the legal principle that student loan debts cannot be canceled – in other words, are not “dischargeable” – in bankruptcy. But that theory is wrong, and a small law firm is clawing back money for broke grads.

Redactions in Ghislaine Maxwell’s unsealed testimony turn out to be easy to crack, by cross-referencing with the document index. (Cory) For example: Identify a prominent person who’s been linked with Epstein whose name falls between “client” and “clock” in an alphabetical list.

Key to Epstein’s scam was that he mixed legitimate business – including funding valuable scientific research – with underage sex trafficking. So if someone’s name is linked with his, it’s very difficult to know whether they had legitimate business with Epstein, they were fellow sexual predators, or both.

The is related to the way that the Russians spread misinformation. They’ll find a big cache of legitimate documents, and then toss in a few incendiary forgeries.

Watch this 30-second video of a moose family crossing the road at Denali National Park.

Originally tweeted by Life on Earth (@planetpng) on October 17, 2020.

What’s this?

It suddenly occurred to me that this show was the original “The Office.”

How the pandemic will end. (Axios) – Nothing in here about when.

I bought two more masks Wednesday night. Looks like we’re gonna need ’em a while for COVID-10 – and probably even afterward, it’ll be a good idea to do like the Chinese and Japanese and wear a mask when you go out if you’ve got the sniffles.

“In our old age, humans tend to invest in fewer but more positive relationships. A new study of wild chimpanzees finds they seem to do the same.” (Axios)

SOME PIG: A Startup Is Making Thousands of Gene-Edited Pigs Because Humans Need Their Organs (Emily Mullin/Future Human)

Me: *skips a rock perfectly across a pond*

Fred Flintstone: OH NO MY CELL PHONE

Originally tweeted by NosferaPru (@prufrockluvsong) on September 2, 2019.



A group of 14 elephants broke into village in Yunan province, looking for corn and other food. They ended up drinking 30kg of corn wine and got so drunk they fell asleep in a nearby tea garden. via


I thought about taking a voting selfie but I was in a rush to get back to work and so I didn’t hassle with it.

And then I thought about driving over and doing a historical re-enactment, but that would be awkward and I’ve got other things to do so just fuhgedaboutit.

Holly crap, that’s the guy from Medium as the bad guy on “Star Trek: Discovery!”

He had a major Al Pacino vibe.