[Psychologist Gillian Sandstrom] was raised in Canada by extroverts who loved talking with strangers. One day, Sandstrom, who had always considered herself an introvert, realized that she always looked down when she walked along the street. “I thought, Well, that’s dumb,” she says. So she started holding eye contact with people and found that it actually felt pretty good. Before long, she was talking with strangers too. She was surprised at how easy and fun it was. Once, on the subway, she saw a woman holding a box of elaborately decorated cupcakes and asked about them. “I don’t know how the conversation got there, but she taught me that humans can ride ostriches,” Sandstrom says. “That was just a delightful conversation. I wanted to do it again.”
The Capitol Rioters Attacked Police. Why Isn’t the FOP Outraged? By Adam Serwer at The Atlantic — The Fraternal Order of Police is quick to defend against any perceived slight against police, even demanding Walmart stop selling Black Lives Matter T-shirts. But the organization hasn’t had much to say about the Jan. 6 terrorist attack.
Another member of the “Leopards Eating People’s Faces” party has his face eaten by leopards: Dick Farrel, an anti-vax right wing radio host who called Fauci a ‘power tripping lying freak,’ dies of Covid. . By Blake Montgomery at the Daily Beast.
Want to pretend to live on Mars? For a whole year? Apply now. By Seth Borenstein at the AP: NASA is looking for staff for a simulated Mars habitat on Earth.
Overheard: I thought I was in a bad mood but it’s been a few years, so I guess this is who I am now.
My role model.
Atlantic Ocean currents are weakening, portending big global weather changes to come. By Nina Chestney at Reuters.
Cory Doctorow: Scammers sell social media banning services to griefers and charge victims hundreds of times more to get un-banned. Also: Facebook’s official disinformation research portal is a bad joke, especially compared with the independent Ad Obervatory, which the company wants to destroy.
A New Jersey man on Friday became the first person to plead guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Scott Fairlamb’s attorneys say prosecutors will ask for a sentence of 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 years for the Jan. 6 riots, in which he participated in assaulting a police officer. “A video showed Fairlamb holding a collapsible baton and shouting, ‘What [do] patriots do? We f—— disarm them and then we storm the f—— Capitol!'”
3.5-4.5 years seems like a light sentence, but all he did was participate in an assault on the US Capitol with a goal of murdering the Vice President and Speaker of the House and overturning election results. Good thing for him he didn’t do anything super-serious, like paying with a possibly counterfeit $20 bill or selling loose cigarettes.