2020: It could have been worse…

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2020: It could have been worse…

You would be hard pressed to find someone who said 2020 was a great year for them; unless they are Walmart, Netflix or Amazon. Still, as tough as things were, the USA and the world have had worse years. Historians voted and made a list of the darker days behind us. Among them, 1968, when MLK and RFK were assasinated, 1929, when Wall Street crashed and the Great Depression reared its ugly head and 1862, the very worst year of the Civil War. Click here for years that were worse than 2020.

Maybe it wasn’t as bad as we thought?

Umm… I’ll just leave this here.

I would have called it Raquel’s Island…

So, a few days ago, this happened. Sigh.

Dawn Wells, who famously played Mary Ann Summers, has died. She was 82. She died in Los Angeles of COVID-19-related causes Wednesday morning, according to her publicist. The actress starred as the unapologetic “good girl” who was stranded on an island with six other castaways. “Gilligan’s Island” ran from 1964 to 1967 – for three seasons – and yet it has never gone off the air. It continues to be screened across the world in over 30 languages.

…Wells, a Reno native, represented Nevada in the Miss America pageant in 1959 before taking on the iconic role. For the role of Mary Ann, she beat out 350 other actresses, including Raquel Welch.

Yes, you read that right! Racquel Welch was almost Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island. As much as I was a fan of Ginger and Mary Ann growing up (although I would’ve dropped them both for Thelma of Good Times), Raquel Welch would have changed the dynamics of the show entirely. It would have been Raquel’s Island.

The Ceiling Fan of Death

Okay, here’s the plot for a horror movie or murder mystery thriller or a very, very dark comedy. There’s a party going during a very hot Summer day. Someone turns on the ceiling fan and it gradually picks up speed. Suddenly there is a spark and the blades of the ceiling fan break off and begins slicing through one guest and decapitating another. Blood everywhere and the punch is ruined. Oh the humanity! If you think that couldn’t happen in real life, think again.

More 190,000 ceiling fans sold at The Home Depot have been recalled amid reports its blades can detach while in use and cause injury or property damage.

Umm… ouch.

So, is that a good jobs report or a bad jobs report?

Claims for jobless benefits fall to 787,000, down 19,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell by 19,000 but remain elevated at 787,000 as a resurgent coronavirus grips the U.S. economy.

While at the lowest level in four weeks, the new figures released Thursday by the Labor Department are nearly four times higher than a year ago before the coronavirus struck. Employers continue to cut jobs as rising coronavirus infections keep many people at home while state and local governments re-impose restrictions.

Click here to read more, but you just read the highlights.

The GOAT of Diversity Recruiters

Hmm… A few weeks ago it was Dr. Timnit Gebru who was fired for criticizing her employer – Google in an email. This week its April Christina Curley calling foul on Google. Is it open season on the sistahs working at Google? Read the Twitter thread and judge for yourself.


Isn’t that like a Nazi thing?

Maybe you have Covid and I suspect you’re not wearing a mask. How do I know for sure? Its best that I detain you against your will for the safety of all. And if you don’t have it, maybe you do, because I’m a politician and for some reason I don’t like you. Sound like Nazi, Germany? No. It starting to sound like New York.

A New York state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow the government to detain people deemed a potential public health risk, amid concerns that the Covid-19 crisis is being allegedly used to usher in authoritarianism.

Authored by a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly N. Nick Perry, Bill A416 calls for the “removal and/or detention” of individuals who are identified as a “case, contact or carrier” of a contagious disease. 

The sweeping powers would be employed in the event of the state government declaring a health emergency due to an epidemic of any communicable disease, the bill proposes. 

Click here to read the sordid details. If you’re in NY, spread the word that there is a new Fuhrer in town.

Let’s make segregation great again…

I’m not a fan of segregation.

I didn’t like it back in the day.

I didn’t like it when black students at Rice University demanded a segregated campus or when Black NYU Students demanded segregated housing.

And I certainly don’t like what’s going on in Minnesota.

 “Just because we voted yes doesn’t mean we’re racist,” says Craig Kavanagh, mayor of a tiny Minnesota town that has granted a permit to a whites-only church. The Asatru Folk Assembly, which has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, says it is reviving pre-Christian Nordic folk beliefs and it will not admit people who are not of northern European descent. Residents of Murdock, population 280, say they plan to push back against the group despite a 3-1 council vote approving a change of use for a former Lutheran church the group bought and rehabilitated after it had been used as a residence, reports the Duluth News Tribune. The mayor says rejecting the permit could have led to a legal battle the town can’t afford.

Click here for the rest of the story.

Its Boys vs Girls with a twist…

It’s like picking teams for dodgeball in gym class—except everyone wants the girls. In papers filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, attorneys for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America pushed back against what they call “highly damaging” trademark infringement by the Boy Scouts of America, with the former accusing the latter of poaching potential female members from their ranks by engaging in unfair marketing and recruitment, the AP reports. 

Click here for details on the recruiting wars.

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