May 04 2021

Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for our readers who can’t stay awake to watch the shows. Everyone deserves a good laugh.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is on hiatus this week

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The U.S. May Never Reach Herd Immunity & The U.K. Runs a Massive COVID Experiment

Vaccine hesitancy threatens America’s chances of reaching herd immunity, and England holds an experimental music festival to test out a return to in-person events.

Facebook and Apple Battle Over Privacy

Apple makes it harder for apps to track your online activity and location, while Facebook tells users to opt in to sharing this data for the sake of small businesses.

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Trump Calls for Recount of 2 Million Arizona Ballots

Rudy Giuliani Claims Trump’s DOJ Searched His iCloud Account in 2019: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at Rudy Giuliani claiming that the FBI raids of his home and office are part of a Biden administration conspiracy to target him.

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Trump Delights in Mitt Romney Getting Booed & Michael Flynn Can’t Recite the Pledge of Allegiance

Americans are reportedly more hopeful about the future than they have been in 15 years, condom sales have skyrocketed over the last month, President Joe Biden visited an elementary school in Virginia, the crew of the Space X Dragon successfully splashed down after six months in orbit, Jimmy tries to deliver a Girl Scout Cookie to Guillermo via drone, casinos in Las Vegas are allowed to operate at 80% capacity, Mitt Romney was booed by fellow Republicans which was music to Donald Trump’s ears, and since Michael Flynn had a hard time coming up with the words for the Pledge of Allegiance we decided to show an experiment we did on Hollywood Blvd to see if average Americans have trouble with it too.

The Late Late Show with James Corden

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James Corden is very excited to kick off the show with two big announcements: it’s Guillermo’s birthday and it’s the return of Senior Vice President of Late Night Programming, Nick Bernstein. After getting the lowdown on the network’s feedback of the show, Nick explains what happened to his hair. And congrats California, you’re making great progress against COVID-19 – enough for Disneyland to open back up.

May 04 2021

Cartnoon

America Unearthed: Stonehenge in New Hampshire

America’s Stonehenge is a privately-owned tourist attraction and archaeological site consisting of a number of large rocks and stone structures scattered around roughly 30 acres (12 hectares) within the town of Salem, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is open to the public for a fee as part of a recreational area which includes snowshoe trails and an alpaca farm.

A number of hypotheses exist as to the origin and purpose of the structures. One viewpoint is a mixture of land-use practices of local farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries and construction of structures by owner William Goodwin, an insurance executive who purchased the area in 1937.

Some claim that the site has a pre-Columbian European origin, but this is regarded as pseudoarchaeological or the result of an early-20th century hoax. Archaeologist David Starbuck has said: “It is widely believed that Goodwin may have ‘created’ much of what is visible at the site today.”

The site was first dubbed Mystery Hill by William Goodwin. This was the official name of the site until 1982, when it was renamed “America’s Stonehenge”, a term coined in a news article in the early 1960s. The rebranding was an effort to separate it from roadside oddity sites and to reinforce the idea that it is an ancient archaeological site. The area is named after Stonehenge in England, although there is no evidence of cultural or historical connection between the two.

Many believe that Pattee built the site in the nineteenth century, and no unequivocal pre-Columbian European artifacts have been found there. The site’s history is muddled partly because of the activities of William Goodwin, who became convinced that the location was proof that Irish monks (the Culdees) had lived there long before the time of Christopher Columbus, and he sought to publicize the concept. The site has been altered by stone quarrying, and also by Goodwin and others who wanted to move the stones to what they considered to be their original locations; Goodwin might have been responsible for much of what can now be seen. Many of the stones have drill marks from the quarrying that took place on the site.

More fanciful origins have also been proposed, but artifacts found on the site led archaeologists to the conclusion that the stones were actually assembled for a variety of reasons by local farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries. For example, there is a so-called “sacrificial stone” which contains grooves that some say channeled blood, but it closely resembles “lye-leaching stones” found on many old farms that were used to extract lye from wood ashes, the first step in the manufacture of soap.

In 1982, David Stewart-Smith, director of restoration at Mystery Hill, conducted an excavation of a megalith found in a stone quarry to the north of the main site. His research team excavated the quarry site under the supervision of the New Hampshire state archaeologist and discovered hundreds of chips and flakes from the stone. They concluded that this was evidence of tool manufacture, consistent with American Indian lithic techniques, although no date could be ascertained.[citation needed] Archaeologist Curtis Runnels stated, “No Bronze Age artifacts have been found there. … In fact, no one has found a single artifact of European origin from that period anywhere in the New World.”

In 2019, the site was vandalized with power tools, with police saying the person may have been trying to re-enact a scene from a fictional work. On March 4, 2021, NH State Police arrested a member of the online group “QAnon” and charged him with criminal mischief.

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May 04 2021

The Breakfast Club (May The Fourth Be With You)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We should be doing everything we can to make it as convenient as possible for eligible Americans to cast a ballot. People fought and died for the right to vote.

Jason Kander

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May 03 2021

Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for our readers who can’t stay awake to watch the shows. Everyone deserves a good laugh.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

President Biden Needs To End Trump-Era Immigration Policies Pt. 1

Screaming about a “border crisis” is a beloved Republican pastime that has continued into the Biden administration. And while it’s okay to tune out this racist fear-mongering, what we need is for President Biden to reverse Trump-era border policies and fix this shit! Part 1 of 2.

President Biden Needs To End Trump-Era Immigration Policies Pt. 2

Why Washington, D.C. Deserves To Be A State

For the past 30 years, D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has been fighting like hell to make D.C. a state—and now victory may be on the horizon! Sam sat down with Delegate Holmes to understand what D.C. statehood would mean for its residents, the country, and most importantly, the U.S. flag.

Sam’s Tower of Jenga

Like most of us, when quarantine started, Sam looked for ways to keep busy. Now, over a year later, the world has a COVID vaccine and Sam has…a giant Jenga tower.

The Amber Ruffin Show

Why the Racist Myth of “Voter Fraud” is Dominating Republican Politics

Five months after Election Day, there are still a lot of people who can’t believe Donald Trump lost. Well, lots of Republicans. And there’s a good reason Republicans can’t believe Trump lost the election—because they worked so hard to rig it for him. And they’re already trying to rig the next one. How did we end up in a democracy with so many rigged elections?

A White Guy Musical Recap of President Biden’s First 100 Days

Joe Biden’s been in office for 100 days now, and man, it went by so fast. I mean, blink and it’s gone. Really makes you think…

The Oscars, the 2020 Census, & Using Tongs to Pick Up Snakes: Week In Review

It was announced this week that New York will lose a Congressional seat in 2023 after the state’s census count was short by 89 people. Wow, they couldn’t find an extra 89 people? Hell, we think we could count another 89 people in this room alone.

May 03 2021

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Charles M. Blow: Is America a Racist Country?

The answer is “yes,” and that’s not a radical statement.

Last Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina added himself to the long list of Republicans who have denied the existence of systemic racism in this country. Graham said on “Fox News Sunday” that “our systems are not racist. America’s not a racist country.” [..]

Some will concede the historical point and insist on the progress point, arguing that was then and this is now, that racism simply doesn’t exist now as it did then. I would agree. American racism has evolved and become less blunt, but it has not become less effective. The knife has simply been sharpened. Now systems do the work that once required the overt actions of masses of individual racists.

So, what does it mean for a system to be racist? Does the appellation depend on the system in question being openly, explicitly racist from top to bottom, or simply that there is some degree of measurable bias embedded in those systems? I assert the latter.

America is not the same country it was, but neither is it the country it purports to be. On some level this is a tension between American idealism and American realism, between an aspiration and a current condition.

Jennifer Rubin: Republicans have no standing to give advice on tax policy

They live in their own economic universe.

The Republican Party’s fixation on tax cuts is not rooted in reason or experience. That makes it hard for a White House that generally makes arguments based on history and data to strike a deal on the American Jobs Plan.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen appearing on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday explained the potential positive effects of the American Jobs Plan: ”[W]e can be competitive and have families and children succeed, invest in infrastructure, in R&D and the things that shore up middle class prosperity: education, child care and health care.” [..]

Republicans simply ignore the mountain of evidence disproving the benefits of supply-side tax cuts. The Post reported in December on five decades of tax research: The tax cuts “had no effect on economic growth or employment. Though those quantities fluctuated slightly after the major tax cuts that were studied, the effect was statistically indistinguishable from zero.” Despite political rhetoric, “The ‘rocket fuel’ so often promised by supporters of these tax cuts? It fizzles out time and time again.” They sure do not pay for themselves.

In this debate, I would side with the former Fed chair — one of the most respected economists in the country who has tons of data to back her up — over the party that falsely promised tax cuts would pay for themselves and permanently increase growth and jobs.

Greg Sargent: The mask slips, revealing the truth about the GOP voter suppression game

Republicans want to shrink the electorate, because they think it will advantage them.

Republicans are responding to their 2020 losses by doing everything they can to restrict the size of the electorate wherever possible, in ways they think will advantage them. To disguise this ugly game, they’ve rolled out all sorts of disingenuous talking points, claiming they want to restore “confidence” in our elections or, even more absurdly, to ensure “election integrity.”

But every now and then the mask slips, making the truth about these efforts even harder to deny. [..]

As it is, the new provisions would heavily target African American and newly registered voters, according to University of Florida political scientist Daniel A. Smith, whose calculations show that those demographics disproportionately relied on vote-by-mail in 2020.

However, Smith’s research shows Republican voters also relied to an unexpected degree on vote-by-mail — hence these new GOP fears. As Smith notes: “The GOP leadership has discounted any collateral damage, calculating that the benefit to the party outweighs any harm done to its party faithful.”

The truth here is plain to see: Florida Republicans are trying to make it harder for the opposition’s voters to participate, to the point where party operatives even floated the idea of exempting their own voters from provisions that would accomplish this.

Eugene Robinson: Banning menthol cigarettes could put Black smokers in a new kind of danger

Collaboration, not paternalism, is the key to get Black Americans to quit smoking.

Smoking is bad for you, and any measure that helps people quit is theoretically good. But the federal government’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes leaves a sour taste in my mouth — and not a nicotine-flavored one.

Making it illegal to make or sell Newports, Kools and other such brands will have a massively disparate impact on African American smokers, nearly 85 percent of whom smoke menthols. By contrast, only around 30 percent of White smokers and 35 percent of Hispanic smokers choose menthol-flavored varieties. Black smokers have every right to feel targeted by the planned prohibition.

Public health experts can reasonably argue that the pending rule targets African Americans in the best possible way. The real disparate impact, so this thinking goes, is in the way tobacco companies have aggressively marketed menthol cigarettes in Black communities over the decades. I understand all of that. But I can’t rush to cheer a new policy that puts a terribly unhealthy — but perfectly legal — practice enjoyed so disproportionately by African Americans on the wrong side of the law.

Amanda Marcotte: The U.S. never had a shot at herd immunity

Hostility to scientific expertise plus rejection of the concept of the common good led to anti-vaxx conservatism

Many folks have been saying it for a few months now, but it appears that the slower-moving medical experts in the federal government are finally admitting it. Despite half of Americans getting the shot, Apoorva Mandavilli of the New York Times writes, “vaccination rates are slipping, and there is widespread consensus among scientists and public health experts that the herd immunity threshold is not attainable — at least not in the foreseeable future, and perhaps not ever.”

This article caused a lot of doom-saying from pandemic addicts on social media, but there’s actually good news in this. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s top advisor on the pandemic, explained that federal leaders “stopped using herd immunity in the classic sense,” and instead the focus has shifted to “vaccinate enough people, the infections are going to go down.” In other words, it’s time to stop letting anti-vaccination people hold the rest of hostage, wind down the lockdowns, and shift gears to managing COVID-19 through other strategies.

As Mandavilli explains, there’s a lot of reasons that herd immunity is simply unachievable in the current situation, but there is no doubt that “[s]kepticism about the vaccines among many Americans” is playing a major role. She delicately avoids digging in deeper, but anyone who has been paying attention in recent months understands what this means: It’s Republicans.

May 03 2021

Cartnoon

Covid Vaccines: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver explains why some people don’t want to get the Covid-19 vaccine and how they might be reassured. (Even you, Mike in Baltimore.)

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May 03 2021

The Breakfast Club (Key To Understanding)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli born; The U.S. Supreme Court rules racial covenants in real estate are unenforceable; Joe DiMaggio makes his baseball debut; Singers Pete Seeger and James Brown born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

It’s a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.

Pete Seeger

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May 02 2021

Cartnoon

Beavis & Butthead riffs compilation

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May 02 2021

The Breakfast Club (Peanut butter & honey on toast)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club!

AP’s Today in History for May 2nd

Nazi Germany’s capital Berlin falls in World War II; Artist Leonardo da Vinci dies; Civil War Gen. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson killed; Nelson Mandela claims victory in South Africa vote; Singer Bing Crosby born.

Breakfast Tune Bing Crosby – Banjo´s back in Town

Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

Something to think about over coffee prozac

Depressed Police Officer Reminds Self That Chauvin Verdict Not Representative Of System At Large

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May 02 2021

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan; Sen. John Barasso (GQP-WY); Adm. (ret.) Mike Mullen; Dr. Ashsish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health; and Jeffrey Gettleman, South Asia bureau chief of The New York Times.

The roundtable guests are: Former Gov. Chris Christie (GQP-NJ); former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (??); Rachel Scott, ABC News Congressional Correspondent; and Audie Cornish, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

Face the Nation: Host Margaret Brennan’s guests are: White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain; Sen. Tim Scott (GQP-SC); former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb MD.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; Sen. Rob Portman (GQP-OH); and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

The panel guests are: Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour; Lanhee Chen, Republican policy advisor; Kasie Hunt, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent; and former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Anita Dunn, a senior advisor to U.S. President Joe Biden; Sen. Susan Collins (GQP-ME); and Cindy McCain, widow of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

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