It’s Tuesday, Second Motes of the Week

New words: To join “inter-net commando”, and “keyboard assassin”, let’s add “iPhone activist”.

He knows better than you, and he knows it: Geraldo Rivera (born Gerald Riviera; July 4, 1943) During Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News, he says, “I think less of people who are not vaccinated. I think it’s an arrogant, selfish, reckless act.” Rivera dismissed his colleagues’ arguments that vaccine mandates and passports were an affront to personal freedom by calling their position “caveman stuff.” After threatening to kick a co-host “in the ass” if he approaches Riveira’s grandchildren, Riviera wraps himself in the cloak of  journalistic integrity. He totally ignores the thousands of unvaccinated covid positive illegal aliens crossing the southern border. Hey Gerry, why don’t you do something to protect my grandchildren. Say, speak up about the border. What happened to “My body, My choice?”

It’s a man’s world: Skull, the first Predator movie to be released by The Walt Disney Co. will feature a female protagonist and Native American themes, marking a stark departure from the masculine and futuristic worlds of the previous movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover. Everybody seems to forget the 2004 Alien vs. Predator. Staring Sanaa Lathan as Alexa “Lex” Woods, an experienced guide who spent several seasons exploring Arctic and Antarctic environments. She kicked ass and earned the respect from the Predator. Still one of the better Alien/Predator movies.

Gold medals you won’t hear about: Shooters from the United States have claimed three gold medals so far in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. The trio of first-place finishes include Men’s Skeet, Women’s Skeet and Men’s Air Rifle. William Shaner captured the first Olympic medal ever claimed by the United States in Men’s Air Rifle. He did it in style, too, claiming gold in his first Olympics. Vincent Hancock won his third Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. He also became the first man in history to earn three golds in Men’s Skeet. Amber English claimed gold in Women’s Skeet. Her final score of 56 hits also set a new Olympic record. Well done all of you. Well done.

Luau’s aren’t the only thing with pork around here: A North Carolina congressman is proposing a series of amendments to every appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022 that would do away with 2,378 earmarks amounting to $3.85 billion in government spending. Some of the pork includes LGBTQ-friendly affordable senior housing, new soccer fields at La Palma Park in Anaheim, California, and an “Oregon City Quiet Zone” (not Portland). In June, Budd introduced an amendment to nix over 1,400 earmarks from the Senate’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Remember, it’s your money they’re spending.

Alert: If you use a Cpap, Bi-Pap, or mechanical ventilator machine made by Philips Respironics you need to go to https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/e/sleep/communications/src-update, and on the right hand side bar click the “Begin Registration Process” option and see if your machine is one of the recalled ones. This is receiving almost no media attention. Its expected to affect between 3 and 4 MILLION machines, and since most of these are going to be one machine per person that means between 3 and 4 MILLION people are going to be affected by this, 2/3rds or more in the USA. But hey, not Covid, therefor not newsworthy. If you have had your Cpap machine for at least 5 years now is the time to contact your DME (or insurance company directly) and arrange a replacement. I don’t use one but know several people that do. Be careful.

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