Midday open thread: Fire, Google, and STDs

Today’s comic by Matt Bors is Trump deploys Space Force against alien invasion:

Good God:

The day before California’s deadly Camp Fire started, with 42 victims and more than 200 missing so far, Pacific Gas & Electric knew of an electrical problem that may have set off the blaze.

The day before the fire began, PG&E reportedly emailed a local landowner about “problems with sparks” and the need for workers to enter her property and work on the high-power lines.

Betsy Ann Cowley owns Pulga, a renovated former railroad town that is rented out for corporate retreats and private functions. She was away on vacation when an email arrived.

Neighboring town Paradise was destroyed by the fire.

What the hell, Google?

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) was caught on tape “joking” about her willingness to attend a lynching at a campaign event in November. “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Hyde-Smith said on November 2. […]

One corporation that apparently was unbothered by Hyde-Smith’s remarks: Google. On Tuesday, Google donated $5000 to Hyde-Smith’s campaign, according to documents filed with the FEC.

Who knew?

Johns Hopkins researchers are spearheading efforts to raise awareness and learn more about a sexually transmitted disease few people know about but scientists believe makes people infertile.

Many people infected with mycoplasma genitalium, or Mgen for short, don’t show symptoms and might not know they are carrying the disease. There’s no approved test for it, which makes it difficult to track, but doctors believe it’s more common than gonorrhea, infecting about 1 to 3 percent of the population.

Ho, ho, HUH?

A company that produces novelty glassware embedded with a bullet as if it had been shot has decided to give every employee a handgun as a Christmas present.

Giving employees their choice of revolver as a gift is part of an effort to promote personal safety and team building, Ben Wolfgram, who co-owns Hortonville-based BenShot, said Tuesday.

Interesting defense:

A football fan who was charged with driving drunk after a car crash told police he drank too much because his team–the New York Jets—“suck.” Christopher Greyshock, 57, rear-ended another vehicle about 5:15 p.m. Sunday—about an hour after the Jets, lost 41-10 to the Buffalo Bills, to fall to 3-7 this season. Authorities say Greyshock, from West Milford, New Jersey, told officers: “I drank too much because the Jets suck.” ​​​​​​​

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter once again join forces in analyzing election results and the path forward from here. Who’s really being divisive in the leadership contests? It’s been a bad week for armed guards. And for Trump meltdowns, too.

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