The New Hampshire bloodbath is probably over–there could be more drop out after the links after all, but the current count is three and a half. Andrew Yang, the answer to a question no one asked, and Micheal Bennett went early after the results came in last night. Deval Patrick dithered until this afternoon to call off the Presidential run no one knew he was making. The half is Steyer, who was rumored to have dropped out then announced that he really hadn’t dropped out. That earns him a ghostly X on the board.
Warren and Biden are going to hold until Super Tuesday is my guess. Without a strong showing by either, Super Tuesday will be the end of them, meaning the race will be between the super-old social beloved by the young who won’t remember to vote and Mayor Pete, the beige gay guy that has been embraced by the olds in the party, and rejected by the Sanders left–smeared as a racist, as #CIAPete and anything else Bernie’s Revolutionary Guard can come up with.
Bloomberg is hanging in the air, like a truffle-rich fart, pouring money into ads to convince America he’s not exactly what he is.
Underground Railroad LARPing
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On a frigid night in late October, Julian Lucas took part in his third Underground Railroad Reënactment. He and 10 other "fugitives" were chased through forests and found themselves at the edge of a lake. Following an "abolitionist," Lucas waded through the freezing water toward safety, wondering what his enslaved forebears would make of this strange tribute to history. Some people consider these reënactments a way to honor the spirits of the enslaved and connect with previous generations of resistance. Others argue that this is a trivialization of violence and trauma. Tap the link in our bio to read more about the cultural significance of Underground Railroad reënactments.
Palaeontologists have discovered a new species of tyrannosaur in Alberta. Thanatotheristes degrootorum is the oldest tyrannosaur species ever found in Canada, according to an article published by researchers from the University of Calgary and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in the journal Cretaceous Research.
“We are thrilled to announce the first new species of tyrannosaur to be discovered in Canada in 50 years,” said Dr. François Therrien, Curator of Dinosaur Palaeoecology at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. The last tyrannosaur described from Canada was Daspletosaurus in 1970.
I Am Poppy: The Movie
A pop singer’s songs and artistic identity have been stolen by her ex-boyfriend/manager and shamelessly pasted onto his new girlfriend/protégé. Locked together in a small concert venue after hours, the three of them confront the emotional abuses of the past…until things turn violent.
We don’t want to other the poor virus. Might damage its fragile self-esteem.
After weeks of mild confusion and unwieldy hashtag names (love to type #2019-nCoV), the disease caused by the coronavirus from Wuhan finally has a catchy, accurate, non-stigmatizing name: COVID-19.
The name was announced by the World Health Organization this morning. “COVID” is an abbreviation for “coronavirus disease” and the 19 refers to when it was first identified, in late 2019.
It doesn’t have “Wuhan” in the name, because nobody wants their hometown to be known for a disease. How would you feel telling people you live along the Ebola river?
It’s not just “the coronavirus” because coronavirus is a family of viruses including SARS, MERS, and several viruses that cause the common cold. (The new coronavirus itself will actually be called SARS-CoV-2, because it’s so similar to the original SARS virus. COVID-19 is the disease it causes.)
Whereas my eye-rolling disease goes terminal.