3.12.19: Tuesday LATE Edition

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“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
–Ray Bradbury

To give you some sense of how wicked fast the news cycle goes, and just how nuts everything is: I read the news before I went to work this morning, didn’t really browse the internet when I was at work. Immediately came out of work, and read that actress Felicity Huffman (you know, from Sports Night) is embroiled in this massive nationwide college admissions scandal and is under arrest or some shit like that; and like Huffman’s husband, William Macy (you know, from Fargo) is at the federal building where she’s being held all upset and shit.

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And so allegedly all these rich people, including Huffman and Full House’s Lori Logughlin, are involved in this bribery scandal, paying bribes to get their kids into top schools. This is huge. It’s also…a conspiracy, is it not???

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My larger point…”conspiracies” do exist. And one of the reasons given why certain conspiracies absolutely cannot exist is that the person is a celebrity and would never do that. When of course, that’s hardly a reason in-and-of-itself at all.

Further: lets look at Huffman’s political leanings: fighting for gender equality, racial equality, and so on…but it’s alleged that despite such an egalitarian attitude, she believed her child deserved an unfair advantage in the college admissions process.

Said Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney in Boston handling the case:

“These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege…For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected.”

The difference between fronting for “social currency” and one’s true beliefs.

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And so somehow this all also reminds me, albeit really tangentially, of this recent tweet by Alyssa Milano:

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To which I can only respond:

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How are you doing? I started a new job this week, expanding my skill set and doing all sorts of cool stuff. One of the “trade-offs” about all this, for me, is that any posts that are not “pre-planned” on the weekend has to be done more “off the cuff” like this one. If I get too “perfectionist” about it, I’m just not going to get this done.

Glass-half-full: probably some of this stuff may end up being a little more edgy. Maybe.

I’ve already deleted some stuff from this post because…I dunno.

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Some other stories of possible interest:

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  • Can the term “Q Anon” be trademarked???
  • Headline of the day (or week!): “Witch doctor killed his cousin, mother, wife, and son — then he met Jesus.” It would have been great if he had met Jesus a hair earlier, no?
  • The death (and life) of Airwolf actor Jan-Michael Vincent is one level of tragedy…but did you know the actual helicopter from the show was sort of “cursed” itself? Per Wikipedia: “The helicopter was eventually sold after the show ended and became an ambulance helicopter in Germany, where it crashed in a thunderstorm and was destroyed on June 6, 1992, killing all three crew members.” Yikes.
  • If you always wanted a giant gilt-framed portrait of Milo Yiannopoulos holding a rifle in hang in your bathroom, you’re in luck. (Him: not so much in luck.)
  • The mammoth cell nuclei has been “woken up.” Scientists have inserted them into mouse ova just for extra comedy value.
  • The latest craze in Silicon Valley is “organized intimacy.” Our news quote of the day (or week!) from the Vice article in question: “The average young person moving to San Francisco today may no longer be a hitchhiker escaping a conservative town in search of art, free-thinking, and mind-altering drugs. Instead, they are more likely a recent graduate from a top college who has survived a five day interview process with a large tech firm, moving into a corporate sponsored condo in Mission Bay they’ll see 15 hours a week.” I’m sorry. Second Life is always an option.
  • I missed this “oral history” (insert Butthead laugh here) of “time traveler” John Titor from last year on Thrillist. And one of the things I learned was that there was apparently a “John Titor II.” A quote from this ersatz Titor: “Lots of people call themselves John Titor. I’m the only one that ever gets photographed, goes on television, or has written a book.” Which of course…sounds like that dude who just tried to trademark Q Anon! I guess if you snooze, ya lose

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Anyway, I’m working at a place within the general circumference of my neighborhood so that if I walk from my house to there, I literally pass by almost every landmark of my childhood and teenage years. My elementary school, high-school track, the library I went to when I was eight, the disused train tracks I hung out at with my rotten friends when I played hooky, just countless landmarks. A lot of life-review.

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Have a good Tuesday night (slash Wednesday morning).

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