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Saturday, December 16, 2023



#395  [archive]
DEC. 16, 2023

Rich countries are desperate to convince us their hollow COP28 deal is a triumph. They’re lying.
    Any news coverage that's happy with progress made at COP28 is horse-doodoo. 

UFO whistleblower doubles down on claims: "This is a nightmare for me"
    David Grusch is a former member of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon’s Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena Task Force, two entities I'd never heard of until Grusch popped up. For months he's been saying loudly that the US has recovered alien spacecraft with nonhuman aliens or alien corpses inside, but that he can't share any evidence "due to his fears of prosecution for sharing classified data in a public setting."
    "I want to believe," is what Mulder said on The X-Files, but believing without evidence is faith, and faith is for nincompoops. Maybe there are alien spaceships and bodies hidden away by the US government — that's what I expect the government would do — but if Grusch won't show the evidence, he's just another ranting doofus. 

The role of Facebook — and the internet more broadly — in the genocide of the Rohingya people in Myanmar
    Long read. Worth it. 

After 46 years and 15-billion miles, Voyager 1 stops communicating with Earth
    Launched just after the Bicentennial, Voyager was hoped to have a five-year lifespan. It's still chugging along, but now it's no longer communicating, kinda like me. 

The biggest study of ‘greedflation’ yet looked at 1,300 corporations that lied to you about inflation 

Oklahoma governor signs order effectively banning diversity programs at public colleges 

Rudy Giuliani must pay $148 million to 2 Georgia election workers he defamed, jury decides
    "Must"? Get the heck outta here. He'll never pay. 

Oklahoma wants to prosecute woman who took edibles because her fetus didn’t have medical marijuana card 

Twitter OK with ads for app that creates fake nudes for blackmail  

Uproar as after-school Satan club forms at Tennessee elementary school 

Amusing, Interesting, Outrageous, or Profound
    AIOP is my Lemmy page, for anything that's (in my opinion) amusing, interesting, outrageous, or profound. It's mostly a rough draft of this page, but you're invited to stop by. 

Facebook czar Zuckerberg builds supervillain lair in Hawaii  

Archaeologists discover brutal 'bakery-prison' at Pompeii 

Almost a conversation with a whale, but we don't know what either side said 

Twenty years ago, The Shield captured the brokenness of American policing 

The Police Problem
    All about about ordinary evil cops.  

Well, of course race played a role in sentencing of black child, 10, for urinating in public 

California deputy gets two years in federal prison for bullshit arrest, and lying about it 

Despite homicide verdict from coroner's inquest, cops' union says death of Afghanistan man beaten by guards, pepper-sprayed twice, covered with a spit hood and placed on his stomach on the floor was an accident 

Former Iowa police officer sentenced to 15 years for raping teen in ride-along program 

No charges filed after police shot an 11-year-old black boy who called for help, officials say

A long but interesting interview with defense investigator Andrew Sowards, who's seen a lot of bad cops, up close
    And here's part 2

♫♬  MUSIC  ♫ 

The Bible is Bullshit — Corporate Avenger 

Don't Let Me Get Me — P!nk 

The Man Who Sold the World — Nirvana 

Second Sight — Luther Wright & the Wrongs 

You've Made Me So Very Happy — Blood, Sweat & Tears 


🖕 Rick Ahearn
logistics planner for prominent assholes 

Jack Axelrod
actor, Grey’s Anatomy 

Shirley Barber
author of children's books 

Cari Beauchamp
author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker 

Michael Bishop
sci-fi author, The Eyes of Fire 

Andre Braugher
actor, Homicide: Life on the Street 

Gene Carr
hockey player, Los Angeles Kings 

Emmanuelle Debever
actress, A Brutal Game

 Lola Dee
singer, "Pretty Eyed Baby" 

David Drake
sci-fi author, Hammer’s Slammers

🖕 Neil Drossman
brain parasite 

Mort Engelberg
film producer, Smokey and the Bandit 

Shirley Anne Field
actress, My Beautiful Laundrette 

Jeffrey Foskett
rock'n'roller, the Beach Boys 

Gao Yaojie
AIDS activist 

Ian Gibson
artist, Judge Dread 

Dærick Gröss Sr
cartoonist, "Trumpy" 

Jack Hogan
actor, Combat 

Richard Kerr
songwriter, "Looks Like We Made It" 

Ken Kelsch
cinematographer, Bad Lieutenant 

Kunchok Lodoe
anti-Chinese activist 

Ken MacKenzie
baseballer, New York Mets 

Doug McArthur
liked athletics 

George McGinnis
basketballer, Indiana Pacers 

Essra Mohawk
singer-songwriter, Schoolhouse Rock 

Ted Morgan
author, On Becoming American 

Mary Ratcliffe

Ron Rivett
founder, Super 8 Motels 

Stan Rogow
film and TV producer, The Clan of the Cave Bear 

Ken Sherrill
gay rights activist 

John A. Talbott
psychiatrist with a heart 

Camden Toy
actor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

Mario Valdemarin
actor, Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis 

Jim van der Woude
actor, Prospero's Books


Cranky Old Fart is annoyed and complains and very occasionally offers a kindness, along with anything off the internet that's made me smile or snarl. All opinions fresh from my ass. Top illustration by Jeff Meyer. Click any image to enlarge. Comments & conversations invited. 

Tip 'o the hat to the AVA, BoingBoing, Breakfast at Ralf's, Chuff, Dirty Blonde Mind, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, Lemmy.world, Looking for My Perfect Sandwich, Miss Miriam's Mirror, Self-love Is My Superpower, Voenix Rising, and anywhere else I've stolen links, illustrations, or inspiration.

Special thanks to Linden Arden, Becky Jo, Wynn Bruce, Joey Jo Jo emeritus, Jeff Meyer, John the Basket, Dave S, Name Withheld, and always extra special thanks to my lovely late Stephanie, who gave me 21 years and proved that the world isn't always shitty.


  1. The only amatauer news page where I always learn something.

    That UFO guy Grush went on Tucker Caralson, which is basically proof he's a deluded wingnut.

    1. Suspected Grusch was a lunatic. Now confirmed, thanks.

  2. PS. America needs a new and improved constitution. The one we're stuck with sets too high a threshold for changes, and was drafted when information travelled on horseback for a population 2% of today, before handguns and stupidity were being manufactured in large quantities.


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