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Saturday, March 2, 2024



#407  [archive]
MAR. 2, 2024

Earth just experienced its hottest 12 months in recorded history
    You'll be seeing headlines like this more and more often, for the rest of your life. 

Let them eat Flakes: Kellogg’s CEO says poor families should consider "cereal for dinner"
    When do we start storming the corporate castles? Seriously, when? I am not joking. 

Biden planning to hit food 'shrinkflation', corporate greed in State of the Union
    The stupidity of this amazes me. With everything going on, is Biden really dumb enough to use the State of the Union Address, his biggest Presidential bully pulpit in an election year, to complain about shrinkflation?

The internet is filling up with "zombie content" designed to game algorithms and scam humans
    My pledge to you: I might be stupid, but I'm real.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) trolls the Hunter Biden hearings 

SWALWELL: Any time your father was in government, prior to the Presidency or before, did he ever operate a hotel?

BIDEN: No, he has never operated a hotel.

SWALWELL: So he’s never operated a hotel where foreign nationals spent millions at that hotel while he was in office?

BIDEN: No, he has not.

SWALWELL: Did your father ever employ in the Oval Office any direct family member to also work in the Oval Office?

BIDEN: My father has never employed any direct family members, to my knowledge.

SWALWELL: While your father was President, did anyone in the family receive 41 trademarks from China?


SWALWELL: As President and the leader of the party, has your father ever tried to install as the chairperson of the party a daughter-in-law or anyone else in the family?

BIDEN: No. And I don’t think that anyone in my family would be crazy enough to want to be the chairperson of the DNC.

SWALWELL: Has your father ever in his time as an adult been fined $355 million by any State that he worked in?

BIDEN: No, he has not, thank God.

SWALWELL: Anyone in your family ever strike a multibillion dollar deal with the Saudi Government while your father was in office?


SWALWELL: That’s all I’ve got. 

The Vice Media collapse was entirely the fault of incompetent, fail-upward brunchlords 

Humpback sex photographed for first time – and both whales were male 

Israeli troops 'fire on people waiting for aid' as Gaza death tolls hits 30,000 

• For comparison: Civilian deaths in Ukraine war top 10,000, UN says [November 2023]

There's nothing more American than a mass shooting on the anniversary of the one you survived

Mounting research shows that COVID-19 leaves its mark on the brain, including with significant drops in IQ scores

The plot against American democracy that isn't taught in schools 

District court blocks Texas's demand for PFLAG's trans membership rolls  

US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) thinks in vitro fertilization leads to "animal-human chimeras" 

To comply with new anti-minority law, University of Florida fires all diversity-related employees 

Nazis mingle openly at CPAC, spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories and finding allies 

Republicans ask Supreme Court to further limit women's access to health care  

Missouri Republican candidate for Governor was only 'honorary' KKK member  

Alabama Republicans want to legally define 'male' and 'female' 

Texas sues Pornhub for failing to post warnings on site that porn causes "impaired brain development" 

Amid measles outbreak, Florida's wingnut Surgeon General goes against medical guidance 

Oklahoma Republican on death of nonbinary teen: We are a "Christian state and will fight to keep out that filth" 

Kind of weird that the Supreme Court feels the need to consider whether or not laws exist

Trump's team "literally popping champagne" over Supreme Court taking up bullshit immunity claim

Fifth Circuit un-sticks it to the man (again) says cops can't be sued for raiding the wrong house  

NYPD misconduct settlements have cost the city half a billion dollars in 6 years  

Uncle of 10-year-old killed in Uvalde mass shooting arrested for saying f*ck to ex-police chief 

Alabama couple awarded $1 million over warrantless raid of their house that saw cops walk off with all their cash  

Hollywood A-list directors band together to save historic Village Theater in Los Angeles 

Peter Bogdanovich directing Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal in What’s Up, Doc? 

♫♬  MUSIC  ♫ 

Autobahn — Kraftwerk 

Excentrifugal Forz &  Apostrophe — Frank Zappa 

Immigrant Song — Led Zeppelin 

One and One, Giant Behemoth — Joe Walsh 

These Boots Were Made for Walking — Eileen 


I'm saddened to hear about David Bordwell's death. Great writer and thinker. My wife took his class at UW-Madison, and was always proud of getting an A for her analysis of Alien. We had dinner with Bordwell once, and of course, we always read his books and his blog.

David Bordwell
film historian, blogger 

Aaron Bushnell

Edie Ceccarelli
old person 

José DeLeón
baseballer, St. Louis Cardinals  

Charles Dierkop
actor, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid 

free bird 

Ramona Fradon
comic book illustrator, Metamorpho 

Kelvin Kiptum
marathon runner 

Richard Lewis
comedian, actor, Curb Your Enthusiasm 

Jackie Loughery
actress, The D.I. 

John "Duff" Lowe
rock'n'roller, The Quarrymen 

John Oldham
one-game baseballer, Cincinnati Reds 

Héctor Ortiz
baseballer, Texas Rangers 

Brian Stableford
author, Cradle of the Sun 

Collin Weller
forgotten man


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, 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.

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