PSA: Debunking Social Media Rumors About Christine Blasey Ford – Open Thread

I just now had to debunk some garbage on Facebook and found this, which is very helpful. The New York Times gets it right sometimes. It debunks five rumors circulating on the right about Blasey Ford. There will be more, I suppose.

Claim: Dr. Blasey’s students left negative reviews on her RateMyProfessors.com profile, calling her “unprofessional” and citing her “dark” personality.
Verdict: False.

Claim: Judge Kavanaugh’s mother once ruled against Dr. Blasey’s parents in a foreclosure case.
Verdict: False.

Claim: Dr. Blasey made similar sexual assault accusations against Justice Neil Gorsuch during his nomination process.
Verdict: False.

Claim: Dr. Blasey is a major Democratic donor with a long history of left-wing activism.
Verdict: Mostly false.

Claim: Dr. Blasey’s brother worked at a law firm with ties to the Russia investigation.
Verdict: Misleading.

Also, from former Republican Bruce Bartlett:

And, since you’ve made it this far, Ric and Zooey helping me with the laundry this morning.



Everybody Chill Open Thread

Or don’t; it’s up to you! But here’s a place to stretch out and relax, and maybe talk about something other than Judge Rapey McShitweasel, or the deep state conspiracy to keep Trump from incriminating himself/destroying an active investigation.

In other words, let’s try to be like Samwise.

Open thread!








Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Point of Stillness

From inspired gardener & commentor Gelfling 545:

I took this photo at 6 am Monday when I looked out to see if the rain had started. This old boy had run out of the house the night before and this is where I found him, meditating on the transcendent…and fish.

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What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

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BJ jackal readership capture — Happy note for everyone touched by the news that Adam Serwer’s cat Butters had gone missing:

Funny how you can get emotional about a companion animal you’ve never met and almost certainly never will meet…



Cats And Dogs, Living Together (by state and region)

A friend of mine from college brought this fun graph to my attention today.

It’s the ratio of households-with-at-least-one-cat to households-with-at-least-one-dog, by state and region. Click to embiggen:

(R code; raw data sourced from the American Veterinary Medical Association)

Perhaps this explains my sense that I’m meant for the northwest and northeast corners of this country. Anybody want to offer some (responsible) speculation on what this all means? And what’s the deal with Delaware?

Open thread!



Samwise Is Sick Of Your Shit

I have awful upstairs neighbors. Clomp clomp clomp, all night long. They woke me up at 1am last night when something heavy hit the floor, bounced, and rolled. This happens all the time.

Weirdly enough, they’re also like that in the daytime! Maybe they just have three big dogs, and leave medicine balls laying around. (Maybe they are three big dogs, in a trenchcoat–although how could three dogs afford a Bay Area rent, big or not?)

On Thursday, they were clomping around while I worked from home. At one point something crashed onto their floor. Samwise and I pulled the same face (yes, I was already taking pictures of him at the time):

I seriously don’t know what the deal is with these people. Maybe I should give the three-dogs-in-a-trenchcoat hypothesis some more consideration.

Open thread, because it’s needed!



How About We All Take a Deep Breath and Go Awwwwww!

Apparently everyone’s a wee bit stressed out, which is understandable. So rather than explaining the vetting process* on how a series of white supremacists, plagiarists, conspiracists, economic illiterates, white collar criminals, and some, I assume, are good people, I thought something relaxing might be in order. Everyone say awwww!!!!

Open thread.

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Thursday Morning Open Thread: Go for the Gusto!

On a more sombre topic, just saw this Washington Post article: “Grain-free, exotic dog food linked to heart disease“. I have *not* had the time to research it, but I figured it was something those of us with dog companions should be aware of. Apparently some dogs — including mixed breeds — inherit a potential cardiac problem that can be exacerbated by grain-free, high-legume foods that don’t contain enough taurine.

Yes, cat owners will remember that we were all warned, starting back in the 1970s, that all-tuna, low-taurine diets could be fatal to felines. (Pet food companies routinely add taurine to fish-based cat foods now.) Cats, of course, are obligate carnivores*; dogs are scavengers, mostly on human diets — their dietary needs don’t always align. Most of the major big-box-pet-store dogfood manufacturers use some kind of grain in their products, for the carbs that dogs need, but it can’t hurt to check the label if you’re feeding a boutique product and/or talk to your vet to see what they think.

*who sometimes enjoy a little pasta with tomato sauce, especially if there are anchovies, thankyouverymuch