Saturday Morning Open Thread: Don’t Just Protest, Do It Fabulously!

From the Washington Post, “A spice company spent more money on impeachment ads on Facebook than anyone not named Trump”:

On Wednesday, Axios published a list of the entities spending the most money on Facebook ads on both sides of the impeachment debate. They included the usual suspects of the political war roll call, including Trump himself (he was top of the list, of course, at $718,000), Democratic presidential candidates Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren, and both the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

But one name jumped off the screen for its sheer one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other factor: Penzeys Spices, the nation’s largest spice retailer, had dropped $92,000 from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 on ads championing impeachment. That was more than self-funding millionaire Steyer, more than hard-charging Warren — more than anyone else other than Trump…

For many Penzeys fans, it comes as no surprise. The company has a history of unabashed liberal activism. Its founder, Bill Penzey, greeted Trump’s election with an email calling the president an “openly racist candidate.” As Helen Rosner noted in a New Yorker story last year, that set him far apart from the rest of the business-leader pack. He was “quite possibly the first to publicly call Trump’s election an ‘embrace of racism,’” she wrote. “And he was definitely the first to do so while hawking a free bottle of Quebec Seasonings with any five-dollar purchase.”…
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Respite Open Thread: New Fat Bear Winner

A size-acceptance model for the rest of us. Per NPR:

Fat Bear Week has been an annual event for the past five years in Katmai National Park and Preserve in southwestern Alaska. The idea is to publicize and celebrate the process of bears eating as much as they can to build up crucial fat reserves in advance of winter hibernation.

Park rangers made a game out of the process — a March Madness-style bracket matching bear against bear, each with photos proving girth and inviting the public to vote on the fattest bear in each pair…

Katmai Conservancy Media Ranger Naomi Boak says Holly earned her title.

“It was very hard to get a good picture [of Holly] out of the water,” she says, “because she was a submarine for the entire month. She did not stop fishing, except to dig a belly hole big enough for her to sleep in.”

Holly and all of this year’s 12 contestants are coastal brown bears that forage along the Brooks River. The Alaskan waterway has one of the largest concentrations of sockeye salmon in the world, and the bears there take full advantage.

This year’s weeklong competition was a huge success, with a record total of 187,000 votes cast — more than three times last year’s total…








Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Extremely Social Media

(Okay, it’s not ‘new’ — but it’s still fun!)

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Respite Open Thread: Some Serious Respite

Okay, before I turn everything off for the night, I needed some respite. And then suddenly babies started showing up everywhere. So here they all are.

And my very own daily cuteness. Sometimes I just sit in the backyard and watch everyone play together. Dogs, cats and ducks.

great dane and duck friends

Feel free to add to the momentary relief with cuteness of your own.

Respite open thread.








Respite Open Thread – Music Calms

I’m thankful that I have the piano to go to when I’m too stressed. It can be magic.

I had a lesson today that went very well. I usually have lessons every week, but last week I simply wasn’t prepared.

On Monday, this distracted me from Trump’s craziness.

I’ve got only one run to smooth out to have it all.

It’s hard not to buy too much sheet music. A while back, I bought Bach’s Goldberg Variations. I’ve started working on the aria, but Glenn Gould has me convinced that every note is an essay in itself.

What kind of music calms you? Do you play an instrument?