Saturday’s News No One Can Use

“Meet George Jetson

His boy Elroy

Daughter Judy

Jane his wife”

The opening tune of the animated series from the 60s……but days of “The Jetsons” may not be as far away as one might think.

One state had entered into the 21st century…New Hampshire…

The famously libertarian state of New Hampshire just passed a law that’ll allow flying cars to drive on its roads — once you’re actually able to buy one, that is.

“There was nothing on the books that would have allowed this type of vehicle on the road,” state representative Sherman Packard, a sponsor of the bill, told NHPR. “To allow them to even exist in New Hampshire we had to pass this type of legislation.”

Ancient Aliens seems to be all the rage…you know those silly people that believe that aliens actually built the Egyptian pyramids….now he has been set straight…..

After Elon Musk tweeted last week that “Aliens built the pyramids obv,” Egypt has officially set him straight. “I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders. Mr. Musk, we are waiting for you,” tweeted Egypt’s Minister of International Co-operation at the Tesla founder. An Egyptian archaeologist also called the alien conspiracy theory a “complete hallucination.” But as the BBC and USA Today note, it’s not clear how serious Musk was being; he later tweeted a link to a BBC article about how the pyramids were actually built and mentioned them being built by humans.

How long have people been looking for that mystical city of Atlantis?  Is it in Bimini?  Under the Bermuda Triangle?  Is it Thera?

I know I know….who cares?

I needed a lead for my section…..

Atlantis is one of those words, those places, that’s truly a figure to conjure with, a mix of ancient legend and steam-punk possibilities, a sort of tabula rasa for whatever you’d hope humanity to be. The stories get told and reshaped, depending on the times in which they’re rediscovered and reshaped — Donovan sold a lot of copies of “Atlantis” back in 1969 with his special take on the beautiful, and now lost, island civilization. (It was quite groovy. Also repetitive.)

We have the Ancient Greek philosopher (he wasn’t ancient; to be clear, he was a philosopher of Ancient Greece) Plato to thank for Atlantis. Back around the Fourth Century BCE, Plato wrote one of his dialogues which included a long discourse about the really true story of Atlantis which, as the Ancient History Encyclopedia quotes, fell victim to “excessively violent earthquakes and floods” and sank beneath the waves, as sometimes happens to islands.

For those that are having problems with lions there is an answer……

Lions are less likely to attack your cattle if you put eyes on their butts.

The predation of livestock by carnivores, and the retaliatory killing of carnivores as a result, is a major global conservation challenge. Such human-wildlife conflicts are a key driver of large carnivore declines and the costs of coexistence are often disproportionately borne by rural communities in the global south.

While current approaches tend to focus on separating livestock from wild carnivores, for instance through fencing or lethal control, this is not always possible or desirable. Alternative and effective non-lethal tools that protect both large carnivores and livelihoods are urgently needed.

In a new study we describe how painting eyes on the backsides of livestock can protect them from attack.

Finally……do not chase a wild boar while naked!

A German nudist had the last laugh after giving chase to a wild boar that had run off with a bag containing his laptop.

Pictures posted on social media show the naked man running after a sow and her two piglets to the mirth of fellow bathers at Berlin’s Teufelssee, or Devil’s Lake.

Finally, People died while testing a new guacamole making machine…..

A food processing machine that was being tested for preparing guacamole exploded this week at an upstate New York test site, killing a former mayor and injuring two others, per NBC New York. The blast happened just after 7am Wednesday at Innovative Test Solutions in Schenectady, with Don Mareno, the assistant chief of the city’s fire department, telling the Times Union that the machine involved was a “high-pressure vessel.” Joseph Kapp, 67, who was once the mayor of nearby Rensselaer, died at a local hospital after the explosion. Two other people were hospitalized, apparently with non-life-threatening injuries, Mareno says.

There you have it….the most worthless news for this Saturday.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

What Are They Thinking?

There is lots of questions like that during this time of a raging pandemic.

People do not want to wear their masks because it is their right to infect themselves and die.

People do not want to distance themselves because it is their right to infect and be stupid!

Back in July the report came out that some hand sanitizer could be lethal.

Using hand sanitizer? Might be good to check that label. The Food and Drug Administration is adding more hand sanitizers to its list of products to avoid because they contain methanol—which is toxic when ingested or absorbed by the skin, USA Today reports. The FDA is telling Americans to avoid 59 different kinds of hand sanitizer, including some that have been recalled or face possible recall for containing the dangerous ingredient. The agency says it has “seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination.”

Seems all the latest hand sanitizers on the list are produced in Mexico—including over two dozen sold by 4E Global, many of which carry the Blumen label, per CNN. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that methanol is used in industrial settings as an alternative fuel source, solvent, and pesticide, and can cause a variety of ill health effects including headaches, seizures, coma, blurred vision, and permanent blindness. The CDC suggests using an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 70% isopropanol and 60% ethanol.

And in less than a month the “can’t fix  stupid” kicked in……some morons are drinking hand sanitizer….and you guessed it….they died.

Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available can help protect you from the coronavirus—but drinking it can leave you blind or dead, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. The CDC said that in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June, at least 15 people were hospitalized after ingesting hand sanitizer, CNN reports. Of those, four patients died and three were discharged from hospitals with “new visual impairments,” including a 44-year-old man who suffered near-total vision loss. The CDC says that while drinking any kind of alcohol-based sanitizer is unsafe, these cases involved methanol, which is extremely dangerous to ingest even in small quantities.

The CDC said at least some of the patients had consumed the hand sanitizer because of its alcohol content, and its report stated “all patients had a history of swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizer products.” The FDA issued a warning last month about a rise in hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol that actually contained methanol, which is also toxic when absorbed by the skin. The agency’s updated list of products to avoid can be seen here. The CDC says poison control centers across American have been told to be on the lookout for cases of methanol poisoning. “All alcohol-based hand sanitizers should only be used to disinfect hands and should never be swallowed,” its report said. “Children using hand sanitizers should be supervised, and these products should be kept out of reach of children when not in use.”

Where would these idiots get such an idea?

It is fairly obvious to me….but maybe you have a hard time trying to discern where all the bad information originates.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”