Monday, Again!?! [DOT 17/5/21]

Hope you had a great weekend!

ICYMI: DOT; NOT; Gardening & Brain Drain

Let’s see what else is going on…

Israeli airstrikes kill at least 33 in Gaza Strip in deadliest attack so far

The tax man cometh!

Tax Day is Monday. Here’s everything you need to know about filing your 2020 taxes



Vanessa Bryant: Kobe ‘laughing in heaven’ as he is enshrined in Hall of Fame

A pox upon WAPO for tweeting a headline that starts with “At 95, Dick Van Dyke…”

Twitter needs a “Not Dead” emoji.

Hope you have a good day!



    • A young fellow walks into a talent agent’s office and says he wants
      to break into show-biz, so the agent says “O.K. kid show me what you
      do”. The kid tells some jokes, does a little soft shoe, sings a bit,
      does an acrobatic act with an ottoman, and is good enough to impress the

      “Great kid! Just great!” says the agent “I can do things for ya! I
      think I can get you a show on T.V.” (This was the early sixties.)
      “By the way, what’s your name?”

      The young man, proud and excited, exclaims “Penis Van Lesbian”.

      “‘Scuse me?” questions the agent.

      “My name is Penis Van Lesbian” again replies the young man.

      “Hey I’m sorry kid, you’re gonna have to change your name, nobody is
      gonna hire you with a name like Penis Van Lesbian.”

      Well the young man is crestfallen but steadfastly refuses to change
      his name, so he leaves to find another agent.

      A few months later he returns to the same agent. “Hey kid! Good to
      see ya again!” says the agent, “Are ya still looking for work?
      Have ya changed your name?”

      With his head hanging low the young man replies “Yes. Every agent in
      town turned me down because of my name, Penis Van Lesbian. So I’ve
      changed it”.

      “Great kid, great! What’s your new name?”

      “Dick Van Dyke.”

      • (helpfully dr google was around to remember the proper telling of the joke…as i mangle the hell out of anything more complicated than a one liner)
        anyways…penis van lesbian is the first thing that comes to mind when i hear dick van dyke

  1. Nothing says ‘former child star’ than shopping at Costco.
    Sorry, costco shoppers, I couldn’t resist. I never shop there myself since I live alone and have limited storage space. That said, if anyone has empty gallon jars I’ll take them. I like to store flour in those.

    • There shouldn’t be an app that lets singletons band together on a Costco membership, or let one person ride along on a married couple’s. Even it out a little. (Btw, if I just invented something DIBS DIBS DIBS). 

      • Oh my god, SHOULD SHOULD BE AN APP. I don’t know why my kindle likes to put apostrophes where they don’t belong and randomly all caps words, but won’t learn that when i type “onky” i mean “only” every single fucking time.

    • the main thing i learnt from costco and educational programs like extreme couponers on discovery is that americans only go shopping about twice a year and all live in warehouses
      you do only go shopping about twice a year right?
      coz holy shit what do you need several pallets full of canned food and drinks for if you live somewhere that has a phoneline?
      unless of course you charitably give it away to the needy…coz..hey cool..good on you 🙂

      • I have no idea how those extreme coupon people do what they do. I grocery shop every 10-14 days. Also, coupon rules vary by store and state. I could never show up at my preferred stores with 300 coupons all for the same item. They only let you use one at a time. Especially since they mostly went to an app based system. I also live in a regular sized condo with a regular sized fridge, no storage freezer, no basement, no apocalypse bunker.

        • lol i know this is redundant…but i wasnt being serious…i figures americans mostly shop like normal people… (that said..10 to 14 days is 3 days to a week off what i consider normal… a freak on the other end of the spectrum…shop daily…almost nothing stored at home..cept pasta,rice, herbs n spices and bread and whatever goes on it)

          • Yeah, I’d always heard you fancy Euros go to le market daily. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Plus I hate cooking and am bad at it. I’m sure i shop less than average only bc I live alone and eat garbage mostly. 

      • I’m getting old, so maybe this doesn’t quite count, but when I grew up, there were people I went to school with who didn’t have phone lines.
        And, there was this weird thing, where multiple people on a street would “share” a phone line.  I think it was called a “party line” or something like that? (party like in D&D or political, not like in spring break or birthday or drugs and hookers…), and it would have a different ring pattern for each house, but you couldn’t use it if anyone else was using it.

  2. Arrrgh, I was off Friday and I told my boss to ask the attorney about an issue, the meeting got cancelled and he said he would ask today, now the meeting is pushed ahead again. The attorney’s answer will determine if we have to go back and restate 4 years worth of data, a significant task, and meet a Thursday deadline. That is my only real beef with WFH, in an office situation I would just stroll over the the attorney’s office and get in his face. In the nicest possible way, of course.

  3. The Bill Gates saga gets worse. The NY Times and Wall Street Journal reported that Gates resigned from the Microsoft board ahead of an investigation into an affair with a former employee.

    His ties to Epstein were a lot closer than casual acquaintance.

    I think it’s fair to think there is a lot more backstory here and there is no way to know what role Melinda French Gates has in the public fight. But I think it’s fair to sy a lot of reporters and editors have been sitting on knowledge for years that should have been public.

    • I know it’s an unpopular take, but I’m sticking with my old metric: Billionaires are bad people.
      That’s just an absurd amount of money, and I sincerely don’t think it’s possible for one person to accumulate that much of it without engaging in lots of shitty, immoral, and maybe even illegal behavior.

    • …I think it was RBG who used to respond to the question “when will there be enough female supreme court justices?” by saying “when there are 9″…but quite apart from that whole case seeming like a working definition of a bad faith argument…it feels like this is an issue that ought to play by ruth’s rules about the gender balance of the “justices” who get to make that call?

      …we know amy coney barratt is a crazy lady who seemingly lacks the kinds of judicial credentials you’d hope might be a pre-requisite for a seat on the supreme bench…& we know brett-likes-beer  fundamentally shouldn’t ever have been in a position to render judgement over anyone about anything…much less where women are concerned

      …but I’m damned if I know how there’s any kind of justice in the direction that’s headed?

    • jeezusfuckingchrist…  I just want to slap these anti-abortion-fucks, and rub their nose in the overly abundant data about how to actually reduce abortion if you cared about something other than fucking controlling/punishing women…

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