TGIF! [DOT 20/1/23]

Today is a fun day – my parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! I texted my BFF when I was at the card store: “Where do they keep the anniversary cards for people who hate each other?” 🙂


If this guy’s lips are moving, he’s lying

George Santos denies reports that he competed as drag queen in Brazil
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/19/george-santos-drag-queen-brazil-new-york-republican


Tight lipped bunch over there

Supreme Court issues report on Dobbs leak but says it hasn’t identified the leaker
https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/19/politics/supreme-court-dobbs-report-leak/index.html


Stonks!

U.S. begins ‘extraordinary’ steps to avoid debt ceiling
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2023/01/19/debt-ceiling-default/


Sprots!

Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Michael Chang to compete for $1 million … pickleball prize
https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/19/tennis/pickleball-pickle-slam-tennis-greats-intl-spt/index.html


#RIP


Important info for period-havers

Thinx period underwear was supposed to be ‘non-toxic’. Now customers feel betrayed
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jan/19/thinx-underwear-menstruation-period-pfas


I’m not crying you’re crying

Farmer dies, town learns he secretly paid strangers’ pharmacy bills
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2023/01/19/alabama-farmer-hody-childress-prescriptions/


Yup!


Have a great day!

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27 Comments

  1. Microsoft hosted an intimate concert by Sting for 50 of it top executives in Davos hours before announcing 10,000 layoffs:

    https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/davos2023/card/microsoft-hosted-sting-performance-in-davos-on-night-before-it-announced-layoffs-cRHO4k295pSWarvtfQRJ?te=1&nl=dealbook&emc=edit_dk_20230119

    The theme was “Sustainability.” I guess they left out the detail where the 50 executives in the audience lit $100 bills on fire in lieu of flicking lighters.

     

  2. Forget the pandemic-themed movie. The pandemic was utterly extraordinary, as was the response to it. No, this is “A [Common] New York Story.” Six months and $30 million to replace three subway elevators and the replacements start breaking down almost immediately. There will be no repercussions, I’m sure. The vendor will keep supplying the subway system, no one will lose their jobs, the Inspector General will find no fault anywhere, no one will question why it took six months and $30 million in the first place because with our local public sector contracts, costs and schedules are not to be questioned, they just are, like the fact that the sun rises in the east.

    But really, what makes this a compelling story is that one of the trapped passengers during one of the many brand-spanking-new, top-of-the-line (cost-wise) elevator breakdowns was a Shih-Tzu named Potato.

    https://www.thecity.nyc/2023/1/19/23562850/entrapments-plague-expensive-new-subway-elevators

    • To put the elevator story in a NYC-related context, my building had to replace one of our elevators. At 10 stories plus a basement our elevators probably ascend and descend farther than the subway elevators do. Our replacement took three days. I have no idea how much it cost, but if it had cost $10 million, each of our 50 units would have been assessed an average of $200,000. We weren’t.

      • I’ve noticed that anything related to the public sector has a more expensive price list than private organizations (a friend of mine worked in the public sector.)

        Kinda like the military or my current employer, we are forced to pay almost triple for the same item than in different orgs… (I know because I was forced to buy some extra equipment with my own card and expensed it.)

      • This is an interesting backgrounder on US costs. The chart at the top shows how the US spends vastly more per kilometer for mass transit than almost anywhere — even much more than countries like France and Germany, which have comparable environmental laws and much stronger union laws. Japan is even further down, and they have to build much of their projects to be safe in massive earthquakes.

        https://www.vox.com/22534714/rail-roads-infrastructure-costs-america

        A huge issue is nutty, divided authority figures — think of how NYC mayors couldn’t get projects done due to antagonistic jerks like Cuomo and Christie, and dullard mayors like BDB make matters worse.

        Another is tiny, inexperienced, underqualified project management staffs. The planning and oversight they do in the US tends to be vastly worse than in places like Germany or the Netherlands, and it’s much easier for contractors to get away with ripoffs.

        And when you fund projects with pennies and stretch the funding out forever, costs soar.

  3. SCOTUS can’t find the leak? That means that they don’t want to find the leak. Which suggests to me that it’s someone on the conservative side who decided to brag about it. If it was a horrified liberal they’d be crucifying that person right now.

  4. Dave Packman has put it out there that it was a clerk or underling of one of the right wing SCOTUS, said it was very very likely and that is the hubbub around Washington (or something to that affect.)

  5. More news about America’s most talked about freshman Congressman:

    It’s bad enough needing to deal with the bad press associated with Rep. George Santos, but his congressional neighbor now has to pick up the slack on constituent services as well. Rep. Nick LaLato and his staff found themselves fielding calls from Santos’ constituents, much to their surprise. Turns out the embattled congressman’s office had decided to forward the calls. And unlike a handful of other Long Island GOP officials, LaLota didn’t sign up for that.

    I actually love this. Imagine doing this in your workplace. “Hello?” “Hi, is this Matt Crawley?” No, this is–” “Well anyway, listen, I’m calling because…”

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