But today is a very special Tuesday: it is the annual Giving Tuesday:
By tearing myself away from the tabloids and the other online trash I normally read to craft this DOT I learned many things.
For example, I found this. It’s a very long read (something that never puts me off.) I liked it because it’s about something I really don’t know or care about much, web comics, but I found it fascinating:
The biggest story is actually coming tomorrow, when opening arguments at the Supreme Court are to be heard in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Mississippi case that seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade. For Clarence Thomas, that day can’t come soon enough. Clarence Thomas, who is on his second wife, has a long-forgotten first wife delightfully named Kathy Ambush. Though married for a total of 47 years he has precisely one child. I’m sure in his heart he wanted nothing more than a houseful, at least a dozen children, but, well, life didn’t work out that way. Sad, really.
Dehydrated Orange Peel Donald Trump’s “A-list” legal team is giving in to their various manias and psychoses, are at each other’s throats, and it seems like it was all started by some Midwestern teenager named Kyle Rittenhouse. Special cameo appearance by that li’l Georgia peach, Marjorie Taylor Greene:
Lin Wood Goes Off the Deep State Deep End, Accuses Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell and Stop the Steal of Grifting
Also from Rolling Stone: Yesterday New York’s Attorney General released a second trove of documents from the investigative report into Andrew Cumo’s high crimes and misdemeanors. This second set is from his henchmen and enablers. They’re mostly known only to New Yorkers, but they did call in Andy bro FredoChris, and here’s what they discovered:
Here’s another, even more damning deep dive on the unraveling of the Cuomo crime syndicate:
Actually everything about the Cuomos, except for Santa Matilda di Queens, is so tawdry it is probably best to follow them in the tabloids:
Speaking of tabloid-ready circuses, the Ghislaine Maxwell trial kicked off in New York yesterday. How did it go?
Speaking of New York, are you in the market for a Manhattan pied-a-terre?
Here is a stonk:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is stepping down and his shareholders couldn’t be happier (ingrates):
Update: Now they’re not. Stock down 2.47%; trading halted:
Despite the URL not being updated, the stock did indeed leap, and then ultimately sank. 🙁
Here is some (possibly old) sprots news:
I learned that New Zealanders are made of tough stuff:
Barbados has decided to become a republic, removing QEII as head of state and installing a President, but will remain a member of the Commonwealth:
There’s a large republican movement in Australia and I would imagine this is causing some debate there. For that matter there’s a not inconsiderable republican movement in Britain itself, and I’m sure plenty of Labourites and other members of the public at large are thinking, “If a tiny Caribbean island can rid themselves of the Royal Family, why can’t we?”
Let’s go over to that other DOT favorite, the Guardian.
A new book claims that it was Prince Charles who idly mused about the skin tone of his newest grandchild Archie, son of Megs and Hazza:
The Tube is continuing its strike, which seems very Thatcher era:
One of my favorite aspects of the British Parliamentary system is that when you vote you really vote for the party, and the head of the Party becomes the Prime Minister. But, when you go to the voting booth, that Prime Minister already has a Cabinet in place, even if the party is not yet in power. So for example, when considering Joe Biden, along with Kamala Harris, we’d know that Antony Blinken would be Secretary of State, and Yellen at Treasury, and Austin at Defense. In Britain these are known as “Shadows.”
Sir Keir Rodney Starmer, the leader of he Labour Party (so, for now, the next PM if the electorate votes in the Labour Party at the next election) has done a “rejig” of his “front bench”, which contains Shadows and upon his election would take up Cabinet posts. Very civilized. None of this confirmation nonsense where the McConnells and the Cruzes and the other wackadoodles get to obstruct and delay.
This is, of course, not without its farcical elements.
Labour continues to have a shadow development secretary – Preet Gill – despite the fact the department has been abolished, for example, while there is no formal shadow for Michael Gove’s department of levelling up.
So there’s one person who will theoretically take over an office that doesn’t exist, and another post is vacant, and that post is head of the department of levelling up. I wonder if this is the successor to the Ministry of Silly Walks.
And now for the video component of our program: