Pentagon used taxpayer dollar$ meant for masks and swabs to buy military hardware


Trump and his latest Pentagon errand boy

A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country’s supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used to make things such as jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms.

The change illustrates how one taxpayer-backed effort to battle the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans, was instead diverted toward patching up long-standing perceived gaps in military supplies…

The payments were made even though U.S. health officials think major funding gaps in pandemic response still remain. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in Senate testimony last week that states desperately need $6 billion to distribute vaccines to Americans early next year. Many U.S. hospitals still face a severe shortage of N95 masks. These are the types of problems that the money was originally intended to address.

Did you expect the Independent Duchy of Pentagonia to become responsive to democracy and the needs of the whole nation…just because our sleazy, outdated electoral college put a thug from Wall Street in charge of the national treasury?

Search for an “extinct” apple

On a crisp December afternoon, as the sun slowly fell behind the nearby Sawatch Range, Addie and Jude Schuenemeyer stared at a nearly dead tree, a few apples dangling off its last living branch.

“In that moment, I felt hope,” recalls Addie.

But was this moment when the sun finally set on their nearly 20-year hunt for something many long believed was extinct?…

“We’ve documented over 400 varieties of apples historically grown in Colorado, 50% are now considered lost,” says Addie. “The Colorado Orange was one of these.”…

But, they never gave up. This is what they found.

Battalion of Black Women in WW2


Major Charity Adams reviews the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion

“The unit was set up to determine the value Black women brought to the military. They ultimately ran the fastest mail service in the European Theater during World War II. More than 6,500 Black women ultimately served in the auxiliary corps during the war, as both officers and enlisted women. They came from all over the country, many in search of opportunities unavailable to them in the civilian sector.”

Taking care of business in wartime.

Thelonius Monk performed – where and when?

One of the great advantages of my life and time was growing up in a couple of places on the southern New England coast. A tough old factory town and, later, a culturally vital small town nearby. Both offered me a lot. Not the least of which was being able to hop in the family car [a 20-year-old Chevy] and be in Harlem, Greenwich Village, anywhere in metro New York City in an hour or so.

So, this young white dude, reading philosophy, writing poetry, hating every factory I worked in…got to hear the real deal in person: Malcom X on a Harlem street corner, bought books and argued dialectics at the Jefferson Bookstore, caught musicians like Monk, Mingus and Miles at Birdland, Half Note and the Five-Spot.

Living double time-and-a-half.

Blonde Vikings? Not really…


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“The Vikings had a lot more genes from Southern and Eastern Europe than we anticipated. They frequently had children with people from other parts of the world. In fact, they also tend to be dark-haired rather than blond, which is otherwise consider an established Viking trait,” says Eske Willerslev…

However, the Viking’s diverse genome doesn’t just stem from people from elsewhere traveling to their settlements. In fact, they were avid travelers, and historically, we know them best for their plundering and murdering raids abroad. But this genetic study sheds new light on who went where.

“The Danish Vikings went to England, while the Swedish Vikings went to the Baltic, and the Norwegian Vikings went to Ireland, Iceland, and Greenland. However, the Vikings from these three ‘nations’ only very rarely mixed genetically. Perhaps they were enemies or perhaps there is some other valid explanation. We just don’t know…”

Shucks. There goes another movie role for blonde weightlifters.

Think Tik-Tok users will vote for Fake President?

It’s not often folks whose cultural lives are crapped on by an incompetent government get to respond in a timely, effective manner. I’m going to presume that Tik-Tok users aren’t feeling all warm and fuzzy about the meathead in the White House…how he’s screwing over their cultural life.

15% of Tik-Tok users are going to be first-time voters in a couple of months. Can you imagine a better opportunity to express your contempt for the buffoon who tried to crush their communal chat and creativity?