Self-righteous protesters demand “GOOD OMENS” be removed…from the wrong company

❝ A Christian group known as Return to Order (ran) a campaign to urge Netflix to remove the show Good Omens…which was released on Amazon…The limited series—based on a 1990 novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman—tells the story of a demon and angel joining forces to stop Armageddon. It’s a show that celebrates unity during these divisive times.

❝ But, as the Guardian first reported, Return to Order doesn’t approve of the forces of heaven and hell uniting for a common goal. The group, which is essentially a brand extension of the book Return to Order by biblical scholar John Horvat II, created a petition urging Netflix to “pull the series at once,” and, “Stop promoting evil!” Again, Netflix can’t do either of those things because it doesn’t produce or stream the show Good Omens, Amazon does…

❝ The petition page…mentioned several reasons that the show is “blasphemous.” Among Return to Order’s concerns are the series featuring an angel and a demon as close friends, “God is voiced by a woman,” the antichrist is “portrayed as a normal kid that has special powers,” and the “four riders of the Apocalypse, God’s means of punishing sinful earth, are portrayed as a group of bikers.”

Religious nutters won’t stop being nutters, They do apparently comprehend looking silly. They’ve rerouted their protest to Amazon. Not so incidentally, Amazon folks enjoyed the chuckle, too.

BTW, I found the series to be just one of the best things on the telly, this summer.

Trump Gullibillies expected JFKjr to rise from the dead on July 4th

❝ Donald Trump supporters who embrace the bizarre and outlandish conspiracy theory known as “QAnon” turned out on July 4 in Washington, D.C., for Trump’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Many of them believed that the event would see the emergence from a supposed 20-year period of hiding by John F. Kennedy Jr., son of the 35th U.S. president, according to a report by The Daily Beast.

And when JFK Jr,. reappeared, he would declare himself to be an ardent Trump fan and, according to a summary of the conspiracy theory by Rolling Stone magazine, might even announce that he would be Trump’s new vice-presidential running mate in the 2020 presidential election.

Erm. That didn’t happen.

At first, I thought most Trump supporters were of the ignoranus species. That calculation had to be amended to include those irrevocably stupid. Now, I admit we’re simply witnessing the dissolution and reformation of the GOP as an American incarnation of the Monster Raving Loony Party

“Blowing smoke up your ass” used to be acceptable healthcare

❝ …Where did the idea to use tobacco as a form of medicine come from? Indigenous Americans, who used the plant to treat various ailments, invented what we refer to as the tobacco enema. English Botanist, physician, and astrologer Nicholas Culpeper borrowed from these practices to treat pain in his native England with methods including enemas to treat inflammation as a result of colic or a hernia…

❝ By the late 1700s, the blowing smoke had become a regularly applied medical procedure, mostly used to revive people thought to be nearly deceased, usually drowning victims. The process was so common, in fact, that several major waterways kept the instrument, consisting of a bellows and flexible tube, nearby in case of such emergencies.

❝ Blowing smoke, of course, is no longer in use today. However, the tobacco enema had a good run during the 18th century, and its usage even spread to treat additional ailments such as typhoid, headache, and stomach cramping.

But with the 1811 discovery that tobacco is actually toxic to the cardiac system, however, the popularity of the practice of tobacco smoke enemas dwindled quickly from there.

I hesitated to post this historic tale for fear that contemporary nutballs might try to revive the practice. But, hey, no doubt someone out there in Cloud Cuckooland is already advocating the method. For a fee, of course.

You pay your tab before you leave – not eventually!

❝ There’s been some confusion over whether President Donald Trump’s sons, Eric and Donald Jr., paid their bar tab last week.

While visiting the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in the village of Doonbeg, Ireland, the pair embarked on a pub crawl that took them to The Igoe Inn Bar and Restaurant, a local hotspot that’s been operating in Doonbeg for more than three generations…

❝ The Irish Mirror later posted a video of the visit in which Don Jr., indeed, offers to pick up a round. “Enjoy, okay?” he tells the crowd. “On us!”

❝ After the Trump sons walked away without immediately footing the bill, Kennedy reportedly made a joke that the brothers didn’t carry any cash…

“We’ll get the money later,” she told the Irish Mirror. “I don’t think we’ve to worry about getting paid for that. I don’t think they carry cash. We were told it’d be all sorted later so there’s no problem.”

The incident seemed like a mix-up — until outlets like the Irish Post and the Daily Beast began reporting that Kennedy had to send the bill to the Trump golf course because the check hadn’t been covered right away.

❝ On Saturday, The Daily Beast clarified that the bar had been given a purchase order number from the golf course, but didn’t say when that order was delivered.

And on Saturday the owners of the pub said they had been paid [eventually] in a post on Facebook. That post is no longer available – as of the publication of this article in Biz Insider.

Illinois Made New York And New Jersey Look Like Weedless Dorks

❝ Illinois just became the unofficial 11th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational use. But more important than that, it bent legal weed hopefuls New York and New Jersey over its knee and gave them a vicious spanking that they will not soon forget. Both Eastern states have been fighting to put cannabis legalization on the books since dinosaurs walked the Earth, but everyone involved with the process keeps showing up for work in clown shoes.

❝ For whatever reason, lawmakers in that part of the country are confused about how to establish a taxed and regulated pot market while also keeping the social equity aspect in mind. And we have got to hand it to them – they almost convinced the nation that passing such a comprehensive bill through legislative channels was like pulling a shark’s teeth while it gnaws on your leg…

But then Illinois swept in last week and approved what is considered the most progressive cannabis law in the nation. And it did it just hours before lawmakers called it quits for the summer…

❝ A report from Crain’s Chicago Business indicates that the Land of Lincoln will have one of the most lucrative cannabis markets in the United States. It is a cash cow that is expected to grow in upwards of 20 times larger than its medicinal sector, creating tens of thousands of new jobs and generating revenue to the tune of $1.6 billion annually.

Much of the same could have been readily available to New York and New Jersey, but pettiness and the inability to compromise ultimately sabotaged prosperity.

❝ Nice job, dorks!

The Red Stapler

❝ The situation where a work of fiction creates or affects — whether positively or negatively — Real Life demand for a certain product, good, or service. This can lead to defictionalization, where things only start being made due to demand for fictional things. It’s not Product Placement, as it’s usually unintentional; the fact that the product doesn’t even exist might even owe itself to the use of Brand X or similar tropes — i.e. the avoidance of product placement…

❝ The trope is named after the red Swingline stapler prominently featured in Office Space. Swingline didn’t make full-size red staplers; the one in the film was a black stapler painted red. Then life would imitate art, as people demanded a red version, and they got one.

Har!