Communication, Coronavirus, Health, Hmm..., Technology
New Pandemic-Related Disorder: ‘Zoom Fatigue’by Shifra on June 8, 2020
Looks like working from home turns out to be not so ‘perfect’ after all. Via WSJ. ….The affliction that’s come to be known as “Zoom fatigue” is way more than a byproduct of too many meetings. Social scientists say it’s the result of the sudden mass adoption of technology that’s disrupting the normal, instinctual and finely-tuned way of communicating that developed to help humans survive. “We’ve evolved to get meaning out of a flick of the eye. Our species has survived because we can produce those signals in a way that’s meaningful,” says Jeremy Bailenson, professor and director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab. “Zoom smothers you with cues, and they aren’t synchronous. It takes a physiological toll.” Before...
Cat-Owning Vegans Push ‘Tofu For Trixie’ Dietby Shifra on November 10, 2019
Is this really a good idea? What’s next: Yoga for kitteh? And how do you get a cat to do “downward dog,” er, downward cat ? Via WSJ. At first, Kecha gave up canned meat. Soon after, she stopped eating the fresh stuff too. Kecha is now strictly vegan. She is also a cat. Concerned about animal cruelty, and the carbon pawprints of their feline friends, some humans are putting their kitties on vegan diets. And the cats—despite their carnivorous nature—seem to like it, owners say. “They call it kitty crack,” says Kecha’s owner Gráinne O’Carroll, of an Italian vegan cat-food brand called Ami. “They like it so much they eat it really quickly and vomit straight up.”…. Humans who...
Elizabeth Warren Is A Direct Descendant of Militia ‘Indian Fighter’by Shifra on September 12, 2019
This would never have been relevant, but Liz Warren brought this upon herself with the “I have Native American DNA” narrative. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Via Breitbart. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) great-great-great grandfather Jonathan Crawford served in Major William Lauderdale’s Battalion of Tennessee Volunteer Militia from November 1837 to May 1838, a six month time period during which it fought two battles in Florida against the Seminoles…. Lauderdale’s battalion fought against the Seminoles at the Battle of Loxahatchee River, in present-day Jupiter, Florida, on January 24, 1838. Then on March 22, 1838, they fought against the Seminoles again at the Battle of Pine Island, in present-day Fort Lauderdale. A native of...
Sad Story: Bronx Voters Have ‘Buyers’ Remorse,’ Feel Ignored By Ocasio-Cortezby Shifra on April 1, 2019
Memo to everyone who voted for “Sandy” – That’s what you get when you vote for a twelve-year-old. With apologies to twelve-year-olds, everywhere. As reported by the New York Post, more than 80% of eligible voters stayed home on Election Day, and only about 13 percent of registered Democrats turned out to vote in her district; out of all active registered Democratic voters in the district — 214,750 — only 27,744 voted, and Ocasio-Cortez won by more than 4,000 votes. But she has no time for humility, reflection…or actually taking care of her constituents. Because…late night talk show gigs! Cover of Vanity Fair! Sundance Film Festival! Via NY Post. Amid her zeal to save the world with the Green New...
CNN’s False Claim: Kamala Harris Town Hall ‘Shattered’ Cable News Recordby Shifra on January 30, 2019
Wait, CNN twisted the facts of a story to make themselves look good? How could that be?…asked no one, ever. Via Washington Examiner. CNN misleadingly touted its Monday night town hall with Sen. Kamala Harris, who recently announced a 2020 bid, as the “most watched cable news single candidate election town hall ever.”…. However, just over two years ago, Fox News held a town hall with then-candidate Donald Trump getting 2.7 million viewers…. A number of outlets, including Mediaite, Politico, and also the Washington Examiner, have in the past 24 hours updated their initial stories on the CNN announcement to reflect accurately that CNN’s record was only a record for that network and not all of cable news….
Ocasio-Cortez Tells Followers Her Key To Success: Wear Loungewear At Homeby Shifra on January 30, 2019
In case you missed this, probably because you were, um, busy working in, you know, like your uniform, this is, like, really deep: Wear loungewear at home, to unlock, uh, your, you know, mental energy. Or something. Via American Mirror. The key to becoming more intelligent and productive in life is to wear the same pajamas every night. That’s the mind-boggling advice from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently took to Instagram to spread her secrets to success…. “So people talk about having a work uniform, um, you have certain outfits that you can go to,” Ocasio-Cortez began. “That you can put on so that you so that you, uh…, don’t have to spend a lot of time thinking about it.”…....
Ocasio-Cortez: Millennials Are ‘Killing’… Avocado Toast-Mortgage Paymentsby Shifra on December 16, 2018
I’m not sure what an “avocado toast-mortgage payment’ is, but if her tweet was missing a comma, then Millennials are also killing punctuation. Maybe she was referring to a column written last year: Here’s how much avocado toast you have to give up to afford to buy a home But her tweet still makes little sense. She also brags about planning to pay her interns $15 an hour. But it would be so much more impressive if she paid them out of her own salary – $174,000 a year – rather than through the $1.2M each member of Congress receives for staff, office rent and technical devices. In other words, she is being very generous… with taxpayer – other people’s...
Ocasio-Cortez Attends Hanukkah Party, Announces She Has Jewish Rootsby Shifra on December 10, 2018
Oy vey… Actually, Ocasio-Cortez’s claim is more plausible than Elizabeth Warren’s assertion that she has Native American ancestry. But still: DNA test, please 🙂 And, if this is true, she might want to re-think her embrace of noted Jew-hater Linda Sarsour. Via Times of Israel. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the audience at a Hannukah celebration on Sunday evening that she is descended from Sephardic Jews who fled Spain during the Inquisition. At the event organized by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in Queens, New York, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman described how Jews fleeing persecution arrived in Puerto Rico, where cultures would blend and some outwardly practicing Catholics would also keep a menorah at home. “One of the things that...
‘Doomsday’ Debunked: Scientists Admit Mistakes In ‘Global Warming’ Studyby Shifra on November 15, 2018
Remember the U.N. warning last month, that we have only twelve years left before even a half degree of “global warming” will increase risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people ? Yeah, no Via IBD. Global Warming: Everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes are bigger than others. That’s the case with a recent study based on a climate model that claimed the oceans had retained 60% more warming than previously thought. It made headlines around the world with its alarming conclusion. The study itself, by no fewer than ten authors, made sweeping claims. The authors wrote that the study held “implications for policy-relevant measurements of the Earth response to climate change, such as...
Liz Warren Could Have ‘1/64th to 1/1,024th’ Native American Heritageby Shifra on October 15, 2018
Now Liz Warren can run in 2020 as the “First Female (1/1024th) Native American President.” But that would be a fraud, as Warren appears to have less American Indian ancestry than the average American. Just saying. Via Breitbart. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has declared herself vindicated for a decades-long claim to be Cherokee, thanks to a DNA test she ordered in response to taunts from President Donald Trump, in another signal that the former professor is gearing up for a 2020 presidential run. According to Warren’s own DNA test, she has, at best, 1/64th Native American ancestry, but it could also be as low as 1/1,024. Percentage-wise, she can claim somewhere between 0.1 percent to 1.56 percent Native lineage. The...
Liz Warren Campaign: IRS Filing Of $50K In Used Clothing Was ‘Entry Error’by Shifra on October 3, 2018
A bunch of old pantsuits and “household items” are now worth a $50,000 tax deduction? Who knew? Via Boston Herald. More than three years ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren told the Internal Revenue Service that she had donated $50,000 in used clothing and “household items” to local thrift stores in 2014…. That was the fake Indian’s story and she was sticking to it — until late yesterday afternoon, after we inquired about her rather, uh, profligate spending habits. Suddenly, the fake Indian’s story changed. The totals, her flack said, were “entry errors.” Hey, Senator, glad I could be of service, in helping you correct your false filing. (And I assume the returns, signed under pains and penalties of perjury, will now...
Video: Hollywood Moonbats Push Voter Registration. With Silent Celebsby Shifra on September 30, 2018
Not sure how speechless celebs staring into space will get out the vote. But what a relief not to hear their “progressive” nonsense talking-points. Via Hollywood Reporter. HBO’s stars are mugging for Rock the Vote once more. On Tuesday — National Voter Registration Day — HBO released its latest promo for the nonprofit advocacy group, which shows stars of its shows, including The Deuce, Westworld, Divorce, Silicon Valley, Insecure, 2 Dope Queens and Camping, observing a moment of silence. After several sequences of stars staying quiet, the ad reads, “Right now, there’s only one voice that needs to be heard. Yours.”
Did Two NYT Columnists Get Punked?by Shifra on September 3, 2018
Several weeks ago, a friend sent me an email with a column from the New York Times. Two columnists, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, who, for some reason I have never figured out, call themselves “The Sugars,” write a “Dear Abby”- type advice column, and host a “Dear Sugars” podcast. After reading the question posed to the, um, “Sugars,” I fired back this email: “Seriously? This question is so over-the-top ridiculous, it looks to me like a hoax.” To which my friend responded, “You say that because you still can’t believe there are liberals out there who are that stupid.” Besides, she added, the columnists took the question very seriously. To which I replied, “Just shows how dumb the columnists...
Slip Of The Week: Dianne Feinstein Honors… Donald McCainby Shifra on August 30, 2018
Looks like POTUS is living rent-free in Feinstein’s head. Via Daily Caller. Sen. Feinstein was remembering McCain and how he was a driving force in the Senate and in the Republican Party when she accidentally gifted him with a new first name — “Donald.” “He could have very sobering outbursts, but when the chips were down, Donald McCain was there,” Feinstein said. “And he was there with heart and muscle, and it made a difference.”…. While honoring JOHN McCain, Senator Dianne Feinstein refers to "Donald McCain." pic.twitter.com/Q1vXPA1EDw — Scott Whitlock (@ScottJW) August 29, 2018
Cookie War: Hydrox Accuses Oreo of Sabotage!by Shifra on August 19, 2018
Hydrox was the original kosher sandwich cookie for several generations of American Jews…until 1998, when Oreo, in a marketing move to increase sales, announced they were changing some ingredients, and were going kosher. Hydrox disappeared for twelve years, but the cookie is making a comeback. And accusing Oreo of (gasp!) sabotage: Via Times of Israel. You know what Oreos are…. What you might not know is that Oreos are just a copycat of Hydrox, a sandwich cookie first sold in 1908, four years before the first Oreos appeared on shelves. Even though (or maybe because?) they came second, Oreos came to dominate the market, becoming a fixture in America’s grocery stores. But for most of the past century-plus, Hydrox has...