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How to watch re-release of Betty White's long-lost series 'The Pet Set'


As Betty White turned 99 years-old, she announced a re-lease of her largely unseen 1970s show where she visits with celebrities, their pets and other animals.

The legendary Betty White has announced the re-release of what she calls a "long-lost series" that she and her late husband Allen Ludden produced in the early 1970s called "The Pet Set."

Betty White has been promoting the re-release of the show to streaming services, which will be available Feb. 23 on Apple TV, Prime Video and Google Play, according to Eonline.

talk with everyone's golden girl and interact with their own pets and other animals. The 1971 show also featured discussions focusing on pet care, wildlife preservation and ecology.

More at link.

Attorney Kaplan is about to make dumps life a living hell


Orig story at WAPO. Paywall.


Add to that, Trump will now have to face the reality of dealing with attorney Roberta Kaplan, who is handling civil suits filed against the president by his niece Mary Trump and writer E. Jean Carroll

According to profile of Kaplan by the Post, she is about to make the soon-to-be ex-president's life extremely difficult.

Unrestrained by politics when it comes to going after Donald Trump, Kaplan admitted in an interview that she has become a magnet for people who want to sue the president, telling the Washington Post, "I became the go-to person to sue the president."

"She is in many ways the ideal legal adversary to take on Trump," the report states. "Kaplan is a brash and original strategist, with neither a gift for patience nor silence, a crusader for underdogs who has won almost every legal accolade imaginable.
Kaplan, says New York Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in an email, 'has been indispensable in the fight against the cancer of hate and division that Trump spent four years exacerbating.'"

Former state Rep. Bri Buentello sues U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert for blocking her on Twitter


Former state Rep. Bri Buentello, D-Pueblo, who has been blocked from following U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Rifle) on Twitter, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver claiming First Amendment violations.

As first reported by Colorado Politics, the first-year congresswoman blocked at least a half-dozen individuals from following her @laurenboebert account on Twitter. Many of those blocked are Boebert's constituents in Congressional District 3.

Attorney David Lane, who is representing buentello, said in a statement Sunday that Boebert "apparently believes that the Constitution begins and ends with the Second Amendment. Despite her incessant whining about the alt-right being censored on social media, she has a Twitter account and she routinely blocks anyone critical of her authoritarian views.

More at link.

LA Times: On social media, amateur digital sleuths try to help track violent Capitol rioters


The digital sleuths take to their computers in the moments when they can peel away from their real-world responsibilities — jobs, school, families — with a singular mission: finding the rioters who brought violence to the nation’s capital last week.

Behind computer screens on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and as far away as Australia they scour the depths of the internet in search of photos and videos of the insurrection, hoping to identify the most violent protesters, amass digital dossiers on them and pass the evidence on to authorities.

In the days following the Jan. 6 riot, which left five people dead and injured dozens of police officers, some amateur detectives have joined massive crowdsourcing or “open-source intelligence” efforts on social media aimed at piecing together clues that rioters — and journalists — left via live streams, photographs and videos taken at the scene.

They are searching, they say, for justice.

More at link.

Kentucky Man in Viral Capitol Riot Video Nabbed by FBI


Kentucky man who appeared in a viral video vowing to “take all of these traitors down” as he took part in last week’s Capitol riot has been arrested by the FBI. The FBI in Louisville announced the arrest of Damon Beckley late Saturday. Beckley has been charged with unlawful entry of a restricted building and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. His first court appearance is set for Jan. 19. After Beckley made waves with his furious comments against Mike Pence and pledges to “start a revolution” from the Capitol Building, he reportedly went into hiding. Local news station WDRB spoke to him days after the violence and reported that he’d stressed that he only went inside the Capitol to check on a friend and hadn’t caused any destruction. He also reportedly deleted his Facebook and removed the SIM card from his phone, believing that would prevent authorities from tracking him down.

Nothing more at link, except pix of a tweet.

Heads up on Kroger white rice

I do not usually cook with rice but decided to try a new instant pot recipe, so I bought some Kroger white rice.

Rinsed it, per directions & the stench of burned plastic / awful chemicals hit my nose just as I dumped the rice into the pot.

Yes, I picked it all out & stuffed cabbage soup is fine, but wanted to give you folks a heads up.

I'd only used Jasmine rice previously, but did not want a 10# bag, so I tried this.

TN lawmaker again seeks to restrict public record requests deemed as 'harassments'


Tennessee lawmaker again seeks to restrict public record requests deemed as 'harassments'

YUE STELLA YU | NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN | 11:26 am CST January 15, 2021

A bill seeking to restrict public records access for people deemed "harassing" is back before Tennessee lawmakers after similar legislation died last year.

legislation helps filter out frivolous requests, but open records advocates have cautioned the bill could erode public access to government documents and allow government entities to sue over requests they dislike.

Haile told The Tennessean the bill would free up resources otherwise used to fulfill "outlandish" requests. For example, he said, someone repeatedly requested documents from the Gallatin Police Department in 2019, so much so the department had set aside a computer only to process his requests.

More at link.

Far-Right extremists call for dump execution


Far-right extremists call for the execution of 'coward' Trump after he asks for calm following riot: report

Tom Boggioni
January 16, 2021

Far-right extremists call for the execution of 'coward' Trump after he asks for calm following riot: report

According to a report from the HuffPost, far-right extremists who are hoping to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday are furious with the president after he issued a video urging calm and no more violence following the storming of the Capitol that left five dead.

With the president reeling from blowback after he encouraged rallygoers to march on Congress, thereby sending lawmakers to flee for their lives, he was pressed by close aides to ask for calm -- particularly with the transfer of power scheduled to occur on Jan 20th.

More at link. Original story at Huff Post.

King Day will go on virtually at the National Civil Rights Museum


January 15, 2021
MEMPHIS, Tenn — Today would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's 92nd birthday.

The federal holiday in his honor was signed into law in 1983 almost four decades ago. One of the biggest observances of the civil rights icon's life happens right here in Memphis at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Faith Morris of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel says COVID-19 may stop thousands from honoring King in person, but celebrations will continue virtually.

More at link, including a link to register!

Pharmaforium: new approach to COVID-19 treatment


While pharma has raced to develop COVID-19 vaccines, US-based company NeuroRx is taking a different approach to treating the virus. CEO Dr. Jonathan Javitt tells pharmaphorum about the science behind the company’s Zyesami, which targets the alveolar type II cells in the lung that are critical for transmission of oxygen.

Zyesami was developed in conjunction with partner Relief Therapeutics, and NeuroRx is currently awaiting results from a Phase 2b/3 trial (COVID-AIV) evaluating the therapeutic for the treatment of respiratory failure in COVID-19 patients.

Based on years of research by Professor Sami Said at New York’s Stony Brook University, the drug is a synthetic formulation of Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP), a naturally occurring peptide that is highly concentrated in the lungs. VIP is known to have potent anti-inflammatory effects and can inhibit coronavirus replication and block the formation of inflammatory cytokines.

Much more at link.
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