The Waffle House Index is real. Now that hundreds of locations are closing during the pandemic, maybe some people in those states who haven’t been taking it seriously will wake up to reality. thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefin

Warning about disinformation 

If anyone sees this photo being posted anywhere, the account is most likely spreading pro-trump talking points. Every account that I’ve seen posting it has been a magat claiming he isn’t responsible for people dying from taking chloroquine.

Here’s some contact information for the villain Richard Burr, a high-ranking US senator from North Carolina who warned a group of his elite constituents about the dangers of in a private meeting weeks ago and said nothing publicly.

burr.senate.gov/contact/office

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I have friends who still want to have a game night this weekend. I told them I'm not coming and why, but they're going ahead with it anyway. We're in our 40s and 50s, we've lost some friends too young, and I'm shocked that they don't get how serious things are. We also had a surprise visitor at my house earlier and it took everything I had not to yell at them. I need to start getting abrupt with people.

I‘ve seen no official word yet on who the eight were, but we can be certain that Rand Paul is one of them. They can all go and [insert painful activity] with a [insert rusty tool of your choice].

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I’m so tired of media types commenting on the “change of tone” from the tangerine toddler-in-chief. So fuckin’ what? No cookies should be handed out for doing far less than the bare minimum of what a real POTUS is supposed to do. People have lowered their standards way too much for the last 3+ years. We desperately need more than he’ll ever do.

I’ve got no time or patience for people who are tooting memes that trash a Democratic candidate. Our opponent is trump and all he stands for, not each other.

The running mate for the Democratic POTUS nominee has got to be a woman of color. It’s not optional. This is just one team I’d love to see.

Everyone with a Republican representative, please call them and demand that they PROTECT THE DAMN COUNTRY from the spread of , which includes letting people not lose their livelihoods while they stay home from work. If your rep is a Democrat, they also need to hear from you.

☎️202-224-3121📱

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Putin has been in control of Russia for more than 20 years. Guess who else dreams of consolidating and securing this much power.

(Former Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova put this proposal forward. She’s 83 and was the first and youngest woman to fly in space, having been selected from a program designed to block the USA from putting a woman in space first. But she’s no feminist in spite of her achievements and image—she betrays women with her pro-Putin actions.)

apnews.com/1bc1532d515550bb40d

One of the confirmed cases in North Carolina is someone who voted early in Raleigh on Leap Day—at a place where about 1,400 people voted that day—before they would’ve known they were infected. Be careful when you vote, but don’t let it stop you from casting your ballot.

newsobserver.com/news/business

With Steve Bullock in the race against Daines for US Senate, Montana has a chance to elect a senator who cares about them and about the fate of our country. He’s been their governor and they know him.

washingtonpost.com/politics/mo

Courtesy of a band called Fossilheads, here’s a hilariously appropriate thing to recite as you wash your hands for 20 seconds or longer. I know I can’t be the only one who’s looking for an alternative to the ABC song or “Happy Birthday to You.”

It was indeed Keegan-Michael Key at Roscoe’s. Over on the bird site there are lots of tweets about it.

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Mild, out-of-context visual Doctor Who spoiler 

Meanwhile, my mind is busy as hell with Doctor Who, so if I seem preoccupied, that’s because I am.

Michael Bitzer is one of NC’s foremost political scientists. His blog is always worth reading. Here he breaks down the data but he knows better than to make predictions in this volatile state.

Interesting: In 2016's Democratic primary, 60% of early voters were women; in 2020 they were 57%, but there was a higher percentage of voters with no gender specified on their voter registration. 

P.S. Fun fact: the Venus fly trap is native to the Carolinas.

oldnorthstatepolitics.com/2020

On September 6, 1870, Louisa Ann Swain was walking past a polling place in Laramie, Wyoming on her way to buy yeast when election officials invited her to come in and vote. She became the first woman in the United States to cast a ballot in a general election. A Laramie newspaper described her as "a gentle white-haired housewife, Quakerish in appearance." Happy Women's History Month!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisa_S

Trump is trying again to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, whom you might remember from all the times when you had to mute him during the impeachment hearings, to be the director of national intelligence. He was already suspected of padding his résumé last time.

washingtonpost.com/national-se

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