1. HidariMak says

    My nightmare is that the tyrant-in-chief will somehow be able to just keep adding days to December, just to put off the inevitable. “It’s still not January 20th, because today’s date is December 63rd.”

  2. stroppy says

    Well, 2019 was bad 2020 was worse. Here’s hoping it’s not the start of a trend. Wow, can Repubs fubar!

    About ready to crawl under a blanket with a liter of Everclear.

    Or maybe not.

  3. Callinectes says

    Even the Superbowl doesn’t celebrate halftime as hard as the world is right now.

    2021, and we lost.

  4. robro says

    Doh! I mis-posted this on the “car microscope” thread:

    Well 2020 almost ended on the perfect note (and still might…we got a few hours). People have been “joking” for a week or so about the one thing 2020 hasn’t had in the SF Bay Area is an earthquake. Well, there was a sharp jolt (3.5) at 5:41am off Muir Beach, so it was actually on the San Andreas Fault.

    One of these days I’ll learn how to use this internet thing.

  5. nomadiq says

    Regression to the mean is a fallacy – don’t assume 2021 will be better.

    New Years Day is an arbitrary date we place too much emphasis on as if it has supernatural powers.

    I’ll show myself out.

    turns back around

    Happy New Year everyone!

  6. unclefrogy says

    it has been a new year since the day light started to get longer, As the calendar year starts i will not miss 2020 though it is easy to type 2020.
    I guess my second biggest fear is the “that man” will escape justice and at some time in the future we will have to do this shit all over again. We let Nixon slide and this is what we got, I hope wiser braver people will do the right thing.
    a fain hope I fear.
    uncle frogy

  7. HidariMak says

    At least January 1 will mean getting 1 day closer to Pence officially declaring Biden as President-elect, the possibility of the two Georgia votes bouncing out the Republican’s control of the Senate, and tRump officially being evicted from the White House. As for the current pResident, there are a whole lot of state crimes to answer for, and people like SDNY AG Leticia James willing to bring the legal smack-down.

  8. unclefrogy says

    true and they did get , Bernie Madoff in the end so there is hope but “I ain’t holdin my breath” he does seem to be able to skate through some how.
    uncle frogy

  9. says

    To paraphrase the Ramones:

    2020, twenty four hours to go
    I want a vaccination
    Nothing to do, quarantined at home
    I want a vaccination

    Just get me to the clinic, put it in my arm
    Hurry, hurry, hurry, before COVID does me harm
    I can’t smell or taste, I can’t stand Trump’s smarm
    Oh no, oh oh, oh oh….

  10. nomdeplume says

    A gloomy morning here (where it is 2021 already) as if to say “New Year same as the Old Year”. But, make the best of it Pharyngulites, oh, and “be careful out there”.

  11. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin has still been unable to obtain confirmation They™ found the right track for Earth v2021CE… The previous orbit’s track, Earth v2020CE, was never located, so They™ grabbed a “spare” track out of the museum and hastily laid it — usually before the Earth rolled by — only later realising it was one of the Olde Medieval Plague models. This, of course, explains a great deal, particularly when the Earth rolled off or ahead of the still-being-hastily laid, rather rickety, track.

    It’s not entirely clear what track, which track, of indeed if any track for the next orbital ride has been laid… The cheese, however, is not in any danger: The mildly deranged penguin has put the Massive Orbital Cheese Vault (acronym MOON (she has bad styluspenguinship)) into a “safe mode”. (However, I’m not entirely certain what, precisely what, that is — tinfoil helmets are perhaps advisable?)

  12. raven says

    A Quiet And ‘Unsettling’ Pandemic Toll: Students Who’ve Fallen Off The Grid
    December 29, 20208:01 AM ET Lauren_Hodges

    Teachers are working tirelessly to educate their students online, but they are growing increasingly anxious about the kids who aren’t showing up at all.

    An estimated 3 million students may have dropped out of school learning since March, according to Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit that focuses on underserved youth. The group’s study cited a lack of Internet access, housing insecurity, disabilities and language barriers as major obstacles to attending virtual classes during the pandemic.

    I’m just relieved that 2020 is over with.

    This pandemic is going to leave scars on the USA that last for a generation or two.
    .1. The 10% of patients (now ca. 2 million people and going up) are now disabled long haulers and for maybe half of them, it is permanent.
    .2. Here is another group. About 3 million school kids have dropped out of the school system. Most of them from disadvantaged demographics.
    Being minimally educated and literate in our ever more complex society is going to make their entire life harder.

    Some areas are making efforts to track these kids down and get them back into the school systems. I suspect in many areas, due to lack of money and interest, no one is even keeping track.

    Well, Happy New Year anyway.

  13. davidc1 says

    I saw an article on faceache about something that happened on 31 Dec 1899/1 Jan 1900 .
    A ship was on the Equator where it crossed the International Date Line ,the gist of the story is that for a split second
    the rear of the ship was in one century and one month ,while the front was in another century and another month .
    Haven’t explained that very well ,been trying to find it again.

  14. davidc1 says

    PS ,at the same moment ,one half of the ship was in the Northern Hemisphere ,while the other was in the Southern Hemisphere .

  15. Tethys says

    Happy New Year PZ, spiders, and horde.
    I’ve not been here much since we lost Caine, and there doesn’t seem to be an endless thread currently open. The last iteration was discussing how serious the new covid virus could be, seeing as we haven’t had any real issues with flu type viruses since 1918.
    Sadly, yesterday the U.S. set a new record for daily deaths. I am counting the minutes to the 20th, and expect more bizarre behavior from the GOP on a daily basis.

  16. Tethys says

    Thank you, Lofty. I am limited to using my phone, so the site looks completely different and reloads at random when I bring up the sidebar menus.