Some news items you might have missed:
• Insider: Idiot social media users on TikTok and Twitter used Grindr to find athletes in Tokyo’s Olympic Village with profiles on the gay dating app and then shared their photos online. The bone-headed move put some athletes who live in countries where being gay is illegal in jeopardy.
• LGBTQ Nation: Amsterdam police have announced the arrest of a teenage boy for attacking a 14-year-old girl in an LGBTQ-related hate crime. The vicious attack left her with a broken nose and fractured jaw.
• Twitter: Tom Nichols of The Atlantic rightfully notes there seems to be a ‘pattern’ in the locations of recent COVID cases. Y’all see what I see?
There's some kind of weird pattern to this totally unforeseeable and random outbreak, but I just can't seem to put my finger on it pic.twitter.com/h1g2ff8rVy
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 28, 2021
• New York Times: The bipartisan infrastructure deal passed an early procedural vote in the Senate 67-32. Seventeen Republicans voted to take up debate on the legislation. #GoodNews
• TMZ: Legendary infomercial king, Ron Popeil, passed away today at the age of 86.
Since 1959, Popeil introduced products to late-night viewers like the Chop-o-Matic, Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone, Hair in a Can, and his most successful product, the “Set it and Forget it” Rotisserie which grossed over One Billion Dollars in domestic sales and shattered sales records on shopping networks like QVC.
Ron Popeil Infomercial King Dead at 86 https://t.co/oiWmxSneix
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 28, 2021