Dearests! Happy Tuesday, I hope your morning is well-caffeinated and uneventful, and that you’re able to take 15 minutes today to find one flower and smell it. Consider that your Missive homework assignment.
TO THE INTERNET!
This is definitely a long read, but if you open one link today, let it be this one: The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax. And the next time someone tells you that billionaire CEOs are special genius snowflakes who deserve an astronomical compensation rivaling the GDP of small nations, tell them they deserve to pay taxes like the rest of us, because I’d love to pay a 0.98% tax rate, but that’s just not in the cards, now is it. (ProPublica)
Yes, banning the former guy from social media had an impact on how far and fast his message spread, and yes, I think that’s a very good thing: What Happened When Trump Was Banned on Social Media (The New York Times)
Meanwhile, influencers on TikTok are not disclosing their financial ties to political groups weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (Technology 202)
This child brings me endless amounts of joy: ‘A 6-Year-Old Requested A Birthday Cake Showing The Beheading Of Anne Boleyn And That’s Exactly What She Got’. Between this and the little girl who wanted a cake of the worst scene (‘Girl, 3, requests morbid 'Lion King' scene on birthday cake so she can have it all to herself’), I’m going to put a stake firmly in the ground that this next generation of kids is alright by my weirdly morbid nerd standards. (BuzzFeed + NBC News)
And finally, YOU ALL STAY AWAY FROM THE BEE LADY, OK? (The Internet has finally come for The Bee Lady) She’s one of the brightest spots on TikTok and I will not have you BEEsmirching her name—unless she’s actually really awful, then I retract the above, but my goodness I hope she’s not because I am fascinated by anyone who scoops up insects with needles on their butts like it’s no big thing - what motivates you?!?!. (Garbage Day by Ryan Broderick)
Drink some water, get outside, and be kind to yourself, ok?