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Friday Clutter: Boston Red Sox, Barack Obama, Facebook, Come Talk to Me, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  Sorry to have missed you yesterday.  I couldn't get my head into looking at the news, so BDH and Little Buddha suggest I work on a new book review (stay tuned for that next week), go get the car inspected (passed with flying colors), and take care of some other errands instead.  As always, listening to them always serves me well.  However, we all agree it's time to get back to work.  We've got a fresh pot of coffee for you, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.

The speculation is growing that Alex Cora will be the next Boston Red Sox manager.  Nothing's official yet, but hopefully this is true.  The 41-year-old Cora may be a first-time manager, but he has a reputation for connecting with young players, and that's going to be key for the next skipper of this team.  Take that, and a good relationship with Dustin Pedroia, and you've got check marks next to two of the three biggest issues facing this clubhouse.  The last question is how he handles David Price.  Of course, he's got to be named first, but fans should feel optimistic if this becomes official.

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe asks an interesting question: Would the Red Sox be better off releasing Hanley Ramirez?  The answer here is a definitive, no-doubt, maybe.  We expect Ramirez to be better in 2018 now that he's had shoulder surgery, but he's never lived up to his contract, and the odds of him being a $22 million player next year aren't great.  The question is really who the Sox can get for an alternative and how that math works out.  $22 million is a lot of money to eat, but after paying Pablo Sandoval about $400 million to go away, this almost sounds like a bargain.  Almost.

We're embarrassed for John Kelly for defending Donald Trump's disgraceful behavior when calling a grieving military widow.  How long did it take the general to stash away his own decency when he accepted the chief of staff position?

Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail yesterday, and we're missing the days when the President of the United States was capable of rhetoric like,

"We are rejecting a politics of division. We are rejecting a politics of fear," Obama continued. "We are embracing a politics that says everybody counts, a politics that says everybody deserves a chance, a politics that says everybody has dignity and worth -- a politics of hope."

Barack Obama October 20 2017

Why did you leave us with the weird babysitter?  (pic via hindustantimes.com)

It's amazing how much George W. Bush has benefited from Donald Trump's presidency.  We were positive that W. was going to go down as the worst president in our lifetime, and that it would even be close.  However, Bush comes across like Abraham Lincoln these days in comparison.  By the way, has anyone seen Dick Cheney lately?

Wow, yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of "Black Monday," the day that the stock market dropped 22% in one session.  In those 30 years, the Dow Jones has gone from 1700 to over 23,000, showing once again that if you have a long enough time frame (and sensibly diversified investments), you'll be fine.  However, if you don't have enough time to ride it out (say, a minimum of five years), it can get ugly quickly.

Wait, wait, wait, wait...wait.  When you die, your brain continues working long enough for you to realize you're dead?  There should be a word for something that's both fascinating and horrifying.

Gizmodo.com features an interesting and troubling story about how Facebook leaves sex workers vulnerable.  It's yet another example of the company placing their growth above user privacy, which may leave some of these people in unsafe situations.

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for making it to the World Series.  The Dodgers crushed the Chicago Cubs 11-1 last night to win their first National League pennant since 1989.  A tip of the cap a well to Los Angeles utility infielder Enrique Hernandez, who hit three home runs for a total of 7 RBI to seal the deal.  We're not huge Dodgers fans here, but all Red Sox fans have to root for manager Dave Roberts as a matter of common law.  Now the question becomes whether Los Angeles will face the Houston Astros or New York Yankees in the Fall Classic.  The baseball lover roots for another round of one of baseball's great rivalries (LA - NY).  Everyone else says, "the hell with that, get Houston in there."

Quentin Tarantino's comments about the Harvey Weinstein scandal basically boil down to, "It would have hurt my career if I said something at the time."

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We're going to close things out today with Peter Gabriel and a live performance of a longtime personal favorite, "Come Talk to Me."  We've seen a number of different versions of this tune, but this one gets bonus points for featuring his daughter Melanie Gabriel on backing vocals, which gives the whole thing a different vibe than those other takes.  Here's today's, "Song of the Day."

 

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll meet back here again for more randomness soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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