Welcome back! How's everything? It looks like we've got rain in the forecast for the next two days, which is a good thing. As much as I'm enjoying the unusually warm weather, and am in little hurry for it to leave, it's messed up the watering schedule for the garden. We usually would have stopped by now, but the ground hasn't frozen over yet, and the plants are still growing, so this rain is appreciated. Other than that, it's business as usual around here. The coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
Now that we know Alex Cora is the next Red Sox manager, who will his coaches be? It sounds like the Sox interviewed former Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey about their current opening. Hickey had great sustained success with the Rays pitchers, so we wouldn't mind seeing him come to Boston to work with this staff.
Former FBI director James Comey confirmed his Twitter handle recently, although people are still wondering what the story is with his account. Hey, if you had to battle the orange goblin for months, it would probably do a number on your head too.
Donald Trump has thrown Republicans for a loop yet again. This time, Trump's claiming his tax plan wouldn't impact anyone's retirement plan, while the GOP has those plans firmly in their cross-hairs. Trump doesn't care about anything but having his name attached to something successful, whatever it is. As awful as his presidency has been so far, we should be thankful that at least he's not competent in any aspect of his job.
Bill O'Reilly is lashing out at the New York Times after the most recent stories came out regarding his paying $32 million to settle a sexual misconduct case. All we know is that attacking the NYT is page one of the conservative playbook under all circumstances, and no one pays $32 million to settle a false claim that wasn't just sexual harassment. This has potential for O'Reilly to self-immolate at some point, to which we say, someone hand us the popcorn.
Just keep talking, boss. (pic via pbs.org)
Facebook is messing with the news feed again. This time, they're testing a system of putting posts from publishers and businesses into a separate feed, thus likely making it harder to find those stories. That's got to have those organizations freaking out, considering how much Facebook already controls the flow of information on the Internet these days. (Full disclosure: Clutter often runs promoted posts, depending on the subject, and the results are tremendous.) No matter how this plays out, the issue of Facebook's stranglehold on data access needs to be addressed.
By the way, in the course of finding that article, we also found this one about how to quit Facebook. Even if you're not planning on deleting your account, there are a number of helpful tips about how to clean up your account. It's worth checking out and bookmarking for future reference.
Stephen Hawking's thesis crashed a Cambridge University website after it was put online. That's why we don't post our own grad school paper. We'd hate to tie up our bandwidth on that, when we've got so much more to discuss.
If you haven't seen them already, Matt Shirley's "life charts" are laugh out loud funny and spot-on.
Let's see what's going on over at The Dodo. Aww, they've got Lily the Pit Bull giving out hugs. What a sweet dog:
ESPN ended their partnership with Barstool Sports after just one episode of their new TV show, "Barstool Van Talk." We've read Barstool before, and they are upfront about exactly who they are. Any ESPN executive who didn't expect some backlash should be fired for not doing basic homework. We also can't help noticing that ESPN bailed on Barstool after Sam Ponder (a white woman) complained, but they suspended Jemele Hill (an African-American woman) for two weeks for talking about Donald Trump's racism. Not a good luck.
Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas hadn't missed a snap in 11 years (which is insane,) and now he's out for the year and thinking about his future after tearing his left triceps. Everything changed for Thomas in the blink of an eye. That danger is constantly hanging over the head of every NFL player, which is why we never have any ill will towards them every time there's a labor dispute. We wish Thomas the best with his recovery.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Guns N' Roses was in Boston on Sunday night, and by all accounts, they continue to bring the goods. Let's see for ourselves with, "You Could be Mine," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Gotta give those guys credit, man. We thought this tour would probably last about 10 shows before someone had an on-stage meltdown and everyone called it quits. However, GNR is back with a vengeance, and now we're just wondering if there's any chance of a new album somewhere down the road?
Anyway, thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always so much fun to hang out with you guys. You're welcome back any time. For now, enjoy the rest of your day, stay dry, and we'll see you again soon. Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and on behalf of BDH, Little Buddha, and yours truly, thanks again, and we are outta here.
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