Thursday Clutter: Michael Cohen, Albert Einstein, Mediterranean Diet, Boston Red Sox, Wonder Woman Sequel, Doobie Brothers, and more
Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? I went to sleep too late last night and woke up too early this morning, so we're moving a little slowly around here at the moment. BDH and Little Buddha promised to make today's coffee extra strong, and if that doesn't work, they say we can schedule a nap time later this afternoon. Also, as you may have noticed, there's a period of about 10 minutes in the morning where the sun bounces off a window across the way and lights up this room, so that's adding a bit of a jolt. Fortunately, none of today's errands need to be done quickly. Oh, the guys are back with the coffee. Grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
Big news, as Michael Cohen is expected to cooperate with Robert Mueller's investigators, as his own lawyers leave his case. We can only assume that the Trump twitter assault should be starting anytime now, and we expect it to be particularly ugly, because you can only imagine the kind of information his longtime fixer is coughing up now.
Let's hear what Michael Cohen has to say. (pic via cbsnews.com)
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates yesterday and indicated that more hikes are coming this year. We'll have to see if this means that the Clutter savings account will earn $1.25 in monthly interest. In the bigger picture, it's a good sign that the economy is doing well enough again to justify the hike.
Now that the AT&T - Time Warner merger has been approved, perhaps it's time for the battle over Fox to heat up. Comcast made a $65 billion bid for the company yesterday. Will Disney match it? Stay tuned.
Well, thanks to Domino's for paying to fill in pot holes across the country, but it's embarrassing that this country's infrastructure is in such a state of neglect. It's a basic function of government, and outsourcing it to private companies is a failure for our leaders. We've never understood why roads should be subject to political arguments - everyone needs roads. The top 1% need functional roads as much as anyone else, but yet, the government never takes care of business, which costs everyone.
Albert Einstein may have described racism as "a disease of white people," but newly-released travel diaries reportedly make it clear that Einstein suffered from the illness as well, particularly, it seems, when it came to Chinese people.
The authors of study of the perceived benefits of the Mediterranean diet were forced to retract their paper and offer a corrected version. The revised study says that people who followed this diet had a lower rate of heart attacks and strokes but does not say the diet is the reason for those results. We were talking about this with someone recently - we have little faith in the notion of following diets religiously, because someone comes out with a claim, and then there's always a problem with the study down the road. Try to make sensible choices about what you eat, get some exercise, and then just enjoy your life. Eating fruits and vegetables, olive oil, nuts and fish, seems like a good idea to us in general, so we're still going to try to work all of those things in (along with coffee, of course), and hopefully we'll be around to hang out with all of you for a long time to come.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 for the series sweep yesterday. Chris Sale went six innings and change (until he was ejected for something he said to the home plate umpire), giving up just one run and two hits during that stretch. Mookie Betts continued his longtime assault on Baltimore pitching with his first home run since coming off the DL. One gets the impression the baseball looks like a beach ball to Mookie when he faces the Orioles. Next up, David Price takes the mound for Boston as they start a series against the thriving Seattle Mariners tonight. Hmm, West Coast game? We're definitely going to need that nap.
Red Sox reliever Carson Smith had season-ending surgery on his pitching shoulder yesterday, so that's likely to be it for his career in Boston. He's pitched just 23 2/3 innings since being traded here in 2015, and blaming manager Alex Cora for overuse early this season was not a good look. What a bust.
It's unclear how close the New England Patriots came to trading Rob Gronkowski right before the draft, but we're glad it didn't happen. For all of the drama with the tight end's future this off-season, there's no doubt that the Patriots are better off with Gronk on their roster. We also suspect that this is the last year that Gronk, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick will all be with the Pats, so fans better enjoy it while they still can.
For all of the soap opera story lines in New England over the last few months, at least they're not the Ottawa Senators, where one player's wife had to file a restraining order against another player's girlfriend because of alleged cyber-bullying.
It's been confirmed that Chris Pine is returning for the Wonder Woman sequel, which is interesting, given his character's fate in the first movie, but apparently the comics back it up. In any case, that's good to hear, because Pine and Gail Godot made a great pair the first time around. Count us in for Wonder Woman 1984 when it comes out next year.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here are the Doobie Brothers to close things out with, "Black Water," for 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 up again for more silliness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.