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Wednesday Clutter: Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Facebook, Boston Red Sox, Veronica Mars, Folsom Prison Blues, and more

Tuesday Clutter: Microsoft, Brett Kavanaugh, Pope Francis, Asia Argento, Boston Red Sox, Betty White, Benedict Cumberbatch, the Eagles, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  We were just discussing how foggy it is this morning.  It looks like the opening to a mystery novel or something.  Not thrilled that sunrise is starting later now, but we've all slept better for the last few days because of the reduced humidity, so I guess it's a trade-off.  One thing that we're never willing to compromise about around here is coffee.  BDH and Little Buddha say it's ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

Microsoft announced that it stopped Russian hackers who targeted several conservative think-tank websites.  The hackers also tried to imitate a couple of U.S. Senate sites as well.  Does anyone in the GOP want to do anything about this, or would they rather continue marching off the cliff?  Don't worry, we already know the answer to that.  Expect Donald Trump to respond to this attack with some rambling claim of fake news and another comment that Vladimir Putin assured him Russia wouldn't do anything like this.  After that, the Great Pumpkin will go back to lashing out about the Mueller investigation.  We miss the good old days when the occupant of the White House actually tried to protect this country.

Brett Kavanaugh wrote a memo in 1998 arguing that independent counsel Kenneth Starr had the right to ask Bill Clinton intrusive and explicit questions about Monica Lewinsky.  Does the Supreme Court nominee stand behind his words now, or does that right only exist when it's a Democratic president?

Pope Francis offered lip service about asking for forgiveness again for the Catholic Church's utter inability to stop its child sex abuse scandal.  However, Francis won't commit to actually punishing anyone involved in the ongoing coverups, so we ask again, what can society do at this point, because we would not tolerate this behavior from another organization.

Asia Argento has been accused of committing sexual assault in 2013.  The actress, who is one of Harvey Weinstein's accusers, is being investigated for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old actor to have sex.  (The age of consent in California is 18.)  There is still more to be learned about this case, but whatever may have happened, it should not be used as an attack on the #MeToo movement. 

The S&P 500 will set a new all-time record tomorrow for its 9 1/2 year bull run.  It's not a matter if this will end, but when it will happen, and more importantly, how severe of a correction will take place.  The Clutter investment team has no idea what the answers to those questions are, but they feel confident they've assembled a diversified portfolio that is built for long-term success, so perhaps a downturn will present some buying opportunities at a later date.

If you're dealing with alcohol issues, this Boston Globe piece has some practical suggestions for how to reduce your drinking.

While some claim otherwise, a Harvard professor says coconut oil is "pure poison," because of its high level of saturated fats.

The Boston Red Sox lost 5-4 to the Cleveland Indians last night.  The Sox jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after two innings, but Rick Porcello couldn't protect it, giving up five hits (including three home runs) and five runs over seven innings.  The Sox tried to stage a comeback in the 9th inning but fell a run short.  Those fans watching online were subjected to an impromptu commercial right in the middle of Mitch Moreland's at-bat in the 9th, which may have caused some screaming in certain locations.  Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for Boston tonight, as the Red Sox try to snap their two-game losing streak.  (Yes, it's confusing that the team has lost two consecutive games, but apparently these things happen.)

The football team with the racist name signed the child-abusing running back yesterday, as the Washington Redskins and Adrian Peterson agreed to a one-year deal for $1.105 million, because really, nothing matters in the NFL.

Hey Betty White fans, PBS will be airing a special about the comedy legend tonight, which is fitting, because the 96-year-old actress is a national treasure.  Check your local listings for the time.

Buzz is starting to build that a Doctor Strange sequel is finally gaining momentum.   We know that things didn't look good for him at the end of Infinity War, but we're confident that the powers-that-be will find a way to return Clutter favorite Benedict Cumberbatch back to the role.

Benedict Cumberbatch August 21 2018One way or another, Doctor Strange will return.  (pic via time.com)

The Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975 took the title of "Greatest Selling Album of All-Time" from Michael Jackson's Thriller.  The Eagles album has now sold over 38 million copies.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's close things out with something from the new all-time #1 album.  Here are the Eagles with, "Already Gone," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Hopefully this fog will burn off, but in any case, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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