Wednesday Clutter: Alabama Abortion Ban, Donald Trump Jr., Boston Sports, Black Mirror, Chicago P.D., Hole, and more
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Thursday Clutter: Trump Finances, Global Wealth Inequality, Boston Red Sox, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Rolling Stones, Semisonic, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  The birds are chirping, the sun is shining (at the moment), and the high temperatures are supposed to be in the 60's, so here's hoping we're finally on the path to nicer days.  That's not too much to ask, right?  BDH and Little Buddha were up early to listen to the birds, but they rushed to make the coffee as soon as they heard you were coming.  There's a fresh pot on the table, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.

Donald Trump's latest financial disclosure forms are expected to be released today, so expect plenty of debate about whether or not that constitutes transparency from the man who refuses to release his tax returns.  The forms are more open to manipulation than the returns, so they don't resolve anything as far as many are concerned, but we'll see what story the White House occupant wants to tell this year.

Speaking of filings, it's been revealed that that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has a $900 million stake in Amazon. 

On another related note, a new report from Oxfam says that the 26 richest people in the world are as wealthy as the 3.8 billion poorest people on the planet:

"The reports authors offer a number of recommendations in light of this obscene global wealth disparity:
Oxfam recommends that nations tax wealth at fairer levels, raise rates on personal income and corporate taxes and eliminate tax avoidance by companies and the super-rich. It also advocates providing universal free health care, education and other public services — and ensuring that women and girls also benefit. And it suggests investing in public services — including water, electricity and childcare — to free up women's time and limit the number of unpaid hours they work."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he'll be joining the 2020 Democratic presidential field. At this point, it might be easier if we just start talking about the politicians who aren't running. De Blasio is in charge of the biggest city in the country, but it's unclear who is excited about the idea of him running for the White House. 

We have such respect for the women who have stepped forward to tell the stories about their abortions in light of Alabama's atrocious new law, but they shouldn't have to do it. The war on choice is a direct attack on every woman in this country. It's not a theoretical issue - nearly 1 in 4 women have had an abortion. These bans won't stop the procedures from happening, they'll just make them unsafe and put lives at risk. Enough.
 
Not happy to hear that John Harvard's is closing at the end of the month. We've enjoyed many fun evenings at the Cambridge brewpub over the years.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 in 10 innings last night thanks to a walk-off single by rookie Michael Chavis.  The Sox were up 5-o after three innings, but Eduardo Rodriguez couldn't hold the lead, and the game was tied after seven.  Boston's bullpen held down the fort as usual until Chavis stepped up to the plate with Xander Bogaerts on second and Rafael Devers on first.  Chavis has already made his presence felt this season with a number of bombs.  However, a simple single was all it took to get the job done in this situation, as he continues to make his push to the this year's AL Rookie of the Year.  The Sox have today off, and then they face a big test when the Houston Astros come to town over the weekend.   It's a perfect time for a break since both Red Sox - Rockies games went extra innings.

The New England Patriots reunions continue.  First, tight end Ben Watson signed a one-year deal with his original team, and now the Patriots have reportedly agreed to a deal to bring back Jamie Collins. The linebacker began his career with the Patriots before being traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2016 following reports that he was going into business for himself on the field instead of following the game plan.   This position wasn't a particular need for the Patriots, so it's unclear why they decided to bring Collins back, but it's presumably a low-risk deal for the team.

Game of Thrones fans apparently aren't loving this final season.  Over 300,000 fans have signed an online petition calling for a do-over of Season 8. That's unfortunate.  As we've discussed here many times before, ending a TV series is such a hit-or-miss situation, and it can be incredibly frustrating when you invest years into a program and it ends on a sour note.

Game of Thrones May 16 2019It appears this isn't going well.  (pic via elle.com)

Hey Star Trek fans - we've got the first picture of Patrick Stewart's return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard, as the publicity starts ramping up for the upcoming new Star Trek: Picard series that's coming to CBS All Access later this year.

The Rolling Stones released a revised tour schedule for this summer after originally postponing it because singer Mick Jagger needed heart surgery.  Good to hear the legendary frontman is feeling well enough to get back to work.  Tickets for the postponed shows will be honored on the new dates.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Semisonic to take us out with the appropriately-titled, "Closing Time, for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  We always love getting the chance to hang out with you for a bit.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll catch up with you again for more shenanigans soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter and we are outta here.

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