Thursday Clutter: Coronavirus, Trump, Mike Pompeo, iPhone Update, NFL Losses, Shad Gaspard, "Snyder Cut," Daytime Emmys, Metallica, Dropkick Murphys, Firehouse, and more
Saturday Clutter: Joe Biden, Trump, Dentists and Haircuts, New Contraception, Hertz, Pac-Man, New York Jets, Elvis, and more

Friday Clutter: Trump, Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort Released, Remote Facebook Employees, Netflix, MLB, Christopher Nolan, John Krasinski, Blue Bloods, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and congratulations on finishing another week!  It feels like we should pass out trophies or something.  BDH and Little Buddha just reminded me that this is Memorial Day weekend.  Will you be doing anything special?  I think it will probably be business as usual for us.  The weather should be nice, so there will be garden time, a bike ride or two, and just generally staying away from people, as usual.  I wonder what the traffic will be like.  In any case, let's check out today's headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Friday Cutter.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel blasted Donald Trump yesterday for not wearing a mask during a tour of a Ford plant because he didn't want the press to see him actually following guidelines.  (It turns out Trump did briefly wear a mask at the beginning.  He apparently didn't realize there were cameras.)   Nessel compared Trump to "a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules," and said he is not welcome back in the state.  Trump then of course went on a Twitter rant against Nessel, because few things cause him to melt down like a woman criticizing him.  Polls consistently show Trump losing Michigan, and these temper tantrums don't seem like they're going to do much to inspire voters in a state facing incredible unemployment at the moment.

Donald Trump May 22 2020Putting lives at risk to "own the media."  (pic via summarizer.com)

Donald Trump's poll numbers continue to fall.  Turns out the majority of the population is still in no rush to die for the economy and doesn't trust his handling of this crisis.   Imagine that, the guy who promoted Lysol injections, refuses to wear a mask in public, thus putting those around him at risk, and has barely muttered two words of condolences regarding the over 95,000 (and counting) coronavirus-related deaths, isn't clicking with voters.

Yet another study shows coronavirus patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine had a higher chance of a fatal cardiac event than those patients who did not receive the drug.  How do we live in a country where people work themselves into an anti-vaccine lather, but they're interested in taking a drug because a failed casino operator told them to do it? 

Convicted Trump lackeys Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort have both been released early because of coronavirus concerns, even though few other federal prisoners have received the same treatment.   Both men will serve the remainder of their sentences from their homes.  It just goes to show yet again that the politically-connected operate in a different judicial system than the rest of us.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg says half of the company's employees could be working remotely in the next 5 to 10 years.  However, there's a catch:  Those workers should expect a pay cut.  Keep an eye on this as the value of telecommuting is debated in the weeks/months/years to come.  Making remote work more of the status quo may improve safety, but we imagine other businesses will try the same move with salaries. 

Netflix plans to start reducing their zombie accounts, which is unusual.  They will reportedly reach out to subscribers who haven't watched anything in over a year and ask them if they want to stay with the service.  The accounts will be discontinued if the company doesn't get a response.  Usually, businesses are happy to take your money without question, even if you never use them.   Something tells us this will not become the start of a trend.

Reopening TJ Maxx stores will apparently be offering even bigger discounts than usual as they try to clear out their surplus inventory.  There's a store near a DD in our neighborhood.  We may have to take a peek to see if they're open, because we need a bunch of items for the summer, and we'd rather not order online.  Of course, if ever there was a summer where you could be excused for wearing the same pair of shorts all week, this would be it, but we'd still rather not.  However, whenever do eventually go into the store, we're not sticking around for the waiting rooms.  If we find something that looks like it will fit, we'll take our chances without trying it on first.

The Major League Baseball Players Association gave owners their counter-proposal for opening the season this year, as the two sides try to figure out how baseball could happen in 2020.  It seems likely to us that the players will eventually have to give in on taking another pay cut if they want to play, so the bigger issue is likely the exhaustive list of necessary safety precautions that will need to be taken for anyone to get on a field. 

We just finished watching the second trailer for director Christopher Nolan's upcoming movie, Tenet.  Not really sure what the hell just happened, but it involves time travel and features Robert Pattinson and John David Washington, so sign us up.  The film's current release date July 17.  As entertaining as this looks, it's probably still not enough to get us into a movie theater that soon.  However, we'd definitely be interested if it has a digital release, particularly because it looks like it will require multiple viewings to fully grasp.  See for yourself:

John Krasinski's Some Good News web series has been sold to ViacomCBS, where new episodes will eventually appear in different places in the entertainment conglomerate.  Krasinski will no longer host the show, but he will still be one of the producers.  Guess we shouldn't be surprised by this news, but it still seems a little disappointing.  SGN was a cultural phenomenon for a few weeks because the country so desperately needs a distraction from the global crisis.  Now it feels like it will likely turn into just another show without the same impact.  Oh well, more power to the former Office star.  He created a product that someone was evidently willing to pay him a lot of money to acquire.  That's the American dream.

The CBS series Blue Bloods is reportedly looking at germ-zapping robots to make it safe to come back to work in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  That sounds like a Twilight Zone episode.  Who will protect Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, and the rest of the cast if/when the robots turn on their human masters?

ABC released their list of renewals for next season yesterday.  Did your favorites make the cut?  We're mostly struck by the realization that there's nothing we consistently watch on the network.  No premiere dates were included as Hollywood tries to figure out when it will be safe to go back to work.  We wonder if ABC is also looking into those disinfecting robots. 

Lana Del Rey is facing a barrage of criticism after saying she was being unfairly held to a different standard than many other singers.  That might have been okay by itself, but many took offense that the singers she implied had an easier time of it then her were all African American women.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's close out the week with the latest track from Lady Gaga (featuring Ariana Grande.)  Here's, "Rain on Me," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for dropping by, everyone.  Hanging out with you is always a blast.  Be good, stay safe, and we'll catch up with you again soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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