Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Dr. Fauci, Elon Musk, MLB Proposal, Becky Lynch, Guy Fieri v. Bill Murray, General Hospital, Friends, U2, and more
Thursday Clutter: Trump, "Darkest Winter in Modern History," Michael Flynn, Food Apps, XFL, Jeffrey Epstein, Steve Miller, and more

Wednesday Clutter: U.S. Supreme Court, Warnings About Reopening Too Soon, Elizabeth Warren, Twitter, Facebook, Hamilton, Russell Crowe, Prince, Iron Maiden, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  We're all okay at the moment.  Still annoyed by the unseasonably cool weather, but at least the sun is shining, and the birds seem to be having fun as they chirp up a storm.  I woke up for a few minutes around 4:30 this morning, and they were already chatting away about something or other.  BDH and Little Buddha think they were talking about whether or not there will be any baseball this year.  They apparently don't sound optimistic.  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 Wednesday Clutter.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard Donald Trump's argument for total presidential immunity from subpoenas yesterday.  Trump wants the court to put him completely above the law while he's in office.  It's a blatant and unjustified power grab.  It's astounding that Trump's lawyers argue that responding to these records requests would be an "undue burden" on the Great Pumpkin.  First off, the lawyers do all the work anyway.  Second, what would their meetings with him about these subpoenas distract him from?  Playing golf?  Going on crazed Twitter binges?  The man hates his job anyway.  It's not like he's going to say, "I can't believe you're keeping me from reading my security briefing, because you know how much I love to learn."

Four of the conservative justices seem prepared to roll over for Trump as usual, while the liberal justices hold on to a radical notion that the White House occupant should have to follow the law.   That leaves Chief Justice John Roberts to craft a decision that won't grant said immunity, but will still allow Trump to continue delaying releasing the tax records he so desperately wants to hide, as well as putting off other legal challenges.  There's a 5-4 decision against Trump coming.  It will send all of this back to a lower court, and it will be a win for him in the end.

Donald Trump Chief Justice Roberts May 13 2020A bad pairing for America.  (pic via americanprogress.org)

It appears U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan won't just sign off on the Department of Justice dropping its case against Michael Flynn.  Judge Sullivan said yesterday that he would first allow other groups to weigh in on the DOJ's blatantly political move.  Cue Trump ranting against Sullivan on Twitter any minute now, because that's the "important business" he needs to focus on which requires presidential immunity from subpoenas. 

Public health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned a Senate committee yesterday that reopening the country too soon could trigger another coronavirus outbreak that would lead to more infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.  Of course, Trump lackeys like Senator Rand Paul, a doctor in his own right who has no problem exposing everyone around him to the virus, think Fauci and company are a bunch of hacks that don't need to be listened to any more than anyone else.  The GOP has spent decades attacking science and experts in general, thanks in large part to the propaganda of Fox News.  The more ignorant their base, the better their chances of staying in power, and it's costing lives.

Longtime Trump friend Howard Stern sums up Trump supporters perfectly.

Many Democrats think Senator Elizabeth Warren should be Joe Biden's running mate, but James Carville has another idea:  He believes Senator Warren should be Biden's pick for attorney general.  There could be no greater contrast to the current "fixer" who holds the position.  In addition, Warren has built her career advocatingf for everyday people against the rich and powerful, and this role would let her carry out her anti-corruption platform to its full potential.  It would also help Biden with the progressive voters he still needs to court.

Does your grocery bill seem higher than usual?  We thought it was because we try not to go more than once a week these days (twice, including Dad Clutter's groceries.)  However, there's also the fact that food prices had their highest single-month price increase since 1974.   That is even more problematic than usual, given the current economic insecurity gripping the country.

On the flip side, prices for everything else are falling rapidly due to lack of demand while people are stuck at home.  That's leading to fears of deflation, because there wasn't enough to worry about already.

Twitter announced that their staff can work from home "forever" from now on, if they so choose.  Those who wish to return to the company's offices at the appropriate time will also be allowed to do that, but we'll be interested to see how this decision works out.  Will other companies follow Twitter's lead?  The pandemic has obviously forced businesses to restructure how their employees work wherever possible.  Will there be an overwhelming desire to return to offices when it's safer, or are we looking at a permanent change here?  BDH and Little Buddha say they're happy right where they are, so we'll stick with that.

It's easy to rip Facebook moderators for applying the company's convoluted "community standards" unequally, and that criticism is often justified.  However, these folks are often dealing with trauma at work.  That's why Facebook just agreed to a $52 million settlement with moderators who claim they have PTSD symptoms from being exposed to so much disturbing material.  The company also agrees to provide additional tools to try to reduce the harm of the material these folks have to deal with, as well as provide them with expanded access to mental health services.

Cheers to RuPaul and The Price is Right for teaming up to donate almost $100,000 to Planned Parenthood on Monday.  Planned Parenthood provides fundamental health care across America, and anything that helps keeps their doors open, particularly now, is fantastic.

A lot of people will be marking their calendars for this item:  The Hamilton movie is coming to Disney Plus on July 3.  It was supposed to be released on October 15, 2021, but apparently Disney felt like they needed to slow down Netflix's current home entertainment dominance.  We would like to see the movie, which is a combination of three live shows featuring the original Broadway cast.  However, we still won't buy the channel, so hopefully there will be another way to see it soon, like video on demand, or something.

Solstice Studios is apparently banking on movie theaters reopening in July, and they want their new Russell Crowe movie, Unhinged, to lead the way.  Not sure how likely that assumption is, but there's no way we're going back to a theater that soon, so maybe we'll check out the film somewhere down the road.  Anyway, let's take a peek at the trailer and see what we've got here:

Looks like that might be pretty suspenseful.  We're looking more for light comedy these days.  How about you - would you go out to see Unhinged?

Now this is something we can get into:  The Prince estate is streaming a 1985 concert of his on YouTube for free for three days, starting this Thursday night.  The event is a fundraiser for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and it should be tremendous.

Bryan Adams issued a "sorry to those who were offended" non-apology yesterday for his racist/conspiracy theory-laden Instagram post complaining about his tour being cancelled because of,  "some f—ing bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards."  PETA came rushing to the singer's defense, hoping people would focus on the pro-vegan message and ignore everything else.  We generally support the organization's goals, but they make it easy for people to dislike them.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We need something to help us power through the midpoint of this week.  Let's have Iron Maiden close things out with, "Aces High" for today's, "Song of the Day."  That should do the trick:

Perfect. 

We're still convinced that the adrenaline rush that comes from hearing thousands of people lose their minds as you run on stage has to be one of the greatest natural highs of all-time.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It's always a treat to see you.  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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