Saturday Clutter: Vaccines for Kids, U.S. Supreme Court, Trump, New England Patriots, Doctor Who, Ice Cube, Ozzy and Lemmy, and more
How are you? The weekend is off to a good start on our end, since our crew just got about 10 hours of sleep. Apparently this week took more out of us than we realized. We're having a little bit of a scheduling issue, so BDH and Little Buddha wanted to make sure they had the chance to say hello today in case we can't make it tomorrow. It looks pretty gloomy outside, so this might be a day of reading and tidying up around here. Yes, we lead a crazy life, friends. Let's take a peek at the headlines and see what's going on in the world. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Saturday Clutter.
The FDA authorized Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for kids ages 5-11 yesterday. The CDC still needs to sign off, but assuming that happens, millions of children could be eligible to be vaccinated by the end of next week. This is terrific news for parents of young children. We hear them often say they feel like they're living in a different world than those who act like the pandemic is over because they've been vaccinated. There's no doubt the extremist anti-vaxxers will do everything they can to discourage parents from protecting their children. These conspiracy theory-obsessed zealots should continue to be ignored at every turn.
Help is coming. (pic via med.stanford.edu)
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt to overturn Maine's vaccination requirement for health care workers which has no religious exemption. It was a 6-3 ruling, with Justices Gorsuch, Alito, and Thomas dissenting. Can someone explain to us what exactly would be the religious grounds for opposing this mandate? Pope Francis thinks people should protect themselves, after all. Shame on those who are tasked with helping the sick and would choose to put them at additional risk out of selfishness.
The House filed its response to Donald Trump's lawsuit trying to block the January 6 select committee from accessing over 700 pages of documents from his administration as the committee investigates the coup attempt. The national archivist has made it clear in broad terms that there are plenty of memos, notes, call logs, and the like related to the events of that terrible day. There's a national interest in preventing something like this from happening again. As always, Trump is counting on the U.S. Supreme Court to save him, or for the entire legal process to take long enough for Republicans to win back control of the House in the midterm elections, thus killing the committee. This obstruction of justice can not be allowed to stand.
Let's see if we've got this right: Donald Trump's new social website is using an open source code, but falsely claiming it owns said code, so now the license to use the code could be revoked in 30 days unless Trump makes things right. This platform could be dead in the water before it even gets started. Trump won't even care about that, as long as he's able to access the estimated $300 million that this scam was going to make available to him. That dimwit has never had the brainpower to successfully pull off one project without being shady. This is the leader of the Republican Party: A moron who doesn't care about anyone but himself. He isn't subtle about it, and yet the cult members still can't drink the Kool-Aid fast enough. It's like blindly following Biff Tanner.
BDH and Little Buddha think it's always helpful to have a list of things you can do to protect your privacy on your iPhone. You may not achieve 100% protection, but every little bit helps. The guys also just want to say again that we don't share any information you give us if you click on our "Donations" link or if you subscribe to Clutter by email. We're not looking to sell you out to anyone. We just want to make it as easy as possible for you to hang out with us, and also make sure we have enough coffee for you.
The 3-4 New England Patriots face the 4-2 Los Angeles Chargers on the road tomorrow afternoon. This looks to be a solid challenge for the Patriots, but we're feeling increasingly better about this team. They've shown they can hang in there with elite teams like Tampa Bay and Dallas, while blowing out awful teams like the Jets. The Chargers are good, but they're not great yet. They've got a rookie head coach, which is music to Bill Belichick's ears, and they're last in the league in run defense. On the flip side, they've got quarterback Justin Herbert and the 4th best pass defense in the NFL. What this says to us is that the way for New England to win is to control the game clock with runs and dink-and-dunk passes all day long. Fortunately, that's exactly what the Patriots do best. It says here New England improves to 4-4 and expectations for the season begin to rise.
There's just one day left until Doctor Who: Flux begins! We're trying so hard to keep our expectations reasonable, but you know how excited we get when the Doctor returns! There are only six episodes in Series 13, and the BBC is promising the "biggest adventure yet." Can you even do that in just six shows? Okay, we really have to take a deep breath. Give us a coherent and engaging story, that includes some resolution to the "Timeless Child" story and a well-lit TARDIS interior for once, and we'll call it a win. That's not too much to ask, is it? Guess we'll start to find out tomorrow! It's like Christmas in October!
(It's just sooooo hard to stay calm when Doctor Who season arrives!)
Ice Cube walked away from a $9 million paycheck because he refused to get vaccinated in order to star in a movie with Jack Black. Looks like the actor/rapper is about to pick up all sorts of MAGA fans, which seems awkward for both sides.
Jon Hamm will star as a detective in an animated series on Fox in 2023. Sure, we'll give Grimsburg a shot when the time comes. Why not?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Ozzy Osbourne and Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister co-wrote the song, "Hellraiser" for Ozzy's 1991 album, "No More Tears." Lemmy then recorded his own version the following year. A new remix of the two versions has just been released, and it comes with what can only be described as a batshit crazy video. Between the weather outside and the fact that tomorrow is Halloween, this seems like a fitting choice for today's, "Song of the Day."
That was just tremendous.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It's always a treat to hang out with you. Hold on, BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back later if you want to watch a movie with them. They'll let you pick which one, but maybe you could bring the popcorn? (Also, we're really not a scary movie kind of crowd, so even though it's almost Halloween, maybe you'd like to watch a comedy?) Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, 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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