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Wednesday Clutter: Steve Bannon, Biden Budget, Facebook, Instagram, Boston Red Sox, Doctor Who, Nicole Kidman, Larry David, Duran Duran, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  What's new?  The good news here is that I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to the bookstore yesterday.  The bad news is that I couldn't find anything in the new releases for BDH and Little Buddha to read.  However, the guys just reminded me that they put down a book a couple of weeks ago, so maybe they should revisit that one.  We'll give that a shot for a few chapters and see how it goes.  Oh, and the repairman took care of everything.  He came right at the start of the appointment window, which is always nice.  I was fully expecting to wait two hours for him.  That's the latest from our crew at the moment - let's check out the headlines.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

The House select committee investigating the January 6 coup attempt unanimously voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt last night.  Bannon is defying a lawful subpoena from the committee to testify about what he knows about the events of that day, and he must be held responsible.  The committee's recommendation now goes to the full House for a vote tomorrow.  Assuming the House approves it, the next step will be a referral to the Department of Justice.  Attorney General Merrick Garland must not allow Bannon and the rest of the MAGA crime syndicate to continue acting like they're above the law.  Donald Trump can't pardon any of his cronies now, so let them sit in a jail cell if they won't cooperate.

Steve Bannon October 20 2021Throw the book at him.  (pic via nbcnews.com)

President Biden and Democrats are now reportedly working on a $2 trillion version of Biden's budget plan in order to try to get something across the finish line.  Tuition-free community college and a strong environmental program appear to be the biggest cuts, with the latter being the bribe paid to Senator Joe Manchin to try to get his support for the bill.  With "Democrats" like Manchin, there's no need for Republicans. 

Coronavirus vaccine booster shots may soon be recommended for anyone over age 40, according to reports.  They're currently limited to older folks, those with certain underlying health issues, and those who work in risky jobs.  Get vaccinated, get your booster (if you're eligible), don't forget your flu shot, and let's all stay healthy this winter, friends.  BDH and Little Buddha love hanging out with you, and they want all of you to stay with us for the long haul.

Senate Republicans are expected to once again block a voting protection bill today, and Senate Democrats are expected to once again be reminded that if they don't abolish the filibuster, conservatives will continue their war on voting without pause.  This isn't something that will be fixed just by voter organizing, particularly if voters feel discouraged by the Democrats' cowardliness on this issue after being given control of the White House and Congress. 

Call this less than surprising:  A new Gallup poll says the majority of women in the U.S. are dissatisfied with how women are treated in this country, but a majority of men think everything is fine.

What's that?  Facebook is going away next week?  Hold on, the company is just reportedly changing its name to draw attention away from all of its problems re: social media, and instead get people to focus on the metaverse.  It seems like Mark Zuckerberg's plan has been to make the real world as awful as possible so people will want to run away and hide in a virtual/augmented reality. 

Meanwhile, Facebook-owned-Instagram will finally allow people to post pictures from their desktops instead of the app.  Don't know why that took so long, but the feature is expected to be available everywhere by the end of this week. 

The Boston Red Sox had a chance to go up 3-1 in the ALCS last night, but they ended up losing 9-2 to the Houston Astros instead.  Boston's bats were finally kept in check by Houston's pitchers, but the Sox still had a 2-1 lead at the beginning of the 8th inning.  Astros second baseman José Altuve quickly tied things up with a monster home run to start the inning.  Boston seemed to complete the 9th inning without incident, but home plate umpire Laz Diaz (who had an awful strike zone all night) blew a call that kept the Astros alive.  They took advantage of the reprieve by scoring seven runs, and now the series is tied at 2-2. 

It's amazing how quickly the tone can change.  All of a sudden, the pressure is back on the Boston offense to have a good day today, and fans have to hope Chris Sale can piece together a decent outing.  Three plus innings, with no more than three runs allowed, feels like it would be a win.  At least the first pitch is at 5:08, so the game should be over before midnight.

The New York Yankees signed manager Aaron Boone to a three-year contract extension (with an option for a fourth year) yesterday.  Boone has been in charge of the team for four years.  He has an impressive lifetime record of 328-218, but the Yankees haven't been to the World Series since 2009, so we see some fans on social media are less than thrilled about the deal.  That's a shame. 

Doctor Who's return is just 11 days away, and the speculation is running wild about Jodie Whittaker's final series as the Doctor.  It seems likely that an alternate dimension plays a strong role in the upcoming adventure, and we're intrigued by this theory about how that could impact the "Timeless Child" storyline.  What if the past is the future?  That's one of the beauties of the show - it can go in any direction.  It just needs some strong storytelling to get there.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos is trying to do some damage control, as many of his employees prepare for a walkout today over Dave Chappelle's new stand-up special, and Sarandos' tone-deaf response to their concerns.  Sarandos said he "screwed up" by not acknowledging the pain these folks feel about Chappelle's transphobic jokes, but it sounds like that's as far as his regret goes.  It doesn't seem like this is going away anytime soon.

We're not sure how Nicole Kidman got the role of Lucille Ball, but this trailer for Being the Ricardos is intriguing, and we're in for learning more about the comedy icon and her husband Desi Arnaz (played by Javier Bardem.)  It also helps that the movie will be available on Amazon Prime Video on December 21:

After reading these hints about what's to come in the newest season of Curb Your Enthusiasm (which starts on Sunday), we're even more excited to have Larry David return in all of his anti-social glory.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Duran Duran has a new tune out, so let's see what the 80's legends are up to this time.  Here they are with, "Anniversary" for today's, "Song of the Day."

How many famous "friends" did you spot in that clip?

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome back later if you want to watch the Red Sox game with them.  We all have a much better chance of staying awake until the end, thanks to the earlier start time.  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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