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Friday Clutter: Trump, Police Won't Report, Starbucks Union, Julian Assange, New Eye Drops, CBD, Psycho Cats, Eddie Van Halen, Run DMC, and more

Hi folks,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  What's on tap for the weekend?  There's no New England Patriots game. and no new Doctor Who episode, so we'll have to come up with a new plan.  Well, we could do some more Christmas shopping.   Of course, we'll also be celebrating the fact that the sunsets are now getting later.  Of course, they'll only initially be about three seconds later than they were yesterday, but at least we're moving in the right direction.  Alright, it looks like we've got that covered, so let's get to work.  BDH and Little Buddha made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

A federal appeals court panel yesterday rejected Donald Trump's attempts to keep documents from his administration from being turned over to the House select committee investigating the January 6 coup attempt. The court found that the documents serve a vital public interest, the Biden administration used sound judgment in allowing them to be released, and that Trump didn't prove any harm to the country that would result if the committee received the paperwork. 

Of course, Donald Trump has always been banking on the U.S. Supreme Court to save him, whether it's by blocking the paperwork transfer, or taking so long to make a decision that the clock runs out on the committee.  His legal arguments have been shot down at every turn in this process, and a Supreme Court that has any respect for the law would quickly come to the same result.  However, as we've seen, the majority of this court is filled by partisan hacks with no interest in preserving democracy.  Assuming Chief Justice John Roberts sides with the liberal bloc, that's still a likely 5-4 decision to save Trump, unless one of his appointments does a 180 and puts the law before the man.

Donald Trump December 10 2021Traitors must be held accountable for their actions.  (pic via pressherald.com)

Meanwhile, the January 6 House select committee has reportedly scheduled a contempt vote against former White House chief of of staff Mark Meadows for December 13.

The FBI launched a National Use-of-Force Data Collection project in 2019 to track trends in police departments across the country.  However, data submission is voluntary, and it turns out the police don't want to release the information.  Who could have seen this coming?  Their ability to abuse the law depends to some degree on their ability to hide their actions from the public.

Congratulations to the Starbucks workers in Buffalo, New York, who successfully organized a union yesterday.  That makes them the first unionized Starbucks store in the country.  It's only one out of 9,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S., but the company put a lot of effort into trying to defeat the effort.  That shows you how frightened management is by the idea of their workers having a collective voice.  We'll see if this victory inspires a wave of similar efforts, both in other Starbucks locations, as well as other food industry companies.

There's no doubt inflation has hit the economy hard in 2021.  Prices had their highest increase since 1982 this year, thanks to a variety of factors.  The good news is that economists still seem hopeful that we have reached the worst of it, and that things will improve in 2022, as supply chain issues are resolved, and federal stimulus is gradually withdrawn.  We're still holding out hope that by this time next year, interest rates will be high enough that our savings account earns enough each month to pay for one cup of coffee. 

The U.K. High Court said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be allowed to be extradited to the U.S. to face spying charges, thus overruling a lower court.  The British government has to make the final decision, but the High Court declared that U.S. promises regarding protections for Assange's mental health should be taken at face value, and this the process should go forward.  Regardless of how one feels about Assange, the notion of accepting any promises made by the U.S. courts regarding mental health is a naive call. This feels like they're setting him up for a prison cell "suicide."

It's interesting to hear that the FDA just approved an eye drop which temporarily improves age-related blurry up-close vision.  The drops are a remarkable scientific accomplishment.  However, spending $80 a month because you're too vain about wearing reading glasses doesn't seem like a terrific use of money.  That ends up being roughly twice as much annually as a nice pair of frames and lenses.  Accepting aging and having more money for other things feels like a better call.

This may be the first time we've seen a review of/ad for CBD joints.  They don't get you high, but they have the same relaxing effect as other CBD products.  We've never been big smokers, so we'll be sticking with gummies and tinctures, but if the joints help people who prefer to have a puff of something, that's fine.  It's all about having options.

On a related note, this is an unpaid endorsement (unless the companies want to do something about that), but if you're looking for CBD products, we give a thumbs-up to American Shaman CBD and Clearly Balanced Days.  (If you do end up ordering something from them, maybe tell them we sent you, and that you think we should get a reward for it.)

People like to make jokes all time time about cats being psychopaths, but now scientists in the U.K. have created a survey to figure out just how psycho your cat really is, if you're brave enough to measure it.  We did a quick eyeball of the questions to get a sense of where Dad Clutter's cat would land in the rankings.  He's clearly a good boy who just wants treats and the occasional petting.  (The cat, not Dad Clutter.)  No danger there.

We watched a little bit of the Minnesota Vikings 36-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last night.  It was just long enough to see Pittsburgh wide receiver Chase Claypool draw a blatant taunting penalty right in front of the referee.  That was apparently just the start for Claypool, however, as he ended up wasting critical time to celebrate during Pittsburgh's final drive.  That's a shame.  Not the smartest game for the young player, but anything that pushes Ben Roethlisberger closer to irrelevancy this year is fine with us.

Sorry to hear former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died at home last night.  Thomas, who was also a member of the New England Patriots in 2019, was only 33 years old.  Officials are saying they believe he died from some type of seizure.  Whatever the cause, that's far too young.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

And Just Like That wasted no time confirming Samantha Jones' status in the series premiere.  We doubt Kim Cattrall will be back anytime soon, but at least they left the door open.

Funko Pop figures aren't really our thing, although we occasionally think about getting a Doctor Who version.  However, we're really tempted to order the new Eddie Van Halen figure that will be out early next year.  BDH and Little Buddha think it would be a fun addition to the office, so we'll see.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's kick off the holiday season around here by having Run DMC close things out with, "Christmas in Hollis" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for dropping by, friends.  It's always a treat to hang out with you.  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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