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Wednesday Clutter: Judge Jackson, Coronavirus, SEC v. Elon Musk, Instagram, YouTube, Boston Red Sox, Baker Mayfield, Hugh Grant, Linkin Park, and more

Hi folks,

How is your week going so far?  I struck out again at the bookstore yesterday.  There was one new release that I first thought might be a fun read for BDH and Little Buddha.  However, after skimming a few pages, I decided the guys would probably end up disappointed with it, so that was a pass.  Looks like we'll just have to stay busy watching some Red Sox spring training games for now, which is fine.  Hopefully we'll get to check out new addition Trevor Story soon.  Anyway, that's the story on this end.  Ready to go through 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.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson spent part of the second day of her Senate confirmation hearing defending herself against the ridiculous accusation that she has been lenient on child porn offenders.  Judge Jackson's record shows this is a misleading attack from the likes of Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), a man known for his support of the January 6 2020 coup attempt.  Senator Hawley knows that Judge Jackson is well-qualified to be on the Supreme Court, and that Republicans can't stop her confirmation.  Thus, the plan is to try to tarnish her reputation in the process with QAnon-level conspiracy theories.  The GOP is a disgrace.

To be fair, now all Senate Republicans focused on pedophilia:  For instance, Ted Cruz wanted to know if Judge Jackson agrees that "all babies are racist."   Imagine being as respected as Judge Jackson is in legal circles and having to deal with fools like this.  This is not a serious political party.  It's a bunch of soulless right-wingers who will happily pander to the most extreme end of the political spectrum in the pursuit of personal glory.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson March 22 2022Judge Jackson has handled ridiculous questions well.  (pic via stltrib.com)

Senator Mike Braun (R-Indiana) thinks the Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage, saying it should have been left to the states to decide.  Senator Braun tried to walk back his comments a few hours later, but it's clear he understood the question.  We will go out on a limb and predict Senator Braun won't vote to confirm Judge Jackson.

It's here:  The CDC says the new Omicron sub-variant already accounts for over half of new coronavirus cases in New England.  Of course this is happening right as everyone seems to be dropping all mask requirements, and questions are growing about the need for another booster shot. 

Meanwhile, a new study suggests that people who get a coronavirus infection are more likely to develop diabetes.  According to the linked article, the increased risk cuts across all groups, including race, gender, age, and even people who weren't previously vulnerable to getting the condition. 

The SEC told a judge that Tesla boss Elon Musk may not be living up to his end of a 2018 civil settlement regarding his tweeting, and he shouldn't be allowed to get out of the deal.  Musk has complained the agency is targeting him.  As far as we can tell (from a non-lawyer perspective, mind you), he's presented no valid reason why he should be able to walk away from his legal obligation to have company attorneys vet his tweets before he sends them.

BuzzFeed shareholders are reportedly pushing for the company's entire news division to be closed.  Don't worry, Clutterheads, we won't have a similar situation here.  Our staff loves hanging out with you every day, and no one is going to tell us to stop.

Instagram will allow all U.S. users to tag products in posts, starting today.   That means you'll be able to buy what your friends highlight with just one click.   According to the linked article, it doesn't sound like folks will get a piece of the pie for any purchases made via their posts, but there seems to be some sort of commission program in the works.  Do you think you'll buy anything this way?

YouTube announced it will be adding 4,000 free television programs to its platform, as the company rushes to catch up to other streaming providers.  Do any of you watch movies on YouTube?  Our understanding is that YouTube TV is a deteriorating service, but do you watch features for free on the website?  We may have to explore that a bit.

Senator Bernie Sanders filed legislation yesterday to remove Major League Baseball's anti-trust exemption.  Works for us.  The billionaires who run the sport have demonstrated time and time again that they don't care about fans, and they're happy to cannibalize their own product to become even richer.  Why should they have this legal protection?

It's good to hear that the Boston Red Sox and Rafael Devers agreed to an $11.2 million contract for this year.  It would be even better if the team signed their third baseman to a contract extension now and removed the possibility of him becoming a free agent after the 2023 season.  The 25-year-old Devers should be a long-term fixture in Boston.  However, the last player we said that about was Mookie Betts. 

CBSSports.com ranked all of the AFC teams, and we hate to say it, but the New England Patriots are in the right spot on the list.  Of course there's still a long time to go before the start of the new season.  However, as of right now, Bill Belichick and company are looking up at a whole lot of teams.  Will this end up being another bridge year?

Putting our disgust over the Cleveland Browns trading for Deshaun Watson to the side for a minute, where will soon-t0-be-former Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield play next year?  It doesn't sound like there's a high demand for him, but that could be partly driven by the fact that the Browns would have no leverage in a deal.  Our sense is that Mayfield is a competent quarterback at best, but you'd think he'd be motivated as hell to prove his worth with a new team.  If said team gets the Browns to eat most of Mayfield's $18.85 million contract, he could end up being one of the bigger bargains this fall.

We're always up for a good blooper reel, so let's check out this clip from the new Netflix movie, The Adam Project:

And Just Like That has been renewed for a second season by HBO Max.  How do we all feel about this?  Yay?  Boo?  Whatever?  It feels like we knew a lot of people who watched Sex and the City back in the day, but we haven't really heard anyone talking about the return of Carrie Bradshaw and friends.

Hugh Grant tweeted that he is not in talks to succeed departing Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, despite recent rumors to the contrary.  As we wrote before, we have all the confidence in the world that returning showrunner Russell T. Davies will make the right casting call about the 14th Doctor.  However, Grant doesn't feel like the right fit.  He might have worked in the role when the show first came back, but the next Time Lord needs a fresh face.

Congratulations to Amanda Bynes, whose nine-year-long conservatorship was finally ended by the courts yesterday.  We wish the former actress the best of luck with her future.

Not only has Linkin Park's, "Numb" surpassed one billion views on Spotify, it's the band's second song to reach that mark.  (The first was "In the End.")  That kind of lasting connection with an audience is amazing.

Cheers as well to Wolf Van Halen for winning "Best New Rock Artist" at last night's iHeartRadio Music Awards.  It's a well-deserved honor for the talented musician.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Linkin Park close things out with the amazingly popular, "Numb" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Yeah, that still hits.  It's such a tragedy we lost Chester Bennington prematurely.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say there are no new "One Chicago" episodes tonight, but you're still welcome to come back later and see what else is on TV with them if you like.  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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