Tuesday Clutter: Coronavirus Deaths, Buffalo Shooter, Supreme Courts Backs the Rich, Boston Red Sox, Sean Payton, WWE Notes, Doctor Who, Taylor Hawkins, Kendrick Lamar, and more
How are you? Our crew is doing fine, thank you for asking. We've got our fingers crossed that I can find a new release at the bookstore today. Spent a good portion of yesterday waiting for the potentially-severe thunderstorms to arrive. My primary concern was that I didn't want to get caught driving back from Dad Clutter's house in the middle of it, because that road is a real drag when the weather isn't great.
The rain finally arrived around 7:00 in the evening. It was nothing real serious - just a good soaking. It took out a few tulips, but a number of them are still standing, which is great. What makes things even better now is that BDH and Little Buddha say the coffee's ready. Grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.
A new study says at least 318,000 U.S. coronavirus-related deaths between January 2021 and April 2022 could have been prevented if people had just gotten vaccinated. What a senseless loss of life. We understand that access issues may have been involved for some of those folks. However, for the rest of them, they were brainwashed by the likes of Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, and others who downplayed the seriousness of this pandemic (while of course getting their own shots.) These people decided that they needed to "own the libs" instead of simply trusting science, and they paid for it with their lives.
So many lives could have been saved. (pic via abcnews.go.com)
FYI - the Biden administration is making free home coronavirus testing kits available again. All you have to do is visit COVIDtests.gov and enter in your mailing address. We just ordered ours, since coronavirus numbers continue to increase again across the country.
The Buffalo shooter's online footprint shows just how much work he put into targeting Black people before last weekend's attack, and that he had additional targets in mind if he made it out of that supermarket. This tragedy highlights our nation's addiction to guns, but more than that, this is about racism. This is the white supremacy that the GOP touts on a daily basis, bombarding the country with messages of fear that lead to horrific situations like this one.
The U.S. Supreme Court sided 6-3 with Senator Ted Cruz in a ruling that says a political supporter can repay a politician's campaign loan to themselves after an election. The conservatives in the majority say the 20 year-old law barring this kind of corruption is a violation of the 1st Amendment, while the liberal justices disagreed. We're just shocked to hear that this court would issue a ruling supporting the wealthy in this country. Who could have seen that coming?
It sure sounds like Elon Musk wants out of his deal to buy Twitter: Musk claimed in a tweet that spam/bot accounts actually make up 20% of Twitter's total users, not the less than 5% the company has claimed. The world's richest man offered no proof for his opinion, but he said the deal "cannot move forward" until he sees more information about this issue. In the meantime, will Twitter just sit back while Musk repeatedly breaks their non-disclosure agreements and talks trash about the social media giant?
The Clutter investment team is still watching as the clouds remain over Wall Street. It doesn't look like things will change anytime soon, and the team doesn't believe in trying to time the market. Our staff doesn't know when the selling mania will end, but they have made one change to the portfolio. They've been doing automatic weekly investments for years. (It may actually be decades at this point.) It's a fixed modest amount in targeted mutual funds, and it's an easy way to buy stocks while not focusing on the headlines.
The amount of stock purchased goes down as prices rise, but then you get the opposite result in situations like we have at the moment. After seeing the S&P 500 near bear market levels, the team just slightly increased the amount of the investment. They'll buy more all the way down to the bottom (wherever that is), and then their patience will hopefully be rewarded when prices rebound down the road. You can do these automatic purchases for pretty low dollar amounts, so it's something to consider.
The Boston Red Sox started their homestand on the right note: The Sox beat the Houston Astros 6-3 last night, thanks to J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts driving in three runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to break the tie. This is yet another reminder for Red Sox management that there's still time to present the shortstop with a legitimate contract extension offer. Bogaerts is a leader on and off the field. He's done right by the Red Sox since day one, and they should do right by him. Learn from the mistakes that were made with players like Jon Lester and Mookie Betts, and do what it takes to keep Xander in a Boston uniform for the rest of his career. Next up, Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for Boston against Houston tonight.
A woman was granted an emergency restraining order against former NBA guard Rajon Rondo yesterday after he allegedly pointed a gun at her and her children during an argument.
Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has reportedly signed a deal with Fox to be an in-studio analyst next season. It's likely this is just a temporary gig, as rumors continue to swirl that Payton will eventually become the next Dallas Cowboys coach. How much weight to do you put in pre-game shows? Does it matter to you who sits around those desks? That stuff is usually just white noise in the background for us until the New England Patriots game begins.
It's interesting to hear that WWE wrestlers Sasha Banks and Naomi apparently walked out of last night's Monday Night Raw because they were unhappy about their roles in the main event. You always have to wonder if things like this are part of the show, but it appears this was a real dispute. If that's the case, good for the women for sticking up for themselves, particularly Naomi, who hasn't made as much money so far in her career as Banks. It takes a lot of courage to do that in an industry (and particularly that company) where wrestlers are generally expected to shut up and do as they're told.
Meanwhile, pro wrestling legend "Nature Boy" Ric Flair is apparently training for one "final" match on July 31. This is sad. The 73-year-old Flair hasn't had a match in 11 years, and he's had major health issues since then. Don't know if he's doing this because he needs the money, the adrenaline rush, or something else, but no good can come out of this.
The Doctor Who casting stories just keep coming! So far we've had Ncuti Gatwa revealed as the new Doctor, and the announcement that David Tennant and Catherine Tate are returning for the 6oth anniversary special in 2023. Now comes news that actress Yasmin Finney is also joining the 60th anniversary special, where she'll play a character named "Rose." Now, who is this "Rose?" Is she Rose Tyler from an alternate universe? Did Tate's Donna Noble have a daughter that she named after Ms. Tyler? Is she someone entirely different? No idea, but we can't wait to find out the answer next year.
The first trailer for Season 3 of The Boys is finally here! Let's take a look at Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy and see what else is coming:
The insanity begins on Amazon Prime Video on June 3. Can't wait!
Rolling Stone has an extensive profile of late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. While the headline says it's about his "Last Days as a Foo Fighter," it's more of a career retrospective. The saddest part of the piece is that friends, including Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, are quoted as saying Hawkins was tired of the band's non-stop touring schedule and that he felt like he wouldn't be able to keep it up for much longer.
Mark your calendars: Sharon Osbourne said Ozzy's new album will be out in September.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's Kendrick Lamar to close things out with, "N95" for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was a treat to see you, as always. 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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