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Sunday Clutter: Trump, SNL, Twitter, Netflix, Flu Season, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Logan Paul, Doctor Who, Aaron Carter, Robbie Williams, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  Did you remember to set your clocks back and check your smoke detectors?  BDH and Little Buddha changed our bedroom clock last night, so it looked like we went to bed even earlier than usual, but then we woke up at the "usual" time this morning.  That helps us minimize the disruption.  Those guys are so smart.  Of course, we're now looking at a 4:30 sunset this afternoon, which is not exciting, but we'll deal with that later.

In the meantime, the guys say the highs are still supposed to be in the 70's today, so it looks like we'll be able to sneak in a November bike ride before the Patriots game this afternoon.  These temperatures can't be good on a global warming front.  However, after getting our first taste of the new natural gas prices on our latest heating bill, we won't complain.  Now, let's get to work.  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 Sunday Clutter.

Donald Trump will reportedly announce his 2024 presidential bid as early as the week of November 14.  Mind you, Trump isn't looking for a second term because he has some fantastic vision for the country.  He needs it so he can go back to hiding in the White House from the long list of prosecutions against him. We can see the bumper stickers now:  "Trump 2024: Don't Send me to Prison."  Only a morally bankrupt political party would allow themselves to be led like lemmings by the head of a global criminal enterprise.

Donald Trump November 6 2022Donald Trump's only concern is himself.  (pic via wesa.fm)

This week's SNL cold open showed President Biden making some changes before this Tuesday's mid-term elections:

Let's stick with SNL for one more moment and watch host Amy Schumer's opening monologue, including her thoughts on Kanye West:

People are looking for new social media options as new Twitter owner Elon Musk sets that platform on fire.  We've seen a number of folks mention Mastodon.  However, reading this description of it, we'll continue looking for alternatives if the time comes that we decide to bail on Twitter.  Of course, many will argue that the less time one spends on social media, the better it is for your mental health, so that's always a possibility.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted that he's to blame for the company's recent firings, because he grew Twitter too quickly.  How much do you think Elon Musk paid Dorsey to try to take some of the heat for Musk's own incompetence?

Going by this review, Netflix with ads is a mess on multiple fronts and not worth the lower monthly subscription fee.  Are there any streaming services you folks love?  We'll have to get Disney+ eventually because it will be Doctor Who's new home, and there are some MCU shows and movies we'd like to finally watch.  Other than that, none of the options feel great.  They're just...there.  Are we missing something?  Drop us a line at info@clearingouttheclutter.com if you think there's something else we need to explore.

No one won the Powerball again last night, so now Monday's jackpot is expected to reach $1.9 billion.  If we did the math right, the lump sum after taxes is somewhere around $600-$700 million.  That's a fair bit of pocket change.  Good luck, folks, and don't forget, we are always accepting contributions for our coffee budget. 

Friends, just a reminder that high-sugar foods can be bad for your heart, so try to minimize your consumption of them as much as possible.  Our crew wants you to stay with us for a long time to come.

Officials say there have already been 1,600,000 cases of lab-confirmed influenza illness in the United States this fall, and we haven't even come close to the heart of flu season yet.  13,000 people have been hospitalized (the highest number in a decade), and there have been 730 flu-related deaths nationally, according to the CDC.  Folks, please get your flu shots, and your boosters while you're at it.  You can get them at the same time, and it only takes a couple of minutes. 

Nike is bailing out of its 11-year relationship with Kyrie Irving after the Brooklyn Nets suspended the star for refusing to say he's not anti-Semitic. 

The New England Patriots play the Indianapolis Colts at home this afternoon.  "Brady v. Manning" this is not, as New England's Mac Jones faces Indy's rookie quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who is making his second career NFL start.  The Colts are a mess, with the 30th ranked offense in the NFL.  The Patriots are missing center David Andrews and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who are both in concussion protocol, and the team has been wildly inconsistent (see the loss against the Chicago Bears.)  However, there should still be enough of a gap between the two teams for New England to improve to 5-4 on the season as they head into their bye week.

The Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 to win the 2022 World Series last night.  The best we can say about this is, congratulations to former Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez on getting another ring to go with the one he won with Boston in 2018. 

Now that the World Series is over, the clock is ticking on some major decisions for the Red Sox.  Like we said before, we'd like to see the team bring back Xander Bogaerts, Michael Wacha, and Rich Hill.  Sox boss Chaim Bloom has a busy winter ahead of him, because the team needs help everywhere you look.

The Boston Bruins are off to a fantastic 10-2 start this year, and that's quickly being forgotten because the team signed a garbage 20-year-old defenseman named Mitchell Miller to a three-year contract:

"Miller became a pariah in the hockey community soon after the Arizona Coyotes made him the 111th pick in the 2020 draft. Local reporting found that Miller years earlier in Ohio joined in the disgusting, persistent hazing of a Black classmate who had developmental disabilities. Miller, then 14, pleaded guilty to one count of assault and one count of violation of the Ohio Safe Schools Act. Per the reporting at the time, Miller coerced the victim, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, into licking a candy push pop plucked from a urinal."

By all accounts, Miller has shown little to no remorse for his horrific actions in in the years since this abuse.  Why on earth would Bruins management want to give him this opportunity, and how for the love of god did they not see how terribly this decision would be seen by the public?  How tone-deaf do you have to be to miss that?  Cam Neely and Don Sweeney should be fired for this appalling lapse in judgement.   The whole thing may be moot, because NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Miller hasn't been cleared to play in the league, and that approval may never happen. 

Logan Paul apparently wrecked his right knee in his WWE match with Roman Reigns yesterday.  Of course, you always have to wonder if you're being played by a story like this when it comes to professional wrestling, but if it's true, we wish Paul a full and speedy recovery.  The former YouTube star has now had three pro wrestling matches, and he's been widely praised for all of them.  We saw his performance at this year's Wrestlemania, and it was impressive.  Paul can execute the physicality, and he also understands the showmanship aspect.  The guy seems to be doing a little bit of everything right now, but he could be a legit wrestling star if he ever decides he wants to do it full-time.

Benedict Cumberbatch admits it's hard to find an emotional center for MCU movies, because those characters don't have time to dive deeply into anything when the world around them is constantly in danger.

New Doctor Who companion Yasmin Finney said her role on the show will "change the world."  The transgender actress will reportedly appear in next year's 60th anniversary specials, and then we'll see if she's sticking around after that.  It definitely feels like Doctor Who is about to enter a new era, and we're excited to see it begin in 2023.

We're sorry to hear that former teen pop star Aaron Carter was found dead yesterday at just 34 years old.  No details have been released about his death yet.  After finally finishing Jennette McCurdy's new book, I'm Glad My Mom Died, we have a whole new sense of how difficult it is to be a child star, to be that young and vulnerable in a field where most of the adults don't seem to care about you one iota.  Our condolences go out to Carter's family and friends.

Keyboardist Jesse Harms recently discussed what it was like to work with both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar in the 1980's.  Long story short, it doesn't sound like fun.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Robbie Williams (looking a little bit like Morrissey) to close things out with, "Lost" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great 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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