Monday Clutter: Trump, Mike Pence, Flu Season, Wall Street, Meta Layoffs, Apple Privacy, NFL Notes, Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever, Daniel Craig, Carmen Electra, Night Ranger, and more
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Tuesday Clutter: Governor-elect Katie Hobbs, Trump, Pandemic, Amazon Layoffs, Apple, NFL Notes, Shaq, Olivia Coleman, Doctor Who, Jay Leno, Whitesnake, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  Our week got off to quite the start yesterday.  Everything was fine right after we left you folks, but it all took a sharp turn when I discovered that our water heater died.  The basement was a bit of a mess, but thankfully I learned about the problem relatively quickly, so the damage is minimal.  The plumber is coming with the replacement heater this morning, which means BDH and Little Buddha had to re-organize today's to-do list.  Not sure if we'll still make it to the bookstore to check out the new releases, but here's hoping.

In the meantime, let's check out the headlines while we wait for the plumber to arrive.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

It's another huge win for U.S. democracy:  Katie Hobbs won Arizona's gubernatorial race, beating election denier Kari Lake. That's both a flipped seat and one more key state the MAGA mob will have a harder time trying to steal again in the next presidential election.  No matter how the U.S. House turns out, voters, particularly young ones, sent a strong message last week.  They're tired of the assault on women, the transgender community, and voting rights.  We trust the GOP will fail to take any of this to heart, and they will set themselves up for another fall in 2024.

Katie Hobbs November 15 2022Congratulations to Governor-elect Katie Hobbs.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Speaking of trying to steal elections:  Donald Trump is still expected to announce his third presidential run today, even as his value in the GOP continues to decline after last week's disastrous results.  Assuming Trump goes through with it, will this stop his slide, or are Republicans finally ready to move on from their biggest loser?  Rupert Murdoch has already jumped ship and chosen Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as his preferred candidate.  Trump wants the legal protection that comes with hiding in the White House, but this is also one more chance to scam his followers for even more money.

Friends, we know no one wants to talk about this - we don't really want to do it either, but there's no getting around the fact that the pandemic is still happening.  Deaths are down, but hundreds of people are still dying every day in this country because of COVID.  Please get your shots and boosters (and your flu shots too, while you're at it.)  We want to continue hanging out with all of you for a long time to come.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she expects inflation to be down at the usual levels within the "next couple of years," so schedule that party for 2024.  Actually, that would be perfect timing for Democrats.

The layoffs keep coming:  Meta and Twitter have both announced them recently, and now Amazon is reportedly preparing to cut about 10,000 employees, perhaps as soon as this week.  Meanwhile, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just pledged to give away most of his $124 billion fortune during his lifetime.  Maybe he could start by helping his soon-to-be ex-employees. 

Apple's mixed-reality headset is rumored to be just a few months away from reaching consumers.  According to the linked article, the device is expected to cost $2000-$3000.  We're out, but we look forward to hearing whether this is a more interesting experience than Facebook's disaster of a VR program.

The Department of Transportation is ordering six airlines to pay $600 million in refunds to passengers whose flights were cancelled.  Having your flight scrapped is irritating enough, getting your money back shouldn't also be a hassle.  Good for the Biden administration for taking this action.

We weren't expecting the Philadelphia Eagles to go 17-0 this year.  However, it was surprising to see that the Washington Commanders beat them 32-21 last night to end their undefeated streak.  Now we'll find out if this year's team is tough enough to put that behind them and continue their dominance in the NFC even after a loss.

Apparently Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels' job is safe for now, despite the fact that his team is 2-7 and just lost to the Indianapolis Colts who were led by Jeff Saturday, a guy who never coached at any level before last week.  Raiders owner Mark Davis said he'll be patient with McDaniels, but you have to wonder how much of that patience is really Davis saying, "I don't want to eat the last three years of this guy's contract."

Boston Globe sports media columnist Chad Finn just ranked this year's NFL announcing teams.  We'd say his analysis is pretty spot-on, but what do you think?

There's a four-part documentary about the legendary Shaquille O'Neal coming to HBO Max, starting next week.  You have to think they'll spend most of the time talking about his one season with the Boston Celtics, right?  Not sure we'd watch the whole thing, but the trailer makes it sound like this could be an entertaining ride:

We would say we understand about 70% of what's happening in the MCU these days.  However, Den of Geek just explained something we missed about how Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever ties into Phase 5 of the Marvel universe.

The terrific Olivia Coleman stars in a new movie called, Empire of Light.  When you add in Colin Firth and Toby Jones, how can we say no?  Apparently this will only be in theaters next month, so we'll have to find out if the local indie place will have it.  For now, check out the trailer:

A civil jury decided that director Paul Haggis must pay a total of $10 million to a woman who accused him of raping her in 2013.  Haggis of course said the encounter was consensual, but the jury didn't buy it.  Haggis also claimed he wouldn't be able to pay the damages levied against him, but the jury didn't believe that one either.

While most Doctor Who fans knew Jodie Whittaker would regenerate into David Tennant in her final episode, they were confused about why Tennant's Doctor was wearing a different outfit.  (The new Doctor is usually still wearing his/her predecessor's clothes right after the change, and then they eventually find their own wardrobe.)  We thought/hoped the break from the usual routine was some kind of clue about why the 14th Doctor looks just like his 10th incarnation.  It turns out that the answer is depressing:  New/returning boss Russell T. Davies didn't want Tennant wearing Whittaker's outfit, because he thinks it would have led to bigoted attacks about gay people and cross-dressing. 

We'd argue that the 13th Doctor's outfit was pretty asexual, but unfortunately, Davies has every reason to be concerned.  The British press is terrible about those kinds of issues, and we've spent the last five years reading ugly sexist (and now racist/homophobic) comments online from "fans."  Being any of those things runs contrary to the show, so these people have completely missed the point.  However, we understand it's RTD's job to figure out how to best handle them.  We still wish it had something to do with the return of the familiar face, though.

Sorry to hear the awful news about Jay Leno, who was burned on his hands and face when one of his cars burst into flames while he was working on it over the weekend.  A hospital spokesperson told CNN the comedian was in stable condition, which is good.  We hope Leno has a full and speedy recovery.

We're saddened to hear that John Aniston died last week at age 89.  The actor was best known for his longtime role on Days of Our Lives, as well as being Jennifer Aniston's father.  Our condolences go out to the actress, as well as the rest of Aniston's family, friends, and fans.

In case there was any question, Candace Cameron Bure is still just as homophobic as her brother Kurt.

Pink announced she's going on tour next summer, and her schedule includes a show at Fenway Park on July 31.  That's gotta be a fun show.  We'll have to keep an eye out for tickets.

Foreigner is going on a farewell tour next year, but is it really even "Foreigner" at this point?  Mick Jones is the only original band member left, and even he hasn't consistently performed with the group for years.  This sounds more like a brand being retired than anything else.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We're still having fun with the Sirius XM "Hair Nation" playlist, so here's Whitesnake to close things out with a favorite of ours from the junior high school years.  We give you, "Children of the Night" 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, always be ready to rock, 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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