IT'S FRIDAY THE 13TH, ARE YOU STAYING IN BED TODAY? I sort of love superstitions and participate in a few on a regular basis (I always throw salt over my shoulder after I spill it). I am not especially afraid of today, but I know a few who are. Let me hear your superstitions today! Here's a handy article to help you figure out how many Friday the 13th you didn't die on before now.
WE ARE DOING SOMETHING SO BIG ON MONDAY I CAN'T WAIT TO TELL YOU! So I'm going to tell you today how you can win a vacation with me to Europe! For real.
HOW READY IS THE US MILITARY? The Heritage Foundation does an annual report on our military readiness and strength levels. In this uncertain world we live in, it's nice to have an idea of how well we can respond to challenges. Read the Executive Summary here. I'll talk with Thomas Spoehr about the report today at 3 about what it all means.
I CAN'T STOP READING ABOUT THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN FALLOUT Because actresses and models are racing out of the woodwork to share their stories about being groped or told they would like a producer's private parts or whatever. Hollywood, because of it's "look at me, look at me" attitude will likely continue this path for a long time. What's odd is none of these actresses seeking to be heard now seems to realize that though they were victimized, their ongoing silence in pursuit of a job is a huge part of the problem. But at least the cat is out of the bag now. I'm just waiting for the Harvey Weinstein biopic. Which will never happen. Why can't I stop? Because things like this keep surfacing.
EXCHANGE THE WORD SOMEONE WITH CHILDREN AND PEOPLE MAY ACTUALLY GET UPSET A new part of the Weinstein story that is so bad I have a hard time believing it is Harvey Weinstein's contract with The Weinstein Company. It apparently says:
If Weinstein "treated someone improperly in violation of the company's Code of Conduct," he must reimburse TWC for settlements or judgments. Additionally, "You [Weinstein] will pay the company liquidated damages of $250,000 for the first such instance, $500,000 for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 for each additional instance."
The contract says as long as Weinstein pays, it constitutes a "cure" for the misconduct and no further action can be taken. Translation -- Weinstein could be sued over and over and as long as he wrote a check, he keeps his job.
Nice, huh? Read the whole thing here.
PRESIDENT TRUMP DECERTIFIES THE CRAPPY IRAN DEAL And I am in complete agreement with the President when he says:
“As we have seen in North Korea, the longer we ignore a threat, the worse that threat becomes,” he said.
He's right. He has not simply cancelled the deal, however, he is giving Congress some time to get it's collective heads out of it's collective arses and come up with something better. I'll sit here and hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
FOR THOSE WHO BLAME ISRAEL FOR THE BREAKDOWN IN NEGOTIATIONS PLEASE READ THIS Story about how Hamas is working on a deal with the Palestinian Authority to cede administrative control over the Gaza Strip. Except the two groups of Palestinians can't seem to work out the details of how this is going to work. PA President Mahmoud Abbas wants Hamas to give up it's military wing. You know, the wing that kidnaps Israelis and used humanitarian aid to build tunnels to blow things up in Israel? Abbas wants to control it but Hamas isn't willing to give it up. Some speculate that's because Abbas wants to have that military wing to fight Israel at a later date. But I'm sure they will work things out and blame the problems on Israel somehow.
NOW GREENIES WHO DON'T BELIEVE ENOUGH ARE CALLED DENIERS And I actually loled at this story. It seems the AlGore went after a reporter who dared to question one of the idiotic statements in his latest film and Al responded by pointing a craggy finger and yelling "DENIER" until one of his henchman dragged the offender away. Okay, maybe I dramatized the exchange a teensy bit, but not by much. Read this interesting article about how people who agree that man made warming is a thing are being tossed the wolves for asking questions and demanding scientific accuracy. THE HORROR.
DEMOCRATS TO FIGHT FOR BIG BUSINESS SUBSIDIES OVER THE TAXPAYER That would be the headline I'd write if I were writing about Trump's end to illegal insurance company subsidies. They were put in without being codified into law (a no-no on how spending is allocated) and now they are gone. We'll see if this collapses the remaining markets or at least spurs Republicans, many of whom get campaign donations from Big Insurance Companies I'm sure, to finally kill Obamacare and come up with a viable alternative. I'm not super hopeful, but a girl can dream. It will be interesting to watch Democrats defend the "evil" insurance companies they demonized so completely in 2008.
IS THIS PEAK WEIRD FOOD STUNT? Tim Horton's has announced that they will roll out a special latte for a limited time in the Buffalo area. You guessed it, buffalo sauce latte. I just threw up in my mouth. I do want to try one of those Arby's elk burger though.
CARBON LEVELS IN THE ATMOSPHERE JUMPED LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF NATURE. But please don't tell Al Gore or he'll call you a denier and run away with his fingers in his ears. It seems that...wait for it...naturally occurring weather patterns were responsible for a larger than expected increase in CO2 in the atmosphere. Like 80% of the jump. Naturally occurring. Got that?
HELL TO THE NO.
THIS PANTHER FAN IS AS MUCH OF A SORE LOSER AS CAM NEWTON And he punched a guy in the face when the guy had the nerve to ask him to sit down. Good thing it got caught on camera, as everything in our lives is now.
WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE WHEN AN ASTEROID HITS! IN 2079. I feel like I should prepare Q for Certain Death by Asteroid because she will only be 70 when the asteroid that just zipped by us 27,000 miles away makes a much closer return and possible collision in 2079. Only one must think that CERTAINLY by then we'll have sharks with lasers that can shoot it out of the sky. Shouldn't we?
WE AREN'T GETTING MARRIED SO MUCH ANYMORE And more people are living alone without a spouse or partner than in prior years. There is a lot of interesting statistics in this article, but the most interesting is that men seem to enter "marriage material" status when they make over $40,000 a year. Which seems legit. But how many of those men who make under 40k a year are having babies out of wedlock with a baby mama?
HEY FAT FAT FATTY, YOU'RE NOT ALONE We are fatter than ever in America with over 70% of adults overweight and 40% of adults obese. The saddest stat to me is that 20% of CHILDREN are obese. It's hard to lose weight when you're an adult, but even harder to lose weight when you've been a big kid your whole life. Mark my words, if something doesn't change soon, this obesity epidemic and the related health issues will sink Medicare faster than you can say extra cheese.
RAY KURZWEIL KNOWS THE FUTURE Or at least he does 86% of the time. That's how often he's been right about his wacky futuristic predictions so far. He says "the singularity" when artificial intelligence becomes smarter than us is coming in 2045. Be kind to your new robot overlords.