Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Turn Offs!

I’m not interested in looking at or reading about:

X-rays of the misshapen skulls of Zika babies.

Tales of misery and destruction associated with floods, earthquakes, and the like.

The daily litany of terrorist attacks.

Op-ed columns predictably promoting a partisan point of view.

Anything Donald Trump has to say.

Details about how the Giants slide into the baseball toilet is continuing.

Pre-season news about the Santa Clara 49’ers.

In the New York Times, local restaurants I’ll never visit.

Self-help gurus.

Millennials.

Reviews of children’s books.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

In Case You Missed It!

Jesús Alfredo Guzmán, son of El Chapo, was kidnapped at gunpoint at a party in Mexico.

In Bangladesh, a stranded elephant that had become a cruel sideshow for onlookers died of a heart attack.

Roger Ailes, recently fired as head of Fox News for sexually harassing women, is advising Trump on how to win the upcoming presidential debates.

China launched the first quantum communications satellite in a bid to lead the way into a new era of transmitting information securely.

In Nepal, a busload of earthquake survivors on their way to receive government grant money to rebuild their homes were killed when their bus went over a cliff.

The Navajo Nation is suing the EPA, claiming the agency is responsible for poisoning a river that flows through their land.

Tomorrow is the last broadcast of “The Nightly Show” with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central.  Not enough viewers.  Also canceled: “I Am Cait” on E.  Not enough viewers.

Drivers in New Jersey can now get vanity license plates that reference their belief in atheism.


Scientists are searching for great white sharks off the coast of Long Island.  They want to study them.  So far, the sharks haven’t shown up.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Investments!

Four years ago Juventus bought French midfielder Paul Pogba from Manchester United for less than $2 million.  The other day Manchester United bought Pogba back from Juventus for $117 million.  They say United is the richest football team on the planet.  But smart deal makers?  You may have an opinion.

Nine years ago the New York Yankees signed Alex Rodriguez to a 10-year deal that paid him $275 million, even though he had been accused of (and later admitted to) using performance-enhancing drugs and was physically fragile.  Now, having not played well for years, currently batting under .200 and not able to play every day, he is retiring.  They say the Yankees are the richest baseball team on the planet.  But smart deal makers?  You may have an opinion.

On the other side of the ledger, some years ago a friend of mine bought a 4-unit residential building in San Francisco for just under $1 million.  Recently he sold one of the units, about a sixth of the living space, for almost the same price he paid for the building.  Lucky or smart?  You may have an opinion.


Moral:  Place your bets and hope for the best.  Sure things are a fantasy.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Making Sense of the Nonsensical!

It’s a challenge to figure out what’s going on around us.  For example:

Trump and Pence openly disagree on which fellow Republicans to support.

Trump has a disastrous two weeks and yet raises more money than ever.

While she is in a standoff with police (and is killed) a woman goes online to solicit advice from followers.

Moon Express, a start-up, has received federal approval to land on the moon.

After an attempted coup, Turkey’s President Erdogan is purging everyone in sight:
            9,000 police officers
            21,000 teachers
            10,000 soldiers
            2,745 judges and staff
            1,500 university deans
            And more . . .

The U.S. sends $400 million in cash to Iran on pallets in a cargo plane because the two nations don’t have a banking relationship.

The Supreme Court has blocked a court order that would have allowed a Virginia transgender boy to use the boys’ bathroom.  Good news for social conservatives.  Bad news for civil rights.

Texas has agreed not to enforce strict ID laws in November’s election.  Good news for Black and Latino voters.  Bad news for Texas racists.

A Tea Party Congressman and leading obstructionist lost his primary in Kansas.  Good news, period.

A current rumor is that Republicans are trying to get Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich to do an intervention with Donald Trump.  That would be like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.


Looking for a consistent theme in all this?  Good luck!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Coming Up!

The Premier League football season in England begins in two weeks.  It seems like they just finished last season a few weeks ago.  Why?  Because they just finished last season a few weeks ago.

The rest of the election season is already here.  Usually there is a break between the conventions and Labor Day.  Not this time.  The dirt will continue to fly nonstop from now until Nov. 8.

No end in sight for the carnage that kills and maims innocent people around the world every day.  Looking for a safe place to hide?  Sorry, folks, no place is safe.  So there is no point in changing your vacation plans.  Just go ahead and live your life.

The Zika virus continues to expand its reach.  Not a surprise.  Globalization isn’t limited to economics.


More summer movies are on their way.  Any “don’t misses” among them?  I’m the wrong person to ask.  Last time I got out of my chair and went to a theater was to see “Avatar.”  I’m happy to wait for the “don’t misses” to come to a TV set near me.