The first week back after time off always feels like a cruel slap in the face, and to add insult to injury, we’ve spent this week worrying about tax bills and drowning in shocking (or maybe not shocking?) news of more and more sexual harassment/assault claims against famous men, and then there was the bombshell news from the Mueller camp that was all of Friday! Firstly, I cannot express enough admiration of the courage it takes these women to come forward, and these journalists to take on the very powerful. But it’s also quite depressing. So beyond a major shout-out to my man Ad-Rock – thank you for being a real man and not making me delete the copious amount of Beastie Boys music on my iTunes – I’m not sharing anything about this topic today. I assume you’re in the know. Secondly, follow Bodega Cats on Twitter. Alright, shall we?
Diseased rats! It’s a much more pleasant topic of discussion than sexual harassment. But seriously, there is actual scientific research going down on The Genetic Divide Between NYC’s Uptown and Downtown Rats. Think about that: there’s a graduate advisor out there at Fordham University who signed off on one of their students writing a dissertation about NYC rats. The human capacity for curiosity should never cease to amaze.
GOP Congressman Demands Competitive Districts — A GOP Congressman is actually against gerrymandering!
After Flynn, Are Kushner and Don Jr. Next? — A solid analysis of where we are with the Michael Flynn guilty plea. It cuts through a lot of the distracting noise and confusion and boils it down in plain English.
“She Didn’t Want This Come Hell or High Water”: Inside Melania Trump’s Secretive East Wing — Okay, so it’s not the point of the article, but apparently Donald Trump is so utterly stupid and arrogant that he didn’t even know he had to fill Cabinet positions when he assumed the presidency. !!!! As per the kids these days, I can’t even. Anyways, the *actual* point of this well-written article is a very compelling portrait of perhaps America’s most reluctant First Lady ever. Melania herself did not contribute to the piece, but it gives you a sense of how hard it must be to walk in her shoes right now.
Gwyneth Paltrow to Feature Doctor Who Thinks AIDS is a Big Pharma Scam at In GOOP Health — Aaaannnnddd, THIS is why I refuse to ever own any of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks, as she is nothing but a pretentious, charlatan gasbag. I still occasionally watch Se7en though.
6 Horrifying Endings That “True Story” Movies Left Out — We all know that “based on a true story” is one of the most malleable phrases in the entirety of the English language, but I’m extremely shocked at what happened AFTER “The Sound of Music” ended! Oh the things no one tells you when you’re a kid. Or a college student visiting Austria and riding the Sound of Music bus tour, for that matter.
James Cameron Finally Explains Why Jack Had to Die in Titanic — The blockbuster Titanic is turning twenty (who else feels super old?), and James Cameron, who is kind of a prick btw, finally answers why Jack doesn’t get on the door with Rose at the end of the movie. Because as millions of people have pointed out, there was room for him.
A dissection of the brouhaha over where Google placed the cheese on their new hamburger emoji, and where we stand now. Because hey, sometimes it’s cathartic to blow up over things that just don’t matter.
Lobster Grilled Cheese. I really don’t know how I feel about that. What say you?
I’m not Italian, not even a little bit, but I’m very intrigued by Italian Rainbow Cookies and feel I should make them sometime.
I’m signing off for now, wishing you a restful Sunday and we can at least dream of a calmer news week, right?