We saw Toni Erdmann, an off-beat, pleasant-enough German-Austrian comedy, about a world full of bullshit, the soul-stripping work of business consultants and, more generally, alienation from self and others that can overtake us if we aren't intentional about maintaining strong relationships. There's more to it than that, but it doesn't rise higher than 87/100 on the X-ometer.
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials say advisers to President Donald Trump were in contact with known Russian intelligence agents during his presidential campaign.
Four U.S. government officials told The New York Times several high-ranking aides to Trump were in regular contact with senior Russian intelligence officials before the presidential election in November, based on conversations intercepted and analyzed by U.S. intelligence agencies.
Several law enforcement, intelligence and administration officials told CNN that frequent communication during summer 2016 got the attention of agencies while they were collecting routine intelligence on Russian officials and nationals.
Mike Adamle enjoyed a long and varied TV career after his NFL career ended, but he's been off the air for almost a year, and now he's revealing why. (story here)
It looks like he's another victim of repeated concussions. He has suffered from seizures for the past 19 years, and now he's experiencing dementia and depression. His doctor diagnosed him with CTE, which can only be confirmed post mortem, but given what we know about the condition, that's probably correct.
I must confess, I don't like Mike Adamle based on real life experience with him, but it's difficult to read about what he's going through and watch the videos without my heart going out to him. I hope he can find some consolation somewhere.
I haven't read anything about Jim McMahon lately (another retired Bears QB, younger than Adamle), but last I heard, he was having a tough time with his failing memory.
Knowing what we know now, if I had kids, I think I'd keep them out of football, and maybe even soccer. These retired players are getting hit with dementia when they're so young. They trade a few years of money and glory for even more years of terrible suffering.
There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think — our country’s so innocent?” - Donald Trump
And so Donald Trump once again rushed to Vladimir Putin’s defense.
Trump’s comments to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly this weekend closely echoed a 2015 conversation with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, in which Scarborough observed that Putin “kills journalists that don’t agree with him,” and Trump replied: “Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing, too.”
Apparently when someone calls Putin a killer, Trump’s response is to call Americans killers. It’s a chilling thing that our own president doesn’t seem to know or value that, in America, we don’t kill journalists or political opponents like Putin does.