January 16 2018

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Edition: #6136

It’s Your Daily Constitutional Sheet!

★ Michelle Williams has spoken out after Mark Wahlberg donated his $1.5 million salary from his ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoots to Time’s Up.  In a statement, Williams said, “Today isn’t about me. My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted.”
★ It’s been one of the most popular comedies on television for years.  But it seems Modern Family’s run could be almost over, if the show’s bosses get their way. Modern Family, which first debuted in 2009, will apparently be ending with season 10.  Co-creator Steve Levitan said that,  “Our plan is to end it at 10.  If we can leave with most of our audience wanting more, I think that’s the right way to do it. Never say never, but I just can’t imagine that we’d go past that.”
There are also rumors of a spinoff series.
(Who gets the spinoff series?  We think it’ll be Mitchell and Cam, but we HOPE it’ll be Gloria!)
★ Fans were disappointed to learn that Game of Thrones won’t return until 2019, but Kit Harington provided some exciting news about those final six episodes. The ‘Jon Snow’ actor confirmed that the final six episodes will run much longer than the usual one-hour length and may even be as long as 90 minutes.  Harrington went on record as saying,  “We know we have six episodes – we are not sure whether they will run for 70 minutes or even 90 minutes.”
★ Dennis Rodman has been arrested for DUI.  Rodman was driving in Newport Beach Saturday at around 11 PM when he was pulled over for a traffic violation.  After a field sobriety test, he was handcuffed, put in a patrol car and taken to the police station. Rodman remained in jail for 7 hours, and when police determined he was sober enough to care for himself, he was released. Rodman was also busted for DUI in 1999.
★ Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who claims he repeatedly got sexually aggressive with her after a date despite her protestations. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she texted Ansari the next day, saying, “Last night might have been fun for you it wasn’t for me.  When we got back to your place, you ignored clear, non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances. You had to have noticed I was uncomfortable.” She says she decided to come forward after she saw Ansari wearing a ‘Time’s Up’ pin at the Golden Globes.
★ Paris Jackson says she was robbed by a pair of hitchhikers after her efforts to be a Good Samaritan went wrong.  Jackson shared with her Instagram followers her story of driving the hitchhikers ‘across LA’, offering one girl her own socks to wear, and even taking them to a fast food restaurant where she bought them dinner. However, the only daughter of Michael Jackson says that the pair made off with her debit card.  It’s unclear if the alleged robbery was reported to authorities.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kristen Bell, Will Poulter, Lo Moon
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Chris Hemsworth, Carrie Brownstein, Caitlyn Smith
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jon Bon Jovi, Daniel Kaluuya, Ben Sinclair
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Leslie Jones, Tracy Letts, Esther Povitsky, John Stanier
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Annette Bening, Rachel Brosnahan, Royal Blood
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Rebecca Romijn, Dashboard Confessional
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Molly Shannon, Kyle Richards
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Guest co-host Rob Riggle
• “The Talk” (CBS): Rebecca Romijn, Nancy O’Dell
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Ricky Martin, Matt Czuchry
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Penelope Cruz, Freddie Highmore, LANco
• “Black Lightning” (CW): Season Premiere. DC’s first African-American superhero with his own stand-alone comics—who comes out of retirement to battle crime once again in order to keep his daughters safe.

• Camila Cabello – watched the ball drop with Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas and Ryan Seacrest on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – and seriously considered kissing Jonas at midnight.  But, as she told Jimmy Fallon, “I chickened out.”
• Liam Payne – wants to follow in the footsteps of Harry Styles by acting in a movie. Payne says that acting in Hollywood is one of his ”biggest aims”.
• Ed Sheeran – scored four nominations for the 2018 Brit Awards, announced on Saturday.  He will also perform, as will Sam Smith and Foo Fighters at this year’s Brits, to be held Feb. 21.
• Lady Gaga — was preparing to debut a line of signature wines inspired by her family’s Italian restaurant, but officials are holding things up over an issue with her vino’s name.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has suspended her application for “Joanne Trattoria Vino Rosso”, because they claim it would cause confusion with a company which has already locked up rights to the term “Trattoria.”
• Kelly Clarkson – says her youngest daughter, 3 year-old River Rose only wants to listen to the music that her mama makes: “It looks like I’ve brainwashed my child to listen to just my music.  But I’ll try and put other stuff on and she’s like ‘no.'”
• George Michael – donated over $500,000 to an HIV charity in honor of his former lover. He frequently sent money to the Los Angeles-based organization ‘Project Angel Food’, which helps those suffering from malnutrition and HIV, after his partner Anselmo Feleppa passed away from AIDS in 1993.  He also donated a Mercedes for the charity to auction off.
• Allman Brothers – Devon Allman and Duane Betts, the sons of the sons of Allman Brothers Band members Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, are hitting the road together.  They’ll play across the U.S. from January to July, and plan to announce more shows “every two weeks.”
• Eric Clapton – says he would have been a bricklayer if he didn’t become a rock legend. For a  while, he worked for his grandfather in construction, and he says: “I always thought, Well, if music doesn’t work … ‘Cause I had the time of my life on that building site.”
• Alan Jackson – is adding more star power to his ‘Honky Tonk Highway Tour’, including his longtime friend and collaborator Lee Ann Womack for one show, along with Randy Houser for most dates and newcomers Lauren Alaina and Runaway June for a few shows each. The 2018 leg begins Jan. 19 in Lexington, Ky. and runs through Sept. 15 in Charlotte, N.C.
• Midland – During a recent tour stop in Denver, they toured ‘Mindful’, one of the largest marijuana facilities in the U.S.  Not wanting anyone to miss out on the experience, they chronicled their journey through the plant via a video they’re now sharing online with fans.

• “Blade Runner 2049” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery):  A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years. (Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas)
• “Happy Death Day” (PG-13, Horror):  A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer’s identity. (Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine)
• “The Snowman” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery):  Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. (Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson)
• “Loving Vincent” (PG-13, Drama/Animation):  In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. (Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn)
• “9/11” (R-Rated, Action/Drama):  A group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center’s North Tower on 9/11.  They work together to try to escape before the unthinkable happens. (Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, Whoopi Goldberg)
• “Crooked House” (PG-13, Mystery):  In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. (Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson)

A Victoria B.C. woman is on a mission to buy NOTHING this year.  Dana Stanley has joined the  ‘Buy Nothing’ movement — a lifestyle where participants limit their purchases for weeks, months, or in her case, a year at a time.  Members of the Buy Nothing movement help each other by exchanging goods among themselves.  And although buying nothing sounds like a tall, if not impossible order, she concedes that she will allow herself to purchase some things…like food, cleaning supplies and haircuts.  But clothing, beauty care products, electronics and pretty much everything else is off the shopping list until 2019.  And she says there is a good chance her phone and her blender won’t make it through the year.  If one of them goes kaput, she’ll just have to find a workaround.  How is her ‘buy nothing’ resolution going after about two weeks?  So far, she says it hasn’t been a problem.
(Obviously she hasn’t run out of toilet paper yet!)
(Hey, that’s how I lived for the first 8 years of my working life!)
(And now that my Christmas bills have arrived, I’ll be doing the same!)

As you know, the Wi-Fi service that you hook up to at your local coffee shop or restaurant isn’t exactly the most secure thing in the world.  Free Wi-Fi connections aren’t encrypted, so other users on the network can potentially spy on what you’re doing and steal your usernames and passwords.  Good news… the Wi-Fi Alliance—a group made up of companies like Apple and Intel that creates Wi-Fi standards and certifies products—has announced a major change to Wi-Fi security that’s coming this year.  A new security protocol called WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 3) will make networks more secure against hackers.  You’re probably already familiar with WPA2, the security system many Wi-Fi networks already run on. This is an improvement on that system—a much-needed update after a computer scientist discovered a major vulnerability in October 2017.  According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, it can protect users even if they use terrible passwords.  So your phone or tablet will be much less vulnerable as you enjoy that third donut with your coffee.
(And what about my Wi-Fi-enabled fridge, if I decide to take that to Starbucks??)
(Terrible password?  That IS my password!)
(Awesome.  Now the only thing I have to worry about when I’m at the donut shop is my impending blocked artery!)

☹ Restrict sale prices to the purchase of multiple items:  Those grocery store deals where you might have to buy two or three of an item to get them at a certain price might work out to being not as great of a deal as you might think.  Sometimes they only do that to stand out against all the “Save $1″ specials throughout all the flyers that you see.  (And what the heck am I supposed to do with 4 watermelons, anyway??!!??)
☹ Gift cards instead of discounts:  Gift cards are a very effective loyalty tool to at least get another visit from that shopper.  (Make it enough to be worth my while, and I don’t mind!)
☹ Low, low prices on loss leaders: It’s typical for common grocery items like milk, bread and soft drinks to be on sale nearly constantly.  These are the categories where people do price comparisons. These products are known in the business as loss leaders. Retailers don’t mind taking a bit of a financial hit on them in hopes that customers will spend money on other items.
(Yeah…why do I drive all the way across town to save a quarter on milk?)


1948 [70] John Carpenter, Catharge NY, director (“Halloween”, “Escape from New York”)

1959 [59] Sade (Helen Folasade Adu), Ibadan Nigeria, R&B singer (‘Smooth Operator’, ‘The Sweetest Taboo’)

1974 [44] Kate Moss, Addiscomb UK, fashion model who’s appeared on over 300 magazine covers

1980 [38] Lin-Manuel Miranda, NYC, Broadway actor/composer/playwright (“Hamilton”, “In the Heights”)/winner of a Pulitzer Prize, 2 Grammys, an Emmy, and 3 Tony Awards

1982 [36] Max Joseph, New York City NT, reality star (Co-star on the MTV reality-based television series “Catfish” since 2012)

1980 [38] James Young, Denton TX, country guitarist (Eli Young Band-‘Drunk Last Night’, ‘Crazy Girl’)

1981 [37] Nick Valensi, NYC, rock guitarist (The Strokes-‘Last Nite’, ‘Juicebox’)

1985 [33] Joe Flacco, Audubon NJ, NFL quarterback (Baltimore Ravens since 2008)

1985 [33] Renée Felice Smith, Long Island NY, TV actress (‘Nell Jones’ on “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2010)

• “Appreciate a Dragon Day”, celebrating fictional dragons as memorable characters. (Let’s see, there was … uh …‘Puff’…and…ummmmm)

• “Fig Newton Day”, celebrating the cookie with figs in the middle … the only figs many people ever eat.

• “International Hot & Spicy Food Day”, encouraging us to spice up our lives in order to add some zest to a Winter’s day. What’s the absolute hottest thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?

• “Religious Freedom Day”, when you all have the right to believe the same stuff I do.

• “Nothing Day”, quite simply… a day for nothing…or as my boring neighbor Norman the accountant calls it, ‘Tuesday’.

• “Prohibition Remembrance Day”, load up on brown bags and travel incognito with a flask strapped to your hip or tucked into your boot — that’s what many illegal drinkers did between Jan. 16, 1920 and Dec. 5, 1933, when the 18th amendment made it illegal to manufacture, transport or sell alcoholic beverages in the U.S.

[Wed] Customer Service Day
[Wed] Hot-Buttered Rum Day
[Thurs] National Gourmet Coffee Day
[Thurs] Get to Know Your Customer Day

2011 [07] “The Social Network” is the big winner at the 68th Golden Globes, picking up awards for ‘Best Drama’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Screenplay’, and ‘Best Original Score’

2013 [05] Canada’s Cirque du Soleil cuts 400 jobs due to a strong loonie and surging costs

2009 [09] Boy George (Culture Club) is sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort (word has it he handcuffed him to a radiator)

2006 [12] Africa’s 1st female elected head-of-state, Liberia’s new president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is sworn in

2016 [02] First ever flower grown in space – a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system

2005 [13] Romanian university lecturer & novelist Adriana Iliescu gives birth at age 66 to a daughter, Eliza, breaking the record for ‘World’s Oldest Birth Mother’ (Has since been narrowly exceeded)

[Tues] Chili Days
[Tues] International Mentoring Day
[Tues] Bootleggers Day
[Tues] Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day
[Wed] “People’s Choice Awards” (CBS/Global)


✓ Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
✓ The oldest word in the English language is ‘town’.
✓ A group of frogs is called an ‘army’.
✓ The average porcupine has 30,000 spikes.
✓ Porsche also builds tractors.
✓ The Grand Canyon could hold around 900 trillion footballs.

• Alexa, how many fingers am I holding up?
• Alexa, why is vanilla ice cream white, when vanilla extract is brown?
• Alexa, why am I still single?
• Alexa, If I took you apart will you help me rebuild you?
• Alexa, who let the dogs out?
• Alexa, how far is the drive from Los Angeles to California?
• Alexa, Do you think it’s possible for a machine to fall in love? Asking for a friend.
• Alexa, Is it okay to drink milk that expired last year? Asking for a friend. Who expired last year…
• Alexa, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
• Hey Siri….?


1.  How much did the first electric vacuum cleaner weigh?
a. 10 pounds
b. 100 pounds [CORRECT– invented in 1905]
c. 750 pounds

2.  How was the first lawn mower powered?
a. gasoline
b. diesel
c. horse [CORRECT– it was pulled by horses wearing rubber boots to avoid damaging the lawn]

☎  What movie or TV show title best describes your week so far?

Yesterday, my mom asked me to hand out invitations for my brother’s surprise birthday party.  That’s when I realized he was the favorite twin.

Question:  Generally,  50% of these are discontinued within 5 years.  What are they?
Answer:  Cereal brands

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.

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