Random Thoughts For A Saturday

A Saturday and an egotistical douche bag has been put in his place….Tom Brady…..

Tom Brady can still be terrific. He just can’t be Terrific, the US Patent and Trademark Office has decided. The star Patriots quarterback had applied for trademark protection for the “Tom Terrific” nickname, which has long been applied to baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, 74. The applications by Brady’s company involved commercial uses of the nickname on trading cards, posters and shirts, reports Boston.com. Such uses would “falsely suggest a connection” with the retired Mets pitcher, the ruling said. Because the nickname refers “uniquely and unmistakably” to Seaver, he’d have to agree to Brady’s trademarking of it.

Brady’s application outraged many fans, especially Mets fans, and he said he didn’t intend to actually cash in on the nickname. He doesn’t like it, he said, and just wanted to keep others from selling products calling him “Tom Terrific.” The quarterback said: “It wasn’t something I was trying to do out of any disrespect or ill manner or anything like that,” per ESPN, calling the episode a “good lesson learned.” The trademark applications will be dropped automatically unless Brady responds within six months to the ruling.

Weekend begins and of Nazis…..we were talking about Nazis, right?  We seem to always be talking Nazis these days.

Not a big fan of German sports cars, especially Porsches….but this one is just cool…..

In the late ’30s, Adolf Hitler commissioned a special “people’s car” to be built for a Berlin-to-Rome road rally, and what resulted was the 1939 Porsche Type 64, or what Jalopnik calls the “missing link between Porsche and Volkswagen.” Only three of these vehicles were built, and just one survives to this day, so when it was announced that RM Sotheby’s was putting it up for auction, the automotive aficionado world lit up, with predictions the car would go for as much as $20 million. But a current glimpse at the auctioneer’s website after Saturday’s much-hyped event shows a “still for sale” notice, the result of what Jalopnik calls a “weird and unsatisfying ending.” Bloomberg explains an opening bid of $30 million jump-started what appeared to be a fierce bidding war, rising all the way to $70 million—until the auctioneer suddenly corrected himself, noting the top bid was $17 million, not $70 million

A video of the auction shows the bizarre incident unfolding. Whether it had been an accident or, as Jalopnik puts it, a joke meant to hype the sale and boost bidding, potential buyers were miffed, and no one ever topped the $17 million bid. MSNBC notes that because $17 million was below the seller’s minimum price, the sale was nixed. “A massive f—up,” one observer notes, per Bloomberg. “As bidding opened … increments were mistakenly overheard and displayed on the screen, causing unfortunate confusion in the room,” RM Sotheby’s says in a statement. “This was in no way a joke or prank on behalf of anyone at RM Sotheby’s, rather an unfortunate misunderstanding amplified by excitement in the room.”

Remember back in the day when red meat and full fat dairy was going to kill you if you kept eating it?  All that tasteless cheese and watery milk……that may be changing….

Eating full-fat dairy and red meat will not increase the risk of heart disease or stroke, according to a new study.

The major review of Australian and international research found little evidence to suggest healthy people should restrict their intake.

The study has prompted the Heart Foundation to hose down concerns, going against previous recommendations for Australians to stick to reduced-fat dairy products.

(Sky News)

One of our most visited National Parks, Yellowstone, has a dark tale to tell……

Plenty of op-eds in the New York Times these days worry about a political apocalypse. A new one warns about the old-fashioned variety. More specifically, author Bryan Walsh is reminding everyone that Yellowstone National Park has a supervolcano, one that last blew 640,000 years ago. If it goes off again—there’s a 1-in-730,000 chance of that in any given year, Walsh writes—the “eruption would be like nothing humanity has ever experienced.” The park itself would be wiped out, of course, and as much as 3 feet of volcanic ash would be dumped on large parts of Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. But the effects on the rest of the nation and the world would be catastrophic as well, with reductions in sunlight and rainfall, the widespread destruction of crops, and a breakdown of the electrical grid.

This makes it an “existential risk” for the planet, a catastrophe with a capital C that could theoretically wipe out humans. Asteroid strikes and nuclear wars also qualify, and those risks get more attention and money. But the world has 20 supervolcanoes of the Yellowstone variety, and we humans at the very least should make sure that all are being monitored at the highest levels to reduce the risk of surprise. “What has happened before can and will happen again, eventually—but because we remain confined to the brief human time horizons of our own experience, we treat them as unreal,” writes Walsh. This lack of imagination leaves us vulnerable, he warns. (Read the full column.)

Plastic is the big no-no for the environment these days…..and markets are not telling the truth on their use…..

It’s next to impossible to be a plastic-free grocery shopper. Unless you live near a boutique store that offers goods naked, you likely don’t have much choice about buying food wrapped in plastic netting or transparent film. 

Walk into any of the biggest grocery chains in the United States, and you’ll see row upon row of items in containers and bags that are designed to be used once and trashed. Americans produced 14.7 million tons of such waste in 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Of that, only 14.6% was recycled. 

Plastic is necessary for boosting the shelf life of perishable foods, without adding much to the sticker price. Getting rid of it entirely isn’t realistic. But there is a growing consensus that companies responsible for creating this packaging overuse plastics and could easily cut down on the amount sold to consumers. 

A quick run down of absolutely useless information to begin your weekend…..

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4 thoughts on “Random Thoughts For A Saturday

  1. Well, I know nothing about baseball, but I do have a fondness for Porsche cars, though I can’t afford one.
    If $17 million is not enough for one man in one lifetime, then I am lost for words.
    Pasta straws could be the way forward to help with one aspect of plastic pollution. New to me, but around all over the place, apparently.
    No doubt the entire western seaboard of the US will just explode and ‘snap off’ one day.
    It’s just a question of when it happens, not if…
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I like the pasta straw thing…..There are days when I think we would be better off if it did slide away but then we would lose a bunch of liberals and our politics would really be screwed…LOL chuq

  2. Love the ego of people like Tom Brady – but then he has good company in his #1 fan in the Oval. Thanks for always perking up our minds with otherwise missed facts and comments. Makes me feel like I have to up my blog’s game! lol

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