by John Walters
Tweet du Jour
Why? 🤷🏻♂️ #why
— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) April 2, 2018
Massimino. ArciDiacono. And now DiVincenzo. Every time Villanova wins a national championship, a true Paisan is part of the squad (Rollie, who coached the ’85 team that shocked Georgetown, passed last summer). Last night redshirt sophomore Donte DiVincenzo, “The Italian Scallion” (as PFT Commenter dubbed him, “because he’s onions”) and also “the Michael Jordan of Delaware,” scored 31 points and had a White Men CAN Jump block at the rim to lead the Cats to a 79-62 walkover of Michigan.
It’s Villanova’s—and Jay Wright’s—second championship in the past three seasons. The Cats won all six games by double digits. The best team clearly won.
2. Hare Brained
When Donald Trump was told he’d be meeting a bunny, his first thought was, “It’ll be nice to
bang see Karen McDougal again; and now I know I don’t have to pay.” So imagine his disappointment when he learned it was not that kind of bunny.
Then, of course, because Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, the prince of peace, President Trump began to wax ineloquent on how we’ll be spending $700 billion on our military.
3. Trump V. Bezos
Donald Trump’s Twitter tirade against Amazon last week and Monday has played a huge role in trimming more than 10% off its market cap high of about $762 billion. So think about that: Trump tweets that Amazon is getting away with not paying its taxes (let that irony sink in for a moment) and should be paying the U.S. Postal Service $2.5 billion more per year.
So if Trump actually wanted that $2.5 billion, wouldn’t he have quietly negotiated this with CEO/founder Jeff Bezos? Instead, he tweets his ire and costs Amazon more than 20 times that figure while not collecting a cent? This isn’t about fair taxation; this is about spite because Bezos owns The Washington Post, whose reporting on Trump and the GOP is
honest hostile to them. But as Andrew Ross Sorkin of CNBC asked a guest this morning, “You don’t think there’s anything Nixonian about this?”
If you lost money today trading in Amazon stock or any other security, and you know of anyone who knowingly or recklessly made a false public statement about that company or its stock, causing your losses, you should contact a securities lawyer today.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) April 2, 2018
Amazon is NOT a monopoly; it is a monopsony: a company that controls the market in such a way that its consumers pay LESS for goods. That’s not a bad thing. Now people might argue that Amazon will run every one out of business and then control the market (kinda like if you owned a hotel chain and then became president and forced all diplomats to use your hotels in order to curry political favor?).
A few people suggested that Bezos should just find the change under his couch, buy Twitter, and then ban Trump from using it. We have a simpler suggestion: why doesn’t Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey grow a pair and at least impose a Twitter suspension on Trump? Hell, I’ve even been suspended a day from Twitter; something tells me Trump, whose tirades are much uglier and who spread lies about Amazon in the past week that literally cost the company $100 billion, is more deleterious.
4. Happy 50th To A Monolithic Film
If you’ve never seen Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke, it may be playing this week at your local independent draft house cinema, as the prescient film turns 50 this week. The film begins with a chilling “Dawn of Man” scene in which we presumably witness the first murder (set to the robust and now familiar musical stylings of “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”) and then advances directly to the year 2001, in which a spaceship, Discovery One, is bound for Jupiter on a mission so important that only its onboard computer, HAL, knows it.
Turns out that Clarke was eerily prescient about the potential toxic effects of AI.
5. No Thanks
This is the Angel’s Landing hike in Zion National Park in southern Utah, often called the “scariest hike in America.’ I just love that the lawyers and pols haven’t gotten together to shut this down. It’s obviously not safe, but we humans should be allowed to put ourselves in peril, as long as no one else is endangered by our actions, in our lifelong pursuit of wonder and adventure. That is living, after all.
And here’s what happens when the weather turns
It’s not that I don’t think I could physically do this. It’s just that I think I’d be so inside my head during the hike that I’d potentially freak. The trick is to not give a
fu hoot. Maybe wait until you’re terminally ill to do this. As far as I’m concerned, all of these people are rock stars. Literally.
If you’re wondering, a 13 year-old girl died on this hike in February, one of six deaths here since 2004.
Martin Luther King, 50 years ago tonight, Memphis–“I’ve been to the mountaintop….Like anybody, I would like to live a long life….But I’m not concerned about that now….I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land” pic.twitter.com/Pme2Z1nXPA
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) April 3, 2018
Would there be Phish if there hadn’t been Captain Beefheart (a.k.a. Don Glen Vilet, 1941-2010)? A high school pal of Frank Zappa, Vilet is one of the few people whose own Wiki page has a pull-quote:
“He had dropped out of school by that time, and spent most of his time staying at home. His girlfriend lived in the house, and his grandmother lived in the house, and his aunt and his uncle lived across the street. And his father had had a heart attack; his father drove a Helms bread truck, part of the time Don was helping out by taking over the bread truck route [and] driving up to Mojave. The rest of the time he would just sit at home and listen to rhythm and blues records, and scream at his mother to get him a Pepsi.”
8 p.m. ABC
Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival: Michael Douglas
8 p.m. TCM
Roseanne Barr and Michael Douglas were both pretty big deals in the late Eighties/early Nineties. She’s now 66 and he’s 73.