Epiphany Storm

In case you were wondering. Trump is still tweeting a lot. As predicted. More than usual. Today he assures us in a flurry that is he mentally stable and smart. As one tweeter observed Donald J. Trump, the J. must be for GENIUS! And. Sloppy Steve Bannon is a LOSER. Where is SNL?

Pope Francis cautions that career and money should not be the focus of our lives. Check. And. As Daphne Merkin posits in her excellent NYT piece, feminists cannot be fierce and snowflakes at the same time. Wearing black won’t change that.

The Upside Down

9 hours of Stranger Things. An allegorical sci-fi thriller with an exorcism thrown in. Kids are good actors. Weekend diversion. Another season assured. Follow the Three Musketeers wrapper to Dustin’s buddy d’Artagnan crashing an upside down Snow Ball dance. Now-memories.

Downside up. As discussed, the #MeToo movement may have unintended consequences. Sheryl Sandberg agrees. Men may eschew women in the workplace. Dating done?

Upside. Claire Underwood lives! House of Cards continues. Frank killed off?!
And. Christiane Amanpour. Replacing Charlie Rose on PBS.

Holiday photo by G. Levine:   Shelburne Centre, Western Massachusetts. 

Braking Bad

Seems there are highways full of careening sexually deviant drivers. Power-mad under-clad predators racing toward self-destruction. Leaving innocent hit-and-runs on the roadsides. Time to put on the brakes. A ‘wreckoning’ is long overdue. But stay alert. There is danger around the bend which could spin out of control. Backfiring. Masculinity is not toxic. Nor is femininity. Individuals should be pulled over and stopped. Traffic laws need to be enforced. Everywhere. As long as we keep looking into the side-view mirrors.

Morning Low

Baseball. Joe Girardi?! Why. World Series. Cool second game. Homeruns galore. And. More of the same. Gold chains. Chewing. Expectorating. Yeah. Gross. Not as yukky as harassment claims against Mark Halperin of Game Change. The Circus. And. Morning Joe.

As Shark Kevin O’Leary said today to Megyn Kelly, the financial services industry has consequences for these actions, so it is rare in that sector. It wasn’t in my day. Bottom line, if you are someone’s boss, of any gender, don’t hit on them of any gender. It’s a power thing.

Ironic fact: Mark Halperin’s mother is Ina Weinstein.

GOT Snow?

Winter is coming. Just ask Jon Snow. Drifting flakes as Bran recalls Sansa’s wedding night rape. Meanwhile. Poisoned goblets and kisses. Cersei is the most imaginative avenger. Apologies to Diana Rigg. Over at Dragonstone, Jon’s mining dragon glass as Sam saves Joran’s… skin. Khaleesi’s armed with Tyrion’s underground past. Will any of her minions last? White walkers are just over the wall. Arya better get home fast. Before the snowfall.

Diamond Ceiling

It’s 2017. 21st century. Yet. Women are still giddy when a man asks them to get engaged. Gets down on one knee. Gives her a diamond ring. Hmmm. Wonder why men are still considered the ruling gender. For example. How can anyone take seriously Mika who gives seminars to career women to “know your value”, when she giggily adores her co-host/lover Joe every morning. Then. Swoons like a schoolgirl when he “asks” her to get married? Like. It’s not 1970.

But. The larger point is – shouldn’t partners discuss their future plans together?! Equal value? Guess that “diamond” ceiling will not be broken soon.

Feminish

Women’s movement. For some women. Not all women. Christine Lagarde spurned at Smith College graduation. Condoleeza Rice run out of Rutgers. Ann Coulter banned from Berkeley. Ivanka booed in Berlin. You don’t have to agree with all women. You just have to acknowledge that they are actually women. Okay. People. With independent opinions. Worth listening to. Then agree or reject their views.