The Blanche Report: The Trial, The Birth and The Ship

As tomorrow is Tisha B’Av, a fast day which ends at 9:20 pm, we are sending out the Blanche report today.

We are not commenting on the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. It is what it is. What we will note is that right now just as the temperature is heating up, so are the massive demonstrations all over the United States – from Florida to California to Atlanta to New York. So far they are not too violent, but if the heat continues and the numbers rise, watch out.

We also have a suggestion for Zimmerman: He  should find a way to hook up with Edward Snowden. He was a lot safer behind bars. He may technically be a free man, but he’s a virtual prisoner wherever he is staying.  Once Snowden finds a place to live, he will also be a recluse and misery loves company.

And speaking of Edward Snowden, it seems that he has enough information to cause more harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever done. This was brought to light by Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked.

Greenwald issued what can only be construed as a veiled threat – that if anything happens to Snowden, all of this information will be leaked in one fell swoop. Guess what? If nothing happens to Snowden and he goes off into the sunset to Venezuela, he’s still a huge threat as he is still the holder of all that information. Like we said in the first item – Snowden and Zimmerman are both toast.

Did you know that Camilla, who’s married to Prince Charles is also a psychic? She predicted that Kate and William’s baby will be born this week. Uh, can we have a few moments with Camilla? There’s a due date so one doesn’t have to guess. If the baby is late, then one can rest assured that within a week the baby will be born. We think she (Camilla) may be been referring to the fact that her birthday is on Wednesday July 17 and (read this next sentence with a strong British accent) “Wouldn’t it be nice if the little one was born on my birthday Charles?”. Get the woman a cuppa tea.

Remember the Costa Concordia? It’s that ship where the captain was showing off to his girlfriend and slammed the ship into a reef off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012. Well, it’s still in the water over there, lying on its side.  Experts say they  have one chance at getting the ship upright and float it away to the mainland for demolition. The attempt is expected to take place in September but the operation to right the ship has been running over budget and behind schedule because of the enormous technical challenges faced by the salvage team. Over 400 engineers have been working on the salvage operation. You can imagine the cost – or not imagine.

In the meantime, the captain is charged with manslaughter, abandoning ship, which was carrying some 4,200 people between passengers and crews, and causing the shipwreck. What a loser.

In case you don’t read the business page, Loblaws purchased Shoppers Drug Mart (in La Bell Province we call it Pharmaprix) for a cool $12.4 billion. Just keeping you in the loop.

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