Well, at least we know that people read Blanche. We erred when we said that Canada has two coasts. In fact, Canada has three coasts, the third being the Arctic Ocean. We stand corrected.
It appears that Zaidy Bernie (Sanders) may have to hang up his political shoes. Some of his top supporters won’t commit to backing him if he runs for president again — and two may join the 2020 race themselves. Say what? Plus, a handful of former aides might work for other candidates. Uh oh.
Here’s the kicker: His age works for him and against him. At 77, he would be one of the most formidable contenders if he does run. No other potential candidate would start with the foundation of a 50-state organisation, a small-dollar fund-raising list that delivered $230 million and undying devotion from a core group of backers.
And yet, there are other much younger candidates chasing on his heels. One would think that Bernie would wait and see who’s running before making a decision. Unfortunately, that’s not his style. Our guess is that he will get in the running very early and will have to be dragged out, kicking and screaming if his party won’t support him.
People in England need to take a pill. In the Queen’s holiday message, she said the following: “Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.” What’s wrong with that message?
Some people took to Twitter to complain that she’s giving the message from her gilded cage. And therefore? She’s the Queen and has been since 1952, a position that was foisted upon her when her father died at an early age. Last we looked, not too many other people have stayed the course for 66 years. And her message? She’s right.
The Women’s March movement looks like it’s slowly splitting apart. It started at its inception in 2016 when several people involved in planning the November 2016 Women’s March said co-chairs Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people. Special and false.
Recently, some white women complained that calls on social media for them to examine their own privilege or follow the lead of women of color made them feel unwelcome at the marches.
Mallory attended a February 2018 event with Louis Farrakhan, a rabid anti-semite, where he espoused anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. In March, Women’s March issued a statement disavowing Farrakhan’s rhetoric, but critics have called on the leaders of the group to denounce and cut ties with Farrakhan himself. It didn’t happen.
So here’s the story: If you’re white and Jewish, stay home. If you are a woman of color and have suffered, go march. Being a woman seems to have nothing to do with their raison d’être.
If you’re in the stock market, you best be either taking gravol or keeping your eyes closed. It is literally a roller coaster ride every day. What’s a investor to do? Stay the course. Don’t do anything unless you have nerves of steel.
In Blanche’s never-ending quest to always give you some off the beaten track information, here ya go. What is the noisest city in the world? Guangzhou in China. Its citizens not only live in the globe’s loudest city, but they also have the fifth highest hearing loss proportionate to their ages. Go know.
In the second spot is Delhi, India. An average person living in Delhi has a hearing of someone who is 19 years older. Third place went to Cairo in Egypt.
As for the worst city for your ears in the U.S., it’s Los Angeles, which came in at 18th while New York City was ranked number 32 out of 50.
Can you guess the city with the lowest combined ranking for noise pollution and hear loss? It’s Zurich in Switzerland. Those Swiss people are so busy skiing and being healthy they don’t have time to make any noise.
Good Shabbos We’ll talk…