And the losses of both decorator Kate Spade and chef/ TV host Anthony Bourdain were just part of a really busy week that included Samantha Bee apologizing for her Ivanka Trump explanations, former Senate Intelligence Committee security director James Wolfe being charged with lying to investigators, and former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort being accused of witness tampering in the special counselor-at-law investigation. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian persuaded President Trump to grant clemency to Alice Johnson, and now he’s talking about pardoning Muhammad Ali even though Ali’s conviction was overturned in 1971. It really has been a week, beings. Speak on for more.
It’s Called the G7, Not the Gr8, Amirite?
What Happened: The G7 Summit has arrived in Canada, accompanying with it the whirling dervish that is international diplomacy in the age of Donald Trump. The forecast? Cloudy with a chance of What the hell is even happening?
What Really Happened: This weekend marks the beginning of the 44 th G7 Summit, a fill of the leaders of seven of the largest advanced economies in the world. It’s being held in Quebec, Canada, who are unable to aim one thing: Canadian dignity!
Not to worry; the first night’s protests were mostly peaceful, despite some reports to the contrary. But still! It’s the G7 Summit! This is a big deal, especially considering the important themes under discussion: a possible plastics contract and the looming commerce crusade between members. Still: diplomacy! Who isn’t excited by finesse ?!
OK, but is there anyone not elicited about diplomacy aside from the President of the United States, who apparently doesn’t like to visit Canada? Maybe not, but earlier in the week the president did try to portray himself as less grumpy about traveling northern and more “re ready for” a fight.
Still, surely the rest of the G7–that’s Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, for someone who is curious–is going to bow to the United States’ caprices on this, as on all things. After all, the US is the dominant global economy, right?
OK, sure; the summit looked set to push the US to the side of international diplomacy before it had even started, with Trump even going so far as to announce he would leave early, because … people weren’t being nice enough to him? Now moving swimmingly.
Don’t worry; President Trump had thought about that, as it turned out.
The Takeaway: This is a joke, and yet … maybe someone are take this approach when briefing the president right now?
Fly Like an Eagle…
What Happened: After their Super Bowl victory, the Philadelphia Eagles got into a amaze clash with the president, who didn’t come out appearing better in the whole ordeal.
What Really Happened: It all started as hopes went underway for the Super Bowl-winning Eagles to calls the White House.
This was entirely true, as it turned out.
The visit was cancelled by the administration because only two participates–and the tutor–wanted to attend, and that attained it a “political stunt” as to report to, you are familiar, declaration.( We’ll come back to this momentarily .) For some, this was simply fodder for comedy…
There was also the far less entertaining substitution event–theoretically, a patriotic formality to listen to the National Anthem, of all things–to deal with.
But what a two minutes they turned out to be!
Oh, and the people in the crowd?
Well, maybe not all of them…
( Diverts out, two beings were kneeling during the hymn .)
The Takeaway: Now, rejecting for two seconds that no Eagles player actually knelt during the course of its National Anthem–I know, it’s appalling that fact wasn’t shared by the administration, but it’s so true-life that Fox News had to apologize for recommending otherwise–let’s render, for a brief second, to the idea of stooping as demonstration and free speech, and what the US president thinks about free speech, shall we? Because if there’s one takeaway from this whole stuff, it shouldn’t be that the President of the United States doesn’t know the words to “God Save America, ” it should be this.
Meanwhile, in the World of Scott Pruitt…
What Happened: Precisely when you thought EPA administrator Scott Pruitt had done everything in his strength to perform its term of office examination pointless and wasteful, he stepped circumstances up several notches this week.
What Really Happened: Let’s get away from what the president has been doing for a while and think about his appointees. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stirred news last week by announcing that a School Safety Commission won’t look into grease-guns. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seemingly at war with the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Oh, and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt–he of the soundproof booth, tax-payer funded first class hasten and suspicious dwelling place–well, he had a hell of a week, and in “the worlds largest” unexpected manner. How unpredictable? Well…
As if trying to buy a used mattress from a inn owned by the President of the United States didn’t sound like “the worlds largest” suspect act in the world already–really, it sounds like the commencement of a joke–that shown itself to be just the commencement of Pruitt’s genuinely, impressively surreal week. To wit 😛 TAGEND
Oh, yes. His defense, amazingly, was that he and his wife “love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of faith and one of the best in the two countries, ” adding, “we need more of them in Tulsa, we need more of them across the country.” Unhappily, it was not to be.
But it gets weirder…
And then there was this, which roughly seemed mundane in contrast.
I mean, sure. Protein bars, who cares about those when there are used mattresses and lotion in the combination? People were at a loss when attempting to put all this together in their heads.
Of course, things are actually worse than they seem.
Yeah, that’s right; is about to change that, while Pruitt is agitating everyone by being strange, he’s too causing his really important authority fall apart and potentially deadly the world. What did President Trump think of all this? When asked about Pruitt, Trump told reporters Friday that he was “doing a great job.”
The Takeaway: Perhaps kinfolks are being too harsh on Scott Pruitt, though. Perhaps he’s trying his best and following the teachings of those important to him. That’s … that’s possible, right?
The Return of Melania Trump
What Happened: After more than three weeks in seclusion, spurring all manner of fear, the First lady did her exulting return to the public eye last week.
What Really Happened: Hey, recollect a while back when we mentioned beings were beginning to wonder where the First Lady had disappeared to? Gyrates out, that became a stuff last week–but we got an answer. Kind of. The revived places great importance on where Melania Trump was hiding started when, two days after she didn’t go to Camp David, her spokesman uncovered “shes been” wouldn’t be accompanying the president on other tours as well.
Sure, there was suspicion over the fact that her return would happen in a private episode to close down press, but a render is a recall, right? Peculiarly think that parties were genuinely begin to get a little worried about her health.
As it turned out, parties wondering if the whole thought was going to be a bait-and-switch had nothing are concerned about; it actually was Melania who showed before the crowd, and not some lookalike to gull the rubes.
I mean, sure; she’s not writing these tweets herself, but at the least someone’s recognized the value of actually exerting her social media existence as evidence of life. But was the internet so pleased to see you both this?
…Well, apparently not. Appear, she’s alive! Doesn’t that count for something?( For what it’s usefulnes, the president added Friday that FLOTUS is staying on the down-low on doctor’s orderings, but, you know, consider the source .)
The Takeaway: Precisely because Melania Trump is back in the public eye doesn’t mean she’s not still the spouse of a many who doesn’t know how to spell her refer.
International House of … Breakfast? Bacon? Befuddlement?
What Happened: Merely when you thought it was safe to go and have a breakfast snack at a diner chain, IHOP promised to change the game–well, OK, its name–last week, and everyone freaked out at the possibility.
What Really Happened: It’s been a long week. Let’s end with a bit of a snack.
Yes, as of Monday, it’ll be IHOP no more as the company changes its name … or, at the least, razzes the change via Twitter.( After all, who’s to say this isn’t all one big practical joke ?) As might be expected, everyone on social media had ideas of just what that B in the new acronym could … well … be.
As might be expected, the guesses–even as nonsensical as they were–became a story on their own, means that the marketing contrive was succeeding thinks. Actually, well the last duration anyone “was talkin about a” IHOP this much? Most people are acquiring it’s going to be International House of Breakfast, but perhaps there’s still a chance for an sudden surprise spin.
The Takeaway: As a marketing project, education campaigns has worked impressively well. There’s really one question with the whole situation in the long term, though.
… Yeah, OK, that’s fair.
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