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◆ Ringling Brothers–the greatest circus–to close this summer. They’ve been in business for 146 years, but the entertainment world has changed dramatically and their ticket sales have plummeted, according to the AP story (here).
Comment: My own favorite memory of this circus is of 1955, the last year they toured in tents. My Dad told me, this is the greatest circus and we are going to see it the way circuses have always been presented, in a big tent. In November, they came to Clarksdale (about 30 miles from my home in Marks), and we went there as a family. I still remember how cold it was. But most of all, I remember how dazzling.
◆ Trump team divided over how best to confront China Reuters notes that Rex Tillerson, nominee for Sec. of State, “threw out an explosive challenge to Beijing . . . by calling for it [to] be denied access to artificial islands it is building” in the South China Sea. (Story here.) Following that, one Trump insider said privately that Tillerson was not suggesting a potential blockade; another one pushed back in the other direction. James Mattis, nominee for Sec. of Defense, did not endorse Tillerson’s view but did say China was challenging the existing world order.
◆ WaPo headline: “Trump-Lewis feud could be harbinger of new round of hyper-partisanship” The story is here.
Comment: Gee, ya think?
◆ Related story: Trump Transition Gets Dismal Approval Ratings Upside-down numbers, reports the New York Post, which says they are the worst in history.
◆ All Children Get First Prize The “social media coordinator” for a Maryland school (who even knew there was such a thing?) saw a student’s tweet asking that the district close its schools “tammarow.”
The coordinator gave a gentle response with a smiley face: “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)”
It was retweeted. So, the school fired her.
The story is here. (Fox News)
Comment: Let’s all sing along, “Tammarow, Tammaro, I love ya, Tammarow; You’re always a day away!”
◆ Best news of the Day: New animated series coming with Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks. The story is here.
People today may not know how brilliant Albert Brooks is. Hysterical. Here is Albert Brooks utterly demolishing every showbiz convention about ventriloquism.