A Houston gal, ELIZABETH HOLMES, became the first female billionaire in 2005 after founding THERANOS which manufactured quick blood testing. She raised over 735 million bucks after dropping out of STANFORD, at age 19, and gained acceptance by WALGREENS who intended to use the blood testing in all their stores. But damn it, one thing was missing: IT DIDN'T WORK causing many patients false alarms. The government shut the testing down and HOLMES, owner of 50% of the stock, is fending off law suits. WTF? 

Since we have over 8,000+ bridges in shit condition in this country, TRUMP'S plan to rebuild them with a ONE TRILLION dollar deal sounds good. Today he appointed ELAINE LAN CHAO, age 63, former Labor Secretary under W and married to MITCH MCCONNELL, as head of Transportation. While it sounds good, many feel that WE lack the skilled workers to do the work with 5% unemployment and a spending package in Congress may not be easy to pass? WTF?

"New York is where it is going to begin.The locust population reaches a certain density, they turn savage and swarm. One day, two strangers will meet at high noon in the middle of New York. But this time, they will not stop and snarl. Instead, old ladies will crack skulls with their deadly handbags. Cars will plunge down the crowded sidewalks. Drivers will be torn out of their cars and stomped. It will spread to all the huge cites of the world and by the dozen and by dawn of the next day, there will be a horrid silence of sprawled and tumbled vehicles, gutted buildings and a few wisps of smoke." John D. MacDonald, 1964

While only a day late, hope you enjoyed your CYPER DAY . . . sounds like some form of the ebola virus? Actually, to my naivete, it started in 2005 by some marketing firm to promulgate online signs by smaller retailers who could not compete on BLACK FRIDAY. Last year, 2015, $3 billion of sales were enjoyed BY merchants. Why don't we have the 25 days leading to CHRISTMAS also designated . . . by the 24th, we will enjoy SUCKER SATURDAY. WTF?

While the "footprint" for plastic Christmas trees from China or real ones from Quebec may be much the same, there are some advantages of a real tree. For one, they support a 1 billion dollar USA industry and some 12,000 family owned businesses. There are over 400 million trees here with only 10% harvested each holiday season but they ain't cheap and some folks are allergic so FAKE OR REAL, as us Boomer teens used to ask? WTF?

Considering the xenophobic tone present in the rhetoric here, this is good story of diversity. HARNARAYAN SINGH, of PUNJABI heritage living among the 1.1 million other Indians in CANADA, has become a broadcast megastar announcing hockey games out of Calgary. Referring to the puck as a "aloo tikii" and other such great descriptions, he has become a delight of his audience and also turned on kids of his heritage to the game. Bravo Zulu!!

At Thanksgiving dinner, I was introduced to folks by the hostess as the "writer who has abnormal sleeping habits." WTF? While it is true that I do work at night and find it far more productive than during the distracting day, I found out that I am not alone. More than 30 million Americans work the "graveyard shift." Once the plight of the blue collar workers, now it has spread to nearly every profession. So NO early morning leaf blowers please!

60 Minutes with an expose on women's soccer where the ladies are not happy with the "discrimination in pay" they receive. The US WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM has won 3 World Cups and 4 OLYMPIC GOLDS but they receive far less salaries and bonuses for wins than the floundering MEN'S TEAM. In 2014, the GERMANS got 35 million for winning the CUP, a year later, the USA Ladies got 2 million. As such, they found a lawyer and suing in federal court under the EEOC laws.

ESPN FILMS EXPLORES THE CAREER OF CHICK WEPNER, the BAYONNE (NJ) "Bleeder" who went from unknown to going 15 rounds with MUHAMMAD ALI in 1975, knocking down the champ in Round #9. Sylvester Stallone took the fight for his plot in his Oscar winning film. WEPNER would fight wrestler ANDRE THE GIANT in 1976 and once again, Stallone used it for ROCKY III. Wepner never got a cent but finally sued in 2006 and won a "settlement." WTF? 

While Granny's sweet potatoes are still stuck in one's COLON, here comes BLACK FRIDAY. The term originated back in the 1930's but became popular in 1951 and the #1 shopping day for CHRISTMAS in 2003, some 233 million shoppers spent an average of $380.95, totally 50.9 billion bucks in sales in 2014. Let the madness begin.

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