Archive for January 2018

Yes, You Can Be Pro New England Patriots AND Anti-Trump

Yes, You Can Be Pro New England Patriots AND Anti-Trump
While it is a fact that New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft gifted Donald Trump a Super Bowl ring, it doesn’t mean that the Patriots are team MAGA and vice versa. At a quick, superficial glance one assumes that the Pats are team Trump, but if you actually explore the idea in depth, you can shred this argument faster than the guitar riffs in a Dropkick Murphy’s song. Yes, quarterback Tom Brady, arguably the reason the Patriots are favored on Sunday, was one of the very first to sport a “Make America Great Again” hat. He’s made pro-Trump comments in the past; while also completely ducking the question about who he actually voted for. Given Brady’s tendency to be as apolitical as possible at all times (gotta think corporate branding first!), it’s actually unfathomable to genuine believe that the QB G.O.A.T. truly supports the Trumpian platform; or any platform for that matter...

Exclusive with Duerson Act Sponsor, State Rep. Carol Sente

Exclusive with Duerson Act Sponsor, State Rep. Carol Sente
Friday marked the 32nd anniversary of Dave Duerson and the Chicago Bears winning Super Bowl XX. On the previous day, the Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a legislation that would end organized tackle football for youth under age 12 was unveiled. The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills), was joined by a coalition of football stars, medical experts and advocates at the Thompson Center on Thursday to brief the media on the bill's content and its goals. The introduction of this legislation coincided with both the start of the Illinois General Assembly's 2018 legislative session, and the run-up to Super Bowl LII...

Local Broadcasting Icon Mike Adamle Joins Duerson Act Coalition

Local Broadcasting Icon Mike Adamle Joins Duerson Act Coalition
Without a doubt, the most memorable and powerful portion of today's press conference announcing the filing of the Duerson Act was when Mike Adamle took to the podium. The former Chicago Bears and Northwestern Wildcats running back, was a television broadcaster in Chicago for over three decades, until a 2016 diagnosis of CTE-induced dementia forced his retirement from television. Adamle, through his time at WLS channel 7 (ABC) from 1983-89, WBBM channel 2 (CBS) 2001-04 and WMAQ channel 5 (1998-2001, 2004-2016) has become extremely familiar to most Chicagoans. During today's press conference, Adamle certainly did not hold back, and gave new meaning to the phrase wearing your heart on your sleeve...
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Maybe Sharks Could Be Donald Trump's Kryptonite?

Maybe Sharks Could Be Donald Trump's Kryptonite?

They say that Donald Trump is the "Telfon Don," as nothing can stop him. Given the long list (which just keeps getting longer by the day) of scandals, character flaws, missteps, gaffes and bad decisions (which we have chronicled in detail at this link) that would have ended anyone's political career but his, it's easy to understand why the moniker has stuck.

However, even Superman had a Kryptonite, and with Trump it could be sharks. Yes, sharks, the seagoing predators that reside at the top of the ocean food chain. We're joking of course, except for the fact that we're not.

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Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer Wows 'Em at Women's March Chicago

Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer Wows 'Em at Women's March Chicago

Tom Steyer is a hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, progressive activist, and fundraiser with a net worth of $1.6 billion. You know him as the man who appears in that "Need to Impeach" President Donald Trump ad campaign that runs on television quite frequently. 

Tom Steyer was also the highlight of the speaking program at yesterday's Women's March Chicago: March to the Polls, as he delivered a powerful call to action...

Women's March Chicago: Top 10 Protest Signs (Photos)

Women's March Chicago: Top 10 Protest Signs (Photos)

The second annual Women's March Chicago surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations; on every level. The weather cooperated, and an unseasonably pleasant day helped facilitate a crowd that greatly exceeded last year's inaugural (according to Women's March Chicago event organizers).

The city will release their official crowd estimate numbers tomorrow, but a statement from the board of Women’s March Chicago reads:

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Bitcoin, Bubbles and More: Chicago Booth Faculty Tackle Big Issues

Bitcoin, Bubbles and More: Chicago Booth Faculty Tackle Big Issues

Chicago Booth Economic Outlook #BoothEO provided a thoroughly informative session that covered many of the most important and pressing financial and economic issues of the day. A multitude of topics were covered, including the recent tax cut bill, what effect a Donald Trump impeachment would have on the stock market, the bitcoin/cryptocurrency craze and much much more.

It was moderated by CNBC anchor/reporter Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who is certainly no moderate when it comes to her political and economic views. She's unabashed about her devotion to the so-called "free market," as she mentioned during the session that her book is dedicated to to Milton Friedman.

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Music of Dolores O’Riordan, Cranberries Had Strong Sociopolitical Message

Music of Dolores O’Riordan, Cranberries Had Strong Sociopolitical Message
As a teenager, the powerful vocals of Dolores O’Riordan, the strong guitar riffs from Noel Hogan and Mike Hogan, and the commanding drum beat of Fergal Lawler had a massive positive impact on me. The year was 1994, and the song was “Zombie,” the Cranberries’ greatest hit song. The tune appealed to me because it was loud and fast, and the music video (this was eons ago, during a prehistorical time when MTV was actually about music and played music videos) was about as striking as possible...

Could the 2008 Global Financial Crisis Happen Again?

Could the 2008 Global Financial Crisis Happen Again?

The 2008 global financial crisis changed the course of history, and unfortunately, it's a bit of history that might repeat itself soon.

On Wednesday, this topic will be examined by a trio of University of Chicago Booth Professors at a session entitled "From Wall Street to Main Street: A Decade After the Global Financial Crisis."

The event is currently sold out, but there is potential availability on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event: Wednesday, January 17th at the Sheraton Grand Chicago (301 N. Water St.) You can join U of C Booth professors Austan D. Goolsbee, Randall S. Kroszner, and Raghuram G. Rajan in the Chicago Ballroom.

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Twitter, How Do Trump Nuclear Threats Not Violate Terms of Service?

Twitter, How Do Trump Nuclear Threats Not Violate Terms of Service?

Take a look at the Twitter terms of service that all users must agree to. The Twitter rules, under "Violence and physical harm reads:

Violence: You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism. You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes. We will begin enforcing this rule around affiliation with such organizations on December 18, 2017.

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