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Donald Trump first associated himself with World Wrestling Entertainment (then WWF) in 1988 when Trump Plaza hosted Wrestlemania IV and returned in 1989 for WM V.

In 2007, Trump was paid to do a "Battle of the Billionaires" hair vs hair surrogate's match at WrestleMania versus Vince McMahon.
The thin line between unreality and "worked reality" of professional wrestling took a strange turn. Things got even stranger in 2009, when Trump "purchased" the WWE from McMahon...and the stock market, which wasn't in on the joke, punished stockholders. And the storyline had to be truncated.
As always, Trump came out on top. At least in his perception of reality.
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There have been a number of bad people in the news recently, which is good if you work in the news business. But terrible if you despise bad people.

In specific, some news about Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Jared Fogle (Subway pitchman), and three nameless postal workers who defrauded the Operation: Santa program.
Can good triumph evil? 
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Our younger son is sick this week.

I remember being sick at a slightly older age; one of my earliest memories.
His illness unsheathed a whole parcel of sickly stories from my past and the pasts of our family.
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Developer Bruce Ratner successfully hoodwinked the borough of Brooklyn and City of New York to create the Barclays Center, which was supposed to be the center of a massive revival of that area's cultural and civic activities, including 22,000 low-to-middle class housing units.

Now he is back in action, less than three years later (!) trying to hoodwink the county of Nassau (and the State of New York) with a similar project involving the retrofitting of the Nassau Coliseum.
Also, a quick election note about our friend, the Donald Trump.
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The for-hire livery app service Uber made the headlines for its ongoing feud with the New York City Council and Mayor Bill deBlasio. Where will it wind up? Who knows. But this story is just another example of new technologies displacing old ones, much like hanson cabs and trollies were made antiquated by livery cabs and limo services.

New York City, meanwhile, was named the safest large city in the United States, based on its low murder rate. Imagine that in 2015, while everyone is busy pilloring the Mayor.
Finally, our old friend Donald Trump continues to put his foot in his mouth. Will he still be taken seriously (at least by the media) by the time this episode goes live? Let's hope not.
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Donald Trump continues to hijack the headlines as a frontrunner in the 2016 GOP race for the presidential nomination. Despicable as I find him, of course it's an opportunity to discuss the paucity of legitimate candidates.

The GOP found a way to turn a shocking shooting in a South Carolina church into a debate on the Confederate Flag. A well-played media coup that sadly de-emphasized the lives of nine individuals who were assassinated by a lunatic.
In other news shorts, the Mob squeezed money out of the revitalization of Times Square in the 1980s. Well, of course they did.
And the NY Police Commissioner is still at odds with NY Mayor, who is feuding with the NY Governor, etc.
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I had my second colonoscopy this past week.

Fun! Fun! Fun!
Some (non-squeamish) informative medical info, as well as a recap of the psychological and emotional fallout of such a procedure.
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In the 1980s when I lived on Long Island, five regional cable companies salivated over the prospect of carving up our area. Within five years, the "winner" was bought out by a larger vendor that had lost the initial sale. Now, we are witnessing the shrinking conglomerative landscape with Charter (#3) seeking to buy Time Warner (#2).

I also talk a little about e-bikes. Come on, you know what they are. Like e-cigs except for commuting and deliveries.
Then it's on to NSA reform and how it brought together House Democrats and Republicans. And finally how the 2016 GOP race looks like somebody let a bunch of baby chicks out of the henhouse.
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When I was younger, I worked at a newspaper chain in Queens but did not consider myself invested in the borough.

As I got older and moved into Queens, I became more invested in the area; its politics and issues; and where the borough stood in stature in the city's and the state's pecking order.
Now Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio are sniping one day, seeing themselves as national figures in the future. And the next day, they are finding common ground.
We watch politicians maneuver on pragmatic issues but also see how they must dance around hard statistics such as increases in homicides and shootings.
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A white woman was in the news this week (not shockingly) for posing as a black woman for years (shockingly).

A 65-year-old German woman was in the news for having quadruplets. 
A group of aging nuns are finding a home in a Jewish-run healthcare facility for the aged.
And in non-eldercare news, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has dropped in the polls. Not shockingly.
And the Belmont Stakes went off fairly well, as far as transportation went. Shockingly.
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