Christmas Eve eve. Oh baby. So exciting. It’s been an interesting several days for the Sammy Riggs Empire. If you thought we were gone, that’s a fair thought. But you were wrong. We’re not gone. We’re never gone.
It’s The Skinny, as it should be. Here we go.
NYC Cop Killings
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is under fire after the events of the past weekend. De Blasio encouraged folks to protest after the Michael Brown and Eric Garner decisions came out, and now everyone from Rudy Guiliani to the current head of New York City’s police union is saying the officers’ blood is on his heads.
Two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were assassinated in their police cruiser on Saturday.
— WHSVnews (@WHSVnews) December 22, 2014
Milwaukee Shooting Decision
Officer Christopher Manney will not be charged with murder, a Wisconsin district attorney has decided. In April, Manney (white) shot Dontre Hamilton (black) 12 times, killing him. Hamilton was mentally ill. Manney claims he shot after Hamilton struck him with his baton. Hamilton has since been fired for not following protocol. The DOJ (U.S. Department of Justice, guys) will review the case.
North Korea and the U.S. are in a bit of a “he said/she said” battle over the Sony hack. U.S. officials have stated that they believe strongly that North Korea was behind the hack that is devastating Sony. North Korea strongly denies it, and has suggested a joint investigation into the matter. They have threatened that a U.S. decision not to engage in a joint investigation will have grave consequences for the U.S.
Peculiarly, North Korea’s internet went off for 9 hours recently. A company that monitors such things reported this, and has reported that the country’s internet has since returned to normal. North Korea notoriously has heavily restricted/not real internet for their people.
Weather people are warning that the eastern third of the country will be facing some tough weather in coming days. If you’re traveling over there, expect storms, wind, rain, snow and the likes. Should be fun.
Dow: 17,959, +155 (+0.87%) S&P 500: 2,079, +8 (+0.38%)
It’s been a good run for the market. Last week was phenomenal. This week we’re starting phenomenally. American Apparel stock jumped over 4% yesterday on rumors of a takeover.
It wasn’t good news for everybody, however. Drug company Gilead‘s stock fell 14%. They make the best Hepatitis C treatment on the market. They also charged $1,000 pill for that treatment, and benefits manager Express Scripts dropped the drug. Too greedy, Giliead, too greedy.
It was announced this morning that the U.S. economy grew at a 5% annual pace in the third quarter, the fastest pace since 2003.
NFL – This weekend brought much clarity to the playoff picture. In the AFC, the Pats, Broncos, Bengals, Steelers, and Colts are definitely in. The Pats have home field advantage throughout.
In the NFC, the Cowboys, Lions, Packers, Seahawks, and Cardinals are definitely in. Carolina and Atlanta play Sunday: the winner goes to the playoffs.
NHL – 6 games last night.
NBA – 7 games last night.
While Sony is getting picked apart by North Korea, the box office continues to roll. ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ raked in $89.1 million domestically in its first 5 days and $117.6 million in overseas debut.
Joe Cocker, known for covering The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” died yesterday. He was 70.
Joe Cocker. Re-innovator of so many great songs pic.twitter.com/Ohytd7REB9
— stevecohen (@stevecohen) December 22, 2014
Super Important Fact
Harvard was founded before calculus was invented. Harvard was founded in 1636 while calculus was independently invented by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz later, in the mid-17th century.
Santa is gearing up his sleigh while all of us gear up our bodies for another holiday stretch. It feels like we just recovered from Turkey Day. But now we must do it all over again. Turkeys, hams, potatoes, eggnogs, milk, cookies, Bud Lights. It’s Christmas time. Have a week.