February 6, 2017

Meteor! Gaga! Potato!

METEOR! The American Meteor Society has tallied more than 185 reports of “a fireball event” seen over Illinois and several other states around 1:30 a.m. Photos and video at AMSmeteors.org.
 The National Weather Service got reports of sonic booms. (Image: Lisle Police Department dashboard camera.)

TECH vs. TRUMP. Almost 100 tech companies—including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter and Uber—are joining the legal fight against the president’s immigration limits.
 Destination: Supreme Court?
 Matthew Yglesias in Vox: Trump’s “enormous” retreats show resistance works.
 The Guardian calls on women to protest Trump with a strike.
 Trump’s father’s middle name was Christ. (Last line of story.)

‘I MEAN IT IN THE SENSE OF THE MOVIE ROCKY BECAUSE I CAME OUT HERE TO PUNCH YOU.’ Melissa McCarthy’s “Saturday Night Live” imitation of President Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer is drawing rave reviews.
 … But not from Spicer himself.
 Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: A cultural war on Trump.
 Super Bowl champ Martellus Bennett—who, unlike many of his teammates, isn’t a Trump supporter—says he won’t join the team on a trip to the White House.

MOST SURPRISING PLACE TO FIND A REPORT ON THAT VANDALISM AT A CHICAGO SYNAGOGUE. Laura Beck’s piece for Cosmopolitan.
 $3,000 reward posted for info leading to arrest of perpetrator caught on video.
 Women’s mags are getting woke.

WATCH WORDS.
 Amid rumors Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is considering retiring, he’ll speak at 12:30 p.m. Monday to the City Club of Chicago. Livestreamed on the web here. (Photo: City Club of Chicago.)
 Mayor Emanuel’s out of town, taking the stage at the Stanford Graduate School of Business View from the Top speaker series. Watch a livestream here at 2:10 p.m. to see what he says about Chicago when he’s not in Chicago.

GAGA! The first woman to headline a concert at Wrigley Field will be … Lady Gaga.
 Vanity Fair: Gaga made an “edgy political statement” at the Super Bowl.
 The New York Times: Gaga brought “no controversy, lots of glitter.”
(Photo: Yne Van De Mergel)

POTATO! One of today’s most talked-about Super Bowl ads—a wordless 30-second shot of a potato with the word “Advertisement” written on itdidn’t air during the Super Bowl. But the was placed by the Chicago-based company that makes Cards Against Humanity (“a party game for horrible people”) is pretending that it did. And, which claims in a hilarious confession posted to Medium that it went bankrupt airing it. (Clarified at 1:53 p.m. in accordance with a tweet from Cards co-creator Max Temkin, who says, “It was an ad, it ran in the 5 p.m. hour, it was a regional (not national) ad buy,” but confirms the company isn't really bankrupt.)
 Steven R. Strahler in Crain’s: Caterpillar’s not the last company to move its corporate HQ to Chicago.

STRANGERER. What does the “Stranger Things” Season 2 trailer that aired during the Super Bowl reveal about what’s to come? Stuart Heritage analyzes 30 seconds of video in excruciating detail.
 Was the premiere of “24: Legacy” a “one-hour Super Bowl ad for Islamophobia”?

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