No surprise. Trump hasn’t a clue about “MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY”

…in case you’re unfamiliar with this based-on-a-true-story tale: In 1787, celebrated British naturalist Sir Joseph Banks commissioned a Royal Navy vessel to sail to Tahiti, acquire breadfruit plants (a crop that wasn’t particularly tasty but was cheap to grow and rich in nutrients), and bring them to the West Indies.

The captain of the HMS Bounty at the time was one William Bligh, a brilliant navigator who served under Captain James Cook—but who also, by all accounts, was an arrogant, nasty, paranoid, freakishly obsessive, and brutal man, during a time when the British navy was notorious for impressing people into service against their will and using corporal punishment to keep them in line.

For the trip to Tahiti, Bligh hired one Fletcher Christian as master’s mate. Christian later led a mutiny against Bligh, a rebellion that came in response to the captain’s management style, which was one of near-sadistic cruelty…

…nothing about Trump’s tweet suggests any kind of close read. It’s more than likely he’s confusing this with some other movie.

RTFA for more background to the discussion, the two terrific versions of the film. Personally, I think our dumbass fake president just admires Captain Bligh’s management style. After all, it doesn’t differ a whole boatload from how Trump acts as president.

Will the Pandemic Change Consumer Behavior?

Barry Ritholtz rocks!


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Amazon has prioritized essential services as it is overwhelmed by consumer demand. All non-essential items are being delayed (although the subscribe & save seems to be still doing timely deliveries) The unprecedented demand is helping some retailers while potentially leading to the end of others.

We don’t know how much of this is temporary, but I would surmise that some of the changes in consumer behavior will become permanent.

Cripes! Now that I see this distribution of purchases, no wonder I couldn’t find my favorite King Arthur flour anywhere in recent weeks. People are starting to bake their own bread big-time.