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Regarding my coverage of the pandemic, one MNB reader wrote:

As a former resident and fortunately now a retiree who visits extended family every year I follow the Honolulu StarAdvertiser online. Hawaii has one of the lowest infection and death rates, but at the cost of the tourist business the State depend upon. They've had a 14-day quarantine on trans-Pacific arrivals set to end the end of August for those visitors with proof of a negative test prior to arrival. The recent spikes around the country and rising cases in the Islands are leading the governor to decide on an extension of restrictions that will further hurt the economy and the workers.

I joked yesterday that Clorox's considerable increases during the recent quarter weren't as high as I might've expected, prompting one MNB reader to write:

Most likely their sales could have been up higher than 24% and 10% annually but supply got in the way.  Or lack thereof.  It was almost impossible to find Clorox cleaning products or wipes for several months and only now are you finding them sporadically in “regular” retail channels.  I believe I read much of their product was held to sell or donate to health care workers, etc. Not sure if that channel pricing makes a difference in the sales $ increases. 

I was joking.  A little.

On another subject, one MNB reader wrote:

I would have to agree with you that Trader Joe’s should probably just quietly change the names of their products that seem to offend some folks.  From a business perspective it would be the prudent thing to do.

I am a little confused though by one of your readers comments concerning offending companies.  I re-read the comment several times, but can’t figure out what is being conveyed.  The reader made the following statement without explanation:

I’m actually offended by Apple since it’s a statement about the way  of the Devil and how he continually baits us into sin.


I think it was a Garden of Eden joke/reference.

And finally, … yesterday we took note of a Variety report that actress/producer Amy Adams and writer/director Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) are planning a new project for Netflix that will focus on a historic class action lawsuit against Walmart.

I commented, in part:

I can see it now.  Christian Bale as Sam Walton.  Steve Carell as David Glass.  Ryan Gosling as Lee Scott.  Tracy Letts as Mike Duke.  John C, Reilly at Tom Coughlin.  And Will Ferrell as Doug McMillon.

(If you have alternative suggestions, the MNB casting office is open for business…)

Prompting one MNB reader to write:

You could cast Seth Rogen as a East Coast, know-it-all retail analyst who has an orgasm every time an Amazon package arrives.. just sayin…

First of all, I cannot imagine who you're referring to.

But whoever it is, I'm sure he'd be thrilled to be played by Seth Rogen.

But thanks for making me laugh out loud.