It’s November 27, 2015 and time for the Black Friday edition of Friday Yes or No. I’ve had a fine Thanksgiving meal, what time stores open is no longer my professional concern and I’ve started my month-long non-stop holiday music listenthon. I’m psyched.

Q1: Is it any surprise that the retail industry is worried about this holiday season?

A1: No

Q2: Is it because the way people shop has changed dramatically in the last 15 years, with more people going online and more buying things when they want them, no matter what time of year?

A2: Yes

Q3: Is Adele the best new singer of this century?

A3: Yes

Q4: Would an Adele holiday album be awesome?

A4: Yes

Q5: So everyone who thought Donny Trump’s presidential circus would fold up its tent by Thanksgiving is wrong?

A5: Yes

Q6: Is there much chance Trump will get bored or self-immolate by Christmas?

A6: No

Q7: Was there anyone who thought the Middle East situation would get better if there was a new conflict between Russia and Turkey?

A7: No

Q8: Is anyone really convinced that France is about to become a more pushy player in the Syria/ISIS/Iraq mess?

A8: No

Q9: Is the 8.1% rise in traffic deaths in the first half of this year due in large part to distractions such as smartphones?

A9: Yes

Q10: But is it also a reflection of the angry times we live in, as also manifest by the success so far of Donny Trump?

A10: Yes

Q11: So the message to drivers for the rest of this holiday weekend is get off the phone and slow the hell down?

A11: Yes


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