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Happy Monday! I couldn’t stop marveling at the magic and madness of recently departed guitar great Eddie Van Halen as I watched Lost Weekend, a mini-documentary on his band on Sunday. Today, savor some other must-watch music movies, meet a stunt-loving sleuth saving us from online stalkers, taste “two-faced” cookies, listen to birds singing sexy songs during the pandemic and unpack a Nigerian movement against police violence that’s very relevant to America. Check answers to Friday’s quiz at the end.
Working remotely from Wyoming? Get ready for a pay cut. Silicon Valley tech giants are cutting pay for employees who have relocated to less-costly places amid the pandemic. All while corporate profits are expected to do better than expected in the year’s third quarter.
Like tech billionaires, tennis superstar Rafael Nadal isn’t complaining about COVID-19. On Sunday, he won his 13th French Open — equalling Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles. Guess who else is loving the pandemic? Songbirds.
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If you’re wondering why Nigeria dissolving a controversial police unit is a big deal, here’s the reason: America’s police excesses pale in comparison to the allegations against SARS in Africa’s most populous country.
When Saudi Aramco, one of the world's largest oil companies, suffered a major cyberattack in 2012, it dialed Kubecka to fix their systems. She did, using skills she's been honing since the age of 10 when she stumbled upon vulnerable systems within the U.S. Department of Justice while war dialing numbers. The half-Puerto Rican, half-Dutch Kubecka — who previously worked with the U.S. Air Force — has also helped NATO, the European Union and South Korea in beating back hackers. Should the U.S. government be employing her?Read more.
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And taste some of the most delicious food and drinks that are also intensely political in this OZY series. You won’t find that combination on any other menu.
When Food Gets Political
1. Mexico’s Diplomatic Elixir
This steamy cacao broth is no ordinary hot chocolate. It’s infused with chili powder, which is appropriate since it burned the bridges Aztec leaders were trying to build with Spaniards in 1519, after the leader of the European invaders nearly spat out the drink in revulsion. Read more.
2. South Africa’s ‘Two-Faced’ Cookies
In the 1930s, South African Prime Minister J.B.M. Hertzog went back on his promise of equal rights for South Africans of color. So Cape Malay women came up with this half-pink, half-brown tweegevrietjie, which means “two-faced cake” in Afrikaans. Read more.
3. Knotty Knafeh Kerfuffle
Is the knafeh Palestinian or Israeli, Turkish or Lebanese? The sweet-as-sugar dessert topped with nuts and cheese is claimed by all of the Middle East. The only way to settle this debate is to taste all the versions. I don’t mind. Read more.
Lost Weekend captured the magic and madness of Van Halen. Your next weekend will be a win if you set aside time for these other awesome music documentaries.
How did a polite folk singer turn into an angry man ready to change the world with his words? This brilliant film on Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of England captures that transition and brings you rare snippets of the legend performing backstage.
2. Buena Vista Social Club
To many, they were the sound of the 1990s.This 1999 classic is the story of a joyous but forgotten generation of Cuban maestros that finally found its moment.
From left to right, the seeds we asked you to identify were pumpkin, castor oil, nutmeg and Chinese lantern. Karla S., Don D., Tad S., Jon S., Luz O., Bruce V., David C., Gary L., Gerald M., Terri C., Janine L., D. Bradbury, Cole C., Jack L., Kathy T., Barbara C., Louanne V., Laura L., Cindy, Richard H., Jimmy W., Darcy M., Anne B., Hank Eng., Sharon, Alexis D., William P., Carol B., Vicky S., Raymond D., V.P. O’Connor, Hazel S. and Paulette W. — you all got it right!!!!