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Happy Thursday! I remember when I was in grade school I lied on my eye exam so I could wear glasses. I still find them cool. Just as I hope you’ll find the stunning frames we’ll introduce you to today, along with the biggest software IPO in history and the former female soccer player who’s now Hungary’s William Barr. Take a quiz to figure out how you can travel the world amid the pandemic. Start with a story of love and hope and end with answers to Wednesday’s teaser.
She helped him win freedom. Now they’ve tied the knot. Former WNBA star Maya Moore has married Jonathan Irons, who was wrongly convicted of assault and burglary and served 23 years in prison. Moore gave up her career last year to fight for justice for Irons. She’s not the only one in the world of sports making big decisions. Big Ten football, after initially choosing to postpone the season, has decided to resume and will start games Oct. 24. Is the league making a mistake? Vote on Twitter.
2. Trump and TikTok Tangle
President Donald Trump has pushed back against a proposed deal between Oracle and the video-sharing app that would allow TikTok’s Chinese owners to retain a majority stake and control of the platform’s algorithm while letting the new U.S. firm operate its global business. “Conceptually, I can tell you, I don’t like that,” Trump said, ahead of a Thursday review of the proposal. His administration also charged five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians for cyberattacks on more than 100 government agencies, companies, universities and think tanks.
3. A Blizzard in the Fall
Cloud data firm Snowflake saw its valuation double to more than $70 billion in a day with the biggest software IPO in history. One investor earned $12 billion in a day through that windfall. All while the broader U.S. economy continues to struggle, forcing the Federal Reserve to announce plans to keep interest rates near zero for at least another three years, until inflation — an indicator of growing consumer demand — rises again.
We declare it: Cariumas are the shoes of this fall. The beautiful colors and soft fabric of these sustainable, stylish and crazy comfortable sneakers will bring you those cozy fall feelings wherever you are.
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Attorney General William Barr — who’s now advocating sedition charges against violent protesters — has frequently been accused of subverting the course of the law to benefit Trump. Meet some of his most influential global peers, law ministers who are either testing the boundaries of their domain, like Barr, or emerging as symbols of justice.
She’s been called Hungarian President Viktor Orban’s “Charm Cannon,” and the 40-year-old mother of three relishes her role as the chief global defender of the authoritarian approach to the rule of law that has Europe worried. You might not be convinced by her insistence that a recent law giving Orban the power to effectively rule by decree isn’t a power grab, but she’ll keep at it. The former soccer player can juggle the ball 37 times with her feet and isn’t dropping it anytime soon.
The 59-year-old is China’s William Barr — only possibly even more influential, given his old ties with President Xi Jinping. Appointed China’s justice minister in April, Tang worked with Xi when the latter was the party boss of Zhejiang province in the early 2000s. Now he’s in charge of consolidating Xi’s power at a time the president is facing criticism over his handling of the pandemic.
Just as big ideas are in ours. Here are a couple to get you thinking.
1. All Americans Should Go to Prison
Seriously. Except not to serve time — but to visit. Prisons are mostly remote and hard to visit. But once you make the effort, you can understand the pain and struggle that those behind bars must endure in a country with the world’s largest incarceration numbers. You might become an advocate for prison reform. And who knows, like Moore, you might even find love! Read more.
2. Sex Cam Help
The help we’re referring to is hands-off, and about something many don’t realize is an ongoing crisis: Cam viewers are facing more anxiety about their habits than the average porn viewer. That’s why cam sites like Stripchat should serve more than erotic content — they should also offer mental health resources to users. Read more.
International aviation is slowly restarting — in bubbles that countries are creating with specific nations they deem safe for travel. Take this quiz to figure out where you’d need to be to fly to these places once travel agreements are sealed.
Just because they’re mountain glasses and you don’t plan on going hiking anytime soon doesn’t mean you can’t pull them off. Julbo’s Vermont glacier sunglasses look vintage chic because they date back to the 1950s. Wear these and everyone will want a piece of them — or of the uber-cool you.
Besides the all-wood, slim-body frames and smooth, hard finish, these glasses are also just examples of masterful craftsmanship. The brand, founded by the Malaysian-born Ti Kwa in 2012, is like wearing art on your face. These specs might tempt you to fake an eye test the way I did.
What are the coolest frames according to you? Share them with us.
Specs are all about sight. Now let’s talk about insight, and OZY’s surprising, smart takes. For more of OZY, follow us on Instagram @OZY to stay up to date with our latest offerings across TV, podcasts and news. And don’t forget to check out OZY’s CEO and host of The Carlos Watson Show, Carlos Watson, on Instagram too!
Joshua R. and Joseph L., you both got it right! Morocco’s Nawal El Moutawakel was the first Muslim woman to win a gold at the Summer Olympics, in 1984!