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Most of us will never forget where we were on September 11, 2001. I remember my fourth grade teacher rushing out of the room, then returning with three other teachers as they fumbled to turn the boob tube to the news. Today, we look at how the coronavirus crisis is hurting 9/11 survivors, meet a marine biologist shining a light on Antarctica’s filthy seafloors, improve your vocabulary with a fun game and get you ready for the weekend with some magical martinis. Read to the end for the answer to yesterday’s question.
It’s two steps forward, one step back for equality and justice. Citibank has appointed Scottish-born Jane Fraser as its CEO, becoming the first major U.S. bank with a female head. And over in Australia, mining giant Rio Tinto said its CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques is quitting amid repercussions from the company’s destruction of ancient indigenous rock shelters in May. But in Brazil environmentalists are mourning the death of a leading expert on uncontacted tribes in the Amazon from an arrow — possibly from people he spent his career protecting. Is the Citi change a harbinger of broader gender equality on Wall Street? Vote on Twitter.
4. Fatter, Please
A coronavirus aid bill proposed by Republicans did not make it past the Senate Thursday as Democrats deemed the $300 billion legislation too ‘skinny.’ The bill was significantly less than the $1 trillion suggestion by the GOP in July — an indication that job gains and signs of pandemic progress have made Republicans less worried. However with 191,000 people in the United States dead from the virus, there is no telling if the economy has truly bottomed out.
At least 42 survivors of the attacks have died from COVID-19, and another 1,300 have contracted it. It’s only the latest health setback that 9/11 survivors — many of whom were first responders — have suffered.
Today climate change is in many ways the existential threat terrorism seemed at the turn of the century. Meet some of the world’s brilliant climate communicators making sure that humankind can no longer ignore this crisis.
Crafty Climate Communicators
1. Malaika Vaz
The beach was her childhood getaway. So it’s little surprise that the 23-year-old from Goa, India developed a love for windsurfing, diving and sailing — before plunging into conservation. Her documentaries have been featured on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Vaz is probing the illegal trade of manta rays across Southeast Asia. Oh, and she’s also a Cessna pilot — she knows how to fly high.
2. Hans Cosmas Ngoteya
The 30-year-old loves it when groups of local visitors to western Tanzania’s Katavi National Park see crocodiles and hippos living together. The message is simple: so can humans and animals. That’s why the filmmaker and photographer is now working with local communities that once poached animals to instead offer them alternative livelihoods while training them in conservation.
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Whether you want to up your dating game, or just break the ice at a party, these brilliant words will help you bring smiles to conversations. But first, you’ve got to figure them out for yourself.
Mind Your Language
Can you match each of these words to its meaning and to the country where you might hear it?
a. A look shared by two people who want to initiate something, but neither start.
b. A joke that’s so, so bad that you can’t stop yourself from laughing.
c. I get you.
(For example: Is “Jayus; I get you; Chile” correct?)
Jazz up your already jazzy dirty martini with a little sardine flavor. Wash your gin with sardine oil, then make your martini as normal with vermouth and olive brine. Sounds weird, tastes amazing.
The foamy bubble bath martini from London’s Bohemian Lounge does indeed taste like an alcoholic bath, with lychee and lavender notes and a little teeny rubber ducky.
3. Easter Promises
If Cadbury creme eggs are out of season (or unavailable in your country) you can recreate the flavor, but at home and with alcohol. It does require something called whipped cream vodka though.
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