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Happy Wednesday! I’ve always found the board game Monopoly to be a perfect metaphor for the ugliness of the modern world: the richer you are, the more wealth you can extract from others. So I’ve thought up a simple but fun business game for you today. Also, read on to meet Berlin’s most notorious boar as well as global fake news fighters America can learn from; watch TV personality Karamo on The Carlos Watson Showand find safe ways to party in these times. Start off with OZY’s hump day playlist. And stay until the end for a hat tip to our most diligent readers.
Young people are increasingly driving the spread of the coronavirus across the world from Australia to the Philippines, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, at a time when schools and universities across America are grappling with decisions over whether to restart physical classes. Once a vaccine is ready, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it would likely be mandatory in that country.
C. “Do I Really Have a Choice?”
Those were former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s words as he resigned early Wednesday after a dramatic military coup following months of unrest in the West African nation over a faltering economy, growing militancy and a disputed election. The army arrested Keïta and the country’s prime minister Tuesday. African and European leaders have condemned the military takeover.
D. Market Madness
The worst recession in a century? You wouldn’t know that looking at Wall Street’s numbers, with the S&P 500 index ending Tuesday at its highest level ever. The market believes a victory against COVID-19 is around the corner. Will voters agree in November? Share your thoughts on Twitter.
E. In the Weeds
The Tokyo Bay’s seaweed forests have disappeared, battered by rising sea temperatures. The seaweed was the habitat of abalone and sardines that are no longer to be found either.
What won’t disappear — if Berliners have anything to do with it — is a famous family of boars.
boars vs. bores
A wild sow and her two piglets became celebrities earlier this month after they were photographed eating a nude bather’s pizza and then escaping with his laptop bag from a lakeside bathing resort in Berlin. Plans by authorities to cull the family have sparked protests. “Only the forestry office appeared to get no pleasure from them,” said an animal rights group. (Image courtesy: Adele Landauer, @adelelandauer_lifecoach)
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Karamo may be known for his emotional life coaching on Queer Eye, but today he joins Carlos to talk about his own journey that took him from being crazy to compassionate. Subscribe to the OZY YouTube channel to be notified when it's live. New subscribers get a chance to join a Zoom taping with a celebrity guest!
Here’s a taste of what Karamo told Carlos:
a. The hair care entrepreneur started balding when he was 27 years old.
b. No one at his Parkland school could pronounce his name right.
Ok, ready for a game? If you’ve been sipping our whiskey regularly, you’ll know that not all industries are suffering amid the recession. But even the ones that are booming have darker sides to them. Take a look at the clues below, and guess the industry I’m talking about!
a. A French firm that’s one of the giants of its industry is facing serial allegations of sexual misconduct and cover-ups.
b. Only 1 percent of industry professionals are Black people.
c. The industry’s sales rocketed by 35 percent in March as the global economy shut down.
Each time the President of Argentina Alberto Fernández speaks, Zommer’s team at Chequeado uses artificial intelligence and human scrutiny to fact-check every word. So much so that ahead of last year’s presidential elections, former President Mauricio Macri’s office started sending Chequeado — Latin America’s first such platform — sources for his speech in advance!
There are good cops too. The police officer sends her team out to 400 villages to help rural India fight fake news that spreads like wildfire on WhatsApp and that has led to at least 33 mob lynchings since 2017. Read more.
Misinformation is bad … stupidity is worse. While we wait for a coronavirus vaccine, social distancing is still our best bet. Here are some folks you don’t want to emulate.
The city that birthed the pandemic hasn’t learned its lesson. Thousands of partiers gathered Tuesday in an open water park for a music festival — without masks or social distancing. Wuhan hasn’t seen fresh cases in a while but multiple countries — including China — have witnessed a resurgence in infections.
B. School Start
University of North Georgia students threw a massive party Saturday night to celebrate their return to campus for classes, many of them without wearing masks. The university said it’s disappointed in the students. Maybe it should have thought of that before deciding to reopen.
C. Bolsonaro Bluster
Don’t sit next to virus deniers. Ever. Days before he tested positive for COVID-19, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was at a small U.S. Embassy party celebrating July 4 where he was seen posing with the American ambassador. They all had their thumbs up. We’re giving them a definitive thumbs down.
And for those of us who absolutely must get social right away, there are some smart solutions.
Let others see you smile (or scowl if they’re planning to go to a water party in Wuhan). These transparent masks protect you without crushing your ability to communicate with others.
B. Socially Distant Concerts
Seated on elevated metal platforms separated from each other, some 2,500 fans watched English singer, songwriter and musician Sam Fender in Newcastle, England, earlier this month. Is this the future of concerts?
C. Remote Games
But you’re still safest at home. And you can still enjoy your game night with friends living far away — using these pandemic-era rules for popular board games that you can now play over Zoom. Read more.
Would you feel safe attending a concert like the one in Newcastle? Tell us on Twitter or below.
Yesterday we asked you what George Lopez did not say to Carlos. The answer: Lopez did not say that he was named after his father.
But some of you deserve a shoutout for something else. A typographical error slipped through in yesterday’s newsletter. Russ H, Kathi V, Jay S, Jill B and Jon T — thanks for keeping us on our toes! Indeed, Benjamin Franklin left the Postal Service in 1776, not 1976. He hadn’t discovered the secret to living forever. 😊 Keep reading us as carefully!