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Oct 01, 2021
Phew. It’s Friday. This week has felt longer than most and I desperately need a laugh. If you need one too, get ready to meet a Senegalese factory worker in Italy who has emerged as TikTok’s latest star jokester. As the planet heats up, read about the politics of carbon taxes and why what seems right might not be fair. And if you’re starting to plan travel, how about a unique mix of history and science? Check out some of the world’s oldest observatories. Don’t forget to participate in the week’s caption contest.
America’s epidemic of police killings is more than twice as bad as we know it to be, new research suggests. More than half of such killings over the past 40 years were mislabeled, researchers at the University of Washington have found, with Black Americans disproportionately the victims in these cases. (Sources: WaPo, CNN)
2 - Biden’s Battle
It’s not a “forever war,” but it’s dragging on for sure. A stopgap bill will help fund the government through December, preventing its shutdown in the middle of a pandemic. But the House of Representatives postponed a vote on President Joe Biden’s signature project, a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, while the divide among Democrats over an even larger social security expansion plan deepened. (Sources: AP, NYT)
3 - Slippery Oil Scam
Federal investigators are probing Morgan Stanley, Interactive Brokers and other financial trading firms for handling more than $100 million of shady cash for a Venezuelan businessman who authorities believe was laundering money for a former oil minister of the South American nation. (Source: WSJ)
4 - Ethiopia Expulsion
Ethiopia has ordered seven United Nations diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours, accusing them of “meddling” in the civil war in the Tigray region of the East African nation. The U.S. has threatened sanctions. (Source: Al Jazeera)
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The latest sensation on TikTok is an unlikely funnyman. Lame’s a 21-year-old former factory worker, but theSenegalese national based in Italy is anything but mechanical in his laugh-riot videos, where he mocks fancy life hacks by offering simpler, everyday fixes. It’s a route to success that has taken him past 100 million followers on the viral platform and made his thefastest-growing account on TikTok. That’s no joke.
2 - Camila Coelho
The Brazil-born Coelho moved to the U.S. when she was 14. Her first job was working at the Dior counter at a Macy’s, which she says is when she realized how much she loved fashion and the beauty industry. But it was when she discovered the power of YouTube that the first-generation immigrant turned from an everyday girl into a superstar influencer. Today, with more than 4 million followers across two YouTube channels, and 9 million followers on Instagram, she’s fast emerging as one of the fashion world’s most sought after brands. No wonder Jessica Alba is happy to get onto a YouTube video with her, cooking Brazilian food. After all, Coelho knows how to cook up a storm.
3 - Hamako Mori
She believes she has discovered the most surprising secret to a long life: gaming. “Gamer Grandma” to her fans, the Japanese nonagenarian is theoldest YouTuber in the world. She posts just four videos every month but her energy as she unboxes new consoles, plays fresh games and broadcasts them to her loyal audience of529K followers will leave you with an awe-filled smile.
Climate change is real, and carbon emissions are fundamentally responsible. But who should we look to punish and how? It’s a political question with more facets to it than you’ve likely thought about.
The proposals for carbon import taxes in the West are also sparking stern rebukes from the largest economies in the developing world, includingChina, India, Brazil and South Africa, which say these tariffs are discriminatory.
4 - Punish the Consumer?
But what if we looked at a new way to apportion blame for climate change? At the moment, we look at each country’s carbon emissions footprint. But whether it’sEthiopian coffee orBangladesh-made garments, manufacturing across the developing world is often geared toward Western demand. Would it make sense, then, to measure theconsumption-based carbon emissions of countries? By that metric, China’s footprint drops substantially — while that of America and Europe rises.
You likely know about Stonehenge, the stunning prehistoric site in England that some believe served an astronomical purpose. Now learn about some other ancient observatories that our ancestors used to study the stars.
From a distance, they look like the bumps on the back of a crocodile. In fact, they are 13 towers carefully built on a ridge in a desert valley in northern Peru, meant as a calendar that’s part of theoldest astronomical observatory in the Americas — dating back 2,300 years.
2 - Nabta Playa
Some 700 miles south of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, an innocuous-looking circle of ancient stones marks what is the world’s oldest known astronomical site — some of the rocks were placed there 6,500 years ago. Aligned with the summer solstice, Nabta Playa served as a vital calendar that helped ancient Egyptians decide when to sow or harvest crops.
3 - Cheomseongdae
It’s practically a newbie compared to Chankillo and Nabta Playa – just some 1,400 years old. But it’s much more than a circle of stones: It’s an actualstar-gazing tower in Gyeongyu, South Korea. And not just any star-gazing tower. This is the oldest surviving one in Asia.
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