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We get it. For multiple reasons, trust in the police has been on the wane. But the alternatives to the folks in blue can leave a bitter aftertaste too. Meet the world’s most controversial private investigators, who promise to crack mysteries the police can’t, check out shopping’s tech-fueled future, listen in on upcoming audio apps and sip special gins. Don’t miss today’s spot-the-difference game, and see if you got last week’s right!
Joshua Eferighe, Reporter, and Nick Fouriezes, Senior Editor
News in a Minute
1. Manslaughter in Minnesota
Former police officer Kim Potter has been charged with manslaughter for shooting dead Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, near Minneapolis Sunday, though Wright’s family members believe she should be charged with murder instead. (Sources: WaPo)
2. Taliban Triumph
“We have won the war and America has lost.” That’s what a Taliban leader said, his comments reflecting confidence in the extremist group’s ability to take control of Afghanistan once the U.S. withdraws its forces on Sept. 11, as announced by President Joe Biden yesterday. NATO said it would follow suit. Has America “lost” in Afghanistan? Vote on Twitter or here. (Sources: BBC, WaPo, Deutsche Welle)
3. Very Messi
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has helped secure 50,000 doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for South America’s soccer players ahead of this year’s top competition in the sport. Meanwhile, Poland, Hungary and France plan to go ahead with the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines they’ve already obtained despite concerns over some recipients developing blood clots. (Sources: Guardian, AP)
4. Crypto Conquest
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase drew a valuation of $85 billion on its stock market debut yesterday, underscoring the coming-of-age of a form of investment that until recently was widely viewed as little more than a fad. (Source: WSJ)
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They walk a thin line between legal and vigilante. Yet when the police fail to solve a mystery, these private investigators step in.
1. Jane Mugo
She once studied to be a nun. Today, the Kenyan “Spy Queen” is her country’s most famous detective, credited with solving hundreds of crimes. She is also controversial, and was briefly on the lam herself, accused of breaking the law while pursuing cases. While she waits for a court to pass a verdict on her methods, Mugo sits safe in her private compound surrounded by attack dogs (including her favorite, named “Hitler”) she trained herself.
2. Zhang Yufen
It started when Zhanginvestigated her own husband’s lover. The sexagenarian charges only expenses while heading the Alliance Against Mistresses, which used to receive 100 calls a day before the pandemic for its misogyny-laced services, where it’s always the mistress — never the philandering husband — who is to blame. But Zheng doesn’t stop at gathering evidence of cheating. The PI is known as “the mistress killer” … Zhang believes beating mistresses can cure an abandoned wife’s pain.
3. Jay J. Armes
Pain is something the son of Mexican-American parents understands well. He blasted off his hands while playing with stolen railway torpedoes at age 11 and he briefly worked as an actor before adopting a larger-than-life detective persona packed with boastful claims, including an insistence that he’s a third-degree black belt in karate. But at 88, he still hasn’t lost his sleuthing touch, taking three days in February to track down a stolen golf cart reported missing to police six months before.
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The audio-based app's runaway success is being heard around the world.
1. Sonic TikTok?
China blocked Clubhouse in February after it became a hub for political conversations. But that’s spawned a series of local audio-app innovations to fill the void. Keep your ears perked for what ByteDance — the company behind TikTok — comes up with. They know what it takes to create an addictive app.
Slack, the channel-based messaging platform, is not shying away either. CEO Stewart Butterfield told his Clubhouse counterpart Paul Davison, to his face, of plans to repackage the latter’s features. “I’ve always believed the ‘good artists copy, great artists steal’ thing,” he said.
3. Fireside Chat
You know Mark Cuban as a “shark” investor, so it’s little surprise that he’s smelled blood. Cuban’s co-founding an audio app, Fireside, that will allow creatives to speak with and broadcast their work directly to fans, and monetize that interaction. Don’t miss Cuban on The Carlos Watson Show.
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But why just groceries and household goods? Legacy brands are fighting back against Amazon’s retail dominance by offering what they argue is the best of both worlds: the comfort of online shopping with the experience of a physical store. With the buy-online, pick-up-in-store model, Walmart, Target and others are banking on experiential shopping that — especially amid a pandemic — helps you avoid spending too much time in a store. Read more on OZY.
3. Social Shopping
Yet there’s another even more revolutionary model that’s coming after Amazon. Viral Chinese app WeChat first integrated social media and e-commerce and the West is now catching up, with Instagram, Pinterest and now even YouTube offering facilities that let you shop while you engage on these platforms, without ever leaving them.
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Great Craft Gins
As gin and tonic season approaches, check out these unlikely but brilliant craft gins from around the world.
1. Greater Than
Juniper, coriander, fresh lemon peel, a hint of ginger … it’ll transport you to the rich spice box that is India. Greater Than, India’s first craft gin, is truly greater than the sum of its parts. It received advice from the makers of Bombay Sapphire. Now it’s the latest gem in the craft gin world. Read more on OZY.
It means “elephant” in several South African languages. Which is appropriate, since this craft gin is made from … wait for it … botanicals sourced from elephant poop. Infused with juniper berries, angelica root and orris root, the golden tipple is serious stuff, not something its creators have just ginned up for attention. Read more on OZY.
3. Drink Monday
It might sound like a risky plan, but that’s what this West Coast gin distillery is betting on. Don’t worry, these are zero-alcohol gins, with citrus, spices and other botanicals mimicking the taste of a classic London dry with a crisp finish.
Spot the Difference
Can you find the four differences between the two images?
Last Week’s Differences: The nose, keys on the trumpet, paintings and colors of the fluid in the bottles. Check here to see if you got it right!