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You recognize the faces but not the names. That’s how it goes for some of cinema’s most reliable position players. Not any more. Meet the Chinese American veteran with Hollywood’s most soothing smile, check out some truly innovative fitness companies and read about surprising political referendums as calls for Scottish independence rise. Ahead of World Whiskey Day tomorrow, sip on some of the best drinks around. And read to the end for this week’s caption contest!
A masklessPresident Joe Biden pitched an optimistic future for Americans on a day public health officials said that those who are fully vaccinated could step out in most cases without face covers. But the present looks tricky for other parts of the world. Japan extended emergency restrictions to three more prefectures amid rising COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile, Pfizer revealed that it offered Brazil vaccines last year but didn’t even receive a response from President Jair Bolsonaro’s government. (Sources: WaPo, Japan Times, Reuters)
2. Advantage Bibi
Until yesterday, right-wing Israeli leader Naftali Bennett was plotting to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu down. Now, as Israel and Hamas exchange rockets and bombs, he’s returned to talks with Netanyahu’s Likud party, hurting the chances of an opposition coalition replacing the country’s longest-serving leader — even as Israeli troops pound Gaza with missiles and the death toll rises on both sides. Should the U.S. play a more active role in mediating for peace? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: Haaretz, Times of Israel, France 24, OZY)
3. Streaming Slowdown
Disney+ added far fewer subscribers in the year’s first quarter than had been expected, adding to a trend of disappointing returns that started with Netflix’s failure to gain as many users as analysts had predicted. (Source: CNBC)
4. Russian Ransom
Colonial Pipeline paid $5 million in ransom to Russia-based hackers to restore its operations after last week’s dramatic cyberattack. U.S. intelligence suggests the Kremlin wasn’t involved. (Sources: Bloomberg, WSJ)
This is a brewing battle. The northern Italian town of Treviso has challenged an application by Naples to be recognized as the original home of espresso coffee, sparking a bitter contest over culture and caffeine.
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The prolific 92-year-old Chinese American started as a civil engineer before the lure of acting drew him to Hollywood. Since then, Tinseltown can’t get enough of him. Over seven decades, you’ve seen him in everything from Blade Runner to Sleeping Dogs and from Seinfeld and Friends to The X-Files. A lifetime achievement award winner from the Asian Hall of Fame, Hong’s been a steady advocate of greater recognition for Asian actors. He hasn’t won an Oscar but probably deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame more than many who have.
She’s so familiar you probably think you went to high school with her or worked with her at some point. No, you just know the ALMA Award-winning Argentina-born actress from the multiple performances you’ve seen her in, from Eli Stone to the Dallas reprisal to Supergirl ... though the 39-year-old would’ve made this list if she never did another movie other than DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.
OZY Fest Is Back!
TED or Coachella? Why not both? This May 15-16, join us for a virtual celebration of bold change and big ideas at OZY Fest, with game-changers from Dr. Anthony Fauci and Condoleezza Rice to Sevyn Streeter and Mark Cuban. Register now.
And if you have a question for Dr. Fauci, a pitch for Mark Cuban or a joke for Tig Notaro, record it here!
The chorus for a fresh vote on Scottish independence is growing. Here are some past historic referendums you've likely never heard of.
1. Nazi-Fueled Referendum
It was the test case for Nazi propaganda. Overseen by the League of Nations after World War I, the region of Saarland held a referendum in 1935 to decide whether to be part of France or Germany. The Nazis flooded the region with radios that had just one frequency — with Hitler speaking on it. The strategy worked: Saarland overwhelmingly voted to join Germany. France grabbed control by the end of World War II, but in 1955 Saarland voted to rejoin Germany — where it remains. Read more on OZY.
2. Military Mandate
When a military coup ends democracy and you then get a referendum on a constitution drawn up by the generals, you’d likely vote no. Right? Wrong, if you’re Thai. From the strict censure of opposition figures to a belief that the military would guarantee law and order, multiple factors came together in 2016, when Thailand voted for the junta’s constitution.
3. Oranges Vs. Bananas
In 2005, Kenya held a referendum over a proposed new constitution that would have given the president more powers. Supporters of the new statute sported banana yellow and went head to head with the opposition party represented by orange. Orange won and Kenya did not go bananas.
Innovative Fitness Companies
For a complete rethink of what it means to get in shape and stay that way, look no further than these envelope-pushers.
If they’re calling you “the Tony Stark of fitness” you’re either exceedingly good or simply fictional. Dr. John Jaquish is the former. He sports a weightlifter’s physique but insists that weightlifting is a waste of time. Instead, his Jaquish Biomedical firm helps you develop muscle using resistance bands.
2. Dinosaur Training
Like Jaquish, Brooks Kubik believes that traditional weightlifting is pointless. Kubik suggests dragging around duffel bags of bricks and squatting with chains — and he’s been known to advocate the lifting of rocks to develop functional strength and fitness. Check out Dinosaur Training, his company. Read more at OZY.
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Getting Your Whiskey On
Scotland, America and Japan aren’t the only places to get top-shelf whiskey.
The best thing aboutMexico’s Sierra Norte Whiskey is that it’s made from corn. Specifically corn fromOaxaca, where the crop is believed to have originated 9,000 years ago. And the whiskey’s taste lives up to that legacy.
3. The Drink of Gods
Amrut means the “elixir of life” in Sanskrit and is the drink of gods in Indian scriptures. Ask any true Indian whiskey connoisseur, and the modern version is their favorite drink too. India’s first single malt, it was named thethird-best in the world in 2010 and can now bebought worldwide.
And if you’re looking for a light but spicy snack to accompany your drink, how about chef Ming Tsai’s Asian slaw? Whisk olive oil with lemon zest and juice, add salt and pepper, then toss in cabbage and scallions. Or how about pickled jalapeños — only made in the special way of Top Chef Tom Colicchio? Slice jalapeños, toss in salt and white vinegar and let them pickle.
Don’t miss Tsai and Colicchio as they cook up a storm at OZY Fest this weekend!
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Ten winners of the OZY Genius Awards will each receive a grant of $10,000. Meet the 25 finalists and vote for your favorite nominee until Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 6 p.m. EST. A jury will select the awardees, but we’ll separately unveil the People’s Vote winners!
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