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If you’re in a world of worry, and you’re like us, you find doctors calming … especially when they’re on TV — and you’re not on their operating table. Today meet top medical professionals who are also mass media celebrities, hire former Israeli spies to secure your digital devices, discover how your favorite music artists nearly joined a different band, visit the windiest cities in the world and kick off your weekend with this week’s caption contest!
It took awhile, but Facebook has concluded that “newsworthiness” doesn’t justify the viral amplification of hate posts from powerful world leaders on its platform. Politicians will no longer receive an automatic pass on hate speech, the social media firm has decided, after facing intense criticism for its failure to curb provocative pronouncements from former President Donald Trump during his time in power. (Source: WaPo, The Verge)
2. Africa Alert
The World Health Organization has warned that Africa faces a growing risk of a deadly third wave of COVID-19, with negligible vaccine supplies and a rapid rise in cases in Congo, Uganda, Angola and Namibia. Japan plans to ship 1.2 million vaccine doses to Taiwan. Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci has asked China to release the medical records of three Wuhan lab employees whose illness in November 2019 has fed a theory that the virus emerged from a research institution. (Sources: Al Jazeera, Japan Times, FT)
3. Biden’s Tax Tussle
President Joe Biden has offered Republicans concessions on some of his tax proposals in a bid to win support for his mammoth infrastructure spending plan, but key differences could still hold up those efforts. The revised pitch includes a willingness to drop a proposal to raise the corporate tax rate. (WSJ, NYT)
4. What on Earth?
Actually, they might not be from Earth. But no one has an answer. In a report likely to be released soon, U.S. intelligence agencies will confirm that military pilots have spotted scores of unidentified flying objects in recent years, but that there’s no evidence yet that aliens are visiting us. Do you think species from outer space are checking in on us? Vote here or on Twitter. (Source: CNN)
Rap to Rwanda
Rap star J. Cole has found a new calling — he has signed up to play three to six games in the Basketball Africa League with Rwanda’s Patriots BBC. Cole played basketball in high school, but it’s his star power that African basketball will look to score from.
It’s time for #RealTalkRealChange. OZY and Chevrolet are teaming up for a discussion on racial disparities in America’s health care system, taking on one of the most urgent questions we face today. Hosted by OZY co-founder and Emmy Award-winning journalist Carlos Watson, who is joined by key leaders from across the country, we’re having pointed conversations to identify problems and equip you with solutions. Put aside the shouting matches and talking heads and be an ally: Join us now on YouTube for a real conversation you won’t want to miss.
America’s preeminent couples therapist likes doing things in the open. From public lectures and TED talks to her fun, edgy and illuminating podcast series and books, the Belgian daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors breaks the rules that psychologists hold dear. But millions of viewers and listeners trust her … as does tinseltown, when it’s looking to make shows about affairs somewhat realistic and not just raunchy.
3. Emeka Okorocha
What Dr. Oz is on TV, Dr. Ok — as we like to call this London-based Nigerian doctor — is on TikTok. The 28-year-old with six-pack abs is a celebrity on the short video platform, which means he needs to field more than just questions about medicine. Instead, he’s bombarded with attempts by patients and TikTok followers to set him up with loved ones. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a prince.
Today on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’
He’s been billed as a rising star of the Republican Party by none other than former President Donald Trump. Rep. Byron Donalds is one of just two Black GOP members in the House, and has a lot to say about Trump’s record on race, the need for police reform — and why he thinks Congresspeople should all be friendlier to one another. Watch now.
Fascinating Cybersecurity Firms
Amid increasing assaults from hackers, including recent attacks on the Colonial Pipeline system and meatpacking giant JBS, these companies could hold the code to our future online security.
Tinfoil may be flimsy, but Tinfoil Security’s automated cybersecurity tools are anything but. Co-founded by Russian-American expert Michael Borohovski, Tinfoil’s technology allows you to test the security of apps. The company was recently purchased by California-based software giant Synopsis. Read more on OZY.
If there’s anyone who can match the credentials of Israeli spies, it’s Chris Kubecka. When Saudi Aramco, one of the world's largest oil companies, suffered a major cyberattack in 2012, it dialed Kubecka to fix their systems. She did, using skills she's been honing since the age of 10, when she stumbled upon vulnerable systems within the U.S. Department of Justice while war dialing numbers. The half Puerto Rican, half Dutch Kubecka — who previously worked with the U.S. Air Force — has also helped NATO, the European Union and South Korea in beating back hackers, with her company HypaSec. Read more on OZY.
The ‘Almost’ Bands
These unlikely music combinations so nearly came together.
The 23-year-old Oscar winner was almost in a band with Kehlani and Zendaya. When she was starting out, she was approached about joining a potential supergroup. While the proposal fizzled, their careers certainly haven’t. H.E.R. also spoke at our recent OZY Fest. Catch the full story on The Carlos Watson Show.
2. Patti Smith
What began as a romantic relationship between the founder of Blue Oyster Cult and Patti Smith almost became a whole different kind of partnership. Smith was asked to join the band as the lead singer after she had worked on their lyrics. She declined, but there was a brief moment where her solo show was almost a duo.
The windiest city on earth is Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Sitting where it does on the Cook Strait, winds in Wellington whip up to about 45 miles per hour. Sucks for strolling, great for sailing. Kiting. Windsurfing. Wind farms. Just don’t get blown away.
2. Rio Gallegos, Argentina:
Average wind speed in Rio Gallegos? Sixteen miles per hour. And keep in mind what “average” means. Every day of every month, rain, sleet or sunshine, it’s this windy in Rio Gallegos.
3. Dodge City, Kansas
OK, so Chicago wasn’t dubbed The Windy City for the actual wind but likely for its politicians, who were apparently full of hot air. That doesn’t mean we can rule out the American Midwest. With an average wind speed of 13.9 miles per hour, Dodge City is something else. Have you ever heard the expression “getting out of Dodge”? Now you get it.
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