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Sep 03, 2021
Happy Friday! There’s never a bad time for a good laugh, but on the cusp of a weekend, you totally deserve to ease up. Today, meet a South African stand-up comic who’s so good her shows have been sold out even during the pandemic, learn how drones could be the future of space exploration and dip some chips in a fiery Cuban sauce. Don’t forget this week’s caption contest.
At least 46 people have died across the U.S. Northeast after Hurricane Ida lashed the region, dumping record amounts of rain. The flooding caused 11 deaths in inundated basements in New York City — including the apartment of a Nepalese family of three in Queens, among them a 2-year-old toddler. The powerful storm also spawned at least 10 tornadoes that ravaged communities. (Sources: ABC, NYT, NY Post)
2 - Made in Africa, Stay in Africa
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines made in South Africa will no longer be shipped to Europe, a shift that follows intense criticism of the company at a time when less than 3 percent of the African continent has been inoculated. Meanwhile in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a law that authorizes him to break patents on drugs and vaccines in a public health crisis like COVID-19. (Sources: Business Insider,Reuters)
3 - Sayonara Suga
No patent or law could save Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The political veteran, who was former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s key enforcer, stunned the East Asian nation this morning, announcing that he won’t run for his party’s leadership later this month. That means Suga, whose government has struggled in the face of the pandemic, won’t be a prime ministerial contender in national elections, which must be held by October. Suga has been in power for just a year. (Sources: Japan Times, Guardian)
4 - Terror in Auckland
A lone wolf extremist stabbed at least six people in an Auckland mall Friday before he was shot dead by police, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The attacker was a supporter of the Islamic State group, confirmed Ardern. Do you fear a post-pandemic surge in terrorism after a decline in recent years? Vote here or on Twitter. (Source: Sky News)
5 - Hedging With $7B
That’s the back tax that current and former executives of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies have agreed to pay the IRS in the largest such settlement in U.S. history. Renaissance’s top executives are among the country’s top political donors — to both parties. (Sources: FT, WSJ)
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Whether you’re in the mood for “heavy” jokes or light laughs, this Mexican American son of a Mariachi singer will leave you rolling on the floor ... or on your sofa at home. Not that it’s been easy. When Iglesias started out in comedy he could barely make ends meet, ended up getting evicted and nearly lost his car. Today, he’s not just a master jokestar but a marketing marvel. What comes up if you Google “fluffy”? Thanks to genius branding, it’s probably Iglesias. Watch him on The Carlos Watson Show.
The Filipino American comic was always the class clown in high school, but it was Eddie Murphy’s Delirious that made Koy decide on stand-up comedy as a career. It hasn’t been easy as a half-Asian, half-white kid in an industry grappling with inadequate diversity, and Koy found inspiration in unlikely quarters: Tiger Woods and his rise. The surprising institution Koy credits — only half-jokingly — for his existence? The U.S. army and its role in the birth of mixed-race babies like Koy. Watch him onThe Carlos Watson Show.
Future of Drones
By now, using drones to drop off medicines or pizzas is no longer new. But modern engineering and science are paving the path for unmanned aerial vehicles to take on far more ambitious roles than we’ve ever imagined.
In April, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter — a drone — lifted offfrom the surface of Mars, the first unmanned aircraft to soar in the atmosphere of another planet. But drones could be helpful as more than extraterrestrial labs. One company has already designed — and won a $1 billion contract for —drones that can carry small satellites into outer space, so expensive rocket launches from Earth won’t be needed.
2 - Health Policing
If you’re hitting the streets of Dubai without a mask, an officer drone will likely make sure you’re punished. The city has used drones with facial-recognition abilities to enforce COVID-19 restrictions and catch violators to fine them. Early in the pandemic, China gifted two drones to Tunisia to also use for public health scrutiny. Those drones have temperature sensors and loudspeakers to warn violators.
3 - Wonder Wines
We might soon be thanking drones for the perfection we seek in our wines. In Argentina, vineyards are usingdrones to fight off birds. And in the U.S., researchers believe drones could help growers identify diseased plants, thereby improving production and quality.
Great, Unusual Dips
Because chips deserve so much more fun than Hummus or Salsa.
It looks like ketchup but it’s not. The secret to this slightly spicy, slightly sweet and super-tangy sauce is, believe it or not, pineapple juice. With Washington, D.C., and Chicago going head-to-head over where this magical condiment was born, the Mumbo sauce is the one to beat.
2 - Ajvar
It may be named after the luxury superfood caviar, but there’s nothing fishy about this Serbian dip. Made from roasted red bell peppers, olive oil and, depending on the region, eggplant, this bit of magic-in-a-bowl will get you aching for a trip to the east.
3 - Mojo Sauce
This one will instantly teleport you to Cuba from wherever you might be. A mix of orange and lime juice provides its tangy flavor while the Jalapeño chilli and garlic will surely make you jump off your seat. It’s used on everything from meat to plantains and it is, most definitely, the one you want to try.
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1 - Caption Contest
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Filmmaker Lisa Joy talks about attending Stanford with Tiger Woods, becoming a lawyer … and then pivoting to become a rapidly rising screenwriter. Hear her reveal the abhorrent sexism she has experienced in the writers’ room as she opens up about why her new Hugh Jackman movie is an indictment of the male gaze.
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