Good morning and happy Monday. If you’re wishing you could catch some extra Z’s, here’s a little glimpse of the future – sleeping on your drive into work (but we wouldn’t recommend that quite yet).
“Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.” -Miguel de Unamuno
G7 & US-China relations
The annualG7 summitwraps up today in France, where the heads of state from the United States, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan are gathered to discuss international policy issues.
On Friday, China announcedadditional tariffs of 5-10% on $75 billionworth of US goods. Later that day, the US respondedby pledging to increase the rate of tariffs set to go into effect in the coming months.
Meanwhile, on China’s home front… Policefireda warning gunshot and used a water cannon against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday night. The demonstrations have been ongoing throughout the summer, but had been largely peaceful for most of August.
China hasaccusedUS lawmakers of inappropriately interfering by voicing support for protesters, who have been seen waving American flagsand asking for the US to interfere.
Both sides must give to find a solution to Hong Kong’s crisis
Brazil deployed 44,000 troops to help put out a record number of fires burning in the Amazon. The number of fires in the rainforest increased more than 80 percent this year over the same period in 2018 and has caught the attention of international leaders and activists around the world.
An Oklahoma judge is expected to issue a ruling today on whether Johnson & Johnson is responsible for the role it has played in the nation’s opiod epidemic. The state’s attorney general has argued that the company should pay ~$17 billion in damages for aggressively marketing the drugs while downplaying the risk of addiction.
Disney and Target announced a partnership yesterday – the retailer will be opening up Disney stores within 25 existing locations, with 40 more locations set to roll out in 2020. As part of the deal, Target will also open a location near Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
A WSJ investigation found over 4,000 items available for purchase on Amazon that “have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators” – many labelled as “Amazon’s choice.” Amazon removed a majority of the items after the WSJ contacted the e-commerce giant, but many remain listed for sale.
Forbes released its list of highest paid actors last week. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson topped the list ($89.4 million), with Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. rounding out the top 3, coming in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
If you were stuck in your house 24/7, how would you entertain yourself? That’s the dilemma 3-year-old Quinn Waters finds himself in daily after being diagnosed with brain cancer. His immunity was wiped out following a stem cell transplant to combat the disease, so even a common cold could send him back to the hospital. Only immediate family is allowed to enter, so the boy is forced to stare longingly at the outside world through the window… until recently. Family members began to entertain him through the window with interactive art, then neighbors began to regularly stop by to perform various types of shows ranging from acrobatic tricks to a dog parade. Soon, professional performers caught wind of the situation and started appearing daily on his front lawn – dance acts, musical artists, you name it. Quinn’s mood and health has been rapidly improving, and his family attributes it to the different strangers who show up each day to perform for the little boy.
Kentucky resident Jeff Bracken is afflicted with Usher Syndrome, a condition that causes hearing loss and eventually affects vision, causing blindness. After his diagnosis, he was forced to turn in his drivers’ license, and picked up biking as a way to exercise his freedom and mobility, as well as his power over the disorder. His vision has been slowly deteriorating over the years, and is now at the point where Jeff has no peripheral vision… he told Stitch Videos it’s like “looking through two toilet paper rolls.” Not knowing how long his limited vision will last, he recently completed the Fuller Center Bike Adventure – a 3,500 mile bike ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C., where the riders stop in multiple cities along the route to construct houses for those in need. As for what’s next? “If my vision does get down to this, I’ll just find the next thing to do. I’ll just find another way to adapt, another way to overcome to find fulfillment and enjoyment.” You go, dude.