Good morning. Ever dropped your phone? Of course you have, because otherwise you’d be a robot. Next time it happens, hopefully this guy’s around – he snagged a stranger’s phone out of midair while riding a roller coaster.
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
– Oscar Wilde
Hong Kong situation
Uniformed school children in Hong Kong formed human chains around the city yesterday morning in support of pro-democracy protesters after a weekend of demonstrations that resulted in more than 150 arrests, according to local police. Protesters rallied in front of the American consulate on Sunday, calling on the United States to lend support to their cause.
How did we get here again? Protests have been ongoing in the Chinese-ruled city since a bill was proposed in April that would allow Hong Kong to detain and transfer people to countries or territories, including Taiwan and mainland China, regardless of whether they held a formal extradition agreement with Hong Kong.
What happens next? Last week, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam announced that she would withdraw the extradition bill, but would not concede to the protesters four other demands. Protesters have been asking for an independent probe into the use of force by police, amnesty for arrested protesters, a declaration that the protests were not a riot, and universal suffrage.
Here’s what people are saying:
Hong Kong’s Leader Bends to Protests. But It May Not Break the Movement.
Queen Elizabeth II approved legislation to block a no-deal Brexit yesterday, requiring Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a delay if an agreement isn’t made by the October 31 deadline. As of last night, parliament was suspended until October 14.
Texas announced yesterday that it would lead 50 attorneys general in a multistate, bipartisan antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices. The new investigation comes amid several ongoing state and federal investigations into big tech companies.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to Juul Labs yesterday, saying that the e-cigarette maker ignored federal laws in its marketing practices. According to the FDA, federal law requires that manufacturers of tobacco products demonstrate with scientific evidence that the product poses a low risk before marketing it as such.
Hedge fund Elliott Management disclosed a $3.2 billion stake in AT&T yesterday. The activist investor is calling for changes at the telecommunications company, focusing on its leadership and M&A strategy.
Hiroto Saikawa has resigned from his position as Nissan CEO effective September 16th. In the interim he will be replaced by COO Yasuhiro Yamauchi, and the company plans to announce a permanent replacement sometime in October.
Uber has dedicated $200 million to expand Uber Freight. The business unit, which connects truck drivers with shipping companies, will establish its headquarters in Chicago, and plans to hire more than 2,000 employees over the next three years.
In yesterday’s DONUT, we covered the heartwarming story of a selfless six-year-old from Florida, and today we’re back with the sweetest of updates.
Quick recap: for Jermaine Bell’s seventh birthday, his family was planning to go to Walt Disney World with money they’d been saving up for more than a year. But when Hurricane Dorian hit, he quickly gave up the birthday trip of his dreams and decided to use the money to serve food to hurricane evacuees near his grandmother’s South Carolina home.
When Disney heard about Jermaine’s good deeds, they decided it wasn’t something that should go unrewarded. A group of Disney employees – including Mickey Mouse himself – surprised Jermaine at his home on his birthday yesterday with hats and balloons, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.
After dropping out of high school and making a remarkable climb from an Australian drive-in movie theater to the top of the Hollywood film industry, Scott Neeson still didn’t feel fulfilled. The more things he accumulated, he said, the more unhappy he became.
So in 2003, after an extremely successful decade as president of 20th Century Fox International – he oversaw the release of Braveheart, Star Wars, and Titanic – he decided to get away from Los Angeles for a bit.
During a five-week trip through Asia, Neeson visited a garbage dump in Cambodia where he met dozens of children working knee-deep in trash, some of whom had been abandoned by their parents. Within a year of that encounter, he sold his home, cars, and yacht, and moved full-time to Cambodia, where he launched a charity to assist the children who’d captured his heart the previous year.
Now, the Cambodian Children’s Fund has close to 2,000 kids enrolled in its education program, has provided houses to more than 450 families in need, and distributes 45 tons of rice to the community each year. As for Neeson… he’s gained a family and a purpose – and that’s worth more to him than all the cars and yachts in the world.
Lost and found… India has located its lunar rover, Vikram, on the moon’s surface after losing contact this past Friday. Communication has not been reestablished at this point.
Dive into the rise and fall of the East India Trading Company, the business that at one time possessed a standing army of 260,000 soldiers. And they almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow.
On a roll… Phase 2 trials using MDMA (ecstasy, molly, etc.) to treat PTSD succeeded in eliminating the disorder almost 70% of the time.
The original Grand Canyon… Per the WSJ, scientists have discovered new evidence of the asteroid that blasted a hole in the earth 100 miles wide and 12 miles deep, eliminating the dinosaurs. (Non WSJ subscribers – here’s a Nat Geo piece)
Bonus: Not only do London cabbies have to memorize every street, but they also have to memorize every business, restaurant, statue, pub, and landmark on them. Their exam has been called the hardest in the world, and studying for it enlarges cabbies’ hippocampuses.
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