Good morning. Today is an eventful day in the world of movie releases:
The King of Staten Island – starring Pete Davidson – is now available to stream through on-demand services.
Da 5 Bloods – directed by Spike Lee – can be viewed starting today on Netflix.
Artemis Fowl has been released on Disney+.
Have a great weekend y’all.
“Yet the deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
2020: Not So Bad After All?
We’re nearly halfway through the year, and already it seems that 2020 has held enough significant events to last a few decades. Impeachment, Brexit, Australian brushfires, a global pandemic, Kobe Bryant’s sudden death, murder hornets, and the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, to name a few.
But what are the global trends? Is the world getting worse or better? Today, we aim to surface some underreported positive trends of 2020.
The world’s largest green turtle colony earlier this month was found to be nearly twice as big as scientists initially thought.
What’s Next? The remainder of the year could be just as action-packed as the first half. Up next: global COVID-19 vaccine efforts continue, the world reopens (to possibly close again), and the U.S. gears up for the November election.
So… what are people saying?
Congratulations, and some advice, to the Class of 2020
President Trump authorized economic and travel sanctions against members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday. The sanctions are targeted against any court worker directly involved in investigating American troops – and those of allied nations – for possible war crimes in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
More: On March 5, the ICC ruled in favor of an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops, the Afghan government, and the Taliban over the past 17 years.
Garrison Courtney, a former top DEA spokesman, pleaded guilty to defrauding several companies of more than $4 million on Thursday. Courtney admitted to duping 13 private companies by pretending to be a CIA operative, going as far as having his victims sign fake government non-disclosure agreements and forging messages from the U.S. attorney general.
Major U.S. stock indicesfell on Thursday (Dow -6.9%, S&P -5.89%, Nasdaq -5.27%).
Another 1.5 million Americansfiled for unemployment last week. Economists are reportedly still trying to reconcile weekly data with last week’s surprising May jobs report.
U.S. mortgage rates are at an all-time low according to Mortgage News Daily, with average rates falling below three percent (2.94%) for the first time ever.
Instacartannounced a $225 million round of funding that values the company at $13.7 billion. Instacart’s share of the U.S. grocery delivery market has grown from ~30% in February to 55% in May.
According to the WSJ, the European Union is planning to file antitrust charges against Amazon as early as next week or the week after. The charges will reportedly focus on the company’s treatment of third-party sellers, and their role as both a seller and operator of the marketplace.
More: In April, a WSJ investigative report revealed that Amazon employees used data from independent sellers on the company’s marketplace to develop competing products.
Face The Nation
On Thursday, Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company would no longer sell facial recognition software to police until a national law “grounded in human rights” is put into place governing its use. Microsoft’s announcement comes days after similar decisions from Amazon and IBM.
Walk, Tony, Walk!
In 2015, Paula and Mark Hudgell began fostering baby Tony, a little boy who had been so severely abused by his biological parents that he was on the verge of death. To save his life, the medical staff at Evelina London Children’s hospital had to amputate both of the boy’s legs.
Now, the five-year-old Tony wants to give back to Evelina London – where he still receives treatment – by walking 10 kilometers on his new prosthetic legs this month. Tony began walking last week with an initial goal of raising £500 for the hospital; shockingly, the fundraiser has already received more than £367,913 ($461,990) in donations.
The Grow Must Go On
When third-grader Kyra Sutton of Riegelwood, North Carolina, received a small cabbage plant in early March as part of a class project from her elementary school teacher, she was excited to practice her gardening skills. Shortly after Kyra planted the cabbage in her great-grandparents’ garden, her teacher scrapped the project due to the pandemic.
Determined to press on, Kyra continued to cultivate her cabbage until the end of the school year. At that point, the vegetable had reached an astounding 31 pounds (photos). The gung-ho gardener, who shared her crop with dozens of neighbors, has been nominated by her teachers for a national scholarship contest hosted by Bonnie Plants, the project’s sponsor.
Speech Teacher Lost For Words
Cíntia Bonfante Pereira is a speech therapist in Brazil who specializes in children with speech delays due to Down syndrome. However, on the day of her recent wedding, it was Cíntia who found herself at a loss for words.
In a surprise that brought his bride to tears, her husband, Jose Vitor Flach, invited Cíntia’s speech therapy students to their wedding to serve as a parade of ring bearers. In a heartwarming video of the ceremony, Cíntia’s students proudly process down the aisle of the church to deliver the rings and embrace the newlyweds.
📚 Read All About It… Google will begin to drop off library books to kids in Christiansburg, VA using its Wing drone delivery service.
🎮 High Five… Sony unveiled the PlayStation 5 on Thursday, along with a list of several games coming to the new console. The PS5’s exact price or release date was not revealed, but it is expected to go on sale at the end of 2020.
🎼 Key Change… yesterday, country music band Lady Antebellum changed its name to Lady A due to the connection of the word “antebellum” to slavery.
Quality Vs. Quantity
In 2014, the average Bugatti customer owned how many different cars?
A) 35 B) 84 C) 7 D) 22
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Compared to fellow luxury brand Bentley, the clientele difference is remarkable. According to Bentley CEO and Bugatti president Wolfgang Duerheimer, the average Bentley customer in 2014 owned roughly 8 cars, while the average Bugatti customer owned 84 cars, 3 jets, and one yacht.