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‘The President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country’

Jane Rosenzweig at the NY Times writes »

I can’t tell you what’s going to happen to his blockbuster complaint about the president’s behavior, but I can tell you that the whistle-blower’s college writing instructor would be very proud of him.

As a writing instructor myself for 20 years, I look at the complaint and see a model of clear writing that offers important lessons for aspiring writers. Here are a few:

The whistle-blower gets right to the point.

We know right away what his purpose is and why we should care. He wastes no time on background or pleasantries before stating that he is writing to report “an ‘urgent’ concern.” And then he immediately states it:

In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.

Read the whole NY Times article »

The unclassified whistleblower complaint, dated August 12, 2019, can also be read in full here »

How veggie burgers became the NBA’s new Gatorade

Chris Ballard at Sports Illustrated writes »

Among those fortunate few was a cohort of NBA players; in addition to Redick, Irving and Paul, investors included Victor Oladipo, Harrison Barnes and DeAndre Jordan, none of whom, it’s safe to say, needed a windfall. Most weren’t in it for the cash; rather, they are both converts and proselytizers. Some, like Paul and Redick, eat both plant and animal protein. Others, like Jordan—who was recently in New York hyping the Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich at Dunkin’ Donuts—have gone, as Redick says, “full vegan on us.”

The NBA connection makes sense, at least in one respect. Today’s players are constantly seeking micro advantages. The Lakers traveled with a bone broth chef at Kobe Bryant’s behest; LeBron James uses cryotherapy. If a plant-based diet really can extend a playing career—as Brown contends and many believe—then reducing meat intake is worth the trade-off.

From another perspective, however, the idea that NBA players are now the face of veggie burgers represents a seismic shift—both in business strategy and in people’s views on food, sports and masculinity.

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The 100 best books of the 21st century so far, according to The Guardian

Follow the link for The Guardian’s pick of the best books since 2000.

Their Top 10 are »

  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009)
  2. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (2004)
  3. Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich (2013), translated by Bela Shayevich (2016)
  4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
  5. Austerlitz by WG Sebald (2001), translated by Anthea Bell (2001)
  6. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman (2000)
  7. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
  8. Autumn by Ali Smith (2016)
  9. Cloud Atlas David Mitchell (2004)
  10. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006)

Legendary Annie Lennox talks with Ari Melber about the Eurythmics, fame, feminism, and ‘letting go’

American breast cancer survivor Sarah Thomas has become the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop

An incredible achievement.

The 37-year-old open water marathon swimmer from Colorado completed the record-breaking feat at around 6.30am Tuesday morning, more than 54 hours after she set off from the British port of Dover.

It took her more than two days to swim the 130 miles across the busy English Channel four times.

Congratulations!

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Video » Scotland in motion

Atlanta International is the world’s busiest airport

More than 107 million passengers flew through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, making it the busiest passenger airport in the world for the 21st year in a row.
Atlanta also saw a 3.3% increase in passenger traffic, according to Airports Council International’s world traffic report, which was released on September 16.
Globally, passenger traffic increased to 8.8 billion last year, a 6.4% increase, while air cargo shipments increased by 3.4%.

Saudi Arabia shuts down about half its oil production following coordinated drone strikes » Expect prices at the pump to go up (Updated Sept 16)

Sept 16

» Oil prices surge nearly 20% after attack on Saudi facilities – Reuters

» Oil prices trading at their highest levels since May – CNN

Sept 15

» Oil price spikes expected after drone attacks on Saudi facilities – Axios

Sept 14

The production shutdown amounts to a loss of about 5.7 million barrels a day, the kingdom’s national oil company said, roughly 5% of the world’s daily production of crude oil.

Officials said they hoped to restore production to its regular level of 9.8 million barrels a day by Monday. Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said lost production would be offset through supplies of oil already on hand.

» Read more from Summer Said, Jared Malsin, and Jessica Donati at the Wall Street Journal…

» US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo blamed Iran for attacks on a massive Saudi Aramco oil facility

Glory to Hong Kong

Updated Sept 15

Video from the BBC »

Sept 13

With information from VOA: Thousands of people crowded shopping centers around Hong Kong, Thursday, September 12, for late-night flash mob-like displays of peaceful protest, belting out “Glory to Hong Kong”, a new protest song, in an act of resistance and support for the protestors in their months-long fight for democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

The protesters have adopted the song, penned anonymously, as their anthem. The lyrics reflect protesters’ vow not to surrender despite a government concession to axe a proposed extradition law that sparked the summer of unrest.

 

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