October 01, 2015

Russia’s FOMO, Jack Dorsey’s double take, Pope’s secret visit, Palestinian Authority, Tesla and more



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Russia Has FOMO, Joins Syria War

Just in case the Syrian Civil War wasn’t complicated enough, Russia has now joined the air war in Syria. Russian jets bombed ISIS positions in central Syria yesterday… only problem is, they probably weren’t ISIS positions. They were the positions of CIA-backed rebels. The Russians gave NATO (also conducting its own bombing raids) a one-hour heads up before the raid. At this point the Syrian air space is getting more crowded than a Cairo traffic jam… we only hope that they don’t accidentally crash into each other… 

 Pnut’s Guide To Fighting A Mideast Proxy War


Jack Dorsey Does A Double Take… Literally

Jack Dorsey, the Steve Jobs of Twitter, was officially announced as the permanent CEO of Twitter, a company he helped found then was fired from. Dorsey had been serving as the interim CEO since the summer when his predecessor Dick Costolo stepped down due to slowing user and revenue growth. Dorsey also doubles as the CEO of Square, a payments company he founded in 2010. Meanwhile, most of us can barely hold onto one job.    

GOOD BOOK: Hatching Twitter


Pope Makes Secret Visit… Immediately Makes Him Less Popular

Turns out while the Pope was visiting America, he had a secret visit with Kim Davis, the Kentucky Clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis’ lawyer said that the Pope gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong.” Vatican officials, in an awkwardly cryptic manner, did not deny that the meeting took place but didn’t really want to comment on it either. Weird? Yup…

Palestinian Authority Highlights ‘Small’ Issues In Peace Process

In what is shaping up to be a very counterproductive UN General Assembly, Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas announced that Palestinians would no longer be bound by the Oslo accords. The accords, signed in 1993, were meant to establish a Palestinian state in 1999…16 years ago. Following his speech the Palestinian flag was raised at the UN for the first time. Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu is expected to speak today.   Tesla Releases Another New Car For Rich People
Elon Musk, a man prepared for a zombie apocalypse, launched the highly-anticipated Tesla electric SUV yesterday — the Tesla X. It has seven seats, doors that open upwards (making it a car you want to key when it stops outside a club) and can do 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The car is looking to benefit from the Volkswagen diesel oil scandal, which might help electric cars become mainstream. The only drawback, it’s $130k. Start saving now.

FUN WATCH: Tesla Model X Up Close


#pnut4prez: Trump Flip-Flops And Finds New Target

This time it’s Syrian refugees. At a New Hampshire rally, he told supporters, “If I win, they’re going back.” Though pretty much in line with his immigration policies (but does anyone really know where he stands on anything anymore?), these statements mark a Kerry-esque flip-flopping moment from earlier remarks when he told Fox News, “I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, with what’s happening, you have to.”

Keeping Our Eye On…

  • China: A number of bombings in Southern China killed seven people yesterday. The police are treating it like a criminal, not terrorist, act.
    • Other Explosives: Bahrain said it discovered a huge cache of weapons and explosives in an “underground vault” near the capital. Sectarian tensions have been high ever since the Arab Spring in 2011.
  • Shutdowns: The House passed a spending bill in a bit of last minute drama (because why not) that would keep the government open until December. See you in a few months.  


Danish Company Fights Population Decline… With Travel Advice

Denmark, one of the happiest countries in the world and home of the Little Mermaid, has long struggled with declining birthrates, a situation faced by much of the Western world. One company, Spies travel, has decided to take matters into their own hands and has released a video advocating travel as a way to… well… “boost the birthrate.” Grandparents who are keen to have more grandchildren can fund their children’s travels with the promise of “a grandchild in nine months.” A similar video released by the company last year got eight million YouTube views. Their social media manager needs a raise.


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