11.23.2018

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Need To Know.
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Taiwan Preps for Same-Sex Marriage Vote.
Voters in Taiwan head to the polls tomorrow to vote in a national referendum on same-sex marriage. The state had been set to become the first in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage after its highest court ruled the ban unconstitutional last May - however, the government decided to hold a national referendum following backlash over the decision. According to reports, Taiwanese social media has been plagued by misleading and inaccurate information, with posts connecting same-sex marriage and HIV going "super viral". Public opinion on the issue reflects a generational divide in the state, with a recent poll showing that 80% of voters under 35 years old support same-sex marriage, while 70% over 45 oppose it. For a referendum to pass under Taiwanese law, the number of voters supporting it must exceed 25% of all eligible voters.
Whippet Good.
In what was described as a ruff competition by onlookers, Whiskey the Whippet was named Dog of the Year yesterday in the 2018 National Dog Show. Under the brightest lights, Whiskey dethroned last year's winner, Newton the Brussels Griffon, and overcame over 2,000 other challengers to claim the top spot. Whiskey overcame crowd favorite Ducky the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, a strong bid from a Welsh Corgi, and a performance by the youngest dog handler ever to participate in the show. See photos from the event here.
North Sentinel.
The Indian government is struggling to retrieve the body of an American killed by indigenous people on the remote island of North Sentinel, a remote island in the Bay of Bengal, according to reports. The island is home to an endangered indigenous tribe with roughly 150 people - the tribe is known for aggressively protecting its island from outsiders and the area is restricted from outside travel by the Indian government. The victim, John Allen Chau, arrived on the island illegally in an attempt to evangelize to the islanders (seven locals who helped him get there have been arrested). According to the fisherman who ferried him, Chau was shot by a number of the isolationist tribe members using bows and arrows and was buried on the shore. 

Read some of the final excerpts of Chau's journal here
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Ralph Breaks the Internet and Creed II combine for $150M+ Thanksgiving weekend opening sales, both breaking US box office records (More)
> Condé Nast announces that Glamour magazine will end its print edition after 80 years, will focus on digital products (More)
> Tiger Woods & Phil Mickelson compete in $9M winner-take-all golf match today in Las Vegas; see full details and Vegas odds (More)
Science & Technology.
> Brain-computer interface allows three trial patients to control tablet devices with their mind; patients had a small sensor implanted in their brain's motor cortex to record electrical activity (More)
> Study says just 6% of bots on Twitter account for over 30% of misinformation (More)
> New "liquid biopsy" combined with machine learning allows early detection of a number of different cancers (More)
Business & Markets.
> US stock markets recover as technology stocks rebound on Wednesday; Nasdaq up ~1%  (More)
Nissan Board of Directors removes Chairman Nelson Ghosn on Thursday following news of alleged financial misconduct (More)
> Home furnishing giant IKEA to slash thousands of jobs in restructuring (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Former FBI director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch receive subpoenas for closed door testimony before US House (More)
> Head of Russian intelligence agency accused of leading high-profile poison attacks dies from unidentified illness (More)
> Report estimates nearly 85,000 Yemeni children have died from acute malnutrition since 2015 amid country's civil war (More)
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Weekend Reads.
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American Exorcism.
The Atlantic | Mike Mariani. In an increasingly high-tech and modern world, priests are fielding more requests than ever to perform the ancient Catholic rite of exorcism. (Read)
The Hunt for the World's Most Dangerous Terrorist.
Politico | John P. Carlin. The story of a British hacker who ran away to join ISIS, eventually launching one of the regime's deadliest cyber plots. (Read)
 
Why the Gig Economy Loves Gamification.
The Guardian | Sarah Mason. How the gig economy has taken games - offering bonuses, incentives, and competition - to another level to drive efficiency. (Read)
 
I Hereby Confess Judgment.
Businessweek | Staff. How an obscure legal document turned New York’s court system into a debt-collection machine that’s chewing up small businesses across America. (Read)
Etcetera.
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Black Friday is longer (but tamer) than ever
Feel like you ate too much over Thanksgiving? Check out how ballerinas count calories (via YouTube). 
The state of Maine got punny with its signs reminding people not to drink and drive
How Barney the purple dinosaur died at the Macy's parade in 1997
Millennials Strike Again: Your next victims are large Thanksgiving turkeys.  
Polls say more Americans find meaning in money than in religion or friends
Check out Disney's first trailer for the upcoming remake of the Lion King
Couple finds $1.8M winning lottery ticket while cleaning their house
Clickbait: Study reveals the worst year in the history of civilization to be alive
Historybook: First episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC (1963); RIP children’s book author Roald Dahl (1990); HBD Miley Cyrus (1992); Ellen Johnson Sirleaf elected President of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country (2005).
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