9.20.2019

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Need To Know
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Global Climate Strike
Beginning this morning, students and adults across the world are expected to participate in a global rally calling for international action on climate change. Catalyzed by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the strike is the latest iteration of a series of protests that began last year when Thunberg started skipping school on Fridays to protest alone outside of her country's Parliament. Organizers expect millions to participate, with the bulk being students - New York City, which hosts the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday, said it would allow its 1.1 million students to miss school today to join the demonstrations. Marches are expected in at least 150 countries around the world, and trade unions and employees from companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are also expected to join

Separately, read about preparations for the largest Arctic expedition in history.
Whistleblowing
A conflict brewing between the House Intelligence Committee and the White House escalated yesterday, as new details around a whistleblower complaint made by the intelligence community surfaced. At the center of the argument is an August filing by an intelligence official expressing concern over potential commitments made by the White House to Ukrainian officials. The community's inspector general shared the complaint with Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, and notified Congress that a complaint had been made. Under a 2010 law, details of complaints regarding national intelligence must be shared with Congress, however, Maguire has argued that it does not relate to intelligence matters and contains potentially privileged information (unpack the legal details here). Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D, CA-28) has threatened legal action, and Maguire is expected to testify before the Committee next week.
They Can't Stop All of Us
The small towns of Rachel and Hiko are preparing for an influx of visitors over the weekend as a Facebook-fueled celebration of alien culture descends on the Nevada desert. In what is likely the strangest internet phenomenon of 2019, 21-year-old Matty Roberts posted a Facebook meme titled "Storm Area 51: They Can't Stop All of Us" earlier this summer. The premise of the joke being the US military would be unable to stop a raid on the once-secretive installation - known in US pop culture for supposedly harboring evidence of aliens - if crowds were big enough. Roberts himself pulled out of the event, after 2.1 million people liked the post, prompting a visit from the FBI and a public warning from the US Air Force. The momentum behind the idea crystallized into a music festival called Alienstock, which runs through the weekend - officials say they expect anywhere from 500 to 50,000 people. 

Read about Area 51's (real) secret history here
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In The Know
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture
> 2019 Primetime Emmys are this Sunday, with Game of Thrones leading the way with a record-breaking 32 nominations; see predictions for top categories (More)
> Kanye West ($150M) tops Forbes list of 2019's highest-paid hip-hop acts with Jay-Z ($81M) and Drake ($75M) rounding out the top 3 (More)
> Aaron Carter, former pop star and younger brother of Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, claims that late sister Leslie raped him as a child (More) | Nick filed restraining order against Aaron just a few days ago (More)
Science & Technology
> Study says bird population in US and Canada has declined by 30%, or 2.9 billion birds, since 1970; primary factor is human-driven habitat loss (More)
> Surprising new study shows certain types of brain cancer cells "feed" off neural activity, structuring themselves around neurons in the brain (More)
> IBM to make its most powerful quantum computer, 53-qubits large, available to researchers and companies for use via the cloud (More) | What are quantum computes? (More)
Business & Markets
> Jeff Bezos announces Amazon’s Climate Pledge - to achieve Paris Accord target of 100% renewable energy, but 10 years earlier, by 2030 (More) | Amazon orders 100k electric delivery vans from electric vehicle maker Rivian (More)
> FDA launches a criminal probe into vaping illness outbreak to focus on THC vaping cartridges largely from black market (More)
> IPOs: AirBnB announces plans to IPO in 2020 (More) | Cloud analytics software vendor Datadog surges 39% in market debut (More) | User management software vendor Ping Identity up 25% in first day of trading (More)
Politics & World Affairs
> Two killed as Tropical Storm Imelda drenches Southeast Texas, becomes 7th-wettest tropical cyclone in US history (More)
> Election 2020: Rep. Joe Kennedy (MA-4), grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, to challenge Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) for Senate seat (More) | 58 US mayors sign letter endorsing Mayor Pete Buttigieg as the Democratic presidential nominee (More)
> Three power company executives found not guilty on negligence charges over Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, which occurred following an earthquake and tsunami (More)
Weekend Reads
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Almost Everywhere, Less Children Are Dying
New York Times | Staff. In the last 20 years, the global infant mortality rate has fallen by nearly 50% - but success hasn't been evenly spread, highlighting the inequality in child healthcare across the world. (Read, $$)
Stacking the Deck
Gates Foundation | Staff. ...And explore the 2019 Goalkeepers report, with interactive data capturing how everything from nutrition to conflicts keep millions of children in peril every year. (Explore)
Michael Vick's Dogs
Washington Post | Emily Giambalvo. After former NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to operating a dogfighting ring, the 47 dogs rescued from Bad Newz Kennels were likely going to be put down. Instead, they became ambassadors for animal welfare. (Read, $$)
Who Would I Be Without Instagram?
The Cut | Tavi Gevinson. Since creating a successful fashion blog at the age of 11, Tavi Gevinson's entire life has been devoted to social media. What happens when art - or in this case, Instagram - becomes your reality? (Read)
 
 
Etcetera
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Republicans and Democrats live in two separate economies ($$, WSJ). 
A simple test to predict what kids will earn as adults
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NASA captures a stunning photo of a solar eclipse on Jupiter

Browser app rounds up your Amazon purchases to help fund clean energy startups
What it's like to inspect the top of the world's tallest building (w/ video). 
A look at the secret infrastructure below New York City
California family finds sizable mountain lion lounging in their bathroom

Clickbait: Chinese Loch Ness Monster turns out to be a deflated airbag
Historybook: American author Upton Sinclair born (1878); Legendary basketball coach Red Auerbach born (1917); HBD actress Sophia Loren (1934); Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes tennis match (1973); Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico, resulting in 3,000 deaths and $90B in damage (2017).
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