Skimm'd while watching "Black Lightning"

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JANUARY 24, 2018


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Skimm'd while watching "Black Lightning"


"The lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw" – Some contestants were disqualified from a camel beauty contest in Saudi Arabia. For too much botox.


The Story

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is in full swing.

Remind me.

It's the world's most exclusive après-ski. Billionaires, CEOs, heads of state, etc. retreat to the Swiss Alps every year to congratulate themselves on being masters of the universe. They're talking about everything from the economy and technology to poverty and gender inequality.

Why is this year so special?

Well, there was too much mansplaining in past years, so women are in charge this time. Also, every world leader and their mother is there, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Indian PM Narendra Modi have already made headlines. And President Trump is going to rep his 'America First' agenda with a crowd mostly interested in globalization.

Who won't be there?

Melania Trump. She was supposed to go, but backed out. Possibly because of a recent report that said Trump's lawyer paid off a porn star to keep quiet about her affair with Trump.


Davos is usually a high-profile networking retreat. Now, with EU leaders attending, and Trump being the first sitting US president to join in almost 20 years, it's expected to be a high-profile clash of world views.


What to say when the waiter asks what you'll have to drink...

Water please. That's what the Oscars are saying. Yesterday, the nominations were announced. "The Shape of Water" came out on top with 13. You also have to see "Dunkirk" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," and it wouldn't hurt to watch "Get Out" again. Meryl is back – breaking her own record for most acting noms. Christopher Plummer got one for his role replacing Kevin Spacey in "All the Money in the World." Rachel Morrison from "Mudbound" is the first woman ever nominated for best cinematography. "Wonder Woman" got snubbed. Armie Hammer didn't get called by his name. And none for James Franco.

What people are watching...

Kentucky. Yesterday, a 15-year-old opened fire at a high school in Benton, KY, killing two students, and injuring more than a dozen other people. He was arrested and will be charged with murder. Investigators are still trying to figure the motive.

What to say during the brainstorm...

Interesting idea. Yesterday, Philadelphia officials said they want to be the first US city to set up safe injection sites. Meaning, people would be able to come to designated spots and shoot up opioids like heroin and fentanyl under medical supervision. The idea being this could help prevent overdose deaths. Reminder: there's a national opioid crisis – and Philly has the highest opioid death rate of any major US city. Unclear if these sites could get the green-light but the city's looking into ways to make it work. Meanwhile, one Northern California mayor is getting ready to hand out cash. This year, the city of Stockton is planning to give some low-income residents $500 a month, no strings attached. The idea is to test out a universal basic income – which is a safety net that some countries like Finland have been testing out. This will be the first time it happens in the US.

What to say when you see Elon Musk is trying out a new biz strategy

So is Toys "R" Us. Yesterday, the captain of toys said it's closing a fifth of its US stores as part of a company makeover. The store you begged to go to as a kid has been struggling to keep up with consumers that now only click 'add to cart.' So last year, Toys "R" Us said 'we're kinda in a lot of debt' and filed for bankruptcy. Now, it says it has a plan to get out of the red. The plan includes closing about 180 stores starting next month, and combining some of its toy stores with Babies "R" Us. And apparently making stores "more fun." TBD if 'fun' will bring the buyers back.

What to say when the fire alarm goes off...

Time to evacuate. A volcano in the Philippines has been spewing lava thousands of feet high. More than 56,000 people have been forced to flee. Officials are warning people that there could be an especially dangerous eruption in the next few days. That's not even the only volcano freaking people out. Yesterday, a volcano erupted near a ski resort in Japan. There was an avalanche soon after, though it's unclear if they were connected. One person was killed and about a dozen more were wounded.



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