Skimm'd while giving the planet some TLC

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APRIL 22, 2019



Skimm'd while giving the planet some TLC


"My grandma's gonna be so mad, can you please go away" – A five-year-old called 911 asking for McDonald's but had regrets by the time it came. Sounds about right.


The Story

Sri Lanka was targeted by coordinated attacks on Easter Sunday.

What happened?

Yesterday, a series of bombings went off at three churches and three hotels in the country, killing at least 290 people and injuring more than 500 others. Three officers were also killed in a separate explosion while looking for the suspects. Most of the attacks were believed to be carried out by suicide bombers.

Who would do this?

It's still not clear. The defense minister says the attack was carried out by religious extremists. The health minister named a local Islamist militant group – the same one government security officials had been warned about in advance of the attacks. It's unknown what steps (if any) were taken in response to the warning. 24 people have been arrested.

Not good.

Not at all. The blasts happened during busy Easter morning services at Catholic and Protestant churches, and several high-end hotels. Christians are a minority in Sri Lanka (most of the population is Buddhist), and have been discriminated against in the past there. Now these attacks appear to have targeted them. Because of it, all evening Easter services in the country were canceled. The gov temporarily blocked social media services to stop the spread of fake news. And tonight, it's preparing to declare a nationwide state of emergency.

How is the world reacting?

Pope Francis offered his condolences to the "victims of such cruel violence." And many world leaders offered to help, as the victims included citizens from places like China, Portugal, Denmark, Japan, Turkey, India, the UK and the US.


These deadly attacks happened on one of the busiest and most important days for Christians worldwide. And marks unprecedented violence in a country that's nearing the tenth anniversary of the end of its decades-long civil war.


Who's chilling champagne to celebrate a job promotion…

Volodymyr Zelensky. Yesterday, the actor and comedian won Ukraine's presidential election by a landslide. In the first round of votes last month, Zelensky took the lead against incumbent Petro Poroshenko – but it went to a runoff since neither won a majority then.

  • Under pressure: Though Zelensky ran an anti-establishment campaign, he's been pretty quiet on policy specifics. Now everyone's watching how he handles pressing issues like Ukraine's struggling economy, government corruption, and growing tensions with Russia.

  • Message in a bottle: Zelensky is hoping this win will be a symbol of political change for other post-Soviet Union governments. It could send shockwaves through some of these countries where the idea of a comedian unseating the political establishment seems laughable (we had to, sorry).

Thing to Know: "Servant of the People." The TV show Zelensky starred in. It's about a high school teacher who wins the presidential election after a video of his rant about government corruption goes viral. Art, meet life.

Where people are keeping an eye on…

France. Over the weekend, yellow vest protests turned violent there. This was the 23rd straight weekend of protests. They started in November to push back against a fuel tax hike, but turned into general anti-government protests, accusing French President Emmanuel Macron and his gov of favoring the wealthy. This weekend's protests were the first since the Notre Dame Cathedral fire last week. Thousands of people showed up angry that the gov managed to raise more than $1 billion in a matter of days to rebuild the cathedral, while there's growing wealth inequality in the country. Police detained nearly 200 people and fired tear gas and water cannons to break up crowds.

Who's in need of a lawyer…

Larry Hopkins. Aka the militia leader who the FBI arrested over the weekend. Yep, militias are still going strong. Hopkins is in charge of the United Constitutional Patriots, which operates in New Mexico near the US-Mexico border. It's apparently helped US Border Patrol detain thousands of migrants in the last couple months – but NM's attorney general says that trained law enforcement officials should handle that, not "armed vigilantes." The FBI says it arrested Hopkins on a federal complaint and charged him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. But a spokesperson for UCP reportedly says the arrest was politically motivated.

  • Timing is everything: This all comes as the US government is dealing with a record influx of migrants crossing the border – and officials have struggled with how to handle all this.

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Kanye and Teletubbies.

Earth Day

It's Earth Day. We live on planet Earth, so really every day is Earth Day. But hey, we don't make the rules. Let's play a game of fill-in-the-blank…

  • This is how the average American emits about 16 tons of carbon dioxide every year.

  • This much of the world's plastic has ever been recycled.

Find out if you guessed right, and get tips for what to do about it, over here.

How to Skimm Your Life

Since it's Earth Day, we're talking about all the ways you can help Captain Planet. If you're like us 'get your environmental sh*t together' has been on your to-do list lately. Our upcoming book, "How to Skimm Your Life," has tips on how to go green. Pre-order it here.


And now...some products that are Mother Earth approved.

For when you're cheersing to another 4.5 billion years...

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For when you're switching out your winter closet…

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For when your detergent cleans your clothes but pollutes the ocean…

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Round of applause for…Montana S (IA), who got her dream internship at the Cincinnati Zoo. Which is also the greenest zoo in America. And for Emily G (TN), who negotiated for a salary increase on Equal Pay Day. And got it.

(Some) Birthdays…Ali Goldberg (PA), Debbie Turtletaub (NJ), Zach Wenner (PA), Paul Caine (NY), Cami Rubach (NY), the Queen (UK), Becca Piriano (TX), Jane Kennedy (CA), Zehal Shroff (GA), Mary McConville (MN), David Moxlow (MI), Thomas Countz (NY), Siana Adrian (MN), Johnny Alexander (MD)

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