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March 16th, 2023

Good morning, and happy Thursday! Earlier this year, some members of our team took part in a digital detox, walking away from social media to focus on being more present. However, they weren’t totally phone-less…because our world runs on staying connected. This has sparked a debate: is it even possible to digitally detox anymore? Let us know what you think!

In Today’s Brief

  • Argentina: Inflation passes 100%
  • Biden: Hit with environmental lawsuits
  • Brian May: Queen guitarist knighted
  • Google: Swiss workers stage walkout

...and more

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Floods in Turkey

At least ten people lost their lives and several others are missing after floods caused by rainfall hit southeast Turkey yesterday.

According to Turkey’s search and rescue organization, AFAD, 5.4 inches of rain had fallen in one area of the country’s Adiyaman province while 4.4 inches fell in Sanliurfa over a 24-hour period. Each province has seen one-third of its typical annual rainfall in the past two days. The floods come one month after two earthquakes struck southern Turkey and Syria, leaving more than 52K people dead between the two countries and over 200K buildings destroyed or damaged.

Turkey’s disaster management agency said that over a dozen professional divers were involved in the rescue efforts in each of the two provinces. Some of the flood victims reportedly include quake survivors who had been living in container homes since February’s earthquakes.

Abortion pill case

A U.S. District Judge in Texas heard arguments yesterday in a case over whether the sale of the abortion pill mifepristone should be halted across the country.

During the hearing, lawyers for the group Alliance Defending Freedom asked Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk to issue an immediate order that would revoke or suspend mifepristone’s FDA approval. The group's lawsuit alleges that the FDA’s approval of mifepristone was flawed and that the agency’s review of the pill’s safety risks was inadequate. On the opposite side, FDA lawyers argued that overturning mifepristone’s approval would result in it being pulled from the market and therefore harm the public interest.

The FDA approved mifepristone as a pregnancy termination method in 2000. Taken along with misoprostol, the combination is known as medication abortion or the “abortion pill.” According to preliminary data published in February 2022 by the Guttmacher Institute, medication abortion accounted for over half of all abortions in the U.S.

T-Mobile scoops up Mint

T-Mobile announced yesterday that it is acquiring Mint Mobile, the mobile carrier partially owned by Ryan Reynolds, in a deal valued at up to $1.35B.

The acquisition is part of a deal that T-Mobile reached to acquire Ka'ena Corporation, which owns the prepaid wireless brands Mint Mobile and Ultra Mobile, as well as wireless wholesaler Plum. In a statement, T-Mobile wrote: “Following the deal’s close, Mint’s founders  David Glickman and Rizwan Kassim will remain onboard at T-Mobile to manage the brands, which will generally operate as a separate business unit. Owner Ryan Reynolds will continue on in his creative role on behalf of Mint.” T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert and Reynolds also appeared in a video message to note that T-Mobile will retain Mint’s pricing of $15 per month.

Mint has run on T-Mobile’s network since its inception. Recent data shows that, in terms of market share, T-Mobile is the third-largest mobile carrier in the U.S.

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Around the Globe

  • Seventeen wild horses were found shot and killed in Canada’s British Columbia Interior, and Canadian police say they have opened an investigation into the matter (More)
  • Czech free diver David Vencl earned a Guinness World Record after diving beneath the ice on Switzerland’s Lake Sil to a depth of more than 170 feet without a wetsuit (More)
  • Inflation in Argentina passed 100% in February for the first time since 1991, according to the country’s statistic agency (More)

On the Homefront

  • Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit against the Biden administration over its decision to greenlight the ConocoPhillips Willow Project, an oil drilling project in Alaska approved by the Department of the Interior this week (More)
  • A bill that would mandate tracking systems on balloons was introduced by Senators Mark Kelly and Ted Budd to ensure that high-altitude objects operating in U.S. airspace can be identified (More)
  • Nor’easter and atmospheric river on the West Coast leaves more than 350K homes and businesses without power yesterday (More)

Glitz & Games

  • Queen guitarist Brian May was knighted by England’s King Charles III at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and charity during the investiture ceremony; May received the title of Knight Bachelor and will be known as Sir Brian May (More)
  • Singer-songwriter Bobby Caldwell passed away at 71 following an illness, according to a statement from his wife Mary Caldwell; Caldwell was known for co-writing and performing the song “What You Won’t Do for Love” (More)
  • Quentin Tarantino has writen a script called ‘The Movie Critic’ that he will direct and will reportedly be his final film, according to multiple sources (More)

Business & Markets

  • Stocks ended yesterday's session mixed, with the Nasdaq gaining while the Dow and S&P 500 closed lower (Dow -0.87%, Nasdaq +0.05%, S&P 500 -0.70%)
  • Canadian Pacific will acquire Kansas City Southern after the U.S. Surface Transportation Board approved the deal; the merger will create the only railroad linking Canada, Mexico, and the United States (More)
  • Google employees in Switzerland staged a walkout yesterday at the company’s Zurich office after more than 200 workers were laid off (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Meet Simon Beck, a 60-year-old former cartographer who walks for miles to create intricate art in the snow and the sand using only his feet
  • Sneak Peek: Get an inside look at the rise and fall of the world’s first smartphone in the official trailer for BlackBerry, arriving in theaters on May 12th  
  • Bump This: Linkin Park rapper Mike Shinoda teams up with Kailee Morgue for the foot-thumping, Depeche Mode-inspired single “In My Head” - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Nerd Out: Check out the new Axiom space suits that astronauts will wear for the debut mission of NASA’s Artemis III Moon Surface Mission, for which the agency is sending the first astronauts to explore near the lunar South Pole
  • Go Deep: Read about how the French bulldog ousted Labrador retrievers to become the top purebred dog breed in the U.S. last year, per an announcement from the American Kennel Club
  • Hot Goss: Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese tycoon with alleged ties to former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, was detained on federal charges yesterday in New York
  • Life Hack: A close friendship is built upon mutual trust, respect, and emotional intimacy…and like anything worthwhile, they take work to strike up and maintain - here are seven steps to build close friendships and keep them strong over time


Mapping out the cities where inflation is rising the most.

…and the countries delivering tanks to Ukraine.

An essay on what it’s like caring for an aging pet.

How sleep apnea can impact your long-term health.

Inside SF’s proposal to give $5M to each eligible Black resident.

See a plane land on the helipad of a Dubai skyscraper.

A photo of a spiral galaxy in the Sculptor constellation.

…and the world’s 10 least-visited places.

Looking Back…

On March 16th: The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is founded as a training center for the U.S. Corps of Engineers (1802); Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is published (1850); Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation (2014); comedian Jerry Lewis is born (1926).

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Question of the Day

Would you one day like to be knighted by the King of England?

Yes - I would love that distinguishment

No - I’m content with my life as it is

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