Your Daily Brief

October 24th, 2022

Good morning, and happy Monday! Did you know that the word laser is an acronym, and it stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation? Dr. Evil sure didn’t. Actually, there are several other everyday words that are acronyms we’d be willing to wager most people don’t know about…and who knows, maybe more will be invented with new technology! Anyway, here’s what we have for you:

In Today’s Brief

  • Mexico: Hurricane Roslyn makes landfall
  • Donald Trump: Subpoenaed by Jan 6th committee
  • World Series: Phillies face Astros
  • Airbus: Eyeing Saudi Arabia deal
  • Red Bull: Founder dies at 78
  • Top Tips: Xi Jinping takes third term as CCP leader, Boris Johnson backs off Prime Minister bid, climate activists throw potatoes at a Monet painting

Chinese President Xi Jinping secures a third leadership term

Chinese President Xi Jinping was named to a third term as head of the Communist Party after the closing of the Communist Party’s 20th Congress this weekend.

In addition to being named to a third five-year term, Xi–who took power in 2012–promoted six of his allies to the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, the country’s top governing body of which he serves as general secretary. When delivering remarks after taking his third term, Xi expressed his desire for his party to persist with “self-revolution,” reorient the economy toward “high-quality development,” and ensure that China asserts positive leadership in global affairs.

In 2018, Xi eliminated the two-term limit on the Chinese presidency that Deng Xiaoping introduced in 1982 to ensure regular leadership succession and prevent a return to dictatorship seen under Mao Zedong. Zedong served as chairman of the Chinese Communist Party from the People’s Republic of China’s establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976.

Boris Johnson pulls out of UK Prime Minister comeback bid

Three days after current UK Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson ruled himself out of running for the Conservative Party leadership.

Though Johnson resigned from his position as Prime Minister in July, he confirmed in a statement that he had secured the support of 102 Conservative lawmakers to be re-installed as the leader of Britain’s Conservative Party. Still, Johnson said that he wasn’t able to reach a deal with Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt–the other Conservative members in running for the position–and that he had “come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do.” Johnson then added, “You can't govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament.”

Following Johnson’s announcement, Sunak and Mordaunt are the two candidates left in the race, with Sunak having secured at least 155 backers of the 357 voting Conservative lawmakers.

Protestors throw mashed potatoes at Claude Monet painting in Germany

Two individuals threw potatoes at a Claude Monet painting entitled Les Meules at Germany’s Museum Barberini before gluing their hands to the wall in a climate-related protest yesterday.

Letzte Generation–the German activist group claiming responsibility for the incident–said in a statement that “the painting was not damaged in the action. Quite in contrast to the immeasurable suffering that floods, storms, and droughts are already bringing upon us today.” The Museum Barberini also confirmed that no damage was done to the painting, which it plans to re-display on Wednesday.

Yesterday’s occurrence isn’t the only time climate protestors have targeted museum paintings. On October 14th, protestors from the group Just Stop Oil emptied tomato soup over Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers at London’s National Gallery, and in May, a man disguised as a woman in a wheelchair smeared cake across the glass protecting Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum. Both paintings were unharmed.

Around the Globe

  • Hurricane Roslyn made landfall in Mexico as a Category 3 storm north of the village of San Blas, about 90 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, according to the National Hurricane Center
  • Iranian hacking group Black Reward said it had released information on Iranian nuclear activities that it obtained by hacking the country’s Atomic Energy Production and Development Company, and declared the action an act of support for Mahsa Amini - see the group’s statement on Twitter here
  • Three people were injured when Russian S-300 missile strikes hit a residential neighborhood in Ukraine’s city of Mykolaiv, while Ukrainian counteroffensive forces carried out air strikes on Russian-held facilities in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions

On the Homefront

  • The House select committee investigating events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021 has issued a subpoena to former President Donald Trump to testify under oath and for records, see the House panel’s statement and subpoena here
  • Two employees of the Methodist Dallas Medical Center lost their lives in an active shooter incident on Saturday morning; police later identified 30-year-old Nestor Hernandez as the suspect responsible for the attack and proceeded to detain him, according to a statement from the Dallas Police Department
  • A California judge ruled in favor of a bakery owner in Bakersfield who was sued by the state’s Department of Fair Housing and Employment for refusing to make wedding cakes for a same-sex couple due to her religious beliefs

Glitz & Games

  • The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres in Game 5 of the NLCS last night with a final score of 4-3 and will advance to the World Series; the Houston Astros also beat the New York Yankees last night to secure a 4-0 sweep of the ALCS 
  • Music festival When We Were Young canceled its Saturday lineup on the same day that several of its headliners were preparing to perform due to “dangerous” winds at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds - see the festival’s statement on the cancellation here
  • Black Adam earned $67M in the U.S. and $140M in worldwide ticket sales during its opening weekend, marking the highest-grossing domestic box office opening for lead actor Dwayne Johnson as a solo star

Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market rose during Friday’s trading session to end the week with gains (Dow +2.47%, Nasdaq +2.31%, S&P 500 +2.37%)
  • Pharmaceutical company Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) revealed during an investor call that it intends to sell its Covid-19 vaccine for $110 to $130 per dose and will market it under the brand name Comirnaty when U.S. government supplies run out - listen to the investor call here
  • Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is in advanced negotiations with Saudi Arabia to sell almost 40 A350 jets to the country as part of strategic efforts to launch a new airline and challenge other carriers in the Persian Gulf, according to industry sources

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Tip & Tricks

  • Bump This: Taylor Swift dropped her new album Midnights at–you guessed it–midnight a few days ago with several other bonus tracks three hours later - listen to the whole thing on Apple Music and Spotify (love her or not, the girl knows how to get the Internet talking)
  • Chow Down: Bell peppers are a great vessel to hold a variety of different ingredients and fillings - if you’re up for it, check out this recipe for classic stuffed peppers that you can easily make dairy or gluten-free to fit your dietary needs
  • Nerd Out: Read about how six leading robotics companies last week pledged to never weaponize their robot platforms to protect against a world in which unaccountable machines decide who lives and who doesn't
  • Go Deep: If you’ve driven through New Jersey or some parts of Oregon (or if you live in either place), you probably know that pumping your own gas isn’t allowed - read about the reasons dating back to the mid-20th century why those two states don’t let you pump your own gas
  • Say What: “I take full responsibility. Not Guy O, not Edge, not Adam, not Larry, not Tim Cook, not Eddy Cue. I’d thought if we could just put our music within reach of people, they might choose to reach out toward it. Not quite,” U2 frontman Bono said about convincing Apple to automatically add the band’s 2014 album to all iTunes accounts in his new memoir Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story (it was a dark day for all of us…but maybe we’d feel differently if it had been The Joshua Tree)
  • Hot Goss: Austrian billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, the co-founder of energy drink company Red Bull and founder and owner of the Red Bull Formula One racing team, passed away at age 78 over the weekend
  • Life Hack: A good breakfast should give you enough energy to jump-start your day but also be light enough to not slow you down - if you’re looking for the right balance, check out this list of 12 of the healthiest foods to eat in the morning

Looking Back…

On October 24th: The United Nations is established after a majority of countries ratify its charter (1945); Cold War thriller The Manchurian Candidate starring Angela Lansbury is released in American theatres (1962); the Toronto Blue Jays become the first team not based in the U.S. to win the World Series (1992); Canadian rapper Drake is born (1986).

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