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December 6th, 2022

Good morning, and happy Tuesday! Did you hear that the public voted to make the phrase goblin mode Oxford's word of the year for 2022? Apparently, the term is defined as behavior that’s unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms…and it was chosen because it best reflected the ethos and mood of the past 12 months. What do you think about this?

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In Today’s Brief

  • Michael Avenatti: Gets 14 years
  • Slack: CEO stepping down
  • Sesame Street: Founding cast member dies

    ...and more

REAL ID deadline extended

The Department of Homeland Security yesterday announced that it will extend the REAL ID enforcement date by 24 months to May 7th, 2025.

The previous enforcement date was set to go into effect on May 3rd, 2023, and the decision marks the third pandemic-related extension. In a statement published yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security said, “The extension is necessary, in part, to address the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability to obtain a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card. REAL ID progress over the past two years has been significantly hindered by state driver’s licensing agencies having to work through the backlogs created by the pandemic.”

Passed by Congress in 2005 in response to September 11th, 2001, the REAL ID Act requires that federal agencies–including the Transportation Security Administration–do not accept driver’s licenses and identification cards that do not meet REAL ID standards after the enforcement deadline.

Colombian mudslide

At least 27 people lost their lives in a mudslide caused by rain in western Colombia’s province of Risaralda, according to the country’s president.

The mudslide took place on a road in the town of Pueblo Rico and swept in several vehicles, including a public bus that was reportedly carrying 25 passengers. In a tweet posted yesterday, President Gustavo Petro confirmed the death toll and said that three minors were among the deceased. Petro added that the families of the victims “will have comprehensive support from the National Government.”

Pueblo Rico had been under a mudslide threat due to rains caused by the La Niña weather phenomenon, per Colombia’s national emergency management agency. In terms of casualties, the Colombian government said this year’s rainy season which began in August is the country’s worst in 40 years, causing accidents that have left more than 270 people dead.

Strikes in Russia & Ukraine

Russian forces fired another round of missiles at Ukraine yesterday after claiming that Ukrainian drones hit two Russian air bases hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border.

Like several of its strikes in recent weeks, Russia’s missile barrage targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure with explosions reported in parts of the country south of Kyiv, including Cherkasy, Kryvyi Rih, and Odesa. The attack took place as emergency blackouts were due to end, with work to fix previous damage completed. While Ukraine’s air force claimed it shot down over 60 of the 70 missiles, local authorities said missiles struck homes and buildings, disrupted electrical power and water supplies, and left at least two civilians dead.

Hours before the strikes, Russia’s Defense Ministry said it shot down Ukrainian drones that had attacked military airfields in the country’s Saratov and Ryazan regions, according to state news agency RIA Novosti. Ukraine claimed responsibility for the attacks and confirmed it used unmanned drones.

Around the Globe

  • New Zealand’s government announced that it will launch an inquiry into the country's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic to identify lessons that other governments could apply in future pandemic-related situations (More)
  • The final day of the World Cup’s knockout round of 16 teams concludes today when Morocco faces Spain and Portugal plays Switzerland for the final two spots in the quarterfinals (More)
  • Indonesia’s government is reportedly set to ratify changes to its criminal code that would criminalize extramarital sex and prohibit unmarried couples from living together (More)

On the Homefront

  • The Georgia Senate runoff between incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker is set for today (More)
  • Former attorney Michael Avenatti was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for embezzling funds from his clients and committing tax fraud, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (More)
  • The FBI is investigating the incident in North Carolina in which two power stations were damaged by gunfire, leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power (More)

Glitz & Games

  • Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes were temporarily pulled from their anchoring duties at ABC News’ GMA3 after their recent disclosure of a romantic relationship (More)
  • Kirstie Alley, known for her roles in Cheers, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and more, passed away at age 71 after a battle with cancer, according to a statement from her family (More)
  • The Brazilian men’s national soccer team beat South Korea with a final score of 4-1 to advance to the quarterfinals; they will face Croatia, who beat Japan on penalties (More)

Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed lower, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq leading the losses (Dow -1.40%, Nasdaq -1.93%, S&P 500 -1.79%)
  • Slack founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield is leaving Salesforce in January, according to an announcement from the company; the new CEO of Slack to replace Butterfield will be Lidiane Jones, an executive vice president at Salesforce who joined in 2019 (More)
  • Spacecraft engineering and satellite communications company SpaceX is reportedly expanding its Starlink satellite technology into military applications with a new business line called Starshield (More)

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Tip & Tricks

  • Bump This: We stumbled upon a Christmas album from late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and you’ll never believe it’s him singing - listen to “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” on Apple Music and Spotify
  • Stream On: Ryan Murphy-created series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has become Netflix’s third title ever to surpass 1B hours viewed in the 60 days after its release (More)
  • Go Deep: Learn the life story of Bob McGrath–one of the founding cast members of Sesame Street who remained on the children’s TV show for nearly 50 years–who recently passed away at age 90
  • Nerd Out: Read about a microphone-equipped toilet that can identify bowel diseases such as cholera by analyzing the sound waves and using machine learning to detect diarrhea
  • Hop On: If you’ll be in Finland between December 12-18, you could have the pleasure of booking a reindeer sleigh ride on Uber (More)
  • Say What: “I’m in awe of the time we’re in right now. Women are at the top right now. Top of all the charts, it’s women, women, women,” singer Billie Eilish said in an interview with the BBC World Service after being named to the BBC 100 Women 2022 list
  • Hot Goss: Ashton Kutcher revealed the details of his twin brother Michael’s near-death experience after he was born with cerebral palsy and required a heart transplant as a teenager (we didn’t even know Ashton Kutcher had a twin brother!)
  • Life Hack: If you’re feeling sluggish in the afternoon and early evening, don’t opt for more caffeine - check out these eight foods for restoring your energy (without a crash to follow)

Looking Back…

On December 6th: A bust of Nefertiti is discovered during excavations at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt (1912); the Irish Free State is established as an independent member of the British Commonwealth (1921); Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown (1992); American writer, director, and producer Judd Apatow is born (1967).

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