Newsweek International 7/2-7/9/2021

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the archives

2003 “The battle—over gay marriage, gay adoption, gays in the military and gays in the workplace—will be fought out court to court, state to state for years to come,” Newsweek reported. “Nonetheless, there is no question that the Lawrence case represents a sea change, not just in the Supreme Court, a normally cautious institution, but also in society as a whole.” Advocacy for LGBTQ+ civil rights legislation has since intensified. Twelve years later in 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, and in June 2020, discrimination of LGBTQ+ workers was barred in the workplace. 1961 Newsweek wrote, “As summer burst across the land last week, millions of Americans were making plans to spend as much of it as possible out of doors.” In 2020 the pandemic kept people…

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revenge of the nerds

FOR MOST OF LAST YEAR, THE IDEA THAT THE coronavirus pandemic could have been triggered by a laboratory accident in Wuhan, China, was largely dismissed as a racist conspiracy theory of the alt-right. The Washington Post in early 2020 accused Senator Tom Cotton of “fanning the embers of a conspiracy theory that has been repeatedly debunked by experts.” CNN jumped in with “How to debunk coronavirus conspiracy theories and misinformation from friends and family.” Most other mainstream outlets, from The New York Times (“fringe theory”) to NPR (“Scientists debunk lab accident theory”), were equally dismissive. (Newsweek and a few other media outlets were exceptions.) Recently, however, the story has burst into the public discourse. President Joe Biden has demanded an investigation by U.S. intelligence. And the mainstream media, in an astonishing…

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talking points

“At the end of the day, we train for so long to compete for two, three minutes total. It’s like, Where’s the fun in that? If you’re not having fun, it’s not worth it.” —SIMONE BILES ON FINDING JOY IN GYMNASTICS “Whenever the church gets in bed with politics, it gets pregnant. And the offspring does not look like our Father in heaven.” —OUTGOING SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION PRESIDENT J.D. GREEAR “I CRY ON PLANES.” —ACTOR ANYA TAYLOR-JOY ON WHAT SHE DOES BETWEEN ROLES “Biden’s message at these meetings has been simple: America’s back. You know, like the McRib. America’s back for a limited time only. Offer not valid in Florida.” —SETH MYERS ON THE PRESIDENT’S TRIP TO EUROPE “THERE’S A HISTORY OF FOREIGN SUBSTANCES BEING USED ON THE BALL, BUT WHAT WE ARE SEEING TODAY IS OBJECTIVELY FAR…

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do your employees love your company?

THIS OCTOBER, NEWSWEEK AND my company, the Best Practice Institute, will unveil a group of companies—small, medium and large—that employees love working for. (Or where they may want to work.) We’re calling it our “Most Loved Workplaces” list. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that it has never been more critical for companies to up their game. Because of the pandemic, employees and potential employees need to feel much more connected to their employers. Workers are starting to head back to the office, but many will continue to work remotely, at least for a while. Either way, it is clear that employees’ personal and work lives are in some turmoil. They need to know three things: Do they stay with their current employers? Find another boss? Or, if unemployed, find…

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‘i’m a nobel laureate, but i still have regrets’

REGRETS—I’VE HAD A FEW. I wish I could say they’re too few to mention, but that wouldn’t be true. If you have ambition, you have regrets. It comes with the territory. I recently made the mistake of writing a memoir recounting adventures from my life and career as a physician and scientist. Naturally, the writing process led me to also meditate on my many regrets, which unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to detail in the book because my publisher wanted to “keep things positive.” One of my biggest regrets is that I never mastered a musical instrument. I played percussion as a student and also took piano lessons, but didn’t stick with it. I was in such a hurry as a young man to achieve my dream of becoming a doctor…

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are we headed for a cyber pearl harbor?

JOE BIDEN TOOK OFFICE IN JANUARY in the wake of the SolarWinds attack, an unprecedented and potentially disastrous penetration of U.S. government computer systems by hackers believed to be directed by the Russian intelligence service, the SVR. The new American president promised to shore up the nation’s cyber defenses against foreign foes. As if on cue, hackers struck with two major ransomware attacks, closing the Colonial Pipeline, which provides about 100 million gallons of gas a day to the southeastern U.S., and halting production at all U.S. facilities of the world’s biggest beef producer, Brazil-based JBS. The events underscored the immense vulnerability of a trillion-dollar, internet-based economy for which security is an afterthought. “If a nation-state adversary were to set foot on our homeland and physically destroy our infrastructure, we would…