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The Week Magazine

July 30, 2021

The Week makes sense of the news by curating the best of the U.S. and international media into a succinct, lively digest.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Week Publications, Inc.
Frequency:
Weekly
R 99,78
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48 Issues

in this issue

3 min
trump: how close did we come to disaster?

“Donald Trump’s final days in office were even worse than we thought,” said Chris Cillizza in CNN.com. A raft of new books on the chaotic Trump presidency collectively paint “a terrifying picture of a president consumed by personal hatred” and volcanic rage over his election defeat, who was willing to use any means necessary to hold on to power. In Frankly, We Did Win This Election by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender, we learn that an infuriated Trump told aides that whoever leaked the fact that he retreated to the White House bunker during Black Lives Matter protests should be hunted down and charged with treason. “They should be executed!” Trump yelled. Even inside the administration, top aides were deeply worried by Trump’s authoritarian impulses, said Ben Jacobs in…

1 min
good week/bad week

Good week for: Sharks, after Australia’s conservationists and marine biologists called for renaming “shark attacks” on humans “negative encounters” to help “dispel inherent assumptions that sharks are ravenous, mindless man-eating monsters.” Olympians, who will indeed be able to have sex with one another on the flimsy cardboard beds of Tokyo’s Olympic Village. There had been rumors that the beds were designed to prevent intimacy, but the Olympic committee said the beds can support 441 pounds. Switching teams, after Donald Trump’s former golfing buddy Tom Brady presented President Biden with a number 46 Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey at a White House ceremony and joked that though he led the team to a Super Bowl victory, “I think about 40 percent of the people still don’t think I won.” Bad week for: Jerks on a plane, after…

1 min
sudeikis’ confusing split

The past year has been an emotional roller coaster for Jason Sudeikis, said Zach Baron in GQ. In the middle of the pandemic, Ted Lasso—the TV show he co-created and stars in, about a philosophical football-turned-soccer coach—became a surprise hit. At the same time, Sudeikis’ nine-year relationship with actress Olivia Wilde was collapsing. The couple split last November, and Wilde, the mother of Sudeikis’ two children, was soon photographed holding hands with British pop star Harry Styles. Sudeikis, 45, still doesn’t know what led to the breakup. “I’ll have a better understanding in a year,” he says, “and an even greater one in five.” The actor and comedian is used to his career and private life being out of balance. After he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in…

2 min
cuba: biden’s policy put to the test

The Cuban people are staging the largest anti-government protests since the revolution in 1959, said William LeoGrande in TheNation.com, but President Joe Biden’s response has been “predictable”—and disappointing. Angered by a flailing government’s failure to address growing “economic desperation” and the rampaging Covid pandemic, young Cubans with no loyalty to “the Revolution” have poured into the streets of 60 cities and villages to demand change. But Biden has merely “expressed solidarity” with protesters; he has not fulfilled campaign promises to reverse the Trump-era “sanctions that hurt families,” including bans on travel and remittances to the island, which have left Cuba broke. Biden no doubt fears “political repercussions in Florida,” where Cuban-Americans largely support a decades-old trade embargo—and “where Democrats took a beating in 2020.” The best way to help Cuba’s protesters…

1 min
how the climate has shaped our bodies

Humans have fluctuated in size significantly over the past million years because of changes in the climate, a new study suggests. Researchers took measurements from more than 300 fossils from the Homo genus, the family to which modern-day humans—Homo sapiens—belong. They then calculated the regional climate experienced by each of these hominins when they were alive. Climate, and in particular temperature, was found to be the main driver of changes in body size: In cold, harsh climates body size was larger, while warmer climates were linked to smaller bodies. “Larger bodies can buffer individuals from cold temperatures. The larger you are, the smaller your surface compared to your volume, so you conserve heat more efficiently,” co-author Andrea Manica, from the University of Cambridge, tells CNN.com. This relationship between climate and…

1 min
flood threats from moon wobble

Changes in the moon’s orbit could lead to record flooding on Earth, a new study by NASA and the University of Hawaii has warned. The so-called wobble in the moon’s orbit is entirely natural and plays out over an 18.6-year cycle, reports CBSNews.com. Half of that cycle creates lower high tides and higher low tides, the other causes higher high tides and lower low tides. Normally these wobbles aren’t an issue. But with sea levels rising because of climate change, researchers believe the next wave of high-tide floods will be more intense and frequent. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 600 of these floods in the U.S. in 2019; during the next wobble, in the mid-2030s, NOAA expects three to four times that number. The entire coastline of the…