Space Radishes, Storming the Capitol and NFL Playoffs

I thought I was going to be short on topics to write about this week.

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Politics

Trump Supporters Stormed the Capital

  • On January 6, 2021, a group of Pro-Trump rioters stormed the capital in an attempt to block the certification of the electoral votes for Joe Biden. 

  • 5 People are reported dead from the riot and many injured. One being a Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick -  WSJ.

  • There were many disturbing images of people stealing things from the Capitol and posing for pictures in the Congressional Chambers, and those individuals have either been arrested or warrants are out for their arrest. This article by Forbes has a growing list of people being arrested and their charges.

My Take:

  • There are a lot of opinions around this and people trying to make a name for themselves with “their takes”, so I am going to keep it simple.

  • Inexcusable and disgusting. 

Chinese Embassy Tweets about Re-Education

  • China’s USA embassy tweeted on Friday, January 7th, “Study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines. They are more confident and independent.”

  • This tweet has since been taken down by Twitter - BBC

  • There has been growing controversy over what the Chinese government has been doing to Uygur Muslims who live in the Xinjiang region of China. - ABC News

  • There are even stories of college students returning home to be notified their parents have been sent to re-education camp - Daily Wire

My Take

  • I mentioned this in a prior newsletter, sometimes I think in the United States we are very internally focused politically and sometimes we forget there are other things that happen in the world as well.

  • Also, this is a developing story that has been growing for some time now so expect to see updates on this issue as they come across my newsfeed.

Health

Whole Foods CEO on Healthcare

  • John Mackey is the current CEO of Whole Foods and author of the book Conscious Leadership. Lately, he has been on podcast tour commenting on everything business and based on this headline health as well.

  • “The best solution is to not need healthcare.” And he later said “The best solution is to change the way people eat, the way they live, the lifestyle, and diet.” - Freakonomics

  • This comment drew some ire on social media as being tone-deaf and out of touch - Fox News

  • People should eat and live differently. - CNBC

My Take

  • I agree with everyone here. I hear the personal responsibility crowd cheering this on and also hear the people who think he is making these comments from an Ivory Tower.

  • I do however think people taking more of an active role in being conscientious of how they treat their bodies is a good first step. 

  • Our healthcare system will not fix itself overnight and if you are expecting it to change quickly I think you might be in for a rude awakening. The fact of the matter is our healthcare system is so heavily regulated and politicized that nothing happens fast.

  • But like most things I do have an opinion on how we could make it better and I put my first round of thoughts into this article called Why Employers Should Get Out of the Health Care Business

Other News

Slack Was Slacking

  • As many of us logged in to work on our first day back from our New Years festivities there was one coworker that had a little too much champagne at the party…everyone’s favorite workplace messaging tool Slack.

  • Slack was down for almost 4 hours on Monday, January 4th - Business Insider

Space Radishes

  • This is a little outside the 7 day time window I like to hold myself to news, but I saw this and thought it was pretty cool.

  • On January 1, 2021 “Astronauts aboard the International Space Station celebrated the New Year in part by eating radishes, the first vegetables grown in space besides leafy greens.” - UPI

Sports

NFL Play-Off Outcomes

  • For those who don’t really follow sports but want to be up-to-date for small talk that happens in Zoom meeting before everyone joins, these are the scores you missed this weekend.

  • Bills 27 - Colts 24 | Rams 30 - Seahawks 20 | Buccaneers 31 - Washington 23 | 

  • Ravens 20 - Titans 13 | Saints 21 - Bears 9 | Browns 48 - Steelers 37

Alabama is the 2020 College Football National Champion

  • Alabama 52 - Ohio State 24

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