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Covid infections in India

Sent as an email newsletter April 18, 2021. Join my email list to get future editions.

πŸ‘‹ Hi friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos.

πŸ‘‰ Image of the week, above: Covid–19 cases in India, sadly, are exploding. More on that below…

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) πŸ₯ India is suffering from a Covid–19 crisis, registering more than 349,000 new infections today – the fourth straight day it’s set a global record. Many hospitals are stretched thin, oxygen supplies are reportedly running low, and crematoriums are overburdened. [AP]

2) βš–οΈ A jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on murder charges in the death of George Floyd. [WSJ]

3) πŸ“± Related: “By bearing witness β€” and hitting β€˜record’ β€” 17-year-old Darnella Frazier may have changed the world.” [Washington Post]

4) 🍎 Apple announced several new products, including: AirTags (a new tracking device), a new iPad Pro (notably, featuring Thunderbolt support), new iMacs in seven colors, and – crucially – a release date for season two of Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” (July 23). [WSJ]

5) ⚽ Twelve top teams from England, Spain and Italy said they were forming a new European Super League, proposing to continue playing in their domestic leagues but creating a new midweek competition akin to the Champions League. But within days, amid an outcry from fans, many clubs pulled out; now the league isn’t happening. [BBC News]

6) ✈️ “Inside Passenger Shaming, the notorious Instagram of bad travel behavior.” (Washington Post)

7) πŸ—£ All about the online “Slander Industry”: “The people facilitating slander and the self-proclaimed good guys who help remove it are often one and the same.” [New York Times]

8) πŸ’Š Some good news in what sometimes seems like a world full of bad news: “We have word of the most effective malaria vaccine yet discovered.” [In the Pipeline]

9) πŸŽ₯ Movie of the Night is a new-to-me website that lets you search Netflix by genre, year of release, runtime and more. [MovieOfTheNight dot com]

10) πŸ₯Ύ On hiking and friendship: The Atlantic’s Julie Beck speaks with four pals who have gone on monthly hikes for 25 years.


🦴 Dog-related video of the week: “Doggo gives emotional performance about being a dog.” [Reddit]


What I’ve Been Reading:

I recently read “The 48 Laws of Power,” Robert Greene’s bestseller from 2000 about how individuals have cultivated and wield force through the ages. You certainly don’t need to read it as a moral guide – I haven’t read anything that Machiavellian since perhaps reading Machiavelli himself in college! – but it’s full of compelling historical anecdotes, dating back to ancient times.


πŸ’‘ Quote of the week:

“Space we can recover, time never.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


πŸ‘Š Fist bump from Hong Kong,


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