Charlotte Protests, Brangelina Ends and 30-Hour Workweeks, All This and More In The Weekly Spread!

The Queen City made headlines this week as protesters took to the streets over multiple nights following the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by Police on Tuesday afternoon. While protests on Tuesday and Wednesday night did have a violent side (with one confirmed fatality from Wednesday night's demonstrations), the vast majority of protests (including Thursday night’s) were peaceful as the public called for recordings of the shooting (which have yet to be released) be released to the public. It’s a tale of two cities as Tulsa also had a police shooting earlier this week. However, unlike in Charlotte, Tulsa officials released video tape of the shooting of Terence Crutcher shortly after. They have also charged the officer involved with manslaughter. Our hearts go out to the families of all involved.

As companies wage war competing to attract and retain top talent, Amazon has announced a new program designed to increase their Employee’s quality of life by offering a 30-hour workweek. Employees would receive 75% of their salary (plus benefits) if they opt to work this new schedule. The program is currently in the pilot stage, but fingers-crossed it takes off! 30 hour workweeks for all!   Let’s work, work, work, work, work a little less

Even Mother Nature was shocked when she heard about the Brangelina breakup news - AFTERSHOCKED!!! Her subterranean pain unleashed a Richter-rattling 3.1 earthquake on Gardena, CA, approximately 15 miles from L.A. Thankfully, no injuries - although emotional ones - were reported.

It’s all about the motion in the ocean - especially when it comes to generating electricity. The U.S. Navy turned on the first wave-powered electricity produced in the U.S. this week. Stationed off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, the power plants are essentially giant buoys that convert wave energy into electricity. Although the two current units only produce enough electricity to power about 15 homes, one manufacturer is planning a version that would power hundreds of homes and the Navy has been tasked by using 100% renewable energy by 2045. Surf’s up - and running your ‘fridge!

The last known 9/11 Ground Zero search & rescue dog was laid to rest this week in a touching ceremony, after a battle with kidney failure. Rest in peace Bretagne, you were a good dog.

We are absolutely fascinated with Jay Baron’s YouTube channel. Called “Walking With Giants”, the channel is devoted to cooking miniature meals out of real ingredients using miniature cooking utensils. And by “mini” I mean LITERALLY the size a Lego person would use. My favorites? Mini Lasagna. Mini Spaghetti w/ Meatballs. And from the non-food category, World’s Smallest Painting. Go ahead, betcha can’t click just one.

 

Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths; well here’s your chance to one-up them for a day (or a movement) by relieving yourself into the can of an 18-karat gold commode. This luxurious latrine is part of Italian artist Maruizio Cattelan’s “America” exhibit, housed in the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in NYC. If you’re interested in playing “Game of Thrones”, head to the 4th floor restroom and take your rightful place on this pricey potty.