John Oliver has featured Puerto Rico again in his show on HBO. This time, he focuses on the ongoing debt crisis on the island. Yesterday’s episode also features Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the hit show Hamilton.
After a lot of discussion and debate, Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill. Instead, Harriet Tubman will be featured on the $20 bill and various figures from the women’s suffrage movement will be featured on the $10 bill along with Hamilton. Removing Hamilton would almost certainly be much more controversial than removing Andrew Jackson since Hamilton was one of the most important founding fathers and in fact was a key figure in the early treasury and monetary policy of the US.
It’s been reported that Theranos is now under several federal investigations, this time for securities violations. It’s possible that the company could end up getting shut down. None of this is very surprising to people who have followed this story. The CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, was featured in some glowing mainstream press coverage last year but soon after questions started arising about the company. They claimed to have a method to do blood tests with a much smaller amount of blood than in traditional tests, but this has been called into question. It’s now widely thought that the claims were wildly overstated, if not outright false.
I would also mention that the CNBC clip shown is worse than useless. It seems as if they’re taking most of the company’s responses at face value, which is never a very good idea in this kind of scandal.
The Czech Republic has decided that its name isn’t good enough and will be rebranding itself “Czechia.” The new name is shorter and sounds more like most other countries’ names but sounds a bit awkward in English.
Supposedly WB is going to start a new cinematic universe based on Hanna Barbera cartoons. Because that’s something that so many people are waiting for. And no, this does not appear to be a joke. We can look forward to dark and gritty reboots (and lack of warm colors to emphasize how serious everything is) of all your favorite childhood cartoons. The first cartoon to fall victim to this new plan is Scooby Doo. The only good that could come out of that is maybe Scrappy Doo will need to die in order to set up the inevitable darkness and grittiness of the new universe. Plus, Batman and Superman are already controlled by WB so maybe we can get Justice League tie ins.
Over the past week or so, it looked like the Kepler telescope finally broke down for good. Luckily, it somehow recovered and may be able to run again. It’s already well past its original mission length but there’s still plenty of data to take if it’s able to. Even if it can’t take good data again, Kepler has already allowed scientists to make huge advances in the field of exoplanets (i.e. planets outside our solar system).
The first teaser for the first standalone Star Wars movie was released today. It looks much better than I was expected, but I’m pretty skeptical about the plan to treat Star Wars movies like Marvel movies and release one or more every year. It might dilute the impact of the main series and might not fit in so well with the way the franchise has always been run.