Summary of “”Ugly Delicious” Reviewed: David Chang Combats Culinary Purity in His New Netflix Series”

“It shouldn’t be changed. It should be eaten the same way it’s always been made.” She’s behind the counter at her restaurant, talking to David Chang, the chef-impresario behind Momofuku and the host of “Ugly Delicious,” an eight-part documentary series that d├ębuted on Netflix, on Friday.
Chang has shown up at her door looking for an answer to the Houston-New Orleans crawfish conundrum, some reasonable justification for one city’s embrace of change and another’s resistance to it.
The fried-chicken episode features plenty of fried chicken, but it’s mostly about black culinary culture’s erasure at the hands of white chefs, and food as a tool of oppression, and the enduring appeal of fast food.
Despite his position of moral authority throughout “Ugly Delicious,” Chang foregrounds some of his own prejudices and inadequacies: trying foods he doesn’t like, being corrected on facts he gets wrong, getting unflatteringly angry at people who don’t deserve his wrath.
Chang embraces culinary synthesis across all cultures, but reacts almost violently to the idea of anyone except for him adulterating Korean food, about which he feels deeply possessive-he recalls, more than once, childhood friends’ horror at the smells emerging from his mother’s kitchen, and his intense resentment that the same foods that made him feel ostracized are now considered cool.
What makes “Ugly Delicious” compelling, ultimately, is Chang’s commitment to rejecting purity and piety within food culture.
Sitting down with the white proprietor of a Nashville hot-chicken chain, Chang forces himself, with obvious steeling of will, to ask astonishingly direct questions about the moral burden of a white man profiting from black culture.
Watching a Tokyo chef make a perfect margherita pizza, Chang observes that here he sees a man making food “More Italian in its idea, its thesis, than some people in Italy are making.” The chef explains himself, later on, in Japanese: “What Naples has given me is pizza, which I make in the image of myself.”

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Summary of “Taylor Kitsch Is The Most Charming Man On Instagram”

On January 19, Taylor Kitsch made his first Instagram post.
Instagram Taylor Kitsch loves his motorcycle, loves the Canadian ice dancing team, loves remembering what he’s learned from various long-lost film roles.
While both films failed for reasons that largely had nothing to do with Taylor Kitsch, the Taylor Kitsch, Movie Star Campaign train had the left the station.
Savages, a 2012 Oliver Stone film that mostly required Kitsch and Blake Lively to be sweaty and hot together, barely broke even; Lone Survivor did well, but Kitsch was secondary to both Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana.
If you love Taylor Kitsch, you know that he’s funny – because if you love Taylor Kitsch, you almost certainly fell in love with him on Friday Night Lights.
At the time, Kitsch was so good at playing Riggins that it was easy to extrapolate that Kitsch himself was Riggins-esque: He had been essentially unknown before the role, so whatever details you learned about his life were easy to map onto the Riggins character framework.
It begins with a sentence that perfectly encapsulates his appeal: “Taylor Kitsch loves being Taylor Kitsch, and one of the charms of the 36-year-old actor is that if you meet him, you’ll love that Taylor Kitsch loves being Taylor Kitsch too.”
Like the title of the profile itself – “Taylor Kitsch Forever” – the star image that emerges evokes his Friday Night Lights persona, but recenters it as authentically Taylor Kitsch.

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Summary of “Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking”

The idea is to put the “User” at the center of the experience – an approach that works with meeting design, too.
Start by putting your own expertise and agenda aside and thinking about the people who will be affected by your meeting.
We compare the design and execution of meetings to the driving navigation app Waze: what is the quickest, safest, most effective way to get to your destination? The first step, immersing yourself with people, was about understanding where you need to go.
Their responses will help you gain more empathy, frame new questions, get even more creative in your meeting design, and increase your potential for success at the actual gathering.
Immersing helps people feel heard, and it ensures that meeting leaders are connected to participants.
Framing pushes the meeting leaders to ensure that there are clear goals for each meeting.
Imagining leads to more creativity and experimentation in the meeting design.
Finally, prototyping-something as simple as getting feedback on your plan from a few people – makes people feel valued, more accountable in the meetings, and more invested in their success.

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Summary of “Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8”

Pharmacy benefit managers say they hold down costs for consumers by negotiating prices with drug manufacturers and retail drugstores, but their practices have come under intense scrutiny.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers said in a report this month that large pharmacy benefit managers “Exercise undue market power” and generate “Outsized profits for themselves.”
Under many contracts, he said, “The pharmacist cannot volunteer the fact that a medicine is less expensive if you pay the cash price and we don’t run it through your health plan.”
The legislation, Mr. Fasano said, encountered “a lot of resistance” from large pharmacy benefit managers and some insurance companies.
A new Georgia law says that a pharmacist may not be penalized for disclosing such information to a customer.
The North Dakota law also says that a pharmacy benefit manager or insurer may not charge a co-payment that exceeds the actual cost of a medication.
The lobby for drug benefit companies, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, has filed suit in federal court to block the North Dakota law, saying it imposes “Onerous new restrictions on pharmacy benefit managers.”
Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, a Republican, said this past week that he would call a special session of the State Legislature to authorize the regulation of pharmacy benefit managers by the state’s Insurance Department.

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Summary of “With Xi’s Power Grab, China Joins New Era of Strongmen”

Almost no one would have described China as genuinely democratic before the latest move, which was announced without fanfare on Sunday; the country remains a one-party state with extensive control over political, social and economic life.
Mr. Xi’s gambit ended a period of collective and term-limited leadership begun by Jiang Zemin, who held the same post as Mr. Xi from 1993 to 2003, that many had hoped was leading China toward greater rule of law and openness.
Whatever the chaos of Boris N. Yeltsin’s era in 1990s, democracy was taking root when Mr. Putin came to power – in a relatively free and fair election, no less.
President Trump’s critics say that while he may not yet have eroded democracy in the United States, his populist appeals and nativist policies, his palpable aversion to the media and traditional checks on power, and his stated admiration for some of the strongest of strongmen are cut from the same cloth.
Mr. Putin has long cited such flaws to shore up his power at home; the campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election in the United States seemed intended, in the first place, to discredit American democracy still more.
The “Contagion” of 1989, which saw popular protesters bring down Communist governments in Central and Eastern Europe, infected China, too.
Mr. Xi, as a result, believes that only stability can ensure his vision of China’s revival and emergence as the world’s power.
In last fall’s Communist Party congress, Mr. Xi even presented China as a new model for the developing world – a thinly veiled argument that the United States and Europe were no longer as attractive as they once were.

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Summary of “Bitcoin News: Circle Buys Poloniex in Big Cryptocurrency Deal”

Circle, a cryptocurrency-focused financial-services firm, will announce today that it is buying crypto exchange Poloniex-a move that immediately makes Circle one of the largest and most influential companies in the industry.
On a crisp mid-January morning, I arrive at the Boston headquarters of Circle, a cryptocurrency startup, just as the markets tank.
Customers tend to fall into a few categories: early investors whose coins have soared in value; coin “Mining” operations; and cryptocurrency business ventures, including other exchanges, hedge funds, and projects that have hosted “Initial coin offerings.” From November through January, Circle Trade brought in more than $60 million in revenue, according to a source familiar with the company’s financials.
On Monday Circle will announce, as Fortune can confirm for the first time, that it has bought Poloniex, one of the world’s most active cryptocurrency exchanges.
The acquisition will instantly make Circle a rising threat to Coinbase, the biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S., as well as Bittrex and Kraken, the runner-ups.
After Circle debuted its Bitcoin product in May 2014, fraudsters used stolen credit card numbers to make purchases with the speculative cryptocurrency, thus saddling the startup with high fraud-mitigation costs.
Circle eventually pulled the plug on the Bitcoin capability within the Circle Pay app, earning the ire of early proponents.
Formerly the cofounder and CEO of Trigger, a retail investing app, Mayer envisions millennials will become the main market for Circle Invest, while more sophisticated investors will prefer Circle Poloniex-likely to be renamed Circle X in time to come.

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Summary of “What happened after the US moved to chip-embedded payment cards?”

The US began its transition to chip-based credit cards in earnest in October 2015, after high-profile credit card hacks in the previous years at Target, Home Depot, Michaels, and other big-box retailers.
Today, although only 59 percent of US storefronts have terminals that accept chip cards, fraud has dropped 70 percent from September 2015 to December 2017 for those retailers that have completed the chip upgrade, according to Visa.
First, it seems like two years has resulted in staggeringly little progress in encouraging storefronts to shift from magnetic stripe to chip-embedded cards, given that in early 2016, 37 percent of US storefronts were able to process chip cards.
Chip-embedded cards aren’t un-hackable, but they do make it harder to use stolen credit card numbers en masse as we saw in the Target’s 2013 breach.
If retailers upgrade to terminals that accept chip-embedded cards but leave their online marketplaces insecure, they can still leave customers open to fraud and leave themselves open to processing fraudulent payments.
Though chip-embedded cards offer a concrete way to reduce brick-and-mortar fraud, it’s unclear whether the transition will reduce fraud overall as shopping occurs at brick-and-mortar stores less and less often in the US. Between Q3 in 2015 and Q3 in 2016, US online shopping as a total of all shopping in the US ticked up four percent.
The transition to chip-embedded cards in the US started a full decade after retailers and credit card companies transitioned away from magnetic stripe credit cards in Europe, Australia, Brazil, and several other countries.
Today, the US is finally catching up, just in time for contactless and mobile payments to make physical credit cards less and less necessary.

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Summary of “The Seductive Confinement of a Weighted Blanket in an Anxious Time”

On its Facebook page, Gravity posted a video showing, on one side, a person restlessly freaking out in bed under a comforter, and, on the other, a perfect sleeper under a Gravity Blanket.
Weighted blankets and vests have been used for decades as therapeutic aids for children with developmental disorders, and as tools for calming anxious dogs and cats.
There are some studies on the scientific workings of weighted blankets, although a few of them were funded by companies that produce weighted blankets.
Its site now features testimonials from customers who are “Kind of addicted” and who compare the blanket to “Advil PM for your whole body.” In the slightly disturbing sleep diary I kept during my first week with the blanket, I wrote, “I am still working but bed will be nice later. Maybe the worst thing is being conscious at all.”
On a recent weekday, the top two new releases in Amazon’s blanket section were weighted blankets from companies other than Gravity.
Gravity doesn’t sell its products on Amazon, but there are plenty of products with names like “Weighted Blanket Gravity Blanket for Adults.” It seems possible that the company’s name will become the generic term for the category, in large part because “Gravity Blanket” has a catchy and definitive ring.
A couple of nights ago, my boyfriend, whom I had been accidentally slugging with spare heavy corners-the blanket is only big enough for personal use-helpfully suggested that I put the Gravity Blanket under the sheets and not on top of them.
The blanket enacts a fantasy of immobilization that is especially seductive in a world of ever-expanding obligations-to work, to monetize, to take action, to perform.

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Summary of “North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists”

The warm intrusion penetrated right through the heart of the Central Arctic, Labe said.
Such extreme warm intrusions in the Arctic, once rare, are becoming more routine, research has shown.
Such warm water is appearing to have an effect on air temperatures.
At the north tip of Greenland, about 400 miles to the south of the North Pole, the weather station Cape Morris Jesup has logged a record-crushing 61 hours above freezing so far this calendar year.
Kent Moore, a professor of atmospheric physics at the University of Toronto, who published a study in 2016 linking the loss of sea ice to these warm events in the Arctic, said a number of factors may have contributed to the latest warming episode.
For one, he said, recent storms have tracked more toward the North Pole through the Greenland Sea, drawing heat directly north from lower latitudes, rather than through a more circuitous route over the Barents Sea.
The rise in Arctic temperatures is probably also tied to a sudden warming of the stratosphere, the atmospheric layer about 30,000 feet high – above where most weather happens – that occurred several weeks ago, Moore said.
Moore stopped short of saying that the warm spikes observed in the Arctic in recent years are a sure sign that they are becoming a fixture of the winter Arctic climate; more data is needed, he cautioned.

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