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If you're a fan of Trader Joe's (which, let's be real, who isn't?), but find yourself frustrated by the amount of packaging their products come in, you're not alone. In response to customer complaints, as well as wider movements toward environmentally conscious or zero-waste living, the company has been working toward their goal of "eliminating more than 1 million pounds of plastic" from their stores this year. According to the Trader Joe's podcast, one bonus of reducing their reliance on single-use plastic will be a price drop for consumers.
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Brexit: Rough Road Ahead⌚️


What’s the status quo?

Soon after Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson took over the tricky business of delivering Brexit from ex-PM Theresa May, he pledged that the UK would leave the EU on October 31st of this year. With his “do or die” approach, Johnson has accepted that if a deal cannot be reached by then, a no-deal Brexit will be carried out.

Ok, so what happened?

On Thursday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for a vote of no-confidence in the British government, urging his fellow politicians to install him as caretaker PM, so as to stop a no-deal Brexit. If the vote is successful, Corbyn claims that he would “secure the necessary extension of Article 50,” which would delay Brexit until a deal can be reached. 


Some sources claim that Corbyn’s actions are all part of his plan to take power, with some calling it a “plot.” Many quote Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson on how Corbyn "doesn't command support right across the House of Commons," as well as how she questions his abilities and declares his idea “nonsense.” 


Other sources see Corbyn’s actions as collaborating with the EU, which undermines UK negotiating power. The name “Tony rebels” is brought up several times to describe Corbyn and his supporters. Some sources mention how Johnson said that “the more [Europeans] think that there’s a chance that Brexit can be blocked in parliament, the more adamant they are in sticking to their position.” 

Where's the common ground?

It would appear that Corbyn’s actions are mostly met with disapproval, from almost all sides of the government. Although Britain is still trying to reach a deal with the EU, Corbyn does not appear to be the solution the country is looking for. 

This model visualizes the omnipresent sense of dread that many Britons, and people around the world, are experiencing in anticipation of Brexit, which is here represented by a demonic shadow. In this essay I will-
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China Pledges Countermeasures to US Tariffs 🇨🇳

China retaliates

President Trump proposed levying tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods on August 1. According to the Chinese finance ministry, this breached an agreement between Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping in an Osaka summit. Beijing, however, hopes to “meet the US halfway” in what could be a potential trade deal. 

Trump links Hong Kong clashes to tariffs 

The president offered a personal meeting with Xi to confer on the heightening conflict in Hong Kong between the Chinese government and protesters. Trump said he has “zero doubt” Xi could “humanely” cope with the ongoing crisis. 


The left focuses on Trump’s August proposal, which will sling tariffs on $300bn of Chinese goods. Articles will recall the president’s inflammatory rhetoric towards China, such as when he deemed them to be a “currency manipulator.” Other pieces will note how Trump’s recent tariffs shook US markets. Many liberal publications focus on China’s readiness to counter US tariffs despite Trump’s recent praise of Xi Jinping


The right portrays China as highly vulnerable to US tariffs and with a weakening economy, and the US as “winning.” Articles will focus greatly on Trump’s calls for a humane handling of the ensuing protests. These pieces position Trump as the humanitarian who will leverage the trade deal to broker peace in Hong Kong. Articles will frame the matter as such by using Trump as the main source. 

Where's the common ground?

Common ground between the right and left is moderate. Although progressive publications stress the tariffs' effects on global markets and conservative media focus on Trump’s Hong Kong tweets, both sides frame the Hong Kong protests as a dire problem. Most progressive and conservative centrist articles depict the trade war as a major issue. 

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He's out. John Hickernlooper, former Governor of Colorado, announces that he is withdrawing from the 2020 Democratic presidential race (CNN)

Say what, now? Scientists use gas contained in diamonds to confirm the existence of a rock layer more than 410km below the Earth’s surface (Phys)

Safety measures. Nepal considers adding insurance & experience requirements to the permit application process to climb Mount Everest (USA Today

Round 2? The investigator who alerted regulators of the Madoff Ponzi scheme releases a report alleging that GE is concealing an accounting scandal (BBC)

Strange, but intriguing. UPS reveals that it's been testing self driving tractor trailers with TuSimple in Arizona for the past couple months (Fox Business)

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