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Monday March 20th

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News to Know: where I could outrun Google’s driverless cars and China is outdoing us with made-up consumer holidays

Too Many Debates

I’m already tired of watching presidential debates and it’s not even 2016 yet. Unless you live in Iowa, you probably need a refresher. Last Tuesday, Republican candidates discussed tax code simplification, the TPP trade deal and how putting a giant wall around our nation might not be the best way to tackle immigration. The three remaining Democrats debated Saturday night, a.k.a. probably not the best time for the party that caters to young people to host a debate.

Singles Day in China

Hey mom, I’m moving to Beijing. Last Wednesday, China celebrated it’s made-up holiday “Singles Day,” which is like the opposite of Valentine’s Day but even more fun. Why is it even more fun? Because instead of drinking wine alone in their apartments, single citizens are encouraged to shop until the internet breaks. Online retailer Alibaba reported $14 billion in sales — more than five times the sales of Black Friday last year.

Kurdish fighters take Sinjar

You should know who the Kurdish Peshmerga are. They are considered one of the strongest forces currently fighting ISIS, allied with the United States and famous for their female fighters. On Friday morning, the Kurds retook the Iraqi city of Sinjar from ISIS, cutting off a major supply line.

Google’s driverless car off the hook

One of Google’s driverless vehicles got pulled over for driving too slow — Google caps the car’s speed at 25 mph. (Side note: I’m not sure if any human knows how it feels to drive that slow). But as it turns out, if there is no driver, there is no ticket. Or maybe some brilliant computer scientist programmed the car to cry on command.

Terrorist Attacks in Paris, Beirut, and too many other places

After a series of bombs and shootings in Paris Friday, the death toll in Paris has reached at least 129. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which came just one day after they claimed suicide bombings in Beirut that killed 43 people. In the aftermath of the attacks, social media is facing criticism for rallying behind France but not Turkey, where 90 people were killed by bombs Oct. 10, or Kenya, where terrorist group al-Shabab killed 147 people at a university April 1.

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