USMCA, Venezuela, Outdoors, Avengers: Endgame, CBD, Montreal

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What I am watching: June 21, 2019

Curation and commentary from Marc A. Ross

Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia

USMCA, Venezuela, Outdoors, Avengers: Endgame, CBD, Montreal


✔️ Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home

✔️ Boris Johnson vs Jeremy Hunt

✔️ Spending time outdoors is linked to a serious boost in well-being

✔️ Disney will re-release Avengers: Endgame

✔️ Google is taking steps toward ending its prohibition on CBD advertising


Brigadoon Radio: Episode 22: Debate-A-Palooza: The Democrats head to Miami

Recorded at the CityCenterDC, a conversation between Marc Ross and Brendan Kownacki at the start of the real campaign season as the Democrats start the process to select their presidential nominee.

The conversation explores the expectations and how the candidates are preparing for the two-night, twenty-candidate, two hours per night, first Democratic debate from Miami. Florida on June 26 and June 27. Plus, Marc and Brendan discuss the two-screen tactics the campaigns will utilize and how NBC News will handle President Trump's live tweeting of the activities.

Watch - here.


UN: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home: AP reports, a record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence, the UN said Wednesday, an increase of more than 2 million from a year earlier — and an overall total that would amount to the world’s 20th most populous country.

Mexico first to ratify USMCA: Just a week after dodging new U.S. tariffs on its exports, Mexico ratified the USMCA trade deal designed to succeed NAFTA, even though the U.S. and Canada have yet to do the same.

Trump administration officials and congressional Republicans are ramping up pressure on House Democrats to move on the new NAFTA / USMCA.

How 7.4 tons of Venezuela’s gold landed in Africa—and vanished: WSJ reports, secret deliveries to a refinery in Uganda expose a global underground economy many suspect is helping Nicolás Maduro cling to power.

Trouble in Italy: Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is making a plea to revamp EU budget rules and economic governance in a bid to avoid disciplinary action over his country's huge debt.

Boris Johnson vs Jeremy Hunt: Boris Johnson, leader of the 2016 Brexit campaign, and Jeremy Hunt, a former Remainer, will face off in the Conservative party leadership race after Michael Gove, environment secretary, was narrowly eliminated in the last round of voting. While Johnson insists that Britain must leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal, Hunt may take a flexible approach if necessary.

Economist: The Boris bubble that threatens Britain’s Conservatives

A worrying number of MPs are backing Boris Johnson mainly because others are.

Bank of England opens to tech companies: The central bank intends to open its vaults to tech groups for the first time, allowing them to bank at Threadneedle Street and thereby offer payments systems on a level playing field with commercial banks.

US-China: Trump isn't expected to make a deal when he meets Xi next week — but the administration hopes he can get talks back on track.

@suhasinih: List of US trade-asks (of India) as of date:

1. Don't buy Iran oil
2. Don't buy S 400
3. Don't allow Huawei in 5G trials
4. Don't insist on storing your own data locally
5. No new e-commerce rules
6. Buy US oil
7. Buy US planes
8. Buy US 5G tech
9. Zero out Harley Davidson tariffs

@mcgregorrichard: China, which is no slouch in the economic coercion department, is taking notes....


Nature does you good: According to a study published this week in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, spending 120 minutes a week strolling a tree-lined street or sitting by a lake can greatly enhance a person’s overall sense of well-being.

Spending time outdoors is linked to a serious boost in well-being, the kind that lasts a lifetime.

Buzz buzz: Bees pollinate $15 billion worth of crops in the U.S., but, beyond their generous contribution to food production, they’re also critical pollinators for vast ecosystems around the world. An annual survey found that 37.7 percent of honeybee colonies died this past winter, fully 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss over the past 13 years.

The future from March 10, 2009: This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some.

Base Hologram has made its mission clear: create premium holographic shows.


What's the deal, Hope? White House lawyers blocked Hicks from answering questions 155 times during testimony.

Hicks says Trump campaign felt ‘relief’ from WikiLeaks release of hacked information damaging to Clinton.

DC theatre to host 11-hour reading of the Mueller report.

Trump approval rating: 44.4%.

'My whole ife is a bet': Time reports, once again, Trump is putting his own instincts at the center of his campaign. The political mercenaries who tried to discipline his impulses in 2016 have been shown the door. The 2020 campaign is unmistakably Trump’s show

Economist: Donald Trump launches a familiar-sounding re-election campaign

Identity politics, with a focus on guns, crime and immigration, is likely to dominate.

Pence to help launch "Latinos for Trump" campaign in Miami.

Ronald Brownstein: The biggest obstacle to Trump’s victory in 2020: There may be an unprecedented level of discontent with the president among voters satisfied with the economy.

AL-SEN: Alabama Republican Roy Moore announced his candidacy for Senate.

No: The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia, rebuking Trump's attempt to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran.

Cutting language training is the latest foolish retreat from global engagement: Defense One reports, last month, students at the Defense Language Institute discovered that their study-abroad plans had been canceled, thanks to unexpected funding cuts to foreign language immersion programs.


Brigadoon DC | Aperitivo

Thursday, June 27
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Woodward Table
1426 H Street, NW
Washington, DC

An aperitivo is often described as being similar to the American happy hour, but when it's a Brigadoon gathering, it’s much more than that.

This is a free to attend, cash bar gathering designed for meeting old friends and making new friends.

RSVP - here.

FYI: 9 tips for making the perfect Negroni, according to a master bartender


Amazon Ring may soon have a buddy in the sky. Called "surveillance as a service," the company wants to use its network of delivery drones to keep watch over customers' houses by forming a flying Neighborhood Watch scheme.

Amazon is looking to work directly with health plans and employers to sell prescription drugs, a move that could potentially shake up how medicines are sold and distributed in the US.

Adobe, the digital design company that invented the PDF, has quietly grown to a $130 billion in value by market cap.

Papa John's first Shaq-themed location (he's now on the board) opens in Atlanta on Georgia Tech's campus.

Apple's expanding its official repair service to 1,000 Best Buy stores.

Disney will re-release Avengers: Endgame in theaters as an extended version with footage not included the first time around.

So far, Avengers: Endgame has made $2.743 billion worldwide.

Facebook’s content moderation site in Tampa is home to a nightmarish work environment, a Verge report reveals.

Paris is for the men: Paris has gradually swallowed Milan, London, and New York when it comes to men’s fashion weeks. A major reason behind the dominance of the French capital is LVMH.

Google is taking steps toward ending its prohibition on advertising for cannabidiol products through a trial program that allows companies in the budding hemp sub-industry to purchase ads on its platform, according to one CBD retailer that was asked to participate.

Slack valued at $23 billion.

I have never used Slack.


Rays to explore splitting games with Montreal: ESPN reports, the Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play home games in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

FIFA Women's World Cup = Knockout stage (16)

Saturday, June 22

Germany vs. Nigeria, 11:30 a.m. ET, FS1
Norway vs. Australia, 3 p.m. ET, Fox

Sunday, June 23

England vs. Cameroon, 11:30 a.m. ET, FS1
France vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. ET, Fox

Monday, June 24

Spain vs. United States, Noon ET, FS1
Sweden vs. Canada, 3 p.m. ET, FS1

Tuesday, June 25

Italy vs. China, Noon ET, FS1
Netherlands vs. Japan, 3 p.m. ET, FS1

Enjoy the ride + plan accordingly.


Marc Ross

Based in Washington, DC, I specialize in thought leader communications and global public policy for public affairs professionals working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.

Clients hire me to ghostwrite, engage influencer networks, manage media relations, produce events, audit their communications infrastructure, consult on hiring, provide issue briefs and news generating talking points, as well as manage end to end communications projects where I assume a role of project leader and general contractor.

I work independently but provided access to a substantial global network of collaborators with expertise in websites, graphic design, audio, video, polling, data analytics, and research.

Using the latest tactics of an American political campaign with expertise shaped by being a practitioner of global business communications, I help clients tell their story and build trusted relationships with all necessary stakeholders.

Successful communications are all about STOCK = strategy, tactics, organization, consistency, and know-how.