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Secrets and Stabilize : “US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met on Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping and said they agreed to ‘stabilize’ badly deteriorated U.S.-China ties, but America’s top diplomat left Beijing with his biggest ask rebuffed: better communications between their militaries.”

+ Titanic Struggle: “A submersible that takes tourists to the Titanic shipwreck has gone missing off the North American coast in the Atlantic.” The Boston Coast Guard is now leading a search and rescue mission. Here’s the latest from BBC.

+ Ghosted: “In the two years leading up to the pandemic, for example, about 20,000 remote workers moved away from the San Francisco metro area. Then during 2020 and 2021, 110,000 did. In those prepandemic years, about 40,000 remote workers moved away from metro New York. Then, 200,000 left in two years.” NYT: The Places Most Affected by Remote Workers’ Moves Around the Country. (As I keep saying, San Francisco isn’t a crime scene. It’s a ghost town.)

+ Beast or Burden? “By MrBeast standards, “1,000 Blind People See for the First Time” was not a megahit. The platform credits the video with 144 million views, placing it behind MrBeast classics like “I Adopted EVERY Dog in a Dog Shelter” (195 million views), “I Filled My Brother’s House With Slime & Bought Him a New One” (181 million views) and Donaldson’s all-time biggest video, “$456,000 Squid Game in Real Life!,” which clocks in at 434 million views. But unlike even Donaldson’s biggest videos, “1,000 Blind People See for the First Time” seemed to break YouTube containment when it was released in January.” NYT Mag (Gift Article): How MrBeast Became the Willy Wonka of YouTube. (Some people react like Charlie. Others like Augustus Gloop.)

+ Breaking Wynd News: Wyndham Clark won his first PGA Tour event at the Wells Fargo Championship six weeks ago. Yesterday, he won his first major taking this year’s very entertaining US Open.

+ Freud, Taylor’s Version: “But what is singular about this artist, in this time, is the access she has created to a cohesive community, particularly for the pandemic generation, whose social connections grew tragically elusive and for whom the internet’s offerings assumed a central role. Whatever you are upset about, the poet laureate of this generation has got a song somewhere in her mega-oeuvre describing that precise feeling. She is not going to solve whatever problem you are having, but she is going to sit with you in it until the passage of time does its work: Look at her now.” NYT (Gift Article): Taylor Swift Has Rocked My Psychiatric Practice. (Give it a few years. They’ll change the subject to Rachel Maddow.)

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