Skimm'd with a Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew and a holiday shopping list
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Joseph is rocking his man bun and finest denim shirt" – Part of the product description for a 'Hipster Nativity' set. Beard oil and skinny jeans sold separately.
Last week, Fidel Castro died at age 90 after battling health issues for years.
Castro was the iconic Cuban leader who brought a socialist revolution to the island more than half a century ago. Depending on who you ask, he was the heroic president who set up free health care and education for everyone in Cuba...or the brutal dictator who drove Cuba's economy into the ground and isolated the country from the rest of the world.
REMIND ME ABOUT HIM.
Castro came into power in the late 50s by kicking out the country's former dictator, Fulgencio Batista. Hundreds of people connected to Batista were executed. And many Cubans fled to nearby Miami. He embarrassed President Kennedy with that little thing called the Bay of Pigs invasion. He outlasted 10 US Presidents and many CIA assassination attempts. Oh, and he almost pushed the world into nuclear war by letting the Soviets build missile launch sites in Cuba during the Cold War. Cue a freeze of US-Cuba relations that only started to thaw two years ago, and an economic embargo that still exists today. Castro officially handed the reins to his little bro Raul in 2008. By the time Fidel died, he didn't have much real power left and was mostly a symbol of the country's revolution.
Since Raul took power, he's tried to open up the island's economy. TBD on whether his brother's death will lead to more reforms. Meanwhile, the US and Cuba spent the last two years trying to normalize relations. Think: opening embassies, loosening travel limitations. But President-elect Trump may not be down with these changes. After hearing about Fidel's death, Trump called him a "brutal dictator." And his team said Cuba will need to make some changes (hint: free political prisoners, expand religious freedoms) if it wants to keep being friendly with the US.
Castro was one of the most well-known leaders in the world. Like him or hate him, his death is a BFD for international politics. Now, all eyes are on Trump to see if US-Cuban relations will go from room temperature to icy again.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY WHEN THERE AREN'T ENOUGH BAGELS AT THE MORNING MEETING…
Can I get a recount? That's what Hillary Clinton's campaign is saying. Over the weekend, Team Hillz said it will join former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in an effort to recount votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This comes after the US intelligence community said that Russia tried to interfere with the presidential election. But the gov says there's no evidence that Russia actually hacked votes on Election Day. Still, Stein's giving certain states the side-eye after some data experts said it looks like cyberattacks may have manipulated the election results. President-elect Donald Trump won WI, MI, and PA by more than 100,000 votes combined, but Hillz won the national popular vote. Clinton's camp says it doesn't expect Hillary will win in a recount, but that it's participating to make absolutely sure no foreign gov messed with the results. Meanwhile, Trump's calling Stein and Clinton sore losers, and says he "won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." Apparently the election wasn't over, it still isn't over.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR MOM ASKS YOU HOW YOU AND YOUR BF ARE SPLITTING FAMILY TIME OVER THE HOLIDAYS…
Under pressure. South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye knows the feeling. Over the weekend, more than a million protesters reportedly took to the streets in Seoul calling for Park to step down. It was the fifth straight week of protests. This all has to do with allegations that Park helped a close friend commit extortion and gave her access to confidential gov docs. The friend was arrested earlier this month and charged with things like fraud and coercion. And prosecutors say they're looking into Park as a suspect in the crimes. Park denies the allegations. But that hasn't helped make South Koreans feel any better about having her serve as prez. Her approval rating's tanked. And now, opposition parties are trying to hold an impeachment vote if Park doesn't say 'bye' on her own. Not a great way to start the work week.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU STAY AT THE OFFICE SO LATE THAT THE LIGHTS SHUT OFF…
Closing time. That's what the Army Corps of Engineers is saying to Dakota Access Pipeline protesters in North Dakota. Last week, the gov agency told protesters who have been camped out on federal land for months to leave. They have until Dec. 5 to pack their tents. The Dakota Access Pipeline is the project that's supposed to carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil a day across four states. But a Native American tribe in North Dakota says it wasn't properly consulted before the pipeline was approved, violating their sovereign rights. And that the proposed pipeline route would destroy sacred sites and contaminate their water supply. The tribe sued, which stopped construction in ND. Now, the pipeline has mostly been built except for the part near the reservation. Police have repeatedly used tactics like spraying tear gas and using water hoses against mostly unarmed protesters to try to get them to move. And now officials say protesters need to go somewhere else. Protesters say they're not going anywhere. Face. Off.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO LOVES "THIS IS US"...
RIP to the OG matriarch. Last week, Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch," died unexpectedly of heart failure. She was 82. Henderson started off on Broadway before becoming America's mom in the early 70s. And she was still making appearances up until last week, when she showed up to a taping of "Dancing With the Stars" to support Maureen McCormick aka Marcia.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN SOMEONE SPOILS THE LAST FOUR WORDS OF "GILMORE GIRLS" FOR YOU…
THING TO KNOW
Vaguebooking: When that girl who lived across the hall from you in college posts vague Facebook statuses that make you face palm. Think: she 'just doesn't understand people' and 'can't handle her co-workers anymore.'
It's official: Skimm'ness is here. We're kicking it off with something special. The elves on shelves and mensches on benches over at Skimm HQ have been hard at work curating our favorite things. And we're putting them all in one festive place. Drum roll…
Meet the Skimm the Season Gift Box. It comes with our best Skimm Read, great wine to pair with it, our Skimm Ahead app, a product we can't stop using, and more. PS: we don't have that many of them. So get in on this now.
You and your holiday shopping list need some space. Take a break with this. The cold brew keeps it chill but the holiday spices say 'Santa! I know him!'
* indicates Skimm'bassador. Pop bottles.
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