#NotAboutUpod / 047 - part 2 - Ashley Gutermuth & Robert Moore

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Today's Guest: Ashley Gutermuth & Robert Moore

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  1. REMEMBERING NORM MACDONALD
    1. https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/entertainment/norm-macdonald-death/index.html
  2. Nicki Minaj's Covid-19 vaccine 'swollen testicles' claim is false, says Trinidad health minister
    1. Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh on Wednesday criticized as "false" the claim by American rapper Nicki Minaj that a person on the Caribbean island suffered swollen testicles after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. Trinidad-born Minaj sparked an international furor when she alleged on Twitter that her cousin in Trinidad refuses to get a vaccine because his friend became impotent after being vaccinated.
  3. "His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding," Minaj, who has 22.6 million Twitter followers, said on Monday. The comments triggered an international backlash, with senior US and British coronavirus officials condemning the claims.
  4. "His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding," Minaj, who has 22.6 million Twitter followers, said on Monday.
  5. The comments triggered an international backlash, with senior US and British coronavirus officials condemning the claims. When asked about Minaj's tweets, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, said there was a lot of misinformation on social media. "I'm not blaming her for anything -- but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis as except a one-off anecdote, and that's not what science is all about."
  6. Do you promise to be a better tourist? These places want it in writing
    1. Five years ago, Iceland had a problem. International tourism had more than tripled since 2000, and many of the visitors were first-timers who were unfamiliar with the rugged Icelandic landscape.
  7. The result was a sustainability and responsibility pledge that asked visitors to commit to being a respectful traveler while in Iceland. Pledges, by their nature, are based on the idea that if you make a public promise -- it's more likely to stick.
  8. For this reason, most tourist pledges are educational and not punitive. One exception is the Palau Pledge which comes with fines up to $1 million for visitors who violate their promises.
  9. Iceland outlined seven common types of problem behavior -- from seeking out dangerous photo ops to illegal off-roading. They shifted their approach from reacting after the incident to speaking to tourists directly about why their behavior matters.
    1. In Bend, Oregon, part of the pledge asks people to commit to walking more and driving less.
    2. Aspen, Colorado, asks visitors to skip the high fashion and dress for high elevations.
    3. Finland busted out the rhyming couplets in an effort to protect its shy citizens from boisterous visitors with a verse that reads, "I shall also respect the lives of locals, and will be considerate with cameras or loud vocals."
    4. Maui County, which came out with their pledge in June just as tourism surged in Hawaii, asks visitors to be mindful that they're visiting "someone else's home, sacred site, and living history."