Hit List: March 11, 2019

  1. An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on Sunday, just minutes after taking off. All 157 on board died. No exact word on cause but initial reports indicate the plane’s speed fluctuated wildly during its ascent.
  2. Caracas remains blacked out. The Venezuelan capital has not had power since Thursday. The leadership says it’s American sabotage, but it’s most likely from the incompetence of a socialist regime in charge. Citizens remain without fuel, water, or food as businesses and schools are closed.
  3. ¬†Gen Z digs socialism. 61% have a positive reaction toward “socialism” — compared to 58% who think “capitalism” is a-ok. Gen Z and millennials, who also lean left, will make up 37% of the electorate in 2020.
  4. Steady as she goes: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell tells 60 Minutes there’s no need to adjust the interest rate up or down, since the economy appears to be doing just fine.
  5. By the end of the year the United States will have exported more “oil, liquid natural gas, and petroleum products” than Saudi Arabia, CNN reports. It’s the first time since the 1950s America has been a lead exporter of oil. The boom is credited to new technologies that have allowed drilling companies to access shale fields primarly in Texas and North Dakota that were previously unreachable.
  6. A jaguar attacked a woman at an Arizona view over the weekend, after she crawled over a barrier to get a nice-and-close selfie with the jungle cat. The zoo says at no time did the animal leave the enclosure. The camerawoman sustained lacerations and was treated at a local hospital.
  7. NASA hopes to put its new SLS — Space Launch System — rocket into space next year. The spaceship would combine the crew and service modules, and have the technology to not just return astronauts to the Moon, but also deeper into space. Testing remains underway.
  8. Just like Netflix killed Blockbuster, food delivery apps may kill the sit-down restaurant. Wall Street Journal reports that on-demand delivery services account for half of the $17 billion takeout industry — and that number’s expected to triple by 2022.