Chinese authorities busted a counterfeit-condom
ring running perhaps one of the most unique salvage operations known to man. The gang made $7 million recycling used condoms
and selling them as new to hotels and supermarkets. Police seized 500,000 boxes of counterfeit
Durex condoms, complete with matching fake branded boxes, from workshops in three Chinese
provinces. Seventeen people were arrested in Hebei, Henan,
and Zhejiang after cops were tipped off that a local businessman was selling condoms for
suspiciously low prices. “The hygienic conditions in those villages
were very bad. We saw the condoms they were making – they
blended the condoms with silicone oil in a bucket. It was totally below official manufacturing
standards,” said Cangnan police chief. The phony rubbers were made in Henan and Hubei
provinces, then packaged in Zhejiang, according to authorities. While the fakes were found to contain fungi,
thin patches, and holes, retailers apparently couldn’t resist a bargain – the gang sold
them wholesale for 14 cents per pack, a bargain compared to $22 for the real thing. Condom counterfeiting is a big business in
China, apparently – more than 10 similar cases have passed through Henan courts since
2014. The defendants who have been found guilty
have received sentences of up to four years. In February, police seized two million phony
Durex and Okamoto brand condoms in Yuncheng in neighboring Shanxi province. In 2015, Shanghai police seized three million
condoms believed to be worth $1.67 million and found they contained toxic metals. The condoms, which were being sold under popular
brand names including Durex, were manufactured for just 1 cent apiece by a criminal network
operating across eight provinces. Unlike the ring busted Tuesday, however, these
fakers sold their product at full price on their online shop, reaching out to customers
on social media. Chinese knockoff condoms are unfortunately
not just a problem for the Chinese. US customs authorities seized 40,000 Chinese-manufactured
counterfeit condoms in San Juan, Puerto Rico last March. Chinese-made fakes have also turned up in
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-Congratulations on winning.
-Thank you. -This is the trophy right here.
Do you mind if I bring it up? -That’s good. -Wow! It’s actually
really heavy. Look at this.
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Yeah. -Yeah, just set it right there.
-That’s really heavy. -Yeah.
-Wow. What a great trophy. What are you
going to do with this? -Probably hang
it up somewhere or, like, put it on, like,
one of my desks. -You can’t hang this thing.
It’s 100 pounds. -Yeah, yeah, I can’t hang — -You have to lean it against —
It’s so heavy. You got to build
a whole new room around it. I want to put
this over here just for now so I can see your face,
because it’s giant. Explain this to me.
How does it work? What goes into it? Because I think people think, “Oh, you just play
video games and you won.” It’s like, no,
I think there’s — You put a lot of work into this. -Yeah.
-Am I right? -So, like,
long practice every day. Like, every day, I wake up,
got to, like, warm up my hands for 30 minutes. Then I got to pretty much,
like, you know, play — warm up my hands
by playing, like, “Fortnite Creative,”
stuff like that. -So, wait.
Walk me through your day. So, what time do you wake up? -We talking school day
or a weekend? -Let’s talk weekend.
-Maybe like 12:00, 1:00. -Oh, man.
I want to be you so bad, dude. I’m really — I’m so jealous.
I’m so jealous of you right now. So, you wake up
at 12:00 noon, yeah? And before you warm up
your hands, what do you do? Yeah. What do you eat?
What do you eat at 12:00 noon? -Maybe a banana.
-Okay. Gotcha. All right, I like bananas.
-Yeah. -So, you get a —
But then you get on to the game and you start playing
immediately or no? -Yeah, I, like, get on,
warm up with that, and then I go into,
like, a call, talk to, like,
my friends, and all that, go over strategies and then — -Do you play just strangers or
do you play with, like, a — -No, like, a team, like, friends
and stuff like that, yeah. -You’re on a team now.
-Mm-hmm. -What is the name of your team?
-Sentinels. -Sentinels. Yeah, so,
you get on with those guys and you —
It’s Monday through — It’s every day or what is it? -Pretty much, yeah.
It’s like my job. -That’s — Wow. And did your parents —
I know they’re proud of you, but, at first,
were they like… I mean, yeah. But, at first,
they got to be like, “Hey, we got to talk, Bugha.” You know, yeah, let’s –”
What is Bugha from? -My grandpa gave me the name
when I was, like, a baby. He used to say like,
“Bugha, Bugha, Bugha,” and I used to laugh. -Oh, no way.
-So that’s where I get it from. -Hey, good for that.
I love grandpa stories. So, your parents
go, “Okay, this is fun, but you got to get
working over at, like, 7-Eleven or something. You got to get a job.” -Yeah, so, like, pretty much,
when they found out, like, I could actually do this for
pretty much a job, like, was when I pretty much got
signed to the team and all that. But before that, I just did,
like, little competitions and made, like,
a little bit of money off that. -Like, how much money did you
win the first competition? -$100.
-Yeah, nothing. -Yeah, nothing.
[ Laughs ] -What are you? 16? $100? You must have
freaked out and said, “Mom, dad, this is something. I can make money. And they’re like,
“It’s only $100, buddy.” But that’s a lot of money. -To me, it was at the time,
because, like — -To me, it is now.
Yeah, I mean… Wow, $100? So you win 100 bucks and then
you go, “I can do this.” And then this happens.
I mean, did you freak out? -I don’t know. It’s like I had, like,
no emotion, but, at the same time,
it felt, like, unreal. I don’t know. -Because you were just — You
were just in the zone? -Yeah, pretty much. -So, what time of day was
this that you won? -When it happened?
-Yeah. -Like midday yesterday. -Like when you wake up?
12:00 noon? Yeah. Woke up, had a banana,
won $3 million. No big deal. Not bad. So, I just — I’ve got to
congratulate you on this. This is great.
This is a great trophy. And I hope to
see you again, buddy. Congratulations.
-Thank you. -Good job.
-Appreciate it. -Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf.
– Congrats. – Thank you, yeah.
– It’s huge. I know that you’re gonna
always be a part of the team – – Yeah, I mean people have
been congratulating me and I’m like you’re welcome. – You’re like “I did a lot” – Totally, totally all up to me. I manage the whole thing. No, the women are amazing. It’s been a lot of fun and watching them celebrate, as they should, brings back some good memories. – Yeah, and a lot of blow
back on the celebration, not only during the World Cup, but after they won the whole thing. – What kinda blow back? Of course, there’s a double standard. Of course, it’s a double standard. And you know, what these
women do, they’re trying to redefine what it means
to be a woman, right? ‘Cause so many women believe,
and maybe you even believe it, maybe I believe it on a deep level, that like, oh we’re just
supposed to be polite and say thank you so much,
we’re so grateful to be here, and like, you know what,
that was so four years ago. I was a part of that team four years ago. The world wasn’t ready for
a team like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are leading today. They’re saying, you know what,
we’re gonna do this our way. We’re gonna be unapologetic,
we’re gonna be confident, and we’re gonna celebrate our
asses off because guess what? That is what we wanna do,
and we’re allowed to do that because we’re strong,
powerful women who deserve it. And when one woman does it, then it gives permission
for the next woman to do it. So, all those people out there who think that their celebrations were tactless, whatever. For all those people out there
who think that they should be more of anything other than
what they’re being, whatever. They’re just missing out on
one of the most successful and glorious teams that you’ve ever seen, and I just wanna celebrate with them. – And fun, right? – Yeah, doesn’t it look fun? I’m actually kind of jealous
that I’m not even a part of it. And I know the women, and I text them, and I’m congratulating them but they’re just having the time
of their lives, as they should. They just worked their rear
ends off for the entire month and under the most intense
pressure you can imagine with the President of our country tweeting at some of our players and all – – Wrong handle, by the way. All the media and all the things, with the lawsuit, there was so much that these women were fighting for, and they came out on top. Talk about the most epic talk the talk and walk the walkers in Megan Rapinoe. I’m lucky to know her. I’m lucky to have played with her. I guess she’s gonna be,
what, President 2020? – Four years ago, was she just as vocal, just as who she is now but the moment that we were at in society really wasn’t necessary for her to be who she is in the moment? – So, it’s not about necessary. It was what our collective consciousness was capable of handling. Four years ago, our world
wasn’t ready for somebody to be as vocal and unapologetic
as Megan Rapinoe is. They are now. The way that she’s gone about it, the way that she’s
navigated this whole thing, has been nearly perfect, in my mind. The team, and Megan,
have fought for something that is bigger than just soccer, right? Because a win for this women’s team is a win for women everywhere
and that’s something that, every four years, when the
lights are shining so bright, hopefully, that will allow
this moment to transcend over the next four years
so that there’s not so much of a lull. – I think that there are
a lot of people who think that this lawsuit is all about money. Can you share more about
what success looks like for women and more than just compensation? – Well yeah so, money matters, right? It allows these women to
play their sport, singularly, where they don’t have to have another job, they don’t have to worry about if their next paycheck is coming. They can just do their
thing, their one thing. So, money does matter. But resources, and more
importantly, investment. People don’t understand
how important investment is into the women’s game, right? So, in 1994, the MLS got a massive amount of investment from the owners of the MLS. They lost hundreds of millions of dollars ’cause they were investing in this thing, they could see this growth. Well, the women’s game, not just soccer, but every women’s sport,
has never gotten the same kind of investment of
marketing, and dollars, and sponsorship and that kind
of investment really will make such a big difference. When you get into the weeds of it, ’cause I have been in the weeds of it, it’s undeniable how much
more potential for growth these women’s games
and these women’s teams have than men’s sports, right? And this is not men’s vs. women’s sports. This is women doing amazing
things and inspiring other kids, girls and boys, to be the best
themselves that they can be. I get fired up about it
and it’s exciting to see what can happen and hopefully
people find themselves at women’s sporting events
and find themselves at – – How do you think we get there? How do we get to the point where – We’re all fascinated and captivated in the Women’s World Cup. I saw mostly men in bars
watching the Women’s World Cup. How do we get people to be
as excited all year long, considering how many other
options there are, too? – Well, you gotta understand
that only 4% of sports media is dedicated to women. 4%. So, people like you have
to put women in the news, have to put women, whether
you like it or not, whether you think it’s gonna
get the most clicks or not, that’s an investment. That’s a resource. That’s something that
people can learn from. Obviously, you gotta go watch. Even if you don’t have
a professional team, go to semi-pro teams, get
your kids involved in sports, sit down, find the women’s sports… If people are looking for women’s sports, TV will make sure that
women’s sports are on TV. And not the most obscure
hours or weird channels that you can find them. And the more that we all
collectively commit to it, the more the sports
will get the investments and the turnover and look,
it’s not an easy solve. It’s confusing and it’s difficult, but we’ve gotta figure it
out, one way or another.
Good morning, Hank! It’s Tuesday! Hank, you’ve just been greeted by the Project for Awesome donors who joined me this weekend to watch AFC Wimbledon’s 2-1 victory over Oxford United, a critical win because in order for everyone’s favorite third-tier English soccer team not to become a fourth-tier English soccer team, they need to finish in 20th or above. And that win took AFC Wimbledon up to the dizzying heights of 18th. But anyway my 27 hours in England reminded me of something weird about contemporary US life, which is that we’re going through challenges that lots of Americans don’t even know exist, right? Like people get their news from such wildly divergent sources that we don’t even hear the same stories, let alone agree on what they mean. And so even if something terrible happened, say back in October, many people won’t have heard about it, which means that some of you are about to learn for the very first time that the US men’s national team did not qualify for the World Cup. I know right? How is this even possible? I mean the United States is the richest nation on earth and FIFA is famously bribable What went wrong? Basically we lost to Costa Rica twice and Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. But you know the old saying, when God closes a door how do you lose to Trinidad and Tobago? I think that’s the old saying. Okay, but look, the United States was not the only country to fail to qualify for the World Cup Italy won’t be there nor will the Netherlands or Chile or Canada or China or New Zealand or lots of other countries and for all of us in those countries we have a problem, or possibly an opportunity Who do we root for? And also is there any way we can sell our support- for charity of course- or possibly for our own enrichment– no for charity. That’s better. People of the 179 nations that did not qualify for the World Cup, we need to band together as one bad-at-football world and find one or possibly a few countries to root for. And I’m talking about going all-in. Jerseys, face paint, learning some chants, weeping for joy and then sorrow and then joy and then finally sorrow. The obvious strategy would just be to auction off our love –some nerdfighters And I did this back in 2014 and raised over $10,000 for sarcoma research– And that might still be the best way to go about it But the big down side was that of course the rich countries ended up donating the most which kind of took some of the fun out of it. So if you have any ideas on how to raise money while deciding who to root for please leave them in comments, and if you don’t have any ideas, please read the comments and vote for your favorite ideas. You know who made it to the World Cup by the way? Iceland, which has a population smaller than that of Wichita, Kansas. Also Costa Rica, which just passed the US in life expectancy and also obviously in soccer ability. But I’m on a tangent. The important thing here is that those of us without a rooting interest in the World Cup need to find one because otherwise we will be forced to gaze into the yawning abyss of meaninglessness. I’m not totally kidding about that by the way. Like I know a lot of you will say that you don’t care about soccer and that it’s just people trying to get a spherical object into a net without using their hands which is like the stupidest human activity imaginable. And I get that, but the central mistake of your reasoning is that football is not actually about feet or balls. It’s about community. Football matters because we share it and we need to find big endeavors to share across geographic and cultural divides because they remind us that we are truly all in this together. Of course sport isn’t the only way to achieve that feeling but I think achieving it in sport does help us feel it elsewhere. So I’m not kidding. I want to find a team to root for in the World Cup. We need to care about stuff. Caring is so underrated! As Pope John Paul the second put it, “of all the unimportant things, football is the most important.” Hank, I’ll see you on Friday.
Roger Federer: Swiss paper sets star Wimbledon final challenge… because of World Cup The Wimbledon and World Cup finals will both be played on the same day next summer. Wimbledon have scheduled the men’s singles final to start at 3pm on Saturday July 15. And two hours later the World Cup final will start in Moscow. And Swiss newspaper Blick have jokingly challenged Federer to get the business done early so fans can watch both events. The assumption that Federer will reach a 12th Wimbledon final hints of at least a little arrogance from the Swiss newspaper. But then again that confidence from is well founded, with Federer having won an eighth Wimbledon crown this summer. Only two Wimbledon men’s singles finals in the last 20 years have come in at under the two-hour mark. Yet one of those was Federer’s 1 hour, 41 minute demolition of Marin Cilic. In beating Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4, Federer moved to 19 Grand Slam career titles. He said on Centre Court: “It is cruel sometimes, but Cilic fought well and he’s a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament, Marin. “I’ve got to take more time off, I don’t know. I’m going to be gone again for the next six months. Better than winning this trophy is being healthy. “The tournament I’ve played, not dropping a set, it’s magical. It’s belief that I can achieve such heights.”.