5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • Cara Delevingne says superhero movies are sexist. — The supermodel and actress has been cast as the baddie in next year's Suicide Squad, and she really doesn't agree with the crime-fighting clothing assigned to female hero characters. She took aim at Wonder Woman recently: “Generally, though, superhero movies are totally sexist. Female superheroes are normally naked or in bikinis. No one would be able to fight like that. Wonder Woman, how the hell does she fight? She would be dead in a minute.” — Vanity Fair

  • Stocks slumped at the opening on Wall Street after Greece announced it would shut its banks. Investors are concerned Athens will be unable to meet a €1.6 billion, or roughly $1.8 billion, loan repayment due on Tuesday to the International Monetary Fund. The consequences are uncertain for Greece’s future in the eurozone and even in the European Union. — The New York Times

  • The Dalai Lama condemns ISIS and Boko Haram violence at Glastonbury 2015. “Violence is being created this very moment in Syria, Iraq, and Nigeria. Humans killing each other in the name of religious faith. Unthinkable. Carry the message of love and tolerance and forgiveness.” The exiled spiritual leader told a crowd of more than 1000 people at Glastonbury’s Stone Circle venue, where he spoke on multiple topics, including education and the environment. We're pretty sure these concertgoers were willing ‘love spreading’ participants. — International Business Times

  • Twenty-five per cent of Americans are spending more than half of their income just to keep a roof over their head. The painstaking process of renting just got worse. Rent costs are higher, and vacancies are lower. While the millennial crowd has been hit hard, the problem is also evident across Gen X and Baby Boomers who never left the rental market, or find themselves back in it after the housing crash. Good luck out there. — The Atlantic

  • Peru will provide free solar power to its 2 million poorest citizens. Energy and Mining minister Jorge Merino said the National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program will provide 500,000 solar systems to extremely poor households that lack basic access to the power grid and still use oil lamps. Amazing to think that when the project is finished, the scheme will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016. Just imagine the world if all countries followed suit. — Inhabitat

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