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Outgoing President Trump is outta here, hopefully on schedule. But the Covid-19 pandemic death rate is not going away, as it is currently at 250,000 and rising.

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Biden planning massive stimulus, flurry of executive actions to start erasing stain of Trump

President-elect Joe Biden has ambitious plans for addressing the COVID-19 crisis immediately upon taking office, already developing executive actions that will kickstart the economic recovery and undo Trump's sabotage across government. It's the tallest orde
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Biden planning massive stimulus, flurry of executive actions to start erasing stain of Trump

President-elect Joe Biden has ambitious plans for addressing the COVID-19 crisis immediately upon taking office, already developing executive actions that will kickstart the economic recovery and undo Trump's sabotage across government. It's the tallest order any incoming president has faced since FDR took office in the Great Depression, made even more complex because it's a public health crisis, economic crisis, and racial disparity crisis being handed over by an administration that not only didn't adequately address any of those issues, it purposefully made them all worse. CNN reports that its sources in Biden's transition team say that he has two tracks of action in the works: «the passage of a broad economic aid package and, where legislation is not necessary, a series of executive actions aimed at advancing his priorities. Containing the Covid-19 pandemic, launching an economic recovery and tackling racial inequality are his most urgent priorities.» The pandemic, however, is the top concern. Getting the upcoming vaccines distributed is a massive undertaking on its own, with a federal government that's been gutted by Trump and states that have been starved of funding and of revenue. Ramping up all federal, state, and local public health entities to do this job is going to be a big lift, not to mention just the logistics of getting the vaccines delivered. On top of that, there's got to be a public service campaign to convince people to take the vaccine.

The hidden deplorables don't care about Republicans, their crap world revolves around Trump

It’s hard to fully grasp the massive increase in voter participation this general election. This graph, on Georgia’s turnout, does a pretty good job of visualizing it:  xI'm trying a new type of visualization here: this is three decades of Geor
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The hidden deplorables don't care about Republicans, their crap world revolves around Trump

It’s hard to fully grasp the massive increase in voter participation this general election. This graph, on Georgia’s turnout, does a pretty good job of visualizing it:  xI'm trying a new type of visualization here: this is three decades of Georgia presidential elections in bar chart form, so that we can see county-level changes in turnout as well as vote share. Smaller counties are bucketed together by media market to reduce the clutter. pic.twitter.com/B6Yoy44lMd— David Jarman (@DavidLJarman) November 23, 2020 That’s 369,000 new votes for Donald Trump compared to his first election. It took a historically herculean effort for Democrats to overcome the massive wave of disgruntled rural white Americans—594,000 more votes compared to 2016. (You can see the Florida version of that chart here.) We know where our votes came from—historically underperforming Black, brown, Asian, and young voters, along with gains in the once-Republican suburbs. But theirs? Who were these people who only showed up for Trump in 2016 and 2020, confounding the public polling and horrifying all rational, upstanding Americans? My “hidden deplorables” theory is closing on the answer. 

Cheating just because she’s winning? Russian ski official reacts furiously to ‘idiot’ journalist after suggestions of doping

President of the Russian Cross-Country Ski Association Elena Vyalbe has refused to comment on accusations of doping against Tatiana Sorina, voiced by a Swedish journalist who she has branded an “idiot.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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Cheating just because she’s winning? Russian ski official reacts furiously to ‘idiot’ journalist after suggestions of doping

President of the Russian Cross-Country Ski Association Elena Vyalbe has refused to comment on accusations of doping against Tatiana Sorina, voiced by a Swedish journalist who she has branded an “idiot.” Read Full Article at RT.com

Nasdaq threatens 75% of listed companies with order to appoint women & LGBT or other 'diverse' directors to board – or else

US stock exchange Nasdaq has warned listed companies they must appoint at least two “diverse” directors to their board – a ‘self-identified’ female and an “underrepresented minority” or LGBTQ person – or possibly face delisting. Read Full Arti
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Nasdaq threatens 75% of listed companies with order to appoint women & LGBT or other 'diverse' directors to board – or else

US stock exchange Nasdaq has warned listed companies they must appoint at least two “diverse” directors to their board – a ‘self-identified’ female and an “underrepresented minority” or LGBTQ person – or possibly face delisting. Read Full Article at RT.com

After years of research, top Moscow health official reveals Russia may be close to unveiling prototype 'HIV vaccine'

Russia's research into the development of a HIV vaccine appears to be bearing fruit with progress reported in relation to a number of prototypes, the head of the country's health regulator said on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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After years of research, top Moscow health official reveals Russia may be close to unveiling prototype 'HIV vaccine'

Russia's research into the development of a HIV vaccine appears to be bearing fruit with progress reported in relation to a number of prototypes, the head of the country's health regulator said on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com

Portuguese restaurant owners hold HUNGER STRIKE in front of parliament, as Covid lockdown cripples hospitality sector

Restaurant, bar, and nightclub owners staged a protest against the Portuguese government and its crushing Covid restrictions outside the national parliament on Tuesday – the fifth day of their ongoing hunger strike. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Portuguese restaurant owners hold HUNGER STRIKE in front of parliament, as Covid lockdown cripples hospitality sector

Restaurant, bar, and nightclub owners staged a protest against the Portuguese government and its crushing Covid restrictions outside the national parliament on Tuesday – the fifth day of their ongoing hunger strike. Read Full Article at RT.com

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SP 500, Nasdaq start December at peak on COVID-19 vaccine optimism

Investors overlooked data showing U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in November amid a rise in COVID-19 infections that has prompted state-wise restrictions, with California considering new «stay-at-home» orders.
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SP 500, Nasdaq start December at peak on COVID-19 vaccine optimism

Investors overlooked data showing U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in November amid a rise in COVID-19 infections that has prompted state-wise restrictions, with California considering new «stay-at-home» orders.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project: Shot in the arm for domestic firms

Two major contract packages, worth Rs 32,000 crore and covering 325 kilometres length of viaduct and five stations in Gujarat have already been awarded
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Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project: Shot in the arm for domestic firms

Two major contract packages, worth Rs 32,000 crore and covering 325 kilometres length of viaduct and five stations in Gujarat have already been awarded

Flipkart India#39;s losses decline to Rs 3,150 crore in FY20

The net total income of the company stood at Rs 34,610 crore as against Rs 30,934 crore in the previous financial year, recording an increase of 11.88 percent
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Flipkart India#39;s losses decline to Rs 3,150 crore in FY20

The net total income of the company stood at Rs 34,610 crore as against Rs 30,934 crore in the previous financial year, recording an increase of 11.88 percent

Day 1 of IIT placements: Record figures as recruiters come back virtually to engineering campuses

There was close to 20 percent increase in the number of job offers and average compensation in the first day of placements at IITs. The highest domestic compensation (CTC) stood at Rs 80 lakh
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Day 1 of IIT placements: Record figures as recruiters come back virtually to engineering campuses

There was close to 20 percent increase in the number of job offers and average compensation in the first day of placements at IITs. The highest domestic compensation (CTC) stood at Rs 80 lakh

CAIT extends support to #39;MakeAmazonPay#39; global campaign

During the week, trade associations will also take out a march in their respective districts and hand over an exhaustive memorandum to district collectors asking the government to streamline e-commerce business in India.
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CAIT extends support to #39;MakeAmazonPay#39; global campaign

During the week, trade associations will also take out a march in their respective districts and hand over an exhaustive memorandum to district collectors asking the government to streamline e-commerce business in India.

Hyundai recalls 456 units of Kona over potential issues with battery system

The company has initiated the Kona recall to inspect possible potential of certain electrical deficiencies in the high-voltage battery system of vehicles manufactured between April 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020, at no cost to customers.
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Hyundai recalls 456 units of Kona over potential issues with battery system

The company has initiated the Kona recall to inspect possible potential of certain electrical deficiencies in the high-voltage battery system of vehicles manufactured between April 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020, at no cost to customers.

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Children with dyslexia show stronger emotional responses

Children diagnosed with dyslexia show greater emotional reactivity than children without dyslexia, according to a new collaborative study.
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Children with dyslexia show stronger emotional responses

Children diagnosed with dyslexia show greater emotional reactivity than children without dyslexia, according to a new collaborative study.

Transportation of water into the deep Earth by Al-phase D

Researchers have recently measured the propagation speed of ultrasonic waves in an aluminum-rich hydrous mineral called Al-phase D at pressure conditions relevant to the Earth's deep mantle. Their results suggest that seismic shear anomalies observed locally
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Transportation of water into the deep Earth by Al-phase D

Researchers have recently measured the propagation speed of ultrasonic waves in an aluminum-rich hydrous mineral called Al-phase D at pressure conditions relevant to the Earth's deep mantle. Their results suggest that seismic shear anomalies observed locally beneath subduction zones may reveal the presence of hydrous minerals in the uppermost lower mantle, which would have important implications for the Earth's interior because hydrogen affects considerably the physical and chemical properties of mantle minerals.

Post-COVID pain or weakness? Request an ultrasound or MRI

A new study shows how advanced imaging technology can pinpoint what may have caused patients' nerve damage and help determine the best course of treatment.
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Post-COVID pain or weakness? Request an ultrasound or MRI

A new study shows how advanced imaging technology can pinpoint what may have caused patients' nerve damage and help determine the best course of treatment.

China's Chang'e 5 lands on the moon to collect the 1st fresh lunar samples in decades

China has landed on the moon again — and this time the country plans to bring home some souvenirs.
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China's Chang'e 5 lands on the moon to collect the 1st fresh lunar samples in decades

China has landed on the moon again — and this time the country plans to bring home some souvenirs.

U.S. shopping app downloads on Black Friday reached a record 2.8M installs

Many U.S. consumers spent this year’s Black Friday sales event shopping from home on mobile devices. That led to first-time installs of mobile shopping apps in the U.S. to break a new record for single-day installs on Black Friday 2020, according to a r
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U.S. shopping app downloads on Black Friday reached a record 2.8M installs

Many U.S. consumers spent this year’s Black Friday sales event shopping from home on mobile devices. That led to first-time installs of mobile shopping apps in the U.S. to break a new record for single-day installs on Black Friday 2020, according to a report from Sensor Tower. The firm estimates that U.S. consumers downloaded approximately […]

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US: mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that's a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the U.S. West, U.S, officials said Tuesday. A Fish an
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US: mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that's a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the U.S. West, U.S, officials said Tuesday. A Fish and Wildlife Service proposal scheduled to be published ...

Biden unveils economic team at critical moment for recovery

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden is set to unveil his economic team Tuesday amid growing concerns about the pace of the nation's economic recovery as governments reimpose restrictions to curtail the surging coronavirus pandemic. Biden has ass
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Biden unveils economic team at critical moment for recovery

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden is set to unveil his economic team Tuesday amid growing concerns about the pace of the nation's economic recovery as governments reimpose restrictions to curtail the surging coronavirus pandemic. Biden has assembled a team of liberal advisers who have long focused on the ...

Consumers protest new measure of 'unfair' airline practices

Consumer advocates are protesting a move by the Trump administration that they say will make it harder for the government to punish airlines that treat passengers unfairly. On the Friday during a four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the Transportation Department ma
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Consumers protest new measure of 'unfair' airline practices

Consumer advocates are protesting a move by the Trump administration that they say will make it harder for the government to punish airlines that treat passengers unfairly. On the Friday during a four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the Transportation Department made final its proposal for defining unfair and deceptive practices by airlines. ...

France's Macron warns against going skiing in Switzerland

PARIS (AP) - France will apply restrictions to prevent vacationers from going to Swiss ski resorts, and French slopes will remain closed during the Christmas period amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. “If there are countri
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France's Macron warns against going skiing in Switzerland

PARIS (AP) - France will apply restrictions to prevent vacationers from going to Swiss ski resorts, and French slopes will remain closed during the Christmas period amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. “If there are countries ... which maintain their ski resorts open, we will have to ...

Color Outside the Lines with the Chunky, Squiggly Crayons Designed by Retoolings

There’s one question looming over Keetra Dean Dixon’s designs: “To color or to keep?” Based in rural Alaska, Dixon is behind the bespoke crayon manufacturer, Retoolings, which has been melding primary hues, muted tones, and black-and-w
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Color Outside the Lines with the Chunky, Squiggly Crayons Designed by Retoolings

There’s one question looming over Keetra Dean Dixon’s designs: “To color or to keep?” Based in rural Alaska, Dixon is behind the bespoke crayon manufacturer, Retoolings, which has been melding primary hues, muted tones, and black-and-white waxes into asymmetric chunks and spiraled cylinders that are as much design pieces as they are creative instruments. In a note to Colossal, Dixson writes that she first thought of the scaled-down objects after creating large sculptures with her partner. More

$6M federal grant to fund Tennessee mountain bike trails

HARTFORD, Tenn. (AP) - A $6 million federal grant will help build 50 to 75 miles of mountain bike trails in East Tennessee. A news release from U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the Appalachian Regional Commission grant aims to encourage more people who visit G
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$6M federal grant to fund Tennessee mountain bike trails

HARTFORD, Tenn. (AP) - A $6 million federal grant will help build 50 to 75 miles of mountain bike trails in East Tennessee. A news release from U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the Appalachian Regional Commission grant aims to encourage more people who visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park ...

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Steiner responds to Mazepin pay driver criticism

Mazepin was announced as a Haas driver for 2021 earlier on Tuesday, and while there has been no confirmation of the commercial arrangements, the logos of his father's Uralkali concern are expected to be seen on the car.With several other sons of wealthy fathe
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Steiner responds to Mazepin pay driver criticism

Mazepin was announced as a Haas driver for 2021 earlier on Tuesday, and while there has been no confirmation of the commercial arrangements, the logos of his father's Uralkali concern are expected to be seen on the car.With several other sons of wealthy fathers landing seats on the grid inevitably there has been some scepticism about the choice on social media.However Steiner insisted that ...Keep reading

Suzuki felt no added pressure by «perfect» bike label

Joan Mir won the premier class title for Suzuki for the first time since 2000 when he wrapped up the championship with a round to spare last month in Valencia.Mir proved to be the most consistent force this season, scoring seven podiums from 14 races, with te
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Suzuki felt no added pressure by «perfect» bike label

Joan Mir won the premier class title for Suzuki for the first time since 2000 when he wrapped up the championship with a round to spare last month in Valencia.Mir proved to be the most consistent force this season, scoring seven podiums from 14 races, with team-mate Alex Rins bringing Suzuki's haul up to 11 - both riders scoring one victory each.Although Suzuki ended up third in the ...Keep reading

Brian Westbrook: Arians now allowing Brady to call plays is a cop-out as head coach | FIRST THINGS FIRST

Brian Westbrook joins the show to discuss the latest news around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Bruce Arians saying Tom Brady is 'picking all plays now' for the Bucs' offense. Westbrook feels this is passing the buck and a cop-out for Arians as head
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Brian Westbrook: Arians now allowing Brady to call plays is a cop-out as head coach | FIRST THINGS FIRST

Brian Westbrook joins the show to discuss the latest news around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Bruce Arians saying Tom Brady is 'picking all plays now' for the Bucs' offense. Westbrook feels this is passing the buck and a cop-out for Arians as head coach; it's his job while Brady and the team need to run the ball.

Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins could play in Ravens-Steelers game

But even with Ingram and Dobbins, the Ravens will have a tough task ahead of them taking down the Steelers, who are the last undefeated team in the NFL.
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Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins could play in Ravens-Steelers game

But even with Ingram and Dobbins, the Ravens will have a tough task ahead of them taking down the Steelers, who are the last undefeated team in the NFL.

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