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The Best of the ‘Best of 2020′ Lists

December 10, 2020

The Best of the ‘Best of 2020′ Lists

2020 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“The 10 Best Mechanical Pencils in 2020,” Jonathan Tayag, Everyday Carry

“19 Best Hand Sanitizers Of 2020, According To Doctors,” Jennifer Nied, Women’s Health

“The 30 Best Hard Seltzers of 2020,” Tim McKirdy and Danielle Grinberg,VinePair

“The 10 Best GIFs of 2020,” Vogue

“Top 10 art installations of 2020,” designboom

“Here’s the Top 10 TikTok songs of 2020,” Jazmin Duribe, PopBuzz

“The Best Poetry of 2020,” Elisa Gabbert, New York Times

“The Wildest Media Corrections Of 2020,” Sarah Schweppe, Drusilla Moorhouse, and Emerson Malone, BuzzFeed News

“The best face masks for running outside in 2020,” Amanda Capritto, CNet

“The top 10 data breaches of 2020,” Maria Henriquez, Security Magazine

“Five of 2020’s Top Climate Grifters,” Dharna Noor, Earther

“Best Forehead Thermometers in 2020,” Jodi Owan, Android Central

“Oh God, the Worst Passwords of 2020 Are Here and They’re Horrifying,” Catie Keck, Gizmodo

“The 15 Best Board Games of 2020,” Keith Law, Paste

“The Best Snowshoes of 2020,” Ian Standard and Mallory Paige, GearJunkie

“The 5 Best Pulse Oximeters of 2020,” Rachael Schultz, VeryWellHealth

“The Best Public Art of 2020,” Artsy

“The craziest work-from-home expenses of 2020,” Michael Cohn, Accounting Today

“2020 Top 10 Innovations, The Scientist

“Best webcams 2020: top picks for working from home,” Carrie Marshall, TechRadar

“The Best Undistributed Films of 2020,” Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“Bottom of the barrel: Worst crowdfunding campaigns of 2020,” Michael Irving, New Atlas

“Fauci’s ‘wear a mask’ plea tops list of 2020’s most notable quotes,” Lee Brown, New York Post

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2020: Happy Thanksgiving at Home

November 26, 2020

2020: Happy Thanksgiving at Home

Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you’re spending this celebration of American family, conquest, and gluttony with your immediate household, and haven’t traveled or assembled far-flung friends and relations at your table to share turkey, green bean casserole, and a deadly virus.

More:

“Health officials make their final pleas for holiday caution as coronavirus cases spike,” Paulina Firozi, Felicia Sonmez and Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

“We’re celebrating Thanksgiving amid a pandemic. Here’s how we did it in 1918 – and what happened next,” Grace Hauck, USA Today

Related:

“Thanksgiving Has Been Reinvented Many Times,” Matthew Wills, JSTOR Daily

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Motorcycle Rally Drives Up Upper Midwest Coronavirus Cases

October 21, 2020

Motorcycle Rally Drives Up Upper Midwest Coronavirus Cases
Remember South Dakota’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally back in August, where 400,000 riders gathered without face masks or social distancing? Back then there was little COVID-19 in the Dakotas or surrounding states, but attendees brought the viral souvenir back to their Upper Midwest homes with them.

“Within weeks of the gathering, the Dakotas, along with Wyoming, Minnesota and Montana, were leading the nation in new coronavirus infections per capita. The surge was especially pronounced in North and South Dakota, where cases and hospitalization rates continued their juggernaut rise into October. Experts say they will never be able to determine how many of those cases originated at the 10-day rally, given the failure of state and local health officials to identify and monitor attendees returning home, or to trace chains of transmission after people got sick.”

“More than 330 coronavirus cases and one death were directly linked to the rally as of mid-September, according to a Washington Post survey of health departments in 23 states that provided information. But experts say that tally represents just the tip of the iceberg, since contact tracing often doesn’t capture the source of an infection, and asymptomatic spread goes unnoticed.”

–“How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest,” Brittany Shammas and Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

More:

“Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was ‘superspreading event’ that cost public health $12.2 billion: analysis,” J. Edward Moreno, The Hill

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Motorcycle Rally Linked to 250,000+ Coronavirus Cases

September 8, 2020

Motorcycle Rally Linked to 250,000+ Coronavirus Cases

“The inevitable fallout from last month’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an annual event that packed nearly 500,000 people into a small town in South Dakota, is becoming clear, and the emerging picture is grim.

According to a new study, which tracked anonymized cellphone data from the rally, over 250,000 coronavirus cases have now been tied to the 10-day event, one of the largest to be held since the start of the pandemic. It drew motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country, many of whom were seen without face coverings inside crowded bars, restaurants, and other indoor establishments.

The explosion in cases, the study from the Germany-based IZA Institute of Labor Economics finds, is expected to reach $12 billion in public health costs.”

— “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Is Now Linked to More Than 250,000 Coronavirus Cases,” Inae Oh, Mother Jones

More:

“Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was ‘superspreading event’ that cost public health $12.2 billion: analysis,” J. Edward Moreno, The Hill

“Sturgis Motorcyle Rally linked to more than 265,000 cases of COVID-19 costing $12 billion: report,” Nancy Dillon, NY Daily News

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Roy Moore Loses In Alabama

March 6, 2020

Roy Mooredefrocked judgegun-slingingtheocraticracist homophobe, and alleged child molester, came in 4th in Alabama’s GOP senatorial primary on Super Tuesday, losing his bid for a general election rematch with Democrat Doug Jones. So you won’t find Judge Moore in the U.S. Capitol in 2021, but he might be hanging out near Claire’s in Gadsden Mall.

More:

“Accused pedophile Roy Moore flames out in Alabama GOP Senate primary,” Matthew Rozsa, Salon

“At Least Roy Moore Won’t Be a U.S. Senator,” Zak Cheney-Rice, New York Magazine

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Trump Re-Election Campaign Begins

July 18, 2019

Trump Re-Election Campaign Begins

President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign held its first rally in Greenville, NC on Wednesday, but the campaign actually started on Twitter the previous weekend. Mr. Trump is campaigning against four young congresswomen of color, none of whom are actually 2020 presidential candidates. At the rally he specifically singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who came to the U.S. from war-torn Somalia as a child refugee. “Send her back,” responded the red-hatted crowd.

More:

“At North Carolina Rally, Trump Bets on Divisive Attacks as Way to Bolster Re-election Bid,” Michael Crowley, New York Times

“Trump slams ‘squad’ during North Carolina rally as crowd chants ‘send her back,'” John Fritze, USA Today

“Trump Goads Crowd Into Urging Deportation of Congressional Democrat,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump refers to Ocasio-Cortez as just ‘Cortez’ because it ‘takes too much time’ to say full name,” Arris Folley, The Hill

“A new poll shows why Trump attacked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar — and why it could get even uglier,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Trump’s premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy,” Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, Axios

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Girls! Roy Moore Is Back.

June 21, 2019

Girls! Roy Moore Is Back.

He’s back! Shopping mall romeo, twice-defrocked Alabama judge and gun-slinging theocratic racist homophobe Roy Moore wants to be Alabama’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Sure, he lost his 2017 bid due to some pesky talk about hitting on teenyboppers, but Mr. Moore reasons that if Brett Kavanaugh could get through his Supreme Court hearing last year, he can get to the Senate this time.

More:

“Roy Moore, Accused Child Molester, Announces Second Senate Run,” Scott Bixby, Daily Beast

“Roy Moore announces 2020 Senate run, vows to ‘make more personal contact with people,'” The Week

“‘This place has enough creepy old men’: GOP vows to crush Roy Moore,” Burgess Everett, Politico

“Roy Moore is running for Senate again, and there’s nothing Washington Republicans can do about it,” Amber Phillips, Washington Post

“Donald Trump Jr. mocks Roy Moore after campaign announcement, reigniting criticism,” Sam Dorman, Fox News

“How Roy Moore Could Actually Win Alabama’s Republican Senate Primary,” Geoffrey Skelley, FiveThirtyEight

Related:

“Roy Moore’s lawyer Trenton Garmon arrested on drug charges,” Ivana Hrynkiw, AI.com

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The Lonely Quest of Howard Schultz

January 28, 2019

The Lonely Quest of Howie Schultz

On Sunday, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told 60 Minutes he was considering a 2020 run for president as an independent. This whipped up a hot latte froth of indignation among Democrats, who see Schultz as a 2020 spoiler, undercutting their candidate and re-electing Donald Trump.

More:

“‘Crappuccino’: Twitter Users Roast Ex-Starbucks CEO’s Presidential Plans,” Ed Mazza, HuffingtonPost

Updates:

“Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz admits causing ‘hate, anger’ with 2020 talk,” Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

“Trump tweets that Howard Schultz lacks the guts and smarts to be president,” John Wagner, Washington Post

“A third-party centrist candidate like me could win the presidency in 2020,” Howard Schultz, USA Today

“Howard Schultz Is Fully Capable of Winning the 2020 Election … for Trump,” Eugene Robinson, RealClear Politics

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