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CREW Offers New Evidence of Misconduct Against Pence Chief of Staff - CREW

(citizensforethics.org)
Marc Short holds stock in The Home Depot. Marc Short attends pandemic response meetings with The Home Depot. Marc Short holds stock in Exxon. Marc Short attends meetings with Exxon. Marc Short...you get the point. We’ve filed a complaint. via

Opinion

(businessinsider.com)
WRITERS: if you want to write opinion for @businessinsider or @thisisinsider, send pitches to opinion@businessinsider.com. we have a budget! we will pay you! via

Wary of China, New York Times Will Move Part of Hong Kong Office to Seoul

(nytimes.com)
NYT is moving its digital news operation from Hong Kong to Seoul, with the new national security law creating too many issues to stay. I sure will miss it here via

Teens are dressing up as mask-wearing grandmas to score alcohol

(nypost.com)
Teens are dressing up as mask-wearing grandmas to score alcohol via

Meet the mind-blowing bakers behind those viral cake videos

(nypost.com)
I interviewed ~ the bakers ~ who made ~ the cakes ~ and they are all very happy to be messing with us so intensely via
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South Dakota Is Sharing Driver's License Info To Help Find Out Who's A Citizen

(npr.org)
SCOOP: @NPR has obtained a copy of an agreement showing that South Dakota is sharing driver's license and state ID records with the Census Bureau to help the Trump administration figure out the U.S. citizenship status of every adult living in the country. via

What Naya Rivera’s Glee ‘Songbird’ Performance Meant

(vulture.com)
wrote a little about Naya Rivera's performance of "Songbird" and how she and Glee and that song specifically helped me see what queer love could look like even if I wasn't ready to call it that via

Bari Weiss Is Leaving the New York Times

(vice.com)
Whomever @nytopinion hires or elevates to replace @bariweiss, I hope that she or he focuses on serving readers—not vendettas and self-martyrdom. We need writers capable of more critical thinking, both in their work and about themselves, than she displayed. via

TikTok videos pushing the baseless Wayfair conspiracy theory have received millions of views

(mediamatters.org)
New from me: TikTok videos pushing the baseless Wayfair conspiracy theory have received millions of views. And there are indications the conspiracy theory was promoted by the platform's algorithm. via
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First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing

(apnews.com)
BREAKING: The first vaccine tested in the U.S. for the coronavirus boosted volunteers' immune systems as hoped, researchers report. Final study starts this month. via

Partially blinded by police: Video evidence undermines official accounts of injuries at George Floyd protests

(washingtonpost.com)
Investigation: Police partially blinded 8 people in one day at George Floyd protests. The Post found video evidence undermining official accounts. via

A Canadian Province Killed 463 Wolves for No Good Reason

(theatlantic.com)
I wrote about how a flawed study led to the deaths of 463 wolves, and a more perilous future for endangered caribou it intended to protect. via

Partially blinded by police: Video evidence undermines official accounts of injuries at George Floyd protests

(washingtonpost.com)
Thread: Police blinded eight people in a 24-hour period with “less-lethal” munitions. @jonswaine @m… via

If Black Lives Matter, we must abolish prisons

(theneweuropean.co.uk)
Our justice system has criminalised communities of color. It’s time we invest in people not prisons by divesting from these structures to fund community programs founded on empathy. If #BlackLivesMatter, we must abolish prisons - me for @TheNewEuropean via

‘Palm Springs’ Sets Hulu Streaming Record with Biggest Opening Weekend — Exclusive

(indiewire.com)
"Palm Springs" breaks Hulu records: it's a very fun take on the time loop rom-com, I recommend it via

How 2 Pandemics Made Way For A Reckoning In Black Media

(huffpost.com)
My and my former coworkers’ stories detailing the toxic work environment and harmful leadership at Okayplayer + OkayAfrica are just one piece to the puzzle. Thank you @_TARYNitUP and @HuffPost for including our voices in this piece. #itsneverokay via

This Pickle Is a Cake

(nytimes.com)
I wrote about these cakes! via
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Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff

(texastribune.org)
“You treat COVID, you look at COVID, you see COVID, you smell COVID, you hear COVID. Everything’s COVID. There are two parallel worlds: The world inside the hospital and the world outside … We need people to understand that it is a dire situation.” via

The ’90s Lawsuit Against America Online That Set Up Today’s Social Media Battles

(slate.com)
One of my biggest regrets while writing my book was being unable to track down Ken Zeran, plaintiff in the most important 230 case ever. He called me out of the blue recently and I wrote about it for Slate. via
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I Went Home to Texas to Cover the Virus. Then My Family Got It.

(nytimes.com)
The day before I boarded a plane from NYC, my youngest sister sent me a text message that froze me in place. “Brother, it looks like all of the Sandovales have Covid,” it read in Spanish. ⁦@nytimes⁩ #pandemic #border #riograndevalley #TexasCOVID via

The Invention of the Police

(newyorker.com)
The Invention of the Police via @NewYorker via

Opinion | America Drank Away Its Children’s Future

(nytimes.com)
A teacher friend of mine nailed it, saying "We're a selfish country. We've never had to suffer or sacrifice before." Now these selfish people want to send him to the "front lines" of his school. Teach or die or both...so we can party. via
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A Teenager Didn’t Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention.

(propublica.org)
A high school sophomore is currently in a Michigan juvenile detention center for not doing her online schoolwork during the pandemic. Yes, you read that correctly. I spent time in Michigan learning about Grace and her case. This is her story: via

How to fix the Covid-19 dumpster fire in the U.S. - STAT

(statnews.com)
There are things we all could do to reduce spread of #Covid19. But it "is impossible to win the fight if a large fraction of the population is not believing there is something to fight.” — @alexvespi via
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The 2019 VIDA Count - VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

(vidaweb.org)
In the past 10 years, @Harpers has published nearly twice as many men as women. They have also only published SIX nonbinary writers (out of 2273). If they are committed to "free speech" whose speech do they think deserves to be free? This data & more here: via

The Black Photographer Making History at Vanity Fair

(nytimes.com)
Dario Calmese is the first black photographer to shoot a Vanity Fair cover. That's fucking ridiculous but congratulations to him. It's a gorgeous cover and Viola looks great. via

In New York's Harlem, small businesses reel from coronavirus toll on Black communities

(reuters.com)
“When the nation bleeds, Harlem hemorrhages” My friend @MoiseNoise wrote about Harlem businesses navigating the pandemic, the protests and the recession. I love how specific it is about the neighborhood I call home via

First Comes Police Reform. Then Comes Everything Else.

(theatlantic.com)
To be effective, efforts to combat systemic racism must stretch as far as the inequality itself does. My latest: via

Rishi Sunak's arts bailout is more divisive than it looks | Charlotte Higgins

(theguardian.com)
On the UK arts world in the difficult medium term. ‘The three-way relationship between institutions, artists and audiences is going to have to be renegotiated. A smaller, more local public will have to be involved more deeply in their institutions.' via

Bloomberg - Are you a robot?

(bloomberg.com)
Exclusive: Following strikes & a lawsuit, Amazon told Staten Island warehouse staff Monday they won’t be punished for low productivity or minutes spent handwashing Amazon claims this has been policy since March; workers say it's first they've heard of it via

The Trump Administration Carried Out The First Federal Execution In 17 Years

(buzzfeednews.com)
NOW: The Trump administration carried out the first federal execution in 17 years this morning. Daniel Lewis Lee was pronounced dead shortly after 8am EDT after losing a last-ditch effort to delay his execution by lethal injection in court. via

OpenAI Jukebox Sample Explorer

(jukebox.openai.com)
Unbelievable, my Twitter account was locked because Warner Music filed a bullshit DMCA takedown for my tweet with this AI-generated version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity from @OpenAI’s Jukebox. I’m filing a counter-notification. via

Technology Theatre

(cigionline.org)
[Thread] @seanmmcdonald is right. Far too much pandemic response (esp. contact-tracing apps) is “technology theater”: “ technology interventions that make people feel as if a government…is solving a problem, without it doing anything to actually solve” it via

Perspective | Is it time to delete TikTok? A guide to the rumors and the real privacy risks.

(washingtonpost.com)
Some facts missing from the TikTok privacy freakout: -It doesn’t send data directly to China. (I looked, w help of @patjack.) -It says data is stored in Singapore & US. -It promises, “We have not, and would not, give it to the Chinese government.” (more) via