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Fast fashion retailer Shein sold a pendant necklace with a swastika charm on its website

(insider.com)
Online clothing retailer Shein, known for its trendy and cheap fast fashion, has been selling a gold-colored swastika pendant necklace via

TikTok Stars Race to Land Reality Shows

(nytimes.com)
TikTokers and their management teams are eager to land reality TV show deals, @TaylorLorenz reports, but there are a few roadblocks in their way — including whether teens prefer to watch the drama play out on social media rather than in linear episodes. via

Ziwe Fumudoh Asks: ‘How Many Black People Do You Know?’

(nytimes.com)
One of my 2020 superheroes is @ziwe. She is hilarious and whip smart on her live-streamed show, Baited. Oh yeah, and @larrywilmore told me he thinks she’s a genius. My story here: via
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COVID-19 Cases Are Rising, So Why Are Deaths Flatlining?

(theatlantic.com)
I wrote about the statistical mystery that’s obsessed me for the past few weeks—the gap between soaring COVID-19 cases and flatlining deaths - what explains it - why it matters - whether it's already closing - and how it’s being weaponized by the right via

A Twitter Account Is Tracking the Cringiest Misuses Of Black Language

(vice.com)
All of you must suffer via

Who Gets a Vaccine First? U.S. Considers Race in Coronavirus Plans

(nytimes.com)
I’ve got some OPINIONS on decisions being made around #COVID19 vaccines. First, the article’s debate is exactly why we insist on measuring racism, not race. The two are conflated here but availability must be conditioned on exposure to systemic racism. via
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Federal judge tosses excessive force suit against five Dallas officers in Tony Timpa case

(dallasnews.com)
BREAKING: Citing "qualified immunity," Texas judge tosses excessive force suit against five Dallas officers who pinned Tony Timpa to the ground just before he died due to the physical restraint. #txlege via

Pandemic Schemes: How Multilevel Marketing Distributors Are Using the Internet—and the Coronavirus—to Grow Their Businesses

(time.com)
“Be your own boss! Earn money through social media! Have time for your kids!” MLM distributors often say when recruiting new downlines. But these sellers usually fail to disclose that 99% of people who join MLMs lose $$$. Deep dive via @edockterman and me. via

Bad News (And What You Can Do About It)

(youtube.com)
y'all!!! i'm thrilled to announce my first video since going independent. it's my most urgent, fun, and comprehensive project yet — 📰BAD NEWS: why consuming the news drains the life out of you and how YOU can make a difference. 🚨WATCH, LIKE & SHARE: via

The Harper's 'letter' proves we need to have a serious talk about free speech

(businessinsider.com)
At the same time, a lot of free speech diehards need to come to grips with the sometimes inconvenient fact that free association — which includes shame and shunning — is also a demonstration of free speech. via

Bloomberg - Are you a robot?

(bloomberg.com)
Google had a policy that encouraged employees to ask each other for their badges while on campus, and it worked out exactly how you would expect. via

Supreme Court deals Trump a defeat, upholds demand for his tax returns

(latimes.com)
Breaking: In a major defeat for Trump, the Supreme Court upholds demands for his financial records, ruling the president is not above the law via

Cause of mysterious pneumonia cases still unknown, Chinese officials say

(statnews.com)
This week marks six months since this @HelenBranswell story. Feels like 30 years. via

Opinion | I’m a female journalist in the Middle East. I won’t be silenced by online attacks.

(washingtonpost.com)
I’m a female journalist in the Middle East. I won’t be silenced by online attacks, @ghadaoueiss writes. via

The Chicks Are Done Caring What People Think

(nytimes.com)
I profiled the Chicks as they changed their name, prepared to release their first album in 14 years, and still found time to razz Toby Keith: via

Endangered California condors in Sequoia National Park for the first time in 50 years

(latimes.com)
For the first time in nearly 50 years, California condors have been spotted at Sequoia National Park. via

Coronavirus: The inside story of how UK's 'chaotic' testing regime 'broke all the rules'

(news.sky.com)
Extraordinarily detailed account by @EdConwaySky and @rowlsmanthorpe of what should be a national scandal. “4 million kits have been sent out since late April, but 2.6 million tests have not yet been processed - around two in three”. via

19-783 Amici Curiae.pdf

(drive.google.com)
We filed this brief today in Van Buren v. United States on behalf of Atlassian, Mozilla, and Shopify, urging the Supreme Court not to give the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act a broad reading that would undermine independent computer security testing. via

'I'm Baffled': Judge Questions 'Good Faith' of DOJ in Roger Stone Records Case | National Law Journal

(law.com)
NEW in my/@BuzzFeedNews #FOIA case for docs abt Roger Stone/AG Barr intervention that resulted in a WIN for us today Govt accused me of "gamesmanship" & "manipulation" Judge Moss told govt he was "unpersuaded" "given what the department has done here" via

Almost 90% of U.S. Meat Plant Workers With Virus Are Minorities

(news.bloomberglaw.com)
16,000 meat packers got COVID. 90% of them were people of color via
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As Trump pushes to reopen schools, Arizona school leaders face more uncertainty

(azcentral.com)
They wore masks. They kept space. They used disinfectant. But all three Arizona teachers in a team teaching model in one room came down with COVID-19 and one, Kim Byrd, died. "We're going to lose a lot of teachers if they bring the kids back again." via
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America is running short on masks, gowns and gloves. Again.

(washingtonpost.com)
Nurses are reusing N95 masks for days, even weeks at a time. Doctors can't reopen offices because they lack PPE. Governors are scouring suppliers in vain again for gowns, gloves, masks. @thewanreport via

Jeffree Star is staying quiet while Shane Dawson's career lies in tatters. Here's why celebrities like him seem uncancelable.

(insider.com)
200K likes on a JSC post about new products. @linzasaur puts it perfectly: "When someone has a supervillain persona, they are more likely to get away with bad behavior. It's the ones who set themselves higher standards who get "canceled." via
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Drivers Are Hitting Protesters as Memes of Car Attacks Spread

(nytimes.com)
Feel like this should be a bigger story via
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Health official: Trump rally 'likely' source of virus surge

(apnews.com)
Breaking via AP: Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa "likely contributed" to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said. via

‘People can’t ignore it anymore’: Across the country, minorities hit hardest by pandemic

(politico.com)
NEW: The story of coronavirus isn’t blue to red. It’s Black and Brown. As virus shifted from blue to red states, pundits said "Trump county" was under siege. That hides deeper reality: Minorities are bearing the brunt w/@ec_schneider @AliceOllstein via

Doggy deliveries help Colombians shop during pandemic

(apnews.com)
“He won’t leave your house until you give him a treat.” A Labrador retriever named Eros is an essential worker in Medellin, Colombia. He helps keep social distancing measures by delivering vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to market customers. #odd via

Susan Collins is Very Disappointed

(youtube.com)
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Woman Says She Was Fired Because Her Children Disrupted Her Work Calls

(nytimes.com)
America: where birth control is unaffordable, abortion is inaccessible, and you’ll get fired for having kids via

With No End in Sight to the Coronavirus, Some Teachers Are Retiring Rather Than Go Back to School

(time.com)
With no end in sight to the coronavirus, some teachers are retiring rather than go back to school via
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Reopened Theme Parks Ban Screaming on Roller Coasters. Riders Are Howling.

(wsj.com)
Japan’s theme parks have banned screaming on roller coasters because it spreads coronavirus. “Please scream inside your heart.” via