The Rare Sight of a Political Reckoning

These days, it is rare that a piece of political news can make your jaw drop. But the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from Britain’s Labour Party lit up social media—and my phone—like a fireworks display. Until April, Corbyn was the leader of Britain’s main opposition party. (He stood down less than four months after leading Labour to a thumping general-election defeat last year.) The man who replaced him, former lawyer Keir Starmer, supported the punishment. The immediate cause of Corbyn’s suspension was his reaction to an independent report, published this week by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a British watchdog group, on anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. The report… Read More

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Asian Americans were hit hardest by unemployment brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study shows

Summary List Placement A new study found that Asian Americans were the hardest hit by unemployment brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers at University of Kansas said that Asian Americans, particularly those with less education, were “more negatively affected by the lockdown than any other racial group, net of education, immigration status, and other covariates,” according to the study. ChangHwan Kim, a sociology professor at University of Kansas and co-author of the study, told Business Insider that he and his team analyzed unemployment data from the Current Population Survey conducted by the US Census Bureau. After looking at data collected between January to August among individuals ages 18 to… Read More

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Mark Zuckerberg claimed Apple’s planned privacy protections could hurt small businesses and economic recovery ‘in 2021 and beyond’ (FB, AAPL)

Summary List Placement Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took aim at Apple on Thursday over its plans to limit advertisers’ ability to track iPhone users, suggesting the proposed changes could hurt small businesses and, by extention, the broader economy. During Facebook’s quarterly earnings call, Zuckerberg told investors that “actions planned by platform companies like Apple could have a meaningful negative effect on small businesses and economic recovery in 2021 and beyond.” Zuckerberg was referring to Apple’s decision in iOS 14 — the latest version of its mobile operating system — to prevent apps from tracking users by using their unique device identifier, or IDFA, without their explicit permission. Apple announced the… Read More

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Voting rights advocates fear a last-minute federal appeals court ruling could prevent thousands of votes from counting in Minnesota

Summary List Placement Voting rights advocates fear a Thursday federal appeals court ruling could prevent thousands of mail-in votes from counting in Minnesota. In an opinion that left voters, media, and state officials confused — five days before the 2020 presidential election — the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled Thursday evening that late absentee ballots must be separated from those received by Election Day. The ballots received after Election Day will be separated from others while judges decide whether those ballots will count in the general election, according to the opinion issued by the court. (This could mean there are two tabulations happening Minnesota, one that… Read More

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Photos of the Week: Murder Hornets, Giant Hands, China Fashion

Pilar Olivares / Reuters Giant waves in Portugal, continued wildfires in California, scenes from Fashion Week in Beijing, the final days of presidential campaigning in the U.S., protests in Chile and Poland, thousands of white flags for COVID-19 victims in the U.S., motocross racing in Sweden, and much more. …read more Source:: The Atlantic – Global       

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Big flags on big trucks: What these displays say about the upcoming election

Photo illustration by Michelle Budge Trump-supporting caravans are traversing cities across America A caravan of Donald Trump supporters traveled down Utah’s I-15 from Tremonton to St. George Saturday, in a line of cars that stretched nearly six miles long. Large flags supporting the reelection of the president billowed behind SUVs, minivans, sedans, and most prominently, trucks. So-called “Trump trains” have been organized by concerned citizens in states across the country, including Ohio, Texas, Arizona and Oregon. It’s a trend that picked up steam ahead of Tuesday’s Nov. 3 election. Vexillologists, or people who study flags, have taken note of the increased use of flags in support of presidential candidates this… Read More

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Where have you gone Jimmer Fredette? Here’s where and what he’s been up to

Former BYU great Jimmer Freddette drives to the basket as he plays the Bayi Rockets in Shanghai, China, on Jan 19, 2018. Fredette has returned to China and is back playing for the Shanghai Sharks for the 2020-21 season. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Fredette answers questions from the Deseret News on a wide variety of topics, from being a trick-shot artist on social media, to being a father, to his future — in the NBA and after basketball. Ten years ago this month, Jimmer Fredette was preparing for his senior season at BYU. It turned out to be one of the most memorable and successful basketball campaigns in… Read More

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Samsung regains top smartphone vendor spot as Xiaomi overtakes Apple

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Samsung is back on top as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor one quarter after losing its spot to Huawei, according to reports from IDC, Counterpoint, and Canalys. The news comes just as Samsung posted its highest quarterly revenue figures ever, which the company said was helped by a boost in demand for smartphones. Huawei became the number one vendor for the first time three months ago, benefiting from strong sales in China while much of the rest of the world was operating under constrained retail conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Huawei’s shipments fell 7 percent quarter-on-quarter and 24 percent year-on-year, according… Read More

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Facebook admits it ‘improperly’ blocked some political ads due to ‘technical issues’ as Joe Biden’s campaign slams it for being ‘wholly unprepared’ (FB)

Summary List Placement Facebook admitted on Thursday that it “improperly” restricted or paused some political and social issue ads due to technical glitches with its ad review systems. In a blog post Thursday evening, Facebook said that “technical flaws… caused a number of ads from a wide range of advertisers to be paused improperly, and prevented advertisers from making permissible changes to their ads.” “While this impacted a small proportion of the ads about politics and social issues in our system, we regret any disruption in the delivery of these ads during this period,” the company said. “We have implemented changes to fix these issues, and most political ads are… Read More

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