NY Times strike • Spain 'gag law' • Covid pill efficacy • Honduras election • Black Friday returns •
28 NOV 2021
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Black Friday returns • NY Times strike • Honduras election scrutiny • Spain 'gag law' • Covid pill efficacy

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#1 in U.S. News • 33 articles
What do Black Friday sales say about the state of the US economy?
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    Yes, we are shopping way more than ever.
    NPR (Moderate Left) • Factual Grade 85% • 3 min read

    U.S. shoppers are expected to spend up to $859 billion between this month and next, according to the National Retail Federation. That could be as much as 10.5% more than what was spent during last year's record holiday shopping season. People are expected to spend, on average, $785 on holiday gifts, according to market research firm NPD Group.
    After 2020, a year of canceled trips, postponed weddings and skipped summer camps, many people entered 2021 ready to spend. This year's holiday gift-buying began earlier than ever, boosting retail spending every month since August.
    Store discounts won't likely be as deep as in years past. The Great Resignation of retail workers during the pandemic has pushed stores to raise wages faster than they have in years. Amazon, for instance, disclosed that higher pay and other expenses prompted by a lack of workers cost the company $2 billion in the last quarter.
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    Two Minneapolis Best Buys robbed on Black Friday as ‘flash mob’ thievery spreads beyond California.
    Daily Wire (Right) • Factual Grade 58% • 3 min read
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    Black Friday shoppers face supply backlogs, Covid concerns.
    LA Times (Moderate Left) • Factual Grade 76% • 7 min read

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Where will you do the majority of your holiday shopping this year?

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Would destigmatizing pedophilia reduce harm to children?

452 votes, 54 comments

Context: Professor forced to resign after publishing research on destigmatizing pedophilia.


No - In order to destigmatize pedophilia, one must remove the idea that it is immoral. If pedophilia isn't immoral, why would someone attracted to children bother to seek help? Removing the stigma would only push normalizing pedophilia and likely increase harm to children.

Unsure - There is a world of difference between destigmatizing pedophilic attraction vs. destigmatizing pedophilic behavior. The hysteria and demonization of people who a...

Yes - There is currently nowhere for people who have this attraction (that they didn't choose) to turn for he...

#1 in U.S. News • 7 articles
Why are some staff at the New York Times going on strike?

    Wirecutter's staff walked off the job amid a standoff with management about the terms of their contract, the union said in a Tuesday tweet. The Wirecutter Union, part of the NewsGuild...

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#1 in World News • 6 articles
Why is an election in Honduras drawing scrutiny from the U.S.?

    Honduras’s president, Juan Orlando Hernández, 53, isn’t seeking another term. Yet his shadow looms large over Sunday’s presidential election in this Central American nation. U.S. prosecutors allege he’s ov...

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#2 in World News • 6 articles
Why are police in Spain protesting how media organizations cover the news?

    Ione Belarra, who serves as the minister for social rights in the Socialist-led minority government, said the public security...

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#0 in Health News • 14 articles
Why has Merck revised the effectiveness of its Covid-19 pill?
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    Merck's Covid-19 pill significantly less effective in new analysis.
    Reuters (Center) • Factual Grade 81% • 3 min read

    The drugmaker said its pill showed a 30% reduction in hospitalizations and deaths, based on data from 1,433 patients. In October, its data showed a roughly 50% efficacy, based on data from 775 patients. The lower efficacy of Merck's drug could have big implications in terms of whether countries continue to buy the pill.
    Interim data from 1,200 participants in Pfizer Inc's trial for its experimental pill, Paxlovid, showed an 89% reduction in hopsitalizations and deaths. The Merck and Pfizer pills are cheaper to produce and easier to administer than existing treatment options such as antibody therapies from Regeneron.
    Pills like molnupiravir and Paxlovid could be promising new weapons in the fight against the pandemic, as they can be taken as early at-home treatments to help prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. They could also become important tools in countries and areas with limited access to vaccines or low inoculation rates.
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    Merck’s Covid-19 pill and the ‘unknown risk’ of DNA mutation.
    Philadelphia Inquirer (Moderate Left) • Factual Grade 81% • 5 min read
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    How will the Covid pills change the pandemic?
    New Yorker (Left) • Factual Grade 83% • 8 min read
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    Would you prefer treating Covid-19 with a pill over reducing your risk with a vaccine?
    472 votes • 67 comments

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Cincinnati Enquirer • Grade 82%

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