Category: News & Politics

The Awful Uncertainty of the Coronavirus Death Toll

When I was younger and still enchanted by numbers, I heard a story that seemed to capture an essential truth about the world. Enrico Fermi, the famous physicist, would ask his students simple questions such as “How many piano tuners…

/ February 21, 2021
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The Economics of Hollywood

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/ February 21, 2021
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Is Sky News shifting Australian politics to the right? Not yet, but there is cause for alarm

In his submission to the current Senate inquiry into media diversity in Australia, former prime minister Kevin Rudd warns that Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News Australia is following the template laid down by Murdoch’s Fox News in the United States to…

/ February 21, 2021
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Ten years on, the earthquake still casts its shadow over Christchurch’s past, present and future

When the deadly second earthquake struck Christchurch ten years ago today, among the many things toppled by natural forces were statues of the city’s founding father John Robert Godley, colonial politician William Rolleston and imperial hero Robert Falcon Scott. Far…

/ February 21, 2021
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Morrison takes the shot to promote vaccine confidence, as government and opposition stay tied in Newspoll

Australia’s COVID vaccination program has begun with Scott Morrison joining a small group of recipients in a carefully orchestrated event, aimed at boosting confidence as the general rollout begins on Monday. The first recipient was aged care resident Jane Malysiak,…

/ February 21, 2021
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Novak Djokovic Wins Ninth Australian Open Title

MELBOURNE - In the climax of a tournament overshadowed by COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty, Novak Djokovic remained an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title on Sunday. The world number one’s 7-5 6-2 6-2…

/ February 21, 2021
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The Rural Alaskan Towns Leading the Country in Vaccine Distribution

Reid Magdanz got the call on December 21st. He was sitting at home, in his little red house, in the town of Kotzebue, on the western coast of Alaska. It was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.…

/ February 21, 2021
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Merrick Garland vows to lead Capitol attack prosecutions if confirmed as attorney general

Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland will pledge to take the lead in prosecuting those charged over the U.S. Capitol siege and vow prosecutorial independence from President Biden at his confirmation hearing Monday.Why it matters: As attorney general, Judge Garland would…

/ February 21, 2021
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Trump to speak at CPAC

Trump advisers say the former president is trying to determine exactly how he will engage in the midterms, including from a financial perspective. Trump has so far endorsed one 2022 candidate: Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who…

/ February 20, 2021
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Trump gears up for war with his own party

There’s no longer a chief of staff to screen his calls and he keeps no predictable working hours. So an unspoken rule has governed Donald Trump’s calendar since he left Washington last month: To sit down with the former president,…

/ February 20, 2021
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Millions March rally against vaccine draws hundreds – Sydney Morning Herald

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Hyde Park and around the country on Saturday to voice COVID-19 conspiracies and demonstrate against the vaccination rollout as part of the Millions March Against Mandatory Covid Vaccination.Pete Evans at the anti-vaccination rally in SydneyCredit:Brook…

/ February 20, 2021
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Sequoia Capital says it was hacked

Sequoia Capital told its investors on Friday that some of their personal and financial information may have been accessed by a third party, after a Sequoia employee's email was successfully phished, Axios has learned.Why it matters: Sequoia is one of…

/ February 20, 2021
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“Disturbing”: Austin addresses video claiming military allowed perpetrator to remain in service

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday addressed a viral TikTok video of an emotional Marine saying her "perpetrator", who admitted to misconduct, had been allowed to stay in the service. Driving the news: Austin called the video "deeply disturbing," and…

/ February 20, 2021