Coronavirus: Sweden’s death toll becomes world's highest per capita

Sweden now has the highest coronavirus death rate in the world per capita over the last week after continuing to shun lockdown.

The government has insisted that its softer approach to dealing with the pandemic will pay off in the long run as restaurants, bars and businesses remain open.

But over the last seven days, Sweden had an average of 6.08 deaths per million inhabitants - more than any other country in the world.

This is in comparison to 5.57 in the UK, 4.28 in Belgium, 4.11 in ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-24 23:06pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

The Umami Theory of Value: Autopsy of the Experience Economy

The year was 2018. Emily, one half of the consulting duo Nemesis, was in NYC for a meeting with one of our clients, a media conglomerate famous for youth engagement who’d commissioned our firm to write a report on why young people weren’t having sex anymore. Once they understood this, they could tailor content to it…or so they thought. (What happens when sex no longer sells?). She was also in town to sit on a panel at the pre-launch of a contemporary art center adjacent to the biggest ...
Submitted by thirteen3seven at 2020-05-24 22:04pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

I Hate Dogs and I Am Not a Horrible Human Being

2018 is almost over, and with it will come the end of the year of the dog. Halle-freakin-lujah. These furry creatures already get enough attention without an official 365-day period of dedication. From the endless Instagram dog accounts to the bulldogs stopping traffic on the streets, they’re everywhere I turn. You will not catch me cooing every time a furry four-legged beast comes my way. Here’s the thing: I hate dogs.

Cue the inevitable cries of shock, disgust, and terror. “How can ...
Submitted by Dreaded Candiru at 2020-05-24 20:57pm to the The World forum.

GarfieldEATS is back after a brief closure

Rumours of GarfieldEATS' demise were greatly exaggerated. Toronto's premier (and only) quick-service restaurant dedicated entirely to Garfield is back after briefly closing due to a landlord dispute Friday morning.

Owner Nathen Mazri, who figures as prominently in the restaurant's branding as Garfield himself does, announced the closure in a press release sent to media entitled "a Canadian landlord destroys young entrepreneurship."

“Garfield has entertained the world for 41 years and a ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2020-05-24 1:50am to the Food forum.

Poll: 37% of unemployed Americans ran out of food in past month

Oak Park, Ill. — Kate Maehr has never seen anything like it: lines stretching for blocks as people, many with children, inch forward to get boxes of food they hope will last until the next giveaway, until the next paycheck or until they can get government food assistance.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” said Maehr, executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “They’re finding themselves in a set of circumstances where they have no income and they also have no food, and ...
Submitted by #YOLO at 2020-05-24 0:44am to the The Economy forum.

One final viral infusion: Trump’s move to block travel from Europe triggered chaos and a surge of passengers from the outbreak’s center


In the final days before the United States faced a full-blown epidemic, President Trump made a last-ditch attempt to prevent people infected with the coronavirus from reaching the country.

“To keep new cases from entering our shores,” Trump said in an Oval Office address on March 11, “we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.”

Across the Atlantic, Jack Siebert, an American college student spending a semester in Spain, was battling ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-23 23:57pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

So, Why Haven’t You Called?

I wrote a long opinion piece about Facebook, which seems totally pretentious, but I've gotten enough good feedback on it that I'm gonna chug some vermouth, put it in the hopper, then go to the grocery store.
Submitted by owl at 2020-05-23 23:06pm to the The World forum.

Coronavirus: The Bolivian orchestra stranded in a German castle

"The breathing techniques required to play these instruments for a few hours put you in a kind of trance," says Miguel Cordoba, who plays the siku flute.

But as soon as the rehearsal finishes they are all too aware of how their life has changed. Because they are not rehearsing back home in La Paz, Bolivia, but in the shadow of a German castle where they have been stranded for 73 days.

The musicians, most of whom have never left Bolivia before, were expecting to spend just over a fortnight ...
Submitted by #YOLO at 2020-05-23 22:30pm to the The World forum.

The Black American Amputation Epidemic

Black patients were losing limbs at triple the rate of others. The doctor put up billboards in the Mississippi Delta. Amputation Prevention Institute, they read. He could save their limbs, if it wasn’t too late.
Submitted by a murder of lawyers at 2020-05-23 22:21pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

No masks allowed: stores turn customers away in US culture war

In the last few weeks a spate of American stores have made headlines after putting up signs telling customers who wear masks they will be denied entry. On Thursday, Vice reported on a Kentucky convenience store that put up a sign reading: "NO Face Masks allowed in store. Lower your mask or go somewhere else. Stop listening to [Kentucky governor Andy] Beshear, he’s a dumbass."
Submitted by B. Weed at 2020-05-23 21:00pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Prosecutor dismisses charges against Breonna Taylor's boyfriend, more investigation 'necessary'

The charges of attempted murder and assault against Breonna Taylor's boyfriend are being dropped.

Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine announced at a news conference Friday that his office will move to dismiss the case against Kenneth Walker, who was charged after he fired one shot out of Taylor's apartment, striking a police officer.

Walker's attorney has said he thought they were being robbed and he did not know the intruders were police officers serving a search warrant.

Wine ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2020-05-23 19:06pm to the Crime forum.

A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question

What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse?
Submitted by B. Weed at 2020-05-23 16:47pm to the Books forum.

It's official: SpaceX is 'go' to launch NASA astronauts on Crew Dragon spaceship

SpaceX is ready to make space history with its first astronaut launch for NASA next week.

No showstoppers were found during a crucial flight readiness review (FRR) for SpaceX's Demo-2 mission, keeping the company's first-ever crewed flight on track for a May 27 liftoff, NASA officials announced today (May 22).

"The Flight Readiness Review has concluded, and NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is cleared to proceed toward liftoff on the first crewed flight of the agency’s Commercial Crew ...
Submitted by terriblefred at 2020-05-23 4:58am to the Science forum.

Judge Dismisses One America News Network Defamation Suit Against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

A federal judge in San Diego dismissed One America News Network’s defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC and Comcast, concluding that Maddow was stating her opinion when she said that the right-leaning channel “really, literally is paid Russian propaganda.”

“Considering the totality of the circumstances – including the general context of the statements, the specific context of the statements, and the statements’ susceptibility of being proven true or false – a ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-23 2:25am to the Television forum.

Biden Sorry For "You Ain't Black" Comment: I Shouldn't Have Been "Such A Wise Guy" And So Cavalier [VIDEO] - Joe.My.God.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, apologized Friday afternoon for telling a radio host that black voters torn between voting for him and President Trump “ain’t black,” remarks that ignited a firestorm online. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Mr. Biden said in a call the U.S. Black Chambers, later saying that he had not expected to join the call. “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”

His remarks came ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-23 2:24am to the Politics forum.

Republicans wrestle with conspiracy-theory advocate winning Senate primary

Republicans in Oregon this week nominated a Senate candidate with a deep history of promoting and vowing support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, providing the fringe movement its largest electoral platform yet and roiling Republicans over having a candidate who openly embraces baseless conspiracy theories.

In a now-deleted Twitter video, insurance agent Jo Rae Perkins, who bested three other candidates in the primary to face Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley in November’s general election, ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-23 2:26am to the Politics forum.

Uber customer claims company won price-fixing suit because arbitrator was scared

The appointed arbitrator, attorney Les Weinstein, on Feb. 22 ruled in Uber’s favor and dismissed the lawsuit, but according to Friday’s filings he did so out of “evident partiality.”

A transcript excerpt of the arbitration, attached to the filing, cited him saying: “I must say I act out of fear. My fear is if I ruled Uber illegal, I would need security. I wouldn’t be able to walk the streets at night. People would be after me.”

Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-22 23:49pm to the Crime forum.

Biscuits and Gravy: Two-faced kitten surprises Albany family

A two-faced cat was born on a farm east of Albany Wednesday morning.
Submitted by katheudo at 2020-05-22 23:23pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Ken Nightingall, Star Wars Pink Shorts Boom Guy, Dies At 92

Ken Nightingall, the veteran boom operator who was immortalised to a generation of Star Wars fans as “pink shorts boom guy”, has died aged 92.

The Association of Motion Picture Sound confirmed the news on social media, saying he had died on Tuesday.
Submitted by Enki Don't at 2020-05-22 21:42pm to the Off Topic News forum.

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

A former White House aide won a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, secured the deal with the Indian Health Service with limited competitive bidding and no prior federal contracting experience.

The IHS told ProPublica it has found that ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-22 21:41pm to the Health & Beauty forum.