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Mayor Bill de Blasio mandated city workers must receive one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Friday. The union's lawsuit argues that officers did not have enough time to seek vaccination exemptions. Nearly 70% of NYPD employees have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last Wednesday that all municipal workers are required to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by October 29. Nearly 70% of employees of the New York Police Department had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of last week, according to The New York Times.
Persons: Bill de Blasio, Melanie Hartzog Organizations: Service, Police Benevolent Association, Staten Island Supreme, The New York Times, Health, Human Services, PBA, New York Times, New York Police Locations: York, Staten Island, Staten
Though she became chancellor in 2005, Ms. Merkel’s leadership was more short-lived than many realize. It wasn’t until the eurozone crisis, which began in 2010 and sent borrowing costs soaring across the bloc, that Ms. Merkel became a European powerhouse. Ms. Merkel became the central player in all the big questions Europe faced. In 2014, she pushed a divided European Union into agreeing on collective sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea. For her last act of European leadership, Ms. Merkel tried to seal Europe’s orientation toward China.
Persons: Merkel’s, Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, Sarkozy, Silvio Berlusconi, Sarkozy’s, , Macron, Joe Biden Organizations: Russia, North, Comprehensive Locations: European, France, Crimea, Union, Turkey, Europe, North Macedonia, Albania, China, America
The question I am most often asked is about the risk of myocarditis after the vaccine. It occurs very rarely after getting an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine (like the ones made by Moderna and Pfizer) and is more common after the second shot and in young men. First, the risk of developing myocarditis after a Covid-19 infection is much higher than the risk of developing myocarditis after the vaccine. Second, almost all the cases of myocarditis after the vaccine are mild, and people generally get better quickly. Vaccinating my children was an easy choice knowing that the risk of Covid-19 to children is far greater than the risk of the vaccines.
Organizations: Moderna, Pfizer Locations: United States
Enormous pension funds serving New York City and state employees have announced that they will sell stocks; earlier this year, the Maine legislature ordered the state’s retirement fund to divest; and just last month, Quebec’s big pension fund joined the tide. Mayors of big cities have pledged their support, including Los Angeles, New York, Berlin and London. This month also saw the first big bank — France’s Banque Postale — announce that it would stop lending to fossil fuel companies before the decade was out. Later this week, the heads of the big oil companies will testify before Congress about whether their companies misled the public about global warming and sought to stymie action on the problem. Now many investors are putting their money into clean energy, where returns have risen by an annual rate of 22 percent over the same period.
Persons: , Pope, Banque Postale —, , Al Gore, Michael Benson, Peabody, Shell Organizations: New, Rockefeller, Ford Foundation, Banque Postale, Big, Biden, Sunrise Movement Locations: New York City, Maine, U.S, Los Angeles , New York, Berlin, London, Ireland, United States
Frances Haugen told The New York Times she bought "crypto at the right time." A non-profit owned by Pierre Omidyar donated $150,000 last year to a firm now representing Haugen. Haugen also told The Times that she had moved to Puerto Rico to deal with an ongoing health issue and join her "crypto friends." But Haugen told The Times that she only accepted help from Omidyar's non-profit groups for travel and similar expenses, but is using her own funds otherwise. "When Frances Haugen went public Luminate decided to step forward and directly support her efforts to promote a broad public debate about the issues that the disclosures raise," a Luminate spokesperson told Insider's Hannah Towey.
Persons: Frances Haugen, Pierre Omidyar, Haugen, eBay founder's, she's, Bill Burton, Luminate, Insider's Hannah Towey Organizations: New York Times, eBay, Service, The New York Times, Times, Politico, Big Tech, Center for Humane Technology, Omidyar Locations: Puerto Rico, Europe
Image A man wore Sudan’s flag as a pile of tires burned during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan, last week. Credit... Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/ReutersNAIROBI, Kenya — Military forces detained Sudan’s prime minister early on Monday in an apparent coup that endangered the northeast African nation’s fragile transition to democracy from authoritarian rule. Relations between the leaders of the transitional government, which is made up of civilian and military officials, have been strained. No to a military coup.”Image Sudan’s prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, was detained by military forces in an apparent coup. On Saturday local time, Jeffrey Feltman, the United States special envoy for the Horn of Africa, met with the Sudanese prime minister and reiterated the Biden administration’s support for a civilian democratic transition.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Sudan’s, Abdalla, , Hamdok, Omar Hassan al, Bashir, Abdalla Hamdok, Brittainy Newman, , Jeffrey Feltman, Feltman, Mr, Abdel Fattah al, Burhan Organizations: Reuters, Kenya — Military, Sudanese Ministry of Culture, Sovereignty Council, . Television, Sudanese Professionals Association, The New York Times, United, Biden Locations: Khartoum, Sudan, Reuters NAIROBI, Kenya, United States, of Africa
Opinion Debate Will the Democrats face a midterm wipeout? Ezra Klein speaks to David Shor, who discusses his fear that Democrats face electoral catastrophe in 2022 and beyond unless they shift their messaging. speaks to David Shor, who discusses his fear that Democrats face electoral catastrophe in 2022 and beyond unless they shift their messaging. Bret: There’s no good climate solution unless China and India step up. On the whole, I think the slimmed-down Biden package thing could be a winner all around.
Persons: Bret, Ross Perot, George H.W, George H.W . Bush, Ezra Klein, David Shor, Zachary D, Carter, centrism, , ” Michelle Cottle, ” Thomas B, Edsall, Gail, Joe Biden —, Jenny Craig, Biden, Joe Manchin, Sinema, We’ll, There’s Organizations: Democratic Party, Biden, Trump, White Locations: George H.W ., China, India, United States
More than 100 cities across the country have already passed regulations to ban or restrict gas-powered leaf blowers. For people committed to their manicured lawns, the good news is that powerful electric and battery-operated leaf blowers now exist, and they are quieter and greener and healthier than gasoline-powered blowers. Their market share is also growing rapidly; electric equipment now represents roughly 44 percent of lawn-care machinery sales. But the trouble with leaf blowers isn’t only their pollution-spewing health consequences. Leaf blowers, whether electric or gasoline-powered, dislodge the leaf litter that is so essential to insect life — the insect life that in turn is so essential to birds and other wildlife.
Persons: Fallows’s, Sara Peach, Gavin Newsom, It’s Organizations: Yale, Gov, California, Environmental, Agency, District, Columbia Locations: California
and a shortage of resources also led to a retrenchment of security services in some neighborhoods, reversing the hard-won gains in professionalism and reputation of the previous decade. Today, collusion between armed groups and political elites and the H.N.P.’s shortfalls have allowed Haiti’s gangs to supplant the state. By providing protection, services and food in a country where nearly half the population is food insecure, gangs are capturing the loyalty of the people. But international organizations and regional governments do have a role to play in wresting control back from the gangs. As China has traditionally sought to limit U.N. involvement in Haiti, regional bodies like the Organization of American States should also seek to carry some of the weight.
Persons: Moïse, Ariel Henry, Organizations: Food, Security, Organization of American Locations: Haiti, Port, — Haiti, Guatemala, China
I identify as a straight man because the word “straight” doesn’t change. I’d rather say I’m homosexual than queer. I don’t know. It’s hard to say, because I don’t know what it would be like to not have done that. They think I’m crazy.
Persons: Mamadi Doumbouya, David Sedaris, , , Sedaris, Hugh Hamrick, — Sedaris, hasn’t, I’m, ” Sedaris, ” There’s, It’s, it’s, that’s, We’ve, we’ve, we’re, What’s, ” David Sedaris, Amy Lombard, I’ve, they’re, Hey, David, you’re, Andrea, Queens, John Wayne, Audm, ” It’s, there’s, can’t, Hugh —, Amy, Catherine McGann, There’s, You’re, David Marchese, Alice Waters, Neil deGrasse Tyson Organizations: The New York Times, American Academy of Arts, Starbucks, Kennedy Center, Brandeis University, East, des Locations: Manhattan, New York, Paris, North Carolina, There’s, Queens, , America
The Facebook Papers and Their Fallout
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( The New York Times | )   time to read: 1 min
For weeks, Facebook has been shaken by revelations that have ignited a firestorm of criticism from lawmakers, regulators and the public. Reports by The Wall Street Journal from research documents provided by a whistle-blower put Facebook under a microscope. Those reports showed how Facebook knew Instagram was worsening body image issues among teenagers, among other issues.
Persons: Instagram Organizations: Facebook, Wall
The documents — which include slide decks, internal discussion threads, charts, memos and presentations — do not show what actions Facebook took after receiving the findings. But the core way that Facebook operates — a network where information can spread rapidly and where people can accumulate friends and followers and Likes — ultimately remains largely unchanged. Many significant modifications to the social network were blocked in the service of growth and keeping users engaged, some current and former executives said. “There’s a gap between the fact that you can have pretty open conversations inside of Facebook as an employee,” said Brian Boland, a Facebook vice president who left last year. This month, a congressional staff member supplied the redacted disclosures to more than a dozen other news organizations, including The New York Times.
Persons: Facebook, , Brian Boland, , Frances Haugen, Haugen, Andy Stone, we’re Organizations: Facebook, Securities and Exchange Commission, Wall Street, The New York Times
The Charlottesville Rally Civil Trial, Explained
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( Neil Macfarquhar | )   time to read: +12 min
Clashes during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. Why is this a civil case? Aside from the Charlottesville case, a federal lawsuit directed at some of the main participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot invokes the act. The plaintiffs in the Charlottesville rally lawsuit are a cross-section of Virginia residents — an ordained minister, a landscaper, several students. Mr. Kessler, who is from Charlottesville, sought to parlay the rally into a leadership position in the far right.
Persons: Here’s, Edu Bayer, Robert E, Lee, James Fields Jr, Heather Heyer, Justin Ide, counterprotesters, Donald J, Trump, ” Elizabeth Sines, Judge Norman K, , Elizabeth Sines, , I’ll, Marcus Martin, Richard B, Spencer, Jason Kessler, Christopher Cantwell, George Rutherglen, , Kessler, Mr, Cantwell, Michael Edison Hayden Organizations: counterprotesters, University of Virginia, The New York, Ku Klux Klan, Dodge Challenger, Reuters, Police, The New York Times, Ku Klux, Unicorn, Court, Klux Klan, America, Nazi, University of Virginia Law School, Washington , D.C, Southern Poverty Law Locations: Charlottesville, Va, Nazi Germany, Virginia, Washington ,, Nazi
17 news organizations reviewed Facebook documents leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen. The organizations published a flurry of reports Monday based on those documents, known as the Facebook Papers. Some of the internal documents reviewed by the news organizations were previously reported on by The Wall Street Journal. Politico reported on Facebook documents appearing to show the company's research on its market dominance. The Associated Press reported on Facebook documents appearing to show how its lack of language-specific moderation stops it from properly addressing moderation issues, including terrorism and hate speech.
Persons: Frances Haugen, , Mark Zuckerberg Organizations: Facebook, Service, The Wall Street, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Associated Press, NBC
Facebook shares were slightly negative in premarket trading Monday morning after the news outlets published their stories based on the leaked documents. Language barriersSome of the reports showed how Facebook's content moderation systems can fall flat when faced with languages besides English. Hate speech concerns in the region were amplified by similar language barrier issues as in the Middle East. According to the AP, Facebook added hate speech classifiers in Hindi and Bengali in 2018 and 2020, respectively. A Facebook spokesperson told the Times that hate speech against marginalized groups in India and elsewhere has been growing, and its "committed to updating our policies as hate speech evolves online."
Persons: Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Harrer, Frances Haugen, we're, it's, I've Organizations: Facebook Inc, Financial, Washington , D.C, Bloomberg, Getty, ., Facebook, Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S, Capitol, AP, Associated Press, The New York Times, Times Locations: Washington ,, India
President Biden is set to travel to Europe at the end of the week for the Group of 20 summit and a climate conference, and he hopes to secure a deal before he departs. Image President Biden and top Democratics hoped to strike an accord with key centrist holdouts this week. Mr. Biden told reporters that he was aiming for a deal on the package before his trip, which is scheduled to begin Thursday in Rome ahead of the Group of 20 economic summit. Mr. Biden, speaking at a CNN town hall last week, floated an $800 voucher to help accommodate that push. With a slim majority in the House, Mr. Biden cannot afford to lose more than three Democratic votes there in order for the bill to pass.
Persons: Biden, Stefani Reynolds, Mr, Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin III, Manchin, Bernie Sanders of, Kyrsten Sinema, Scott Peters, Kathleen Rice, Schumer, Samuel Corum, Josh Gottheimer, Karine Jean, Pierre, ” Ms, Jean, Pierre said, “ We’re, Verónica, drugmakers, Peters Organizations: Group, The New York Times, Democratic, United, Republican, CNN, House Democrats, Scott Peters of, White, Republicans, House, Air Force, Medicare, The New York Times White House, Senate Locations: Europe, United Nations, Glasgow, Rome, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Arizona, Scott Peters of California, New York, New Jersey , California
Hackers targeted the iPhone of NYT reporter Ben Hubbard four times in three years. Israel-based NSO Group, which develops and sells Pegasus to government agencies, denied to the team that its software had been used. "Mr. Hubbard was not a target of Pegasus by any of NSO's customers," the company said in a statement to Insider. Citizen Lab researchers said that the attack took place in two phases in 2020 and 2021, where the second intrusion was apparently intended to cover the digital tracks left by the first. When news broke last month of iPhones' then-vulnerability to these "zero-click" attacks, Apple issued an emergency update of its operating system to block the Pegasus software from gaining entry.
Persons: Ben Hubbard, , Mohammed bin Salman, Hubbard, Mr, Nicole Perlroth, iPhones, Apple Organizations: Service, The New York Times, Saudi, Citizen, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Group, Pegasus, Citizen Lab, NSO, Citizen Labs, Lab, New York Times Locations: Beirut, Saudi, Israel
Sudanese civilian leaders on Monday urged citizens to take to the streets to defend the transition to democracy. No to a military coup.” It was still unclear whether the military, which is riven by divisions, was united behind the coup attempt. But after Mr. al-Bashir, then an army general, took power in military coup in 1989, Mr. Hamdok mostly worked abroad. For it to be released, he said, Sudan’s military leaders will need to fully restore Mr. Hamdok and other civilian leaders to power. Image Sudanese protesters marching in Khartoum on Monday to denounce the overnight detentions of members of Sudan’s government by the army.
Persons: Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, General al, , Hamdok, Ned Price, , Omar Hassan, Bashir, Mr, Abdalla Hamdok, Brittainy Newman, al, Abdi Latif Dahir, Nazim Sirag, Monim El Jak, jerrycans, Omar al, Ahmed Abusin, ” Mr, Abusin, ” Khalid Albaih, Simon Marks, Omar Hassan al, Bryan Denton, ” Yasser Arman, Price, Jeffrey Feltman, Maryam al, Sadiq al, Marwan Ali, Feltman, Antonio Guterres, ” Ned Price, ” Josep Borrell Fontelles, Vicky Ford, ” Jeffrey Feltman, Hamdok’s, Soldiers, Yasuyoshi, ory Organizations: ., Agence France, State Department, The New York Times, Facebook, Sovereignty Council, Monday, Sudanese Professionals Association, Western, Troops, Sudan Pro, Credit, Getty, Central Committee, Sudanese Doctors, , Embassy, Twitter, Force, Military, East Green Initiative, United Nations, Commission, University of Khartoum, University of Manchester, Deloitte, Touche Management, African Development Bank, International Labor Organization, International Institute for Democracy, Electoral Assistance, Protesters, WASHINGTON, Sudanese, U.S, Associated Press, United, Mr, Biden, American Embassy, International, Arab League, U.S . State Department, Arab, Rights, African Union Commission, European Union, EU, Security, United Nations General Assembly, Nations, International Criminal Locations: Sudanese, Khartoum, Sudan, U.S, Africa, Port Sudan, , Omdurman, Doha, Qatar, Sudan’s, , Saudi Arabia, England, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Dubai, United, United States, Washington, of Africa, States, Darfur
Facebook profits jump 17 percent.
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( Mike Isaac | )   time to read: +1 min
In recent weeks, though, Facebook has faced intensifying political pressure. Lawmakers have focused largely on reports showing how Facebook knew Instagram was worsening body image issues among teenagers, among other issues. On Monday, more than a dozen news organizations, including The New York Times, published articles based on the Facebook Papers, a cache of documents Ms. Haugen took before she left the company. A few hours later, she testified before British lawmakers, saying that the company was unwilling to stop the harmful aspects of its products because doing so could jeopardize profits and growth. “That means that whatever Facebook does, we’re never going to solve them alone.”
Persons: Frances Haugen, Haugen, Instagram, ” Mr, Zuckerberg, we’re, Organizations: Facebook, Street, Lawmakers, The New York Times
officer Felix Leiter, who returns in the latest Bond thriller, “No Time to Die.”But a hugely important intelligence relationship is with another country: Poland. “Americans have no idea.”The roots of this close relationship stretch back to the Cold War. Poland gained the opportunity to rid itself of the Soviet yoke and integrate into the Western bloc. It started in the early 1980s, when a Polish spy named Marian Zacharski led the F.B.I. agents, Mr. Zacharski transmitted to Warsaw reams of classified documents.
Persons: James Bond’s compadre, Felix Leiter, James Pavitt, Marian Zacharski, Zacharski, John Palevich —, , Zacharski’s Organizations: British Locations: Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, United States, Soviet, Polish, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Berlin
None of this was particularly pretty, but it did cohere into something of a vision for the world. The underlying question back then was whether the ideology of Bitcoin was central to its economic viability. I’ve written about standardized testing and its effects on diversity efforts in the University of California system in the past. As long as admissions rates stay low, diversity will continue to be a problem, regardless of whether you require testing. My solution to this problem is to expand significantly the community college transfer program.
Persons: it’s, Bitcoin Organizations: Community, University of California Locations: Nevada
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailEvercore ISI's Mahaney: Snap disappointed people and Facebook did, tooMark Mahaney, Evercore ISI head of internet research, and Edmund Lee, The New York Times reporter, join 'Closing Bell' to talk about Facebook's earnings results.
Persons: Mark Mahaney, Edmund Lee Organizations: Facebook, The New York Times
Since the planets video, O'Donoghue has almost always had another idea for an animation bouncing around in his head. "Remember not to say 'dark side of the moon' when referring to the 'far side of the moon,'" O'Donoghue said on Twitter. His animation shows how the sun, Saturn, and Jupiter play tug-of-war around the barycenter, pulling our star in looping mini-orbits. A more recent video shows how fast (or slow) a ball would drop on each planetFor this video, O'Donoghue collaborated with Rami Mandow, who founded the website Space Australia. The closer the ball is to a planet's center of mass, the stronger the gravitational force.
Persons: James O'Donoghue, He'd, O'Donoghue, James O’Donoghue, James O'Donoghue's, Federica Duras, " O'Donoghue, Rami Mandow Organizations: Service, NASA, Photoshop, The New York Times, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, Twitter, Space Australia Locations: Shrewsbury, Newton, Wales
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican, recently took to social media to warn that Democrats have hatched a dastardly plot. “Democrats,” he said, “want to track every penny you earn so they can then tax you and your family at the maximum possible amount.”Well, yes. Democrats want Americans to pay the full amount they owe in taxes. Resistance to taxation is the rotten core of the modern Republican Party. When the rich and powerful open loopholes in the tax code, Republicans reliably fight to keep the loopholes open.
Persons: Kevin McCarthy of, , Organizations: House Republican, Republican Party, Republicans, Internal Revenue Service Locations: Kevin McCarthy of California
The consequences of a breakdown of social trust are political, making it possible for large amounts of people to think political difference may necessitate secession. Of course, to heal the deep divisions in our society we need profound political and systemic change. But though we need more than just small talk, we certainly do not need less than that. It’s in these many small conversations where we begin to recognize the familiar humanity in one another. There is a profound political and spiritual need to see our ideological opponents as, first and foremost, humans like us.
Persons: , he’d, , Covid, Tish Harrison Warren Organizations: Aggie, Longhorn, Pew, Church Locations: Texas, North America
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