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Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies
https://apnews.com/article/only-on-ap-indonesia-forests-immigration-financial-markets-83b01f2789e9489569960da63b2741c4

China's Camps Have Forced Labor And Growing US Market
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alison_killing/xinjiang-camps-china-factories-forced-labor

Court order takes effect, allowing seizure of assets to pay victims of Japanese wartime forced labor
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20201229000724

Delivery drivers working to death amid online shopping boom in S. Korea
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/12/24/Delivery-drivers-working-to-death-amid-online-shopping-boom-in-S-Korea/1141608844270/

Behold, the Delivery Revolution
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/12/behold-the-delivery-revolution/

Instacart Looked Like a Savior. Now Stores Aren’t So Sure.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/instacart-looked-like-a-savior-now-stores-arent-so-sure-11609151401

This chart shows how restaurant revenue has fallen, even as delivery and takeout sales soar
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/27/covid-pandemic-restaurant-revenue-has-fallen-despite-delivery-boom.html

UPS, Amazon delivery drones are a step closer to reality with new US rules
https://www.cnet.com/news/ups-amazon-delivery-drones-are-a-step-closer-to-reality-with-new-us-rules/

Amazon Reports Record-Breaking Holiday Shopping Season
https://www.ibtimes.com/amazon-reports-record-breaking-holiday-shopping-season-delivers-15-billion-items-3110852

How Amazon Wins: By Steamrolling Rivals and Partners
https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-competition-shopify-wayfair-allbirds-antitrust-11608235127

Why Amazon, Apple, Peloton and Zoom won 2020, while others like Quibi lost big
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/12/29/amazon-apple-tiktok-uber-lyft-peloton-zoom-top-tech-2020/4066481001/

ExxonMobil And Wells Fargo Lost $220 Billion In Market Value This Year–The U.S. Stock Market's Biggest 2020 Losers
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanponciano/2020/12/29/worst-stocks-exxonmobil-and-wells-fargo-lost-220-billion-in-market-value/

The 5 Top-Performing Dow Stocks of 2020
https://247wallst.com/investing/2020/12/28/the-5-top-performing-dow-stocks-of-2020/

Dow futures up more than 100 points a day after Wall Street sets another round of records
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-futures-up-more-than-100-points-a-day-after-wall-street-sets-another-round-of-records-11609244269

The Spectacular Rise Of SPACs: The Backwards IPO That's Taking Over Wall Street
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/29/949257672/the-spectacular-rise-of-spacs-the-backwards-ipo-thats-taking-over-wall-street

How Hedge Funds Earned Billions During Covid-19
https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-caused-chaos-for-investors-in-2020-these-hedge-funds-earned-billions-11608892202

Omni Hotels Accepted Millions In PPP Funds But Didn't Pay Workers
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/29/950902403/omni-hotels-accepted-millions-in-ppp-funds-but-didnt-pay-workers

Barstool Sports is Helping Struggling Small Businesses Far More Efficiently than the Government
https://fee.org/articles/barstool-sports-is-doing-more-for-small-businesses-than-the-federal-government/

Even as Bay Area restaurants struggle, some seek to treat workers better
https://www.sfchronicle.com/restaurants/article/Even-as-Bay-Area-restaurants-struggle-some-seek-15832844.php

5 companies that boosted their employee benefits for working parents
https://www.benefitnews.com/list/5-companies-that-boosted-their-employee-benefits-for-working-parents

7 Reasons why 2021 will be even bigger and better for remote workers
https://www.fastcompany.com/90579585/7-reasons-why-2021-will-be-even-bigger-and-better-for-remote-workers

Good Bet: Consumer Brands Predict Working From Home Is Here To Stay
https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/12/28/good-bet-consumer-brands-predict-working-home-stay/

Driven by the Affluents' Fear of COVID, Luxury Home Sales Explode in U.S.
https://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/real-estate-news/united-states/palm-beach/real-estate-news-2020-luxury-home-sales-data-luxury-home-sales-trends-from-coronavirus-covid-19-impact-on-luxury-home-sales-in-2020-redfin-housing-reports-12291.php

Some California hospitals rationing care due to spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/california-hospitals-rationing-care-due-spike-covid-19/story?id=74934793

A 52-Foot Trailer Says All You Need to Know About L.A.’s COVID Crisis
https://www.thedailybeast.com/los-angeles-covid-19-crisis-revealed-by-52-foot-trailer-of-death-at-funeral-home

Isolated residents and an overwhelmed hospital: Covid-19 hits Western Maryland
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/garrett-county-coronavirus-maryland/2020/12/28/ea3117d0-3fbb-11eb-8bc0-ae155bee4aff_story.html

You're more likely to die of COVID if your hospital is crowded and stressed: Researchers
https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/2020/12/28/covid-surge-crowded-hospitals-lower-survival-odds-column/4014774001/

Last man to share jail cell with Jeffrey Epstein died last month of COVID
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-efrain-reyes-jeffrey-epstein-mcc-20201228-wqmo7p4wefeltlultaaddf3gkq-story.html

More than 500 journalists and media workers have died from COVID-19
https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2020/more-than-500-journalists-and-media-workers-have-died-from-covid-19/

Fifty journalists killed in 2020 and most 'deliberately targeted' for their work, RSF watchdog says
https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20201229-fifty-journalists-killed-in-2020-targeted-in-barbaric-murders-reporters-without-borders-say

UN rapporteur on Assange: 'The US is trying to criminalize investigative journalism'
https://www.dw.com/en/un-rapporteur-on-assange-the-us-is-trying-to-criminalize-investigative-journalism/a-56076248

U.S. Ranks 17th on Human Freedom Index 2020 -- New Zealand is No. 1
https://cnsnews.com/index.php/article/international/michael-w-chapman/us-ranks-17th-human-freedom-index-2020-new-zealand-no-1

Man's death in managed isolation the first in New Zealand
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/mans-death-in-managed-isolation-the-first-in-new-zealand/4QDJJPEBEK6VTBVW7TC7X6PCTY/

These Asian countries have masterfully limited COVID outbreaks. Here’s how they did it
https://fortune.com/2020/12/28/asia-covid-success-stories-lessons-learned/

POLITICS and FLEAS

Trump ends Obama's 12-year run as most admired man: Gallup
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/531906-trump-ends-obamas-12-year-run-as-most-admired-man-gallup

Donald Trump is spotted playing golf with Bernhard Langer a week after pardoning the two-time Masters champion's property developer friend for tax avoidance at his request
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9094699/Donald-Trump-spotted-playing-golf-Bernhard-Langer-week-pardoning-Langers-friend.html

A day on the golf course helped change Trump’s mind on the stimulus bill
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-day-on-the-golf-course-helped-change-trumps-mind-on-the-stimulus-bill/2020/12/28/e8580ff4-4925-11eb-839a-cf4ba7b7c48c_story.html

House Endorses Trump-Backed $2,000 Payments Amid Feud Within GOP
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/12/28/950807001/house-endorses-trump-backed-2-000-payments-amid-feud-within-gop

Mitch McConnell Cornered Over Stimulus Checks As Lawmakers Mount Pressure
https://www.newsweek.com/mitch-mcconnell-cornered-stimulus-checks-1557681

Bernie Sanders, Senate Dems see defense bill veto override as avenue to $2G checks
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-dems-see-defense-bill-veto-override-as-avenue-to-2g-checks

House votes to override Trump’s veto of defense bill, setting up first such rebuke during his presidency
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/house-override-trump-veto-defense/2020/12/28/49b50b20-4927-11eb-a9d9-1e3ec4a928b9_story.html

Rep. Gohmert Sues Pence in Last-Ditch Attempt to Overturn Election Results
https://www.nationalreview.com/news/rep-gohmert-sues-pence-in-last-ditch-attempt-to-overturn-election-results/

Congress's Dumbest Man Files Election Lawsuit That Would Make A Krakenhead Blush
https://www.wonkette.com/dumbest-man-in-congress-files-election-lawsuit-that-would-make-a-krakenhead-blush

Federal Judge Dismisses Lin Wood’s ‘Astonishingly Speculative’ Lawsuit Aimed at Georgia’s Runoff Elections and Dominion Voting Machines
https://lawandcrime.com/2020-election/federal-judge-dismisses-lin-woods-astonishingly-speculative-lawsuit-aimed-at-georgias-runoff-elections-and-dominion-voting-machines/

U.S. judge orders two Georgia counties to halt voter purge ahead of Senate runoff
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-georgia-senate/u-s-judge-orders-two-georgia-counties-to-halt-voter-purge-ahead-of-senate-runoff-idUSKBN2930JI

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Lone wolves and right-wing terrorism in the West
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2277772/lone-wolves-and-right-wing-terrorism-in-the-west

If Anthony Warner Were a Muslim Cleric, We Wouldn't See This Intricate Discussion About Who's a Terrorist
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a35083065/nashville-bombing-anthony-warner-terrorism/

A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/29/world/europe/germany-far-right-terrorism-refugee.html

Of Hobbits and Tigers: The Unlikely Heroes of Italy’s Radical Right
https://www.fairobserver.com/region/europe/tobias-hof-radical-right-jrr-tolkien-julius-evola-italy-terrorism-news-41662/

‘STRONGMEN’: How a Crisis in Masculinity Paved the Way for Fascism
https://bylinetimes.com/2020/12/28/strongmen-how-a-crisis-in-masculinity-paved-the-way-for-fascism/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

How To Eat Your Christmas Tree
https://modernfarmer.com/2020/12/how-to-eat-your-christmas-tree/

Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55463366

Novel method reveals small microplastics throughout Japan's subtropical ocean
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-method-reveals-small-microplastics-japan.html

New rules to tackle ‘wild west’ of plastic waste dumped on poorer countries
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/29/new-rules-to-tackle-wild-west-of-plastic-waste-dumped-on-poorer-countries

Proper disposal of electronics essential for protecting environment
https://www.wfxrtv.com/news/local-news/proper-disposal-of-electronics-essential-for-protecting-environment/

Dematerialization: Is it time to rent, not buy, electronics?
https://www.dw.com/en/dematerialization-is-it-time-to-rent-not-buy-electronics/a-55948968

ODDS, ENDS

Does Pixar Make Kids’ Movies Anymore?
https://www.theringer.com/movies/2020/12/28/22202834/soul-pixar-survey-kids-movies-questions

Are developing brains affected by commonly used chemicals?
https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/toxicology/developing-brains-affected-commonly-used/98/i48

Newt Gingrich: Democrats are trying to 'brainwash the entire next generation'
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/29/newt-gingrich-democrats-brainwash-next-generation-trump-us-politics

Gen Z and growth of the ‘nones’ might have swung presidential election
https://baptistnews.com/article/gen-z-and-growth-of-the-nones-might-have-swung-presidential-election/

GenZers share their take on 2020’s wins and losses
https://www.greenbiz.com/article/genzers-share-their-take-2020s-wins-and-losses

We Have to Let Teenagers Make Mistakes and Grow
https://arcdigital.media/we-have-to-let-teenagers-make-mistakes-and-grow-aa49a778cf75

‘We helped students heal from the abrupt way their year ended’
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2021/01/diana-markosian-we-helped-students-heal-from-the-abrupt-way-their-year-ended/

This Is the Least Educated State in America
https://247wallst.com/economy/2020/12/29/this-is-the-least-educated-state-in-america/

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