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Monopoly Versus Democracy: How to End a Gilded Age
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2020-12-08/monopoly-versus-democracy

Once a Fringe Idea, the $15 Minimum Wage Is Making Big Gains
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/31/business/economy/minimum-wage-15-dollar-hour.html

World’s richest men added billions to their fortunes last year as others struggled
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/01/01/bezos-musk-wealth-pandemic/

Tech’s top seven companies added $3.4 trillion in value in 2020
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/31/techs-top-seven-companies-added-3point4-trillion-in-value-in-2020.html

Why Markets Boomed in a Year of Human Misery
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/01/upshot/why-markets-boomed-2020.html

Tesla Stock Up 743% In 2020
https://247wallst.com/investing/2021/01/01/tesla-stock-up-743-in-2020/

Elon Musk sells 3 more LA homes for combined $40.9 million: Report
https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-sells-3-more-los-angeles-homes-report-2020-12

Gallup Polling: For the Past 18 Years, U.S. Adults Have Preferred Real Estate as an Investment Over Stocks
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2020/12/gallup-polling-for-the-past-18-years-u-s-adults-have-preferred-real-estate-as-an-investment-over-stocks/

Mortgage rates hover near record lows to close out 2020 — now here’s the bad news
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-hover-near-record-lows-to-close-out-2021-11609429164

U.S. Homebuyers Face Worst Affordability Squeeze in 12 Years
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-31/homebuyers-in-u-s-face-worst-affordability-squeeze-in-12-years

While America’s mom & pop shops crumble, China gains a BUNCH more billionaires
https://www.bizpacreview.com/2021/01/01/while-americas-mom-pop-shops-crumble-china-gains-a-bunch-more-billionaires-1011222/

The Bill Is Coming Due for China’s ‘Capitalist’ Experiment
https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/01/the-bill-is-coming-due-for-chinas-capitalist-experiment/

Report: Major Pharmaceutical Companies Plan To Raise Prices On Over 300 Drugs Friday
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2021/12/31/report-major-pharmaceutical-companies-plan-to-raise-prices-on-over-300-drugs-friday/

Pharmacist Arrested, Accused Of Destroying More Than 500 Moderna Vaccine Doses
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/31/952536531/pharmacist-arrested-accused-of-destroying-more-than-500-moderna-vaccine-doses

Oregon health care worker hospitalized after severe reaction to Moderna coronavirus vaccine
https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/12/moderna-coronavirus-vaccine-triggers-severe-allergic-reaction-in-wallowa-county-health-care-worker-officials-say.html

El Paso teacher whose video of kids hugging went viral dies of COVID-19
https://nypost.com/2021/01/01/teacher-whose-video-of-kids-hugging-went-viral-dies-of-covid-19/

Ohio State study: 30% of student athletes have heart damage linked to COVID-19
https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/ohio-state-study-30-of-student-athletes-have-heart-damage-linked-to-covid-19

Ford's new COVID-19 ad urges football fans to 'sacrifice' for America, 'hold the line'
https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2020/12/31/ford-creates-covid-ad-fox-nfl-college-sports-airing-abc-espn/4090593001/

US dystopia rolls into 2021 amid political rancor as 160 die every hour from Covid-19
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/us-dystopia-rolls-into-2021-amid-political-rancor-as-160-die-every-hour-from-covid-19/articleshow/80049696.cms

Despite New Year’s happy talk, human history teaches that things can always get much, much worse
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/despite-new-years-happy-talk-human-history-teaches-that-things-can-always-get-much-much-worse-11609442109

The Mutated Virus Is a Ticking Time Bomb
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/12/virus-mutation-catastrophe/617531/

The Man Who Saw the Pandemic Coming
http://nautil.us/issue/94/evolving/the-man-who-saw-the-pandemic-coming-rp

POLITICS and FLEAS

Never Give Up
https://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2021/01/01/never-give-up-n2582351

Why Utah’s Burgess Owens says he plans to challenge presidential election results on House floor
https://www.deseret.com/utah/2020/12/31/22208542/donald-trump-joe-biden-election-object-electoral-vote-burgess-owens-mo-brooks-josh-hawley-congress

Huge Number of GOP Members Reportedly Will Now Object to the Electoral Count on Jan. 6
https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/12/31/huge-number-of-gop-members-reportedly-will-now-object-to-the-electoral-count-on-jan-6-n302589

McConnell called Hawley out over objecting to Electoral College vote during conference call Hawley wasn't on
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/31/politics/mcconnell-hawley-electoral-college-vote/index.html

Mike Pence asks judge to toss Gohmert's lawsuit that seeks to overturn election results
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/12/31/mike-pence-asks-judge-toss-lawsuit-seeks-upend-election/4100416001/

Arizona GOP chair joins lawsuit against Vice President Mike Pence
https://www.wbtv.com/2020/12/31/arizona-gop-chair-joins-lawsuit-against-vice-president-mike-pence/

Pence opposes Arizona GOP chair's 'flawed' lawsuit over electors issue, attorney says
https://tucson.com/news/local/pence-opposes-arizona-gop-chairs-flawed-lawsuit-over-electors-issue-attorney-says/article_822c218d-9465-54c5-ab42-35709c4eba68.html

Wyoming GOP Applauds Legislators Contesting Electoral College Votes: “This Is The Time To Fight” 
https://sheridanmedia.com/news/36475/wyoming-gop-applauds-legislators-contesting-electoral-college-votes-this-is-the-time-to-fight/

5 Reasons Why You're Not Crazy to Question the Election Results
https://pjmedia.com/election/victoria-taft/2020/12/31/5-reasons-why-youre-not-crazy-to-question-the-election-results-n1296579

Pro-Trump Lawyer Lin Wood Said He 'Might Actually Be' Second Coming of Christ: Lawsuit
https://www.newsweek.com/pro-trump-lawyer-lin-wood-said-he-might-actually-second-coming-christ-lawsuit-1558400

Trump lawyer Lin Wood says Jeffrey Epstein still alive in bizarre conspiracy tweets
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-lin-wood-jeffrey-epstein-alive-b1781084.html

Trump’s fight to overthrow election now falls to the guy who invented the CueCat
https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/31/22208033/jovan-pulitzer-cuecat-georgia-election-fraud-flimflam

Does the GOP still stand for democracy, or only for Donald Trump?
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-op-edit-electoral-vote-count-20201231-mpkrh24tcram7oswm3zr3nr7ri-story.html

Trump’s Focus as the Pandemic Raged: What Would It Mean for Him?
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/31/us/politics/trump-coronavirus.html

Trump rally divides N. Georgia community hit hard by COVID-19
https://www.ajc.com/news/trump-rally-divides-n-georgia-community-hit-hard-by-covid-19/SEH7GVBJLJA3DOFCTYC5N2GJYE/

Georgia Sen. David Perdue Quarantines After Possible Coronavirus Exposure
https://www.npr.org/2021/01/01/952633271/georgia-sen-david-perdue-quarantines-after-possible-coronavirus-exposure

Kelly Loeffler makes mysterious last-minute donation to her own campaign
https://www.salon.com/2020/12/31/kelly-loeffler-makes-mysterious-last-minute-multimillion-dollar-donation-to-her-own-campaign/

Hollywood steps up its role in Georgia Senate races
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-01-01/hollywood-georgia-senate-races-campaign-donations

Elia Kazan’s America
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/politics-is-people-the-american-character-of-a-face-in-the-crowd/

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Australia's national anthem changed to reflect 'stories of the many First Nations peoples'
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-s-national-anthem-changed-to-reflect-stories-of-the-many-first-nations-peoples

'Tokenistic': Anthony Mundine slams one-word national anthem change
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/tokenistic-anthony-mundine-slams-one-word-national-anthem-change

'Changing the national anthem is real reconciliation'
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/changing-the-national-anthem-is-real-reconciliation-20210101-p56r6v.html

Everything that will change for you today now Britain has left the EU
https://metro.co.uk/2021/01/01/everything-that-will-change-for-you-today-now-britain-has-left-the-eu-13830581/

First trucks cross English channel in Brexit era after UK leaves the EU trade bloc
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-02/first-uk-trucks-arrive-in-france-after-britain-leaving-eu-brexit/13026906

In new playground Dubai, Israelis find parties, Jewish rites
https://apnews.com/article/dubai-united-arab-emirates-weddings-coronavirus-pandemic-israel-4c0262bfd384ef9f7bbd52dd1d447392

KISS Censors Lyrics, Blood in NYE Livestream to Dodge Strict Dubai Obscenity Laws
https://variety.com/2020/music/news/kiss-censors-lyrics-blood-in-nye-livestream-to-dodge-strict-dubai-obscenity-laws-1234877393/

Top Palestinian DJ detained as party at Muslim holy site sparks angry scenes and scapegoating claims
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/30/middleeast/palestinian-dj-sama-abdul-hadi-arrested-nabi-musa-intl/index.html

Rights groups decry Palestinian DJ’s arrest over event at Mosque site
https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20201229-rights-groups-call-for-release-of-palestinian-dj-arrested-for-dance-event-at-mosque-site

Ethiopian Group Seeks Probe of Violence After Musician’s Killing
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-01/ethiopian-group-seeks-probe-of-violence-after-musician-s-killing

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

After Decades-Long Push, It's Not Clear Who Will Bid In Arctic Refuge Oil Lease Sale
https://www.npr.org/2021/01/01/951090723/after-decades-long-push-its-not-clear-who-will-bid-in-arctic-refuge-oil-lease-sa

Timber tax cuts cost Oregon towns billions. Then clear-cuts polluted their water and drove up the price.
https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2020/12/timber-tax-cuts-cost-oregon-towns-billions-then-clear-cuts-polluted-their-water-and-drove-up-the-price.html

Florida professor predicts Amazon rainforest collapse by 2064
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/12/29/Florida-professor-predicts-Amazon-rainforest-collapse-by-2064/8881608822676/

Hawaii’s Beaches Are Disappearing
https://projects.propublica.org/hawaii-beach-loss/

Paradise Lost: Hawaii Officials Promise Changes to Seawall Policies That Have Quickened Beach Destruction
https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/12/31/hawaii-news/paradise-lost-hawaii-officials-promise-changes-to-seawall-policies-that-have-quickened-beach-destruction/

An island nation’s audacious effort to save its unique wildlife
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/12/31/an-island-nations-audacious-effort-save-its-unique-wildlife/

Why 2021 could be turning point for tackling climate change
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55498657

THE MEDIA SCRUM

'The Great Gatsby,' Songs by Ma Rainey and Other Classic Works Will Enter the Public Domain in 2021
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/great-gatsby-songs-ma-rainey-and-other-classic-works-will-enter-public-domain-2021-180976648/

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021: From ‘Dune’ and LeBron’s ‘Space Jam’ to Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’
https://www.thedailybeast.com/most-anticipated-movies-of-2021-from-dune-and-lebrons-space-jam-to-spielbergs-west-side-story

10 highly anticipated albums in 2021, from Adele and Kendrick Lamar to Rihanna and Weezer
https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/dec/31/10-highly-anticipated-albums-in-2021-from-adele-an/

MF DOOM, Elusive Bard of Hip-Hop, Dead at 49
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/mf-doom-dead-1109072/

ODDS, ENDS

Ancient Egypt: A pyramid scheme that worked
https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/12/31/ancient-egypt-a-pyramid-scheme-that-worked

The Maya Civilization's Religion Was More Than Just Ritual Sacrifices
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-maya-civilizations-religion-was-more-than-just-ritual-sacrifices

The Secret Formula: Could shrunken heads from the Amazon hold the key to curing cancer? One man thought so—and spent a lifetime trying to prove it.
https://magazine.atavist.com/the-secret-formula-wilburn-ferguson-cancer-peru-amazon-medicine

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