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Nurses are the face of health care in 2020
https://www.mrt.com/news/health_and_wellness/article/Nurses-are-the-face-of-health-care-in-2020-15834537.php

Nurses, Who Tried to Keep the Earth On Its Axis
https://jezebel.com/nurses-who-tried-to-keep-the-earth-on-its-axis-1845853829

‘I was scared out of my mind:’ North Alabama nurses open up about the fight against coronavirus
https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/I-was-scared-out-of-my-mind-Nurses-Open-Up-About-Covid-19--573486391.html

As a nurse, she knew the daily traumas of Covid-19. Then her father landed in her ICU
https://www.statnews.com/2020/12/30/as-a-nurse-she-knew-the-daily-traumas-of-covid-19-then-her-father-landed-in-her-icu/

Intensive care nurse shares horrors of coronavirus pandemic
https://www.southbendtribune.com/coronavirus/intensive-care-nurse-shares-horrors-of-coronavirus-pandemic/article_8e9be8e6-49a2-11eb-a2c6-8342aaff1238.html

Hospitalized alone: a COVID horror story 
https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-1231-hospital-advocates-20201230-afkke3ok4rgbrp42weam4757pe-story.html

He Was Hospitalized for Covid-19. Then Hospitalized Again. And Again.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/30/health/covid-hospital-readmissions.html

‘It is filling up:’ Nearly 1 in 5 NC hospitals at least 90 percent full, federal data show
https://www.wbtw.com/news/state-regional-news/it-is-filling-up-nearly-1-in-5-nc-hospitals-at-least-90-percent-full-federal-data-show/

Dallas’ Parkland hospital is ‘completely full’ with COVID patients, top doctor says
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/public-health/2020/12/29/dallas-parkland-hospital-is-completely-full-with-covid-patients-top-doctor-says/

State to reopen coronavirus field hospital in Atlanta as hospitals see record surge
https://www.ajc.com/news/state-to-reopen-coronavirus-field-hospital-in-atlanta-as-hospitals-see-record-surge/ZDBJYUDWAFHHVNGHJ4BGDX6ARM/

‘He’s dying, aren’t you going to help him?’ Hospitals serving poor, nonwhite L.A. hit hardest by COVID-19
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-30/amid-covid-19-surge-some-l-a-hospital-strained-more-than-others

'Patients are dying like flies': California nurse urging Covid safety goes viral on TikTok
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/patients-are-dying-flies-california-nurse-urging-covid-safety-goes-n1252437

Newly elected Louisiana GOP Rep. Luke Letlow, 41, dies from coronavirus
https://www.axios.com/louisiana-gop-rep-luke-letlow-dies-covid-19-22fa47b6-f4c3-44ae-8ca6-cf44f111b6cc.html

Coronavirus: German daily death toll surpasses 1,000 for 1st time
https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-german-daily-death-toll-surpasses-1000-for-1st-time/a-56090689

China's COVID Whistleblower Doctor First Reported Patients One Year Ago
https://www.newsweek.com/chinese-netizens-flood-weibo-page-martyred-covid-whistleblower-doctor-1557928

China clamps down in hidden hunt for coronavirus origins
https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-coronavirus-pandemic-china-only-on-ap-bats-24fbadc58cee3a40bca2ddf7a14d2955

A Chinese drugmaker says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is 79% effective
https://fortune.com/2020/12/30/chinese-drugmaker-sinopharm-covid-vaccine-79-effective/

'I won’t take it': China struggles to get the world to trust its vaccines
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/12/29/asia-pacific/china-coronavirus-vaccines-trust/

COVID-19: The Oxford 'vaccine for the world' has been approved
https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-the-oxford-vaccine-for-the-world-has-been-approved-12161361

How does the Oxford vaccine compare with others across the world?
https://www.cumnockchronicle.com/news/national-news/18975995.oxford-vaccine-compare-others-across-world/

AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine should be effective for new COVID variant - CEO
https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-covid-coronavirus-britain-vaccine-ceo/astrazeneca-oxford-vaccine-should-be-effective-for-new-covid-variant-ceo-idUSKBN2940RJ

Frustration over vaccine rollout builds, as new variant reported in U.S. for first time
https://www.statnews.com/2020/12/29/public-health-experts-grow-frustrated-with-pace-of-covid-19-vaccine-rollout/

The U.S. is not vaccinating nearly enough people yet to make an impact on the pandemic
https://www.fastcompany.com/90590501/the-u-s-is-not-vaccinating-nearly-enough-people-yet-to-make-an-impact-on-the-pandemic

Biden Criticizes Trump on Vaccine Distribution and Pledges to Pick Up Pace
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/29/us/politics/biden-coronavirus-vaccines.html

Trump has turned coronavirus relief into a political disaster for Republicans
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/trump-has-turned-coronavirus-relief-into-a-political-disaster-for-republicans

Trump’s COVID-Relief Gambit a Missed Opportunity for Populism
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/12/trumps-covid-relief-missed-opportunity-for-populism/

McConnell Appears To Prepare Poison Pill On $2K Checks In Bid To Let GA Sens Off Hook
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/mcconnell-appears-to-prepare-poison-pill-on-2k-checks-in-bid-to-let-ga-sens-off-hook

Hoo Boy: Trafalgar Poll Shows Loeffler, Perdue Now Trailing In Georgia Senate Runoffs
https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/12/29/hoo-boy-trafalgar-poll-shows-loeffler-perdue-now-trailing-georgia-senate-runoffs/

Strong early-vote turnout gives Dems hope in Georgia runoffs
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/30/georgia-senate-early-voting-452221

No fraud: Georgia audit confirms authenticity of absentee ballots
https://www.ajc.com/politics/no-fraud-georgia-audit-confirms-authenticity-of-absentee-ballots/QF2PTOGHLNDLNDJEWBU56WEQHM/

Trump campaign asks Supreme Court to review Wisconsin voter fraud case
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-campaign-supreme-court-review-wisconsin-voter-fraud-case

Trump's fundraising efforts take a sketchy turn with bogus claim
https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-s-fundraising-efforts-take-sketchy-turn-bogus-claim-n1252487

N.Y. prosecutor hires forensic accounting experts as Trump criminal probe escalates
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-tax-returns-new-york-investigation/2020/12/29/11c43a38-43c8-11eb-b0e4-0f182923a025_story.html

More Than a Year After Reportedly Quashing Tamir Rice Investigation, DOJ Finally Announces No Charges Against Officers
https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/more-than-a-year-after-reportedly-quashing-tamir-rice-investigation-doj-finally-announces-no-charges-against-officers/

Louisville police seek to fire 2 more officers connected to fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/29/breonna-taylor-death-louisville-police-seek-fire-another-detective/4081400001/

Officer who witnessed fatal shooting of Andre Hill says she did not see him pose a threat
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/andre-hill-shooting-officer-no-threat/

Nashville Suspect’s Girlfriend Told Police Last Year That He Was Making Bombs
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/29/us/nashville-bomber-anthony-warner.html

Feds investigate evidence Nashville bomber hunted ‘lizard people,’ other alien beings
https://www.wkrn.com/news/local-news/feds-investigate-evidence-nashville-bomber-hunted-lizard-people-other-alien-beings/

Nashville, Rockford, and the new age of paranoia
https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/attytood/nashville-bombing-rockford-shooting-domestic-terrorism-us-20201229.html

POLITICS and FLEAS

Inside the Many Conspiracy Theories About the Great Reset
https://washingtonmonthly.com/2020/12/30/inside-the-many-conspiracy-theories-about-the-great-reset/

Even If It's 'Bonkers,' Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/30/951095644/even-if-its-bonkers-poll-finds-many-believe-qanon-and-other-conspiracy-theories

Keep Calm and QAnon: Pro-Trump conspiracy theories may have actually discouraged postelection violence
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/12/qanon-post-election-violence-trump.html 

Trump Finally Gave QAnon What It Always Wanted: Respect
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/12/trump-gave-qanon-what-it-always-wanted-respect.html

Trump Tweets Conspiracy About Georgia Secretary of State’s Nonexistent Brother
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-tweets-conspiracy-about-georgia-secretary-of-state-brad-raffenspergers-nonexistent-brother

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard arrives in Israel in latest Trump parting gift
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/pollard-israel-spy-trump-netanyahu/2020/12/30/76a52f38-4a59-11eb-97b6-4eb9f72ff46b_story.html

Israel gives hero's welcome to American spy Jonathan Pollard
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201230-israel-gives-hero-s-welcome-to-american-spy-jonathan-pollard

Israel Gives Pollard, its Former Spy in US, Warm but Low-Key Homecoming
https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/12/30/israel-gives-pollard-its-former-spy-in-us-warm-but-low-key-homecoming/

Pollard traveled to Israel on Sheldon Adelson's private jet
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/293977

Kushner Family to sell $100m. bonds in Israel - WSJ
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/kushner-family-to-sell-100m-bonds-in-israel-wsj-653733

Trump administration approves $290M bomb sale to Saudis
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/532002-trump-administration-approves-290m-bomb-sale-to-saudi

Trump administration facing legal action over ‘rushed’ sale of arms to UAE
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-uae-arms-sale-weapons-b1779974.html

US greenlights $4B attack helicopter sale to Kuwait
https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2020/12/29/us-greenlights-4b-attack-helicopter-sale-to-kuwait/

UK wants new drones in wake of Azerbaijan military success
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/29/uk-defence-secretary-hails-azerbaijans-use-of-drones-in-conflict

‘Turkey’s TB2 drones rapidly altering regional balance’
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkeys-tb2-drones-rapidly-altering-regional-balance-3557700

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

Egg on Their Faces: 10 Climate Alarmist Predictions for 2020 That Went Horribly Wrong
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2020/12/28/egg-on-their-faces-10-climate-alarmist-predictions-for-2020-that-went-horribly-wrong-n1289371

2020 was meant to be the year of climate action. Instead, it crowned a wasted decade
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/30/world/climate-change-2020-wasted-year-intl/index.html

THE MEDIA SCRUM

Wonder Woman’s Middle Eastern Stereotypes Should Have Stayed in the 1980s
https://slate.com/culture/2020/12/wonder-woman-1984-middle-east-arab-mena-racism.html

Forty Years Later, “9 to 5” Still Speaks the Truth
https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/12/forty-years-later-9-to-5-still-speaks-the-truth

The Life in The Simpsons Is No Longer Attainable
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/12/life-simpsons-no-longer-attainable/617499/

ODDS, ENDS

Great, Now Boston Dynamics' Eerie Humanoid Robots Can Dance Better Than Us
https://www.thedrive.com/news/38477/great-now-boston-dynamics-eerie-humanoid-robots-can-dance-better-than-us

AI-powered robot Tally helps grocery stores manage inventory, boost sales
https://www.theburnin.com/technology/tally-grocery-store-robot-ai-manage-inventory-boost-sales-2020-12-29/

Tesla uses three free months of 'Full Self-Driving' to push year-end sales
https://www.engadget.com/tesla-fsd-3-month-offer-011341156.html

After recent price spike, bitcoin requires enough power for a country of more than 200 million people
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/after-recent-price-spike-the-energy-to-produce-bitcoin-could-power-a-country-of-more-than-200-million-people-11609244670

Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here’s a gentle primer
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/12/how-bitcoin-works/

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