Midday News To Use: 10.23.2020

An Actual Debate?
Last Night the second and final presidential debate was far less chaotic than the first. Maybe it was because new rules allowed muting of candidates’ mics when the other was speaking. It was deployed only a few times and barely perceptible. The president continued to push the idea that we are rounding the corner on Covid and former Vice President Biden talked about moving away from an oil-based economy and increasing the minimum wage.
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Not Around the Corner
The number of coronavirus cases set a record yesterday with more than 77,000 newly infected Americans. The number of daily coronavirus tests conducted in the United States is only 59 percent of what it was at its peak. And the positivity rate is over 20% in a number of states. There is still no cure and an effective vaccine is not expected until at the earliest spring of next year. One positive note is that Remdesivir has been approved as a Treatment of Covid-19 which has helped to reduce an infected persons stay in the hospital.
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A Different Kind of Christmas
A 159 year tradition has ended. There will be no Santa at Macy’s stores this year. The obvious reason is because of the pandemic. But don’t despair, they are going to try to do it virtually. Santa will be available online from November 27 to December 24. How do you like that, he will not even have to leave the north pole.
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Up Up and Away
Nasa has been very busy with all types of space related stuff this year, maybe space is the place to be during the Covid-19 crisis. And maybe its a great time to become a member of the Planetary Society. The biggest of big things was for the first time in nine years NASA launched astronauts from American soil. For the first time in history, those astronauts flew on a commercially built and operated spacecraft. Just recently, Nasa did a touch and go from an asteroid over 200 million miles away. Now NASA is teasing an ‘exciting new’ moon discovery.
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Three Quarters of a Century
The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great upheaval, punctuated by an unrelenting global pandemic. Yet the UN remains the only international body capable of responding to the world’s greatest challenges. The Baha’i International community has launched a statement inviting UN officials, ambassadors of member states, non-governmental organizations and other social actors to explore themes concerning humanity’s movement toward universal peace.
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