The Daily Rundown (8/11)

Here's What You Need To Know August 11, 2021


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Happy Wednesday,

Here’s what you need to know on this World Calligraphy Day

Here’s your business brief Here’s your business brief — Consumer prices jumped in July. This is according to the Labor Department Report out earlier today. 

The CPI rose almost 5 and a half percentage points on a year over year basis but about even from the month prior ---  up by only about half a percentage point. The June jump is particularly newsworthy. It was the biggest surge since the great recession. The Fed however still says that the rise in prices is “transitory” That could change in the months to come amid the Senate's new passed infrastructure bill. That will likely send energy prices soaring. 

Now to the skies—

Amazon has just opened its new $1.5 billion air hub in Kentucky. It will operate out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. This will be a major part of the companies growing cargo air unit which it launchd 2016. Although the tech giant does operate out of 40 different airports across the country the company says its central location will help bring its same day delivery service to more places around the United States. 

Speaking of Kentucky, their Senator Rand Paul has been suspended from YouTube for a week. 

This comes after the Republican lawmaker posted a video that falsely claimed that masks are ineffective at preventing the spread COVID-19. In reality, Masks have been proven to be highly effective among other preventive measures endorsed by countless health officials and governing bodies around the globe including the CDC and the World Health Organization. The Senator slammed the move as partisan calling the Google owned company “Leftwing cretins” however,those remarks like his claims about masks are inaccurate. Not only does the company have a longstanding policy suspending accounts for spreading misinformation regardless of political identity, Google’s SuperPAC has donated more to Republicans than they have to Democrats candidates in every election cycle since 2010. 

Paul is not the only lawmaker that has been suspended from a social media platform spreading misinformation. 

Twitter suspended Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's account for one week. This was after she tweeted a claim suggesting that the vaccines are ineffective at reducing the virus's spread. That is a lie. The vaccines are highly effective especially when it comes to preventing severe disease.  According to the CDC 99.99% of fully vaccinated people have not had a severe breakthrough case. This is the third time the outspoken representative, who has  a history of  spreading conspiracy theories, has been suspended from the platform this year. According to Twitter's COVID-19 policy a user can be​​ banned permanently after five suspensions. 

Serenade Foods has issued a recall 60,000 pounds of its frozen, pre-breaded, and stuffed raw chicken products. This is over a possible Salmonella contamination. The company announced the move alongside the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service earlier this week.  The recall covers select products across its Dutch Farms; Milford Valley and Kirkwood brands. The packages were produced February 24 and 25th this year and mostly sold at Aldi supermarkets. For more information about the specific affected products head on over the USDA’s website. 

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FIVE STORIES THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR RADAR

  1. Scientists say this invisible gas could seal our fate on climate change (CNN)

  2. Nurse suspected of giving thousands in Germany saline solution instead of COVID-19 vaccine (CBS News)

  3. Google may cut pay of staff who work from home (BBC)

  4. CDC recommends pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccine (Yahoo)

  5. Jeopardy’ Announces Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik Splitting Host Duties (The Daily Beast)

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1IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

For Yes Magazine I wrote about how athletes like Nzingha Prescodare giving back to their communities through the sports they love. Here's the story (Yes)

OUT LAST WEEK:  wrote an important piece about the history of mandatory vaccinations. I debunked and challenged this false talking point that mandatory vaccinations are unprecedented and a violation of civil liberties. (Observer)

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By Andy Hirschfeld
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Andy Hirschfeld is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. He’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including TYT, Al Jazeera English, Observer, The Daily Dot, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, CS Monitor, OZY, Fortune, and Mic among others. He’s the anchor of Business Brief, a nationally syndicated business news update and interview program. Previously he produced for CBS and CNN.