Day: September 2, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci Refutes COVID-19 Death Toll Claim Retweeted By Trump

Dr. Anthony Fauci this week debunked an online theory that suggested the coronavirus had accounted for only 9,000 U.S. fatalities, noting that such a figure was only a fraction of the actual death toll. 

The infectious disease expert stated unequivocally on “Good Morning America” that more than 180,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. 

“The point that the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] was trying to make was that a certain percentage of them had nothing else, just COVID,” Fauci said Tuesday. “That does not mean that someone who has hypertension, diabetes who dies of COVID didn’t die of COVID-19, but they did. So the numbers you’ve been hearing, the 180,000 plus, are real deaths from COVID-19.”

“Let there not be any confusion about that,” he added. “It’s not 9,000 deaths from COVID-19. It’s 180,000-plus deaths.”

Fauci’s comments came in response to an Aug. 26 CDC report which found that

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23 Secret Ways To Save Money on Amazon

Visit Amazon, and you’ll likely find tons of deals on your favorite items — from electronics, books and toys to clothing, jewelry and home goods. Although you’re probably already getting a good deal on an item if you buy it on Amazon, there are still other ways you can save money when shopping at this online retailer.

Click through for 23 secret ways to get the best deals on Amazon.

Last updated: Sept. 2, 2020

1. ‘Subscribe and Save’ on Your Regular Purchases

Sign up for the Amazon “Subscribe and Save” program to get discounts on thousands of everyday items, like laundry supplies and baby products. Not only will you get free shipping, but you can also save up to 15%. Save money instead of throwing it away.

Check Out: 11 Inexpensive Things You Can Buy on Amazon Right Now

2. Sign Up Then Cancel Your Free Trial of Amazon

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Items That Sell on eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

As cases of COVID-19 spread across the nation in the spring, Bob Moulton decided it was best to close his business, National Pawn, to walk-in sales. Although pawnshops were deemed essential in North Carolina and could remain open, Moulton didn’t want to risk the health of customers or employees at his 19 locations.

However, he also didn’t want to lay off any workers, so he had employees start listing items for sale on sites such as the Facebook Marketplace. Items that were sold were then delivered to customers via curbside pickup.

“We actually found it to be very successful,” Moulton says. “It amazed me the amount of disposable income that our customers had.”

When it comes to selling online, three names stand out: eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. While eBay made a name for itself as an online auction site, the latter two serve as local classified ads. Today, people

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Al Green wants to know who’s altering Walgreens marquees to honor him. We found the artist

The Rev. Al Green wants to know who’s cleverly altering Walgreens drug store marquees to read “Al Greens.”

The 74-year-old “Let’s Stay Together” singer posted a photo on Twitter one of those altered signs, along with an emoticon of a laughing face.

“Who did this?” he asked.

To answer the reverend’s question, a West Chester, Pa., street artist who calls himself Cassius King did that —and he’s just getting started.

“I’ve been in shock all day,” King told the Daily News after learning Green had shared his work online.

Rapper Snoop Dogg also praised King’s work on social media, which caused his Instagram account to suddenly blow up.

King posted a photo of the Walgreens sign on Instagram Monday and labelled it “Walgreens -> Al Green’s, Pt. 2.”

It took about a day to go viral. The pharmacy’s newly revamped sign also includes a 1975 photo of Green from the

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Ant’s Mega IPO Sets Up Jack Ma to Escalate War With Tencent

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Ant Group’s late-summer IPO filing drove home why the business — backed by 711 million active users that spent $17 trillion through its platform — is headed for potentially the world’s largest stock debut. Yet investors may do well to focus on the long-term threat to its core businesses from arch rival Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Ant is set to join the top echelon of global finance alongside Bank of America Corp., as it seeks to raise about $30 billion with a valuation of about $225 billion in Hong Kong and Shanghai, people familiar have said. Once the dust settles, the crown jewel of Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. empire has to contend with a renewed challenge from old nemesis Tencent that’s increasingly encroaching on its turf from payments to wealth management.

China’s two largest corporations Alibaba and Tencent are wrestling for online leadership in everything from social

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I thought the Apocalypse would involve fewer Zoom meetings and more lava. Lessons of 2020

In "Sleepy Hollow," it was the headless horseman that jump-started the apocalypse <span class="copyright">(Fred Norris / Fox)</span>
In “Sleepy Hollow,” it was the headless horseman that jump-started the apocalypse (Fred Norris / Fox)

I recently found myself Googling the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, because, you know, it just seemed like the responsible thing to do.

As a fan of fantasy, sci-fi, horror and the New Testament, I am reasonably familiar with the Book of Revelation — I watched the entire run of “Sleepy Hollow,” and I think I would remember if, say, “remote learning” was one of the horsemen — and while I’ve never been a big fan of John’s prophesy (so much violence, so little character development), these are strange days, and it never hurts to check in. (For the record, the letter to the seven churches of Asia makes no mention of online education whatsoever.)

I think it was an image of the lightning storm setting off the deadly fires in Northern California that

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Fast Brings Instant Checkout to the Web

True to its name, San Francisco-based start-up Fast is bringing speedy, one-click online checkout to e-commerce.

Hot off the heels of its $20 million Series A, the company unveiled Fast Checkout on Wednesday. The solution allows shoppers to conduct online purchases with a single tap, regardless of whether they’re using a desktop browser or mobile browser.

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“We have built the one-click checkout for the entire Internet without passwords,” said Fast chief executive officer and cofounder Domm Holland. “This really is the absolute holy grail of e-commerce, the thing that we’ve all waited for and wanted for so long. And this is a button that goes on every web site.”

Fast’s technology relies on tokenization, which means that on any Fast-enabled retail web sites, consumers can sign up quickly, and the service remembers their identity and details on a per-device basis. From here, they can go any other

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Is this the best time to start a business? ‘The Profit’ star offers some insight

Is this a good time or a bad time to start a business? What if I told you it is a great time?

I have long thought that recessions are excellent times to start businesses. The smart and passionate Marcus Lemonis, star of the “The Profit” on CNBC, agrees.

Recessions could work well for startups for a few reasons:

•Startups require passion and commitment, and those facing financial uncertainty have those traits in spades.

•Essential startup costs are cheaper in recessions, i.e. rent, advertising, labor, etc.

Lemonis added another very important reason: There is a lot of money available for startups. “With the (Small Business Administration) being more generous than ever with their guidelines and with more cash on the sidelines than there has been in years,” the time could be opportune to launch a startup.

Perhaps it’s time to launch a startup.

Lemonis suggested that we all should

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Harvard Enrolls Smallest MBA Class In Decades

Masked students in Harvard Business School’s Baker Library

Harvard Business School‘s new MBA class profile is out and as expected it shows that the school has enrolled its smallest MBA cohort in many years: Just 732 students, roughly 200 fewer MBA candidates than a more typical incoming class. Last year’s cohort totaled 938 students. The shortfall occurred after HBS gave all Class of 2022 admitted students the option to defer their enrollment for a year or two and decided against pulling more of its applicants from an enlarged waitlist.

The Class of 2020 represents the smallest entering class at HBS since the early 1950s when enrollment was impacted by the Korean War and a new $15 application fee established to discourage casual candidates from applying to the school.

For Harvard, it was a year in which its MBA application slump failed to recover (see chart below). Applications for the class

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Dog days of the pandemic create a thriving economy for man’s best friend

As much as humans might hate the COVID-19 pandemic, an alternate viewpoint may be gaining ground among other family members living in the same house.

Consider the outlook of a dog:  

You mean our bipedal benefactors don’t have to leave us every day to go to work?

They have more time to give us attention?

This year might even be the best ever for canine companionship. More dogs are finding homes. Fewer are left at shelters. The dog economy is booming, especially for a product that sums up the whole story.

Dog diapers.

Sales have increased to $24 million for the 24 weeks ending Aug. 15, up 202% from the same period last year, according to Nielsen research.

“There were more people adopting puppies, and so there were more people doing house-training,” said Pam Runquist, executive director of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. “I think also, in places like

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