*One year ago, on January 20, the first coronavirus case in the U.S. was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A man in Washington state tested positive for the virus after returning from Wuhan, China, where the pandemic outbreak originated.
The following day, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a call with journalists that “the risk to the American public is low,” but more information on the virus was developing daily.
*(Via NY Post) – It’s a show about overcoming life’s most intractable — albeit bizarre — obstacles, really.
Denmark’s John Dillermand is a claymation cartoon man who, like anyone else, enjoys grilling, taking walks around town and eating ice cream. But some of those activities can be difficult for a man with a comically long schlong.
The new children’s show, launching on Danish public television network DR, is aimed at entertaining 4- to 8-year-olds, who producers think will get a kick out of watching the perils of having a protracted penis.
*(Via LA Times) – At the height of a pandemic that has torn through America’s communities of color with particular ferocity, health officials are engaged in a fraught exercise in fairness: how to nudge communities of color toward the front of the line for scarce vaccines while pretending that race and ethnicity have no influence on vaccine priority.
The country has been deeply divided over quotas and affirmative action since long before the current health crisis. Assigning vaccine priority on the basis of race or ethnic heritage would therefore invite debate, recriminations and legal challenges.
*After Trump’s signing of the latest $900 billion stimulus bill to help cash-strapped Americans during the ongoing pandemic, many should be on the lookout for second stimulus checks. However, millions more may be among the groups who don’t qualify for the payment.
Here are the groups of Americans who won’t receive a $600 check in the second round.
*Google fired a second top Black female employee, Diversity Recruiter April Christina Curley, in September. The announcement of Curley’s firing follows the termination of Timnit Gebru, co-leader of Google’s Ethical Artificial Intelligence team, who was fired after sending an internal email detailing the treatment of employees who are minorities, especially Black women.
In a Twitter post this week, Curley claimed, “they were tired of hearing me call them out on their racist bullish-t.”
New York, New York: Consumer engagement across social media contributes to record-high valuations in 2020 with the majority of the included sports and entertainment celebrities listed being valued, for the first time ever, above $1 million per post, according to D’Marie Analytics annual top 10 highest valued social media influencer list.
The primarily female-dominated list also includes notable celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. D’Marie Analytics, a Bloomberg Portal style platform for influencer insights, confirms that COVID accelerated the growing trend of brands tapping influencers and doubled down in 2020 on user-generated content from celebrities and influencers to stabilize sales during this difficult year.
*(Via LA Focus) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ Senate Seat, ending a campaign from progressives in the state to fill the seat with another Black woman. But some Angelenos believe he may have instead turned up the heat on himself and the campaign to have him recalled.