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Wednesday Night time Owls: Excerpts from Harper’s Index

Half of white students likely live in school districts that have personal classes in their reopening plans. Only a quarter of black and Latin American students do this.

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It’s time for again Excerpts from the Harper’s Index::

Part of single Americans who have had sex since the coronavirus pandemic began:: 3/10

Part of those single Americans whose sexual partner was a roommate whom they weren’t in a relationship:: 1/4

Estimated worth of loans borrowed by US couples for the annulled 2020 year Weddings:: $ 3,700,000,000

Part of the US adults who consume news on YouTube: 1/4

Percentage of YouTube news channels that are oriented towards a single person:: 44

Number of climate-related disasters worldwide between 1980 and 1999:: 3.656

Between 2000 and 2019:: 6,681

Number of countries to which the International Monetary Fund has granted pandemic loans:: 81

Percentage of those loan contracts that strongly encourage post-crisis austerity:: 84

Number of hours US workers saved each day during the commute period March through September last year:: 60,000,000

Percentage of that time saved that was spent on work:: 35

Percentage of US employers with remote workers who say productivity has stayed the same or has improved:: 94

Estimated proportion of white students living in US school districts with reopening plans that included in-person learning:: 1/2

By black and Hispanic students who do:: 1/4

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“Winter stands for rest, hibernation and even death. We humans – driven by our demanding work and school schedules – often forget that winter is a time to slow down, but our fellow animals and plants prepare accordingly and allow themselves a time of rest. “
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At Daily Kos that day in 2017– Trump’s excitement about pardoning Flynn is as idiotic as usual:

Here’s an idea: after admitting that you knew your national security adviser lied to the FBI and then asking your FBI director to stop his investigation in order to fire him for failing to do so, you float proposed pardoning the national security advisor, who by now it is common knowledge that she is cooperating with this investigation.

It’s so cumbersome, y only an idiot would do it, right?

When asked if he wanted to pardon former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Trump said, “I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. Lets see what happens.”

Welcome to your Friday installment of Donald Trump’s stupidity. So yes, this raises all sorts of concerns about the power of the president and so on. The fact is, however, that most of the damage Flynn can do to Trump is likely already done, otherwise we probably still wouldn’t even know about Flynn’s plea agreement with the federal authorities first. Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti portrayed it pretty well in a tweet thread.

“If Flynn is pardoned now,” said Mariotti wrote: “The advantage for Trump is much smaller than it used to be because Flynn Mueller has already told everything he knows. If Flynn accepted a pardon, he couldn’t take the fifth when called to testify. “

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