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Trump touts hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Covid-19. Don't believe the hype

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The anti-malaria drug could be ‘one of the biggest game-changers’, Trump claimed, but there is no magic cure

Faced with a global coronavirus pandemic that is increasingly centered upon the US, Donald Trump has touted several drugs that he claims can help tackle the outbreak.

In March, the US president used a press conference to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine, a common anti-malaria drug, to treat Covid-19, saying: “I sure as hell think we ought to give it a try.”

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Plantable Wrapping Paper is the gift that keeps on giving

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Eden's Paper
Every time there is a gift-giving event such as a holiday or birthday, there is one thing which there is excess of at the end. Wrapping paper from presents is all over the place, and it will likely be stuffed in the trash, and end up on a landfill somewhere. Thankfully this decomposes, but what if it in itself could be a present on top of whatever it’s hiding? Less trash and more present, sounds great, right?

Eden’s Paper is a plantable wrapping paper that will allow you to stuff it in the ground after you tear it off of your gift. This means it can later become part of your meal. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! It’s paper that has the seeds of various plants embedded into it. Currently there are only options for carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, chilli, and onion, but there may be more choices in the future. Can you imagine giving a gift in the Spring and having paper that could later become flowers or herbs?

While this crowdfunding campaign is aiming for Christmas, the timing might have been off a bit aesthetically. These have vegetable print on them to signify what they could later become, which doesn’t really fit in with the holiday theme. This is a great idea, but one that will likely be far more sought-after in the warmer months. If you are interested, putting in $20 will get you three sheets of whichever type of vegetable seeded paper you’d like.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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Reverse Identity Theft

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I asked a few friends whether they'd had this happen, then looked up the popularity of their initials/names over time.  Based on those numbers, it looks like there must be at least 750,000 people in the US alone who think 'Sure, that's probably my email address' on a regular basis.
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opheliasdaisies
3017 days ago
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Happens all the time. It's interesting what you can piece together of peoples' lives from mistaken emails.
NYC
Skotte
3019 days ago
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My email address has "Cheeze" with a Z instead of an S. I imagine the owner of the "Cheese" address gets a lot of my mail fFrom fFamily who don't notice the Z.
Rochester, Earth
therealedwin
3019 days ago
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This happens to me all the time with my gmail.
Seattle, Washington
cbenard
3020 days ago
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Happens all the damn time to me.
Plano, Texas
ksteimle
3020 days ago
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Looking at you, Ken and Katie...
Atlanta
MEVincent
3020 days ago
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I've even got a number in mine and have still collected a guy in FL and a guy outside London.
Manassas, Virginia
hansolosays
3020 days ago
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I got an excellent pancake recipe this way...
Norfolk, Virginia
jeffjacobs
3020 days ago
Apparently someone who doesn't know their email address is getting their house remodeled. Lots of appointments for new bath fixtures and curtains
sleepwalker
3001 days ago
I received mystery college acceptance letters. Eventually Samuel caught on and sent me a message himself asking about it. Also. er,would you be willing to share the recipe?
hansolosays
3001 days ago
here ya go.... Okay, Chuck. Here it is. Prepare to become a legend. The trick is to blend the dry ingredients thoroughly and beat the wet ingrediients together separately.. Then CARESS the wet ingredients into the dry. Don't overmix them because it will make them tough. Preheat griddle to 375. Mix together. 2 Cups Flour 1 tsp soda 1 tsp salt 4 Tbsp sugar In another bowl beat together 2 cups Buttermilk 2 Tbsp oil 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla Gently mix wet and dry ingredients together. Grease griddle -- Make smaller pancakes 1\4 to 1/2 cup batter. Turn when bubbles pop and do not close. (Hint: You may want to slightly increase the amount of sugar and vanilla according to your taste.) Once you master this recipe, people will beg you to make your pancakes at family get togethers. It really spoils them. Thanks again for a great time. It was so good to see you again.
zippy72
3021 days ago
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My namesake is the British ambassador to Iraq. If this happens, it could be interesting...
FourSquare, qv
pberry
3022 days ago
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This is my inbox.
Chico, CA
ravenel
3022 days ago
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Oh my God yes.
ÜT: 40.673477,-73.975108
ktgeek
3022 days ago
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I have this happen constantly. Makes me sad that I got in on gmail so damn early. Just means a lot of "spam" gets bit bucketed.
Bartlett, IL
librarinerd
3022 days ago
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I actually keep a file with all the people whose e-mail I get and their actual e-mails. I know which e-mails to forward to Pennsylvania and which to Texas...
Nilbog
wmorrell
3023 days ago
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ALL. THE. TIME. There are at least four distinct individuals who at one point or another believed they owned my email address.
tedder
3023 days ago
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this is why I have my own domain name. Never happens.
Uranus
WebWrangler
3022 days ago
Yep. Had my own domain for 14 years now. Never happens to me either
vincemulhollon
3022 days ago
Yeah, whatever, said John Smith. For me not so much of a problem.
superiphi
3020 days ago
you are never safe! I have iphi.ne/com/org -get tons of emails meant for Lphi.
jakesutton
3023 days ago
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My problem is younger people with my name.
United States
wyeager
3023 days ago
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My favorite are the photos of bass that some guy caught and tried to send to his brother. I may not have any brothers but I do know a nice looking bass when I see one.
Blur Area
zwol
3023 days ago
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This T-shirt will only get more common as time goes on.
Pittsburgh, PA
jonathanpeterson
3023 days ago
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firstname.lastname here. That limits how much I get. The good news is that the Wharton School is convinced that I'm an MBA alumni. I'm sorely tempted to order a "replacement" MBA diploma.
rjstegbauer
3023 days ago
I can still get first.last@anywhere.com for probably forever. I have an uncommon lastname and now uncommon first name.
toxotes
3023 days ago
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Somebody with my last name and a *different* first initial signed up for phone service with my email address last week.
dianaschnuth
3023 days ago
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Or if your email is [last name] + @gmail.com...
Toledo OH
schnuth
3023 days ago
Kia still sends me emails for Uncle Charles. Ugh,
leilers
3023 days ago
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This happens to me All. The. Time. So far I've collected a professor in Arkansas and someone who works at the CDC in Atlanta and a Tea Partier. It's BIZARRE.
Northern Virginia
sleepwalker
3001 days ago
Your inbox sounds like a very strange place. Not sure I'd want to visit, much less live there.
NielsRak
3023 days ago
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Don't know what you're talking about... :)
oliverzip
3023 days ago
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The worst being this who sign up to xbox live and can use unvalidated email addresses and then are reduced to begging you to have their account back.
Sydney, Balmain, Hornsby.
jrdn
3023 days ago
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I have actually gotten job offers (plural), presumably intended for whatever evil doppelganger of mine doesn't know his email address.
nderksen
3022 days ago
Same here. I politely emailed them back advising them to phone the candidate instead. Also had an issue with someone setting their alternate email for their Yahoo account to mine, then they guy kept on emailing support asking why they weren't getting a response. Tried to get Yahoo support to understand but because I didn't have the responses to their security questions they ignored me. So annoying.
jtgrimes
3023 days ago
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Alt text: I asked a few friends whether they'd had this happen, then looked up the popularity of their initials/names over time. Based on those numbers, it looks like there must be at least 750,000 people in the US alone who think "Sure, that's probably my email address" on a regular basis.
Oakland, CA
jscartergilson
3023 days ago
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Seem familiar?
MaryEllenCG
3023 days ago
GAH. YES. And mine's not even (first initial)(last name).
rascalking
3023 days ago
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THIS. ALL THE TIME THIS.
Wakefield, MA
Lythimus
3023 days ago
I still can't believe it's good that I was too young and stupid to get my name for a gmail address when it was in invitation-only mode.
ScottInPDX
3023 days ago
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Or just the last name. I get tons of mail not for me.
Portland, Oregon, USA, Earth
kipthegreat
3023 days ago
or [firstname].[lastname]. i have a very uncommon first name (Kip) but i get mail for a mormon firefighter in california and a boy scout leader in arkansas and a heating&air guy in arizona. but surprisingly i've never gotten mail intended for my dad, who has the same name as me
lrwrp
3023 days ago
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Experience dis all the time.
??, NC

This Should Be Fun: Sen. Bernie Sanders Will Be On Budget Conference Committee

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In what can only be seen as good news for people who like traditional earned-benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare, here's one name that appears on the list of Senate conferees in the upcoming Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget talks -- Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. This ensures that beneficiaries of these programs will, at the very least, have one strong, supportive voice in the room who won't go down in a squishy heap of "grand bargaining." (I'm sure Paul Ryan is thrilled.)

Here is the statement from Sanders' official website:

Sen. Bernie Sanders was appointed to a Senate and House budget conference committee to create a long-term budget plan by Dec. 13 to avert another government shutdown. A member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders said he looks forward to developing an alternative to the stopgap, sequestration-level budget that Congress approved late Wednesday as part of an agreement to reopen the government. “I am excited about being a member of the budget conference committee and I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to end the absurdity of sequestration and to develop a budget which works for all Americans. In my view, it is imperative that this new budget helps us create the millions of jobs we desperately need and does not balance the budget on the backs of working people, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor,” Sanders said.
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MEVincent
3022 days ago
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This is excellent news!
Manassas, Virginia

Open Letter

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Are you ok?  Do you need help?
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josephwebster
3030 days ago
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Finally some rational political discourse.
Denver, CO, USA
Demagog
3033 days ago
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Well, but where is MiB and Greys and a lot of other secret rulers of the (not-so-good-site) of the Atlantic Ocean
beerland
3033 days ago
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YES.
Kensington, California
mrobold
3033 days ago
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Also, please make more bacon.
Orange County, California
herrmann
3033 days ago
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Forgot to mention the Majestic 12...
Brazil
sjk
3034 days ago
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Maybe all the organizations the control the US government are too busy arguing with the other members of the cabal to get organized?
Florida
MEVincent
3034 days ago
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If only this were true...
Manassas, Virginia
joshpennington
3034 days ago
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Yes. Please.
Saint Joseph, MI
bobfa
3034 days ago
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PLEASE!!!!
hannahdraper
3034 days ago
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Yep.
Washington, DC
MourningDragon
3034 days ago
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Full Frontal Truth...
yashimii
3034 days ago
Lols. If it wasn't so sad.
JayM
3034 days ago
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Ha! Definitely!
Atlanta, GA
ToToR65
3034 days ago
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Grève forcée des fonctionnaires US (pas en France que ça arriverait ><)
ashtonbt1
3034 days ago
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Word. This is amazing.
MaryEllenCG
3034 days ago
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Seriously, now.
Greater Bostonia
bronzehedwick
3034 days ago
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Alt text: "Are you ok? Do you need help?"
Jersey City, NJ

House Lawmakers Push Retroactive Pay for Furloughed Feds

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Bipartisan bill ensures back pay; retroactive compensation; senators are expected to introduce companion legislation.
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MEVincent
3040 days ago
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Fingers crossed, but I'm not holding my breath
Manassas, Virginia
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