Today's Takes: Thursday, July 8
Vol. I, No. 42 • A Journal of Freedom • Eric Adams • Crypto Deals • Clown World • Covid Tracker • Tourist Central • Much More!
Good morning, everyone. The photo above is from the cover of a Joel Salatin book that I suggest everyone purchase and put on their shelf.
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🗳 Eric Adams wins Democratic primary in NYC’s mayoral race (AP)
After a hotly contested, confusing recount that drew the attention of the entire nation, the tally vindicated Eric Adams. Adams ran a strong anti-crime campaign reminiscent of David Dinkins' campaign at the height of the NYC crack epidemic. As violence surges around the country in the wake of BLM's racial reckoning, it's a positive sign that NYC chose a mayor with awareness of the difficulties of policing and acknowledges that the problems start at a community level.
📰 TODAY IN: General Headlines
- Bitcoin Fraud Concerns Draw Scrutiny From Regulators (WSJ)
- Trump to sue Facebook, Twitter CEOs (The Hill)
- UFC Inks $175 Million Crypto Deal, Its Largest Sponsorship Ever (Sportico)
- Student-Loan Holders Get Piecemeal Relief From Biden Administration (WSJ)
🤡 TODAY IN: Clown World News
- Riot Leader Had ‘Fully Constructed U.S. Capitol Lego Set’ at Home, FBI Says (Daily Beast)
- Pornography literacy classes are supposed to teach students how to critically assess what they see on the screen. But when a sex-positive educator taught her curriculum at two elite New York City schools recently, some parents were outraged. (NY Times)
- Sex-positive used to be called prostitution or something like that
🦠 TODAY IN: Covid Tracker
Reposting our recap of the stats of Covid which haven't changed. It is easy to lose track of this stuff (Read)
- Australia’s largest city Sydney locks down for third week (AP)
- ...despite only 27 new cases.
- Lockdowns still don't have an effect on rates of fatal infection
- Delta Covid-19 Variant Gains Ground Among the Unvaccinated (WSJ)
- ...hospitalizations continue to fall.
- The Delta variant is more contagious, but significantly less deadly
- Lambda COVID variant: All you need to know about the new UK coronavirus strain (Science Focus)
- It's still early, but lambda accounts for a large share of cases in Peru
- New strains are identified by an increase in transmissibility and/or severity
- It is exceedingly rare (meaning unobserved in nature) that a virus gains both transmissibility and severity
In case you missed it
- Avuncular Tom by Jerod Hollyfield (Read)
- The Man Who Sued the World by Megan Lee Podsiedlik (Read)
- Tenured Negligence by Jerod Hollyfield (Read)
- Critical Race Theory for Dummies by The Pamphleteer (Read)
- Election commission seeks to settle one lawsuit (Main Street)
- Davidson Election Commission chair says he was fired from law firm due to vote over anti-tax hike referendum (Tennessean)
- Jim DeLanis, chairman of Davidson County Election Commission, told The Tennessean Tuesday he was fired from his private job last week after 40 years of employment.
- The reason, he said, was because he voted as the commission chair to appeal a judge's decision deeming the controversial anti-tax hike referendum invalid.
- North Nashville community to weigh in on how to spend infrastructure funding for neighborhood (Channel 5)
- Owner of Spring Hill company charged in alleged $86 million Medicare fraud scheme (Homepage)
- Does This Weekend's Fireworks Fiasco Reveal Nashville's True Priorities? (Scene)
- Betsy Phillips does a good job pointing out how egregiously the city has begun to bend over backward to cater to tourists
- Governor Lee's "free tickets" to tourists announcement yesterday underscores this point even more
- Gulch site eyed for mixed-use tower (Post)
- Crown Bakeries continues expansion run with bagel manufacturer (Post)
- Las Vegas ramen franchise looks to cement itself in Nashville community (Biz Journal)
- Just months after opening, Fifth + Broadway has 'far exceeded our expectations' (Biz Journal)
- Retirement tech company establishing U.S. headquarters in Nashville (Post)
One Good Read
🎭 Why Saving Comedy Is So Crucial To Saving America (Read)
Something to Watch
🪀 Chuck Hoberman's toys will be familiar to you. The Harvard based designer has produced some of the more iconic what-exactly-is-this-thing widgets that have littered playrooms for the past 30 years