You Deserve To Work Outside, Even Just For a Little Bit

You Deserve To Work Outside, Even Just For a Little Bit

Now is an excellent time to take advantage of all your backyard has to offer. Sunlight, fresh air, and blue skies are hard to come by these days, but there is an abundance right outside the backdoor. And while your work from home set up might be a thing of beauty right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t take it to the next level. Try working outside, even just for a little bit. It’ll make your day that much better, and provide you with fresh air and fresh ideas. Here’s what you need to get all set up. 

FOR HAVING A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO SIT

FOR SOME PEACE AND QUIET

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Biden Campaign Aims to Show Wisconsin They’ve Learned From Hillary’s Mistake

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, his senior advisers, and his expanding network of battleground operatives are in agreement that Wisconsin is a key part of capturing the White House from President Donald Trump. 

On paper, Biden’s two Wednesday events—a roundtable in La Crosse and rally in Milwaukee—are ostensibly no different than other virtual destinations he has zoomed into from his home in Wilmington, Delaware. But Democrats said the critical nature of the location, where the party will host its convention in August, and his campaign’s newly announced digital advancements, will place a particular spotlight on Biden in the state.

“When Vice President Biden visits Wisconsin tomorrow, he’ll be entering a state where communities of color, minority owned businesses and rural economies have paid the price of President Trump’s failed response on COVID-19,” said Julia Krieger, the Biden campaign’s regional communications director. “Battleground states like Wisconsin know who Donald Trump is — and in November, they’ll remember how he left them behind while Joe Biden fought for them in times of crisis.”

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House Dems Already Went Nuclear on Trump. Now What?

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House Democrats are staring down a familiar foe: a president they believe is running roughshod over the rule of law by using his power to protect his allies from punishment.

They believe they were elected with a mandate to take that foe on. There’s just one problem: They already went nuclear on him. 

The fallout from the impeachment of President Trump had hardly even cleared when the coronavirus broke out, plunging the nation into an unprecedented crisis and instantly creating an enormous new frontier for congressional oversight. 

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Eric Garner’s Widow Feels Like She’s ‘Being Attacked by the Police’

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American Trial: The Eric Garner Story is an unscripted courtroom drama directed by Roee Messinger that stages the trial of Daniel Pantaleo—the Staten Island police officer who arrested Eric Garner in 2014 for selling loosie cigarettes using a fatal chokehold—with real prosecutors, defense lawyers and witnesses. In actuality, the district attorney’s office chose not to indict Pantaleo; Pantaleo had hoped for years to get back on the police force, but as of last year, was officially fired and will not receive an NYPD pension. American Trial seems to be the first film of its kind—not a documentary, and not quite fiction, but a reality staged in an unreality, or vice versa. 

Among the real-life witnesses is Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner. When I first watched the trailer for the film, which featured the original video of Garner being killed as well as Esaw Garner on the mock witness stand, I was uncomfortable. The idea of staging an “objective” trial—with Pantaleo’s lawyers lining up expert witnesses to convince a jury (in this case, viewers) that Garner was on a debilitated march to certain death, chokehold or not—felt like an absurd instrumentalization of a broken system. When I saw the film, my ideas about the judicial system and what it could achieve in a case like this didn’t change, but my ideas about what the film itself could achieve did.

As a work of art, American Trial isn’t exactly a revelation, but what it provides on an emotional level for Eric’s family and friends brings to mind the possibilities for transformative cultural work. I spoke to Esaw, who is still close with Messinger, about her experience making the film, as well as what her life has been like since her husband’s untimely death.

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Flying Through the Pandemic—High Anxiety at 35,000 Feet

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In the early days of March, before the coronavirus became the only news, I boarded a plane in Burbank, California, bound for New York City. It was the day of the Los Angeles Marathon, when considerable attention was already being paid to the looming health crisis, but in a low-key way. Marathon participants were advised to take “precautions as minor as not shaking hands with other athletes.” 

On the flight home, I sat in a middle seat between my husband and a woman who was wiping her seat and tray table like it was a crime scene. We chuckled at her thoroughness. 

Three weeks later, I had to fly again, and I tried hard to remember that woman’s every wipe and imitate it. 

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The Hot New Far-Right Trend: Claiming a Disability to Avoid Wearing a Mask

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Shelly Lewis approached the California supermarket with a script in mind.

“Hi, I have a medical condition that I’m not allowed to wear a mask and I’m not required by HIPAA rules and regulations to disclose that,” Lewis told a supermarket manager, who nonetheless explained that she would not be allowed inside without a protective face mask. “You’re discriminating against me now, do you know that? You’re discriminating against me.”

Lewis, a prominent member of the Flat Earth movement, recently uploaded footage of the encounter online, where it went viral even after she deleted it. A re-upload on Twitter currently has 5.4 million views.

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Who Leaked Biden’s Calls to Ukraine?

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They’re leaked communications from the Democratic presidential frontrunner and conservatives are already sharing them all over social media in hopes they’ll help Trump’s re-election campaign. It sounds like the final months of the 2016 election—or the height of 2019’s Burisma madness—but the tapes released on Tuesday are from a new breach. 

Andriy Derkach—a Ukrainian politician with a KGB background, a penchant for conspiracy theories, and a friendly relationship with Rudy Giuliani—released a host of conversations between former Vice President Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The leaked talks purport to show the two discussing the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor in exchange for American support for a billion dollar loan from the IMF. It’s something Biden himself admitted years ago and it’s since launched unfounded conspiracies about an alleged vendetta Biden had for Ukraine’s former prosecutor general. So where did the recordings come from and what do they show?

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Trump’s Been Playing a Ventilator Shell Game With Russia

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Back in April, Russia sent a shipment of medical equipment and supplies to the United States under the guise of “humanitarian aid.” 

The shipment was not a gift. Russia billed the American taxpayer $660,000 for 45 ventilators and other medical items at a moment when the full horror of the COVID-19 pandemic had hit U.S. hospitals.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, said Americans were footing half the total bill, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) paid for the other half.

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Owen Hart’s Widow Isn’t Done Fighting the WWE Over His Tragic Death: ‘Truth Has Always Been My Defense’

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Perhaps the biggest byproduct of the success of Dark Side of the Ring, VICE TV’s pro wrestling-themed documentary series, is the degree of sunshine it has brought to the subject matter covered in a given episode. The life and death of “Gorgeous” Gino Hernandez, for example, would be new to those unfamiliar with ‘80s Texas wrestling, and the implosion of Herb Abrams and his UWF promotion was mostly lore to a specific subset of wrestling fans who tried to watch everything from the genre in the early ‘90s. But it goes deeper than that, particularly with episodes like tonight’s season finale, which covers the 1999 death of Owen Hart in a stunt-rigging accident. Hart’s death was quite possibly the biggest mainstream news story in the entire history of the wrestling business. That mainstream interest, though, had eroded by the time the how and why of Owen’s plunge from the top of Kansas City’s Kemper Arena became known from the ensuing criminal investigation and wrongful-death lawsuit.

The scope of the negligence on the part of Hart’s employers at what’s now World Wrestling Entertainment is, naturally, one of the key parts of the Dark Side episode, and that’s important to his widow, Martha, who first published those findings in a 2002 book, Broken Harts

“I honestly could not be happier with the story that Dark Side of the Ring has told,” she told The Daily Beast. “It is a story that I’ve wanted to tell for a long time, and it’s everything that I wished it would be. And I was really happy that they were able to show the type of person that Owen was behind the curtain, for people to see what an incredible dad and husband he was, and his personality, that really shines through.”

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Florida’s Coronavirus Dashboard Architect: I Was Fired for Not Manipulating Data

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A top Florida Department of Health data manager alleges she was forced to resign from her job maintaining the state’s COVID-19 portal because she refused to change data that would “drum up support for the plan to reopen” amid the pandemic. 

Rebekah Jones, the architect behind the Sunshine State’s interactive COVID-19 dashboard once praised by the White House, told several news outlets on Tuesday she was removed from her position as Graphic Information Systems manager on May 5 due to “reasons beyond my division’s control.” On Monday, the state’s Department of Health offered her a settlement with the option to resign instead of being fired, which would go into effect on May 26, she said.

Jones, 30, told CBS12 News that her involuntary removal came one day after she refused to “manually change data to drum up support for the plan to reopen.” The scientist, however, did not elaborate on which data in particular she refused to alter. 

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