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Germany elections: Who will replace Angela Merkel? What you need to know

When German votes head to the polls on Sunday, an extremely familiar name will be absent from the ballot. After serving 16 years as German chancellor, Angela Merkel is not running for reelection.
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This portable home fitness studio ensures you’ll reach your fitness goals
A gym system that's portable? Yes, please!
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Round out any cutlery set with a 6-piece Ronco knife set
Ronco's 6-Piece Knife Set is a full kitchen upgrade that'll have you chopping and dicing like a pro.
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California Ski Resort Expecting Enough Snow Over Weekend That It's Opening 2 Weeks Early
Despite drought warnings, the Mammoth Ski Resort is able to open next weekend, two weeks earlier than its usual opening.
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Boy left brain-damaged as tonsillitis turns out to be rare epilepsy with 24-hour seizures
A 3-year-old boy named Reggie was left with severe brain-damage after his "tonsillitis" turned out to be a super-rare epilepsy that caused him to suffer 24-hour seizures.
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The 16 best realistic-looking artificial Christmas trees of 2021
Because an artificial pine is just fine this season.
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US counterintelligence officials warn of threats from China, Russia to emerging technology
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center on Friday said it is prioritizing industry outreach efforts in U.S. technology sectors where the stakes are “potentially greatest” for U.S. economic and national security, warning of “nation-state threats” posed by China and Russia.
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Brain fog in Covid-19 patients can persist for months, even in those who were not hospitalized, study finds
Cognitive impairment -- described as brain fog -- can persist for months in Covid-19 patients, even for some who were not hospitalized, according to a new study.
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Alec Baldwin’s shooting accident likened to Jon-Erik Hexum, Brandon Lee’s deaths
Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set and killed the cinematographer, authorities said. The director of the Western being filmed was wounded, and authorities are investigating what happened.
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Henry Winkler on peculiar world of ‘French Dispatch’ director Wes Anderson
"There are no stand-ins, so you stand for two hours while the maestro composes the shot," Winkler told The Post of working with director Wes Anderson, who also required silence on set.
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China's latest missile test raises the stakes for Biden's nuclear weapons review
China's test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile has given new fuel to critics of President Joe Biden's ambitious agenda to scale back America's nuclear arsenal, with intelligence and defense officials warning that the Chinese launch marked a significant technological leap that could threaten the US in new ways.
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Alec Baldwin Has Frequently Spoken Out Against NRA, Guns Rights Activists
The actor is reportedly distraught about the prop gun incident that led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a movie set in New Mexico.
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‘The French Dispatch’ review: Overstuffed cast indulges Wes Anderson’s worst habits
For the five readers who cherish movies about journalists, there are a couple decent jokes about these divas going over their word count and that sort of thing. Otherwise, it's not so much a paean to writers as it is a pain to witness. 
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Queen Elizabeth back home after overnight hospital stay for 'preliminary investigations'
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was back at Windsor Castle on Friday and in good spirits after revelations that she spent the night in a London hospital earlier this week.
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Students create unforgettable homecoming for deserving high school senior
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Homecoming royalty a tradition for Tuscola family
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Nurse injected air into patients' bloodstreams
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How wild turkeys are able to thrive in the city
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Universities struggle to find dining hall workers
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Man pretending to be officer wanted by police
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Royal Caribbean announces nine-month world cruise
Unthinkable during the height of the Covid pandemic, an epic new cruise spanning all seven continents, lasting nine months and taking travelers to over 150 destinations is being marketed by Royal Caribbean International.
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What Democrats are still fighting over in the budget bill
Democrat Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and Joe Manchin (WV) speak to reporters after a private meeting on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2021. | Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images Climate provisions and Medicare expansion are just a couple of the issues in the big debate. Democrats are pretty optimistic about their budget reconciliation bill, but they’re not quite at an agreement. “I do think I’ll get a deal,” President Joe Biden said Thursday. “We’re down to four or five issues. ... I think we can get there.” Whether Biden is correct remains to be seen. So far, Democrats aren’t sure what will and won’t be in the bill, or how much it will cost. But, for the first time in weeks, they appear to be making some real progress. The reconciliation bill is meant to deliver on a key part of President Joe Biden’s agenda: making massive investments in social and climate programs. In response to Republican opposition to this platform, Democrats turned to the budget reconciliation process (which allows legislation to be passed by a simple majority vote) to enact Biden’s agenda. On Thursday, Biden noted that there are key issues lawmakers still don’t have consensus on, including how to handle Medicare expansion of dental, vision, and hearing coverage; which taxes they’ll use to pay for the bill; and what climate provisions they’ll include to spur a transition to clean energy. Here’s where the bill stands. Democrats’ disputes, briefly explained Democrats hold slim majorities in the House and Senate but have failed to agree on how big the reconciliation package should be and what should be in it. Progressives have pushed for more than a dozen programs and around $3.5 trillion in new spending; moderates have argued for funding fewer programs and for spending closer to $1.5 trillion. In recent weeks, the two groups seemed to be at an impasse. This week, a flurry of White House meetings and negotiations have signaled forward motion. Progressives including Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) finally met with moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to talk about their positions on Tuesday. And a framework is slowly, if haltingly, coming together. That said, there’s no final agreement, and no guarantee that Democrats have all the votes they need at this point. Democrats need all 50 of their senators and all but three of their House members to back the legislation. Earlier this month, Democrats set a tentative deadline of October 31 for the end of their negotiations. So far — despite talks this week — meeting that deadline remains in doubt. “This is not going to happen anytime soon,” Manchin told CNN on Thursday. “They’re trying to get a meeting of minds to find out what can happen from there.” What’s holding up the reconciliation negotiations Negotiations hinge on getting two moderate senators — Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema — on board while making sure any of the cuts and changes they want don’t dilute progressive support. It’s a tenuous balancing act given how progressive and moderate demands are often in opposition with one another. And though Manchin and Sinema both want a smaller bill, they don’t always agree on what that looks like. Manchin, for instance, has focused on Medicare expansion, climate provisions, means-testing benefits, and not taking on a lot of debt. He’s won some concessions already. Since Manchin called for the Clean Electricity Performance Program to be stripped out of the bill, it’s more or less been tossed. Expanded Medicare coverage of dental, hearing, and vision also will likely be curtailed significantly due to his opposition. “Here’s the thing ... Mr. Manchin is opposed to that,” Biden said Thursday of the possibility of a Medicare expansion. It has been less clear what Sinema wants to see changed. However, she has signaled concerns with the proposals to lower prescription drug prices by allowing Medicare to negotiate, a chief priority for the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a source of up to $700 billion in funding for the bill. She’s also expressed opposition to new tax policies intended to cover the costs of the legislation. Despite recent progress, there’s still a lot to be worked out The provisions Democrats agree on are also causing delays. While programs including paid family leave and an expanded child tax credit are broadly popular, specifics around their duration and scope have prompted internal debate. The expanded child tax credit, a recently instituted annual payment of up to $3,600 per child that most families now receive if they have kids 17 or younger, is backed by many Democrats. It could massively cut child poverty, perhaps by as much as 45 percent. But because the benefit would cost roughly $100 billion per year, it may now only be extended for one year. That shorter time frame has prompted pushback from top Democrats, including House Appropriations Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who’d like to see the policy last for much longer because of the impact it has on addressing poverty rates. On the other end of the spectrum, Manchin has called for access to the child tax credit to be capped based on income, and that work requirements be instituted for those receiving it. Paid family leave was originally planned to last 12 weeks, but will likely be shortened to four, Biden said Thursday. This could save upward of $300 billion; a four-week benefit that’s expected to last for a shorter period of time has an estimated cost of roughly $100 billion, according to the Washington Post, while the House’s 12-week version was estimated to cost $450 billion to $550 billion over 10 years. Changes like this have worried progressives, who argue that four weeks simply isn’t enough time for families with a new child or sick family member to get any meaningful benefit from the program. Research has found, for instance, that around six months is the ideal amount of parental leave to promote bonding with children, while ensuring that people who take leave aren’t penalized in the workplace. Access to both programs could wind up getting capped by income. This is something many progressives are staunchly against, citing data like uptake rates for SNAP, or food aid, that has found means-testing — making beneficiaries prove they qualify for a given program — limit social programs’ effectiveness. Manchin, however, has pushed for more means-testing, arguing that he fears leaving out such requirements will lead to an “entitlement society.” Manchin’s seeming veto of the Clean Electricity Performance Program has brought new debate on climate issues. While that program is likely to be cut, progressive lawmakers who favored it are struggling to identify other policies, including a suite of tax credits, that could incentivize a similar shift to clean energy. “We’re looking at emissions reductions ... to figure out what would be the most effective ways to replace the CEPP,” CPC Chair Pramila Jayapal said on Thursday. “I don’t believe we’re at a resolution yet.” Another complication: Lawmakers’ original plans to pay for these programs have been scrambled by Sinema’s concerns about the bill’s tax provisions, including increases to the corporate tax rate and the top capital gains rate. It seems they’ve been able to find some workarounds like a tax on billionaires’ wealth, a minimum corporate tax rate, more aggressive IRS enforcement, and a 2 percent tax on stock buybacks, Roll Call reports. These provisions, however, are all tentative. “The bill will be fully paid for and the matter is in the hands of our chairs of the Finance Committee and the Ways and Means Committee,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. Democrats want to get somethingdone by the end of the month Democrats’ goal is still to reach a deal on something by October 31. It’s unlikely that agreement will be full-fledged legislation, though it is expected to be a framework that includes a top-line figure as well as the main policy provisions. And Democrats face a lot of pressure to meet that self-imposed deadline. The moderate wing of the party was promised a September vote on a bill full of their priorities that never came to pass because progressives pushed for that vote to accompany one on reconciliation. Because the second wasn’t ready, the first didn't happen. Moderates weren’t happy about that, and they want a vote on their bill as soon as possible. For that to happen, at the very least, there needs to be a reconciliation framework. Biden has emphasized, too, that he’d like a concrete deal he could take with him when he joins the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow at the end of the month. “The prestige of the United States is on the line,” he’s reportedly told lawmakers. And Democrats are eager to get a win ahead of the November 2 gubernatorial election in Virginia, believing that would help their chances in what polls suggest is a tight race. On December 3, Congress will be facing a government shutdown and a credit default that could severely wound the global economy. Avoiding these things will require passing a spending bill and raising the debt limit. Doing that — or passing legislation to give themselves more time to do that — has historically taken lawmakers some time. And they don’t have much: There’s only a little more than a month left on the legislative calendar this year. That timing gives Democrats roughly one more week to deal with their differences on reconciliation and get to a proposal that moderate senators and progressive House members can live with. “We’re working very hard on rolling up our sleeves,” Schumer told reporters Thursday.
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Biden said he’s been to the southern border before. It was a drive-by.
The president said he had visited the southern border before. It's not quite what his critics have been demanding.
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Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones tests positive for COVID after NYC gala
Billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones announced Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, just one day after attending a star-studded gala hosted by the Robin Hood Foundation.
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‘Squid Game’ costume sparks run on Vans white slip-on shoes
White slip-on shoes are becoming a hot commodity thanks to the wildly popular South Korean survival drama "Squid Game," with sneaker maker VF Corp reporting a small increase in demand.
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Twitter algorithms amplify conservative content more than that of the political left, researchers find
The review covered millions of tweets by elected officials in seven countries, as well as posts that linked to political content from news outlets.
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Classic movies in SoCal: Dracula, Madonna, the Muppets and more
"Dracula," "Madonna: Truth or Dare" and other classic movies and film festivals streaming online or playing this week at a theater near you.
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Caetano Veloso’s exquisite protest music has always rejected the idea of despair
The Brazilian icon’s first album of new songs in the Bolsanaro era feels playful and bold.
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Supreme Court lets Texas 6-week abortion ban stay in place and will hear oral arguments November 1
The Supreme Court allowed a Texas law that bars most abortions after six weeks to remain in place for now, but it agreed to hear oral arguments on the law next month.
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Hollywood Minute: New Look at Will Smith in 'King Richard'
Will Smith is drawing Oscar buzz for playing Venus & Serena Williams' father: here's a look at the new 'King Richard' trailer, plus the top Gotham Award nominees, and an Osbournes movie!
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Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion law for now but will hear two challenges
The Texas 6-week abortion ban has been blocked and upheld in a series of court rulings that thrust Roe v. Wade back into the national conversation.       
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Video: Paulo Costa, Marvin Vettori make weight for revised UFC Fight Night 196 main event
Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori is finally official after multiple weight class changes ahead of UFC Fight Night 196.       Related StoriesVideo: Paulo Costa ends drama, makes light heavyweight for UFC Fight Night 196'Rumble' Johnson rips Paulo Costa's UFC weight cut disaster: 'Even I didn't make up excuses''Rumble' Johnson rips Paulo Costa's UFC weight cut disaster: 'Even I didn't make up excuses' - Enclosure 
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Alec Baldwin being ‘very supportive,’ Halyna Hutchins’ husband says
The husband of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed when Alec Baldwin accidentally fired a prop gun on set, told The Post the actor was being “very supportive.”
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‘Looks Like a Set-Up’: Listen to the 911 Calls From Murdaugh Shooting Fiasco
Orange County Department of Corrections via ReutersMinutes after Alex Murdaugh called Hampton County dispatchers claiming a “white fella” pulled over and shot him point-blank in the head on a South Carolina backroad, authorities began to receive calls from witnesses who cast immediate doubt on the lawyer’s extraordinary tale.“We are on Salkehatchie Road and there is a male on the side of the road with blood all over him and he’s waving his hands,” a woman told emergency dispatchers, according to newly released 911 calls obtained by The Daily Beast. “He’s fine—he looks fine but it kinda looks like a set-up so we didn’t stop.”The call came just minutes after Murdaugh told a Hampton County dispatcher that he had stopped alongside a church after getting a flat tire and someone pulled over and offered to help him. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division released three 911 calls from the Sept. 4 incident on Friday, totally 11 minutes, as the roiling saga continues to make national headlines.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Tight race as Virginia chooses a new governor
Virginia voters will choose between former governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, and businessman Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, in the state's governor's race. CBS News Senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe reports and Virginia Public Radio reporter Michael Pope joins CBSN to discuss this closely watched race.
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Lyft releases sex assault data showing 360 rapes during three-year span
Lyft tallied 10 deaths and more than 4,100 reports of sexual assault – including hundreds of rapes — during rides on its ride-hailing app in a three-year period, company officials said.
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Oklahoma tornadoes in October break state record
The tornadoes that brought baseball-sized hail and high winds to Oklahoma last week reportedly made this October the state's most active on record. 
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Did Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd end their years-long feud?
"The Real Housewives of Orange County" stars buried the hatchet over dinner where Dodd was seen telling Gunvalson that she would help her find love.
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Free community college expected to be cut from spending bill
President Joe Biden’s long-sought goal of free community college appears to be a victim of cost-cutting in his social spending plan
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Stop Shopping
Lately, news stories about the supply chain tend to start in similar ways. The reader is dropped into an American container port, maybe in Long Beach, California, or Savannah, Georgia, full to bursting with trailer-size steel boxes loaded with toilet paper and exercise bikes and future Christmas presents. Some of the containers have gone untouched for weeks or months, waiting for their contents to be trucked to distribution centers. On the horizon, dozens of additional vessels are anchored and idle, waiting for their turn in the port. More ships keep arriving. Everyone involved—sailors, longshoremen, customs clerks, truckers—works as fast and hard as they possibly can. It’s not fast or hard enough.The supply chain, as you know, is having a bad time. That’s been true since the pandemic began. Shortages in consumer goods have persisted far beyond analysts’ initial expectations, then beyond their subsequent revisions. At the moment, for most types of goods, shelves aren’t exactly bare yet. For the relatively well-off Americans accustomed to the astonishing abundance of big-box retail and grocery stores and the near-instant gratification of online shopping, it’s more a matter of having to settle for your third-favorite brand of Greek yogurt or wait six weeks for back-ordered jeans. But what’s already a genuine crisis for people who work in the global supply chain could very well turn into one for all of us; the manufacturing and distribution of necessities such as food and medicine require many of the same resources as the consumer economy’s various conveniences and diversions.What news stories generally don’t show you is where all of this stuff is going. At least anecdotally, much of it seems to be headed directly into the overflowing package room in my apartment building. As Slate’s Jordan Weissmann recently pointed out, it’s not as though the volume of goods getting through this mess and to retailers has slowed to a trickle; imports last month were actually at an all-time high, eclipsing the same period in 2019 by 17 percent. Rather, Americans are buying an extraordinary amount of stuff. Especially in the past six months, the system has been rocked by explosive demand.When you dig down into the numbers of just how much people are purchasing, the way that the supply-chain crisis gets talked about starts to feel a little uncanny. As the holidays approach, many people have begun to worry that shortages will worsen, not just for kids’ toys and other popular gifts, but for holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, and even food—the things that make the end of the year special. Despite those concerns, few seem willing to acknowledge that the record amount of stuff being brought into the country isn’t merely disappearing off store shelves. We know where it’s going, and we know who’s buying it all up. They—and maybe you—could simply knock it off.I’m not proposing that you or anyone else boycott commerce on a conceptual level. That would be impossible, and it would ignore how human life in this country works. It would also be the sort of killjoy self-righteous proposal that doesn’t gain much traction. Shopping is fun—novelty and possibility are fun—and it’s often how people access the tools and materials to do things that bring them genuine comfort or joy, which everyone needs. But even a quick glance at America’s credit-card statements begins to explain the mess we’re in. A lot of people buy things for the sake of it, stuff they don’t need or even particularly want and in many cases won’t use, as a salve for boredom or anxiety or insecurity. On the whole, consumer expenditures, which encompass both necessity spending (rent, gas, groceries) and discretionary spending (whatever you ordered from an Instagram ad after three glasses of happy-hour wine last Friday), account for about 70 percent of the country’s economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But that spending is not distributed equally. In a typical year, the most affluent 20 percent of people account for nearly 40 percent of the country’s consumer spending, and this wealthier group’s purchases are disproportionately discretionary. Through the course of the pandemic, the situation has become even more lopsided. The affluent group spent much of 2020 working from home, largely insulated from mass unemployment and socking away the lion’s share of what Bloomberg Economics estimates as $2.3 trillion in extra cash that this group’s members might have otherwise spent on vacations or restaurant meals. Population-wide gains in spending power largely haven’t accrued to people with the most quality of life to gain from buying a few more things—they’ve gone to people for whom shopping is already a way of life. After taking a dive in the first months of a pandemic, spending from this group began to rebound relatively quickly as fears of white-collar layoffs dissipated and people began sprucing up their houses and yards and wardrobes. Since this summer, the group’s shopping has escalated further, even as spending among people with lower incomes has fallen off. The relatively well-off have returned to stores with money burning a hole in their pockets, gobbling up designer handbags, fine champagne, new cars, teeth whitening, and pretty much anything else you can think of. The problem with the explosion of this kind of discretionary shopping is that the same logistical resources that make this spike possible are also needed in other parts of the economy. The goods necessary to make school lunches—a vitally important civic function—might not be available for reasons that have nothing to do with how much food is theoretically available. Experienced workers and truck space and loading docks and time itself are not limitless resources. In a system asked to function beyond its capacity, if the distributor of hundred-dollar throw pillows can pay more for access to trucking capacity than a local food distributor that serves schools, then their pillows go on the truck.Currently, these resources get allocated according to little other than profit. Thinking about how necessary something is in the lives of everyday Americans, or how helpful its replenishment would be to people in genuine need, is the kind of resource triage that generally happens only after a natural disaster, and sometimes not even then. Somewhere along the line, powerful people in both business and government decided that the weaknesses that have caused the near-collapse of the supply chain are things Americans should just live with. For example, even before the pandemic, many truckers looked for work elsewhere instead of hauling goods out of container ports, because port trucking is particularly brutal and poorly compensated work. Instead of directly addressing this type of obvious problem in how goods are moved, America’s government and media so often have simply pleaded with Americans to spend more money—to create jobs, to revitalize the economy, to save the country.It’s no surprise we’ve obliged. Shopping has been marketed as a civic responsibility in America for more than a century. According to Tim Kasser, a psychologist and professor emeritus at Knox College who has spent decades studying materialism, the word citizen has slowly come to be replaced by the word consumer in newspapers and books. “It’s become more and more a sort of a default, to think of people as consumers instead of the myriad other roles that they play,” he told me. That’s also how people are socialized to think of themselves. For Americans, shopping isn’t just an activity about collecting the resources necessary for safe, happy lives. Over time, it’s become an expression of personal identity, a form of entertainment, and a way in which some believe they can effectively participate in politics—people rush to buy from or boycott companies on the basis of their public stances on social issues, and brands have begun to run extensive get-out-the-vote campaigns among their customers.Kasser points out that a person’s propensity toward materialism—which his research defines as “a set of values and goals focused on wealth, possessions, image, and status”—tends to increase when they’re feeling threatened, insecure, or unsure of themselves. Research has shown that society-level threats can reproduce that effect at population scale. The pandemic threw people out of their normal routines; it severed people from the habits, settings, and relationships that undergird their self-conceptions; it made people fear for their lives. Of course those with resources responded by getting back to shopping for things they don’t need as quickly and voraciously as they could. The structure of American consumerism ensures that buying more of whatever sounds good in the moment is the primary way most people are able to cope with uncertainty. “The logic of the system requires people to come to believe that what’s important in life is to make a lot of money and to buy a lot of stuff,” Kasser told me. Once you do, “it’s very difficult to change your beliefs.”Difficult—but not impossible. The shock of the pandemic can create at least one opportunity, Kasser said. It provides a relatively rare opening for people, shaken out of the day-to-day inertia of existence, to reevaluate their lives and their values en masse. Kessler has found that an honest appraisal of those things generally leads people to less materialism and more investment in their families and communities. In recent months, many people have already done these reappraisals in their professional lives, as my colleague Derek Thompson has chronicled, quitting jobs in enormous numbers in pursuit of better wages or improved quality of life.If you’re currently stewing in consumer hell, frustrated at shipping times and fearful of what holiday shopping will look like, it might be time to take a step back. You can stop. Not stop buying things entirely—you have to keep being a person, of course, and no one will begrudge you things that bring you joy, or begrudge your kids their Christmas presents. Some people will need to buy more or order more or get more deliveries than others, because the circumstances of their lives genuinely require it. But if you find yourself idly filling online shopping carts with mediocre sweaters or new golf equipment you won’t use until next spring anyway, you can just close the tab.As America slogs through its protracted supply-chain woes, we can be honest with ourselves about what the need to constantly shop has done to the country and our own lives. Big-box retail (not to mention Amazon) was made possible by deregulating trucking and sending manufacturing overseas, which keeps the cost of consumer goods low but has replaced millions of opportunities for good, stable employment with customer-service jobs so crappy that workers are doing everything in their power to find another way to make a living. And the personal insult added to that societal injury? As a coping mechanism for the existential problems of American life, all that spending almost certainly doesn’t even make you happy. Abundant research has shown that it doesn’t really make anyone happy, especially around the holidays.As it stands, America’s central organizing principle is thoughtless consumption, acquiring things for yourself and letting everyone else pick over what you left behind on the shelves. You can decide you don’t like that. You can decide that people—your family, your friends, the people in your community, the port truckers and Amazon warehouse workers running themselves ragged—are more important to you than another box of miscellaneous stuff. You can take a bit of pressure, however tiny, off a system so overburdened that it threatens to grind everyone in it to dust. American shopping is a runaway train, gliding smooth and frictionless down the tracks toward God knows what over the horizon. Your brakes are small, but you can throw them whenever you want.
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Wisconsin audit finds elections are 'safe and secure'
A highly anticipated nonpartisan audit of the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin did not identify any widespread fraud in the battleground state, which a key Republican legislative leader says shows that the state's elections are “safe and secure.”
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Robert Durst charged with murdering first wife Kathie in New York
Robert Durst charged with murder in the death of his first wife, Kathie, in New York days after he was convicted of murdering Susan Berman in L.A.
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U.S. Counterintelligence Center Warns China Could Gain Edge With Developments in AI Tech
Beijing could one day be dominant in health care and leave the U.S. dependent on China, Edward You of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center said.
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The Electric Car Battery of the Future Could Be Made From Trees
PixabayElectric cars are supposed to help the world go green and stop hurting the planet. Engineers at Brown University and the University of Maryland are taking that goal to another other level, with a new proposal for batteries made from trees, according to new findings published in Nature.Lithium ion batteries have become the go-to form of rechargeable batteries thanks to their extraordinarily long charge. You’re probably reading this story from a device powered by such a battery. Most electric cars like ones made by Tesla use lithium-ion batteries.These batteries use a liquid solution that conducts lithium ions from the battery’s cathode and anode—in layperson’s terms, the liquid is what helps ensure electrical power goes from the battery to the device it's powering.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Housing is the economy's Energizer bunny: It keeps going and going
The housing market is showing no significant signs of slowing, despite some concerns that prices may be close to peaking as mortgage rates climb.
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Doctor on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation for booster shots
Millions more Americans can get COVID-19 booster shots after the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration approved extra doses of the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, joins CBSN to discuss mixing and matching vaccines and getting children inoculated.
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Could holiday travel be affected by airlines' employee vaccine mandate? What travelers need to know.
The CEO of United says holiday travel trouble looms because of issues over vaccine mandates. The CEOs at American and Southwest strongly disagree.       
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Movies on TV this week: 'Frankenstein' (1931) and 'Young Frankenstein (1974) on TCM
Movies on TV this week: October 24: 'Frankenstein' (1931) and 'Young Frankenstein (1974) on TCM; 'The Exorcist' on AMC; 'Rosemary's Baby' on Encore
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