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Thursday, November 5 2020


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Limb difference is not scary. Differences should be celebrated and disability has to be normalised.

That’s the official Twitter handle of the Paralympic Games calling out the reboot of ‘Witches’ for demonising people with physical abnormalities—in this case, the scary evil Grand High Witch whose true nature is revealed by her missing fingers. Warner Bros has since apologised. Point to note: The physical abnormality is not part of the original Roald Dahl novel.

Big Story

The gigantic mess of an election

ICYMI: We did a big-ass explainer on Monday that has all the context you need to keep up with today’s developments. 

 

The TLDR: Yes, Joe Biden has already chalked up the most votes ever by a US presidential candidate. No, he still hasn’t won the election. The reason: America’s bizarre electoral college thanks to which the candidate with the most votes may once again lose an election for the second time in a row. And yes, the pollsters got it wrong again! Yeah, Trump is planning to sue.

 

The state of play

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In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • A #SaveMollem protest in Goa
  • The arrest of Arnab Goswami
  • A big Starbucks scam
  • Defence ministry plans to cut pensions

 

Reading Habit

  • The chilling yet fascinating tale behind Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’
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