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Friday, August 7 2020


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If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say, definitely — but almost immune from this disease. So few, they’ve got stronger, hard to believe, I don’t know how you feel about it, but they have much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this… They don’t have a problem. They just don’t have a problem… They are virtually immune from this problem.

That’s President Trump making a blatantly false claim while urging schools to reopen in a TV interview. His election campaign team posted the clip on social media—provoking a swift response from both Facebook and Twitter. Facebook removed the video for making “false claims,” while Twitter took the additional step of blocking Team Trump’s handle. Why this matters: Social media giants were once reluctant to ‘censor’ the President. That policy appears to have changed. Illustration: Parth Savla.

Big Story

Seven years of criminal negligence in Beirut

The TLDR: Seven years ago an old cargo ship docked at the port in Beirut. What happened since tells an international tale of corporate greed, bureaucratic carelessness and judicial incompetence. The events that led up to the massive blast in Lebanon are a warning bell for the rest of the world. The very same thing could be happening very close to home. 

 

A quick recap: A powerful explosion rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 157 and leaving 5,000 injured. The cause: 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at the dock. The result: A massive blast—which struck with the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake—and flattened great parts of the city. It isn’t clear exactly how this highly explosive material went up in flames. But we now know how it got to the warehouse—and why it languished there for years.

 

So what happened in Beirut?

 

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