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The Nutcracker balloon hovers above the crowd during the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, November 28, 2019. (Caitlin Ochs / Reuters)
On a cancellation of The Nutcracker; Russia’s threat to Ukraine; the screwiness of the Women’s March; the bravery of J.K. Rowling; and more
Now they have come for The Nutcracker. What I mean is, did you see this? The Berlin State Ballet has canceled Tchaikovsky’s ballet on grounds that the Chinese dance and the Arab dance give offense. Well, they give offense to those who are truly dying to take offense.

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Why Are Cities Hostile to Strollers?

There’s an amnesia particular to the experience of parenting babies and toddlers that makes it ill suited for advocacy. No matter how acute the parenting pain of the moment, it never lasts long. Paid parental leave, universal childcare? They have broad public support, and their impact can be felt for decades, even generations. But because parents experience the strain of their absence for only a handful of years, they have never had the same organizing momentum of, say, the student debt movement.
The same goes for navigating U.S. cities with small humans in tow.

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Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has probably not had the year he had hoped for. In late spring, New York Times reporters Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang made waves with the release of their new book, An Ugly Truth, which took readers deep inside Facebook’s cutthroat corporate culture and revealed that internal concerns about the spread of hate and misinformation on the social media titan’s massive platform were routinely sidelined in the pursuit of pure profit.

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The Forgotten Pandemic Roars Back to Life

In a pre-Thanksgiving poll from Yahoo News and YouGov, 74 percent of respondents said their lives had “returned to normal” since the pandemic. As we learned on a particularly Black Friday, that was an inaccurate and even destructive fiction.
The desire for normalcy is human, and reasonable. Most of us are not conditioned to isolating ourselves from friends and loved ones, and require social interaction. The 2020 election was predicated on a new president returning the country to normalcy, a century after Warren Harding ran and won explicitly on that theme.

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NBC News Wants You to Charge Granny for Giblet Gravy

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The White House is dismissing concerns about the historic cost of Thanksgiving Dinner this year, which is up 14 percent.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki brushed aside those concerns during her daily press briefing.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever cooked a turkey before, but a 20-pound turkey is a pretty big turkey, I think we can all agree,” she said. “They’re about $1 more.

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NY Times Tries to Recruit Scabs to Cover for Wirecutter’s Black Friday Strike

In an effort to minimize the financial impact of unionized staffers at Wirecutter striking on Black Friday, The New York Times has attempted to recruit “scab” labor to work the ecommerce website for the lucrative shopping weekend, The Daily Beast has learned.
Times management and the union representing staffers at the paper’s product review page have been deadlocked for nearly two years in negotiating an initial collective bargaining agreement.

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Who’s Afraid of Climate Geoengineering?

The news about global warming, er, global climate change (GCC), continues to worsen. It’s now turning animals into shape-shifters as they adapt by changing the size of their ears, tails, beaks and other appendages, reports a team of scientists. Maybe nobody would make fun of Baby Dumbo anymore; his ears would be used for fans, powered by “renewable fuels.”
If you’re reading this publication, you’re probably what’s called a “climate denialist.

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Looters Storm Los Angeles Nordstrom Store amid Wave of California Burglaries

The Nordstrom store is pictured in Broomfield, Colorado, February 23, 2017. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)
A group of 20 looters targeted a Nordstrom store in Los Angeles on Monday night, using a sledgehammer to smash the store’s windows in and steal an unknown amount of merchandise, police said.
The burglary, which resulted in three arrests, took place at The Grove shopping mall just before 11 p.m., CBS Los Angeles reported.

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The suspects fled the scene in four vehicles, according to the report.

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