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Tampa Bay Times (September 7)

2021/ 09/ 08 by jd in Global News

“For weeks, the virus preyed on America’s illusion of a defanged Covid. Most people returned to a semblance of their former lives.” Then, harsh reality set in. “The fast-spreading Delta variant has flooded hospitals across the South. It’s killed more people in Florida and Louisiana than the darkest days of the pandemic winter, and left so many COVID-19 patients gasping for breath that some places face shortages of medical oxygen.”


The Economist (September 4)

2021/ 09/ 06 by jd in Global News

“By the age of seven months, most children have learned that objects still exist even when they are out of sight.” Understanding object permanence “is a normal developmental milestone, as well as a basic tenet of reality. It is also something that self-driving cars do not have. And that is a problem.” Though autonomous vehicles “are getting better,” they still are unable to “understand the world in the way that a human being does. For a self-driving car, a bicycle that is momentarily hidden by a passing van is a bicycle that has ceased to exist.”


Chicago Tribune (January 20)

2021/ 01/ 22 by jd in Global News

In January 2020, “the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19.” President Trump “insisted, his administration had the virus ‘totally under control.’” Instead, “after a year of presidential denials of reality and responsibility, the pandemic’s U.S. death toll has eclipsed 400,000. And the loss of lives is accelerating.”


USA Today (November 8)

2020/ 11/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Our long national nightmare, the Trump presidency, is finally nearing an end. But the brutal reality is this: Get ready for another national nightmare now that Joe Biden is the president-elect.” We are likely to be “in for a parade of horrors during Trump’s remaining time in power. Change is coming, but along the way, fasten seatbelts for severe turbulence.”


Barron’s (June 3)

2020/ 06/ 05 by jd in Global News

“The stock market’s rally in recent weeks has felt awfully disconnected from the grim reality on the ground. And that only felt more true as protests erupted around the country…. Investors, however, are motivated by fear and greed, and right now both are helping—fear of missing out and greed as the market goes higher.”


The Guardian (March 12)

2019/ 03/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Theresa May’s Brexit lost to the ultimate adversary: reality…. There might still be ways that Brexit can go badly; unexplored dead ends and byways of failure. But the road to success is now closed.”


The Economist (February 23)

2019/ 02/ 24 by jd in Global News

Plenty of executives and investors say they are worried about climate change. “Yet the reality is that meaningful global environmental regulations are nowhere on the horizon. The risk of severe climate change is thus rising, posing physical threats to many firms. Most remain blind to these, often wilfully so. They should start worrying about them.”


Bloomberg (February 14)

2019/ 02/ 15 by jd in Global News

“From the start, Brexit has been marked by fantasy and deception. Now, with Britain on the doorstep of leaving the EU, reality is setting in.”


New York Times (January 9)

2019/ 01/ 11 by jd in Global News

“When it comes to the border and the wall, Trump’s willful estrangement from reality is so profound that network executives and newspaper editors spent part of Tuesday in strategy sessions about how to respond to his inevitable barrage of falsehoods. Should there be a crawl of words on the bottom of the television screen to correct him in real time? Could fact checkers work speedily enough to post rebuttals online…? This is where we find ourselves. Other presidents have been untrustworthy, and others have had to be called out on it. But not like this. This is surreal.”


Time (December 18)

2018/ 12/ 21 by jd in Global News

Online shopping may save individual shoppers from going out in the traffic, but overall it’s compounding traffic woes. “Our city streets and parking resources are being swamped by this new retail reality. Cities simply are not designed to handle the daily tidal wave of deliveries produced by our have-it-now online economy.”


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