Paul Krugman: As late as mid-2021, my inbox was full of assertions that China's apparent success in containing the coronavirus showed the superiority of the Chinese system over Western societies that, as one commentator put it, "did not have the ability to quickly organize every citizen around a single goal." At this point, however, China is flailing even as other nations are more or less getting back to normal life. It's still pursuing its zero-Covid policy, enforcing draconian restrictions on everyday activities every time new cases emerge. This is creating immense personal hardship and cramping the economy; cities under lockdown account for almost 60 percent of China's G.D.P.
Monkeypox disease now has a new name: mpox. The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited change on Monday, saying the disease's original name plays into "racist and stigmatizing language."
Former President Donald Trump called for defeated Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake to be named victor and appointed governor on Monday while repeating baseless voting fraud conspiracies that he has similarly used to contest his own 2020 defeat. Trump, in a post on Truth Social, claimed without supporting evidence that the former TV news anchor-turned politician was a victim of "another criminal voting operation" and that her Democratic opponent, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, "ran the election."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Friday it is now tracking a new COVID-19 variant of concern around the U.S. known as XBB, which has grown to make up an estimated 3.1% of new infections nationwide.
American men appear to be stuck in a "friendship recession" -- a trend that predates the Covid-19 pandemic but that seems to have accelerated over the past several years as loneliness levels have crept up worldwide. In a 2021 survey of more than 2,000 adults in the United States, less than half of the men said they were truly satisfied with how many friends they had, while 15 percent said they had no close friends at all -- a fivefold increase since 1990.
Elon Musk called up the chief executives of companies that pulled advertising spending from Twitter to complain, the Financial Times reported. read more
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Around midnight on the Monday before Thanksgiving, 2,700 workers at United Furniture Industries in Mississippi got a text message that they were terminated immediately and barred from the workplace. "Your layoff from the company is expected to be permanent and all benefits will be terminated immediately without provision of COBRA," the company texted, denying employees a continuation of their health care benefits under federal law. read more