- PoliticsThe Wrap
Donald Trump has been holding almost daily rallies in which he inevitably says something or other that causes a furor online. And on Tuesday, in Moon Township, Pa., the big one was probably his strange comment about tuna.“Cans of tuna fish. They go out and buy tuna fish and soup. You know that, right?” Trump declared, before saying something incomprehensible about Goya brand foods, which Trump has been actively promoting. “They throw it. It’s the perfect weight, tuna fish, they can really rip it, right? And that hits you. No, it’s true. Bumble Bee brand tuna. And you can throw that [unintelligible], you can put a curve on it, you can do whatever the hell you want.”Trump then complained about how the police in Chicago aren’t allowed to fight back against the alleged tuna-wielding protesters.Also Read: Tucker Carlson Airs Graphic Propaganda Film Defending Alleged Kenosha Killer (Video)You can watch the video of Trump’s tuna rant below.Trump on protesters at PA rally: “They go out and buy tuna fish and soup…they throw it. It’s the perfect weight, tuna fish, they can really rip it…And that hits you…Bumble Bee brand tuna…and [the cops] are not allowed to fight back…”INSANE. pic.twitter.com/js2SY0Mv7v– Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) September 23, 2020 The folks at Bumble Bee, which is one of the leading tuna brands in the world, were no doubt confused about Trump calling them out like that, but their social media team managed to put together a brief humorous response on Twitter to this strange comment from the president: “Eat em. Don’t throw em.”Eat em. Don’t throw em.– Bumble Bee Seafoods (@BumbleBeeFoods) September 23, 2020Palmer Report has a theory about why Trump went out of his way to specifically call out Bumble Bee tuna: Bumble Bee was opposed to Trump’s big tariff increase in 2018, while their chief competitor, StarKist, was in favor of the tariffs.The tuna thing wasn’t the only wild comment Trump made at his rally on Tuesday. He also relished the memory of MSNBC reporter Ali Velshi being shot with a rubber bullet by police in Minneapolis in May, calling it a “beautiful sight.” Though he couldn’t remember what network Velshi worked for.Also Read: Seth Meyers: Everything Republicans Say About SCOTUS Picks Is 'Obvious Bulls--' (Video)“The street was a mess. That idiot reporter from CNN got hit on the knee with a canister of tear gas. and he went down,” Trump said, before referring to Velshi as “the one with the shaved head.”This was the second time in less than a week that Trump made comments like this about Velshi being brutalized by police — the previous time was last Friday in Bemidji, Min.Read original story Bumble Bee Mocks Trump Comment About Protesters Throwing Cans of Tuna At TheWrap
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- HealthBest Life
As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, medical experts have used several different methods for slowing the spread of the virus. By now, wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing, and regularly washing your hands have practically become second nature. But the use of one other potentially effective preventative measure has hit major snags in the U.S.: contact tracing. In fact, one new study found that half of COVID patients failed to report their close contacts after testing positive.The research, which was published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, focused on a set of patients infected with COVID-19 in North Carolina during a period of "high incidence" of the disease in June and July, during which cases increased 183 percent. Results found that 48 percent of those who had tested positive in Mecklenburg County reported no contacts whatsoever and that 25 percent of those who were reported were unable to be reached.The study also cited another important finding: The median interval of time between patients first testing positive and successfully notifying those they had been in contact with was six days.The failure to implement proper contact tracing is not limited to just one state, either: The researchers also point out that in Maryland and New Jersey, 50 percent and 52 percent of reported cases respectively reported no contacts."Despite aggressive efforts by health departments, many COVID-19 patients do not report contacts, and many contacts cannot be reached," the study authors concluded. "Improved timeliness of contact tracing, community engagement, and community-wide mitigation are needed to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission."The researchers are not alone in their belief that speed and efficiency are key in making contact tracing a useful tool. A study published in the medical journal The Lancet in July analyzed the effectiveness of contact tracing and turnaround time in alerting potentially infected patients. The researchers found that "optimizing testing and tracing coverage and minimizing tracing delays, for instance with app-based technology, further enhanced contact tracing effectiveness, with the potential to prevent up to 80 percent of all transmissions."RELATED: For more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.The use of app-based contact tracing hit significant early roadblocks in the United States compared to other countries. But a recent re-release of software known as Exposure Notification Express by Apple and Google was put in to use by public health officials in Maryland, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. "I would say this is an improvement," Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, told The Washington Post. "It's still not probably serving all the interests that public health would want, but it's better than nothing." And for more on places where contact tracing could come in handy, check out These Are the States Where COVID Cases Are Skyrocketing.
- TechnologyThe Daily Beast
While one could fairly question how much influencers have given to us—as a species and a society—it’s undeniable that they’re real innovators when it comes to finding ways to be weird about race. Whether it’s blackfishing or posting black squares on Instagram as though that somehow supports Black Lives Matter, influencers just have a knack for being thoroughly embarrassing. And now they have a new medium: a photo-editing app with a brand-new feature that allows users to make their photos appear as though they were “were born on a different continent.” We can all see where this is going, right?> You need to try this new feature in the gradient app, it’s crazy 😂 pic.twitter.com/KyogbJOw1P> > — Brody Jenner (@BrodyJenner) September 22, 2020This week luminaries including Scott Disick, Brody Jenner and influencer Danielle Cohn, all of whom are white, have landed themselves in hot water by promoting the app Gradient and making use of its latest feature, posting their doctored likenesses on Twitter and TikTok to compare what they would look like if they were “from” continents including Africa and Asia. As some social media users have pointed out, the filter is basically just a digital form of blackface, yellowface, etc.—another extension of the ongoing and ever-expanding uses of digital blackface online.Jenner tweeted out an image that includes likenesses meant to appear as though they are from “Africa,” “Asia,” and “India.” (Despite its claim to make people look like they are from different continents, it appears to include filters for “India” and “Brazil” as well.) Disick, meanwhile, went with “Europe,” “Asia,” and “India.”> Tried new filters in the Gradient app > Which one is better? 😂 pic.twitter.com/5SdXNZJk8S> > — Scott Disick (@ScottDisick) September 22, 2020And Cohn posted a video to TikTok in which the app made her face appear as though she was from “Africa,” “Asia,” and “Europe.”Gradient, as longtime users know, also includes less controversial (read: stupid) features—like one that identifies celebrities its users most closely resemble and another that can transform a selfie to look like an oil painting. One can even show you what animal you look like. Fun!> Staying at home and found Gradient app that guesses your DNA Ancestry by your photo. > It is very interesting and sometimes funny 😂 gradient ad dna pic.twitter.com/MrCXUfW17V> > — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 2, 2020It’s unclear whether Jenner, Disick, or Cohn were paid to promote Gradient or its latest feature, and Gradient did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment. It’s perhaps worth noting, however, that the Kardashian clan has shilled for Gradient before—specifically, promoting a feature that, per the app’s website, “can estimate your DNA ancestry with the help of latest AI techs! Simply upload your photo and our exceptionally accurate algorithm will analyze features of your face and tell your ethnic background.” (Hmm...)Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner, and Khloé Kardashian all tweeted about the DNA feature in early April, as did actress Alexandra Daddario. But it was Macaulay Culkin who made the biggest splash for Gradient last October—when he used the celebrity look-alike filter and discovered his doppelgänger is, according to the app, Wiz Khalifa. Searches for Gradient spiked at that time to a degree that remains unmatched to this day. (I don’t make the rules but as far as I’m concerned this is bona fide proof that the Kardashians and Jenners’ power as influencers pales in comparison to that of the erstwhile Kevin McCallister—a lesson we would all do well to remember.)> Hey gradientapp, I think I broke your app. pic.twitter.com/MgQNCfTmws> > — Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) October 21, 2019YouTuber Jarvis Johnson, meanwhile, poked fun at the feature with a meme from The Office.> me using the gradient app pic.twitter.com/PyTPIz4hnV> > — jarvis johnson (@jarvis) October 18, 2019In any case, what more to say? This is juyet one more entry into the strange story that is 2020—and for the annals of celebrity weirdness writ large. Let’s all just wait and see what fresh silliness awaits us tomorrow.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.