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Morning Nuggets – Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22, 2020

Today: Stan Musial was born on Nov. 21, 1920 – 100 years ago.

In 1864, Like in 2020, America Just Got Lucky – The Atlantic – History’s hypotheticals lead easily to scenarios few of us would like to imagine. We have just come close to another moment that would likely have produced a worse future for this country, and, for now, I’m glad we don’t have to find out for sure.

Chris Christie calls the conduct of Trump’s legal team a ‘national embarrassment’ – Washington Post – “The rearview mirror should be ripped off,” Christie said.

San Francisco was flattening the curve — until our urge to gather spiked it. Now we need to reverse the surge – San Francisco Chronicle (Heather Knight) – So what happened? Despite the city’s repeated insistence on following data, science and facts, we don’t have the data, science or facts to identify the exact problem spots.

Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo and the perils of pandemic stardom – Washington Post – Pandemic fatigue is a thing, tempers are short all over, and no one likes scolds or hypocrites — especially when it occurs at a Marie Antoinette level of obliviousness — but that’s hardly the only problem here.

The Lady and the Trump – New York Times (Maureen Dowd) – I’ve been riveted all week by the spectacle of the most famous blond phenom on the planet, a child isolated and miserable living inside a national landmark, lashing out and spiraling into self-destructive acts.

RV Owners Take to the Road With ‘Covid Campers’ – Wall St. Journal – They are turning to “Covid Campers”: specially fitted recreational vehicles—or retrofitted existing vehicles—that offer the comforts of home and office without exposing them to the risks of public restrooms, restaurants and even people altogether.

Google Pay’s Massive Relaunch Makes It an All-Encompassing Money App – The Verge – It turns the app from something that most people think of as a tap-to-pay card repository or peer-to-peer payment system into a much more ambitious service.

The calculus behind new retailer payment methods – A16Z Newsletter (Seema Amble) – These ideas aren’t new. Retailers have been trying to cut down on interchange spend for years, mostly with limited success.

The World in 2021 – Ten trends to watch in the coming year – The Economist (Tom Standage) – Do you feel lucky? The number 21 is connected with luck, risk, taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s the number of spots on a standard die, and the number of shillings in a guinea, the currency of wagers and horse-racing. It’s the minimum age at which you can enter a casino in America…

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