Twitstorm / 'Asking for disaster' / Fauci's podcast gambit

Twitstorm. In what Bloomberg calls “Twitter’s nightmare,” the accounts of virtually “everyone you’ve ever heard of” (as Gizmodo put it) were hacked …
 … apparently by people who reportedly paid a Twitter staffer for access.
The hack raises profound global security questions.
The ensuing lockdown of Twitter’s blue-checkmarked royalty triggered mockery from the unverified masses.
Question of the day: Why wasn’t President Trump’s account hacked?

Beans, beans. Ivanka Trump’s tweeted endorsement of Goya brand beans—target of a boycott because of the owner’s sucky-uppy support for the president—runs afoul of government ethics rules …

 … but don’t expect much action, because the president did the same thing.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo: “Tell me how a president in the middle of a pandemic has got time for this bullshit.” Speaking of which …

TL;DR: ‘It’s asking for disaster.’ The Tribune surveyed health experts on the risks of dining out in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chicago’s legendary Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen has cause to celebrate after a tweet pleading for customers in the pandemic generated business in droves.

Strange change(s). Because the pandemic has brought circulation of coinage to a virtual halt, Kroger Co.—parent to the Mariano’s and Food 4 Less chains—is no longer giving customers change in coin form.
Kroger, Walmart and Kohl’s have begun requiring customers to wear masks.
Georgia’s benighted governor is forbidding local governments from requiring masks.
USA Today: Spring’s coronavirus surge was bad, but 32 states are doing much worse now.”
Russian hackers have allegedly tried to steal research on potential COVID-19 vaccines.

‘I won’t just turn the car around. I’m gonna shut it off, kick you out and … make you walk home.’ Warning that Chicago’s “dangerously close” to slipping backward in the pandemic, Mayor Lightfoot says she won’t hesitate to lower the lockdown boom again.
Gov. Pritzker’s splitting the state into more regions for COVID-19 tracking purposes …
 … and Chicago is now a region unto itself.
Politico’s Shia Kapos: “Illinois feels like an island in the middle of a churning COVID sea.”

Fauci’s podcast gambit. Apparently muzzled by the White House when it comes to network TV interviews, epidemiological guru Anthony Fauci is waging a kind of guerrilla PR campaign across the smaller digital media landscape.
Politico: The Trump administration is subjecting political appointees to unusual “loyalty tests.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
For the second time in a week, Trump’s administration has put a man to death.

That’s two. A second Chicago public high school’s local council has voted to dump police officers from campus.
A corrupt Chicago cop’s off to almost six years in prison.
The Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell: A 1968 report provides a blueprint for addressing today’s problems of police brutality, unemployment and inadequate housing and education.

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