Supercreator AM: Kids are ODing on edibles in growing numbers
Plus: Why the delta variant is so contagious and the swim shorts I’ll probably never wear because the pandemmy won’t go away.
Head of the Olympics opening ceremony fired for Holocaust #joke — A day before the summer Games are scheduled to kick-off, the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee fired the opening ceremony director for a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. “We deeply apologize for causing such a development the day before the opening ceremony and for causing troubles and concerns to many involved parties as well as the people in Tokyo and the rest of the country,” the committee said in a statement. Corky Siemaszko / NBC News
Harris’s unfavorable rating hit 47 percent — More registered voters have an unfavorable view of Vice President Kamala Harris, with only three percent of Republican women surveyed viewing her favorably. It’s worth noting that the administration’s most controversial issues fall within her portfolio and Republicans have targeted her for attacks that have been unable to stick to President Joe Biden. Alex Gangitano / The Hill
The delta variant spreads two to three times faster than the original virus — A new study found that on average people infected with the delta variants had about 1,000 times more copies of the virus in their respiratory tracts than those infected with the original strain of the coronavirus. Additionally, once someone catches the delta variant, they’re likely to become infectious two days sooner than they would have with the original variant. Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR
Related: US COVID cases have tripled in two weeks — The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases across the US rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday from less than 13,700 on July 6. The dominance of the aforementioned delta variant can be attributed to this spike, but public health officials also point to an onslaught of vaccine misinformation. Heather Hollingsworth and Jim Salter / HuffPost
Kids are increasingly ODing on edibles — As more states legalize marijuana and cannabis edibles become more common in homes with children, more are landing in the hospital after consuming edibles. The number of children under 12 who have ingested edibles at home jumped from 132 last year to almost 2,500 last year, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Jeff Pegues / CBS News
Twitter Spaces will soon let you manipulate the sound of your voice — The app’s new audio service will offer several effects for users to adjust your pitch or add echo to their voice during a Spaces conversation. The app hopes the feature will bring some humor to their chats or perhaps be used by people who dislike the sound of their own voice. Tim Hardwick / MacRumors
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I like to think of Supercreator PM as an evening conversation we’re having over a drink to catch you up on everything you missed while you were creating so can spot the signal from the noise. In yesterday’s issue, I wrote about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to reject two Republicans from an upcoming investigation on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack:
Republicans are certain to spin this as Pelosi playing politics and attempting to silence two of the Trumpiest members of the conference. (Both Jordan and Banks voted against certifying the election on the day of the attack.) But they should focus their ire on their counterparts in the upper chamber. Senate Republicans blocked the establishment of a bipartisan independent commission in May.
As a journalist covering developments like this makes for an action-packed day of work, which I’ll always take over a slow news cycle. But as a citizen, I’m disappointed that literally everything — from masks to vaccines to the racist history on which this country was founded to investigating an insurrection — has been politicized.
◇ THE MORNING READ
— “I am begging you to make your Spotify listening feed public” by Lauren Kranc at Esquire:
The internet is a place where we diligently curate personas for ourselves, overthinking our profiles in hopes that they’ll help us to be perceived in some specific way. We post photos to Instagram from our most flattering angles and word our tweets with precision and care, so they’re as sharp and witty or as jaded and aloofas we wish we were. Spotify is different. Sure, you can make your public playlists as performatively cool as you want, throwing on every NPR- and Pitchfork-endorsed cut you can find. That doesn’t mean you actually stream any of them. What I want is your listening. I’m talking about the live feed, right there, on the right-hand side of the Spotify desktop app that shows Friend Activity. This module’s primary use is for music sharing and discovery between friends, I’m sure. But it also happens to be the only way we can really learn who a person is, organically and authentically, online.
◇ MICHAEL’S PICK
— Everlane The ReNew Swim Short in Dark Forest ($58): Ya boy can’t swim but that won’t stop me from scooping up a pair of these trunks and styling them into an outfit that I probably won’t ever wear because this pandemic is acting like that house guest that knows she’s worn out her welcome but sticks around anyway for another glass of wine.
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