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Beef tastes better if we think it comes from happy cows

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Lola Gayle, STEAM Register Chew on this! Your mind is a powerful tool – so powerful in fact that your beliefs can actually influence the look, smell and taste of the food you’re eating, according to a recent study led by psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett from Northeastern University. “We show that what you feel very…

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Trump launches bizarre attack on mail-in voting — after admitting he voted in Florida by mail

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President Donald Trump Tuesday evening attacked voting by mail—a solution many rights advocates argue is particularly necessary amid the ongoing public health crisis—as a "terrible thing" even after admitting that he cast a mail-in ballot in the 2020 Republican presidential primary in Florida (presumably for himself) just last month.

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‘Didn’t understand the danger’: Israel health minister under fire over ultra-Orthodox COVID-19 crisis

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To some, Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman is guilty of a "catastrophic failure" of leadership for not urgently conveying the coronavirus threat to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community that elected him.

Milder critics have described Litzman as a "tragic" leader, whose limited authority compared to ultra-Orthodox rabbis' hindered his ability to persuade constituents to embrace science-based protections against the outbreak.

The coronavirus crisis presented the 71-year-old Litzman, himself ultra-Orthodox, with daunting challenges -- even before he and his wife tested positive for the virus.

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Florida Republicans wrecked state’s unemployment system — forcing jobless to risk lives to fill out paperwork

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Last week, some Republicans in Florida admitted that former Gov. Rick Scott had intentionally made it more difficult for residents in his state to receive unemployment benefits as a way to artificially keep unemployment statistics low.

“It’s a sh*t sandwich, and it was designed that way by Scott,” one adviser to current Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told Politico. “It wasn’t about saving money. It was about making it harder for people to get benefits or keep benefits so that the unemployment numbers were low to give the governor something to brag about.”

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