The Daily Populous

Friday August 7th, 2020 day edition

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of DreamWorks and the former chairman of Walt Disney Studios, had a radical idea for the final season of “Breaking Bad.”

“I met with them maybe four or five months before the final season aired,” Katzenberg said.

“I made a proposal to them that I would buy from them three additional episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ for $25 million an episode.

The executive wanted to break up each “Breaking Bad” episode into chapters that would each run 5 to 10 minutes long.

The “Breaking Bad” team turned down Katzenberg’s offer, mainly because the final episodes did not lend themselves to additional installments.

Looking back, Katzenberg maintains releasing “Breaking Bad” episodes this way would’ve been a huge financial win.

On Katzenberg’s streaming platform Quibi, shows will be released in short-form chunks similar to his idea for “Breaking Bad.” »

Canada to retaliate 'dollar for dollar' after U.S. slaps 10% tariff on aluminum

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WATCH| Trumps slaps 10% aluminum tariff on Canadian aluminum:. U.S. President Donald Trump is taking another economic shot at Canada by reimposing a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imports from Canada.

Some say it’s an attempt for Trump to distract from his domestic political problems, while others wonder if and how Canada should respond.

At the time, Canada focused on products that would cause pain in electoral districts held by key Republicans, something that could be done again given the U.S. election is only three months away. »

Canadian dies after being held in U.S. immigration detention centre with COVID-19 outbreak

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A 72-year-old Canadian has died in hospital after he was held for nearly three months in a U.S. immigration detention centre that had a major COVID-19 outbreak.

James Hill had been in custody at the privately run detention centre in Virginia operated on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Farmville Detention Center has made headlines because hundreds of detainees have been infected with the novel coronavirus, amid complaints of overcrowding and poor sanitation. »

Trump Disputing Election A Worry For Facebook Employees

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Facebook employees collected evidence showing the company is giving right-wing pages preferential treatment when it comes to misinformation.

In another recent Workplace post, a senior engineer collected internal evidence that showed Facebook was giving preferential treatment to prominent conservative accounts to help them remove fact-checks from their content.

He said his Facebook partner manager is far less responsive than what the Facebook employee documented for Provost’s counterparts on the right. »

Americans are dying after drinking hand sanitizer, CDC says

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"Alcohol-based hand sanitizer products should never be ingested," the CDC said in a new report.

A CDC team described the cases of 15 adults in Arizona and New Mexico hospitalized for methanol poisoning after consuming alcohol-based hand sanitizers between May and June.

The CDC is not sure why people might drink hand sanitizer. »