The Daily Populous

Sunday October 25th, 2020 evening edition

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In his words, there was “no more coordination, no more unity, no more beauty” between his robe and the rest of his items.

The philosopher soon felt the urge to buy some new things to match the beauty of his robe.

The Diderot Effect states that obtaining a new possession often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things.

As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled.

I recently bought a new car and I ended up purchasing all sorts of additional things to go inside it.

And yet, after getting my shiny new car, I found myself falling into the same consumption spiral as Diderot.

Given this tendency, I believe that taking active steps to reduce the flow of unquestioned consumption makes our lives better. »

'Such an Insult': Doctors Furious as Trump Peddles Baseless Claim That They Are Inflating Covid Death Count for Profit

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But there is no indication that hospitals are over-identifying patients as having Covid-19 for the sake of padding their revenue.

"Medicare pays hospitals based on a diagnosis; whether a patient dies does not affect the amount," PolitiFact pointed out.

"This speech by the person who should supposedly be leading us through this crisis—it breaks me," wrote Bhadelia. »

US Coronavirus: US hits second-highest day of new Covid-19 cases

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Saturday saw 83,718 new cases, just 39 cases shy of the all-time record that was reported Friday.

The Florida Department of Health on Sunday reported 2,385 additional coronavirus cases and 12 new resident deaths.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday reported an additional 1,994 coronavirus cases -- the highest single-day total since May. »

US sees record 88,973 Covid-19 infections for second day straight

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The country reported 88,973 new infections between 8:30 pm Friday and 8:30 pm Saturday, the figures showed, substantially above the previous day's 79,963.

A total of 8,568,625 cases have been reported in the United States with 224,751 deaths, the highest in the world in absolute terms.

The number of deaths over 24 hours has remained broadly stable since the beginning of autumn, with between 700 and 800. »

Don't Delete Facebook Or You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

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If you completely delete the Facebook account linked to your Oculus device, you will also lose access to all VR games you purchased.

You're required to link a Facebook account when using the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and if your Facebook account isn't in good standing, you will not be able to use the Quest 2 at all.

If you deactivate your Facebook account instead of permanently deleting it, you also won't be able to access any of your Oculus information. »