The Daily Populous

Friday November 6th, 2020 day edition

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was sworn in for a second term on Friday, as final election results showed her landslide victory was even bigger than previously thought.

Ardern and her ministers, who were appointed earlier this week, took their oaths of office in English and Maori during a ceremony at Wellington’s Government House.

“I would say simply that sitting at this table is Aotearoa New Zealand,” Ardern said, using the Maori term for her country, gesturing at her 20-strong team, including many women and Maori, which she had previously described as incredibly diverse.

Ardern said she had a clear mandate for reform, although her priorities would be containing COVID-19 and rebuilding the coronavirus-damaged economy.

While praised for her crisis management, Ardern was criticised during her first term for failing to deliver on key promises such as improving housing affordability, protecting the environment and reducing child poverty.

Since the election, Ardern has signalled she wants reform, but not at a rate that would alienate the centrist voters who switched support to Labour in the poll.

Edward Elder, a teaching fellow specialising in political communication at the University of Auckland, said Ardern was likely to take an “incrementalist” approach to reform. »

Psilocybin therapy 4 times more effective than antidepressants, study finds

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted psilocybin, the primary psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms, a Breakthrough Therapy designation on two occasions over the past 24 months.

Over the last few years promising preliminary research has shown psilocybin to potentially be effective in helping terminal cancer patients manage end of life anxiety.

And with the help of the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy designation, positive results should lead to a rapid move into final Phase 3 trials. »

Twitter permanently suspends Steve Bannon account after talk of beheading

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(CNN Business) Twitter permanently suspended an account belonging to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he suggested Thursday morning that Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded.

His comments were made in a video posted to his Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts.

Bannon falsely claimed President Trump had won reelection, despite several key states still being too close to call, and said that he should fire both Fauci and Wray. »

TIL that elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive.

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They swim completely submerged, with their head above the water and their mouths below, and use all four legs to paddle.

New research suggests that elephants are great at swimming because they could have evolved from mammals like the sea cow.

This, coupled with their ability to use their trunk as a snorkel allows them to swim for hours on end. »