The Daily Populous

Monday December 7th, 2020 evening edition

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With political polarization at an all-time high, the question of how President-elect Biden plans to unite a deeply divided country is a highly pertinent one.

While Americans may be divided on many issues, curbing the political power of corporate actors is something that unifies voters across party lines.

Eschewing former corporate lobbyists and executives in favor of qualified civil servants committed to advancing the interests of working people for administrative posts isn't just the right thing for Biden to do.

Fifty-nine percent of voters surveyed believed that corporate lobbyists wield too much influence in government policy-making.

Of more interest, however, is that 54 percent of Republicans surveyed agreed that Biden should avoid appointing former corporate lobbyists and executives, with only 22 percent indicating otherwise.

Sixty percent of respondents said they disagreed with the proposition that potential nominees with backgrounds as corporate lobbyists should be prioritized in the new administration.

Democrats are not going to maintain the coalition they built in the 2020 election, let alone expand it, by appointing former corporate lobbyists and executives to key posts. »

Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestlé named top plastic polluters for third year in a row

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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé have been accused of “zero progress” on reducing plastic waste, after being named the world’s top plastic polluters for the third year in a row.

It was found to be worse than PepsiCo and Nestlé combined: Coca-Cola branding was found on 13,834 pieces of plastic, with PepsiCo branding on 5,155 and Nestlé branding on 8,633.

This year they collected 346,494 pieces of plastic waste, 63% of which was marked clearly with a consumer brand. »

Scottie Pippen: 'I told Michael Jordan I wasn’t too pleased with The Last Dance'

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He played alongside Michael Jordan for the Chicago Bulls when they dominated the sport in the 1990s, winning six NBA championships.

I thought it was more about Michael trying to uplift himself and to be glorified [the series was co-produced by Jordan’s Jump 23 company].

I think it also backfired to some degree in that people got a chance to see what kind of personality Michael had. »

Scottish clan chief plans to rewild his Isle of Skye estate with 370,000 native trees

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A Scottish clan chief plans to rewild his ancestral estate as part of an ambitious project to transform the 'beautiful but not natural' Isle of Skye.

Hugh MacLeod, chief of Clan MacLeod of Dunvegan, hopes to overhaul the 'lunarscape' surrounding Dunvegan Castle (pictured) by planting a total of 371,875 native trees in its land.

He says the Scottish land is lacking wildlife and 'beautiful but not natural,' with native greenery no longer populating the dramatic landscape. »