Mike Pence couldn’t defend the White House’s coronavirus response, so he made up alternative facts

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Mike Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence debates Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the only scheduled debate between the two before the general election on November 3. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly made false claims about the Trump administration’s coronavirus response as he dodged, interrupted and obfuscated through the vice presidential debate on Wednesday.

Though the lone vice presidential debate was far more civil than the mind-melting presidential debate last week, it was not much different in substance. Moderator Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief for USA Today, asked Pence and Democratic nominee Kamala Harris about a range of important issues but completely failed to press the candidates to actually respond to her questions. That allowed Pence to repeatedly dodge questions he did not want to answer about Trump’s health, racial justice and even abortion.

Pence also refused to say what he would do if Trump rejected a peaceful transition of power, instead echoing the president’s false claims about virtually non-existent voter fraud.

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The two candidates were divided by plexiglass barriers after President Donald Trump and numerous top aides tested positive for the coronavirus following a possible “super spreader” White House event where Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was formally announced. Pence’s unusually red eyes prompted speculation about whether he had “COVID pink eye,” and he was instantly turned into a meme when a fly sat on his head for a full two minutes during one of the segments.

Harris also dodged questions throughout the night as she was repeatedly interrupted by Pence. CBS News found that Pence interrupted Harris twice as much as she interrupted him. Despite avoiding questions about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s health and whether the ticket supports expanding the Supreme Court, fact-checkers concluded that Harris was far more honest than her Republican opponent, who repeatedly made false and misleading claims about the Trump administration’s coronavirus response. Pence heads the chair of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Harris called the response to the pandemic the “greatest failure of any presidential administration,” repeatedly pointing out the mounting death toll in the U.S. Pence responded by bizarrely claiming that the Obama-Biden response to the H1N1 swine flu in 2009 was a bigger “failure,” because that virus infected 60 million people.

But the swine flu was far less dangerous than the coronavirus, which has killed more than 211,000 people in the US. By comparison, fewer than 13,000 Americans died from the swine flu. Because it was less deadly, it did not require a lockdown, which allowed the virus to spread wider than the coronavirus has thus far. The regular flu typically infects more than 35 million people each year and kills far more

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Home Depot Appoints Edward Decker As New President And COO – Quick Facts

(RTTNews) – Home improvement retailer Home Depot, Inc. (HD) announced Friday that Edward “Ted” Decker has been named president and chief operating officer, effective October 5, 2020. Decker, a 20-year veteran of the company, has served as executive vice president of merchandising since 2014.

In his new role, Decker will assume additional responsibility for global store operations, global supply chain, and outside sales and service.

Ann-Marie Campbell has been named executive vice president of U.S. stores and international operations. The presidents of The Home Depot Canada and The Home Depot Mexico will now report to her. Campbell, a 35-year veteran of The Home Depot, will now lead more than 2,200 stores and 400,000 associates.

Jeff Kinnaird has been promoted to executive vice president of merchandising, reporting to Decker. Most recently, he was president of The Home Depot Canada.

Michael Rowe has been promoted to president of The Home Depot Canada. Rowe was most recently vice president of e-commerce, marketing and contractor services.

Richard McPhail, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will assume the additional responsibility for the company’s corporate strategy and strategic business development. McPhail joined the company in 2005 and was named CFO in 2019.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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Kitchen Renovation – Facts to Remember

The kitchen in a home is the central area that is always bustling with activity. In olden days, the kitchen was the place where an open fire was kept alive from dawn to dusk not only to cook meals for the family but also to keep warm in times of wet and cold weather.

We live in ultra modern times today where homes and houses are fashionably designed to make a statement of the taste and likings of the owner or the occupant. Most people take on the job of modifications and renovations upon themselves as a DIY project to give space to their creative ideas and imagination. Renovating or remodeling the kitchen is a very popular DIY concept that sounds attractive to hordes of people, even amateurs with no previous experience of remodeling or renovation. While it is a rather creative and cost-effective way to redesign that area of a home which holds memories for a lifetime, it is important that you remember some very basic but vital factors that are consistent with kitchen renovation.

1. Do not ‘go alone’ – even if you are an avid DIY believer, consulting a design or renovation expert before getting the project going will help fine-tune the renovation plan and bring in new ideas and suggestions that you may have missed. Some design stores offer free consultations.

2. Remember the budget – allocate finances keeping in mind the extra or new features required; things like cabinets can make up a third of the total cost.

3. Skimping on depository solutions – cabinet storage, drawer dividers, pantry pullouts are very sensible and efficient kitchen depository solutions and must be thought of at the beginning.

4. Don’t visualize it as an upgrade – a kitchen renovation is a significant expenditure and one that should last for several years so give considerable thought to factors like lifestyle, socializing, etc that will reflect in the overall design.

5. Never forget the ‘big picture’- every element is important in renovation – flooring, wall color, hardware, appliances and so on because they should all tie together.

6. Prioritize workflow – the ‘work triangle’ in a kitchen revolves around the refrigerator, sink and stove. Hence, their location must be planned to maximize efficiency.

7. Put in plenty of counter space – this is an absolutely vital element in a good kitchen design; extensions can be provided by foldable countertops, shelving supports and so on.

8. Remember to choose appliances first – choosing appliances and gadgets before a kitchen makeover is crucial as it has to tie in with redesigning of space.

9. Protect other spaces – any home renovation on redesign has to be worked around protecting walls, surfaces and other areas from paint drippings, remodeling material and debris.

10. Have fun – a kitchen is also an area that can be made to look pretty – besides elegant furniture, cabinet tops, tiles and so on, using a play of colors or an art deco piece to give a …

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Facts About the Four Major Feng Shui House Types

Classical feng shui students learn about the four major house types within the first few days of instruction. These house s are described in broad brush strokes. Two of the four are supportive for health and relationships and two are not. Two of the four are supportive for financial luck and the other two are not. But to place too much emphasis on these four categories of house types, is like judging a book by its cover or a painting by its frame.

In the 20th century, these four house types were given catchy descriptions, translated from more non-literal Chinese terms, whereby we have one house type that is now labeled "good for people / good for money" (aka Wang Shan Wang Shui). The exact opposite house type is referred to as "Reversed," as in the reverse of the best house. Then there are the two mixed house types, with one being deemed "good for people / bad for money (Double Sitting) and the other one" good for money / bad for people "(Double Facing.)

In reality, we know that life is more complicated, and yet we all know someone who is wealthy, but unhealthy or wealthy but very unhappy. We also know of people who are strong physically and mentally, with loving family members and close friendships, but maybe chronic financial struggles.

So it is easy to assume that these four major house "personalities" cast their influence on the occupants to create these real discrepancies. In studying Xuan Kong Fei Xing, there are actually 144 different house charts, but these 144 "flying star charts" can all be grouped into the four major categories. These categories are determined based on when a house was built and what direction it is sitting or facing, so it is not like seeing a house with certain physical characteristics which would be so obvious.

One of the most frustrating things I encounter frequently is a prospective client who wants me to assist them in house hunting and they have heard about this "good for people / good for money" house and they only want to live in that house type and no others. This is a very myopic way to go house hunting since what qualifies as good Feng Shui overall is based on a lot of criteria which is not determined based solely on the house's orientation or year built. In fact, there are so many instances when a floor plan lay-out is flawed, that it seriously undercuts or over-rides the nature of the so-called best house of these four major categories.

For example, I had one client whose house was deemed this "Wang Shan Wang Shui" (good for people / good for money house type.) Meanwhile, the actual floor plan demonstrated that the bedrooms, entrance and home office were in the worst parts of the house. To backtrack a little, it should be understood that no house on the planet has all inherently positive areas. On average, there are about four of …

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Facts About Garden Moles

You've spent countless hours planning and planting, and just when the time comes for sitting back and enjoying the garden, moles appear. Or rather don't appear, since they are subterranean creatures. But they make their presence known, as upheavals of dirt mounds dot the landscape and lines of ridges run through the yard as evidence of the mole's burrowing habits. Now what?

There are many disagreements as to the benefits or detriments of lawn or garden moles. On the pro side, moles effectively remove grubs from your garden. Grubs can wreak havoc on any root vegetables you may be growing; They also enjoy munching on bulbs and roots of perennial plants. The favorite food of moles is grubs, so when moles are present, grubs won't be. Added good news is that moles could care less about your plants and their roots. So really, how bad can garden moles be?

There is a con side to having garden moles. Their burrowing creates holes in the yard, pushes rocks up through the soil where they can be tossed about by the lawnmower as well as cut into bulbs and roots of your carefully planted annuals and perennials. Those same plants could be rudely uprooted and tossed aside as the underground tunnels progress. Moles enjoy eating earthworms, which are beneficial to your garden through vermiculture and its ability to produce rich, organic soil.

So there you have it; the pros and cons of garden moles. Now you need to decide whether or not you choose to live with them and the unfortunate side effects in your yard, or if you will be eliminating them. If you choose the latter, another choice faces you: how to get ride of them. You can kill them outright, as many do, by any means that you have available to you. You could purchase pellets or poisons that, when placed into the tunnels and eaten by the moles, kill them pretty effectively. There are traps that can be purchased that will definitely bring about the death of the garden moles through strangulation, impalement or lethal cuts.

You may decide you don't want the unsightly result garden moles leaves in your yard, but you just don't have the heart to kill them. There are also many traps available for purchase that allows you to capture the mole and then transport it far from your yard to release it to live out the rest of its life in the wild. An effective trap can even be devised on your own, using a simple empty coffee can be placed at the very bottom of the tunnel.

Garden moles don't realize they are damaging your carefully plotted garden. They have one mission in mind, and that is simply to find and eat grubs. It is up to you to either live with them or, in one manner or another, eliminate them from your garden.

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