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With more than 40% of all Americans and over 50% of U.S. adults now vaccinated against COVID-19, the infection rate has dropped considerably and things are slowly returning to normal. Mask mandates and social distancing guidelines that have been in place since last March are being dropped and there is a push to return to […]

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As the United States aggressively rolls out vaccines, the closures and restrictions that crippled the economy for more than a year are being scaled back.  This is great news for the economy, full stop.  The effect of government stimulus activity, coupled with resilient businesses who deployed new tactics ranging from work-from-home, to outdoor dining, to […]

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On May 7, Colonial Pipeline, the operator of one of the nation’s largest fuel pipelines, announced it had been hit with a ransomware attack, wherein a criminal group locks up computer systems and holds data hostage until the victim pays a ransom. The company was forced to shut down its pipeline, which delivers nearly half […]

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From the start of the pandemic in March 2020 until now, going to the grocery store has been my only weekly outing beyond the walls of my home in California. Like many Americans, the closures of public spaces and limitations on restaurants has led to greater use of my kitchen at home. But, has beef […]

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Two weeks ago, as I stood in line for my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, snaking my way through the aisles of one of the many CVS stores in and near my town, I couldn’t help but think about my surroundings. Two of the most inescapable (and partly related) features of the retail world […]

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