The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday October 1)

October 1, 2020

A look at some of today’s biggest headlines from select sources.

6 takeaways from the off-the-rails first debate between Biden and Trump

President Donald Trump turned his first debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden into a chaotic disaster.

Analysis: In Trump-Biden debate chaos, China is the big winner

In an ugly, cantankerous presidential debate, one of the few things Donald Trump and Joe Biden agreed upon was China.

Trump unleashes avalanche of repeat lies at first presidential debate

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will face off in the first 2020 presidential debate tonight live from Cleveland, Ohio. CNN will hold the two candidates equally accountable by pointing out what’s true and what’s not. Follow our live fact-checking here throughout the night.

More than 60 million people in India may have caught Covid-19, survey finds

One in 15 people in India may have contracted Covid-19, health authorities said on Tuesday — many times higher than the official reported figures.

Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs in shift to low-carbon energy

Royal Dutch Shell will slash as many as 9,000 jobs as the oil giant accelerates a shift away from fossil fuels.

Post-debate CNN poll: Six in 10 say Biden won the debate

Six in 10 debate watchers said former Vice President Joe Biden did the best job in Tuesday’s debate, and just 28% say President Donald Trump did, according a CNN Poll of debate watchers conducted by SSRS.

There is no getting ‘back to normal.’ We need to accept it

The human tendency to believe change is temporary and that the future will again resemble the past is called “normalcy bias.” Eventually, however, people need to adapt to change, psychologists say.

Mars might have salty ponds next to its underground lake, raising possibility of Martian life

Two years ago, scientists detected what looked like a salty lake under the surface of Mars’ southern ice cap.

Private jets are more accessible than ever. Here’s how to hire one

These Covid-era days, fewer people want to sit on a plane literally rubbing elbows with strangers, so they’re looking for alternative ways to (CNN) – travel that minimize close contact. For journeys where driving or taking a train are impractical, there’s another alternative that may actually be more accessible than most people think: flying a private jet.

Confessions of a VIP private jet flight attendant

(CNN) – For many, the thought of catching a plane is far from luxurious: from spending countless hours lining up at security, to wrestling arm rests with other passengers as you face a crammed long-haul flight in economy.

Lying, Cheating, Barking, Bullying: Donald Trump Hijacked The First Presidential Debate

It took only minutes into the first presidential debate for Joe Biden to snap at Donald Trump in response to the president’s interruptions during a question about the Supreme Court. But the heated exchange was only a precursor to the ugly night ahead in what was perhaps the most chaotic and toxic presidential debate in modern history.

Trump Refuses To Condemn White Supremacists – Tells Proud Boys To ‘Stand By’

President Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacist violence on Tuesday night, insisting without evidence that violence is a left-wing problem. During the first presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked Trump if he was willing to condemn “white supremacists and militia groups” and tell them to “stand down” in places like Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon – cities where heavily armed far-right extremists have shown up to anti-racism demonstrations as counterprotesters.

5 Racist Trump Moments From The First 2020 Presidential Debate

President Donald Trump regularly waded into racist tropes while up against former Vice President Joe Biden in the first 2020 presidential debate. Aside from a bevy of personal attacks, misinformation and chaotic interruption, Trump regularly waded into racist tropes and outright refused to condemn violent right-wing militia groups as moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News sought to ask the candidates about COVID-19, the nation’s summer of racial justice protests and their support for Americans of color.

Congo’s sapeurs pass their style on to a new generation

Some residents of the twin Congolese capitals of Brazzaville and Kinshasa have long been known for their love of stylish dressing – in particular members of the Society of Ambience-Makers and Elegant People (Sape). These photographs by Tariq Zaidi reveal a whole new generation of “sapeurs”.

The most effective ways to support a loved one who believes in QAnon

Sometimes a conspiracy theory is a far-fetched explanation for events we can’t understand. We might turn to it when the official story seems suspect or unbelievable, or when politicians and media personalities (think President Trump and Alex Jones) insist on a version disproved by facts and experts.

Everyone agrees the first Trump vs. Biden debate was a total disaster

The first 2020 presidential debate was a disaster. A shouty, incomprehensible, undercooked turducken stitched from the carcasses of a debate and a drunken Thanksgiving argument and a phone video of a racist shouting slurs on a bus.

What to expect at Google’s ‘Launch Night In’ 2020 hardware event

On September 30, Google will hold its annual hardware event. Due to the pandemic, the event will be livestreamed to the public at 11 a.m. PT. To help boost morale during these trying times, the tech giant has also thrown in a ‘Launch Night In’ theme, assuring viewers that the best seat in the house is actually your couch.

Fake news runs amok as Trump and Biden prepare for the first presidential debate

The big day is finally here. Tonight, President Donald Trump and the Democratic nominee Joe Biden will meet face-to-face for the 2020 election’s first presidential debate. Their campaigns, however, have already had a very eventful day so far. The Trump campaign has spent the day spreading conspiracy theories and misinformation designed to paint Joe Biden as an incompetent debater or cheater.

Biden asks Trump what everyone’s thinking: ‘Will you shut up, man?’

Joe Biden isn’t moderating the first presidential debate, but he did have one very important question for Donald Trump: “Will you shut up, man?” For those who aren’t subjecting themselves to this extremely painful night of Men Talking Over Each Other. Here’s what you need you need to know.

No, Eric Trump did not come out (as anything other than an idiot) on Fox News

No, first son Eric Trump didn’t come out as a part of the LGBTQ community today in a Fox News interview, despite what some on the internet might have you believe. He’s just not very good at talking. A clip of President Trump’s middle son being interviewed went viral on Tuesday, during which he said: “The LGBT community, they are incredible…

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