Tennessee accidentally puts COVID-19 testing materials up for auction
Officials list supplies on government liquidation site
Tennessee officials accidentally listed 13 pallets of COVID-19 testing swabs for auction after mistakenly labeling the pallets as surplus supplies last week. The Tennessean approached officials regarding the listing of materials on GovDeals.com, a government surplus auction site. Officials removed the listing Thursday after receiving a singular bid of $150.
Have you ever heard of GovDeals.com? Well, let me introduce you to the site that sells surplus assets for local and state governments. A liquidity services site, GovDeals.com provides a hub for states to list surplus materials that they no longer need in auction format. Each item has a starting bid and auction expiration date. GovDeals.com has pretty much any item you may need. How about a new luggage set? GovDeals.com currently has 14 different bags listed. Motorcycles? GovDeals.com has 12.
Kellyanne and Claudia Conway
Two generations clash politically, gain social media attention
Kellyanne Conway served as President Trump’s campaign manager during the 2016 election cycle, and then moved on to serve as one of his counselors until the end of August 2020. Most circles are aware of Conway; her position in the media as one of President Trump’s closest advisors led to an abundance of media coverage. When she announced that she would be stepping down from her position – and transitioning away from the White House – in August, Conway cited family reasons as her grounds for her departure.
George Conway III, K. Conway’s husband, also left his position as part of the Lincoln Project at the same time, stating similar reasons via Twitter. G. Conway is a known critic of President Trump.
So, how does this relate to teenagers? Simple – Claudia Conway, 15-year-old daughter of K. and G. Conway has become a widely recognized figure throughout social media for her consistent criticism of President Trump, discussions of her mother’s position within the White House and its affect on their family and discussion of the impact political dispute throughout her household has had on her mental health. C. Conway’s has over 1.3 million followers on TikTok and 580 thousand followers on Twitter – including the application’s CEO.
C. Conway, who was trending on Twitter earlier this week, has been called the “whistleblower” of Generation Z. A frequent TikTok user, C. Conway consistently posts videos speaking against President Trump and her mother’s actions with him. However, others argue that C. Conway’s social media usage should not be viewed as a political spokesperson for teenagers, but rather as an inside look at the teen’s family troubles.
C. Conway expressed frustration for her rising status on social media via TikTok. Her presence in popular media is a combination of her mother’s status within the White House and her blatant disapproval of her mother and father’s political views. You may continue to hear C. Conway’s name throughout the news because of her believed “inside look” at President Trump’s politics. However, C. Conway makes it known that the information present on her social media accounts are her own opinions.
No matter how you view C. Conway, there are a few things we can learn from her as an active contributor to political discussions:
- No matter what age, you can be a participant in political discussions. You can contribute your ideas and beliefs and you can educate yourself on the policies of all political parties.
- Your social media accounts can serve as platforms and as a way to express yourself. However, be aware of the way your content may be interpreted.
- Social media is a source of support and criticism, which makes knowing what is appropriate to post hard.
Nobel Prize makes female history in 2020
Two women are awarded the Nobel prize for Chemistry without a man
Since the creation of the Nobel Prize in 1901, the award has only been given to women 23 times in medicine, physics or chemistry: the three categories attributed to science. In comparison, prizes have been given 599 times to men in the same categories.
This year was historic for a few reasons: first, this is the only time in history that two women have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry without a man also receiving the award; and second, this is only the second time that two women have been given the award in the same year – this was first done in 2009.
The chemistry prize was given to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work developing the CRISPR method of genome editing.