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On a planet with billions of humans, a lot can happen overnight.

Waking up on a Sunday to a new reality. What happened while we slept?

I read the Sunday “news” so you don’t have to (and add handy action steps)

In a previous life, my favorite part of the week was Sunday when I would buy the print version of The New York Times and spread it out across my tiny studio apartment in Manhattan. It took hours to consume and I relished every minute. By the time I was finished, four cups of coffee and two toasted bagels with cream cheese later, I felt as though I could plan my week as a well-informed and socially-engaged member of society.

Today, in Santa Fe, I just hope to wake up to discover that there’s running water, electricity and wifi. I still wish to be informed on events across town and the planet, with a focus on the pandemic, economic free fall and protests calling for social justice. I do my best to gather different perspectives—from local to global insights.

My process is simple. One: Pour a cup of Joe. Two: Cut and paste the headlines from each website (only big and bold type “above the fold” with photos that scream “look at me because you need to know this right now”). Three: Create action steps if merited.

The Guardian (US Edition)

  • Trump claims Fauci ‘wrong’ about cause of surge in infections

Action Steps: Work to elect sane president and all elected lawmakers. Take Melbourne and La Paz off my travel bucket list.

FOX News

  • COOKED RICE? Ex-Obama aide’s Benghazi baggage, F-bombs may spoil her Biden VP chances, writer claims

Action Steps: See why “building invaders” who turn out to be people watching protests from rooftops are headline news.

NY Times

  • Body Bags and Enemy Lists: How Far-Right Police Officers and Ex-Soldiers Planned for ‘Day X’

Action Steps: Read Duckworth’s voting record. Review COVID-19 and unemployment rates in the midwest, seek innovative strategies being proposed by their state’s governors (if any).

Santa Fe Journal

  • Santa Fe High basketball star killed in shooting

Action Steps: Research the background story on the shooting, including the bio of the well-liked and respected victim and the person arrested and charged, a 16-year-old. Note: Shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. during a fight at a party in the tiny community of Chupadero in Santa Fe County. Gather data on youth fatalities as this is the fourth area high school student or recent graduate to be killed in recent months.

Albuquerque Journal

  • Santa Fe hoops star shot dead

Action Steps: Check COVID-19 rates and trends in all 33 counties, along with hospital bed capacity. Continue research seeking reliable data on co-factors for COVID-19 fatalities. Note: CDC website lists conditions that put people of all ages at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

YouTube (Trending today)

  • I ate the world’s largest pizza

Action Steps: preorder chicken and olives gluten-free crust pizza for dinner

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*The future is what we make it. Join the evolution.

Please excuse any typos as I construct an article at 3am on only one cup of Joe. These stories are mine and mine alone. I do not represent any organization here. If one of my illustrations looks like a real human, bagels or three-headed hydra, that’s total coincidence. Words and images ©Dominic Cappello but share with everyone you know. Questions? The Plan Forward awaits you here: www.tenvitalservices.org

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A NY Times bestselling author, social justice activist, Oprah guest, co-author of Attack of the Three-Headed Hydras, 100% Community and Anna, Age Eight.

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