Warmest Oceans on Record Could Set Off Extreme Weather ; How Dataviz Helped Us Understand COVID-19 ; and More Picks 4/20

Warmest Oceans on Record Could Set Off a Year of Extreme Weather (Chris)

The author writes, “Parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans all hit the record books for warmth last month, according to the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information. The high temperatures could offer clues on the ferocity of the Atlantic hurricane season, the eruption of wildfires from the Amazon region to Australia, and whether the record heat and severe thunderstorms raking the southern U.S. will continue.”

A Raw Deal (Dana)

From Popular Information: “Ruth’s Hospitality Group, the parent company of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, was able to secure a $20 million loan [from the Paycheck Protection Program]. … [But] the cash infusion has not been used to save the jobs of rank-and-file workers, according to the company’s own statements and furloughed employees.”

Drudge Fires Back at Trump, Says His Web Traffic Is at Record Levels (Reader Jim)

The author writes, “In a rare statement, Matt Drudge, the prominent conservative news mogul, refuted President Trump’s Saturday claim that traffic to his website has plummeted as its coverage has grown more critical of him.”

Sen. Loeffler Claims Criticism of Insider Trading Is ‘Socialist Attack’ (Russ)

The author writes, “Loeffler and her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, made [questionable stock sales] following a private Jan. 24 congressional briefing about the looming coronavirus crisis, prompting allegations of insider trading, which she has denied. Sprecher is chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange. As a result of … media scrutiny, which Loeffler described as ‘hurtful,’ she and her husband announced they would divest from all individual stocks.”

How John Burn-Murdoch’s Influential Dataviz Helped the World Understand Coronavirus (Chris)

From Nightingale: “Many have noted the importance of data visualization in helping people attempt to make sense of it all with a few data journalists contributing significant impact. One of them is John Burn-Murdoch of the Financial Times, whose breakout moment came on March 11 when his first log scale chart comparing the trajectory of infection rates between countries helped millions of people around the world understand that the pandemic was a trend just beginning in England and the USA.”

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