Anna Merlan

Senior Staff Writer, Features

NYPD Claims ‘Looters’ Put Bricks at a Brooklyn Corner Miles From Any Protest

Business owners in Gravesend say that while they’ve seen the bricks in blue bins, the neighborhood has been quiet.
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Mass Protests Turn the Powerful Into Conspiracy Theorists

The "outside agitator" narrative delegitimizes mass anger in a way that's politically convenient.
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The Elegant, and Not Quite Dying, Art of Typewriter Repair

Typewriters, and the people who fix them, have been enjoying a quiet longevity.
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An Ex-Google Employee Turned 'Whistleblower' and QAnon Fan Made 'Plandemic' Go Viral

Zach Vorhies leaked documents to the right-wing group Project Veritas, then became a committed anti-vaxxer and promoter of QAnon. In an April video, he laid out his plan to promote 'Plandemic.'
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'Plandemic' Is Dangerous, Viral Nonsense

A pseudo-documentary full of outrageous, verifiably false claims is still going viral, despite being repeatedly removed from YouTube and Facebook.
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I Tried Hypnosis to Deal with My Pandemic Anxiety, and Got Something Much Weirder

The experience was far more vivid, more surreal, and more puzzling than I could have ever imagined, and the process of trying to figure it out took me deep into science, myth, and meaning.
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Bleach Ingestion Advocates Are Thrilled By Trump's 'Disinfectant' Comments

"This is a MAJOR OPPORTUNITY," one wrote, "to begin a discussion about a timely and interesting application of chlorine dioxide."
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Nick Cave's New Book Introduced Me to a Dreamy Realm of Imagination

An art book can also be a secret passageway, leading us up and out into a wider, wilder world.
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The Coronavirus Truthers Don't Believe in Public Health

Social-distancing protesters, “medical freedom” advocates, and anti-vaccine activists all rely on deeply flawed ideas about how public health measures work—and how safe they are themselves.
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FedEx Still Hasn't Given All Its Workers Gloves and Masks

FedEx told VICE last week it's "actively working to provide and replenish supplies of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and personal protective equipment," but workers on the ground tell a different story.
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Burning Man Is Fighting to Keep Its Financial Info From Someone It Claims Is a Sheriff's Agent

In a court filing, Burning Man accused the Bureau of Land Management of planning to turn over confidential information to an “agent” of the local sheriff’s department.
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Women at Oregon Prison Say Their Lives Are at Risk After COVID-19 Patients Are Transferred In

“They’ve signed our death warrant,” an incarcerated woman said. “We’re sitting here waiting to be gassed.”
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