What you missed in Columbus for March 1
Platform Beer workers stage walkout, positive developments on the COVID-19 front and hackers breach the right-wing social media site Gab
In case you missed it, over the weekend the entire staff of the Downtown Columbus location of Platform Beer Co. quit en masse, citing everything from the company’s failure to follow established COVID-19 protocols to issues with pay. Platform has since released a statement in response to the walkout, which reads, in part, “We take this action extremely seriously and we are currently gathering more information about the issues that were raised. While we meet with current and former employees to learn more, we are temporarily closing our Columbus taproom.” Read more about the circumstances here.
There have been a couple of positive updates recently on the coronavirus front, including the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine receiving emergency approval. In addition to only requiring a single dose, the J&J vaccine is also easier to transport and store, since it can be kept in a refrigerator for up to three months or frozen for two years. Hundreds of thousands of doses of the new vaccine should be available in Ohio in the coming weeks.
Additionally, COVID-19 numbers continue to fall faster in Ohio than nationally, according to the Dispatch, with Ohio reporting 13,655 new cases for the week ending Sunday, down 5.3 percent from the previous week. Data from Johns Hopkins University reveals that a total of 967,422 people in Ohio have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, while 17,297 people have died from the disease.
The far-right social media platform Gab has been hacked by the WikiLeaks-style group Distributed Denial of Secrets, which said it had collected more than 70 gigabytes of Gab data representing more than 40 million posts, including private messages and posts made in private groups. DDoSecrets said it would be making the data available to select journalists and researchers, owing to the private nature of some of the material.
"It contains pretty much everything on Gab, including user data and private posts, everything someone needs to run a nearly complete analysis on Gab users and content," DDoSecrets cofounder Emma Best wrote in a text message interview with WIRED.
According to the publication, which was given access to the data, the hack includes posts from Donald Trump, Republican congresswoman and QAnon-conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene and disinformation-spouting radio host Alex Jones, among others. Still no word if neo-Nazi and Columbus native Andrew Anglin, long an active Gab user, was among those whose information was obtained in the breach.
The Golden Globes took place on Sunday, and I managed to watch long enough to realize that Jason Sudeikis is likely my Hollywood pandemic spirit animal. (I feel like I’ve essentially lived in a hoodie since last March.) Here’s a full rundown of the winners, with a special shout-out to “Nomadland,” which deservedly captured the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama and lived up to every bit of the hype surrounding it when I streamed it on Hulu last week. Give it a watch if you haven’t already.
Since losing to Michigan last week, the Ohio State men’s basketball team has continued its slide, falling to No. 9 Iowa by a final score of 73-57 on Sunday. The loss is the third straight for the Buckeyes, who came into the game ranked No. 4 in the nation, and will undoubtedly take a tumble when the new rankings are posted. The Buckeyes close out the regular season with a Saturday game against Illinois, currently ranked No. 5