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Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Navy recently sent an unmanned vessel named Nomad on a trip of 4,421 nautical miles, or more than 5,100 land miles, from the Gulf Coast through the Panama Canal to the West Coast -- almost entirely in autonomous mode. It was the second long-range autonomous transit through the Navy's Ghost Fleet Overlord program, conducted through a partnership between the service and the Office of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office. read more


The U.S. House on Thursday will move to repeal a nearly two-decade-old war powers measure, marking what many lawmakers hope will be the beginning of the end of wide-ranging authorities given to the president after the 9/11 terror attacks. The vote was 268-161. The measure now heads to the Senate. read more


The court sidestepped the larger issue in the case, whether the 2010 health care law can stand without a provision that required most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. read more


MSNBC's Brian Williams shares the tale of Jason Riddle who stands accused of participating in the Trump-incited Capitol insurrection. Riddle recently spoke to Katherine Underwood with Boston's NBC10 about his political ambitions -- but didn't know the candidate he wanted to defeat was a member of the U.S. House rather than the Massachusetts state house.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The tipping point for irreversible global warming may have already been triggered, the scientist who led the biggest expedition to the Arctic warned Tuesday (June 15). read more


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Neodymium magnet toys
en.wikipedia.org

...Safety controversy

The swallowing of small magnets such as neodymium magnetic spheres can result in intestinal injury requiring surgery. The magnets attract each other through the walls of the stomach and intestine, perforating the bowel.[12][13] The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported 33 cases as of 2010 requiring surgery and one death.[14][15] The magnets have been swallowed by both toddlers and teens (who were using the magnets to pretend to have tongue piercings).[16] Defenders of the toy say that the rate of injury is approximately 1 injury per 100,000 Buckyball sets and less than 1 injury per 21.5 million individual magnet pieces. The magnets are marketed to adults, with labels warning of their danger to children.[17]

As a result, Amazon and other retailers agreed to not sell the magnets.[18] As of 2017, however, the magnets were once again available on Amazon.[19] ...


Coronavirus Is Spreading Rapidly in England, Study Finds
www.bloomberg.com

...The prevalence of Covid-19 in England is increasing exponentially, driven by younger age groups that haven't been vaccinated, according to the latest round of results from the React-1 study.

The research, led by Imperial College London, shows the national prevalence of the virus has increased by 50% in its latest round of analysis recorded between May 20 and June 7, compared with its last round from April 15 to May 3.

A doubling time of around every 11 days was now estimated, with the R number at 1.44, the report said. It also found a re-convergence between prevalence and the pattern of hospitalizations and deaths since late April for those under 65.

This is consistent with the Delta variant now dominating across the country, researchers said in a media briefing. They added that the government's plan to mass vaccinate younger age groups should slow growth. NHS England said yesterday that adults between 21 and 22 years old are now being offered the vaccine, and all who are 18 and older will be eligible by the end of this week....


@#3

Oh, I had forgotten about that. Ms Butina finished her jail sentence in 2019 and was sent back to Russia.

twitter.com

...Whatever you do, DO NOT SHARE this photo of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre with Russian agent Maria Butina. Apparently, Wayne wants it removed from the internet....

Thx for the reminder.

From a similar thread earlier...

Sen. Manchin proposes changes to Democrats' voting bill
www.ny1.com

...Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and prominent voting rights activist, told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday that she could "absolutely" get behind Manchin's proposed changes.

"What Sen. Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography," she said. "And those provisions that he is setting forth are strong ones that will create a level playing field, will create standards that do not vary from state to state and I think will ensure that every American has improved access to the right to vote despite the onslaught of state legislation seeking to restrict access to the right to vote."

Abrams said she could also support Manchin's voter ID requirement, which many Democrats have said aim to disenfranchise minority voters.

"That's one of the fallacies of Republican talking points that have been deeply disturbing," she said. "No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote."

Abrams said, however, that she rejects "restrictive voter identification designed to keep people out of the process."...


That's quite a statement about voter ID coming from Ms Abrams, but it does not surprise me. Indeed, it reflects my opinion of voter ID requirements, an opinion I've stated repeatedly here on this august board.

Sen. Manchin proposes changes to Democrats' voting bill
www.ny1.com

...Abrams said she could also support Manchin's voter ID requirement, which many Democrats have said aim to disenfranchise minority voters.

"That's one of the fallacies of Republican talking points that have been deeply disturbing," she said. "No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote."

Abrams said, however, that she rejects "restrictive voter identification designed to keep people out of the process."...


That's quite a statement coming from Ms Abrams, but it does not surprise me. Indeed, it reflects my opinion of voter ID requirements, an opinion I've stated repeatedly here on this august board.

Joe Manchin's sweeping new voting rights proposal, explained
www.vox.com

...The pivotal senator has released a potentially transformative plan to promote fair elections....

No voting rights bill will become law without Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) approval, at least in the current Congress. The conservative Democrat is the median vote in the Senate, and he's a frequent source of frustration for other members of his party. Earlier this month, Manchin came out against the For the People Act, a comprehensive voting rights bill backed by Democratic leadership, effectively killing any hope that the bill could become law during the current Congress.

But on Wednesday, Manchin did something unexpected: He released a long list of voting reforms that he does support, potentially scrambling the congressional debate over voting rights as the Senate prepares to vote on Democratic leaders' proposal.

Manchin's list includes many reforms drawn from the For the People Act as well as from a companion voting rights bill known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Significantly, Manchin endorsed banning partisan gerrymandering " a high priority for both small-d democrats and large-D Democrats, who want to prevent the GOP from seizing control of the House of Representatives with rigged congressional maps....


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Southwest heat wave intensifies, breaks records and worsens drought
www.axios.com

...A punishing and long-enduring heat wave is intensifying in parts of the West and Southwest, with heat warnings and advisories in effect across seven states Wednesday. The heat will not relent until late in the weekend....


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