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Saturday Stories: Rapid Home Testing Could Save The Day, Pandemic Winter Rules To Rule Them All, And Yes, Kids Transmit COVID19

Posted  November 28, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Michael Mina, in TIME, on why he thinks cheap, rapid, testing could dig us out of our holes long before vaccines start going into arms. James Hamblin, in The Atlantic, with the most important rule to follow to protect yourself from COVID thi…

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Funny stuff

Posted  November 16, 2020  by  Anonymous

You know how when you’re going through an intersection and someone runs the red but luckily they just click your bumper on the way past, and you are shaken but OK and you just drive on?
That’s how I feel about Trump’s defeat.
America has avoided fascism by the merest click.

— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️‍🌈 (@CathieCanada) November 8, 2020

Everyone needs to chill out please. They still have to count all of Hunter Biden’s laptops, Greenland, the lost city of Antifa and the hidden suburbs behind the revolving ObamaGate.

— Jesse Lifson (@DoYouEvenLif) November 13, 2020

Johnny Cash spent decades trying to warn us about this. https://t.co/EkqJhSUqdq

— Steve Reilly (@BySteveReilly) November 11, 2020

From the ‘Crap wildlife photography’ group on Facebook #womensart pic.twitter.com/pxMUG35LJT

— #WOMENSART (@womensart1) November 11, 2020

When you see your ex and try to play it cool.

📹: Imgur user anlyin pic.twitter.com/PSyXsmPZX3

— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) November 15, 2020

Ever since the owners got this trampoline, the dog spends more time on it than the kids
(viralhog) pic.twitter.com/ToBhFJM2ET

— ༺❆ᗙ Martin 🏳️‍🌈 ᗛ❆༻ Party time🍷 (@KlatuBaradaNiko) November 10, 2020

Obstacle course skills… pic.twitter.com/modMjqwTqK

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 9, 2020

This good boy thinks the guys throwing darts on the TV are playing fetch with him… pic.twitter.com/tcLNrKpn0Q

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 15, 2020

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Big Name Climate Deniers Aren’t Joining Conspiracy Theory-Friendly Parler — Yet

Posted  December 17, 2020  by  Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsParler is fast becoming a conservative echo-chamber but big name climate deniers don’t seem to be abandoning mainstream social media for the fringe platform — at least not yet.
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Christmas commercials

Posted  December 13, 2020  by  Anonymous

Yeah, I know, but I just wasted an hour of my life watching a TV show that supposedly had the greatest Christmas commercials this year and they were all pretty awful. Here’s some better ones. My new favorite: This one is worth watching until the end: …

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just look on the sunny side of life

Posted  October 5, 2020  by  Anonymous

You have to be creative to stay in business during a pandemic. pic.twitter.com/cKmA1xXxrT— You Had One Job! (@_youhadonejob1) October 5, 2020 Lincolnshire Wildlife Park has recently been forced to remove five African grey parrots from the main p…

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Lawsuit Challenges Permits for Some of Texas’ Largest Polluters, Alleges State Fails to Enforce Federal Laws

Posted  January 13, 2021  by  Sharon Kelly

Read time: 6 minsFour environmental groups sued Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler last week, alleging that the agency stood by while Texas failed to enforce the nation’s federal environmental laws and adequately control air pol…

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‘Biggest Threat Yet’ to Arctic Refuge as Trump Readies Last-Minute Lease Sale

Posted  January 5, 2021  by  guest

Read time: 4 minsBy Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

“The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge faces its biggest threat yet.”

That’s the warning issued by the National Audubon Society on Tuesday …

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Saturday Stories: The Election, The World Series, And The Expectations

Posted  October 31, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, predicts what the future of COVID in America will look like following a Biden or a Trump election win.Jeff Passan, in ESPN, discusses how this year’s World Series was a metaphor for 2020 America.Helen Branswell, in STAT, on h…

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My favorite Christmas videos

Posted  December 23, 2020  by  Anonymous

Here are some of my favorite “Christmas” videos, the ones I listen to every year around this time:  This one is from one of the oddest Christmas specials ever:  Here’s my husband’s favorite – it reminds him of his own trips home at Chris…

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New Youth Climate Lawsuit Launched Against UK Goverment on Five Year Anniversary of Paris Agreement

Posted  December 12, 2020  by  Anonymous

Read time: 6 minsThree young British citizens and the climate litigation charity Plan B today announced they are taking legal action against the UK government for failing to sufficiently address the climate crisis. The announcement comes on the five ye…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccination, Variants, and Lockdowns

Posted  January 9, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Daniela J. Lamas, in The New York Times, reflects as a front line physician on her vaccination.
Julia Belluz in Vox, on the new COVID variants and their implications for vaccinations

Alex Crozier, in The Guardian, on how lockdowns can’t work without …

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IDEAS THAT MATTER: The COVID Crisis–Are The Youths Trying to Kill Us?

Posted  August 22, 2020  by  bigcitylib

I have often felt sad over the state of The Youths.  What with robots coming for their jobs and Climate Change, their future seems lacking.  But by the time its obvious that their lives will be a dystopian dead-end I will myself be retired an…

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Green Groups Call On Future Biden White House To Overturn New EPA Rule Announced With The Heritage Foundation

Posted  December 9, 2020  by  Anonymous

Read time: 5 minsDuring a virtual event on Wednesday, December 9 hosted by the Heritage Foundation — a conservative free market think tank backed by polluters like the petrochemical Koch empire — the outgoing head of the Environmental Protection Agency…

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Saturday Stories: The Scamedemic, The “Great” Barrington Declaration, Sweden, And The John Snow Memorandum

Posted  October 17, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

 
Tony Scott, in SFGate, on how he used to call it the ‘scamedemic’. He doesn’t anymore. Marc Lipsitch, Gregg Gonsalves, Carlos del Rio, and Rochelle P. Walensky, in The Washington Post, on the why the so-called Great Barrington Declaration i…

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Alaska Drilling Project Squashed By Court Decision Was Touted By Oil-Friendly Former Trump Official

Posted  December 10, 2020  by  Anonymous

Read time: 11 minsThis week, a federal court overturned the Trump administration’s approval for what would have been Alaska’s first drilling project in federal waters, citing faulty analyses of how the Arctic oil and gas facility would affect the clima…

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Saturday Stories: Complacency’s Price, and Minks

Posted  November 7, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Andre Picard, in The Globe and Mail, on the price we’re paying for complacency with COVID.Helen Branswell, in STAT, with some reassurance on Danish COVID minks. Yes minks.
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How The Fracking Revolution Is Killing the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

Posted  December 22, 2020  by  Anonymous

Read time: 16 minsAfter over a decade of the much-hyped U.S. fracking miracle, the U.S. oil and gas industry is having to deal with years of losses and falling asset values which has dealt the industry a serious financial blow. This is despite the frac…

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End of August Doldrums

Posted  August 31, 2020  by  Anonymous

What a strange week! 

I’ve been trying to decide what to post here for this week, and haven’t really got anything organized.
Down South, the Republican Convention came in like a lamb and left like a lamb too, and nobody seems to really remember anything about it. 
Hurricane Laura came and went too, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Two more hurricanes are on their way. Oh, great!
More Black people were shot needlessly, and more protests are underway, and now Trump is talking about going to Wisconsin and nobody wants to see him there. I wonder if he ever gets embarrassed by how useless he is at any kind of leadership? 
Following the example of the Kenosha shooter – who was just “helping the police” by killing two people and wounding a third – we are seeing more MAGA people driving their pickup trucks and waving their flags at the protests, and so more people are getting shot. This isn’t going to end well. 
 As Twitter keeps mentioning, it’s bizarre for Trump to be talking about how the protest violence is Biden’s fault, when it is happening under Trump’s watch. Of course, Trump never takes responsibility for anything so why would he ever take responsibility for the violence of his own supporters? 
And here in Canada we have a new Conservative leader — Erin (AKA Eric) is not making a good first impression as he refuses to confront the haters in his own party. You know, I seem to remember that it was Trudeau, who is supposedly just a whimpy drama teacher according to the Cons, who didn’t hesitate to boot people out of the Liberal caucus for any accusation of misconduct, and who refused to let anyone run under the Liberal banner if they were not pro-choice, and who refused to give federal money for student employment to any organizations that preached against abortion. 
O’Toole doesn’t seem to realize that a leader who goes along with jerks and assholes because he doesn’t want to offend anyone is not a leader that Canadians will respect or support. 
And now school is getting underway, and it will be a disaster. Give it a week or two, for COVID to start passing between children and teachers and the families, infecting and killing across Canada. 
COVID is the honey badger – it don’t care
Everybody basically KNOWS this is going to happen. But we all seem to be in some sort of mass-hypnosis fugue Tinker Bell state where we think if we just BELIEVE hard enough and WISH hard enough and HOPE hard enough then everything will be JUST FINE. 
Yesterday the Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer said we have to change our “summer bubbles” when school starts — basically, what he was saying in an incredibly convoluted and indirect way, is that Grandma and Grandpa have will have to stop seeing the grandkids once they go back to school.
Oh, what a week!

But then I watch this:

Some things you need to stand back and just watch. Bald eagle 🦅 being released back into the wild. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/HgziUJ2Dbo

— Jim Osman (@EdgeCGroup) August 8, 2020

and this

I’m melting seeing them. pic.twitter.com/JlJ5IeccLX

— Life on Earth (@planetpng) August 22, 2020

Now I feel better.

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Saturday Stories: How Pfizer’s Vaccine Works, School Closures And Life Expectancies, And Your Place In The Vaccination Line

Posted  December 12, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Jonathan Corum and Carl Zimmer, in The New York Times, explain how the Pfizer vaccine will work inside of your body.Melissa Davey, in The Guardian, digs past the alarmist headlines and breathless tweets and speaks with epidemiologist Gid MK to explore…

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Farewell to the United States

Posted  September 19, 2020  by  Anonymous

Its difficult to realize that a governmental system that seemed to be so strong and healthy is actually so weak and brittle that the election of one man and the death of one woman could destroy it.  But that’s the way I feel right now about t…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccine Collaboration, Racism and COVID Coverage, and Nonsensical Athletes

Posted  September 26, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Julia Belluz, in Vox, on the 156 countries teaming up on a COVID vaccine (without the US and China).Indi Samarajiva, in Medium, on the overwhelming racism of COVID media coverage.Karim Abdul-Jabbar, in the Los Angeles Times, on athletes, COVID, and no…

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I think Trump will try to declare Martial Law

Posted  January 4, 2021  by  Anonymous

When Trump doesn’t succeed on Wednesday to get Pence to “do something” about winning the election, I believe he is going to try to declare Martial Law, thinking that will stop Biden from being sworn in. It’s going to be a nightmare. We’re alr…

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2020 Was a Busy Year for Taking the Climate Fight to the Courts

Posted  December 21, 2020  by  Anonymous

Read time: 11 minsThis year — with its converging crises, from the coronavirus pandemic to longstanding racial injustice to climate-related disasters — was also a remarkably active time for climate litigation. All around the world, communities, organiz…

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An Outstanding UN Speech from Trudeau

Posted  September 26, 2020  by  Anonymous

Trudeau addressed the United Nations today and his speech was simply outstanding: Other people have posted, but ICYMI10 minutes worth watching. Headline Politics: PM Trudeau Addresses UN General Assembly – September 25, 2020 | CPAChttps://t.co/M4CO0c9q…

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Saturday Stories: COVID Winter, Circular Errors, Mutations, And Obesity

Posted  September 12, 2020  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Irfan Dhalla, in The Globe and Mail, on COVID and the rapidly approaching Canadian winter.

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the recurrent errors being made that hamper progress on COVID.

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‘The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Terrified’: Gas Company Sues to Destroy Small Town’s Rights of Nature Law

Posted  December 16, 2020  by  guest

Read time: 5 minsBy Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

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We’ve got a goddamn plan!

Posted  August 22, 2020  by  Anonymous

  • Chrystia Freeland is going to be a great Finance minister. 

    The first thing she will have to do it get a grip on the pro-Morneau leaks from her department. 
    Like the one this week about Trudeau Chief of Staff Katie Telford’s husband Ron Silver phoning up to see if the Finance Department would change some part of the pandemic benefit programs to benefit his employer:

    The most bonkers part about this story isn’t the content itself (though it’s a legit thing). It’s that very few people could have provided the info. And the fact that they chose to, which burns (if indirectly) the PMO, is kinda … wow.

    Someone is not happy with the boss. https://t.co/NVTk3eHOdo

    — Matt Gurney (@mattgurney) August 21, 2020

    At Routine Proceedings, Dale Smith writes

    For the past two weeks, as the leaks about Bill Morneau started coming out in advance of his departure, we also saw a number of warnings over social media about Liberals being their own worst enemies and that now was really not a good time for a civil war within the party. The fact that there were anonymous leaks to both VICE and the National Post about this incident shows that someone is suddenly awfully keen to talk, hoping to possibly embarrass PMO in some way, and considering that the leakers are showing how virtuous they were in standing up to Silver might make one assume that those leakers are loyalists of Morneau who are trying to, if not burnish his reputation, then certainly tarnish his detractors. I do wonder if this is a limited screw-you to Trudeau, because I haven’t yet seen camps loyal to Chrystia Freeland and François-Philippe Champagne forming and trying to oust Trudeau so that one of them can take over just yet. That said, this year has proven to be full of surprises, so we’ll see.

    I don’t expect Freeland will have any difficulty with the Finance bureaucrats. Listen to her putting down David Akin for being annoyed on behalf of the opposition parties who are being forced to put up or shut up:

    Global News reporter David Akin asks Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland why she hasn’t tabled a budget yet

    I mean she has been Finance Minister for

    48 Hours!

    Plenty of time according to Akin #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/rEqbEm2LLH

    — G.T. Lem (@gtlem) August 20, 2020

    The next thing Freeland will do is get to work on Trudeau’s grand plan for Canada. I do believe there is an untold and unnoticed (by the WE-obsessed Canadian media) story of the Moreau resignation: Trudeau intends to use the COVID crisis to greatly improve Canada’s social welfare system. Moreau wouldn’t do it, but Freeland will. 

    I think the Morneau resignation, whether forced or not, provided an opportunity for Trudeau to make changes to Canada that he has long wanted to make — I wondered if Morneau was resisting these changes, and THAT, as much as the WE issue, was why he had to leave. 
     Here’s Trudeau using a reporter’s question about government pandemic support to talk about his plans:

    A winning message from @JustinTrudeau . If the opposition parties want to force an election this fall, this is the Liberal plan they will be objecting to. https://t.co/RTckSWqjIL

    — Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️‍🌈 (@CathieCanada) August 22, 2020

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    “Disappointing” Decision from Norway’s Supreme Court in Climate Lawsuit Challenging Arctic Offshore Oil Licenses

    Posted  December 22, 2020  by  Anonymous

    Read time: 5 minsNorway’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled not to overturn the Norwegian government’s approval of new licenses for offshore oil drilling in the fragile Arctic region.

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    These Are Some Climate Stories That Flew Under the Radar in 2020

    Posted  December 28, 2020  by  Sharon Kelly

    Read time: 9 minsAt the start of December 2020, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres spoke at Columbia University, appearing not before a packed auditorium as in years past, but before a “virtual” audience, making his annual State of the Planet addr…

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    Major Fossil Fuel PR Group is Behind Europe Pro-Hydrogen Push

    Posted  December 9, 2020  by  Anonymous

    Read time: 7 minsThe recent deluge of pro-hydrogen stories in the media that tout hydrogen as a climate solution and clean form of energy can now be linked in part to FTI Consulting — one of the most notorious oil and gas industry public relations firm…

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    More funny stuff

    Posted  August 14, 2020  by  Anonymous

    One of the things I love about Twitter is the funny people on it:

    I ate a box of Thin Mints, didn’t get thinner. I don’t think they work 😡

    — Hear Me Roar (@Stop_Trump20) August 12, 2020

    Tucker Carlson thinks it’s cool to mispronounce Kamala Harris’s name.

    Hmmm. What sounds like “Tucker”?

    — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 12, 2020

    Check me out guest hosting @JimmyKimmelLive tonight 🤯 pic.twitter.com/4vVsbT579x

    — Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) August 12, 2020

    A priest, a minster, and a rabbit walk into a bar. The rabbit says, “I think I’m a typo.”

    — Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 6, 2020

    If you voted for trump because “he’s not a politician”, then I hope your next colonoscopy is done by a plumber.

    — Mo Bella🌊 🌊 🌊 🌊#VoteBlueToSaveAmerica (@Mocraig13) August 6, 2020

    Feeding 10 dogs at once is like going through Game of Thones every single day with the plots and betrayals and double-crosses and backbiting and frontbiting and dominance and submission and a finale that feels rushed and leaves everyone dissatisfied.

    — William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) August 5, 2020

    They catch the fish and then let it go. They don’t want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something.

    — mitch hedberg (@mitchhedbot) July 31, 2020

    pic.twitter.com/mukntBVeDa

    — Scrappy McBuckyball (@ScrotieMcB) August 14, 2020

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    San Antonio’s City-Owned Energy Utility Is Paying a Quarter Million Dollars a Year to Gas Industry Groups

    Posted  December 17, 2020  by  Anonymous

    Read time: 12 minsDeep in the heart of Texas, by far the nation’s top oil producer, the city of San Antonio is starting to grapple with its reliance on fossil fuels.

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    Dogs! Lots of dogs!

    Posted  November 29, 2020  by  Anonymous

    For a delightful change of pace, here’s some of the best dog videos now on the web:

    Crazy agility by Pink the border collie..

    Come for the speed – stay for flying hug…pic.twitter.com/ReL9buvhyi

    — Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 27, 2020

    Gm tweeties, happy hump day! Enjoy your day everyone.
    pic.twitter.com/QdlH6vwcNn

    — ༺🦋༻ᗰᗩƳᖇᗩ༺🦋༻ (@LepapillonBlu) November 25, 2020

    His favorite toy pic.twitter.com/gFO2N7Q5tp

    — The Feel Good Page ❤️ (@akkitwts) November 23, 2020

    ok it is time to remember when three dogs thought it was just another day and it turned out to be a great day they are so happy tbh pic.twitter.com/UlhK5MJZbu

    — darth™ (@darth) November 11, 2016

    These two are Branch Managers.. pic.twitter.com/m23hJhf5QL

    — Land of cuteness (@landpsychology) November 27, 2020

    Don’t mind him. He’s just trying to fit in.. pic.twitter.com/k2MRNq7gDz

    — Land of cuteness (@landpsychology) November 27, 2020

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    Will Amy Coney Barrett, Whose Father Was a Shell Attorney for Decades, Recuse from Climate Suit?

    Posted  January 16, 2021  by  guest

    Read time: 9 minsBy Karen Savage, The Climate Docket. Originally published on The Climate Docket.

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    August funny

    Posted  August 2, 2020  by  Anonymous

    OK, its been one of those weeks, so here’s some funny stuff:

    My son is wearing a MAGMA cap and a Vote Trump 2020 button. He’s been spat on, punched and verbally abused. I hate to think what will happen when he leaves the house.

    — Humanist. (@kennuck) August 1, 2020

    I sunburn easily. https://t.co/k9APKRxFn9

    — Brent Butt (@BrentButt) August 2, 2020

    Republican politician Louie Gohmert, who claims to have caught COVID-19 from wearing a mask, is now claiming he got pregnant after several people told him to go fuck himself.

    — Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) July 30, 2020

    If you are not wearing a mask because you are afraid your brain won’t get enough oxygen, I’m sorry to tell you, that ship has sailed.

    — Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) July 29, 2020

    “Jesus Christ, what’s Trump done NOW?” https://t.co/5ZhOGjnKWr

    — Harry Turtledove (@HNTurtledove) July 24, 2020

    #MeanwhileInCanada pic.twitter.com/tY1gFbE1f6

    — Meanwhile in Canada (@MeanwhileinCana) July 30, 2020

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    What happened on 1/6, and what will happen next

    Posted  January 14, 2021  by  Anonymous

    Here’s a map I found that illustrates the Jan 6 Trump Insurrection: The New York Times has an excellent interactive article which describes how the attack on the US Capital building went, and here’s an article from the Washington Post describing what W…

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    Two Major Pacific Northwest Fossil Fuel Projects Dealt Massive Setbacks In One Day

    Posted  January 20, 2021  by  Anonymous

    Read time: 6 minsTwo enormous fossil fuel projects in the Pacific Northwest suffered devastating setbacks on Tuesday, severely dimming their prospects of ever moving forward.

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    Some stuff to enjoy while we wait for the apocalypse

    Posted  January 11, 2021  by  Anonymous

     Here’s some stuff I collected from Twitter – enjoy! My goal was to lose 10 lbs by the end of 2020. Only 24 lbs to go!— Jordan (@FoxyDocKnoxy) December 28, 2020 Okay, who did this? pic.twitter.com/Ezmgd3p441— jamie (@gnuman1979) December 28, 2020…

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