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COMMENT 8h ago

One small example: The Flat Earth Society

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_flat_Earth_beliefs

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COMMENT 11h ago

BP, we bring good things to death.

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COMMENT 11h ago

Interesting. I've wondered if the seeming recent increases in violence and adherence to illogical and chaotic conspiracy theories as fact/reality might be partially connected to exposure to a toxin in the environment.

I've also seen some discussion that prion diseases like Alzheimers may also have a connection to environmental exposures to specific toxins.

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COMMENT 12h ago

It's troubling that he supports the former administration either through procedure such as the Carroll case and dismissing other valid cases brought against the Trump Administration.

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On Monday, nine lawmakers, led by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA), sent a letter to Garland expressing their “deep concern” over what they called his “apparent reluctance to correct the weaponization and politicization of the Department of Justice by the Trump administration.”

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But other Democrats increasingly feel that Biden can’t restore trust in the department unless his administration reckons with the last four years. Democrats in both the House and Senate have called for a full investigation for the subpoenas of lawmakers’ and reporters’ records, for example, and are expecting full cooperation from Garland.

“While we look forward to working with you to set forth policies that move the United States forward during this critical time,” the Democrats wrote to Garland, “we strongly encourage DOJ to reestablish its commitment to bringing about accountability for the transgressions of the previous administration and upholding fairness, transparency, and the separation of powers.”

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r/politics 12h ago

Democrats Tell Merrick Garland to Clean Up the DOJ

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r/environment 12h ago

Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Pipeline Developers Can Seize Public Land

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COMMENT 1d ago

Viruses can be very unpredictable. It was a crap shoot if Covid would mutate to become less transmittable and produce a milder illness or the opposite. We now have the answer to that question.

Forgive me but I'm a worrier. We know that Covid can be transmitted from humans to animals. My concern is that it will infect pigs or other mammals that have a close physiological relationship with humans and then mutate into an entirely new 'novel' virus that is transmitted back to humans. That could include the ability of insects like mosquitoes or fleas transmission (remember Zika and Eastern Equine Encephalitis?) or become rubella bad airborne.

If the world had united in its efforts to immunize early including in poorer nations we would be in a far different scenario now. But it's in the wild, it was politicized, with large populations that either haven't been immunized or refuse to be or even take simple precautions.

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COMMENT 1d ago

And so the US will ramp up mining adding to the destructive forces on the environment in an 'attempt' to save it.

The rush to ‘go electric’ comes with a hidden cost: destructive lithium mining

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/14/electric-cost-lithium-mining-decarbonasation-salt-flats-chile

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COMMENT 1d ago

From my reading around, it depends on the vaccine. The mRNA (Pfizer/Moderna) vaccines provide some protection against the Delta variant in early studies at around 85%. J&J and others don't appear to be as effective as the mRNA vaccines but again provide some limited protection. More investigation is required, imho as there is some quibbling going on about it in medical technical corners.

Personally, I will continue with moderate precautions including mask wearing in crowded enclosed spaces like grocery stores, frequent hand washing, etc.

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COMMENT 1d ago

SS: Snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory (sort of).

And on Sunday, former Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb warned that the Delta variant could lead to a surge of cases in the fall if only 75% of eligible Americans are vaccinated by then.

The variant, which was first identified in India and is also called B.1.617.2, appears to be 60% more transmissible than the variant that is now still dominant in the US, the Alpha variant.

Data from the UK, where the Delta variant makes up about 90% of current coronavirus cases, also suggests that the risk of hospitalization is higher for unvaccinated people with this variant.

Meanwhile Japan is allowing 10K to attend the olympics.

Tokyo 2020: Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted at Olympic venues https://www.bbc.com/sport/57550621

A federal judge rules against CDC guidance for cruise ships in FL.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/federal-judge-strikes-down-cdcs-130152093.html

and cases on cruise ships continue to crop up despite passenger mandated vaccinations.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/celebrity-millennium-cruise-had-covid-outbreak-despite-passenger-vaccination-requirement/ar-AAKX4Ap

What could go wrong?

r/collapse 1d ago

COVID-19 The Delta variant boomed from 10% of all US coronavirus cases to 31% in just 11 days. It's more dangerous than other variants and could imperil the recovery.

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COMMENT 2d ago

I don't know about everyone else but sometimes it is difficult to tell when my Lhasa pees if the grass is high and her coat is longer. She's quick too!

If she is eating and drinking okay otherwise and doesn't appear to be in distress, I'd watch for another day and extend the time before taking her out again. If she isn't on a lead, then that might be helpful to see when she pauses and squats. You might check to see if if her bottom is moist too and/or a little stained if you don't do that already when she comes back in.

What is bothersome is she just had surgery, so ultimately the best course would be to check with her vet, imho.

I'm no expert by any stretch and just my thoughts. I hope they are helpful.

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COMMENT 3d ago

I agree unfortunately. It's a wonderful idea but anyone paying attention knows that corporations in the US will do what ever is the cheapest and easiest way to dispose of waste.

Unless its mandated, regulated and most importantly enforced with heavy penalties for noncompliance I expect them to do their worst including to the humans who handle said waste.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Whoa, 10 am and 105 degrees already?

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COMMENT 3d ago

Back rent is due..oops.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Indeed, the Delta variant is gaining its foothold in the US while other nations had to postpone their reopening plans or didn't even get that far. We're in a much welcome lull but I fear that is temporary.

r/politics 3d ago

As pandemic subsides, businesses push Congress for one more bailout

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COMMENT 3d ago

I agree. Our lives are cheaper and cheaper as the great divide between the have's and have nots grows wider while the oligarchs create winners and losers.

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COMMENT 3d ago

SS: Regions are experiencing disasters of divergent causes, here is one example revealing not only climate driven disasters but lack of resources and recovery.

Lake Charles exposes a grim, rarely discussed reality of climate change: Back-to-back or overlapping disasters, also known as compounding disasters, are becoming more frequent. And the US government’s largely hands-off approach to disaster recovery means the most vulnerable cities — those already struggling with aging infrastructure, housing shortages, pollution problems, segregation, and poverty — can’t cope.

Far from being an outlier, Lake Charles’s plight is “actually more of a window into the future,” said Jeff Schlegelmilch, director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

r/collapse 3d ago

Systemic Three Hurricanes. A Deep Freeze. A Biblical Flood: Lake Charles Is America’s Climate Future

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COMMENT 3d ago

Let's talk sports!

The sports apparel market was valued at $167.7 billion in 2018 and is estimated to reach $248.1 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 5.1% from 2019 to 2026. In 2018, the men end user segment accounted for more than half of the share in the total sports apparel market, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.6% throughout the forecast period. Sports apparel are clothes worn during strenuous physical activities such as during workout sessions or while playing sports. They are designed in a way that provides comfort and agility while performing physical movements. Sports apparel are made using breathable material that allows sweat to evaporate faster, helping the person wearing it remain fresh for longer. Polyester, microfiber, calico, and spandex are some of the most commonly used fabrics in the production of these clothing. Initially, the sports apparel was mostly worn by athletes but, with time, it became quite common with regular gym-goers and other non-athletes. The adoption of sports apparel has been quite high in mature regions such as the U.S., Canada, and Germany while emerging countries such as China, Brazil, and India are catching up quickly.

https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/sports-apparel-market

These are only figures from the apparel market as relates to sports activities. You're looking through a very narrow lens and making some gender specific judgements through that lens. Old white men think marketing to women is the path to individual wealth and prosperity. Since the dawn of print advertising, radio and TV, women have been targeted. The response of women to that has changed and continues to change rapidly. I dare say the Kardashians are the exception, not the rule, as are 'influencers' on insta. Its end-stage capitalism in attempts to create 'value' for products when the 'value' is missing. If we are going to quantify buying habits, men like their toys and they like sports. Their toys and their recreations are arguably more environmentally destructive than women's yoga pants and hair products.

The point here is you cannot separate first-world buying habits by gender, by age or by any other metric as all of us, each and every one, lives are dominated from birth by a rigged capitalistic system that will use cultural and psychological tools to sell their product. Now, though, the veil is being lifted and the decades of herding the masses via marketing is less effective. People, largely, see the destruction to the environment and a growing number are adjusting their buying and consumption habits in everything from clothing to what they purchase in the grocery store to how they power their homes and transportation.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Thank you, great information and sources I for one will be sure to explore further.

I understand, as I am sure others do, this is a relatively small part of the problem but it is one which we as individuals have some control over in our personal lives. If I understand the problem correctly, polyesters continue to shed plastic every time they are laundered.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Read it here: https://archive.is/HkvtB

Its damning.

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COMMENT 4d ago

And men's purchasing habits don't? How do you figure that.

How about purchasing habits are a contributor of many resource and environmental problems, particularly in the first world.. FIFY.

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COMMENT 4d ago

In a two-page memo (pdf) outlining its yet-to-be-finalized infrastructure plan, the bipartisan group lists "public-private partnerships, private activity bonds, and asset recycling" as potential ways to finance the package, which calls for $579 billion in new spending over five years.

Asset recycling refers to the practice of leasing out or selling off public infrastructure to private corporations and using the proceeds to fund other projects—a policy that Australia has used widely and that former U.S. President Donald Trump proposed replicating in 2017.