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This concert ticket costs $18 -- or $1,000 if you're not vaccinated

Source: Washington Post

This concert ticket costs $18 — or $1,000 if you’re not vaccinated

The promoter says he’s offering a discount. The governor’s office says he’s violating Florida rules.

“I didn’t know that caring about my community would make me Hitler,” he said in an interview Saturday, declining to give his age out of concern for his privacy. He said he and the band are flagging the threatening email to law enforcement.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/05/29/florida-concert-price-vaccinated/

Is Wokeness 'Kryponite for Democrats'?

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/26/opinion/democrats-republicans-wokeness-cancel-culture.html

In much gentler terms, Barack Obama has voiced analogous concerns. “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” Obama famously declared in October 2019:

The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids and share certain things with you.

James Carville, the top strategist for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, was succinct in his assessment. He recently told Sean Illing, a writer at Vox,

Wokeness is a problem and everyone knows it. It’s hard to talk to anybody today — and I talk to lots of people in the Democratic Party — who doesn’t say this. But they don’t want to say it out loud.

“Why not?” Illing asked.

“Because they’ll get clobbered.”

"Grandpa Ye, have a good journey!" Scientist Yuan Longping (Obituary)

Scientist Yuan Longping, whose rice research helped feed people in many countries, dies at 91

It was in the 1970s when Yuan achieved the breakthroughs that would make him a household name. He developed a hybrid strain of rice that recorded an annual yield 20% higher than existing varieties — meaning it could feed an extra 70 million people a year... His work helped transform China from “food deficiency to food security” within three decades...

.... known by the nickname “Father of Hybrid Rice" ... large crowds honored the scientist by marching past the hospital in Hunan province where he died, local media reported, calling out phrases such as: “Grandpa Ye, have a good journey!”


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/chinas-yuan-longping-father-of-hybrid-rice-dies-at-91/2021/05/22/ed13a29c-baf9-11eb-bc4a-62849cf6cca9_story.html

Alamo renovation gets stuck over arguments about slavery

On the one hand....

“Sometimes we try so hard to create perfect heroes, and in trying so hard to create perfection, we force ourselves into a corner where it’s difficult to accept the reality that people are not perfect,” said Carey Latimore, a history professor at Trinity University.

“As we become more diverse as a nation and a people, we’ve got to learn how to talk about these difficult conversations, but we’ve got to talk about it with nuance. And that’s what’s missing right now in our society, is the nuance.”


And on the other...

“If they want to bring up that it was about slavery, or say that the Alamo defenders were racist, or anything like that, they need to take their rear ends over the state border and get the hell out of Texas,” said Brandon Burkhart, president of the This is Freedom Texas Force, a conservative group that held an armed protest last year in Alamo Plaza.


Well, so much for nuance.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/alamo-renovation-slavery/2021/05/07/ec8fe402-ae83-11eb-b476-c3b287e52a01_story.html

Accused Capitol rioter had 'Foxitis,' his attorney says: He 'started believing what was being fed to

Source: Washington Post

Accused Capitol rioter had ‘Foxitis,’ his attorney says: He 'started believing what was being fed to him’

In the six months leading up to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Anthony Antonio spent his days watching Fox News — a habit that actually made him ill, his attorney told a D.C. federal magistrate judge on Thursday.

His ailment? “Foxitis,” his attorney said, the HuffPost reported. “He became hooked with what I call … ‘Foxmania.’ ”

In the virtual hearing, which went awry when another alleged Capitol rioter interrupted with obscenities, Antonio’s attorney, Joseph Hurley, claimed that Fox News’s decision to regularly air then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of mass election fraud contributed to Antonio’s decision to participate in the insurrection.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/05/07/fox-news-anthony-antonio-capitol-riot/



Ah! The old Twinkie defense!
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