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California, NE Sierras, lifelong liberal and Democratic voter. Living in a red turning blue county. ;/ I have been a reader here for several years.

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The Biggest Myth In Education, learning styles.

From youtube channel Veritasium:

The Biggest Myth In Education, learning styles, seems to be free of any research support.

Royal Caribbean opens cruise ship to house visiting rescuers today

MIAMI (AP) — With housing options dwindling, a cruise ship will host hundreds of rescuers pouring into South Florida from across the country as the search for victims continues at a fallen 12-story condominium building near Miami.

Royal Caribbean cruise lines said it will host about 600 first responders on board its Explorer of the Seas ship.

The ship, which can accommodate more than 3,000 passengers, began housing rescue teams Thursday and likely will continue for the next month.

“This tragedy in our own backyard is heart-wrenching,” said Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Group’s chairman and CEO. “Our thoughts are with the families and our whole community, and our thanks go out to the hardworking search and rescue teams. Providing them shelter is a small way to show our support.”


Buttigieg doles out transport grants with eye toward climate

Source: AP Associated Press

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg doled out $905 million in infrastructure grants Wednesday, including to repair a cracking bridge in Seattle during a crippling heat wave and to expand ports in Iowa and Georgia to help reduce the number of greenhouse gas-emitting trucks on the roads.

The money for 24 projects in 18 states is part of a Biden administration shift of federal awards to promote climate-friendly policies and racial equity.
Federal aid will also go to California to reduce traffic fatalities in south Los Angeles and to Maine for bridge repair.

“These timely investments in our infrastructure will create jobs and support regional economies, while helping to spur innovation, confront climate change, and address inequities across the country,” Buttigieg said.

The money awarded Wednesday under the department’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program offers a glimpse into how the administration hopes to steer federal transportation dollars in the months ahead.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-climate-health-coronavirus-pandemic-business-100e9d84d539e720501c0978eb660b89

AP had this listed in their political news, I thought that was odd.

Edit: correct title which truncated during copy/paste.

Biden to raise federal firefighter pay to $15 an hour as extreme drought plagues West

Source: ABC

In the midst of a historic heatwave creating prime conditions for a historic wildfire season, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he plans to raise the federal firefighter pay to at least $15 an hour and offer new retention incentives amid turnover, as the White House seeks to boost its wildfire preparedness.

I compared the fried-chicken sandwiches from 3 fast-food chains, and…
These Royals Will See the Diana Statue Before the Unveiling, Sources Say

In the midst of a historic heatwave creating prime conditions for a historic wildfire season, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he plans to raise the federal firefighter pay to at least $15 an hour and offer new retention incentives amid turnover, as the White House seeks to boost its wildfire preparedness.

"Because of climate change, wildland firefighting is no longer a seasonal endeavor," said a fact sheet from the White House.

Biden discussed the plans on Wednesday while meeting virtually with governors from Western states, Cabinet officials and partners from the private sector to discuss wildfire preparedness.

He began by invoking the devastating images from last year.

"We're remembering the horrific scenes from last year. Orange skies that looked like End of Days, smoke and ash that made the air dangerous to breathe, more than 10 million acres burned, billions of dollars in economic damage, families that lost their homes and everything they own. And too many, too many lost lives," Biden said.
Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie sitting at a desk

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news

I think the hourly pay should be at least $20/hr.

Robert Reich Twitter: Elon Musk


Personal group

When I looked through all the listings for groups and forums, I didn't see one labeled, Labor.

I searched and the internet returned the right location, Omaha Steve's Labor Group.

Should a Labor topic be listed with a link to this group?

Joe Manchin says he's 'agreed' on a Democratic-only reconciliation bill, but not how big it will be

Not much of an article.

Sen. Joe Manchin says he believes a Democratic-only reconciliation bill "can be done," but has not agreed on how big it will be.
Joe Manchin wearing a suit and tie: Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Oliver Contreras/The New York Times via AP, Pool © Oliver Contreras/The New York Times via AP, Pool Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Oliver Contreras/The New York Times via AP, Pool

"I've agreed that can be done. I just haven't agreed on the amount," Manchin said of the infrastructure plan on MSNBC on Tuesday morning. "I haven't seen everything that everyone is wanting to put into the bill."

The spending bill could cost anywhere from $2 trillion to $6 trillion.


A few twitter gems from today: Infrastructure, Condo collapse, Pandemic

Robert Reich (Infrastructure)

Hannah Dreier (DeSantis/FEMA response delayed)


Bloomberg Quicktake (Wuhan lab scientist)


Russia, China extend friendship and cooperation treaty -Kremlin

Source: Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday announced the extension of a 20-year-old friendship and cooperation treaty between their countries, both of which have strained ties with the West.
a man wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Russian President Putin meets with Chinese President Xi during their meeting on the sideline of the BRICS summit in Brasilia

Speaking to Xi via video conference, Putin said the Sino-Russian Treaty of Friendship, signed in 2001, enshrined the two powers' support for defending national unity and territorial integrity, at a time when both Moscow and Beijing are at odds with Western countries on a wide range of issues.

"In today's world, such agreements are of serious importance," the Kremlin cited Putin as saying. "In the context of increasing geopolitical turbulence, the dismantlement of arms control agreements and increased potential for conflict in different corners of the world, Russian-Chinese coordination plays a stabilising role in world affairs."

Putin said the agreement would be automatically extended for another five years after it expires in February 2022.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-china-extend-friendship-and-cooperation-treaty-kremlin/ar-AALxwSk?li=BBnb7Kz

CREW Reports Money In Politics. This sedition is brought to you by...

The link includes charts and corporate donor names and individual Congress member names including those in the Senate.

In the wake of the Capitol insurrection on January 6th, nearly two hundred corporations and industry groups said they would pause or altogether stop making political contributions to the 147 members of Congress who voted against certifying the election and continue to propagate the Big Lie that led to the attack. In the months since, corporate and industry interests have had to choose whether to do their part to uphold our democracy by turning off the flow of corporate donations to these members, also known as the Sedition Caucus, or to continue to support them in order to seek political influence.

Many have failed this test, some reneging on a promise to change their giving while others made no commitment and are giving like nothing ever happened. By continuing to fund members of Congress who would undermine American democracy, these corporations and industry groups are sacrificing democratic government for access and influence.

Business groups were eager to start giving to Sedition Caucus members in the wake of the January 6th

The flow of money from corporate PACs and industry groups to political committees allied with the Sedition Caucus started just days after the insurrection, and within the first few months after the deadly attack, their total contributions had already climbed into the millions of dollars.


USA TODAY Deleted gene sequences confirm coronavirus circulated before Wuhan seafood market

Source: USA Today

The virus that causes COVID-19 did not originate at the Wuhan seafood market, confirms a new study of deleted gene sequences from the virus' earliest days.

The sequences had been posted to a website run by the National Institutes of Health, but were removed for unknown reasons.

Finding earlier sequences like these might help reveal new insights into the SARS-CoV-2 virus' earliest days, said Jesse Bloom, the article's author, who studies viral evolution at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

His new report, which has not yet been peer reviewed, does not suggest an answer to the question of whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus jumped directly from animals to people or was accidentally leaked from a research lab in Wuhan, China.

"I hope scientifically, we can get beyond just arguing about that," said Bloom, who in May joined a global call for more information about the earliest days of the outbreak.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/deleted-gene-sequences-confirm-coronavirus-circulated-before-wuhan-seafood-market/ar-AALtfHM?li=BBnb7Kz
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