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NPR Trashes Free Speech. A Brief Response

More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi could be without electricity for weeks after Hurricane Ida devastated the power grid in New Orleans and the surrounding area on Aug. 29.

According to US government reports, $787 million was spent on gender programs in Afghanistan, but that substantially understates the actual total, since gender goals were folded into practically every undertaking America made in the country.

US Withdrawal From the Middle East

Meth, Vanilla and ‘Gulags’: How China Has Overtaken the South Pacific One Island at a Time

California’s massive wildfires are doing something no wildfire has ever done before

U.S. Civil Engineers Bent the Rules to Give New Orleans Extra Protection from Hurricanes. Those Adjustments Might Have Saved the City During Ida

“Within that last 12 hours, I had four buses of American citizens outside the gate,” he said. “They were mostly pregnant women and babies, including a child with spina bifida, just all packed together waiting at the gate.”

Air Force software is so bad the guy in charge of it all is about to quit

China Is Hoarding Crude Again, And That’s Great News For Oil Prices

Northeast Pummeled with Colossal Flooding, Destructive Tornadoes

What is informed consent if your doctor is not allowed to inform you?

A draft Primer On Critical Thinking

I started writing a primer on Critical Thinking for those unfortunate souls that I was tutoring. I never completed it because it did not fit in an obvious way with the subject at hand and also because it was clear that learning by reading was not going to be the best way to teach this subject. But if you are interested in my half completed attempt to explain critical thinking in a simple enough manner for young people can you can read below the break.

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Deadly Fungi Are the Newest Emerging Microbe Threat All Over the World

The Oldest U.S. Ally Has Turned Migrants Into A Political Weapon

Argentina’s beef-export ban to stoke steak prices worldwide

Old news but new to me. Argentina’s Army must comply with 1% quota for trans individuals

Reporters fume at White House ‘quote approval’ rules

Iran forming secretive new militias in Iraq

Epstein guards admit to falsifying records, will skirt jail time in deal with prosecutors

Building on Tradition — 1,400 Years of a Family Business

Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, 63, on his empathy for the Taliban, his bitter disappointment with the former protective power, the United States, and why he considers the EU as his role model.

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Israel-Hamas Military Collision | An Update as of Friday May, 14th 2021

Hamas Targets Israeli Oil And Nuclear Facilities With Rocket Attacks

Israeli military accused of using media to lay trap for Hamas

Mammals Can Breathe Through Their Intestines, Unsettling Experiment Finds

Sen. Cantwell pushes for more NASA money that could help Bezos’s Blue Origin with lunar-lander contract

Drivers Are Dying In Chicago Because Cops Treat Car Chases Like Demolition Derbies

The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill

The CDC’s Big Mask Surprise Came Out of Nowhere

Touchdown for China’s Mars rover Zhu Rong after ‘nine minutes of terror’

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COVID Tyrant Newsom Can’t ‘Move the Goalposts’ on Religious Freedom, Supreme Court Rules

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The 6-Foot Mandate Was Bad Science

Former Desiring God writer Paul Maxwell announces he’s no longer Christian

North Korea is near completion of a submarine that is most likely configured to fire a ballistic missile, according to two senior Japanese intelligence officials.

‘Suspicious’ blackout strikes Iran’s Natanz nuclear site

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The discovery of U.S. spy networks in China fueled a decadelong global war over data between Beijing and Washington. and the second part here though you may need to look at it in a separate browser from the first link.

Winter Solstice edition: new strain in the UK, border closures; deep-dive into vaccines.

Will Iran’s threat to Israel from Iraq increase?

The monster will come for you: Why the Tarlac killings threaten us all

Somalian opposition irked by Turkish support ahead of presidential elections