Hey, y’all! Just another random, loudmouthed, opinionated, Southern-fried nerdy American living abroad.

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Cake day: Jun 11, 2023

Russia police crisis: Burned out, disappointed and demoralised
Russia's police force is in crisis, with officers are quitting to become taxi-drivers and couriers.

WHO recommends dropping component of many flu vaccines
The WHO has recommended dropping a component of many flu vaccines because the viruses it protects against appear to have been driven into extinction in the Covid pandemic.

Germans caught celebrating Oktoberfest with Nazi salutes
Performing Nazi salutes has been illegal in Germany and Austria since the end of World War II and is punishable by law with prison time.

In Wake of Russell Brand Allegations, U.K. to Introduce Independent Body to Address Bullying and Harassment in Creative Industries
British culture minister Lucy Frazer, together with talents from the U.K. film, TV, music and theater sectors, announced the new body, which will be ready to take cases next year.

Hospital operator plans to open Tokyo's 1st 'baby hatch' in FY 2024
TOKYO -- A social welfare corporation based in the capital's Sumida Ward revealed on Sept. 28 that it is planning to establish a "baby hatch" at one of its hospitals in the ward in fiscal 2024 to anonymously accept infants whose parents are unable to raise them.

Thousands of women march in Latin American cities calling for abortion rights
The streets of cities across Latin America were bathed in green as tens of thousands of women marched to commemorate International Safe Abortion Day.

Hero schoolgirl, 15, stabbed to death in Croydon 'when she stepped in to protect her friend'
A hero schoolgirl who was stabbed to death while protecting her friend from an ex has been identified as tributes were paid to the “beautiful soul”.

Famous Sycamore Gap tree at Hadrian’s Wall found cut down
Police investigating after former tree of the year winner, estimated to be several hundred years old, felled Edit: Update! [Police arrest 16-year-old after Northumberland landmark 'felled'](https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/sycamore-gap-tree-northumberland-live-27801497)

That requires there having been a plan to begin with. He desperately tried to get out of buying Twitter. Now he’s flailing but trying to act like he knows what he’s doing.

Taiwan says China knows armed threats backfire on influencing elections
China's leadership knows that sabre rattling around Taiwan to force an outcome to its liking in elections does not work and Beijing is not likely to try such actions ahead of January's presidential vote, the Taiwanese foreign minister said Thursday.

X/Twitter scraps feature letting users report misleading information
Critics say decision by Elon Musk-owned company is ‘extremely concerning’ ahead of Australia’s Indigenous voice to parliament referendum

Calls for boycott after alleged assault mars Lebanon film festival
LIFF members deny the attack, and lawyer representing festival says a case will be filed against the accuser.

Laurence Fox and Dan Wootton suspended by GB News over Ava Evans insults
Dan Wootton and Laurence Fox have been suspended over insults against Ava Evans on Wootton's show.

Taking off the hijab: 'My dream was to wear what I wanted'
Three Muslim women share their stories of removing their hijabs, despite facing fierce opposition.

Fire at wedding in Iraq kills at least 100, injures 150
More than 100 people were killed and 150 injured in a fire at a wedding party in Hamdaniya district in Iraq’s Nineveh province that left civil defence searching the charred skeleton of a building for survivors into the early hours of Wednesday.

A big reason for why people turned against the Unification Church wasn’t just because of the ties uncovered with politicians, it was because the news reported a LOT on the guy’s background and how the Unification Church had pretty much completely ruined his life by the way they suckered in his mom, which led to his brother attempting suicide because of their financial problems stemming from her giving so much money to them. The press almost accidentally turned the guy sympathetic, and public sentiment almost immediately turned against the Unification Church - suddenly there were all these articles and TV programs about people who had been financially taken advantage of by the Unification Church, and reporters started digging into the connection to politicians.

Had the guy shot his original target - he wanted to shoot someone high up in the Moonies at first and had tested out his gun by shooting at the Moonies’ headquarters at night, he ironically might not have been so successful in bringing the Unification Church down in Japan. Abe was killed because of opportunity (Abe coming down to Nara close to where the guy lived for the day), and since it didn’t initially make sense why someone who hated the Unification Church would kill Abe, who seemed unrelated other than his grandfather having allowed them in, there likely wouldn’t have been any digging into their connection to political figures.

EU warns Elon Musk after Twitter found to have highest rate of disinformation
Musk is told his platform, now known as X, must comply with new laws designed to combat fake news and Russian propaganda

Zoleka Mandela: Nelson Mandela's granddaughter dies in South Africa at 43
She was well known for detailing her cancer treatment and being open about her past drug addiction.

Tories urged to condemn Braverman for gay persecution comments on refugees
UK home secretary in US to call for rewriting of UN asylum rules so they are ‘fit for the modern age’

At least 20 killed in Nagorno-Karabakh fuel depot blast as thousands flee
Armenia says at least 13,350 ethnic Armenians from the breakaway region entered the country.

Unification Church demands Japan's NHK cancel 'insulting' program
TOKYO -- The Unification Church has published a protest against Japanese public broadcaster NHK, demanding that it stop airing and apologize for a program dealing with the religious group's recruitment methods.

Chess grandmaster Hans Niemann denies using vibrating sex toy to cheat
Hans Niemann was accused of cheating after he beat Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen last September.

So how exactly was she “engaging state security,” by teaching about Uyghur culture?!

The people in charge who can’t see beyond this quarter’s financial reports will be dead by then, so they don’t care.

There were no signs or barriers, as the article mentioned, and it was a rainy night. This dude had no way of knowing or seeing something was wrong until it was too late.

Thing is, as the article points out, people had contacted Google trying to get this fixed.

There was more than one failure here. That’s why the family is suing more than one entity.

The bridge was broken years though, so Google should not have been using it for routes. The country is definitely at fault for not having signs up, but Google isn’t blameless in this.

The bridge broke down years ago. Google is absolutely also at fault for sending someone down it, along with whoever didn’t have warnings up. Multiple entities can be at fault here.

Did you read the article?

neither the destroyed bridge nor the road leading to it had any barriers or warning signs to alert drivers of the hazard.

It was also raining and at night, so he likely had no way to know the bridge was gone until it would have been too late to stop.

Ahh, ok! Kbin has been doing some wonky things the last day or so with threading, so it looked to me like this was a standalone comment when I first saw it, which was why I was so confused. Sorry!

? The caption on the post is literally what was auto-pulled when I put in the URL. So I’m confused here.

Do you also object to corn? Bananas? Because we engineered those as well and they look nothing like the plants “God” made.

I’m half-convinced you can’t be for real and are trolling for attention. But I’m also from the Bible Belt and know you could be dead serious.

Yeah, last I checked, God hadn’t made an official statement on lab-grown meat. I must’ve missed that press release.

Okinawa absolutely hates the base and has for decades, and for very good reasons.

Japan can do wind, but the places where it would be best, like Gunma (the strongest wind in Japan comes off Mt. Akagi in Gunma, and it’s very consistently strong in fall and spring), is basically farmland owned by old people who would never sell their land.

As for nuclear, one thing I’ll never understand is how TEPCO basically ignored the giant stone markers that had been put up a thousand years ago saying that was as far as water from a tsunami had reached. The Fukushima plant was built between where they were and the ocean, and when the tsunami hit, it got out to where those stone markers had been erected. They also didn’t have anywhere near the emergency equipment, like robots that could do into the highly radioactive areas, that they needed (I live in Japan and was here during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake).

And now, after Fukushima, no one wants a nuclear power plant built near them.

It was from Wikipedia, and I was misremembering slightly - not 95% of all cheese, but of cheese made in the US. Which could be saying a lot about cheese in the US.

Isn’t the vast majority of cheese now made with bacterial rennet instead of calf rennet? I remember reading that something like 95% of cheese now was made with that instead.