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While India is desperate for oxygen, its politicians deny there’s even a problem | Mukul Kesavan
As the second wave devastates India, there is a Nero-vian feel to it all: a smug, inert state indifferent to the smell of burning In India’s capital city, citizens are dying in their hospital beds because they can’t breathe. Their lungs, clotted with Covid-induced pneumonia, need oxygen to function. Overwhelmed by India’s tsunami-like second wave and undermined by the smug inertia of the state, h
Dare we hope? Here’s my cautious case for climate optimism | Rebecca Solnit
The Green New Deal, formerly seen as radical, is now in mainstream debate. And renewable energy becomes more efficient every day That we are living in science fiction was brought home to me last week when I put down Kim Stanley Robinson’s superb climate-futures novel The Ministry for the Future and picked up Bill McKibben’s New Yorker letter on climate, warning of the melting of the Thwaites Glac
Why are Republicans so threatened by universal daycare? | Arwa Mahdawi
Universal pre-school, paid family leave, subsidized childcare … who could possibly object to Biden’s plans to help children? Joe Biden wants to spend big money on small children. On Wednesday the president announced an ambitious $1.8tn plan to boost family assistance programs, childhood education and student aid. If passed, the American Families Plan would overhaul the current (dire) childcare sy

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Colorado woman killed in rare black bear attack, authorities say
Boyfriend of 39-year-old victim finds body near Durango Officials say sow and two cubs found and killed near scene A 39-year-old Colorado woman died in an apparent black bear attack, just the fourth fatal mauling in the state since records began in 1960, authorities said on Saturday. Related: Montana guide mauled to death in grizzly bear attack outside Yellowstone Continue reading...
Saints tap Notre Dame QB as potential Brees successor on NFL draft’s final day
Saints select Notre Dame quarterback in first post-Brees draft Friday: More QBs and SEC dominance in rounds two and three Thursday: Patriots tee up Jones as Brady’s successor on day one The NFL draft is more proof of the Mahomesification of football By the third day of the NFL draft, the big stars from college football already have been chosen. The fourth through seventh rounds will bring some st
Battlefield visitor nearly meets his Waterloo in Gettysburg public toilet
Fire crew frees man after tree falls on car and portable convenience during high winds across Pennsylvania region A man was rescued by emergency responders after a tree brought down by high winds trapped him inside a portable toilet at the Gettysburg civil war battlefield in southern Pennsylvania. The Barlow volunteer fire department said on its Facebook page it was called to Little Round Top, a
George Floyd: New Jersey teacher suspended over rant to pupils
Profanity-laced comments to pupils aired by local TV Howard Zlotkin refers to Floyd as a ‘criminal’ A New Jersey high school teacher was suspended with pay for making profanity-laced comments to students about George Floyd . Related: Teargas, flash-bangs: the devastating toll of police tactics on Minnesota children Continue reading...
Megxit has been good for the royal couple... the other couple, that is | Barbara Ellen
The Cambridges are proving to be experts at self-marketing. Sorry about that, Harry When will William and Kate admit that the Harry and Meghan hoo-ha has been great for them? As the dust storms continue to billow from the Oprah Winfrey interview, presumably the Sussexes are exactly where they want to be, generating big-bucks deals (Netflix/Spotify/“wellness”) from their £11m property in Montecito,
Oregon restores restrictions amid Covid surge boosted by vaccine hesitancy
‘As your governor, I chose to save lives,’ says Democrat Brown Worst per capita spread is in rural, Republican Grant county Oregon has reimposed restrictions on public gatherings as Covid-19 cases rise again, a reminder that even as 100 millions Americans are now fully vaccinated, states are still seeing localized outbreaks. Related: Coronavirus live news: surge testing to begin in east London af
US cites Indian variant in implementing travel ban from Tuesday
Permanent residents and close relatives of US citizens spared White House says Biden’s decision based on CDC advice Most travelers from India will be prohibited from entering the US from Tuesday, as the country struggles to contain a catastrophic surge in Covid-19 cases and a new virus variant. Related: ‘We’re burning pyres all day’: India accused of undercounting deaths Continue reading...
Matt Gaetz: Democrat calls out ‘bro culture’ as former ally’s letter emerges
Joel Greenberg says Gaetz ‘involved in sexual activities’ with 17-year-old as Anna Eskamani decries ‘extreme’ bro culture A Florida Democrat who released audio of a strange voicemail from Matt Gaetz has called the scandal-hit Republican congressman “one of the most extreme examples of bro culture”, adding : “We can’t hold back in calling out a hostile and dangerous culture for women and girls.” G
Republican who let violent protesters into Oregon state capitol is charged
State representative Mike Nearman was charged with official misconduct and criminal trespass over December 2020 incident Prosecutors have levelled two criminal charges against a Republican member of the Oregon house of representatives who let far-right rioters into the state capitol in December. Related: Oregon Republican party falsely suggests US Capitol attack was a 'false flag' Continue readin
Apple comes out swinging in the duel of the data titans | John Naughton
The tech firm’s new mobile operating system can stop apps tracking you, but is it as big a deal as everyone, especially Facebook, thinks? I’ve just downloaded v14.5, the newest version of iOS, the operating system that runs my iPhone. Among the new features it boasts are: the option to unlock the phone with an Apple Watch while wearing a mask; support for something called the AirTag; separate ski
End of an era: closure of nuclear plant is pointer for New York’s energy future
The power station on the banks of the Hudson has no place in the state’s plans switch to renewables but critics say in the short term it means lost jobs and increased emissions America’s energy past and future was on display on Friday at Indian Point, a nuclear plant 25 miles north of New York City that has been producing electricity since 1962. Related: Don't believe hydrogen and nuclear hype –
As Biden glides past 100 days in office, Republicans can’t seem to land a punch | Richard Wolffe
Republicans tried to paint centrist Biden as an outlandish radical. It’s a laughable charge, and Americans aren’t buying it According to Republicans, Joe Biden was supposed to be sleepy, senile and socialist. He was also allegedly a puppet of secret powers – unlike his predecessor, who acted like the puppet of a former KGB officer. Sean Hannity of Fox News claimed, last month, to be worried about
Bush: ‘Anglo-Saxon’ ideals show pro-Trump Republicans ‘want to be extinct’
Former president speaks as lone anti-Trump Republican seeks House seat in Texas special election Ahead of a special election on Saturday to replace a Texas congressman who died after contracting Covid-19 , former president George W Bush said the ascendancy of supporters of Donald Trump suggest Republicans “want to be extinct”. Related: George W Bush on Trump’s Republicans: ‘Isolationist, protecti
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It wasn’t the beach, but lying in front of a fire with the whole family under canvas: I’ve definitely had worse evenings Even if you were lucky enough to avoid getting sick with Covid, there is a general consensus that we’ve all been changed by the pandemic, and the most popular consensus around what’s changed is that, after a year of sitting inside and scrolling through Netflix, we have forgotte

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