Oil Pollution: Investigation Reveals Egypt’s ‘Super Coral’ Is In Danger
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Oil pollution: Survey finds Egypt’s ‘super coral’ in danger (Maria)
The author writes: “As Egypt hosts world leaders to discuss action on climate change, an oil terminal is dumping toxic sewage on the country’s Red Sea coast, a BBC News investigation has revealed. Arabic. A rare form of coral that offers hope for sustaining ocean life as the planet warms could be a victim. Leaked documents obtained by the BBC and the non-profit journalism group SourceMaterial reveal that water “produced” by Egypt’s Ras Shukeir oil terminal is dumped into the Red Sea every day. Barely treated wastewater – which is brought to the surface during oil and gas drilling – contains high levels of toxins, oil and grease.
Is the world ready for President DeSantis and a Florida foreign policy? (Reader Jim)
The author writes, “A disappointing night for most Republicans turned into a very good night for a Floridian. Governor Ron DeSantis not only won a second term in [the] midterm elections, but also did so by a significant margin — even winning Miami-Dade County, marking the first time a Republican has won that largely urban electorate in two decades. … But Tuesday’s results opened up another possibility: President DeSantis. What would that mean for the world? In some ways this may seem more palatable to many than Trump or another Trumpian alternative. But DeSantis would also be the first Florida-born president of the United States — and if the Democrats gave up the Sunshine State to the Republicans, the wider impact on American foreign policy could be significant.
The Inside Story of Sean Patrick Maloney’s New York Face Factory (DonkeyHotey)
Of Slate“On an election night full of pleasant surprises for Democrats, things went surprisingly wrong for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney. The New York Democrat may have led the National Party’s most prominent campaign arm – but he had arguably the worst individual performance of any politician in his home state. Not only did he lose his race, but congressional Democrats underperformed in New York more than any other state in the country. It’s a story that is oddly at odds with the rest of the 2022 mid-term results.”
2022 Oregon Election Results: 2 More Counties Join Greater Idaho Movement (Reader Steve)
Of The Oregonian“Two more eastern Oregon counties appeared to join the growing and long-running campaign to expand Idaho’s western border to add their region to the state, early results from the midterm elections. Oregon’s Morrow and Wheeler counties each voted [last] Tuesday to support the so-called “Greater Idaho” movement, which proposes to leave Oregon to enter the borders of its eastern neighbor. If the results hold, that means 11 Oregon counties have adopted the idea since the concept was launched in 2020.”
Pussy Riot member describes what Brittney Griner can expect in Russian penal colony (Mili)
From NPR: “Lawyers for imprisoned American basketball star Brittney Griner have revealed that she is currently en route to a Russian penal colony to begin serving her nine-year drug trafficking sentence. … Those who have spent time in the system say Griner can expect an experience that fits more with the Soviet Union’s past than most Americans’ current ideas about criminal justice. “If it’s possible to imagine a prison, then a penal colony, you can only imagine reading books by dissidents,” says Maria Alyokhina, who spent nearly two years in a colony following a protest performance in a Moscow church as a member of the famous feminist punk collective Pussy Riot.
Marijuana smoke harms the lungs of tobacco smokers, study finds (Russ)
The author writes: “Smoking weed while being a tobacco smoker can increase damage to the respiratory system, according to a new study. “There is a public perception that marijuana is safer than tobacco, and this study raises concerns that this may not be true,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Giselle Revah, an assistant professor at the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa in Ontario. “The American Lung Association says the only thing that should get into your lungs is clean air, so if you inhale anything it could be toxic to your lungs,” she said.
Rats have rhythm and totally indulge in Lady Gaga and Queen (Dana)
The author writes: “Humans can’t stop moving to the beat of the music and it turns out that rats have the same instinct. Without even realizing it, we move our heads rhythmically, a behavior long considered uniquely human. But scientists have found that rats do the same thing. Yes, it’s true: rats have rhythm. Rodents even keep time at the same rate as humans, 120-140 beats per minute. So when researchers played songs like Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” featuring Mozart, the rats blew their lead just like the humans in the study.