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EPA cancels scientists’ talk on climate change NY Times
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the speaking appearance of three agency scientists who were scheduled to discuss climate change at a conference on Monday in Rhode Island, according to the agency and several people involved.
John Konkus, an E.P.A. spokesman and a former Trump campaign operative in Florida, confirmed that agency scientists would not speak at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed program in Providence. He provided no further explanation.
Scientists involved in the program said that much of the discussion at the event centers on climate change. Many said they were surprised by the E.P.A.’s last-minute cancellation, particularly since the agency helps to fund the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, which is hosting the conference. The scientists who have been barred from speaking contributed substantial material to a 400-page report to be issued on Monday.
“It’s definitely a blatant example of the scientific censorship we all suspected was going to start being enforced at E.P.A.,” said John King, a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who chairs the science advisory committee of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. “They don’t believe in climate change, so I think what they’re trying to do is stifle discussions of the impacts of climate change.”

Dopey Congressmen had no idea we had troops in Niger The Daily Beast
“For sixteen years, Congress has remained largely silent on this issue, allowing administrations to go to war anywhere, anytime.”
— Sen. Tim Kaine

“Suicide molecules” and their potential to kill cancer Eureka Alert
Small RNA molecules originally developed as a tool to study gene function trigger a mechanism hidden in every cell that forces the cell to commit suicide, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study, the first to identify molecules to trigger a fail-safe mechanism that may protect us from cancer.
The mechanism — RNA suicide molecules — can potentially be developed into a novel form of cancer therapy, the study authors said.

Trump spars with widow of slain soldier about condolence call Politico
She also said that many of her questions surrounding her husband’s death have not yet been answered by the military and that she has not been allowed to view her husband’s body. She said she has not been told how he was killed or why it took two days from the time La David Johnson’s unit was attacked for the military to recover his body.
>>> McCain mocks Trump’s draft dodging CNN (text and video)

Montana Republican says she’d shoot reporters Raw Story
Karen Marshall of the Gallatin County Republican Women said in a radio interview that if Jacobs had questioned her like he did Gianforte, she would have tried to murder him. 
“If that kid had done to me what he did to Greg, I would have shot him,” Marshall told the “Voices of Montana” radio show.
“That kid came on private property, came into a private building and went into a very private room that I would not even have gone into,” Marshall fumed on the air. “It was a set-up. A complete set-up. He just pushed a little too hard.”

Pentagon seeks “drone swarms” to support infantry Motherboard

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A screen shot from video game “Call of Duty”

Vaccine against peanut allergy fails trial, maker wants it approved anyway Stat
Welcome to the world of loosey-goosey federal agencies.

State Dep’t revokes visa of Putin’s nemesis The Hill
Bill Browder was a driving force behind the Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law under which Russians suspected of human rights abuses can see their assets frozen and visas revoked by the U.S. government. It was named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died under mysterious circumstances while imprisoned in Russia. Magnitsky served as a lawyer to Browder.

The link between gasoline subsidies and traffic jams Phys.Org

Keys, utterly dependent on tourism, slow to recover Miami Herald
keys“We are being brutally honest [with future guests]. It’s not pretty down here right now. If you want a clean place to stay and you want to come down, you know we are here, but the last thing that I want to have happen is somebody come down here thinking it’s OK when it’s not.”
The problems are so widespread across resorts in the Keys that data analytics firm STR, which collects daily data in hotel markets across the world, couldn’t put out information on the state of the region’s hotel market for almost a month. In numbers released Wednesday, which only represent little more than half of all properties, hotels in the Keys were about 35 percent full in September. Room nights sold and revenue dropped about 45 percent last month, compared to the same time last year.

 

 

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