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Welcome to the (shudder) future
Oh, that ABBA reunion? It will be their holograms.
— It’s not the real Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid who will take the stage at the NBC-BBC production slated for December — it will be their “digital selves.”
— Whatever that means.
— Apparently they hate each other and have vowed never to take the stage again. But their holograms, maybe they can get along.

Touring is so tiresome. Why not send your holograms instead?

Looks like feds preparing to allow grizzly bear hunts
CBS News
grizzly— U.S. officials will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, despite a court ruling that called into question the government’s rationale for turning grizzly management over to states that are now planning public hunts for the animals.
— The disclosure from the Interior Department follows a months-long review of a decision last year to lift protections in place since 1975 for about 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

No guns allowed at NRA convention where Pence speaks
Dallas Morning News

Even in training, US troops suffering brain injuries
Center for a New American Security
— Hundreds of thousands of service members suffer from traumatic brain injury, including from exposure to blasts from improvised explosive devices.
— DoD studies have demonstrated that some service members experience cognitive deficits in delayed verbal memory, visual-spatial memory, and executive function after firing heavy weapons, even within allowable limits.

US needs a million more nurses — but nursing schools can’t cope
— In 2017, nursing schools turned away more than 56,000 qualified applicants from undergraduate nursing programs.
“Some of these applicants graduated high school top of their class with a 3.5 GPA or higher. But the competition to get into a nursing school right now is so intense.”

So police say this guy in Oregon…
Hired drug addicts to steal $50K worth of Legos, which he would sell online
Oregon Live

Police say they found all this stolen stuff in dude’s garage. Ah! The American entrepreneurial spirit never dies.

FDA’s been meaning to tell ya…
Weedkiller in your granola, crackers etc
The Guardian
— US government scientists have detected a weedkiller linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, emails obtained through a freedom of information request show.
— The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing food samples for residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in hundreds of widely used herbicide products, for two years, but has not yet released any official results.

“I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount (of glyphosate) in all of them,”
— FDA chemist Richard Thompson

No such thing as climate change, but …
Even Pentagon admits rising seas will swallow islands

— The study focused on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean and specifically Roi-Namur Island, where the US runs a military base that is home to over 1,200 personnel and civilians. According to the study, a combination of large waves, rising sea levels, and the collapse of the coral reefs …

China stiffens its spine on trade disputes
NY Times
— China will refuse to discuss Trump’s toughest trade demands when American negotiators arrive in Beijing this week, forcing Washington to escalate the dispute or back down.
— Beijing officials do not plan to discuss Trump’s two biggest demands: a mandatory $100 billion cut in America’s $375 billion annual trade deficit with China … and curbs on Beijing’s $300 billion plan to bankroll the upgrade into advanced technologies.
— Beijing officials feel their economy has become big enough and resilient enough to stand up to the United States.

“The savings rate difference alone will lead to the cash flow and the current acount deficits. There is no question that over time, that will accelerate the American decline … The youths here are less well off than their parents, while its the opposite in China. … the reason is their traditional respect for teachers and scientists. Engineers made up the ruling ranks in China, and they have long-term plans like Made in China 2025. Americans elected a reality TV star with plans that change every 24 hours. Our CEOs are hired for their 90 day attention spans. Our teachers? They should get a part time job collecting shopping carts at HomeDepot!
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see where both countries are heading – a trade war isn’t going to reverse it.”
— Chin Wu, Lambertville NJ, commenting in NY Times.

China mining data directly from workers’ brains
South China Morning Post
— Government-backed surveillance projects are deploying brain-reading technology to detect changes in emotional states in employees on the production line, the military and at the helm of high-speed trains.

Note: Results are from an online poll
Millennials cooling on Dems
— Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among millennials, according to the Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll.
— The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy.
— Although nearly two of three young voters polled said they do not like Republican President Donald Trump, their distaste for him does not necessarily extend to all Republicans or translate directly into votes for Democratic congressional candidates.

The Weekend’s Dog and Pony Show
dog-pony-juggleThe White House
Correspondents Dinner
— Somebody made some jokes.
— Some people were insulted.
— Some people laughed.
— The Republic somehow survived.

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