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The Avengers, Thanos and Overpopulation
The supervillain's master plan echoes the fears of "Population Bomb" author Paul Ehrlich.
After shattering box office records last weekend, Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest film in Hollywood. The movie pits a team of superheroes against a god-like supervillain named Thanos. Thanos' master plan? Kill half the universe out of fears of too many people and too few resources. That might sound like the sort of insane plan that could only come from a truly evil comic book supervillain. But it's not too far off from the worries of real-world environmentalists who have spread misguided fears about the dangers of overpopulation.
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The Scotchman Peaks have become an ideological Rorschach for Bonner County
The trek toward wilderness designation has been in the works for more than a decade and the upcoming vote is "advisory." Still, Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch, who sponsored the proposal in Congress, told residents in an April 11 op-ed in the Sandpoint Reader that he will "follow the decision made by you, the people of Bonner County." That makes the outcome potentially more important than its advisory status lets on.
Dem congressman: Force gun owners to get rid of assault weapons
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., drops a grenade into the middle of the gun debate.
A Democratic congressman has proposed outlawing “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons” and forcing existing owners to sell their weapons or face prosecution, a major departure from prior gun control proposals that typically exempt existing firearms. In a USA Today op-ed entitled “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., argued Thursday that prior proposals to ban assault weapons “would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.”
Sen. Patty Murray Reintroduces Wildfire Disaster Recovery Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC- Sen. Patty Murray’s reintroduced legislation in an attempt to improve disaster recovery programs that are intended to help communities impacted by wildfires. The bill is known as the Rural Disaster Recovery Act of 2018, and it is the second time Murray has attempted to push it through the Senate. She outlined the key elements of the bill in a recent video.
from The Seattle Times
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Fed up with Seattle? Data show where people are moving
For years we’ve been talking about the throngs of newcomers flooding into Seattle. But now, it seems, the trending topic of conversation is all the folks who are moving in the opposite direction.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday in a rare visit that signals warming ties between the two nations. Wang said China congratulates Kim on the recent inter-Korean summit and supports the end to the state of war on the Korean peninsula. His visit marked the first official high-level contact between North Korea and China since North and South Korea agreed to an agenda of peace and denuclearization at the summit in late April.