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In the news, Wednesday, May 23, 2018


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from Conservative Intelligence Briefing

POLL: GOP Gaining Steam with Slight Lead in 2018 Midterms
A Reuters/Ipsos poll has the Republican Party slightly beating out the Democrats in a generic congressional ballot vote for the first time. 38% of registered voters said they would vote for a Republican if the 2018 midterm elections were held today, whereas just shy of 37% said they would vote for a Democrat


from Forbes
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED, American business magazine

If Solar Panels Are So Clean, Why Do They Produce So Much Toxic Waste?
The last few years have seen growing concern over what happens to solar panels at the end of their life. The problem of solar panel disposal “will explode with full force in two or three decades and wreck the environment” because it “is a huge amount of waste and they are not easy to recycle.” “The reality is that there is a problem now, and it’s only going to get larger, expanding as rapidly as the PV industry expanded 10 years ago.” “Contrary to previous assumptions, pollutants such as lead or carcinogenic cadmium can be almost completely washed out of the fragments of solar modules over a period of several months, for example by rainwater.”


from The Inlander
Media/News Company in Spokane, WA

FBI admits overstating locked phone problem, and critics pounce
The FBI came under fire from electronic privacy and security advocates Wednesday after acknowledging it has repeatedly exaggerated the number of locked smartphones and other mobile electronic devices it has been unable to access because of encryption, including in congressional testimony and public speeches. The FBI has been pushing for legal changes that would require tech companies to help it gain access to secured data. That fight last peaked in 2016 after a mass shooting in San Bernardino.


TV Channel in Wenatchee, WA

Historic Conconully Ranger Station Can Be Yours!
The Forest Service is auctioning six buildings and 0.78 acre of land known as the Conconully Work Center. Formerly known as the Conconully Ranger Station, the Work Center is in the town of Conconully, Washington. Located at 405 Main Street, between Boone Street and Lake Street, adjacent to existing residences and commercial properties.


from Orthodox Christianity
Organization in Moscow, Russia

The ancient Church of St. Kyriaki on the South Aegean Greek island of Naxos and a mosaic of the Transfiguration at Mt. Sinai’s 6th-century St. Catherine’s Monastery have been declared winners of the 2018 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in the conservation category. A Europa Nostra Award is one of the highest honors in the field of European heritage. The 29 winners from 17 countries were announced by Europa Nostra on May 15, being “recognized for their impressive accomplishments in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising.”

A group of Ukrainian nationalists attempted to provoke a fight with believers of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church who had gathered outside the Dnipro Regional Council a few days ago to protest the proposed amalgamation of two schismatic confessions into a new autocephalous Ukrainian Church. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered an appeal last month, with the backing of the Ukrainian parliament and the entire hierarchy of Ukraine’s two schismatic Orthodox confessions, calling on the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant a tomos of autocephaly to a new, united Ukrainian Church. The initiative was not backed by a single hierarch of the true Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Christ, nor has it received the approval of the primate or Synod of any other Orthodox Church in the world. The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Throne has announced that for now they will meet with other Local Orthodox Churches to discuss the matter.

Artemy, the parishioner of the Church of the Archangel Michael in Grozny, Chechen Republic, who was murdered during Saturday’s terrorist attack on the parish, was honored with a burial on church grounds yesterday, reports RIA-Novosti. Artemy was honored as one who suffered for his faith. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack that left three dead, and several others injured.

Modernity is not about how to live rightly in the world, but about how to make the world itself live rightly. The difference could hardly be greater. The inception of modernity, across the 18th and 19th centuries, was marked by revolution. The Industrial Revolution, the rise of various forms of capitalism, the birth of the modern state with its political revolutions, all initiated a period of ceaseless change marked by winners and losers.


from Prospect Magazine

Aristotle’s thinking on democracy has more relevance than ever
The will of the people in its purest form leaves little room for the rule of law


from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington


from Sports Illustrated

NFL Policy Will Require Players on Field to Stand for Anthem, Show Flag 'Proper Respect'
NFL owners voted to settle the national anthem debate, removing a requirement for players to be on the field for the anthem, and giving players the option to stay in the locker room. The new policy states: "All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed." Teams will be fined for any personnel that "do not show proper respect for the flag and Anthem” on the sidelines.


from USA Today

FDA says stop using over-the-counter benzocaine products on teething infants
Parents: Your kids don't need topical soothing medicines for their teething gums, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is saying. In fact, Wednesday morning the FDA issued a warning against over-the-counter teething products containing benzocaine, saying they pose a "serious risk to infants and children" and lack benefit, as well.


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