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April 12th, 2021 - 11:02 pm § in China, Foreign Affairs

China’s strategy to seize an ocean

The South China Sea is very valuable real estate. About a third of the world’s seaborne trade passes through there, and it’s rich in resources, including oil and fisheries. It’s also of great strategic importance; if China could control it, and keep other nations out, Southeast Asi[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 5:55 pm § in Misc., Science

Navy still puzzled by mystery drones

They’re being called UFOs, but probably were sophisticated drones, and the Navy says it still doesn’t know where they came from or who they belonged to. Half a dozen of the drones “pursued” several Navy ships conducting exercises off the California coast in July 2019 (see map[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 5:43 pm § in Health

Michigan Covid-19 cases up 3x in a month

Michigan’s Covid-19 infection rate has risen from 2,000 to 6,000 a day over the last month, Daily Mail reported on Monday, April 12, 2021. About 70% of those involve the so-called U.K. variant, now the most prevalent Covid-19 strain in the U.S. An infectious disease expert partly blames Mich[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 3:44 pm § in Biden, Business

How Amazon beat the union

The workforce at Amazon’s Alabama warehouse is predominantly black, and had the usual gripes about Amazon’s working conditions: Punishing workers for bathroom breaks and other time away from the floor, high production quotas, and the pay of $15 an hour, which is the minimum wage in many stat[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 2:33 pm § in Health

B.C. ski resort epicenter of Covid-19 Brazilian variant outbreak

British Columbia officials closed the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort on March 29 after linking the venue to the largest outbreak of the dangerous Covid-19 P.1 variant outside of Brazil, the U.K.-based tabloid Daily Mail reported on Monday, April 12, 2021. Read story here. “At least 84 people wh[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 1:44 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

GOP official sued for flashing gun at constituent during virtual meeting

“A 74-year-old Michigan woman filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against a county commissioner who flashed a rifle at her during a virtual public meeting,” The Hill reported on April 12, 2021. Read story here. Back in March 2020, Commissioner Ron Clous (photo, left), a Republican, invited[...]