Archive for October 5th, 2021

October 5th, 2021 - 9:31 pm § in Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

Status report: Will China invade Taiwan?

Following a weekend when Beijing flew dozens of sorties into Taiwan airspace, and a Chinese exile blew the whistle on Chinese government kidnappings and torture of Uighurs, President Biden said “he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the Taiwan a[...]

October 5th, 2021 - 1:45 pm § in Israel/Palestine, Misc.

Archaeologists find toilet

Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem have found a 2,700-year-old toilet. ABC News reported on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 (read story here, if you’re so inclined). “A private toilet cubicle was very rare in antiquity,” and only the rich could afford them, the director of the excavation sai[...]

October 5th, 2021 - 10:12 am § in Biden, Democrats, Economics, Politics

Will Republicans blow up the economy?

Democrats and Republicans are locked in a duel, or a game of chicken, over raising the debt ceiling. On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, CNN political reporter Chris Cillizza wrote (here):    “Two weeks out from a dangerous debt default with broad consequences for the American economy, Mitch McCon[...]

October 5th, 2021 - 9:12 am § in Health, Politics, Schools & Colleges, Science

NIH director decides to retire

Dr. Francis Collins, who has led the National Institutes of Health since 2009, announced his retirement on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 (read story here). Collins, 71, is a respected expert in the field of genetics, and a renowned “gene hunter” (bio here).  He was appointed to head the NIH [...]

October 5th, 2021 - 8:49 am § in Science

2021 Nobel Physics Prize goes to climate scientists

Three elderly scientists who spent decades modeling climate change, and then tried to warn the world of what’s coming, were awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for physics.      Syukuro Manabe, 90, and Klaus Hasselmann, 89, “carried out pioneering work in the1960s and 1970s that sounded an e[...]