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Great Barrier Reef should be placed on World Heritage List ‘in danger’, UN-backed report says (Maria)
The author writes: “A UN-backed mission to the Great Barrier Reef has concluded that the world’s largest coral reef system should be placed on a list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The long-awaited report on the 10-day mission in March said climate change poses a “serious challenge” to the values that saw the reef listed as a World Wonder in 1981. Progress in reducing pollution flowing into the reef’s waters. from agriculture and grazing was too slow and more investment was needed to meet water quality targets, the mission report said.
Georgia US Senate candidate Herschel Walker continues to enjoy $3 million Texas residency tax break (Sean)
from The Texas Tribune: “Herschel Walker, the former Dallas Cowboys running back and Republican candidate running for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, is slated to get a tax break for his $3 million residence in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb – potentially violating Texas tax law. According to Tarrant County property and tax records, Walker claimed a homestead exemption for his four-bedroom Westlake home in 2021 and is expected to do so again this year — even after he registered to vote in Georgia last year. Walker has since voted in two elections there.”
First Patriot Front Member Convicted of Conspiracy at Idaho Pride Event (Reader Steve)
The author writes: “The first of 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front was convicted in court Monday of felony conspiracy to riot in connection with his role in the hate group’s plan to disrupt a Pride celebration in Coeur d’Alene in June last year. Alexander Nicholai Sisenstein, 27, of Midvale, Utah, was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation with one day credit for time served and a $500 fine, Wes Somerton said , Coeur d’Alene Chief Deputy Criminal Prosecutor. Sisenstein pleaded guilty to the charge on November 17.”
Anti-corporate sentiment in the US is now widespread in both parties (Mili)
From the Pew Research Center: “The American public’s views of banks and other financial institutions, as well as large corporations, have become much more negative in recent years. Today, these institutions are both held in low esteem by Americans on both sides. About four-in-ten Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (38%) and Democrats and Democrats (41%) now say banks and other financial institutions have a positive effect on the way things are run in the country. Even smaller shares — 26 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats — say big corporations have a positive effect, according to an Oct. 10-16 poll by the Pew Research Center.
In a cold country, architecture is tested by heat (Russ)
The authors write: “Much of the [the UK’s] The housing stock was built over a century ago and too much of it was built poorly and unsustainably. And there are huge inequities in British housing, creating social fissures that will be exacerbated next winter as people face rising fuel prices. But an architectural tour of this country’s homes – from grand iconic structures such as Elizabethan Hardwick Hall to more modest Victorian terraced houses and modern tower blocks – suggests that the lessons learned over the centuries about how to deal with realities weather conditions may apply. today.”
VIDEO: Survival of the Friendliest: How Dogs Evolved to Be Man’s Best Friend (Reader Jim)
from 60 minutes: “Anderson Cooper reports on the evolution of dogs from wild wolves to domestic animals and what this might tell us about human evolution.”
Emperor Charles V’s Secret Code Cracked After Five Centuries (Dana)
The author writes: “A team of researchers has cracked a five-century-old code that reveals a rumored French plot to kill Charles V. Charles—Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain—was one of the most powerful men of the 16th century. , presiding over a vast empire that encompassed much of Western Europe and the Americas during a reign of over 40 years. The team at the Loria research laboratory in eastern France took six months to decipher the letter, written in 1547 by the emperor to his ambassador in France.”