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Contained in the Beltway: The media goes nuclear

2022-09-21 21:45:06
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These should not the type of headlines anybody desires to see. They’re on the market nonetheless, following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning Wednesday that he may resort to nuclear weapons because the state of affairs with Ukraine grows dire. Right here’s just some from the final 24 hours:

“Putin simply doubled down on his nuclear menace: What meaning” (Forbes); “Putin flirts once more with grim prospect of nuclear conflict — this time he may imply it” (The Guardian); “Biden condemns Putin’s ‘irresponsible’ nuclear threats“ (The Washington Publish); “Putin escalates Ukraine conflict, points nuclear menace to West” (Globalnews24.eu); and “If a nuclear assault hits New York Metropolis, these fallout shelters received’t defend you” (The Gothamist).

However wait. There have been related headlines two weeks in the past. Right here’s only one instance of many, printed Sept. 3: “Russian official points stark nuclear warning to U.S.: ‘Chess sport’ of demise” (Newsweek).

Then there’s this from March 15: “Putin’s nuclear threats are a wake-up name to the world.” (The Atlantic).

Let’s not overlook this headline, dated Dec. 14, 2021: “Russia threatens to nuke Europe as tensions escalate” (The Each day Specific).

And lest we overlook, New York Metropolis issued an official PSA on July 11 detailing easy methods to survive a nuclear assault. It urged the inhabitants to “Get inside, keep inside, and keep tuned.”

STILL CHARMED BY CASH

These outdated dollars have but to exit of fashion. Alliant Credit score Union polled 2,000 U.S. adults and located that 51% have “chilly arduous money” stashed away of their houses — amounting to $1,010 on common. Nearly six out of 10 People — 58% — want to maintain their financial savings in money “simply in case of an emergency.”

The survey was carried out by the Chicago-based monetary cooperative Aug. 10-19 and launched Monday.

In the meantime, 29% mentioned they discover money helpful for lending cash to folks they know, whereas 17% want to make use of cell funds and 15% opted for old-school checks. One other 43% use money for smaller purchases like espresso whereas 39% reserve their money for grooming appointments and 35% use it for small “non-critical” emergencies.

“What I feel we’re seeing right here isn’t that money is dying out. As a substitute, its makes use of are evolving,” Chris Moore, director of deposits and fee product technique on the credit score union, mentioned in an announcement,

“Seeing that individuals nonetheless choose to make use of money for financial savings, emergencies and lending to family and friends tells us that money’s usefulness is the truth that it’s liquid and immediately out there,” he mentioned.

How a lot of it’s useful? The ballot additionally discovered that cash-carriers stow a median $70 in paper payments of their pockets.

NEVER A DULL MOMENT

Billionaire Jeff Bezos, founding father of Amazon, has donated $200 million to the Smithsonian Institute — with $130 million of that sum earmarked to develop the longer term Bezos Studying Heart on the Smithsonian Nationwide Air and House Museum.

5 design proposals are already into consideration. There’s additionally some eagle-eyed scrutiny from a high-profile animal rights group. That may be Individuals for the Moral Therapy of Animals — PETA — which has a simple suggestion for the ultimate design.

“PETA simply despatched a letter to museum director Christopher Browne urging him to require the profitable design agency to make use of a bird-friendly design and use non-reflective glass in order to not contribute to the lack of birds’ lives,” the group suggested in an announcement to Contained in the Beltway.

“Buildings kill as much as a billion birds yearly within the U.S. The reflective surfaces depicted within the design proposals would result in a disturbing and intolerable uptick in deaths — particularly as a result of Washington is located alongside a serious migratory route that many species comply with to journey south towards hotter climates,” the group mentioned.

“Reflective glass home windows result in lethal crashes, whereas animal-friendly design components corresponding to masking movies and ultraviolet patterns can save untold numbers of birds’ lives,” mentioned Ingrid Newkirk, the longtime president of the group.

“Provided that most of the engineering marvels on the Nationwide Air and House Museum have been impressed by birds’ flight, it’s very important that the museum award a design that lets birds safely share the sky,” she mentioned.

EYEING THE BALLOT BOX

“Many People consider politics has entered into the nation’s vote-counting course of, with probably massive ramifications for the following election. They assume that it’s at the least considerably seemingly that some state or county officers will refuse to certify election outcomes due to political causes,” Globalnews24.eu Information experiences in a brand new ballot.

It discovered that 32% of the respondents mentioned there was “widespread fraud” within the 2020 election; 40% mentioned there have been “a couple of remoted incidents” of fraud whereas 28% felt there was no voter fraud concerned.

“Six in 10 People assume each the politicization of election guidelines and makes an attempt to overturn official election outcomes are main issues with the U.S. election and voting system,” famous the Globalnews24.eu evaluation of the findings.

This Globalnews24.eu Information/YouGov survey of two,985 U.S. adults was carried out Aug. 29-31 and launched Sunday.

POLL DU JOUR

• 59% of U.S. airline passengers say somebody kicking the again of their seat is among the many “most annoying behaviors” throughout a flight.

• 59% say “drunk and disruptive” passengers are among the many most annoying; 48% cite those that odor unhealthy, from poor hygiene or an excessive amount of cologne.

• 47% cite inattentive dad and mom; 40% title passengers who eat foul-smelling meals in flight.

• 40% title passengers who “hog arm rests”; 38% point out those that absolutely recline within the seat in entrance of them.

• 29% cite passengers who speak an excessive amount of; 29% additionally cite those that board the plane or deplane “out of flip.”

• 28% point out those that take heed to music too loudly; 24% title passengers who take off their sneakers.

• 22% cite those that flirt with them, different passengers or flight attendants; 20% title passengers who stand up to stretch an excessive amount of.

• 18% title those that use overhead bins many rows away from their seat; 14% cite “overly affectionate {couples}.”

• 13% cite passengers who “request an excessive amount of from flight attendants.”

SOURCE: A Vacationer.com ballot of 1,098 U.S. adults carried out on-line on Aug. 6 and launched Monday. “Respondents have been capable of choose as many actions from a provided record as they discovered irritating,” the pollster suggested.

• Contact Jennifer Harper at jharper@washingtontimes.com.



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