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Mpox did not fade away. Africa faces two alarming outbreaks — and lacks vaccines

Last week, the World Health Organization called attention to an mpox outbreak in South Africa. Officials there confirmed 20 cases between May 8 and July 2, with 18 hospitalizations and three deaths.

Another concern is the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak that began last year has been accelerating — and where the variant is dramatically deadlier than the mpox strain of 2022. About 6% of people who get this type of mpox are dying from it — compared to a 0.2% death rate for the 2022 strain. Most of the deaths in the DRC outbreak are among children.

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apnews.com Baltic countries notify Russia and Belarus they will exit the Moscow-controlled electricity grid

The electricity grid operators of the three Baltic countries on Tuesday officially notified Russia and Belarus that they will exit a 2001 agreement that has kept Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania connected to an electricity transmission system controlled by Moscow.

Baltic countries notify Russia and Belarus they will exit the Moscow-controlled electricity grid
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  • That isn't what that article says. It talks about American Rounds and other companies that use vending machine to sell restricted products. A different company Master Ammo found using AI for facial verification to be costly when they looked at it "years ago". The article doesn't specify how long ago that was. If it was 12 years ago, which is the age of Master Ammo, I would find that plausible.

    The machine for American Rounds was pulled because of "disappointing sales". Retail space ain't free, and I bet it has slim margins too.

    In any case, the whole endeavor may not be viable in the long run. They either have to get costs low enough to compete with brick and mortar stores and the Big Box stores, or they have to go where none exist while finding enough locations to recoup development costs. The devil's in the details and unfortunately all the reporting on this has been quick news stories.

  • Small penis rule

    It's just a short text article

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    The new Chinese owner of the popular Polyfill JS project injects malware into more than 100 thousand sites
  • Looks like someone tried to archive an archived page. You can see https://web.archive.org/... is listed twice in the url. I just trimmed off the first one then it works: https://web.archive.org/web/20240229113710/https://github.com/polyfillpolyfill/polyfill-service/issues/2834

  • Chillin’ like a villain
  • Oh. My. Gawd. All it needs is some pickle juice and Sriracha sauce.

  • We are a failed species
  • I've never made one with Sunny D, but a screwdriver is pretty tasty.

  • Hundreds of Coffee Products Recalled Nationwide for Potential Botulism
  • It's common for blogs and some news outlets to include an image with each article. It may or may not be relevant.

    I had searched for a couple of the roasters and they either de-listed the products or pulled the page from their website.

    Anyway the FDA recall talks about canning low acid foods, and how the manufacturer hadn't filed the proper paperwork on their process.

  • Hundreds of Coffee Products Recalled Nationwide for Potential Botulism
  • True, but you're not going to pop the top on one of those then start sipping.

  • Hundreds of Coffee Products Recalled Nationwide for Potential Botulism
  • Maybe in the sense that Coke and Pepsi are the same product. From reading their website it looks like they partner with different roasters to make canned cold brew.

  • Hundreds of Coffee Products Recalled Nationwide for Potential Botulism
  • It's coffee that's been brewed then canned in a soda can. Your whole bean and pre-ground coffee that comes in a bag is fine.

  • The Offspring - This Is Not Utopia

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    Brainstorm: Tell me your thoughts on editorialization in titles
  • I think allowing brief editorialization after the title strikes the right balance. Sometimes there is something particular the poster wants to highlight that the article title doesn't capture.

  • Dev of cancelled Life By You game shares some information, including just two weeks notice of cancellation after being given the thumbs-up a few weeks prior
  • Embracer treats studios like they are disposable. They killed Volition (Saint's Row), Free Radical (TimeSpltters) plus a bunch of other studios. All of that was because their $2 billion deal with the Saudi Government fell through. Some studios managed to escape when one of the Saber Interactive original owners bought back a bunch of studios. They recently killed Pieces Interactive (Alone in the Dark).

    If a studio is owned by Embracer, they are lucky if they will be around in 5 years.

  • We Remember Noam Chomsky, the Intellectual and Moral Giant
  • They changed the headline to "Let’s Celebrate Noam Chomsky". The New Statesman article also was pulled.

    The only recent information I can find is he was recovering from a bad stroke last year, and his wife moved him to Brazil.

  • What does it mean if I keep getting rashes/pimples, but only on one finger?
  • Yeah, that was my second prescription. The first one was clobetasol propionate which you are only supposed to use two weeks on, two weeks off. It didn't work very well.

    Edit: for over the counter I use Eucerin eczema relief. I also have a jar of CeraVe, but I haven't used that in a while. I only have to use them occasionally.

  • What does it mean if I keep getting rashes/pimples, but only on one finger?
  • Go see a dermatologist.

    A few years ago I would get patches on the back of my hand that would itch and have tiny blisters. They were persistent and over the counter ointments weren't helping. Finally went to a dermatologist when they got unbearable. The first one I went to prescribed an ointment that sorta worked, but not that great. Ended up going to a second dermatologist when I found out the first one was an anti-vaxxer.

    The second one was on top of his game. He straight up said the first ointment wasn't a good one to use and prescribed something much better. It knocked out the spots and itchiness after a week or two. I've had a couple of minor flair ups since, but the ointment eliminates it pretty quick. Haven't had any problems for at least a year.

    If you can, go see a dermatologist.

  • [META] Political News
  • It's in the dictionary. There's even a wikipedia page on it.

  • Is there a good "random acts of kindness" community in the fediverse?
  • At that time Lemmy didn't support instance blocking at the user level. After the devs released that update it still took time for world to upgrade. Updates were coming out every couple of weeks and world likes to wait for about 6 weeks of stability on a release.

  • Is there a good "random acts of kindness" community in the fediverse?
  • Lemmy World announced the block about 10 months ago: https://lemmy.world/post/2498330

    The larger instances usually setup a community just for announcements. For world it's [email protected]

  • 130 Paracord keychains in a storage container
  • I see what looks like a solomon bar and some snake knots. Not sure what else.

  • State GOP tells people to "burn all Pride flags" during June
  • They did encourage people to burn pride flags. Just sayin' it is a "pride" flag.

  • Want to protect your kids' eyes from myopia? Get them to play outside

    If you're a parent struggling to get your kids' off their devices and outdoors to play, here's another reason to keep trying: Spending at least two hours outside each day is one of the most important things your kids can do to protect their eyesight.

    "We think that outdoor time is the best form of prevention for nearsightedness," says Dr. Noha Ekdawi, a pediatric ophthalmologist in Wheaton, Ill.

    And that's important, because the number of kids with nearsightedness – or myopia – has been growing rapidly in the U.S., and in many other parts of the world.

    \[...\]

    Wu convinced his son's elementary school to increase outdoor time. He also recruited a control school. A year later, his son's school had half as many new myopia cases as the other school. "We saw the results – they were very successful," Wu says.

    He did more research, at more schools, and eventually convinced Taiwan's Ministry of Education to encourage all primary schools to send students out doors for at least 2 hours a day, every day. The program launched in September 2010. And after decades of trending upward, the rate of myopia among Taiwan's elementary school students began falling – from an all-time high of 50% in 2011 down to 45.1% by 2015. It's a major achievement, says Ian Morgan.

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    Again? For the third time, another company wants to drill in FL's Apalachicola River floodplain

    floridaphoenix.com Again? For the third time, another company wants to drill in FL's Apalachicola River floodplain • Florida Phoenix

    Every year in the spring, there’s an event called Hands Across the Sand, where people gather on Florida’s beaches to show their opposition to offshore oil drilling. This year, the folks in the Panhandle may want to face north instead of south. That’s because the biggest threat from drilling isn’t co...

    Again? For the third time, another company wants to drill in FL's Apalachicola River floodplain • Florida Phoenix

    The target for this treasure hunt is in Calhoun County, in a forested spot between the Apalachicola, the Chipola River, and the Dead Lakes. I don’t know if you could pick a worse spot in Florida to plop down such a toxic industry.

    The Apalachicola is the largest river in volume in Florida and has the largest and most environmentally sensitive undisturbed floodplain ecosystem in the state.

    The Chipola is the source of drinking water for the town of Port St. Joe, population 3,600. Its “Look and Tremble” whitewater rapids make it popular with paddlers, too.

    As for the Dead Lakes: Despite the eerie name, that’s a popular fishing spot. My dad, who grew up in nearby Jackson County, loved to fish there.

    If someone spilled oil in that area, the way BP spread yucky globs across the beaches of eight Florida counties in 2010, I think those lakes would be dead for real.

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    tmo.report T-Mobile's New AI "Profiling" Privacy Toggle Is On By Default

    A new privacy setting, enabled by default, allows T-Mobile to access concerning levels of detail about your activities and behaviors.

    T-Mobile's New AI "Profiling" Privacy Toggle Is On By Default

    T-Mobile made waves back in 2021 when they automatically set user privacy settings to on by default for sharing customer info with advertisers. It made a lot of people angry then, and a new setting that’s appeared in the same settings is once again enabled by default.

    A new toggle has shown up in the T-Mobile “Privacy Center”, and it appears to have first been spotted a month ago on Reddit. The toggle is for allowing “automated profiling” of your user data to analyze and predict how a user might behave, particularly when interacting with support.

    This article will dive into what exactly “profiling” is in this context, and how you can opt-out for your account.

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    Chevron owns this city's news site. Many stories aren't told

    Open flames shot upward from four smokestacks at the Chevron refinery on the western edge of Richmond, Calif. Soon, black smoke blanketed the sky.

    News spread quickly that day last November, but by word of mouth, says Denny Khamphanthong, a 29-year-old Richmond resident. "We don't know the full story, but we know that you shouldn't breathe in the air or be outside for that matter," Khamphanthong says now. "It would be nice to have an actual news outlet that would actually go out there and figure it out themselves."

    The city's primary local news source, The Richmond Standard, didn't cover the flare. Nor had it reported on a 2021 Chevron refinery pipeline rupture that dumped nearly 800 gallons of diesel fuel into San Francisco Bay.

    Chevron is the city's largest employer, largest taxpayer and largest polluter. Yet when it comes to writing about Chevron, The Richmond Standard consistently toes the company line.

    And there's a reason for that: Chevron owns The Richmond Standard.

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    arstechnica.com Don’t use these six cinnamon products, FDA warns after concerning lead tests

    The FDA is putting manufacturers on notice to do more to keep contaminants out.

    Don’t use these six cinnamon products, FDA warns after concerning lead tests

    Six different ground cinnamon products sold at retailers including Save A Lot, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar contain elevated levels of lead and should be recalled and thrown away immediately, the US Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

    The brands are La Fiesta, Marcum, MK, Swad, Supreme Tradition, and El Chilar, and the products are sold in plastic spice bottles or in bags at various retailers. The FDA has contacted the manufacturers to urge them to issue voluntary recalls, though it has not been able to reach one of the firms, MTCI, which distributes the MK-branded cinnamon.

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    What are your weird food rules?

    For example:

    • When you open a fresh jar of peanut butter do you only work through one side until it is completely empty then start on the other side?

    • Or when you get those shallow tubs of hummus does it have to make it back home undisturbed? Then one of the baggers at the grocery store shoves it sideways into the bag completely ruining the symmetry.

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    apnews.com Why children are still playing tackle football, despite brain risks

    Tackle football offers children as young as 5 the chance to make friends, learn teamwork and maybe win a college scholarship.

    Why children are still playing tackle football, despite brain risks

    Many are opting out. Participation in youth tackle football has been declining for years. But especially in communities of color, tackle football’s lure remains strong and the balance tips toward opportunity, a four-month investigation by The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland has found.

    \[...]

    Last year, the Boston University CTE Center released a study that said the developing brains of children are at risk for damage from repeated impacts to the head and brain that have been associated with impulsive behaviors and cognitive problems.

    The study notes that children who start playing tackle football at an early age or participate in the sport for more than 11 years run an increased risk of such impairment.

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    "Sometimes you gotta get your shoes dirty when you’re counting turds or something"

    Credited to starman2112 in reference to a vulva shaped coffee cup

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    www.nbcnews.com Deaths reported after small plane crashes into Florida mobile home park

    Multiple mobile homes caught fire after the single-engine plane, whose pilot had reported engine failure, crashed in Clearwater, officials said.

    Deaths reported after small plane crashes into Florida mobile home park
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    Man’s plan to bomb Satanic Temple is thwarted, MA cops say.

    A Michigan man was arrested for planning to bomb The Satanic Temple headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts, police said.

    Luke Isaac Terpstra, 30, of Grant, Michigan was arrested on Jan. 2 by Grant police, according to a Jan. 12 news release from the Salem Police Department. Terpstra is charged with possession of bombs with unlawful intent.

    Michigan law enforcement were tipped off about Terpstra’s plan by his mother, WZZM reported citing court documents.

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    www.theguardian.com ‘Black snow’: sugarcane burning makes our lives hell, Florida locals say

    Fire and ash from burning cane fields has worsened health near Lake Okeechobee, US’s largest sugar-growing region

    ‘Black snow’: sugarcane burning makes our lives hell, Florida locals say

    “We call it black snow because it falls from the sky just like snowflakes. But it’s just the burnt trash blowing from the cane. I know people who’ve had to move out of the Glades because their respiratory issues got so bad during the burn season.”

    To hear the $13bn sugar industry tell it, there is no problem here. The Clewiston-based US Sugar Corporation, which farms more than 230,000 acres across four counties and employs about 2,500 people, touts its own studies regularly claiming “the Glades communities have air that is good, safe and clean”, and insisting those who say otherwise are “dishonest anti-farming activists”.

    Yet the evidence against is more than just anecdotal. A 2021 collaboration between ProPublica and the Palm Beach Post determined, among numerous other findings, that hospital admissions for respiratory distress in Belle Glade, a town in the heart of sugar country, increased up to 35% in the harvesting season.

    Researchers at Florida International University found in 2015 that levels of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) present in the air at Belle Glade were 15 times higher during harvesting season than the summer growing season.

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    Florida’s HB 1, typically considered the legislative priority of the year, is sailing through its committee hearings with unusual bipartisan support.

    This year, the state’s lawmakers have decided to go after child and teenage social media use. The bill, which can still be amended, bans teens under 16 years old from creating new social media profiles, allows parents to request the deletion of an existing profile, and fines platforms for each time they don’t comply.

    In a summary analysis, House legislative staff laid out nearly two pages of constitutional concerns, from First Amendment considerations to infringement on federal laws.

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    apnews.com A Florida hotel cancels a Muslim conference, citing security concerns after receiving protest calls

    A South Florida Marriott Hotel canceled a Muslim group’s conference at the last minute after a protest group claimed the coalition was promoting Hamas, terrorism and antisemitism.

    A Florida hotel cancels a Muslim conference, citing security concerns after receiving protest calls

    A South Florida Marriott Hotel canceled a Muslim group’s conference at the last minute after a protest group claimed the coalition was promoting Hamas, terrorism and antisemitism.

    The South Florida Muslim Federation, a coalition of about 30 mosques and Islamic groups, said Friday that it was told by the Marriott Coral Springs Hotel and Convention Center that its conference was being canceled because of security concerns after it received 100 calls demanding it bars the group. This weekend’s second annual conference was expected to draw more than a thousand people.

    Kakli said that even before Marriott raised security concerns, his group hired Coral Springs police officers and private guards for protection. He said he told Marriott that the federation would hire more, but was rebuffed.

    Kakli denied that he or his group supports terrorism or antisemitism. He said those accusations are often made against Muslims who criticize Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and its treatment of Gaza to strip them and their arguments of legitimacy.

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    floridaphoenix.com 11th Circuit rebukes DeSantis, orders a new trial for suspended prosecutor Warren - Florida Phoenix

    Suspended prosecutor Andrew Warren will get a second chance to reverse his suspension by Gov. Ron DeSantis for alleged “neglect of duty” and “incompetence” following a federal appeals court ruling in which a three-judge panel criticized the governor’s action. A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled in ...

    11th Circuit rebukes DeSantis, orders a new trial for suspended prosecutor Warren - Florida Phoenix

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/10620731

    > “The First Amendment is an inconvenient thing. It protects expression that some find wrongheaded, or offensive, or even ridiculous,” Newsom wrote in a concurring opinion. > > “But for the same reason that the government can’t muzzle so-called ‘conservative’ speech under the guise of preventing on campus ‘harassment,’ the state can’t exercise its coercive power to censor so-called ‘woke’ speech with which it disagrees. What’s good for mine is (whether I like it or not) good for thine.” > > \[...] > > The Eleventh Circuit opinion goes into depth about the rights of elected officials like Warren to engage in political speech, even if it runs counter to what the governor thinks. > > DeSantis argued he was entitled to punish Warren because the prosecutor had acted as a government employee. The Eleventh Circuit, however, concluded it “seems suspect” to apply a U.S. Supreme Court precedent allowing such punishment for rank-and-file state workers to an elected official. > > A different U.S. Supreme Court ruling noted that elected office holders enjoy the right “to enter the field of political controversy,” Pryor continued. Also, that “[t]he role that elected officials play in our society makes it all the more imperative that they be allowed freely to express themselves.” > > “Warren’s speech occurred outside the workplace, and he never distributed the advocacy statements inside the workplace or included them in internal materials or training sessions. He employed no workplace resources and never marshaled the statements through his process for creating policies. Neither statement referenced any Florida law that would go unenforced,” the court said.

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    floridaphoenix.com 11th Circuit rebukes DeSantis, orders a new trial for suspended prosecutor Warren - Florida Phoenix

    Suspended prosecutor Andrew Warren will get a second chance to reverse his suspension by Gov. Ron DeSantis for alleged “neglect of duty” and “incompetence” following a federal appeals court ruling in which a three-judge panel criticized the governor’s action. A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled in ...

    11th Circuit rebukes DeSantis, orders a new trial for suspended prosecutor Warren - Florida Phoenix

    “The First Amendment is an inconvenient thing. It protects expression that some find wrongheaded, or offensive, or even ridiculous,” Newsom wrote in a concurring opinion.

    “But for the same reason that the government can’t muzzle so-called ‘conservative’ speech under the guise of preventing on campus ‘harassment,’ the state can’t exercise its coercive power to censor so-called ‘woke’ speech with which it disagrees. What’s good for mine is (whether I like it or not) good for thine.”

    \[...]

    The Eleventh Circuit opinion goes into depth about the rights of elected officials like Warren to engage in political speech, even if it runs counter to what the governor thinks.

    DeSantis argued he was entitled to punish Warren because the prosecutor had acted as a government employee. The Eleventh Circuit, however, concluded it “seems suspect” to apply a U.S. Supreme Court precedent allowing such punishment for rank-and-file state workers to an elected official.

    A different U.S. Supreme Court ruling noted that elected office holders enjoy the right “to enter the field of political controversy,” Pryor continued. Also, that “[t]he role that elected officials play in our society makes it all the more imperative that they be allowed freely to express themselves.”

    “Warren’s speech occurred outside the workplace, and he never distributed the advocacy statements inside the workplace or included them in internal materials or training sessions. He employed no workplace resources and never marshaled the statements through his process for creating policies. Neither statement referenced any Florida law that would go unenforced,” the court said.

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    floridaphoenix.com Florida legislators want to cut building permit times, despite safety risk - Florida Phoenix

    The other day I was driving north on U.S. 19, which is the most Florida of Florida roads. I say that because it passes by a dinosaur-shaped gas station, the park that employs the Weeki Wachee mermaids, a ginormous manatee statue at Homosassa Springs, a road named for an Elvis movie filmed near there...

    Florida legislators want to cut building permit times, despite safety risk - Florida Phoenix

    Builders and developers are constantly chafing at how long it takes them to acquire the permits they need. They don’t like waiting for local and state government approvals, and so Esposito’s bill is designed to alleviate that concern.

    But meeting these accelerated deadlines “would be a challenge for local government,” Kim Dinkins of 1000 Friends told me.

    Let’s call Esposito’s bill what it really is: The Rush It Through No Matter What Law.

    It doesn’t trim the amount of time local government has to review builders’ plans to make sure they comply with the rules. It provides a radical cut, not unlike giving shaggy-haired Keanu Reeves a Marine Corps high-and-tight buzz.

    Right now, state law says cities and counties can take 30 days to review building permits for single family homes and up to 120 days for larger projects such as condominiums.

    They have 45 days to determine if the application is complete. And if it’s not, they can ask the developer for additional information three times, each time stopping the clock on the review.

    Esposito’s bill would reset every deadline. All building permits — condos included — would have to be issued by that same 30-day limit. If the builder or developer hires their own permit reviewer, then the city or county would have even less time — a mere 15 days.

    Under the bill, the amount of time to determine if the application is complete would be cut to only 10 days. And the cities and counties could ask for more information only two times, not three.

    If they fail to meet those accelerated deadlines, then the permit is approved automatically.

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