The Daily Populous

Saturday November 24th, 2018 night edition

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Science journals are laughing all the way to the bank, locking the results of publicly funded research behind exorbitant paywalls.

A campaign to make content free must succeed.

HERE is a trivia question for you: what is the most profitable business in the world?

The reason it is so lucrative is because most of the costs of its content is picked up by taxpayers.

To rub salt into the wound they then sell it via exorbitant subscriptions and paywalls, often paid for by taxpayers too.

The scientists who oppose it have real concerns, but are letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Plan S only works if everyone gets on board; if it fails, it is hard to see how the iron grip of academic publishing can ever be broken. »

Sentinel Island: Christian group invites ridicule with demand of murder charges against Sentinelese

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This despite Chau having gone to the forbidden island in the Andaman’s, in violation of the law, to proselytise without registering as a missionary, also in violation of laws.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to both John’s family and friends.

"Words cannot express the sadness we have experienced about this report," his family said in a statement posted on his Instagram account. »

Trump’s communications director will get $7 million from Fox News while working in the White House

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White House communications director Bill Shine’s financial disclosure form was finally released on Friday, nearly five months after he filled the vacancy left by Hope Hicks‘ departure.

That means the White House communications director will be paid simultaneously by Fox News and the White House.

National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Strategic Communications Director Mercedes Schlapp, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, U.S. »

Trump’s Attempt to Bury Devastating Climate Report Backfires

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In this case, the famously climate-denying Trump administration decided that newsdump Friday would be the best time to release a damning report about the already horrific effects of climate change worldwide:.

Both CNN and MSNBC covered the climate crisis more thoroughly than they have on most any other day.

Thankfully, the Trump Administration may have done us all a small inadvertent favor yesterday through its combined cowardice and incompetence. »