The Daily Populous

Saturday July 20th, 2019 evening edition

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The big newspapers wrote an endless series of ethnographic portraits of Trump supporters in small town diners to help their readers understand, but they came off instead as tone deaf.

Academics delved deep into the post-election data, making analyses that tried to sound definitive, but often rested on sketchy correlations and questionable assumptions.

And, of course, opinion writers and strategists—like yours truly—made unprovable assertions based on their best reasoned arguments, but ultimately mostly preached to their respective choirs.

In other words, an electorally significant portion of Trump supporters weren’t voting out of active cruelty.

Rather, it was passive indifference to cruelty in the name of thumbing their nose at the system.

Whatever Trump may have represented to a variety of different voters then, and whatever their motivations for casting ballots for him may have been, the person and president Trump is could not be clearer now.

Maybe the right Democrat just hasn’t said the right words to make it okay to cast a vote against Trump. »

Cigarette butts have adverse effects on initial growth of perennial ryegrass (gramineae: Lolium perenne L.) and white clover (leguminosae: Trifolium repens L.)

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When discarded, filters contain a myriad of chemicals resulting from smoking tobacco and some still contain unsmoked remnants.

After 21 days, shoot length and germination success were significantly reduced by exposure to any type of cigarette filter for the grass and clover.

This study indicates the potential for littered cigarette filters to reduce growth and alter short-term primary productivity of terrestrial plants. »

Majority of Taiwanese prepared to fight China...

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The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy commissioned the survey from the Election Study Center at National Chengchi University.

Turning to the willingness of people to defend democracy against the use of force by China, 36.3 percent of respondents said they were “very prepared” to fight in order to defend Taiwan, with 31.9 percent saying they were “prepared.”

Compared to the previous annual survey, the number of people willing to fight had risen, while the number of those not prepared had dropped slightly. »

US cop fired over deadly shooting 'rehired to get pension'

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A US police officer who was fired after shooting dead an unarmed man was temporarily rehired so he could apply for a pension, local media report.

The move meant he could be medically retired - rather than fired - which made him eligible for the pension.

He added that Mr Brailsford had submitted a claim of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in connection with the shooting. »

Iowa Carpenter Saved $3 Million to Put 33 Strangers Through College

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He grew up poor, never married or had kids, and worked as a carpenter at the same company for 67 years.

He owned just two pair of jeans and drove a rusty old Chevrolet truck.

Shortly before his death in 2005, Schroeder told his attorney, Steve Nielsen, that he wanted to use his savings to help poor students in Iowa go to college. »