The Daily Populous

Sunday November 24th, 2019 day edition

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I’m starting to feel like I should pay $11.99 a month to subscribe to YouTube Premium just to get rid of the annoying pop-ups Google sends me almost daily.

Google has decided to place pop-up ads in its own YouTube app for Premium subscriptions.

It’s a classic growth hack designed to get more people to use YouTube Music or YouTube Premium because, honestly, who cares about either of those services?

I already subscribe to Spotify, which is far superior to YouTube Music, and I’d never pay $11.99 just to have fewer YouTube ads and background playback of videos on my phone.

Google’s efforts here have made sure I, and I bet many others, will never touch YouTube Music or YouTube Premium.

Microsoft also went through a phase of infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads for OneDrive, its Edge browser, and more.

I just want to open up the YouTube app and not be counting the seconds until I see another one of these damn pop-ups. »

Sacha Baron Cohen just called out the 'Silicon Six,' a group of American billionaires that he says 'care more about boosting their share price than protecting democracy'

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Actor and comedia Sacha Baron Cohen spoke at the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday about hate speech, anti-Semitism, and violence.

Cohen was particularly critical of big tech and social media, which he called " the greatest propaganda machine in history.".

He also called out the "Silicon Six," American tech billionaires that he says "care more about boosting their share price than about protecting democracy.". »

How Does the Brain Work With Half of it Removed? Pretty Well, Actually

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In a study published Tuesday in Cell Reports, scientists studied six of these patients to see how the human brain rewires itself to adapt after major surgery.

And the researchers suggest that these connections enable the brain, essentially, to function as if it were still whole.

Beyond that, the scientists say that understanding how atypical brains develop and organize themselves might unlock new treatments for people with brain injuries. »

Koalas ‘Functionally Extinct’ After Australia Bushfires Destroy 80% Of Their Habitat

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As Australia experiences record-breaking drought and bushfires, koala populations have dwindled along with their habitat, leaving them “functionally extinct.”.

Koala rescued from the recent Australian bushfires Deforestation and bushfires destroy the main nutrient source of koalas, the eucalyptus tree.

Recent viral videos of Australians rescuing koalas has led to increased donation to support hospitalization and help for burned koalas. »

Matt Gaetz to Kellyanne Conway over marijuana legalization: 'OK, boomer'

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Matthew (Matt) GaetzMatt Gaetz to Kellyanne Conway over marijuana legalization: 'OK, boomer' Congress extends flood insurance program for 13th time since 2017 Woman who threw drink at Gaetz sentenced to 15 days in jail MORE (R-Fla.) on CNN on Saturday criticized White House counselor Kellyanne Conway Kellyanne Elizabeth ConwaySunday Talk Shows: After two weeks of testimony, lawmakers look to next steps of impeachment proceedings Matt Gaetz to Kellyanne Conway over marijuana legalization: 'OK, boomer' Trump, GOP skeptical Pelosi will go through with impeachment MORE's previous comments against marijuana regulation.

"For all the folks that talk about the benefits and legalities of marijuana, there are many health professionals and employers increasingly concerned that this is not your grandfather's or your father's marijuana," Conway told CNN's Michael SmerconishMichael SmerconishMatt Gaetz to Kellyanne Conway over marijuana legalization: 'OK, boomer' Mark Halperin's 'How to Beat Trump' book sells 502 copies in first week Watchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Kellyanne Conway for comments on Dem candidates MORE in April.

The vote marks the first time that a congressional committee has voted in favor of the legalization of marijuana. »