The Daily Populous

Tuesday December 17th, 2019 night edition

image for N.J. bill to remove religion as reason to avoid vaccinating kids enrages parents at hearing

The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee approved the bill (A3818) by a 6-4 vote Thursday.

Even before the hearing, the measure was listed on Monday’s agenda for action by the full 40-member body.

But hundreds of parents amassed outside the Statehouse in Trenton anyway.

Hundreds of sign-waving, child-toting parents queued up in the first-floor hallway waiting for space inside the committee room.

They said they were outraged by what they see as government intrusion in violation of their First Amendment right of religious freedom.

"Your right to practice religion freely does not include...exposing the community or a child to a communicable disease,” Weller said.

The boy’s mother informed him there is a child in his first-grade class who is not vaccinated for religious reasons. »

BBC Says It Will Have $270M Less To Spend On Shows If Government Makes Good On Licence Fee Threat

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The BBC has said it will have at least £200M ($267M) less to spend on TV shows if the government makes good on threats to decriminalize non-payment of the licence fee.

Johnson asked last week if the licence fee “still makes sense,” and now his government has said that it is going to look into sweeping away criminal sanctions for people who watch television but do no pay the £154.50 fee.

In a statement, the BBC warned that decriminalizing non-payment of the licence fee would mean it has “at least £200M less to spend on programs and services our audiences love.”. »

4Chan Outs Burger King Employee Who Put His Feet in Lettuce

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This picture was uploaded anonymously Monday on 4chan, proclaiming, "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King.".

The denizens of 4chan were quick to notice, and the lettuce-stepper was fired they very next day.

At 11:50 p.m., just 12 minutes later, someone posted the address of the Burger King branch in which the lettuce-stepping occurred, wishing the OP a happy unemployment. »

Russia’s State TV Calls Trump Their ‘Agent’

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As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov returned home from his visit with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last week, Russian state media was gloating over the spectacle.

TV channel Rossiya 1 aired a segment entitled “Puppet Master and ‘Agent’—How to Understand Lavrov’s Meeting With Trump.”.

Russian state television still views the impending impeachment as a bump in the road that won’t lead to Trump’s removal from office. »

Eye-tracking study suggests men are more concerned than women with other men’s upper bodies

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Men appear to devote more visual attention to the chest region of other men than women do, according to new research in Evolutionary Psychological Science.

Similar to men, women’s body characteristics such as their upper body size show variations,” Pazhoohi told PsyPost.

“As the variations in women upper body have never been investigated, we aimed to test the effect of both men and women upper body size on their perceived attractiveness and gazing behavior in both men and women.”. »