The Daily Populous

Monday August 17th, 2020 morning edition

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New York (CNN) The USPS implemented procedural changes this month, with modifications that will slow delivery and capacity as the United States gears up for the November election.

In response, Americans are flocking to USPS's website to buy merchandise in an effort to support the postal service.

The USPS website has a wide range of products available for purchase including: Sweatshirts, T-shirts, kids costumes, dog costumes, tote bags, stamps and toy trucks.

The website is having a "flash sale" through the end of Sunday with an offer of 50% off of select retail items.

The express mail T-shirt, USPS backpack, blue hoodie sweatshirt and Earth Day coasters are all labeled as "discontinued" on the website.

The postal service has also started reducing post office operating hours across several states, cut overtime for postal workers and removed some of their iconic blue letter collection boxes.

Although the USPS has repeatedly tried to reassure voters they can handle the influx of mail-in ballots, it has sent warnings to nearly every state that slowdowns in delivery could cause ballots to show up late and not be counted. »

Queen Elizabeth wanted speaking role with James Bond in Olympic skit - OlympicTalk

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Bond,” in her famous 2012 Olympic skit with Daniel Craig, playing James Bond, according to a new book.

“I asked whether she would like to say: ‘Good evening, James,’ or ‘Good evening, Mr Bond,’ and she chose the latter, knowing the Bond films.

“She said, ‘Oh, I’ll do something,’ and we started shooting, and she turned around and she said her lines, beautifully.”. »

Poll: 58% of Biden voters say vote is more "against" Trump than "for" Biden

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58% of registered voters who support Joe Biden in the 2020 election say their vote is more in opposition to President Trump than in support of Biden, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll out Sunday.

Nearly three-quarters of Trump's supporters say their vote is more in support of the president than against Biden.

Her net approval of +4 is higher than that of Vice President Mike Pence (-5), Biden (-6) and Trump (-12). »

Quantitative Analysis of Selected Plastics in High-Commercial-Value Australian Seafood by Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry

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Bivalves are usually eaten whole without removal of the digestive tract and hypothetically represent a scenario of microplastic exposure.

From all the tested seafood organisms in this study, oysters were expected to have the highest plastic content because of their filter feeding nature and habitat.

Teng et al. (15) found an average of 0.62 microplastics per gram (wet weight) in farmed oysters from 17 different sites in China. »

The Unraveling of America

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In a dark season of pestilence, COVID has reduced to tatters the illusion of American exceptionalism.

American politicians dismiss the Scandinavian model as creeping socialism, communism lite, something that would never work in the United States.

The end of the American era and the passing of the torch to Asia is no occasion for celebration, no time to gloat. »