The Daily Populous

Sunday August 23rd, 2020 morning edition

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Don’t reconnect mailing machines, Postal Service tells plants.

Postal Service headquarters hasn’t stopped some mail-processing plants in Washington state from hooking up their high-speed letter-sorting machines again.

Despite a national order not to reinstall letter-sorting machines that had been dismantled over the past month, the Postal Service plants in Tacoma and Wenatchee have done just that, according to workers there.

“I have seen a lot of machinery that has been taken out,” Postal Service truck driver Bob Bockman of Tacoma said.

The Tacoma plant lost eight of its 18 machines that sort and postmark the mail, according to workers there.

He also said the Postal Service will make “dramatic changes,” aimed at cutting costs and generating revenue, after the November election.

“At least three of the machines have been completely dismantled,” Postal Service electronics technician Matt Olmsted said. »

Altered States or Much to Do About Nothing? A Study of When Cannabis Is Used in Relation to the Impact It Has on Performance

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The current study begins to answer this question by examining the relationship between three temporal-based cannabis measures and five forms of workplace performance.

At the same time, after-work cannabis use was not related (positively or negatively) to any form of performance as rated by the user’s direct supervisor.

This study then uses temporal cannabis items (e.g., how often during the past 12 months have you used cannabis before starting your work day) to predict five forms of workplace performance as rated by the cannabis user’s direct supervisor. »

Humans have now consumed the Earth's natural resources for the year

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It's called "Overshoot Day", the moment each year when we humans have used up more natural resources that the Earth can renew in 12 months.

Put another way, it would take 1.6 Earths this year to meet the needs of the world's population in a sustainable way.

The United Nations says global emissions must fall 7.6 percent annually this decade for that number to be possible. »

TikTok confirms it will sue the Trump administration

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TikTok confirmed Saturday that it will file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over an executive order demanding parent company ByteDance divest its TikTok operations in the US.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility of a TikTok ban as early as July 7th.

Pompeo also has compared TikTok to Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese companies that have been designated as threats to US national security. »