The Daily Populous

Saturday March 27th, 2021 night edition

image for Georgia governor reportedly signs voting restrictions into law under portrait of slave plantation

I was proud to sign S.B. 202 to ensure elections in Georgia are secure, fair, and accessible.

I appreciate the hard work of members of the General Assembly to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) March 25, 2021.

The bill has been criticized as a measure that will largely affect Black voters and other voters of color, with groups like the ACLU arguing it amounts to voter suppression among already-disenfranchised groups.

Kemp has denied that the bill seeks to suppress votes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Will Bunch agreed, calling it the state's "new, new Jim Crow."

Bunch also reports that the painting centered in Kemp's photo is actually a painting of "a notorious slave plantation in Wilkes County.".

He draws a line from emancipation, to harsh Jim Crow laws of the 20th century, to today's 253 restrictive bills tightening voting rights, making the presence of the portrait particularly "shocking.". »

Wisdom, Loneliness and Your Intestinal Multitude

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Greater diversity of gut microbes may be associated with greater wisdom or vice versa; similarly less diversity might mean higher likelihood of being lonely.

The human gut microbiota is comprised of trillions of microbes — bacteria, viruses, fungi — that reside within the digestive tract.

Conversely, the researchers said that social support, compassion and wisdom might confer protection against loneliness-related instability of the gut microbiome. »

Union president says MLB players ready to discuss moving All-Star Game from Georgia in wake of voter-restriction laws

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“As it relates to the All-Star Game, we have not had a conversation with the league on that issue.

But on Thursday, in the wake of voting-restriction legislation signed into law by the Georgia governor, the executive director of the MLB Players Association said the players are ready to discuss moving their annual midsummer exhibition out of Georgia.

A Los Angeles Times column on Thursday called for MLB to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta. »

Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims

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FILE- In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, a Dominion Voting Systems voting machine is seen in Atlanta.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News on Friday, arguing the cable news giant, in an effort to boost faltering ratings, falsely claimed that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election.

Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. »

Taiwan reports largest ever incursion by Chinese air force

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Twenty Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Friday, in the largest incursion yet reported by the island’s defence ministry and marking a dramatic escalation of tension across the Taiwan Strait.

The island’s defence ministry said the air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the incursion into the southwestern part of its air defence identification zone.

It marked the largest incursion to date by the Chinese air force since Taiwan’s defence ministry began disclosing almost daily Chinese military flights over the waters between the southern part of Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea last year. »