The Daily Populous

Friday June 11st, 2021 night edition

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The Pew Research Center published on Thursday the results of its Spring 2021 Global Attitudes Survey, the first of its kind since Biden took office in January.

It was a historically rocky transition of power that unseated a U.S. leader whose tenure was marked by a sharp decline in international confidence in U.S. leadership.

And while some of this trust has recovered in the few months of Biden's White House, there remained a prevailing attitude that "democracy in the U.S. used to be a good example, but has not been in recent years.".

In neighboring Canada, some 69% felt this way, compared with 14% who felt that the "democracy in the U.S. is a good example for other countries to follow," and another 14% that it "has never been a good example for other countries.".

"Across all democracies surveyed, no more than about three-in-ten say the U.S. is currently setting a good example of democratic values.".

Germany and France's favorability rating of the U.S. doubled in this time period.

On the other hand, views toward the clout held by the U.S.' top competitor, China, increased slightly. »

Grain Bin Accidents and Deaths Rising Due to Poor Crop Conditions

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has taken note of the dangerous conditions in handling grain harvested in 2019.

In bold lettering, the warning began with the statement, “Grain bin deaths spike as farmers rush late harvest!”

Even when stationary, grain can settle beneath someone who is inside the bin, entrapping or engulfing the person. »

'Widely believed' NBA will add expansion teams in Seattle, likely Las Vegas

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After NBA commissioner Adam Silver talked more seriously about expansion, league officials made a concerted effort to downplay the inevitability of expansion.

It’s widely believed the NBA will expand for the first time since rounding out to 30 teams in 2004 partly to recoup losses from the pandemic.

A second city is more wide open, though Las Vegas is the most common guess. »

Joe Manchin's "highly suspicious" reversal on voting bill follows donation from corporate lobby

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"This is probably just as much a part of Joe Manchin's calculus than anything else," she told MSNBC on Tuesday.

Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the Koch-backed Heritage Foundation, organized a rally earlier this year to pressure Manchin to oppose the bill.

The Chamber's pressure on senators to oppose the voting rights legislation comes as many of its corporate members have joined forces to oppose Republican voting restrictions in state legislatures. »

Germany: Frankfurt police unit to be disbanded over far-right chats

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Interior Minister for the state of Hesse Peter Beuth said that "unacceptable misconduct" by certain members of the SEK made the dissolution of the unit "unavoidable.".

He called for a completely new leadership culture among the middle and lower levels of the police force.

The revelations "make the suspicion of right-wing extremist tendencies of some members of the Frankfurt SEK clear," Beuth said on Thursday. »