The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 17th, 2021 night edition

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Mr Kinzinger, who himself served in both Afghanistan and Iraq as a US air force pilot, has been actively tweeting his feelings about the US’ departure as it unfolds.

And as the Republican Party deleted a web page trumpeting the former president’s plan to pull out of Afghanistan, the congressman wrote : “Trump can’t memory hole this.

In a longer statement issued as Kabul fell to the Taliban, Mr Kinzinger made his feelings plain in more detail.

And today, we watched as the Afghan government collapsed and the Taliban regained full control.

“This is the result of a shortsighted, weak, and utter failure of both the previous White House and the current administration.

What are they doing to save the countless lives being brutally murdered by the Taliban today?. »

Sri Lanka Axes Health Minister Over Covid Misinformation As Outbreak Grows

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Sri Lanka's president on Monday demoted the health minister who publicly endorsed sorcery and magic potions to battle Covid-19, as coronavirus infections and deaths hit record highs.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's office said Pavithra Wanniarachchi's health portfolio had been given to Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who is also the government spokesman.

Sri Lanka's health ministry under Wanniarachchi came under intense criticism last week for understating coronavirus infections. »

Steam security: Valve promptly resolves ‘unlimited funds’ gaming wallet cheat

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A security researcher has earned a $7,500 bug bounty after discovering an exploit that could have permitted gamers to boost their in-game Steam wallet balances by artificially increasing the value of deposits.

The ‘unlimited funds’ cheat was promptly triaged by Valve Software – the firm behind the popular Steam gaming platform – and resolved just days after its discovery.

A security researcher with the handle ‘drbrix’ discovered the flaw in Steam and reported it through HackerOne. »

Vaccine skeptic US cardinal on ventilator after Covid diagnosis

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Cardinal Raymond Burke, a staunch conservative in the US Catholic church who has emerged as a leading critic of Pope Francis and a vaccine skeptic, was placed on a ventilator just days after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 73-year-old, who has frequently been seen maskless in Rome, where he lives, tested positive last Wednesday while visiting Wisconsin.

Burke said then: “Thanks be to God, I am resting comfortably and receiving excellent medical care. »

The day wind and solar nearly met 100 per cent of demand in Victoria

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Energy analyst Geoff Eldridge, who runs the data-based NEMlog website, says the combined total of wind and solar generation, and the amount of wind and solar “constrained off” totalled 99.1 per cent of Victorian demand at 2.05pm on Sunday (August 15).

The amount that was actually delivered to the grid from wind and solar at that time – 66.3 per cent of demand – was impressive enough, but not actually a record share.

Eldridge says demand was relatively low on Sunday in Victoria, and rooftop PV was mopping up nearly one third of that demand, reducing the pie available to the large scale wind and solar installations and the legacy fossil fuel generators. »