The Daily Populous

Sunday August 22nd, 2021 evening edition

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There was bipartisan support in Texas this weekend for housing Afghan evacuees at the million-acre Fort Bliss military base, in El Paso near the Mexico border.

The capital fell to the Taliban last Sunday, after the Afghan government and military crumpled.

In remarks at the White House on Friday, Joe Biden tried to reassure Afghan allies, although the safe passage of non-Americans is far from certain.

“I support the [Department of Defense’s] decision to consider Fort Bliss and other US military installation sites to resettle vulnerable refugees,” she posted.

Bilal Askaryar, communications coordinator for Afghan immigration rights group Welcome With Dignity, said such reports prompted concern for evacuees from Kabul.

Refugee Services of Texas said it expected that about 300 Afghan refugees in total would be resettled in larger cities in the state.

Fort Bliss, a US army base for more than 150 years, straddles Texas and New Mexico. »

U.S. Administers 1 Million Vaccine Doses For Third Straight Day

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The U.S. administered more than 1 million vaccine doses Friday, marking the third day in a row more than a million shots were distributed, according to a White House official.

Cyrus Shahpar, the White House’s COVID-19 data director, said more than 1.05 million doses were given Friday, including 526,000 first shots.

Shahpar noted that 200 million Americans have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. »

A New PS5 Model Has Appeared In Australian Stores

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Oddly enough, an upgrade was never mentioned for the PS5 Disc Edition, but this looks to have also been updated in a similar fashion.

We can confirm that all Australian PS5 stock that has landed in the country this week contains a new model number (CFI-1102A).

I believe this makes us the first country to receive stock of this new model (either Digital or Disc). »

A Restraining Order Has Been Issued in the Continuing Drama Around McDonald's Ice Cream Machines

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The digital ice cream machines in more than 13,000 McDonald's restaurants worldwide are manufactured by Taylor Company, and despite their alleged unreliability, they still cost a cool $18,000 each.

But Taylor's complicated machines also have to be completely disassembled for cleaning every two weeks, then painstakingly put back together.

(And things frequently go wrong: according to the McBroken website which tracks malfunctioning McDonald's ice cream machines, more than 11 percent of the machines in the U.S. are currently out of service.). »

Armed Afghans reclaim three districts in first major display of resistance since Taliban's Kabul takeover

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Armed Afghan resistance forces wrested control of three districts from the Taliban , marking the first successful uprising against the group in Afghanistan since it seized control of the capital city of Kabul on Sunday.

There are unconfirmed reports the Taliban are preparing to take the districts from resistance fighters, the outlet reported.

As of Monday, the Taliban controlled 222 of Afghanistan's 421 districts, according to the Wall Street Journal. »