The Daily Populous

Tuesday October 5th, 2021 night edition

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Kabul faces winter blackouts if it cannot pay for its electricity imports, according to The WSJ.

Taliban control has caused the economy to falter, making it hard for families to pay their bills.

Afghanistan's capital could be facing a winter of blackouts, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The outlet said the city's supply is at risk because the Taliban government stopped paying the foreign companies that supply most of its electricity.

"The consequences would be countrywide, but especially in Kabul," Daud Noorzai, the former chief executive of Afghanistan's power company, told the paper.

With the Taliban now in control, electricity supplies have temporarily increased, according to The Journal.

But if Afghanistan's suppliers cut the power off, the country could face a crisis come winter, Noorzai told the paper. »

‘Just get out of the way’: Biden condemns ‘Republican stunt’ blocking debt ceiling hike

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In an address to the nation Monday morning, Mr Biden presented the debt ceiling fight as a problem manufactured by Republicans, who incurred trillions of dollars in debt over the course of the Trump administration.

Those same Republicans, he added, were now lying about why the debt ceiling increase was necessary.

Here it is: Republicans won’t raise the debt limit to fund their own spending,” Mr Biden said. »

Konami is Inviting Indie Developers to Make New Games Based on Some of Its Classic Series

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Konami has announced an indie game contest that actively asks small developers to make games based on some of its classic series, including Gradius, Ganbare Goemon, and many more.

Konami's Action & Shooting Game Contest asks indie creators to plan and develop new action games and shooters based on past Konami titles.

Through the collaboration of indie creators and Konami, these new works could potentially become commercial products. »

Pandora Papers: An offshore data tsunami

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The Pandora Papers investigation also reveals how banks and law firms work closely with offshore service providers to design complex corporate structures.

The Pandora Papers information – the 2.94 terabytes in more than 11.9 million records – comes from 14 providers that offer services in at least 38 jurisdictions.

The Pandora Papers presented a new challenge because the 14 providers had different ways of presenting and organizing information. »

Conservative media is killing Republican voters the party can ill afford to lose

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A primary reason for this disparity is how right-wing media has come out hard against COVID vaccines.

Rejecting the vaccines is costing the GOP votes it can ill afford to lose.

Breitbart's John Nolte recently advanced a tortured argument that conservative media turned anti-vaccine because of a liberal conspiracy: "The organized left wants unvaccinated Trump voters to remain unvaccinated. »