The Daily Populous

Monday January 31st, 2022 day edition

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But when conservatives across the country start banning and censoring dozens of books at a time from school libraries, they’re just trying to protect the kids.

Having already turned school boards into an angry political morass, conservatives are now targeting school libraries in what experts are calling a historic and concerted book banning effort.

That includes “Maus,” a graphic novel that conveys the horrors of the Holocaust in cartoon form, with Jews depicted as mice and Nazis as cats.

A Tennessee school board voted unanimously this month to ban the Pulitzer-winning book from their eighth-grade curriculum, citing “objectionable language” and nudity.

Similar campaigns are underway in school districts in at least 30 other states, a Stateline investigation found, often condemning as “pornographic” books depicting the experiences of LGBTQ and Black characters.

The vast majority of the books were written by women, people of color and LGBTQ writers, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Amusing though the hypocrisy may be at times, censoring books causes real, lasting damage to children, says the National Coalition Against Censorship. »

Portugal's PM Costa stuns with majority win in snap election

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LISBON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Defying all odds, Portugal's centre-left Socialists won an outright parliamentary majority in Sunday's snap general election, securing a strong new mandate for Prime Minister Antonio Costa, a champion of balanced public accounts.

The two far left parties paid the price, losing more than a half of their seats, according to exit polls.

"Furthermore, the Socialists will not need to compromise (with other parties), which guarantees stability and a clear line of action. »

Spotify Announces Addition Of Content Warnings In Response To Joe Rogan Covid-19 Misinformation Criticism

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The news arrives on the heels of Neil Young removing his catalog from the service in protest of Joe Rogan‘s podcast which has been criticized for spreading misinformation.

“We are working to add a content advisory to any podcast episode that includes a discussion about COVID-19,” Ek said.

Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s Archwell released a statement Sunday morning about their concern over Covid-19 misinformation on Spotify without mentioning Rogan. »

Same-sex penguins succeed as foster parents in first for New York zoo

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A pair of male Humboldt penguins at a New York zoo have become foster parents to a new hatchling.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse says the same-sex foster couple, Elmer and Lima, are a first for the zoo, although several other institutions have seen success with same-sex penguins tending eggs together and caring for newborns.

Zoo officials said Elmer and Lima watched over an egg that came from a pair of breeding penguins that have a history of inadvertently breaking their fertilized eggs. »

Nintendo Hits YouTube Soundtrack Channel With Over 1300 Copyright Blocks

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A YouTube channel that uploads video game soundtracks has reportedly been sent over 1300 copyright blocks in one day.

Yesterday morning, YouTuber GilvaSunner posted a tweet explaining that Nintendo had sent them and their channel over 1300 “copyright blocks.”

After all the copyright blocks went through and the dust settled, GilvaSunner shared a list of all the soundtracks that Nintendo had targeted and blocked from the site. »