The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 19th, 2022 night edition

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Google Maps made Russia’s strategic facilities visible to users Monday, revealing the details of the country’s military infrastructure.

Searches on Google Maps showed newly accessible images of military bases, intercontinental ballistic missiles launch pads, naval facilities and key command posts all across Russia.

“Now everyone can see [Russian military infrastructure] with a resolution of about 0.5 meters per pixel,” tweeted the Ukrainian armed forces.

Some of the newly-available images include the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, a nuclear weapons store near Murmansk, submarines in the Far East peninsula of Kamchatka, and a military airbase in the Western city of Kursk, just 150 kilometers from the Russian-Ukrainian border.

The move comes amid strained relations between Russia and U.S. tech giant Google.

Google banned advertisements for Russian users following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, and Russian officials have accused Google-owned YouTube of stirring an “information war” after the video-hosting platform blocked Russian state media.

Satellite images of military facilities are traditionally blurred, or displayed in lower quality, by Google Maps to protect their classified status. »

Time to Tax Excessive Corporate Profits

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The act would impose a 95 percent tax rate on the excess profits of large corporations that earn more than $500 million a year.

Excess profits are defined as profits that exceed the corporation’s average profit level from 2015 to 2019, adjusted for inflation.

In addition, the United States enacted a windfall profits tax on oil and gas companies as recently as the mid-1980s. »

Germany approves rainbow flags on ministry buildings for LGBT events

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Germany says it has authorised raising the rainbow flag at federal government buildings to mark Pride marches or global LGBT+ events.

The Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that flying the rainbow flag “must be related to a concrete date".

This could include the June 28 anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprisings in New York that helped propel a global LGBT+ movement. »

Man told employer not to celebrate his birthday. He was awarded $450,000 after unwanted party.

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A Kentucky man with an anxiety disorder asked his employer not to celebrate his birthday because it would trigger a panic attack.

The jury found that Berling suffered an "adverse employment action" because of his anxiety disability, court documents show.

The saga began in August 2019 when Berling told his office manager that he did not want to celebrate his birthday because it would trigger a panic attack. »

Taco Bell is finally bringing back Mexican Pizza — here’s when

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Those who've mourned the loss of Taco Bell’s Mexican pizza for the past two years can get ready for a fiesta!

“Mexican Pizza is the pizza for you and me,” she sings at the end, in a nod to the "Krusty Krab Pizza" song from SpongeBob SquarePants.

In addition, select Taco Bell Rewards Members will receive the chance to get a free Mexican Pizza on May 19. »