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Jilly_in_VA

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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.

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Two Clayton County coaches charged with murder in teen heatstroke death

Two Clayton County coaches have been charged with second degree murder and second degree cruelty to children in the 2019 heatstroke death of Elite Scholars Academy student Imani Bell.

A grand jury indictment said that Larosa Maria Walker-Asekere and Dwight Broom Palmer were responsible “by conducting outdoor conditioning training for student athletes in dangerous heat, resulting in the death of Imani Bell due to hyperthermia and rhabdomyolysis.”

Rhabdomyolysis is syndrome resulting from the breakdown of skeletal muscle fibers with leakage of muscle contents into the circulation, according to an article on the condition published in the American Family Physician Journal.

The pair, who were indicted July 1, also are charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/two-clayton-county-coaches-charged-with-murder-in-teen-death-from-heat/3V4IRRSDT5A4RIJNCYTXQHZX4Y/
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I'm glad they were charged. Their stupidity and cruelty knew no bounds.

Two Clayton County coaches charged with murder in teen heatstroke death

Two Clayton County coaches have been charged with second degree murder and second degree cruelty to children in the 2019 heatstroke death of Elite Scholars Academy student Imani Bell.

A grand jury indictment said that Larosa Maria Walker-Asekere and Dwight Broom Palmer were responsible “by conducting outdoor conditioning training for student athletes in dangerous heat, resulting in the death of Imani Bell due to hyperthermia and rhabdomyolysis.”

Rhabdomyolysis is syndrome resulting from the breakdown of skeletal muscle fibers with leakage of muscle contents into the circulation, according to an article on the condition published in the American Family Physician Journal.

The pair, who were indicted July 1, also are charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/two-clayton-county-coaches-charged-with-murder-in-teen-death-from-heat/3V4IRRSDT5A4RIJNCYTXQHZX4Y/

Russia Melts Down: U.S. Rigged Olympics to Steal Our Golds

Russia’s decades-long dominance in rhythmic gymnastics was shattered at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, where Russian athletes failed to win the Olympic gold in the individual all-around event for the first time since 1996. In Sunday’s group competition, Russia didn’t win gold either, losing to Bulgaria.

Since authoritarian countries cherish Olympic competitions as a tool to inflame nationalist sentiments and promote their countries’ global standing, Russia’s defeats were loudly rejected by a host of pro-Kremlin voices—who resorted to state media’s time-honored tradition of conspiracy-mongering.

Experts on Russian state television have been trying to read each country’s Olympic gold medals as tea leaves, suggesting that the outcome determines the new global hegemon. Last week, pro-Kremlin pundits, hosts, and experts relished the idea of the “weakened” United States being edged out by China. The host of the state TV show 60 Minutes, Olga Skabeeva, pontificated: “You can’t beat China. They have the most gold medals.” Eager to inject Russia’s notorious transphobic rhetoric into the conversation, Skabeeva added: “And none of them are transgenders, so they will keep procreating."

To Russia’s dismay, the United States ultimately surpassed China, winning 39 gold medals and 113 medals overall—the most in the world. And that means, according to Russian state TV’s logic, that the U.S. is not relinquishing its global leadership—which does not sit well with Russia.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-melts-down-claims-us-rigged-olympics-to-steal-our-golds?ref=home
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What a bunch of fcuking crybabies! I saw so much poor sportsmanship and pouting from their athletes......

How your phone battery creates striking alien landscapes

Beneath the screen that you are reading this on, there could be the distilled essence of a salt plain.

Millions of years ago, volcanoes deposited minerals over vast tracts of South America. Later, water leached through the rock to form massive lakes. Cycles of evaporation and deposition followed, leaving vast plains of salt behind – infused with one of the world's most sought-after minerals: lithium.

With the rapid rise in battery usage in electronic devices and electric cars, the demand for lithium and other constituent materials is accelerating. As BBC Future has previously reported, it is enabling mining companies to look in new places, such as the deep ocean or in previously exploited mines, and has prompted scientists to seek alternative battery technology. But our focus today is how lithium is changing the fortunes – and specifically, the landscapes – of those countries that have it in abundance.

In Bolivia and Chile, the high tonnage of lithium embedded in the salt plains has given rise to massive facilities. From the air, the evaporation pools associated with the mineral's extraction dot the landscape like colours in a painter's palette. In this edition of our photography series Anthropo-Scene, we explore these places, whose striking features have inspired various artists, writers and architects.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210809-how-your-phone-battery-creates-striking-landscapes
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I recently learned that Arkansas sits on the largest lithium deposit in the world. Seems to me that we have no need to go abroad....

Why South Korean women are reclaiming their short hair

When South Korean archer An San won three Olympic gold medals in Tokyo, what greeted her back home wasn't just praise. There was a flood of criticism as well.

Why? Because she has short hair.

Among the many insults that flew her way, An was labelled a feminist - a loaded term in South Korea often associated with being a man-hater.

One man said in a post: "It's good she got a gold but her short hair makes her seem like she's a feminist. If she is, I withdraw my support. All feminists should die."

But as criticism of her grew, so did a campaign to defend her.

Thousands of women across the country began posting pictures of themselves with short hair - declaring that it did not make them any less of a woman.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58082355

Lawyers who filed election lawsuit must pay rivals' fees

A federal magistrate on Wednesday levied penalties against two Colorado attorneys for filing a class-action lawsuit that alleged the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.

The now-dismissed suit relied on baseless conspiracy theories spread by the former president and his supporters. It named elected officials in four swing states, Facebook, the company's founder Mark Zuckerberg and Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems, whose election machines were at the center of some of the most fevered speculation.

Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter ruled that the two attorneys who filed the lawsuit must pay the legal fees of the defendants.

“The lawsuit put into or repeated into the public record highly inflammatory and damaging allegations that could have put individuals’ safety in danger,” Neureiter wrote, noting the Jan. 6 insurrection was spurred by the lies it repeated, as were threats against election and Dominion officials. “Doing so without a valid legal basis or serious independent personal investigation into the facts was the height of recklessness.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/correction-election-lawsuit-sanctions-story-79367123

My nephew has Covid and I'm worried

He lives in Kyiv, Ukraine and had just gotten back from a vacation in Greece with his wife. So far, he says, he is only mildly ill, was on day 4 yesterday. He is 41 and very fit. He and his wife have a 15 month old daughter. The wife and daughter are not sick at all, he says. Still, I am worried, as they may have been exposed before he knew he was sick, and I'm dubious of the medical care there (although they did a bang-up job with the daughter, who was an early birdie and a breech birth, much better than would have been done here in my estimation). So if you would please lift a prayer to whatever deity you recognize, or hold them in the light, or whatever you do, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

Tennessee Valley Authority used toxic waste in Claxton youth sports field

For two decades, children in Anderson County have been playing — unaware — on a sports field constructed with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s radioactive coal ash waste, Knox News confirmed this week.

The nation’s largest public power provider is now acknowledging it used a mix of dirt and “bottom ash” — the most toxic and radioactive form of TVA’s coal ash waste — to build a ball field that's part of a larger park that contains a playground, as well. The ball field has played host to youth sports games since it opened in 2001.

Coal ash is the byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity, and it contains a toxic stew of 26 cancer-causing pollutants and radioactive heavy metals. Duke researcher Dr. Avner Vengosh — a renowned expert in coal ash detection and testing — noted the “absolute concentrations” of toxic heavy metals in the soil of the adjacent playground were low.

TVA did not install a clay liner — a thick layer of compacted clay typically used to seal off TVA’s coal ash waste in its dumps — on top of the ball field to protect children from direct exposure to coal ash dust. Instead, TVA said in a statement to Knox News that the radioactive fill dirt mixture was topped with gravel, mulch and slope stabilizers known as “geofibers.”

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2021/08/09/claxton-playground-contaminated-radioactive-dust-still-open/5470284001/
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It gets worse. Read on.

Smoke from landfill fire engulfs Serbia's capital Belgrade

Acrid smoke and haze engulfed Serbia's capital Belgrade on Sunday after a fire broke out at the city's main garbage landfill site.

Authorities prompted people to stay indoors as firefighters struggled to extinguish flames at the Vinca landfill, located around 17 kilometers from downtown Belgrade near the Danube river.

Much of the fire was doused by late on Sunday but authorities said the site will continue to smoulder in the coming days.

Belgrade's mayor, Zoran Radojcic, warned people to close windows and stay indoors if they smell the smoke.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/smoke-landfill-fire-engulfs-serbias-capital-belgrade-2021-08-08/
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I lived in a place once where there was a landfill fire that smoldered for weeks. The stench was unreal

Olympics-Athletics-Amazing records, sprint shocks, but shoe tech clouds the glory

Two incredible 400m hurdles races, a women's sprint clean sweep, a stunning 100m shock and a shared high jump gold medal will be the indelible athletics memories from the Tokyo Olympics as the sport showed there is life after Usain Bolt.

Yet hovering above the stellar displays was the twin shadow of "performance-enhancing shoes" and a super-speedy track, that has fans never quite sure how to judge what they are seeing against some of the greats of the past.

Karsten Warholm's battle with American Rai Benjamin saw the Norwegian destroy his own world record by .76 seconds - a huge margin for a one-lap race - with Rai also well inside his own mark.

The scenario was then repeated in the women's race when Sydney McLaughlin shattered her own world record ahead of fellow American Dalilah Muhammad also inside the old mark.

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/review-olympics-athletics-amazing-records-sprint-shocks-shoe-tech-clouds-glory-2021-08-08/
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Somebody always gotta bitch about sumpin
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