June 17, 2022

The GOP wants a war on drag queens. They won’t like the outcome.

Drag queens are an easy target for the growing reactionary backlash taking place in America. They’re loud; they’re irreverent; they clearly don’t ascribe to conventional gender norms. They provide a simple shorthand about decadence and perversion for anyone with the all-encompassing need to punch down against...

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On vaccines for kids, Florida’s DeSantis makes a bizarre call

A few months into the pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis thought it’d be a good idea to order a million doses of hydroxychloroquine. The Republican governor either didn’t know or didn’t care that the medication was ineffective against Covid-19, and medical professionals throughout the state had...

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The two main issues holding up the bipartisan gun deal, briefly explained

A bipartisan group of senators hoped to translate a gun control framework into actual legislation by Friday. But once again, they’ve run into some roadblocks. While Republicans and Democrats were able to reach an agreement on a framework that includes incentivizing states to pass red flag...

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Olympic-sized pool in Toronto Beach closed for the season due to emergency repairs

A popular outdoor pool in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood won’t be opening up as planned this summer. The 50-metre Olympic-sized pool at the Donald D. Summerville Pools complex, at 1867 Lake Shore Boulevard East at Woodbine Avenue, will be off limits to swimmers this season as the...

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Did Google create a sentient machine?

Has Google created a sentient computer program? A senior software engineer at Google’s Responsible AI organization certainly seems to think so. Blake Lemoine told colleagues for months that he thought the company’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA), an extremely advanced artificially intelligent chatbot, had achieved...

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Canada expected to finish review of first COVID-19 shot for youngest kids in weeks

Federal officials say regulators should reach a decision about whether to approve Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine for infants and preschoolers in coming weeks as the U.S. prepares to roll out tot-sized shots. Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo told a news conference this morning that...

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