Welcome to Issue 1.1 of Digestable, your daily mouthful of real things happening in the world, minus alarmist pandemic news.
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Today’s news, fermented:
Chelsea Manning is out of jail after many battles with the US ‘justice’ system. She’s a trans whistleblower, and has received a lot of terrible treatment for both of those things.
Time doesn’t exist at the North Pole, where all timezones collide. But looking to the future, Florida’s recently re-enfranchised residents convicted on felony charges may have the power to swing results in the state’s upcoming primary.
And looking back: the tide (or blade) has turned on graveyards full of old wind turbines. A Danish design firm has figured out a process for mashing up the decommissioned fiberglass parts and reshaping them into sound-blocking barriers around highways and airports.
All of this has been a bit of an update — tomorrow, I’ll be more current! But for the record, here’s two very fresh bits of info.
One, citation-less: there is a *colossal* lack of coverage of the rare-and-beautiful discussion of the climate crisis that occurred last night at the Democratic Debate.
The tl;dr (too long, didn’t read) is that two old white men are trying to convince us each is more qualified to run this country than the other. Only one of them talked about holding the fossil fuel industry liable for climate damages, knowingly driving the climate disaster, and how Big Oil is pulling pages out of Big Tobacco’s playbook. What else do ya need to know?
And the other, *drumroll*
It’s been a little slow on the non-virus-related Hot Goss front this week because ever since America’s Dad Tom Hanks tested positive in Australia, it’s all anyone — celebrity or otherwise — can think and Tweet of. He’s doing fine though, other than committing the Australian social and culinary faux pas that is spreading too much Vegemite on his toast.
In other news, despite claiming otherwise in her 1998 hit song “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” Shania Twain has recently revealed that she is, in fact, impressed by Brad Pitt and his “wonderful career.” So feel free to substitute someone else’s name (I have some to suggest if you’re out of ideas) at your next post-quarantine karaoke sesh.
And for those of us who keep up with The Bachelor and its many franchises, Tyler Cameron was spotted picking up Hannah Brown at the Palm Beach International Airport. OOOOOOOOOOH. That’s it. That’s the story.
I don’t know guys, I told you it was a little slow last week. Hopefully the mess and #CancelCulture picks up again soon to restore some sense of normalcy to our lives. Hope everyone’s keeping safe!
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Today’s news, raw:
Chelsea Manning is ordered released from jail, 3/12/20, New York Times
Time has no meaning at the North Pole, 3/13/20, Scientific American
Former felons with right to vote could increase Florida's primary turnout, 3/16/20, The Guardian
A recycling plan to clear wind turbines from graveyards, 3/9/20, Bloomberg Green
That’s all for now, good people. Feel free to reply to this email or pester me on the internet with any feedback, comments, or questions.