On This Day
September 16, 1974
Thirty-two women, the first female cohort, join the ranks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Today, women make up around one fifth of the police officers in the RCMP.
- Eric Eoin Marques, 36, once called world’s “largest facilitator of child porn”, is sentenced to 27 years » US Dept of Justice
- Texas, California, and Florida top the US states with the most deaths caused by animals » Forbes
- How to enjoy coffee » Psyche
- Whether you see coffee as an occasional treat or as a daily essential, there is much to learn and enjoy.
- Saudi Arabia camel carvings dated to prehistoric era » BBC
- First Rivian electric pickup truck for customer rolls off factory floor » The Drive / CNBC / Business Insider
- VW ready to boost North American EV production if US Congress revises incentive program » Detroit Bureau
- ‘Park 50 Feet or More Away‘ from other cars, GM advises Chevy Bolt owners – The Drive
Environment / Climate
- Chevron Corp Chief Executive Mike Wirth said the company prefers to pay dividends to its shareholders rather than invest in solar and wind power projects. » India Times
- Pfizer is recalling all of its anti-smoking treatment, Chantix, due to high levels of cancer-causing agents called nitrosamines in the pills » Reuters
- Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for years » Joe Public
Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Pandemic
- Italy to require all workers to show ‘green pass’ certificate » BBC
- Inside an Ontario ICU where the COVID-19 patients are largely young, and all unvaccinated » CTV
- COVID cases surge in North America, decline in South America, says health agency » Reuters
- 3,000 thousand of health care workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a deadline this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran said » France 24
- Study found that antibodies produced by the Pfizer vaccine decreased sharply in senior nursing home residents and their caregivers six months after receiving their second shots » Case Western Reserve University
- Even as the US economy collapsed last year, the poverty rate actually went down. There’s no mystery why: the government gave people money » Jacobin
- Prince Andrew’s lawyer said in a federal court hearing Monday that a secret agreement protects him from liability in a lawsuit brought by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. » McClatchy
Terrorism » Domestic & International
- Last month, 50% of all demonstrations involving the Proud Boys in the United States turned violent » Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project
Members of the Proud Boys were involved in multiple violent demonstrations in California and Oregon, the majority of which were against abortions. Proud Boys also participated in numerous anti-vaccine and anti-mask demonstrations. Every demonstration event in which Proud Boys participated throughout August in Oregon and California turned violent or destructive, including one violent demonstration that involved an exchange of gunfire. Nationally, nearly 50% of all demonstration events in which Proud Boys participated included violence, accounting for nearly 70% of all violent demonstrations in August (for more, see ACLED’s Actor Profile on the Proud Boys). Multiple militias and militant social movements including the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys, Three Percenters, III% Security Force, QAnon adherents, and the Virginia Citizens Defense League participated in armed demonstrations last month.
- French soldiers kill Islamic State leader in Western Sahara » Deutsche Welle / The Guardian
- French troops have killed the leader of the west Africa branch of IS — Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi — according to French President Emmanuel Macron. The group is responsible for scores of violent attacks in several countries.
Today is National Guacamole Day 2021 in United States. Please side-dish responsibly.