Six million Californians live in poverty

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That six million people live in poverty in the wealthiest nation’s richest state is unconscionable:

https://www.pe.com/2021/09/14/6-million-californians-living-in-poverty-down-704000-in-a-year/

General intervened to prevent nuclear war during Trump’s mental decline

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Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward writes in his new book that U.S. Gen. Mark Milley worked behind the scenes to protect the nation from engaging in a nuclear war with China during Trump’s extreme mental instability:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/politics/woodward-book-trump-nuclear/index.html

Top military officers and State Department officials agreed that they would block psycho Trump’s illegal national security orders:

 

 

Yet, most Republicans still support Trump as loyal cult members.

American citizens commit most terrorism acts in US

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After spending trillions of dollars in the war on terror, the U.S. has failed to stop the source of most terrorism: its own citizens.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/10/since-911-most-terrorism-this-country-has-been-made-usa/

Many of the terrorists are rightwing extremists who support Trump. And they are planning rallies for Sept. 18:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-capitol-police-says-robust-security-planned-sept-18-rally-2021-09-08/

Reducing carbon emissions by 2050 isn’t good enough

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The world’s governments, businesses and consumers must significantly reduce carbon emissions immediately to reduce the devastating effects of climate change or face catastrophic consequences that will be impossible to overcome:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/10/net-zero-2050-deadly-procrastination-fossil-fuels

Net zero by 2050 is not fast enough.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/15/governments-falling-short-paris-climate-pledges-study

https://theconversation.com/climate-scientists-concept-of-net-zero-is-a-dangerous-trap-157368

Southern California Edison raises rate 9%, switches usage plan

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Southern California Edison customers will pay 9% more for electricity and face a decision about the plan they will use this fall and winter:

https://www.bakersfield.com/news/sce-wins-approval-for-9-residential-rate-increase/article_09795700-0470-11ec-aba4-dff26a6e4e58.html

https://www.sbsun.com/2021/08/25/using-electricity-during-peak-hours-in-southern-california-it-may-cost-you/

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/mohit-chhabra/new-electric-rates-put-power-back-californians-hands

https://www.sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay/TOU

https://pages.email.sce.com/toutransition/en/

Ratepayers who do not opt out will be switched automatically to a new plan starting this fall, while others will be phased in starting in December. The new plan, called “Time of Use,” will charge customers more for electricity used during peak hours between 4-9 p.m. Conversely, customers who conserve during those hours will get a small reduction in their monthly bills.

The purpose of the new plan is to encourage ratepayers to conserve energy after 4 p.m. when solar power generation decreases. This conservation will reduce California’s carbon emissions that cause climate change.

Ratepayers can opt out of the new plan and stick with their current plan.

Biden announces coronavirus vaccination requirements for 80 million workers

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Government employees and private business workers will be required to get coronavirus vaccinations, President Biden announced today:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/09/1035149651/biden-will-require-vaccines-for-federal-workers-as-part-of-a-new-covid-strategy

Some estimates are that 100 million American workers will have to get vaccinations, but part of that total has already received them:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/09/politics/joe-biden-covid-speech/index.html

Michael Moore offers free screening of ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’

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The award-winning documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” is scheduled for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attacks:

https://www.michaelmoore.com/p/a-free-worldwide-screening-of-fahrenheit

The mind-blowing documentary is scheduled for this Friday at 6 p.m. Pacific time.

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2021/08/24/michael-moore-wont-be-silenced/

The U.S. has spent $6 trillion in the “war on terror”:

https://www.vox.com/22654167/cost-deaths-war-on-terror-afghanistan-iraq-911

New York Times profiles CNN international correspondent Clarissa Ward

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CNN’s chief international correspondent, Clarissa Ward, deserves recognition for her important, courageous and informative reporting in the world’s most dangerous hotspots including Afghanistan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/06/business/media/clarissa-ward-cnn-afghanistan.html

She is one of the greats in journalism at any level:

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/568629-cnns-clarissa-ward-has-breakthrough-media-moment-in-afghanistan

Her new book, “On All Fronts – The Education of a Journalist,” is slated for release Sept. 7:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/598169/on-all-fronts-by-clarissa-ward/

https://twitter.com/clarissaward?lang=en

The U.S. has spent $6 trillion on the “war on terror”:

https://www.vox.com/22654167/cost-deaths-war-on-terror-afghanistan-iraq-911

Most TV news outlets fail to tie Hurricane Ida to climate change

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A new study has found that U.S. television news outlets chose not to identify the connection between Hurricane Ida’s intensity and climate change:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/02/us-media-hurricane-ida-climate-change

https://www.mediamatters.org/cnn/national-corporate-tv-news-largely-failed-cover-hurricane-ida-climate-justice-story

This failure by TV news media is especially problematic because more Americans get their news from TV than from any other platform.

The intensity of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, wildfires and droughts is driven by the human-caused climate crisis, which is expected to persist and worsen for decades.

Journalists can learn about their responsibility to report accurately about the climate crisis by visiting Covering Climate Now’s website. Also helpful is The Guardian’s climate crisis page.

Ida slams East Coast with widespread flooding

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New York City and New Jersey are flooding as the remnants of Hurricane Ida move along the East Coast. Streets and subways are flooded with three to four inches of rain per hour:

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/01/weather/ida-flooding-tornado-forecast/index.html

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/weather/2021/09/02/ne-flooding-rain-tornado-ida-remnants-weather-dlt-sot-vpx.cnn

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/02/new-york-flooding-state-of-emergency-ny-city-flash-flood-nyc-hurricane-ida-remnants

The intensity of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, wildfires and droughts is driven by the human-caused climate crisis, which is expected to persist and worsen for decades.

Louisiana residents face water, electricity shortages

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Hurricane Ida has left nearly one million residents of Louisiana without electricity or water:

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/01/health/ida-victims-power-water-outages/index.html

The hurricane caused widespread flooding and devastation:

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/01/weather/ida-before-and-after-imagery/index.html

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/28/weather/gallery/hurricane-ida/index.html

It could take a month to restore electricity to areas damaged by the hurricane.

Residents are being encouraged to evacuate, but where will nearly one million people — many of them very low income — go for shelter and food? President Biden will need to immediately provide even more resources to assist these Americans than he did in Afghanistan.

Many Louisiana residents are feeling abandoned in the state’s sweltering summer heat and humidity without air conditioning or electricity. Many do not have the money or transportation needed to evacuate and do not know where to go for shelter:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/01/new-orleans-hurricane-ida-power-outage-heat

Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing emergency services at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) and DisasterAssistance.gov.

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

The intensity of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, wildfires and droughts is driven by the human-caused climate crisis, which is expected to persist and worsen for decades.

Trumpublican extremists inspired by Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

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Trump cult members and other right-wing weirdos are excited about the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan and are hoping they can overthrow the U.S. government:

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/christopherm51/us-far-right-extremists-inspiration-afghanistan-taliban

The U.S. has spent $6 trillion on the “war on terror”:

https://www.vox.com/22654167/cost-deaths-war-on-terror-afghanistan-iraq-911

 

Right-wing extremists assault journalists in Los Angeles

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Anti-vaccination lunatics and other right-wing nuts have been repeatedly attacking journalists in Los Angeles:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/01/los-angeles-protest-journalists-attacked-violence

These right-wing violent extremists should be arrested and then medicated and locked away so that normal people can live their lives in peace.

New York Times documents its vacant building in photos

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The building of The New York Times, the world’s most comprehensive and influential news outlet, remains mostly vacant because of the coronavirus. Its journalists, like those of many other newspapers, work from home and on the road as the nation suffers through the coronavirus.

Stark photographs inside the Times’ vacant building foreshadow an eventual return:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/28/opinion/office-work-from-home-newsroom.html

Experts answer questions about coronavirus

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CNN’s medical experts have advice about vaccines, masks and social distancing:

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-questions-answers/#with-the-delta-variant-spreading-how-much-does-vaccination-reduce-infection-hospitalization-and-death

Supreme Court blocks eviction ban

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It will now be up to Congress to pass legislation to protect the millions of Americans who are facing evictions and homelessness:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/politics/supreme-court-eviction-moratorium/index.html

Michael Moore won’t be silenced

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Filmmaker, writer and activist Michael Moore has faced censorship battles from early childhood into his adult life, but he won’t give up fighting for the people:

https://www.michaelmoore.com/p/why-i-fight-write

https://www.michaelmoore.com/

https://rumble.media/

https://variety.com/2021/film/news/michael-moore-substack-afghanistan-taliban-biden-1235044920/

 

Stunning CDC map shows nearly entire US in red zones for coronavirus

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The latest Centers for Disease Control map, for Aug. 16-22, shows nearly the entire nation with high community transmission of the coronavirus:

https://www.poynter.org/newsletters/2021/have-you-seen-the-latest-cdc-covid-transmission-map-its-almost-totally-red/

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

Coronavirus red zones are areas with high transmission of the coronavirus.

Nearly every county in the nation is now classified as having high transmission. For these red zones, the CDC recommends that “significant measures are needed to limit contact between persons, with priority given to maintaining essential community activities and services (e.g., health care, transportation, food and agriculture, schools).”

The CDC bases its county zone designations for community transmission on the number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people and the number of positive tests.

The coronavirus is surging in Riverside County:

https://www.pe.com/2021/08/20/riverside-county-coronavirus-hospitalizations-top-those-seen-in-summer-2020-surge/

Update: The U.S. could be back to normal by the spring if a lot more Americans would get vaccinated, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/24/anthony-fauci-coronavirus-us-normal-spring-2022-americans-vaccinated

Vaccines alone, however, won’t solve the coronavirus crisis, at least not any time soon. In Israel, where 80% of people over age 12 have been fully vaccinated, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly:

https://news.yahoo.com/ultra-vaxxed-israel-debacle-dire-073840050.html

To significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it will probably take a combination of social distancing, mask wearing, and updated vaccinations that can block variants. Unfortunately, there is a significant number of unvaccinated Americans who ignore science and stubbornly insist on exercising their “freedom” to gather in large groups unmasked. They then spread their infections to other people, and that leads to mutations which generate new variants that existing vaccinations may not be able to block.

The future is bleak as long as millions of people in the U.S. and around the world continue to get false information about the coronavirus from idiots in social media and liars in right wing extremist media such as Fox “News.”

Forest management ineffective in reducing wildfires

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Forest thinning, controlled burns and clear cutting do not help much if at all in stopping or slowing wildfires in parched, hot areas. And with the climate crisis worsening, such areas are now widespread:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-08-21/california-burning-is-it-time-to-rethink-forest-management

https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ecs2.1492

Forests were healthy for thousands of years just fine without logging by humans.

If you want to see ineffective and ugly forest management, click on Google maps and zoom in on the forests in the Pacific Northwest. Here is just one example of hideous forest “management”:

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.8621585,-123.7901132,17536m/data=!3m1!1e3

Then, read about the raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and California. Extensive forest management in these areas has failed to reduce wildfires or their spread:

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-09-01/tahoe-caldor-wildfire

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/weather/2021/07/12/western-united-states-wildfires-heat-waves-temperatures/7945217002/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/14/wildfires-us-north-west-threaten-native-american-tribal-lands

https://apnews.com/article/fires-environment-and-nature-california-18d949a81e52a85198e1089f711aae5c

Leading challenger in California’s recall election would take state back to 1950s sexism

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Larry Elder has a long history of making discriminatory comments about women. Yet, he is leading all challengers in the recall election that could remove Gov. Newsom from office:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/politics/kfile-ca-recall-larry-elder-on-women/index.html

And Elder is in some ways even more of a right-wing extremist than Trump:

https://patch.com/california/banning-beaumont/s/hqqxo/who-larry-elder-what-would-he-do-governor

Elder is only polling at 18%, but he will likely become governor if one voter plus half of all voters choose to cast their ballot to remove Newsom. The reason: The poorly designed recall rules state that the governor is replaced if more than half of voters cast their ballots to recall him, and then the leading challenger automatically becomes the new governor.

Update: The Los Angeles Times opposes the recall:

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-08-13/editorial-recall-the-governor-not-just-no-hell-no

Update: Here are some of the changes that would likely occur if a Republican replaces Newsom:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-09/how-gop-recall-election-win-will-shift-california-policies

The recall election is Sept. 14 and the deadline to register to vote is Aug. 30.

Update: Many Democrats don’t care enough to vote, and so there is a strong chance that a wacky Republican extremist will oust Newsom and become California’s governor. If that happens, these same apathetic Democrats will complain about changes the Republican will bring:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/25/california-governor-recall-gavin-newsom-larry-elder

Fox ‘News’ responsible for opposition to coronavirus vaccine

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A new study has found that Fox “News” caused many Americans to be reluctant to get vaccinated for the coronavirus:

https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/connecting-dots-between-covid-vaccine-hesitancy-fox-news-n1276592

The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, confirms what had been widely assumed: Fox “News” influenced its viewers to refuse coronavirus vaccinations.

US could have 200,000 daily coronavirus infections soon

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The National Institutes of Health director said Sunday that the U.S. could see 200,000 daily cases of the coronavirus within a few weeks:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/15/us-covid-delta-cases-unvaccinated-sitting-ducks

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/15/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/delta-variant-mask-guidance/

CDC guidelines now say that you can get the coronavirus with 15 minutes of exposure to an infected person at less than 6 feet of distance, even if you are wearing a mask:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/17/vaccines-delta-covid-coronavirus-safety-questions

Get your vaccination as soon as possible, maintain social distancing, and wear a mask every day indoors when working, shopping, entertaining, attending classes or using public transportation.

Hospitals are overwhelmed now with coronavirus patients:

Update: Republicans who object to mask and vaccination requirements keep getting infected with the coronavirus. And dying from it:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/17/texas-governor-greg-abbott-coronavirus-covid-tests-positive

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/21/tennessee-radio-host-phil-valentine-vaccine-vaccination-dies-covid-19

Update: The coronavirus is surging in Riverside County:

https://www.pe.com/2021/08/20/riverside-county-coronavirus-hospitalizations-top-those-seen-in-summer-2020-surge/

Taliban seize control of Afghanistan after 20-year conflict

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After the U.S. flushed more than $1 trillion down the toilet in Afghanistan during a 20-year conflict, the brutal Taliban seized control of the beleaguered country today:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/15/the-fall-of-kabul-a-20-year-mission-collapses-in-a-single-day

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-asia-58219963

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/does-the-great-retreat-from-afghanistan-mark-the-end-of-the-american-era

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/16/taliban-afghanistan-take-over-ward-pkg-newday-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/afghanistan-falls-to-the-taliban/

The conflict with the Taliban has been described as Vietnam 2.0, another colossal failure by the U.S. that cost many thousands of lives and billions of dollars only to end in chaos after a pointless and unnecessary conflict that ultimately achieved little but abject misery for the people who live there.

A more hopeful view about what happened and what is still to come (I am skeptical, but here it is):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/17/afghanistan-what-was-it-all-for-analysis

Update: The U.S. still plans to evacuate 15,000 Americans and 20,000 Afghans from Afghanistan. These numbers are staggering and disturbing considering the precarious situation:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/15-000-americans-remain-afghanistan-after-taliban-takeover-n1277033

Journalists are concerned for their safety and that of the Afghan people:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/15/media/journalists-at-risk-in-afghanistan/index.html

https://cpj.org/2021/08/suspected-taliban-militants-kill-1-afghan-journalist-kidnap-another/

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/17/taliban-kabul-afghan-women-scared-ward-tl-vpx.cnn

The U.S. has spent $6 trillion on the “war on terror”:

https://www.vox.com/22654167/cost-deaths-war-on-terror-afghanistan-iraq-911

All that money — trillions of dollars — and thousands of deaths, yet Afghanistan is right back to the way it was before the U.S. invaded:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/17/taliban-ban-girls-from-secondary-education-in-afghanistan

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58583217.amp

US renters struggle with housing costs

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Apartments have become unaffordable in most U.S. cities:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/12/housing-renter-affordable-data-map

Real estate has also increased beyond the reach of many Americans, with many homes doubling in price in just the last few years.

The cost of living in California’s Inland Empire has increased substantially. The increase is due in part to residents of Los Angeles and Orange County moving to the Inland Empire to secure more affordable housing.

California’s programs to disburse government funding to tenants to help them pay their rent have been plagued with problems and delays:

https://www.pe.com/2021/08/16/tenants-landlords-hit-dead-ends-bureaucratic-quagmire-in-quest-for-californias-rental-aid/

Planet suffers hottest month in history

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The human-caused climate crisis has resulted in July’s designation as the hottest month in recorded history:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/13/july-worlds-hottest-month-ever-recorded-us-scientists

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/08/13/global-warming-noaa-july-earths-hottest-month-ever/8123185002/

https://www.noaa.gov/news/its-official-july-2021-was-earths-hottest-month-on-record

It is now or never to address the climate crisis:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/15/its-now-or-never-scientists-warn-time-of-reckoning-has-come-for-the-planet

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/08/us/colorado-river-water-shortage/

Update: Help is on the way:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/18/planet-peril-congress-reconciliation-climate-bill

Psycho Trumpublicans encourage violence against normal people

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Trumpublicans have a blood lust for violence and openly encourage beating and killing anyone who is not an extremist Trump supporter. Even Republicans who dare to tell the truth are being threatened by Trump’s cult members:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/08/when-they-say-they-want-kill-you-believe-them/619724/

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/13/politics/violence-online-similar-january-6-dhs-intel-chief/index.html

Firefox 91 update unleashes complete design nightmare

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If you have not updated Firefox to version 91, consider yourself extremely fortunate. You can avoid wasting hours trying to figure out how to make the browser usable again, followed by even more wasted time spent backing up bookmarks before completely deleting Firefox and then restoring the previous version.

Firefox’s new user interface, or UI, is called Proton. It makes WordPress.com management with a Mac computer impossible, as colors and settings are invisible and unchangeable.

Further, bookmarks become even smaller with version 91, which degrades Firefox’s biggest advantage over its competition: user-friendly bookmarks management.

I would just switch to Safari or Chrome, but their bookmarks management is unusable. I have more than 12,000 bookmarks inside folders, with folders inside more folders, which are inside even more folders. Safari does not display two columns of bookmark folders, and so there is no way to drag a bookmark from one folder to another one. Chrome does not allow dragging a bookmark from one folder into another folder that is inside another folder. That means for the Mac, the only browser option is Firefox but it is now unusable with version 91.

Frustrated users have suggested a few fixes, such as going into Firefox’s about:config and turning off the new Proton UI and using the Classic look, but that option was removed with version 91. Another option is to turn off High Contrast in Apple’s Accessibility menu in System Preferences. Still another option is to enable Dark Mode. And another is to go to Firefox’s Settings > General > Colors and change the “override … above” to “Never.”

I have not tried any of these possible solutions, because I do not want to waste hours trying them out only to discover they don’t work or that they do not help enough. Instead, I deleted Firefox 91 and reinstalled version 90, which took hours because I then had to reinstall bookmarks and adjust many settings.

Save yourself hours of frustration by turning off automatic updates in Firefox. Then, wait a month or two until Firefox sorts out the many bugs and design problems that plague its newest version. And then try the possible solutions identified above if necessary. And look for new Firefox themes and extensions that may also help in the coming weeks.

Update: Even Firefox 90 is displaying some websites, such as The Guardian, incorrectly, with garbled stories. So, I switched to the Brave browser, which displays websites well. It is fast, efficient and highly customizable for privacy, appearance and extensions. Unfortunately, it is based on the Chrome browser, and that means that its bookmarks management is terrible compared to that of Firefox. The awkward workaround is to use Firefox for bookmarks management and Brave for everything else. One advantage Brave has with bookmarks is that they are easier to see and their size can be adjusted. The problem, as mentioned above, is that in Brave a bookmark can only be dragged from one folder to one other folder at a time, not to one folder inside of another folder. This will have to do until Firefox is fixed.

Update: I have switched completely to the Brave browser. I made it my default browser and will use it for everything, including bookmarks. Bookmarks management is not as user-friendly with Brave as compared to what can be done so easily with Firefox 90, but it is possible. As long as Firefox 91 is a bug-filled mess with a UI from hell, I will stick with the Brave browser.

Foundation offers free journalism school curriculum for cyber security

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The curriculum will help instructors teach journalism students about such topics as chat security and protecting sources:

https://freedom.press/news/announcing-us-jschool-curriculum/

https://freedom.press/training/jschool-curriculum-us/

Instructors can pick among the various modules to use what they find helpful for their students. The only requirement is that instructors provide attribution to the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Apple, Uber contractors spy on call center workers in their homes

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Apple and Uber contractors watch their call center employees through their webcams in their homes and log their keystrokes on their computers:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/08/uber-asked-contractor-to-allow-video-surveillance-in-employee-homes-bedrooms/

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/big-tech-call-center-workers-face-pressure-accept-home-surveillance-n1276227

https://9to5mac.com/2021/08/09/apple-call-center-workers-surveillance/

Apple’s boasts about protecting privacy ring hollow now that the truth is reported.