Colorado GOP Chair Pressured Official to Submit Incorrect Election Results ; Gas Stoves Can Generate Unsafe Levels of Indoor Air Pollution ; and More Picks 5/8

Colorado GOP Chair Ken Buck Pressured Local Official to Submit Incorrect Election Results (Reader Steve)

From the Denver Post: “Colorado Republican Party Chair Ken Buck, a U.S. representative from Windsor, pressured a local party official to submit incorrect election results to set the primary ballot for a state Senate seat, according to an audio recording of a conference call.”

Why It’s Wrong (and Racist) to Blame COVID-19 on Chinese ‘Wet Markets’ (Gerry)

From FAIR: “The stigmatization of Asian people and their culture as ‘inferior’ or ‘exotic’ isn’t a new phenomenon. What is considered acceptable or ‘strange’ meat is often the result of arbitrary cultural norms, and Chinese food has often suffered from hypocritical cultural appropriation once it became popular, before being stigmatized again by racist and propagandistic news coverage following the Covid-19 outbreak.” 

Universal Basic Income Seems to Improve Employment and Well-Being (Dana)

From New Scientist: “The world’s most robust study of universal basic income has concluded that it boosts recipients’ mental and financial well-being, as well as modestly improving employment.”

Gas Stoves Can Generate Unsafe Levels of Indoor Air Pollution (Chris)

The author writes, “Four research and advocacy groups … have released a new literature review, assessing two decades worth of peer-reviewed studies. They find that ‘gas stoves may be exposing tens of millions of people to levels of air pollution in their homes that would be illegal outdoors under national air quality standards.’”

Newfound Black Hole Is the Closest One to Earth We’ve Ever Found (Dana)

The author writes, “The black hole, which is lurking 1,000 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Telescopium, belongs to a system with two companion stars that are bright enough to observe with the naked eye. But you won’t be able to see the black hole itself; the massive object has such a strong gravitational pull that nothing — not even light — can escape it.”

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