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Inside the Beltway: The media goes nuclear

These aren’t the type of headlines anybody needs to see. They are on the market nonetheless, following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning Wednesday that he may resort to nuclear weapons as the scenario with Ukraine grows dire. Here’s only a few from the final 24 hours:

“Putin just doubled down on his nuclear threat: What that means” (Forbes); “Putin flirts again with grim prospect of nuclear war — this time he might mean it” (The Guardian); “Biden condemns Putin’s ‘irresponsible’ nuclear threats“ (The Washington Post); “Putin escalates Ukraine war, issues nuclear threat to West” (Reuters); and “If a nuclear attack hits New York City, these fallout shelters won’t protect you” (The Gothamist).

But wait. There had been related headlines two weeks in the past. Here’s only one instance of many, revealed Sept. 3: “Russian official issues stark nuclear warning to U.S.: ‘Chess game’ of death” (Newsweek).

Then there’s this from March 15: “Putin’s nuclear threats are a wake-up call to the world.” (The Atlantic).

Let’s not overlook this headline, dated Dec. 14, 2021: “Russia threatens to nuke Europe as tensions escalate” (The Daily Express).

And lest we overlook, New York City issued an official PSA on July 11 detailing the way to survive a nuclear assault. It urged the inhabitants to “Get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.”

STILL CHARMED BY CASH

Those previous dollars have but to exit of fashion. Alliant Credit Union polled 2,000 U.S. adults and located that 51% have “cold hard cash” stashed away of their houses — amounting to $1,010 on common. Almost six out of 10 Americans — 58% — choose to maintain their financial savings in money “just in case of an emergency.”

The survey was performed by the Chicago-based monetary cooperative Aug. 10-19 and launched Monday.

Meanwhile, 29% mentioned they discover money helpful for lending money to individuals they know, whereas 17% choose to make use of cellular funds and 15% opted for old-school checks. Another 43% use money for smaller purchases like espresso whereas 39% reserve their money for grooming appointments and 35% use it for small “non-critical” emergencies.

“What I think we’re seeing here isn’t that cash is dying out. Instead, its uses are evolving,” Chris Moore, director of deposits and fee product technique at the credit score union, mentioned in an announcement,

“Seeing that people still opt to use cash for savings, emergencies and lending to friends and family tells us that cash’s usefulness is the fact that it’s liquid and instantly available,” he mentioned.

How a lot of it’s useful? The ballot additionally discovered that cash-carriers stow a median $70 in paper payments of their pockets.

NEVER A DULL MOMENT

Billionaire Jeff Bezos, founding father of Amazon, has donated $200 million to the Smithsonian Institute — with $130 million of that sum earmarked to develop the future Bezos Learning Center at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Five design proposals are already into account. There’s additionally some eagle-eyed scrutiny from a high-profile animal rights group. That can be People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — PETA — which has an easy suggestion for the ultimate design.

“PETA just sent a letter to museum director Christopher Browne urging him to require the winning design firm to employ a bird-friendly design and use non-reflective glass so as not to contribute to the loss of birds’ lives,” the group suggested in an announcement to Inside the Beltway.

“Buildings kill up to a billion birds every year in the U.S. The reflective surfaces depicted in the design proposals would lead to a disturbing and insupportable uptick in deaths — especially because Washington is situated along a major migratory route that many species follow to travel south toward warmer climates,” the group mentioned.

“Reflective glass windows lead to deadly crashes, while animal-friendly design elements such as masking films and ultraviolet patterns can save untold numbers of birds’ lives,” mentioned Ingrid Newkirk, the longtime president of the group.

“Given that many of the engineering marvels at the National Air and Space Museum were inspired by birds’ flight, it’s vital that the museum award a design that lets birds safely share the sky,” she mentioned.

EYEING THE BALLOT BOX

“Many Americans believe politics has entered into the nation’s vote-counting process, with potentially big ramifications for the next election. They think that it is at least somewhat likely that some state or county officials will refuse to certify election results because of political reasons,” CBS News stories in a brand new ballot.

It discovered that 32% of the respondents mentioned there was “widespread fraud” in the 2020 election; 40% mentioned there have been “a few isolated incidents” of fraud whereas 28% felt there was no voter fraud concerned.

“Six in 10 Americans think both the politicization of election rules and attempts to overturn official election results are major problems with the U.S. election and voting system,” famous the CBS evaluation of the findings.

This CBS News/YouGov survey of two,985 U.S. adults was performed Aug. 29-31 and launched Sunday.

POLL DU JOUR

• 59% of U.S. airline passengers say somebody kicking the again of their seat is amongst the “most annoying behaviors” throughout a flight.

• 59% say “drunk and disruptive” passengers are amongst the most annoying; 48% cite those that scent dangerous, from poor hygiene or an excessive amount of cologne.

• 47% cite inattentive mother and father; 40% identify passengers who eat foul-smelling meals in flight.

• 40% identify passengers who “hog arm rests”; 38% point out those that totally recline in the seat in entrance of them.

• 29% cite passengers who discuss an excessive amount of; 29% additionally cite those that board the plane or deplane “out of turn.”

• 28% point out those that take heed to music too loudly; 24% identify passengers who take off their sneakers.

• 22% cite those that flirt with them, different passengers or flight attendants; 20% identify passengers who rise up to stretch an excessive amount of.

• 18% identify those that use overhead bins many rows away from their seat; 14% cite “overly affectionate couples.”

• 13% cite passengers who “request too much from flight attendants.”

SOURCE: A Vacationer.com ballot of 1,098 U.S. adults performed on-line on Aug. 6 and launched Monday. “Respondents were able to select as many actions from a supplied list as they found irritating,” the pollster suggested.

• Contact Jennifer Harper at [email protected]

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