Sun24 and Catholic Church surpass 1.5 million Africans trained to improve cookstoves – Religion News Service

https://religionnews.com/2019/08/19/sun24-and-catholic-church-surpass-1-5-million-africans-trained-to-improve-cookstoves/

Interesting. You’d think it’d be an old trick by now, though.

«3 billion people rely on cooking over open fires or primitive stoves. Most use wood. Women average 15 hours per week collecting firewood, subjecting themselves to sexual assault. Women and children become ill and die breathing cookstove smoke. Firewood harvesting causes deforestation. The black carbon emitted from these cookstoves is a major contributor to climate change.

Amazingly, the simple and free act of placing rocks in these cookstoves cuts firewood usage by a third and smoke is greatly reduced, too. Kevin McLean, Sun24’s president, says: “The women love using rocks in their cookstoves because they spend much less time collecting firewood and their family breathes much less smoke.”»

Tweet from David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf)

https://twitter.com/djrothkopf/status/1163469923915653125?s=17

I say this a lot: too much focus on a single bad guy. The problem is Trumpism, not Trump. Just as the problem was Republicans, not Bush.

David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) Tweeted:
We’ve been focused on the beating Trump at all costs thing and now there’s no Trump and, oh crap, how do we recalibrate? Do we have the right candidate? Now, I’m not saying this is a sure thing. In fact, it is probably just the result of too much morning caffeine.

Chinese scientists are at the forefront of the quantum revolution – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/18/quantum-revolution-is-coming-chinese-scientists-are-forefront/

I see articles like this, and I can’t help but recall all the angst over the Japanese 5th-generation computing project.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_generation_computer

Is it just “yellow peril” racism in disguise?

Elizabeth Warren’s heritage flap re-emerges ahead of native American forum

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/live-blog/meet-press-blog-latest-news-analysis-data-driving-political-discussion-n988541/ncrd1043761

I think you should lean into it, @ewarren. There’s a uniquely American story here, of assimilation with its triumphs and tragedies. You could also talk about bad advice to game the system and youthful mistakes, maybe.

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

https://apnews.com/a3e6b0da8c5648558e61bbaa466fbb42

«“Cabello is one of the worst of the worst inside of Venezuela,” said Fernando Cutz, a former senior national security adviser on Latin America to both President Barack Obama and Trump. “If the strategy is to try to negotiate with the mafia boss, he’s your guy. But that’s a strategy that carries some heavy risks.”»