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  1. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of May 16 in ~news

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    After Buffalo race massacre, rightwing pundits focus on … anything else

    After Buffalo race massacre, rightwing pundits focus on … anything else

    For the most prominent conservative voices, the major takeaway from last Saturday’s shooting in Buffalo, New York, was not it being one of the worst hate crimes in American history. Or an indictment of gun control legislation. Or an impetus for tighter controls around online forums that provide quarter to bigots and their unhinged plans of mass destruction. No, their major takeaway was literally anything else.

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  2. Comment on Thailand to give away one million free cannabis plants to households, minister says in ~news

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    The Thai government will distribute one million free cannabis plants to households across the nation in June to mark a new rule allowing people to grow cannabis at home, its health minister has said.

    Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced the move in a Facebook post on May 8 in which he expressed his intention for cannabis plants to be grown like "household crops."

    The new rule, which comes into force on June 9, will allow people to grow cannabis plants at home after notifying their local government, but the plants will have to be of medical grade and used exclusively for medicinal purposes. Additionally, the cannabis cannot be used for commercial purposes without further licenses.

    The move is the latest step in Thailand's plan to promote cannabis as a cash crop. About a third of its labor force works in agriculture, according to the World Bank.

  3. Comment on Prince Charles delivers Queen's speech to open Parliament for the first time. Queen Elizabeth misses event for first time in almost six decades. in ~news

  4. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - May 9-10 in ~news

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    Czech Republic elected to replace Russia on U.N. rights council

    Czech Republic elected to replace Russia on U.N. rights council

    The United Nations General Assembly elected the Czech Republic to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council on Tuesday to replace Russia, which was suspended last month over its invasion of Ukraine and then immediately quit the 47-member body.

    Russia had been in its second year of a three-year term. The Czech Republic will complete that term on the council, which cannot make legally binding decisions. Its decisions carry political weight, however, and it can authorize investigations.

    The Czech Republic was elected with 157 votes in favor, while 23 countries abstained. Its terms starts immediately.

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  5. Comment on Why Barcelona looks weird in ~design

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    Summoning @Adys for another great Hoog video

    Summoning @Adys for another great Hoog video

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