Susan Rice Would Be the Perfect Running Mate for Joe Biden

“One factor to watch is Biden’s relationship with Rice,” Amie Parnes of The Hill writes. “The two worked closely in the Obama administration, and personal chemistry is an underrated factor in vice presidential decision.”

Your Nose Might Kill You

“Researchers tested 12 healthy people and found that formerly overlooked sites deep within the nose may be reservoirs for Staphylococcus aureus, which is a major cause of disease,” Robert Preidt at WebMD writes. 🦠

Germany’s Atonement for Military Homophobia

“Germany is planning to rehabilitate soldiers who were discriminated against in past years by being rejected for promotion or even fired from the army because of their homosexuality,” Timothy Jones of Deutsche Welle writes. 👍

Mermaids Are Racist Fish

“The statue of the Little Mermaid in the entrance to Copenhagen harbour has been daubed with the words ‘racist fish’,” Jon Henley of the Guardian writes. 🧜😂

Shabbat Shalom

🕎 I nearly forgot the greeting last week, so here’s an early one.

שבת שלום

Somebody Needs to Save Judaism from This Lunacy

Israel’s interior minister, Aryeh Deri, is seeking to revive efforts aimed at giving the ultra-Orthodox state rabbinate sole control over Jewish conversions, the Times of Israel reports. 👎

My Teenage Rave-All-Nights Are Back

Raves are sweeping Britain as they did in 1988, when acid house swept the country and ecstasy and bucket hats were everywhere, Sirin Kale of the Guardian reports. 🤪 There’s hope for the new generation!

Pet Shop Boys’ Dictator Decides

The joke is I’m not even a demagogue / Have you heard me giving a speech? / My facts are invented / I sound quite demented / so deluded it beggars belief…

Communist China Kills Freedom in Hong Kong

“Beijing has passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that critics fear will crush political freedoms,” Lily Kuo and Verna Yu of the Guardian report. 😡