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Friday, August 19 2022


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I read a couple pages. I didn’t read the whole thing cover to cover.

That’s what Hadi Matar—the man who attacked Salman Rushdie—said when asked if he’d read ‘Satanic Verses’, the novel which earned the author a fatwa from Ayatollah Khomeini, the then Supreme Leader of Iran. Matar simply said of Khomeini: “I respect the Ayatollah…I think he’s a great person. That’s as far as I will say about that.”  Asked why he targeted Rushdie, he offered: “I don’t like the person. I don’t think he’s a very good person. I don’t like him. I don’t like him very much.” ICYMI: check out our Big Story, to know about the almost-forgotten roots of the fatwa. 

 

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Big Story

The de-extinction debate: Should we raise the dead?

The TLDR: The Tasmanian tiger is the latest target of an ambitious effort to bring back animals that have long disappeared. But what about the many species that are teetering on the edge of extinction right now? Does this hurt or help them?


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Bad news about long Covid
  • Humans pass on monkeypox to their dogs
  • The long wait for a US visa
  • China’s big ‘rainmaking’ plan
  • Bumblebees are growing asymmetrical wings
  • Japan to citizens: drink now!
  • Karnataka's patriotic instruction to schools

 

Sanity Break

  • Earworm for the weekend: Siddhant’s ‘Kalla Killah’

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch
  • A list of good reads

 

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