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The Climate Changed: “Manchin had a spot on the dais for the bill signing and received a round of applause during Biden’s remarks when the president quipped, tongue in cheek: ‘Joe — I never had a doubt.'” Biden signs sweeping climate, health care, tax bill into law. From Vox: 4 underrated parts of the Inflation Reduction Act.

+ Divining Rods: “The silver iodide rods — which are typically the size of cigarettes — are shot into existing clouds to help form ice crystals. The crystals then help the cloud produce more rain, making its moisture content heavier and more likely to be released. Cloud seeding has been in practice since the 1940s and China has the biggest program in the world.” China is seeding clouds to replenish its shrinking Yangtze River. Meanwhile, China cuts power to factories, homes as reservoirs fall.

+ Paint the Town: “Most of the surfaces have been painted a light shade of gray, but a local artist was commissioned to design a series of colorful murals on a basketball court, a school playground, and a parking lot.” 1 million square feet of L.A. roads are being covered with solar-reflective paint.

+ Bulldog in Georgia: “The former New York mayor and Trump attorney remained inside the Fulton County courthouse after several hours of facing questions as part of a rapidly escalating investigation that has ensnared several Trump allies.” Rudy Giuliani faces grand jury in Georgia 2020 election probe. (He arrived via car, but he’ll leave under the bus.) Meanwhile, according to WaPo, Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘No.’ “The former president’s current legal team includes a Florida insurance lawyer who’s never had a federal case, a past general counsel for a parking-garage company and a former host at far-right One America News.” He has had some success. “Last week Trump hired Drew Findling, an Atlanta-based lawyer who is known online as BillionDollarLawyer and for representing a star-studded list of clients, including artists Cardi B, Migos, Waka Flocka Flame, and Gucci Mane.”

+ Newish Space Lasers: “A new laser technology creates cold brew coffee in minutes. Even better: it tastes just as good and may be coming to a coffee shop near you.” Cold brew coffee—pew, pew, pew—brewed with lasers! Why not just caffeinate the laser and shoot them at me directly?

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