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Bwoglines: Everybody’s Making Plans Edition

I thought that everyone already agreed that it’s bad to not count certain people when deciding the numbers of representatives in government..

Happening in the World: Just over ten years after the tragic Fukushima nuclear plant’s meltdown, Japan’s government is close to its decision on what to do with the radioactive wastewater that has been increasing since the incident. Their primary plan is to dilute the water and release it into the ocean, and although scientists say it wouldn’t be too harmful, environmentalists remain opposed. (BBC)

Happening in the US: After President Donald Trump issued a memorandum in July suggesting that undocumented immigrants would no longer be included in population counts when apportioning Congressional seats, the Supreme Court accepted a case on Friday to decide on its constitutionality. If found constitutional, places with high undocumented populations might have fewer seats in Congress than before. (NYT)

Happening in NYC: An air filtration system that is said to be able to kill almost 100% of germs and viruses is currently being tested on a Metro-North train car and soon an LIRR train car. If proven successful, it’s likely that these filtration systems will be used throughout the entire subway system to combat the spread of Covid-19. (Gothamist)

Happening in the Community: Ira Katznelson, Columbia’s Interim Provost, announced the current path of the University as we head towards the spring semester in an email on Friday. Because cases have started to rise in certain NYC neighborhoods, Columbia is working hard to keep the community safe while deciding how the spring semester will be conducted and plan to reveal their decision in the middle of November.

Film of the Week: Weathering With You (dir. Makoto Shinkai)

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