Midday open thread: Syphilis, the Supreme Court, and 'the world's most dangerous bird'

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Public health officials say rural counties across the Midwest and West are becoming the new battleground. While syphilis is still concentrated in cities such as San Francisco, Atlanta and Las Vegas, its continued spread into places like Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma creates a new set of challenges. Compared with urban hubs, rural populations tend to have less access to public health resources, less experience with syphilis and less willingness to address it because of socially conservative views toward homosexuality and nonmarital sex.

The founder of a clothing line with the name FUCT says it’s pronounced as four letters, one after another. As in “F-U-C-T.”

The Justice Department, seeking to block its request for trademark protection, equates it “to the vulgar word for which it is a homonym.”

The two sides will debate the clothing line’s rhyme or reason at the Supreme Court Monday as the justices return for two weeks of oral arguments, their last of the 2018 term.

A Florida man was killed on Friday by what ornithologists say is the “world’s most dangerous bird.” It was a cassowary — an enormous, flightless bird around which even experienced zookeepers take precautions. […]

… Cassowaries look like a high-fashion dinosaur; thick black feathers cover their bodies, from which a cobalt blue and vibrant red neck erupts, leading to a head adorned with a keratin “casque” or crest.

What makes them dangerous, however, are their feet. Three toes sport pointed nails. The most dangerous is the inner toe, which ends in a veritable dagger several inches long.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin brings us a breakfast Brexit update. Swing voters want Obama back. What ever happened to that Yemen resolution? A mechanical civics lesson. Trump hates laws. Emoluments: A-OK! Seems Cindy Yang was grifting off of the inauguration, too.

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