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🚨 Clown world – February 26 2024


Happy Monday.

Chinese carmaker BYD unveiled a luxury sports car that can dance called the YangWang U9. It costs $236,000.  

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In Case You Missed It. 

⏰ Tick tock! Lawmakers will have to decide this week if the U.S. will hit a debt ceiling and cause a government shutdown by Friday.

🇷🇺 The body of Alexei Navalny was released to his family this weekend. Political scientist Gilbert Doctorow said last week on Redacted that he thinks the British may have had a hand in his murder. What do you think? 

🇩🇪 Germany has legalized cannabis for personal use. 

🌀 Scientists say that this year’s hurricane season could trigger a “1-In-284,000-Year Event.” 

🐕 California wants to ban landlords from banning pets. California hates all investors clearly.

📺 Join us live for Redacted starting at 4 PM EST. 














*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 5:00pm AM. 



Lead: "Extreme Act of Protest"

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A U.S. Air Force service member named Aaron Bushnell set himself on fire outside the Israel Embassy in Washington DC in what he called an “extreme act of protest” against what he called the genocide in Gaza. As his body burned, he yelled “Free Palestine!”

Let’s set aside the horrific event for a second and consider how this will and will not affect American consciousness.

Independent journalist Sam Husseini said this about it: “In a minimally normal society, Aaron’s words and video of his immolation would be on every major media outlet and there would be thousands outside the genocidal Israeli embassy, shutting it down."

That is not what happened.

The media gave this story very limited coverage. CNN spoke to the Israeli embassy to assure us that everyone in the embassy was safe. The New York Times reported this as a bomb threat to the area. And the first police officer on the scene drew his gun and pointed it at the man on fire.

Last December, a woman set herself on fire in front of the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta for the same reasons and ABC News did not so much as identify her gender. “Protestor sets self on fire” the headline reads. They, too, quoted an embassy official calling it “hate and incitement toward Israel.” 

We’re missing the mark here, don’t you think?

Consider how the monks who burned themselves to draw attention to the war in Vietnam actually aroused consciousness. According to Husseini, “While the photo of the Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc immolating himself helped wake people up about the Vietnam War, the blurred-out image of Aaron’s self-immolation will clearly help lull people to sleep about Israel’s genocide." 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released plans for Gaza and it says that Israel will “maintain its operational freedom of action in the entire Gaza Strip, without a time limit” and that “the security perimeter being created in the Gaza Strip on the border with Israel will remain as long as there is a security need for it.” 

Bushnell was rushed to the hospital where he remains in critical condition this morning.

Nikki Haley's Money Pit

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Nimrata "Nikki" Haley had high hopes for the Republican Primaries in her home state of South Carolina but they were dashed with the results. She lost to former President Donald Trump and it wasn’t even close. Trump took approximately 60% of the vote and Haley earned about 40%.

This loss cost her one of her biggest donors, the billionaire Koch family. Even with the money drying up and four consecutive losses, Haley still wants to compete. 

“I said earlier this week that no matter what happens in South Carolina, I would continue to run for president. I’m a woman of my word,” Haley said. “In the next 10 days, another 21 states and territories will speak. They have the right to a real choice, not a Soviet-style election with only one candidate. And I have a duty to give them that choice.”

She headed to Michigan on Sunday to campaign for that primary, which is tomorrow. She is not expected to win Michigan but her campaign said that they are launching a "seven-figure" ad buy ahead of Super Tuesday, March 5. 

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Ukraine's Propaganda Cranked to Eleven 

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Ukrainian President Zelensky says that Ukraine has only lost 31,000 military personnel since 2022, not 300,000. That is a lie. He’s verifiably a liar and a bad person. 

"31,000 Ukrainian military personnel have been killed in this war. Not 300,000, not 150,000, not whatever Putin and his deceitful circle have been lying about. But nevertheless, each of these losses is a great sacrifice for us," Zelenskyy is quoted as saying on Sunday at the “Ukraine. Year 2024” forum in Kyiv.

Even the New York Times, which loves this war, put the death toll at at least 120,000 last August, which would be four times Zelensky’s fabricated number.

Ukraine has refused to give official death counts but Russia has estimated the death count to be closer to 300,000. Russia says that Ukraine has lost 159,000 troops since the “counteroffensive” began last June. That counteroffensive gained no territory but lost many lives as well as equipment including, according to Russia, “121 aircraft, 766 tanks, and 2,348 armored combat vehicles.”

Despite that, Zelensky says that Ukraine has another counteroffensive planned but he can’t share the details. 

"We have a plan, a clear plan. I cannot reveal details, I have no right to do this. This plan is linked with some changes in the command," he said this weekend. He said this very same thing about last June’s counteroffensive and it only cost lives. 

The U.S. knows that the lack of a trained military in Ukraine is a problem. On Sunday, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitted that the U.S. can send F-16s to Ukraine but “there aren’t many pilots to be able to pilot those aircraft.”

What's Trending?

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Pedro Pascal is trending because he also won a Screen Actors Guild award and admitted in his acceptance speech that he was drunk. 

Barbra Streisand is trending for receiving the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award this weekend. 

Cushing syndrome is trending because Amy Schumer says that she has that. That is a condition when the body has too much cortisol for a long time, which can cause someone to look a bit rounded and discolored. 

News By The Numbers

2 kilometers. That is how much the Odysseus lander missed its target in the Moon landing, according to Intuitive Machines, the company that launched the first commercial mission to the Moon. Still, it made it there, they say, and the lander is now transmitting data for Nasa. 

85%. That is how much Qatar will increase exports of liquefied natural gas by the end of the decade. Buyers will mostly be from China and other Asian nations. 

200. That is how many DWI cases have been dismissed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in an ongoing corruption scandal where cops handed out DWI tickets to people who passed breath tests and suggested bribes to get them out of charges. 

Wow! Men and Women Really Do Exist Afterall

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Guess what? Biological sex is real, particularly when it comes to brain function. Stanford scientists claim to have shown for the first time that men's and women’s brains function differently. Shocking, right? 

In a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists say that “Sex is an important biological factor that influences human behavior, impacting brain function and the manifestation of psychiatric and neurological disorders.” They used computer models to analyze brain scans. The computer could guess if the scan came from a man or a woman with more than 90% accuracy. 

The Telegraph further generalized the findings: “Women tend to be better at reading comprehension and writing ability on average, and have good long-term memory. Conversely, men seem to have stronger visual and spatial awareness and better working memory.”

This could explain why women have greater trouble driving and men seem to forget the household chore list they've been given by their wives. 

This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
Please feel free to reach Natali at [email protected]
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