🔭 NASA says it will not rename the James Webb telescope because activists said that Webb was complicit in the persecution of gay people. NASA investigated and found no evidence of this.
📈 Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney after the board voted to replace Bob Chapek.
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The Lead: War Crimes in Ukraine
Russian POWS laid down shot at close range by Ukrainian forces credit: nytimes
There were major explosions near the Zaporizhzhye power plant this weekend. The Atomic Energy Agency warns that this is very dangerous and that whoever is doing it is “playing with fire.”
Thanks but that agency had its chance to tell us who was doing it in August and declined to do so.
Russia admits it struck a plant in the city of Zaporizhzhye that made aircraft engines for the Ukrainian military. They said it was a high-precision strike.
Last week gruesome videos surfaced online of Ukrainian soldiers executing Russian soldiers at close range. The New York Times reports that these videos are authentic. Russia has called these videos “deliberate and methodical murder” and have demanded an international investigation.
Now the United Nations is asking Ukraine to investigate but Russia asked the UN to do its own investigation for obvious reasons. They are also asking the Council of Europe, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Amnesty International, which has already independently verified that the Ukrainian army is guilty of violating international war treaties. Will anything come of this one?
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visited Ukraine over the weekend and pledged £50 million in additional aid to the country’s war efforts. This happened even though the UK National Crime Agency’s Director General Graeme Biggar told the Sunday Times that weapons sent to Ukraine could be trafficked out of Ukraine and end up in the hands of criminals and terrorists.
Welp, former President Trump is back on Twitter. He was suspended in early 2020 because Twitter concluded that he incited violence during the January 6 protests.
But he is once again a presidential candidate and that call to violence is not a universally accepted truth. Now that Elon Musk owns Twitter, he decided to take a fresh look at the former President’s account with a poll and the poll decided that Trump should be let back in, although it was close.
As of this writing, the former President had not posted anything yet on Twitter but when he gets warmed up, Twitter will be ready. People are all wound up about this on both sides, and I am ready to watch because I handle Twitter arguments like this.
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Corporate America is bracing for activists on their corporate boards because of new SEC rules.
The rules allow shareholders to vote for board members by mail or online. Previously, companies could require in-person voting, which most investors did not do. This favored the company because it could control a fewer number of votes. But if all shareholders get a vote, that could pave the way for more activists on the board. In fact, not just could. It probably will.
“Companies are concerned it will draw in first-time activists who think they can take advantage of the new system to threaten proxy contests to create leverage to advance their agendas,” Shaun Mathew, a partner at law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP who advises companies on how to prepare for and respond to activists, told the Wall Street Journal.
But activism does not equal benevolence. This is a concerning trend. Corporations are concerned because it sounds like a pain in the butt for them. We are concerned because it sounds like a concentration of political power in the hands of corporate America.
When people see a lot of smiley faces, it helps them battle depression. So 🙂!
A report in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed that people who played games featuring smiling faces and positive messages were able to remain free of depression after being treated with ketamine. Those who only received the ketamine did not fare so well.
Doctors are looking to find ways to extend the efficacy of ketamines because there is a shortage.
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