Taxidermy bird drones are a thing. Researchers in New Mexico use the stuffed bodies of dead birds and turn them into drones that can be used to fly with their living counterparts to study flight patterns and formations. Do you think the real birds will notice?
President Biden is preparing for the eventuality that Ukraine’s “spring counteroffensive” is not the victory they’ve sold to the American people. This was the plan to re-take land that is now part of Russia, namely Crimea and the Donbass region.
The President has been telling the American people that continued financial support in Ukraine is necessary for Ukraine to “win” but recently leaked documents show that the administration knows that this is all smoke. They are lying about the extent of U.S. involvement and they are selling us a failed storybook ending. According to Politico:
“Publicly, President Joe Biden’s team has offered unwavering support for Ukraine, pledging to load it up with weapons and economic aid for ‘as long as it takes.’ But, if the impending fighting season yields limited gains, administration officials have expressed privately they fear being faced with a two-headed monster attacking it from the hawkish and dovish ends of the spectrum.
One side will say that Ukraine’s advances would’ve worked had the administration given Kyiv everything it asked for, namely longer-range missiles, fighter jets and more air defenses. The other side, administration officials worry, will claim Ukraine’s shortcoming proves it can’t force Russia out of its territory completely.”
Ukraine has publicly shifted the goal of the conflict from “survival to victory,” according to reporting from a recent meeting between Ukrainian defense officials and Western leaders. In response, President Putin says that if Ukraine wants to escalate on the battlefield, they should “try it” but be warned that Russia has barely begun.
President Putin reiterated that Russia remains open to peace talks.
Fox News announced that Tucker Carlson would be leaving the network, effective immediately. CNN host Don Lemon says that he was let go at CNN after 17 years.
Some people are saying these two exits are related. Maybe. But Don Lemon was not breaking any media barriers. Carlson, as divisive as he was, had been using his show to call out government corruption, media expansion, the U.S. proxy war in Ukraine, the cover-up scandal in Syria, media censorship, and to advocate for the release of Julian Assange. No other mainstream media voices are doing that. None.
Last month, Carlson was on our show Redacted to discuss his January 6 footage. At the time, he said that Fox News gave him free rein to say controversial things. So what changed in just a few short weeks?
It may be worth remembering the last time an antiwar newsman was fired on the eve of war. In 2003, In February of 2003, Phil Donahue had the number one show on MSNBC and he was fired. A leaked internal memo said that Donahue would be a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war.” The memo said that Donahue “seems to delight in presenting guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and skeptical of the administration's motives." He turned out to be right but we did not get to hear that because he was removed from the airwaves.
No matter what you think of Tucker Carlson, none of us are better off with one loud antiwar voice having been deplatformed.
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Protests Erupt in Montana Over Transgender Legislation
Protestors in Montana have disrupted proceedings in the House of Representatives over a debate about transgender legislation called the Youth Health Protection Act, SB 99.
The bill would ban minors from receiving surgery, puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
Representative Zooey Zephyr , a transgender person, was silenced from speaking about the bill after she said this on the House floor:
“The only thing I will say is if you vote yes on this bill and yes on these amendments, I hope the next time there’s an invocation when you bow your heads in prayer, you see the blood on your hands.”
House Majority Leader Sue Vinton called these comments disrespectful. The Montana Freedom Caucus demanded that Zephyr be censured for “attempting to shame the Montana legislative body and by using inappropriate and uncalled-for language during a floor debate.”
This set off trans activists who disrupted proceedings and banged on the door to the gallery.
This is the third day that Zephyr was not allowed to speak. On Thursday, Zephyr sought to speak against a bill that would define male and female in binary terms. On Friday, Zephyr was set to speak on a bill that sought to block minors from online porn.
A new study shows that face masks are not proven to prevent viral infections and carry possible harm to those who wear them.
The peer-reviewed study from German researchers shows possible toxicity when wearing masks due to constant exposure to carbon dioxide. When humans breathe fresh air, they are exposed to 0.04% CO2. When wearing a mask, they are exposed to anywhere between 1.41 to 3.2% CO2. This constant exposure to a gas that we are not meant to breathe at great concentration and length may have some negative consequences such as testicular dysfunction, stillbirths, reduced motor and verbal skills for children and overall cognitive decline for children born during the pandemic.
The authors are not saying that masks cause these things. They are saying that they can prove a relation between those things and masking mandates. They also conducted a thorough review of current studies on mask efficacy and show that there never has been solid data to show that masks prevent viral transmission.
And yet masks were mandated for so many children. In one study, “masks frequently led to breathing problems in 100 school children between 8 and 11 years of age, especially during physical exertion.”
The study shows that the medical community has long since known about the dangers of prolonged CO2 exposure.
News By The Numbers
$507 million. That is how much value Fox News stock lost on Monday on news that Tucker Carlson will leave the network. Shares of Rumble were up 6% as investors speculated that the free-speech platform
31%. That is how many U.S. voters say that they would be open to voting for a third party candidate for President, especially as the race shapes up to look like a repeat of 2020.
3.7%. That is how much more the world spent on military expansion in 2022 to a total of $2.24 trillion. The U.S. was by far the top spender.
$100 billion. That is how much customers withdrew from First Republic Bank last month when the bank was bailed out by the U.S. government. The bank reported earnings on Monday and said that it continues to deal with this fallout and will cut staff by at least 25%.
Zendaya is trending for her surprise performance at Coachella on Sunday. The crowd went bonkers when she came out.
Len Goodman is trending because the Dancing With The Stars judge died this weekend. He had bone cancer.
Matthew Perry is trending because he says that he is removing the reference to Keanu Reeves from his book. In his 2022 memoir he wrote: “Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?” The Internet took him to task over this because no one slams Keanu Reeves and gets away with it.
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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
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