The Centers for Disease Control has published information about excess deaths since the pandemic and they are grim. According to this data, nearly 118,000 more people have died above the average deaths for the years pre-pandemic between 2015-2019.
The years 2020 and 2021 saw big spikes in excess deaths that continued into 2022. The data shows 7,680 more deaths this year alone in children and young adults but the trend does seem to be declining.
Likewise, in the UK, the amount of excess deaths there is still approximately 7% and seems to be declining.
There is no official reason for this but investigations are clearly needed.
The U.S. government will back $1 million mortgages for the first time. What could go wrong?
The Federal Housing Finance Agency made this announcement on Tuesday, they say, in order to keep up with rising home prices. This is odd, given that home prices have dropped for the third straight month. The new maximum mortgage that will be backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase to $1,089,300, up from $970,800 in what the government considers high-cost markets. These loans will still come with a hefty interest rate, increasing every day.
I mean, thank goodness. I’d been wondering who would help these people who want million-dollar homes!
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The U.S. House of Representatives will take up a bill this week that will force a solution to the union dispute for railway workers. This means that if workers' unions cannot agree to a resolution, they cannot strike or continue to advocate for themselves because Congress will force their hands.
What do they want? Better pay, better working conditions, less rigid scheduling and paid sick time off. A tentative agreement was proposed in September but three of the 12 unions still reject it because paid sick time is not included. If the House and Senate pass a law, then the September proposal will go into effect, disallowing any further disagreement.
When asked if this move was driven by the economy and the devastation that a rail strike would bring, President Biden said: “we cannot let our strongly held conviction for better outcomes for workers deny workers the benefits of the bargain they reached, and hurl this nation into a devastating rail freight shutdown.”
Zendaya is trending because she is reportedly engaged to Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, and the Internet is united in loving this news.
Will Smith is trending because he spoke about The Oscar Slap on The Daily Show. He said “hurt people hurt people,” to explain his actions. That phrase is made popular by people in recovery from substance abuse. An oldie but goodie.
News By The Numbers
$1 billion. That is the value of arms that the U.S. will sell to Qatar.
$522 million. That is how much the Bank of Canada lost in Q3 of this year, the first loss in the bank’s 87-year history.
1,110,421. That is how many people in the U.S. have been killed by firearms between 1990 and 2021, according to new research.
$100,000. That is how much FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried had left in his bank account the last time he checked, he says. Are you supposed to pity that?
An event in Scotland on Tuesday called Zero Tolerance was aimed to end male violence against women and girls. The keynote was delivered by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon who reportedly asked attendees not to advocate for single-sex spaces or question gender recognition.
A note sent to attendees said that the Prime Minister’s speech was “to create a safe and supported environment for our guests and ask you to support us in this aim by refraining from discussions of the definition of a woman, and single-sex spaces, in relation to the gender recognition act.”
The Prime Minister denies having a hand in this, but she was still challenged about it by attendees. Many feminists worry that Sturgeon’s gender reform bill, which has not been passed, could be used by violent men to gain access to women’s spaces, including shelters and prisons. In fact, recent research has shown that over half of trans-identifying biological males in Scottish prisons changed their gender identity after their incarceration and have gained access to women’s spaces.
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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
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