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🚨 Footloose – April 22 2024


Happy Monday.

High school students in Ohio where the movie Footloose was filmed launched a campaign to get Kevin Bacon to come to their Footloose-themed prom for the 40th anniversary of the film so he did! In exchange, the students helped assemble donation boxes for Bacon’s charity

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In Case You Missed It. 

🏆 Some people are surprised that neither President Biden, Vice President Harris nor former President Trump were named to Time Magazine’s Most Influential People. Are you? 

🤝 Another friendship ruined by bad business: David Beckham is suing Mark Wahlberg over a fitness brand deal. 

🚨 A jury of 12 people was selected for former President Trump’s hush money trial. 

🇦🇷 Argentina has made a formal request to join NATO. The nation pulled out of a bid to join BRICs last year. 

🇳🇪 The Biden administration agreed to withdraw troops from Niger. Syria must be wondering how Niger accomplished that. 

🗳️ Maine will now award the state’s electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. 

🔥 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are being sued for allegedly destroying records. 

🇯🇵 At least seven people are missing and one is dead from a Japanese Navy helicopter crash this weekend. 

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The Lead: Funding For War

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U.S. lawmakers passed more funding for foreign wars to the tune of $95 billion this weekend. This includes $61 billion for Ukraine, $26 billion for Israel and $8 billion for Taiwan and other U.S. allies in the Indo-Pacific. 

Separate bills also passed allowing the U.S. to place new sanctions on Iran and Russia and allow for a TikTok ban. 

Republicans are beside themselves wondering how their own House Speaker allowed for the passage of every single thing that Democrats wanted and nothing of what Republicans did. Democrats are so excited to bring more war to Ukraine that they waived the country's flag from the House floor. They're cheering for more Ukrainians to be led to their deaths when they could stop it by ending funding and pushing for a peace agreements.  

Israel Ramps Up Rafah Attacks

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Israel stepped up its attack on Rafah this weekend, killing at least 22 people including 18 children, according to the Associated Press. This is not the ground invasion Israel has promised but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that there will be more of these airstrikes this week. 

“In the coming days, we will increase the political and military pressure on Hamas because this is the only way to bring back our hostages and achieve victory. We will land more and painful blows on Hamas — soon,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

The war funding passed by the House of Representatives will both give more weapons to Israel and send aid to Gaza. 

The head of Israel’s military intelligence became the first to take the blame for Israel’s failures to stop the October 7 attack on Tel Aviv. Major-General Aharon Haliva was the first senior official to accept blame and step down but many Israelis don’t want him. They want Netanyahu to step down but they are not likely to get their way while war is ongoing. 

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Google The Word Hypocrisy

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The CEO of Google says that Google is not a place for politics. Excuse me while I lose my mind from the hypocrisy of that statement. This is Google we're talking about! The company that is nothing if not political! 

After Google fired 28 people for protesting the company’s relationship to Israel, CEO Sundar Pichai sent a memo to employees saying that Google “is a business and not a place to act in a way that disrupts co-workers or makes them feel unsafe, to attempt to use the company as a personal platform, or to fight over disruptive issues or debate politics.” 

WHAT? Google allowed employees to demand changes in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Google willingly succumbed to government censorship around during the Covid-19 pandemic. Google built a racists AI program. Google has blacklisted conservative websites and email campaigns. I could go on all day about how Google IS politics and cannot pretend it isn’t. But now they want to pretend otherwise when pushed on its relationship with Israel? You cannot have it both ways: politics that you like and not the politics you don’t. The only way to win this is no politics period – like the Coinbase policy announced in 2021. Would anyone even recognize Google without politics? 

News By The Numbers

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2:04:01. That was the finish time for the Men’s winner of the London Marathon on Sunday, ran by Alexander Mutiso Munyao from Kenya. The Women’s winner, Peres Jepchirchir was also from Kenya and she ran it in 2:16:16.

7%. That is how much women aged 25-35 outnumber men of the same age in London. It’s no wonder 47% report that they are having a hard time finding Mr. Right. 

0.208 seconds. That is how much Tyler Reddick won the Talledega Superspeedway NASCAR race on Sunday, avoiding a finish line crash

Hunting Doctor Cass

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Doctor Hilary Cass has been told not to ride on public transportation because she is the new target of hateful gender ideology. Cass is the researcher behind the NHS-funded Cass Review, which revealed how little science there is around medical gender transition. 

Well, gender ideologists don’t want to hear this and they are threatening her. She says that she has received “‘vile’ abusive emails and been given security advice to help keep her safe.” 

The morsel that gender ideologists are holding to is a claim by MP Dawn Butler that the review failed to include 100 research papers. That’s false. The review states very clearly for anyone who bothers to actually read it that they read every single research paper on gender that they could find but only pulled results “from the ones that were high quality and medium quality, which was 60 out of 103.” Indeed, anyone who has been following this research knows that many of the studies we currently have are short term and have small sample sizes. 

The debate around her paper is an example of the “toxic” debate around gender that her very paper warns about. The threats to her safety are yet another example of an actual woman being abused around ideology meant to “protect women.” 

What's Trending?

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Earth Day is trending because that is today and the Google Doodle today "showcase some of the places across the globe where people, communities and governments work every day to help protect the planet’s natural beauty, biodiversity and resources." 

This video is trending of all five of the original Spice Girls dancing to one of their hit songs at Posh Spice’s star-studded 50th birthday party.

F1 is trending because the Chinese Grand Prix happened this weekend in Shanghai. It was won by Max Vertappen. 


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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
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