The European Union has promised to reimburse countries that send weapons to Ukraine from their own stockpiles.
The Financial Times reports that the EU has earmarked “€1bn from an existing fund used to reimburse capitals for arms purchases that go to Ukraine. The EU official said the bloc’s defense agency would then ‘conduct a fast-track procedure for direct negotiation with a number of key industrial providers in Europe.’”
But European leaders are facing increasing demands for peace. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz responded to this on Thursday by saying this: “One also does not achieve peace when one shouts ‘never again war’ here in Berlin, and at the same time demands that all weapons deliveries must be stopped.”
Oh no? How does one stop war and killing then? With sanctions?
Speaking of sanctions, they do not seem to be harming the Russian economy as intended. Russia’s foreign debt-to-GDP decreased and the total debt-to-GDP was down to 17.1% from 18.1% last year. The U.S. debt-to-GDP is 129%.
Havana Syndrome is what U.S. diplomats describe as strange and painful acoustic sensations that come after they’ve served abroad. These diplomats complained of awful headaches and some say that they have shortened their careers and caused an accumulation of large medical bills.
The report from the Director of National Intelligence calls these “anomalous health incidents” and determines that it was “very unlikely” that a foreign adversary was responsible for them. They posit that it is the byproduct of some other activity such as electronic surveillance that may have unintentionally made people sick.
Other committees have found that this could in fact have been caused by what they call an “energy weapon.”
We can’t say either way but it is worth remembering that the U.S. government pushed back for years from Vietnam veterans who claimed that Agent Orange harmed their health irreparably because the government did not want to foot the health care bills. Hopefully, this report does not preclude continued healthcare coverage for the diplomats that are suffering from this.
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Should the government decide who gets to write about politics and who doesn’t? That is what one Florida representative wants.
Senator Jason Brodeur sponsored a bill that would require bloggers who write about government officials to register with the Florida Office of Legislative Services or the Commission on Ethics.
Further, the bloggers would have to file a monthly report with the state every time they write.
This is being presented as a way to track financial gain from blogging but the SEC already requires bloggers to disclose financial conflicts. This would seem to me an inappropriate way for the state to track media and a copycat of the Canadian bill C-18 which requires media to qualify with the government.
Aaron Carter is trending because the singer’s mother posted graphic photos of his scene of death to her Facebook page saying that she still wants answers about his cause of death.
Alex Murdaugh is trending because he was found guilty of murdering his wife and son in a trial in South Carolina.
News By The Numbers
170. That is how many people were evacuated from a 42-floor skyscraper fire in Hong Kong on Thursday.
$8.9 billion. That is how much money is missing from the bankrupt FTX. This was customer money that the company simply no longer has.
$5,000. That is how much it cost Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to doll up for the 2021 Met Gala in her Tax The Rich gown. The House Ethics Committee is looking into whether or not she accepted services that exceed federal limits for congressional ethics rules.
45%. That is how many people in Britain say that there are more ethnic minorities on TV than in the population, according to a YouGov survey.
The Canada Life Assurance Company, which administers the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP), added “gender-affirming procedures” to its list of coverage starting July 1. The document says that it will provide up to $75,000 to people who are 18 or older, under the care of a physician for gender affirmation, and have exhausted all available coverage offered by the province where they live.
The document also says that the procedures must be considered “medically necessary” by the patients’ doctors. But what is currently considered “gender-affirming” is pharmaceuticals and surgery that create health problems, not solve them. Nor do they cure gender dysphoria by any medical standards. As you can imagine, many Canadians took to the Internet to ask: why is the government paying for this exactly?
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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
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