Luna and Max are the most popular girl/boy dog names of 2022. Luna and Oliver are the most popular girl/boy cat names of 2022. A new trend this year: fast-food-inspired pet names like Taco Bella and McGriddle.
Ukraine has been targeting Russian airfields, the most recent in the city of Kursk. The attacks were detected and shot down by air defenses but still caused damage, including killing three Russian airmen.
Still, bringing the battle inside Russia's borders is an escalation that even the U.S. does not want. The Pentagon is reportedly modifying advanced rocket systems that it sends to Ukraine to make sure that they cannot fire long ranges. Like child locks for missiles.
At a Wall Street Journal conference on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blnkien warned that Russia may be "trying to find an off-ramp." Like peace talks? Yes, they've said that many times. What will it take to get there?
"Fundamentally, Ukrainians are making the decisions about what they want," he said.
The full transcript from a deposition with Dr. Anthony Fauci was released on Monday. It is 446 pages of interesting reading.
This deposition was done in November in relation to the case where the Attorneys General of Louisiana and Missouri are suing the Biden administration and several officials for manipulating online speech during the pandemic. Dr. Fauci is a named defendant.
In the transcript, Dr. Fauci plays off like he does not know how to use Twitter, and doesn't understand social media.
"I'm kind of dissociated from social media. I don't – I don't even know how to access a Tweet," he said.
He was asked if he knows anyone who works for a social media platform and he admits he'd met Mark Zuckerberg a few times. He was asked if he had acquaintances of people who work at social media. He said "A person who used to work as a software engineer."
"Oh, your daughter worked for Twitter?" the questioner asked.
Dr. Fauci: "She used to, yes."
Until a year ago, Dr. Fauci's daughter worked at Twitter. That's interesting.
Dr. Fauci was shown many emails that he either wrote or received expressing concern for online content and when pushed on them, his answer was "I don't recall." 174 times he said that. "I don't recall."
In response to this deposition, Jeff Laundry, the Attorney General from Missouri said this: "Fauci's recent deposition only confirmed what we already knew: federal bureaucrats in collusion with social media companies want to control not only what you think, but especially what you say."
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There are reports of Iran abolishing the morality police due to weeks-long protests but how and when is unclear.
Protests in Iran began after a 22-year-old woman was arrested for wearing pants that were too tight. She died shortly after her arrest, and her death sparked outrage over the rules that led to her arrest in the first place, namely religious dress codes.
The country's attorney general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, said that Iran has disbanded the morality police and will "continue to monitor behavioral actions at the community level." The nation will also review whether Iranian women should be required to cover their heads.
But it seems women still are required to cover their heads. Local media reported that an amusement park in Tehran was closed after a photograph was spread of a woman not wearing a head covering.
Monday marked the beginning of a three-day strike called for by protestors.
Kirstie Alley is trending because the actress died of cancer on Monday at the age of 71.
T.J. Holmes is trending because he and fellow news anchor Amy Robach have both been taken off of Good Morning America after news of their affair was publicized.
Heisman finalists is trending because the nominees for the 2022 college football award were announced.
News By The Numbers
14 years. That is the prison sentence for Michael Avenatti, the former celebrity lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels in her case against former President Donald Trump. He pled guilty to wire fraud and obstructing the IRS.
2025. That is when the Transportation Security Administration will complete the rollout of REAL ID driver's licenses and IDs. The department announced this two-year delay on Monday. The original deadline was May of 2023.
$75 million. That is how much the U.S. government will pay out in grants to Native American tribes who face challenges living in places affected by climate change.
Do you know what an incel is? It is an "online subculture of men who feel unable to secure romantic or sexual relationships with women." They are involuntarily celibate.
A new study shows that this group of men is more likely to suffer from depression, paranoia and fearful attachments.
According to the study, "These subjects find difficult or impossible to have a romantic and / or a sexual partner and they move on to attacks and manifestations of hatred towards the female gender, until they transform, in the most extreme cases, in real violent acts no longer limited to the virtual world."
The good news is that men with secure attachment styles can prevent them from becoming incels in the first place.
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