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A dozen officials in Ukraine have resigned in a large-scale corruption scandal that involved politicians accused of all number of unsavory things, worse during wartime.
Officials were accused of bribery, mismanagement of aid, embezzlement, and driving expensive cars that a government salary should not afford, all during a war that has devastated the economy. This is not new. The government of Ukraine has been this way for decades. Former President Kravchuk was known to drive a Mercedes that would take 136 years to pay for on the Presidential salary.
What is new is the West pretended that they did not know this about Ukraine. They've known. And they still open their wallets to support a war that is killing Ukrainian people and enriching Ukrainian politicians. President Zelensky said this week that supporting Ukraine is a "big business" opportunity. Is that why they do it?
It doesn't seem to be a great opportunity for Germany. The Institute of German Economics calculated that the conflict in Ukraine will cost €175 billion, which equates to €2,000 per person and 4.5% of the country's GDP. No wonder German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was dragging his feet about committing to more aid. But alas, he seems to have been convinced and will announce a plan to send more battle tanks along shortly.
Classified documents have now been found in the home of former Vice President Mike Pence. The National Archives say that they discovered "a small number of documents bearing classified markings that were inadvertently boxed and transported" to Mr. Pence's home.
They further said that the former VP did now know about them. A search was done at his home in Indiana on January 19. You have to think that every former President and Vice President is now looking at their own attics now.
How is it that the U.S. government lets so many classified documents wander off of government premises like lost library books?
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A new report shows that switching to electric cars could wreak havoc on the environment. Because all of that power has to come from somewhere, ya know!
Research from the Climate and Community Project and the University of California, Davis found that a switch to EVs would require three times more lithium than is currently produced in the world plus a heck of a lot more water and land because making electricity requires both.
Consider China, the world's biggest EV car maker. Author Bjorn Lomborg says that "in Shanghai, pollution from an additional million electric-powered vehicles would kill nearly three times as many people annually as an additional million gasoline-powered cars" because EVs are powered by coal plants.
So how is the U.S. going to catch up its electricity for the EV switch? According to the report, they're not. Instead, they'll have to switch to mass transit and create more walkable towns and cities and increase battery recycling. Is it just me or is that not a great plan?
The word "obese" is trending because of this Tweet. Clearly this is a parody account because the user's name is Anita B. Etin and the books she says she authored don't exist. But a lot of people have fallen for the joke.
In Alabama, the state no longer has hard deadlines to carry out death sentences. Instead, it will now have a "time frame" in which the sentences must be carried out.
This is based on a recent Supreme Court ruling that was related to a string of botched executions. Last November, the state had to cancel an execution because they were unable to insert the needle holding the lethal drug in time. Apparently, this delay with the needle is a recurring problem so the new law will give them more time to figure it out.
This is haunting because it does not fix the problem of executions gone wrong. It only makes the process more tortuous for everyone involved. In some cases, executions have gone on for hours and even days.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis mentioned changes he'd like to see to death sentences. He said he would like the state to be able to execute convicted criminals without a unanimous jury vote but instead require a "supermajority." This was the law prior to 2016 but it was changed to require that a sentence of death must be unanimous.
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