A new report shows that at least 4.5 million people have died since from the West’s never-ending post-9/11 wars on terror began. The numbers are staggering and reach farther and wider than we’d like to think.
The report comes from Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs. They took on the daunting task of calculating both direct and indirect deaths from wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
Most of these deaths were indirect, meaning that they came from "the post-9/11 wars’ destruction of economies, public services, and the environment. Indirect deaths grow in scale over time." Meaning that the suffering will continue long after the U.S. and Western allies withdraw from these regions.
The report also finds that over 7.6 million children under age five are suffering from malnutrition in these regions. This kind of acute malnutrition is known as “wasting.” Wasting children, the horror!
The report calls on people and organizations to call “on their governments, including that of the United States, to alleviate human suffering resulting from the post-9/11 wars. These wars are ongoing for millions around the world who are living with and dying from their effects. Reparations, though not easy or cheap, are imperative.”
The UK government has begun testing for asymptomatic bird flu. Two people who worked in poultry farms have tested positive.
The government says that bird flu contamination can come from “the nose and throat from breathing in material on the affected farm or can be true infection. It can be difficult to distinguish these in people who have no symptoms.”
There is no evidence that there has been human-to-human contamination.
This makes some people feel pretty nervous about another asymptomatic pandemic. It also feels a bit uncomfortable when coupled with news like this: vaccine makers recently said that they are prepping bird flu shots for humans, "just in case."
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An IRS whistleblower says that he and his entire team was removed from an investigation into Hunter Biden after claiming he had evidence of political interference. What he is asserting is that someone in the Justice Department was trying to thwart an investigation into the President’s son.
Lawyers for the whistleblower sent a letter to the House and Senate detailing his/her claims and seeking whistleblower protection.
IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel testified to congress in April and promised that there would be no retaliation over the whistleblower’s communication with Congress but Representative Jason Smith says that the latest evidence “appears to contradict” that promise.
Given that the Durham report, released this week, showed clearly that Democrats do seek and win political favors in the Justice Department, are we to believe that the Biden administration is letting this investigation play out its just and legal course?
Princess Bride is trending because Elon Musk referenced the movie in an interview with CNBC. The gist of the reference is that he doesn’t care about losing money if it means censoring himself. He didn't quite nail the line but we get it. As you wish!
Miley Cyrus is trending because she released a new video for her song “Jaded” and most people think it is about her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth.
John Fetterman is trending because of this video of him getting quite tripped up in his words during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday.
News By The Numbers
6,000. That is how many eagles will be killed by wind turbines in the coming years because the government has ramped up permits for wind farms. Don’t worry though, the companies can pay fines of about $30,000 per bird upfront in their permit fees. Worth noting: wind farms are not a reliable energy replacement. Even the IAEA admits that solar and wind will only make up 5% of global energy by 2040 so why are we killing birds again?
30%. That is the percent of the population in Europe, the U.S. and Japan that will be over 65 years old by 2050, up from 20%. That demographic shift is “already hitting" government credit ratings. This will be expensive for society. Watch the Birthgap documentary to see how this plays out.
You're On a Need-To-Know Basis, And You Don't Need to Know
What is “public safety journalism”? It is when the media trains itself on how to report on the news for the social good. Huh. Is journalism here to bring about change or to inform the public?
The Poynter Institute thinks it is the former. They have launched an initiative to train mainstream media outlets on purpose-driven journalism. The program aims to teach journalists to identify "the journalistic purpose behind stories about individual crimes, as well as stories about cops, courts and public safety.” Only then can they analyze and possibly change that purpose, says Poynter.
What they hint at here is pretty obvious: Are outlets over-covering one group or race of people over another? Are they leaving out things on purpose? But it’s not hard to see how this could lead to a cycle of censorship and creating a new narrative. We already see that happening as one extremist group gets a media pass (Antifa) over others (white nationalists).
News coverage of crime does not match the FBI statistics about crime in the U.S. Is the goal of this program to accurately represent crime or soften the representation of some groups?
This may be the media’s main problem: that it thinks of itself as an agent of change rather than a public service. This will not endear the already-eroding trust in the industry, is it?
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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris. Please feel free to reach Natali at [email protected] for any editorial feedback.