The United Nations says that it does not have the capability to identify who is shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Russia has called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate the shelling of the region but their response: No Can Do.
Officials from this agency visited the region this summer to assess the damage of a nuclear disaster but never actually investigated who was shelling the plant. They have done plenty of condemning but no actual investigating or moves of any kind to stop it. Now they are saying that they are pretty sure that there are no nuclear safety concerns.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has all but sealed itself off from European membership with a new law that will reduce financial oversight of politicians. The government says that this is to “protect Ukraine’s financial system from Russia and Belarus” but it will also facilitate more government corruption by reducing oversight of money flowing to politicians. The head of the Anti-Corruption Action Centre says that this breaks a promise to the EU and “practically kills the system of preventing money-laundering by Ukrainian politicians.”
Ukrainian corruption was a major problem before the war and the West knew it. Are we to believe it will no longer be a problem now? Or is the war being used as an excuse to remove any pretense of regulation?
News Flash: Black Friday Deals Aren't Really Deals
You already know that Black Friday has very little to do with Friday because stores have been pushing it on you for weeks. But it also has very little to do with discounts.
A watchdog group in the UK found that just one in seven Black Friday deals are actually a deal. The rest of them are items priced at the same price they would be at any other time of the year. Consumers are often fooled by price tags and price listings to think items are cheaper when they’re actually not.
For example, a chimney cooker was listed at £239 on Black Friday with a £30 savings but that same cooker was £160 in August. A chimney cooker is what Americans would call an oven hood.
A lot of this doesn't matter given so few have money to spend this holiday season but if you’re going to shop for bargains to make up for crippling inflation, this weekend may not be the time to do it.
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Some World Cup players had threatened to wear rainbow armbands in the tournament to protest religious laws in Qatar. Particularly, the rainbow bands were meant to protest the fact that homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.
First, FIFA says that anyone who pulls a stunt like this will receive on-field penalties. That is a language that players understand. None of them want to get this far in their career to get penalties over ideology.
Another reason is that FIFA President Gianni Infantino spoke out against disrespect for the host country on Saturday night in an emotional tirade. He accused those who were speaking out against local laws of "moral lesson-giving" and "hypocrisy." He also spoke about the government's decision to reverse its stance on beer sales during the games.
"I think personally, if for three hours a day you cannot drink a beer, you will survive." In fact, you are more likely to survive if you don't drink beer.
Scientists have devised a new way to help fishermen stop accidentally catching sharks. This is the SharkGuard. It emits short electrical pulses that repel sharks away from fishing lines.
Accidentally catching sharks is a big problem. By some estimates, 100 million sharks, skates and rays are killed each year when fishermen are fishing for other things.
The SharkGuard has had success in preliminary studies. The lead researcher said this: "It's reducing blue shark and pelagic [oceanic, not bottom dwelling] stingray catch on these hooks, so we can be quite confident for these species in this fishery. But [SharkGuard] needs to be designed on a case-by-case basis to ensure it's fit for purpose."
Great! Save the sharks, doo doo do do doo doo!
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