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🚨 Let’s go! – February 15 2023


Happy Wednesday.

Forget ChatGPT. Introducing MarioGPT, an AI-based program to let you generate unlimited levels of Super Mario that you want! 

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In Case You Missed It. 

🏟️ Countries may stop bidding to host Olympic Games because it’s expensive and a pain in the butt, according to the Associated Press. Instead, the games may rotate between a few select cities.

😳 A town in Oregon has banned gas hookups for new residences. 

πŸ’΅ Reuters reports that U.S. bank CEOs are “feeling better” about the economy. That’s nice for them. 

πŸ’° The U.S. Consumer Price Index was up 0.5% in January to 6.2% from the previous year. 

πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡Έ The government in South Sudan has banned U.S. dollar-based transactions. 

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia is dealing with a heatwave with Melbourne set to hit 40-degrees C. 

πŸ”₯ Arizona residents are asked to shelter in place after a truck carrying hazardous materials overturned on Tuesday. 

🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Nicola Sturgeon is expected to resign as the First Minister of Scotland.

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The Lead: Air Goes Out of Chinese Balloons

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A White House official admitted that the “Chinese spy balloon” probably wasn’t. 

Meaning the Pentagon spent time and money shooting down a benign object which was probably an object that was “operated privately for commercial or research purposes.” 

National security spokesperson John Kirby told reports: “We haven’t seen any indication or anything that points specifically to the idea that these three objects were part of the [People’s Republic of China’s] spying program, or that they were definitively involved in external intelligence collection efforts.” 

The Washington Post reported soon after the incident that the balloons resembled commonly-used weather devices and that they would not offer any surveillance that satellite images could not offer. Still, the “spy balloon” narrative got carried away…get it!? 

Kirby did say that they posed a risk to civilian air traffic so in that way, it was helpful to shoot them down. 

Now Moldova and Romania both say that they sent up military jets to shoot down “balloon-like” objects too. 

No Boosters For You

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England has ended its Covid booster program for anyone younger than 50 years old. People under that age can still get a primary Covid vaccine but no boosters unless they have comorbidities. 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) also said that primary vaccination should become more targeted this year towards people who are more at risk such as health care workers and people who are immunocompromised. 

Denmark has also stopped giving out Covid vaccines to anyone under 50. Meanwhile, the CDC in the U.S. still recommends two or three doses of Covid vaccines beginning with infants just 6 months old. 

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Is This The Next Pandemic?

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The World Health Organization has convened an emergency meeting to discuss an outbreak of Marburg virus in Central Africa. At least nine people have died from the virus that is now spreading through Equatorial Guinea. 

Marburg virus is in the same family as Ebola virus. It is said to cause a viral hemorrhagic fever, which can lead to bleeding from the nose and mouth. Symptoms can include lethargy, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, sore throat and abdominal pain. There is no vaccine for Marburg virus but the WHO says that there are potential treatments. 

And where does Marbug virus come from. According to WHO: “It is transmitted to humans by fruit bats and spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people, surfaces and materials.”

What's Trending?

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Mustard is trending and not because of the condiment. One of the chemicals that is leaking from the Ohio train explosion is Phosgene Gas, otherwise known as mustard gas. 

Dave Hollis is trending because the former Disney exec died at the age of 47 after being hospitalized for “heart-related health issues.” 

Epstein Island is trending because of the release of these court documents related to Jeffrey Epstein. It includes names of Epstein visitors and associates such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Prince Andrew, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew, “a well-known Prime Minister” and more.

News By The Numbers

89 years old. That is the age of California Senator Dianne Feinstein. She announced that she would not seek re-election in 2024. She is the oldest-ever sitting Senator. 

March 15. That is the release date for Season 3 of Ted Lasso. A new trailer was released on Tuesday. 

$55. That is how much it costs to freeze sperm in Ukraine but clinics there are waiving the fee for soldiers that want to do that before they head into battle, according to the Associated Press.

11%. That is how much smaller the average U.S. tax refund has been this year when compared to last year. 

The U.S. Goes After The News

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The U.S. State Department has been working with a British organization to defund and deplatform news sites that it does not like. They call this, you guessed it, a disinformation project. There’s that word again! 

The State Department has spent over $300,000 to work with The Global Disinformation Index to put together a “dynamic exclusion list” that it sends to corporate entities and asks them not to buy ads on those sites. The news outlets include the New York Post, the Washington Examiner, the Daily Wire, Newsmax, and more. 

Meanwhile, the GDI ranked “low risk” news outlets including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other mainstream titles. 

Should the State Department be working against a free press? Is this another example of the government picking winners and losers with your tax dollars? 


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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
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