Russia says that it has evidence of the U.S. funding biolabs in Ukraine to conduct research on HIV/AIDS and coronaviruses as far back as 2015.
The U.S. has admitted that these labs existed and warned that if Russia got into these labs, they may spread “disinformation” about what they find. Well, Russia now controls the regions where many of these labs were and is in fact spreading information about what it has found there. Is this information or misinformation?
Russian Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, presented Ukrainian-language documents referring to HIV infection studies that began in 2019. The list of targeted groups shows service members alongside prisoners, drug addicts and other “patients at high risk of infection.” They also show that the U.S. had been trying to relocate personnel and biological materials out of Ukraine into Poland, the Baltic States, and Central Asia as the Russian troops advanced in Ukraine.
They also show that the U.S. has been working on coronaviruses since 2015.
Moscow asked the United Nations to investigate this in October of 2022 but the U.N. Security Council voted against it. No thank you, they said. Not interested in pulling a thread to investigate a pandemic that affected us all. Next!
A new report shows that Social Security in the U.S. may not be a sure thing for some. That is because the Social Security fund will have a shortfall of cash of $20.4 trillion through 2096. Yikes!
This comes from a 2022 Trustees Report. The report estimates that people who live on Social Security retirement benefits should be able to count on those but people who receive Old-Age and Survivors Insurance benefits may not. Those payments may be cut by 23% by 2034.
According to The Motley Fool, “this would mean hundreds of dollars in monthly benefits being removed from the checks of 48.6 million retired workers in roughly 11 years.”
Dick Grayson is trending because the superhero is featured in the 100th edition of Nightwing.
Shania Twain is trending because she admitted that she would rather love her body than alter it with plastic surgery as she ages.
Eurovision is trending because the song competition’s logo was revealed. The competition should be hosted in Ukraine because last year’s winners were Ukrainian but, alas, war. Instead the competition will be hosted in England.
Hulk Hogan is trending because he has reportedly been paralyzed from back surgery.
News By The Numbers
50. That is how many spacecraft were launched by Space X on Tuesday and then landed back on land and sea.
78%. That is how many voters in Representative George Santos’ district would like him to resign because he is a liar.
39%. That is how accurate Punxsutawney Phil has been at predicting the end of winter. Other groundhogs have a slightly higher accuracy rate of 40-44%.
Scientists say that they have discovered a new type of antibiotic that comes from a plant toxin that attacks bacteria in a different way from existing antibiotics on the market.
It is called albicidin and it could be a way to fight antibacterial resistance, which has become a problem. Recent studies have shown that antibiotic resistance may be killing at least 3,500 people per day.
Albicidin is a bacterial plant pathogen that kills bacteria. Scientists in Germany and Poland are working to see if they can use it in pharmaceuticals as a replacement for current antibiotics on the market.
Question: Is it possible that we all develop a resistance to that too?
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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.