“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” became the first film to pass $1 billion in box office sales this year. Only five films have done that since the pandemic: “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic World: Dominion.”
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🇪🇺 The European Union agreed to a deal to export Ukrainian farm products to five eastern member countries, despite objections from countries such as Poland whose own farmers have been harmed by tariff-free exports by Ukraine.
After Jeffrey Epstein pled guilty and served prison time for abusing young girls, some as young as 14, wealthy and powerful people allegedly met and traveled with him and sought him out on topics ranging from geopolitics, neuroscience, law, love and classical music. What a versatile dude.
The Wall Street Journal obtained Epstein’s calendars and analyzed the years after his 2008 conviction. They found that Epstein met with people whose names never appeared in any previous documents, including academic Noam Chomsky, former Obama White House lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler and current CIA director William Burns who was deputy secretary of state at the time.
Yes, the head of the CIA.
Director Burns’ people say that he did not know anything about Epstein at the time. Does that sound right for someone who leads the world’s largest spy agency?
At one point, Epstein apparently asks Ruemmler if she would consider joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s legal team. Why was Epstein trying to find counsel for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation? The foundation says that he misrepresented that relationship.
Through Ruemmler, he is introduced to Ariane de Rothschild, who is now chief executive of the Swiss private bank Edmond de Rothschild Group. When the Epstein scandal broke in 2019, the bank said that de Rothchild had never met Epstein and had no business links with him. This week they admit that their “earlier statement wasn’t accurate.”
A lot of these stories play out that way. Famous people suddenly remembering but insisting that it was all on the up and up.
Most countries do not want to follow the U.S. into a war with Russia and China, according to new leaked documents.
The U.S. cannot take on these countries alone, as much as they might like to. They have been trying to convince emerging powers like India, Brazil, Pakistan and Egypt but, according to the Washington Post, President Biden faces “obstacles” in securing global support for his efforts.
The Post says that emerging nations are hedging their bets because it is not clear if the U.S. will be the world’s superpower in 10 years' time. Or could they perhaps legitimately do not want war?
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President Biden authorized this by executive order. In a message to Congress, the President wrote this: “The authorities that have been invoked will ensure the Department of Defense can properly sustain its support of the Department of Homeland Security concerning international drug trafficking along the Southwest Border.”
Republicans have been calling for this and more. They want to troops to go even further south into Mexico but Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopes Obrador has condemned this and warned that the U.S. is not welcome to carry out law enforcement inside of Mexico. He says that the fentanyl crisis is a result of “societal weaknesses north of the border and the Chinese fentanyl being shipped to North America.”
New research suggests that people who put gender pronouns on their resumes are less likely to be contacted by employers for a job.
Business.com sent out identical resumes, some without gender pronouns and some with they/them pronouns. They found that those with they/them pronouns were less likely to be called in for interviews.
Is this discrimination? Possibly. But it could also be because laws about freedom of speech hang in the balance in the U.S. If an employer or employee use the wrong names or gender pronouns for an employee, that opens them up to litigation. Professors, teachers and counselors lose their jobs regularly these days over what was once freedom of speech. Why would a business open themselves up to this risk?
What do you think? Is the hesitance to call back a resume with they/them pronouns discrimination or risk mitigation?
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