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🚨 Question everything – March 27 2024

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Happy Wednesday.

new no-duh study shows that people can feel older after just two nights of bad sleep. Didn’t need a study to tell me that but thanks!

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In Case You Missed It. 

🗿 The UK has ordered the removal of a statue of Prince Philip because they say that it is poor quality.

📝 The New York Post reports on an SAT scam that has students getting fake ADHD diagnoses in order to boost their SAT scores.

👨🏼‍🌾 Farmers in Brussels sprayed manure at police to protest a meeting of EU agriculture ministers.

👨🏼‍⚖️ The judge for Donald Trump’s hush money case has issued a gag order on the former president ahead of the trial.

🇺🇦 Ukrainian President Zelensky fired the head of the National Security and Defense Council (SNBO), Aleksey Danilov.

🇳🇪 The head of Niger met with Russian President Putin to discuss efforts to combat terrorism.

🇹🇭 Thailand passed a bill to recognize same-sex marriage.

🇵🇰 A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed at least five Chinese nationals.

📺 Join us live for Redacted starting today at 4 PM EST.

MARKETS

Gold

$2,193.09

Silver

$24.606

Bitcoin

$70,081.559

Dow

39,282.33

S&P

5,203.58

Nasdaq

16,315.699

*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 5:00pm AM.

Lead: Lingering Questions in Baltimore

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Details continue to unfold about the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. The Coast Guard said that it will suspend its search and rescue for the six people that they could not find.

On Tuesday, President Biden said that “Everything so far indicates that this was a terrible accident.  At this time, we have no other indication — no other reason to believe there was any intentional act here.”

That’s a fast and loose conclusion, don’t you think? Shouldn’t we wait on that due to the many unanswered questions, as we discussed on Tuesday’s episode of Redacted? This is not “just one of those things.”

In addition to the ecological mess and lives lost, this will be a major blow to the economy. Shipping out of this busy port will slow to a halt, local businesses will be hurt by losing an important commuter route, and important goods such as sugar and coal will be impacted. And how long until the city can rebuild this bridge? TBD. Maryland Governor Wes Moore says that this will be a “long term build.”

Julian Assange Thrown a Curve Ball

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court ruled that Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the U.S. unless the U.S. provides assurances that he will be well treated while in custody. That does not sound encouraging but Assange had been hanging by a thread, ready to be extradited to the U.S. on this ruling.

The U.S. now has to prove that it will respect Assange’s human rights. Lol. The U.S. government has three weeks to “prove” that Assange can “rely on the First Amendment to the United States Constitution [and] that he is not prejudiced at trial (including sentence) by reason of his nationality, that he is afforded the same First Amendment protections as a United States citizen and that the death penalty is not imposed.”

The First Amendment should be enough for him to have never been charged in the first place!! Assange was an award-winning journalist who exposed war crimes! The war criminals should have been charged in the first place.

The court ruled that Assange “has a real prospect of success on 3 of the 9 grounds of appeal” so he could be allowed to move those “unless satisfactory assurances are provided.” What kind of “satisfactory assurances” would the court accept here given that this is clearly a politlcal extradition and political extraditions are supposed to be forbidden under international law?

It is hard to consider this a victory given Assange is still behind bars but given the alternative of him being put on a plane to America this week, it is a small win in an uphill battle. Stella Assange will join Redacted today at 4PM Eastern Time.

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The Diddy / Epstein Connection

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Is the sex trafficking scandal involving Shawn “Diddy” Combs different or the same as the Jeffrey Epstein trafficking scandal? It seems there is a whole lot of overlap!

On Tuesday, it was discovered that Prince Harry is named as an affiliate and/or sponsor of “Mr. Combs sex-trafficking parties.” Is he like his scoundrel uncle Prince Andrew or was this related? Is anyone surprised that this ne’er-do-well who has admitted to doing copious drugs, killing people indiscriminately in wars in the Middle East, getting drunk and wild in Las Vegas and dressing as a Nazi for parties would be affiliated with high-profile sex rings? My mom is probably surprised because she bought the wholesome husband bit from the Harry & Meghan Netflix show. Sorry mom!

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was also added as a co-defendant in the ongoing sex trafficking lawsuit. The claim calls Gooding Jr. a “relevant actor,” which does not refer to his celebrity status but rather his role in grooming the plaintiff for salacious acts.

All the while, rapper 50 Cent now says that he’s been working on a documentary about this called Diddy Do It? It is “coming soon.”

What’s Trending?

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Bad Boys 4 is trending because a trailer for the upcoming sequel was released, starring the original actors Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. I guess Hollywood has moved on from Will Smith assaulting Chris Rock. Nothing to see here, move along.

Krispy Kreme is trending because the donut chain announced a deal with McDonalds to sell donuts in the McCafes and people are pretty stoked about that.

Suki Waterhouse is trending because she reportedly gave birth to her first baby with actor Robert Pattinson.

News By The Numbers

$60. That is how much former President Trump is selling his “God Bless the U.S.A. Bible.” It comes with a copy of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and Pledge of Allegiance.

43. That is how many branches of Papa John’s Pizza will close in the U.K. because they were “underperforming.”

$8 billion. That is the approximate value of Truth Social since it went public on the Nasdaq this week.

NBC Pitches a Conservative Fit

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NBC News anchors pitched a whiny baby fit about Ronna McDaniel being hired to be on the network and now NBC has reversed course and kicked her off. McDaniel is the former head of the Republican National Committee and NBC personalities Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd said that they really did not want anything to do with her.

Should we care whether McDaniel is on NBC? Not really but we should care about the reenforcement of the idea that you can’t talk to people you don’t agree with. More specifically, the liberal idea that you don’t have to listen to conservatives and vice versa. This hurts and divides us all.

It also shows astounding arrogance. NBC personalities say that their major problem with McDaniel is that she has been “a major peddler of the big lie,” referring to election fraud. Those same anchors have also peddled major lies and see no contradiction! They lied about Russiagate, Hunter Biden’s laptop, Covid vaccines, Covid masks…I could go on and on. But they can’t talk to one lady who said things that they don’t like? More proof that they are odious malcontented divas.


This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
Please feel free to reach Natali at [email protected]
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