President Biden said that he’s decided how to respond to the U.S. service members killed in an attack in Jordan but it’s still a mystery to the rest of us.
The Pentagon continues to insist that Iran was behind the attacks without giving proof. Iran has denied this but the U.S. is still indicating that it will target Iran. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said that the US would carry out “a tiered approach … not just a single action, but potentially multiple actions.”
And yet, the President says he does not want “a wider war in the Middle East.” At least not with Iran. He’s already busy ramping up a war with Yemen, Iraq and Syria.
It is worth remembering how this “precision strikes” are never as precise as we are promised and civilians die too. This brings terror attacks to U.S. shores that the media ignores. A good example of this is the Orlando nightclub shooting, which had nothing to do with homophobia.
Can you ask the government to help you die in Canada if you have mental illness? That was the plan but now the government will put that off for a bit.
The MAID program in Canada, an acronym for Medical Assistance in Dying, was implemented to help people with terminal illness end their lives. The program excluded people with mental illness but that exclusion is set to expire in March and the Trudeau government was ready to allow people with mental illness to take up the offer to die.
Ministers across Canada are begging for this extension to be put on an “indefinite pause.” Several medical associations have echoed this request including the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. Their concern stems from this report which found “a lack of evidence to support the expansion of MAID eligibility to people with mental illness. The report also raised concerns about the potential for coercion and exploitation of vulnerable individuals.”
Health Minister Mark Holland says that he will delay implementation of this “to make sure that we take the time necessary to get this right.”
What could they change in a few days that they couldn’t change over the course of the last year? It is dangerous to tell people with mental illness that they can just kill themselves, especially as the definition of mental illness expands on a daily basis.
Holland said, “The legislative time frame is tight. We recognize that. This has to be done in advance of (March 17)…“I don’t see the timeline being a barrier but we do need to move expeditiously.”
What the heck does that mean?
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Farmer protests are catching on throughout Europe and the European Union is bracing. Some are reporting that barbed wire has been erected at Parliamentary buildings in Brussels in anticipation of farmer protests in the EU capital.
What do they want? Better legislation that protects their livelihood. They want to stop being hounded with environmental legislation that targets farming and not other industry. They do not want to be taxed in order to make up budget downfalls imposed on leaders to support foreign wars. In France, they want President Macron to stand up to EU Commissioner Ursula Van der Leyen when they meet later today.
Highways surrounding Paris are lined with farmer protests that have been peaceful and mostly non-disruptive of daily life. Polls show that 89% of the French people support the farmers. Despite this, they are getting surprisingly little media coverage and many outlets are calling them "far right” and "extremists.”
This has caught on in Italy where farmers are protesting in Milan, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Greece, Belgium and Romania.
$60,000. That is how much House Representative Cori Bush paid her husband to be a part of her personal security. She is now being investigated by the Justice Department for her use of campaign funds and she says that she is cooperating with the investigation and insists that she's done nothing wrong.
$1.725 billion. That is how much private equity billionaire David Rubenstein will reportedly pay to buy the Orioles baseball team.
40. That is how many allegations of plagiarism were reported against Harvard’s Chief Diversity Officer Sherri Ann Charleston.
What do we know for sure about global warming? Less and less every day it would seem.
Some climate scientists have published studies showing that temperature records have a “heat bias.” That is because the measurements were taken in urban centers next to places that were hotter than others. For example, “near exhaust fans of air conditioning units, surrounded by asphalt parking lots and roads, on blistering-hot roofs.”
Yeah, that’s gunna give you a hotter measurement than, say, a thermometer in an open field. The Heartland Institute estimates that “daytime temperatures in urban areas are 1–7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than temperatures in outlying areas, and nighttime temperatures are about 2–5 degrees Fahrenheit higher.”
And yet, NOAA’s cief scientist Sarah Kapnick said this: “Not only was 2023 the warmest year in NOAA’s 174-year climate record—it was the warmest by far.”
This may be true even without the “heat bias” but it was not the warmest year in Earth’s history. The Roman era had an intense period of global warming that scientists think exceeded 2 degrees C. It is called the Roman Climactic Optimum. Honest researchers should ask how it was caused, how it stopped and what we could learn from it.
This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris. Please feel free to reach Natali at [email protected] for any editorial feedback.