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The Scottish government has passed reforms that will allow people to formally change their gender on their documents. This is referred to as the Self ID bill.
The bill lowers the age of changing gender from 18 to 16 and makes it far easier from a paperwork standpoint. It also removes the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
There is a process for “detransitioning,” or going “back” to birth gender so to speak.
This was a hotly-contested bill. When the bill passed, there were shouts of “shame on you” from protestors in the public galley and there were also cheers in support. Those who oppose this bill say that it will take rights away from women for single-sex spaces and sports as well as allow predators access to those spaces.
The UK government has expressed concerns over this bill and indicated that it may be prevented from becoming law by Royal Assent.
The FBI responded to the Twitter Files that accused the government agency of…well, many wrongs. Among them: reaching into Twitter to censor speech, giving directives to Twitter to censor individuals, asking for special favors, censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story based on lies… You get the point.
Well, the FBI says that this is all a “conspiracy theory.” But…we’ve seen the emails of the FBI doing JUST those very things. It’s not a conspiracy theory. It’s a conspiracy.
Here is the FBI’s statement to the New York Post: “The correspondence between the FBI and Twitter show nothing more than examples of our traditional, longstanding and ongoing federal government and private sector engagements, which involve numerous companies over multiple sectors and industries.”
The FBI says that they are doing this to keep Americans safe. How did feeding Twitter lies about the Hunter Biden laptop, which they had possession of, keep us safe?
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The U.S. Marine Corps spent $2 million on a study as to whether or not they should drop the gender-specific salutations. Like when an instructor gives an order and the subordinate barks, “Sir, yes, sir!”
Is that demoralizing and inappropriate in this day and age?
The report says that some armed forces have already dropped the gendered salutations in favor of using rank and last name. So instead of “Yes, sir” it would be “Yes, Captain Underpants.” Or something like that.
The study found that much of the training material used was male focused and used male pronouns. That may be because less than 5% of the Marine Corp is female.
The study’s authors recommend the Marines remove these gendered items from protocol but it is not certain that they will. It is under consideration by an advisory council.
A judge in California ruled that fans can sue movie studios if their trailers are misleading.
Why would you want to sue over a movie trailer? Well, two fans of Ana de Armas rented the movie Yesterday because she was in the trailer only to find out that she had been cut from the movie and they felt duped. So duped that they took Universal Studios to court.
The judge ruled that the suit could move forward because a movie trailer “constitutes commercial speech.” The judge did say that this precedent should only apply “to whether an actress or scene is in the movie and nothing else.” Meaning you cannot sue if the trailer gives away all the good parts of the movie.
News By The Numbers
50.6 million. That is how many fentanyl-laced, fake prescription pills the DEA seized this year. They also seized more than 10,000 pounds of fentanyl powder, representing more than 379 million potentially deadly doses of fentanyl.
97. That is the age of a German woman who was tried and convicted for her role in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. She was tried as a minor because she was under 21 at the time.
1.9%. That is how much the population of Florida grew in the last year making it the fastest-growing state.
Palo Alto is trending because Sam Bankman-Fried was released on bail to spend Christmas in his parents’ Palo Alto home. Palo Alto is a very cushy suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area so many are saying that this is not so bad.
"Texas is $7.25" is trending in response to this Tweet about a fully-automated McDonald’s.
Chicken Tikka Masala is trending because the Glasgow chef who invented the dish has died at the age of 77. He said he invented the dish after a customer called his curry “too dry.” I did not know this was not a traditional Indian dish until this story!
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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.