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The Lead: Donbass Votes to Leave Ukraine
voters waiting in lines to cast their ballots in Donbass credit: rt
The referendum election in the Donbass region of Ukraine has concluded and voters overwhelmingly elected to join Russia. Officials in that region say that 99% of voters in Donetsk and Lugansk voted for this, 93% in Zaporizhzhya and 87% in Kherson.
Western leaders are saying: No, you didn't. You did not vote for this. You're Ukraine, and we do not recognize this election.
Except they did. And Russia doesn't seem to care who recognizes what, if these regions voted, Russia will consider this matter settled and protect those regions to its fullest extent.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says that the U.S. is prepared with more sanctions if Russia enforces this. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched this condemnation statement. But those words won't change the way of life in these regions. The election will and it's high-stakes. Now Russia's mobilized troops will be put to work enforcing this region.
These four regions were declared independent by Moscow shortly after this conflict began last Spring. It could have ended that way if Ukraine had agreed to peace agreements. Now is also a good time for peace agreements, don't you think?
A new study shows that the Covid vaccine can alter menstruation. So many women were telling the truth!
The study shows that vaccinated women experienced, on average, a one-day delay in getting their periods. Is one day a big deal? It is if you are trying to conceive or prevent conception. And if the average is one day, then many women experienced more than one day, and some may have experienced earlier periods.
The study was published in the British Medical Journal. Researchers analyzed data from the Natural Cycles app and found that there was a variation in women's cycles pre and post-vaccination in the 20,000 women whose cycles were analyzed. The U.K.'s NIH director said that these changes "appear to be small, within the normal range of variation, and temporary."
The study found that cycle delays resolved themselves in a month or two after vaccination, but that is not my experience. I was vaccinated in July of 2021 and am still experiencing delays even though I have always menstruated like a Swiss watch.
Remember, that women were chastised for saying this and people lost their jobs for having concerns about the vaccine and their fertility.
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Who Benefits Most From Destroying A Russian Pipeline To Europe?
Nord Stream 2 gas leaking into the sea credit: getty
On Tuesday, gas began leaking from these pipelines that run from Russia to Germany. Swedish officials witnessed explosions and then Danish Defence officials noticed dramatic drops in pressure consistent with sea water filling the pipes. The pipelines were turned off and have been since their completion. Germany has been doing its damndest to prove that they can go without that gas and the U.S. has been all but begging Germany not to turn it on. And now they can't because it was destroyed this week in what seems like a deliberate attack.
Russia has asked the U.S. to punish someone. E.U. commissioner Ursula von der Leyen said "any deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response."
But whodunit? A leader in Poland thanked the U.S. for this attack. A German newspaper reports that Germany was forewarned about a gas attack weeks ago by the U.S. CIA. Indeed, last February President Biden warned that the U.S. would never allow the Nord Stream pipelines to go online.
So did the U.S. do this?? If so, is the E.U. really prepared to punish them for it? What are the odds we get a satisfactory answer for this!?
$925. That is how much a man in Australia was fined for using an unregistered vehicle on a dirt track. This is the vehicle.
$5.68. That is the average price of a large pumpkin in the U.S., up from $4.92 last year. So maybe you shouldn't just waste it by throwing it out after your Halloween festivities? Eat or compost your gourds!
3%. That is how much Medicare premiums will drop in the U.S. next year to help people deal with high inflation.
Teenagers do not get enough sleep and early school start times harm them, according to researchers.
"We are in a teen public health crisis and sleep is a major risk factor," Jessica Hamilton, a researcher at Rutgers University told the Wall Street Journal.
The average teen circadian rhythm involves a later bedtime and a later waketime. It's not because they're lazy. It's because their hormones require this. Yet more than 10% of U.S. high schools start school before 7:30 a.m.
I never understood why preschoolers start later than high schoolers when the preschoolers are naturally up early (God help us!) while the high schoolers need their sleep. In many school districts, they blame bus and after-school sports schedules but are these things a priority over students' health?
Dr. Hamilton's research indicates that letting teens sleep a little longer "could help reduce teen suicide rates over time. A recent study she co-wrote found that, among a population of young adults experiencing depression, shorter sleep during one night led to a greater likelihood of suicidal ideation the next day."
Yikes! Let them sleep!
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