Happy Friday. Let's start your day off with something positive. The 1-week old baby Masai giraffe born at the Toronto Zoo is doing well and she’s pretty darn cute.
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Markets: The February jobs report comes out today and analysts expect the US economy to have added about 400,000 new jobs last month. That could be just the juice the market needs to get back on its feet after big tech earnings dropped numbers into the red last night.
The U.S. Senate has voted to end the federal emergency declared due to the pandemic.
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A fire was put out and did not hit any of the six nuclear reactors. The attack hit a training facility, not the plant itself but the world is still shaken by this move.
Obviously, this means that the cease-fire talks between Ukraine and Russia did not go well on Thursday. The two sides did agree to create “safe zones” to evacuate citizens and deliver humanitarian aid.
Due to this ongoing conflict, President Biden has proposed a new military budget of over $800 billion. We all freaked out last year when he asked for $752 billion last year and inexplicably was given $778 billion. A lot of this money is earmarked for private companies.
While the world takes sides and cancels all things Russian, the Russian government has decided it will not stand to be canceled when it comes to soccer! FIFA and EUFA announced that they will not let Russian teams compete in upcoming championships and the Russian Football Union says that they will fight this decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. An appeal is expected to be filed today.
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Investing in cannabis is legal but could cost you a job with the government. An updated employee conduct guide for those seeking security clearance in the Biden government states that investing in the green could count against you.
According to Politico, the document says: “Eligibility may be negatively impacted if an individual knowingly and directly invests in stocks or business ventures that specifically pertain to marijuana growers and retailers. Decisions to willfully invest in such activity could reflect questionable judgment and an unwillingness to comply with laws, rules, and regulations.”
Unwillingness to comply with laws? By investing in legalized businesses?? This includes stocks or funds that include cannabis companies but the rules don’t specify which ones. Many say that these guidelines are outdated but they are holding for now. Maybe the government doesn’t remember that 37 states have legalized marijuana? What are they smoking?
$65. That is how much a bottle of carbon vodka costs. It is vodka made from carbon that is captured from ethanol plants. Um, sure? Considering Russian vodka has been canceled?
15 feet. That is how deep this horse was trapped in a well. He was hoisted out to safety and had only minor injuries on his legs.
12 minutes. That is how long it would take to get a year’s worth of radiation from this radioactive device. It was stolen recently and officials are warning whoever took it that if they open it, they are likely to get cancer.
3. That is how many passengers were removed from a flight for being drunken fools recently. The flight was from Canada to Mexico but made an emergency landing in Houston to remove the passengers.
Is being anti-cyclist similar to being racist? One man thinks so. He has made it his mission to stop people who say mean things about people who ride their bicycles on the road. He thinks that if he can stop anti-cyclist hate speech, he can preserve the safety of his fellow two-wheelers.
“It was on TikTok that I suddenly thought: ‘Wow, people think it’s socially acceptable to make [comments about harming cyclists]’,” Andrew Tierney, or @cybergibbons, told The Guardian. “A user made a comment about harming cyclists if they saw them adhering to one of the new Highway Code rules, and it got lots of likes.”
Tierney says that anti-cyclists use their real name, unlike other types of trolls so his first step is usually to contact the user and ask them to remove their comments. If that doesn’t work, he tags their family in the posts or flags them for removal.
Last year in the UK, a new law gave cyclists more space on the road and this infuriated many car drivers. Since then, threats against cyclists have increased and obviously this is a dangerous turf war.
“Some of the hate comments are supposed to be jokes, probably done for likes. But even if it is just a joke to the poster, people reading those comments might be encouraged to harm cyclists in real life.”
Point taken. There is no need for that. Share the road.
Testing, Testing, Testing
Will DIY medical tests be more commonplace now that most of us have experience impaling our own noses with Covid tests? Medical companies are banking that they will be!
Medical manufacturers are working to make at-home tests for things other than Covid now. For instance, strep throat, flu, hormone levels. If you can do it to yourself without much room for error and skip a trip to the doctors’ office, why the heck not?
Previously, home tests were thought of as only for pregnancy or the bravest of diabetics but along came Covid to teach us all that there is more potential.
Of course there is a limit to how far this can go. I’d vote NO on the DIY pap smear and prostate exam!
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