🌞 Baby Yoda – November 16 2021




Happy Tuesday. The newest addition to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a 41-foot tall Grogu float, better known as Baby Yoda although Mandalorian fans will tell you that he is not Baby Yoda!  

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In Case You Missed It. 

🇵🇹 The European Union has sued Portugal for not lowering nitrogen dioxide emissions in its major cities. A court ruled against Germany in a similar case earlier this year. 

🛰 NASA astronauts are pissed off because they say that Russia destroyed a retired satellite and made a mess of dangerous space debris. 

⚖️ The jury is now in deliberations on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial after closing arguments were presented on Monday. The National Guard is on standby for the ruling. 

✮ Beto O’Rourke says that he will run against Greg Abbott in the next Texas Governor race. 

🐣 Bird flu is spreading in Europe. 

💰 The Ohio Attorney General has sued Facebook and its executives for misleading investors. 

🐕 AMC Theaters will soon accept Shiba Inu as currency. It already accepts bitcoin and other coins. 

Coronavirus Update: 😷 Total confirmed U.S. cases as of 12:15 p.m. ET on Monday: 47,084,497 — Total deaths: 763,168 

  • Austria has ordered unvaccinated people into lockdowns. 
  • China has ordered that pets of people with Covid be killed in order to prevent the spread of the virus even though there is no evidence that pets spread Covid. 
  • Dutch hospitals are full of Covid patients due to a new spike in case numbers. 
  • Dr. Fauci says that vaccinated families are A-Ok to have Thanksgiving dinner together. 
















*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 5:00 am ET. 

  • Markets: Bitcoin plunged below $60,000 as leveraged investors got squeezed. Stocks barely moved yesterday in the absence of market-moving news, but that could change today when Walmart and Home Depot report earnings.


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15 year 2.17%  0.04% 2.29%  0.06%


The Lead: Infrastructure Bill Becomes Law

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President Biden signed the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law on Monday. This is the initiative to spend on repairing U.S. roads, bridges, municipal water systems as well as expand access to broadband. 

The bill passed with mostly bipartisan support. That means a handful of Republicans voted with Democrats. It was by no means unanimous. The progressive Democrats who voted for the bill were promised that the Build Back Better initiative would also pass but that is by no means a sure thing. Democrats in the House are still debating the bill, which is meant to expand health care coverage, paid parental leave, the child tax credit and offer some guaranteed paid parental leave. A vote is expected sometime this week. 

Congress still has to address the debt limit, which will be reached in early December. 

Palm Oil Is Such A Jerk

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Palm oil is terrible for the environment but it also may be terrible for your body too. A new study links palm oil with the spread of cancer. 

Palm oil is responsible for massive deforestation. It is used in many processed foods including nut butters, Nutella and Nutella-knockoffs and the meatless patties that are all the rage these days. 

A new study from the World Health Organization shows that palm oil promoted mouth cancers and melanomas in mice. It did not show that palm oil caused cancers but spread existing ones. As if that’s much better. 

Yet another reason to read labels and avoid palm oil at all costs. 

Not So Aloof Afterall

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Your cat may act like they don’t care about you but a new study shows that they actually do. Researchers were able to demonstrate that cats can use their super senses to track their humans’ movements and even mental states. 

A doctoral student at the University of Kyoto observed cats in their homes as well as in a cat cafe. (Don’t ask what that is. Dunno.) They played the owners’ voices from different corners of the rooms, giving the impression that the human had just apparated from one place to another. Researchers found that the cats seemed “genuinely surprised” when their owners teleported around, indicating that the cat was tracking the owner and could surmise the direction of the sound. 

I’m not sure how this proves that the cat can track mental states but it does prove that your cat is not as apathetic to you as you might think. Unlike your dog, they just like to play it cool. 

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Welcome To The Neighborhood

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Meet 7-year-old Ji-Young, the first Asian American muppet to move to Sesame Street. 

Ji-Young will make her Sesame Street debut in a special episode that will air on Thanksgiving Day on HBO Max. The show will feature DC Comics’ artist Jim Lee

Ji-Young is Korean-American. She was created as a response to anti-Asian hate incidents of the last year. She is the first Asian American muppet but not the first Asian American presence on Sesame Street. Alan Muraoka, the actor who plays the current owner of Hooper’s Store, is a Japanese American who has been on the show since 1998.  

News By The Numbers

102. That is how many bodies were found of students from a Native American school in Nebraska. The students were said to have been badly abused at these state-sponsored “assimilation” schools. They expect to find more.  

30%. That is how much Tyson Foods says its production costs have risen since last year, which is why the costs of its meat are up across the board. 

8. That is how many terms Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has served since 1975. The Senator announced he will not seek re-election for a ninth. 

5%. That is how much deforestation in Brazil has increased since last year, despite whatever words politicians spoke at the COP26 climate change conference. 

What's Trending? 

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#NoWayHome is trending because a new poster for the upcoming Spider-Man movie was released and a new trailer will be released tomorrow. A video of the main actors watching it for the first time was released. So that’s a teaser to tease the trailer which is to tease the movie. Got that? 

#Blade is trending because an image of a security guard has gone viral because people think he looks like the Marvel superhero Blade. 

#Suni is trending because Olympic gymnast Suni Lee was voted off of Dancing with the Stars and people are furious that it was her and not Peloton teacher Cody Rigsby. 

Kathleen Kennedy is trending because the award-winning movie producer has reportedly renewed her contract with Lucasfilm. Some were expecting her to be fired after some Star Wars-related decisions they did not agree with but it seems she was not. 

Halo Infinite is trending because Microsoft released an early launch of the multiplayer game for Xbox. 

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