Happy Tuesday. Two teenagers in Georgia have made “herping” a thing on TikTok. What is that? “It’s the process and studies of reptiles and amphibians. You just go out and look for them,” explained Timothy Holland, one of the herpers.
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, stepped down Monday, in response to a surge of anti-government protests. His brother, Sri Lanka’s President, has not responded.
🇵🇭 It looks like the next leader of the Philippines will be Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of the country’s brutal dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr, who was ousted in 1986.
🇺🇦 Ukraine got a surprise visit from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday, who announced Canada will send a new shipment of weapons and equipment to the country.
🎥 Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he won’t go before the January 6 committee unless his interview is recorded on camera. Denied. Also denied: was Giuliani’s request for live TV coverage of the interview.
🗿 The Smithsonian Institution has instituted a new “policy on ethical returns” to give back looted and otherwise forcibly taken items.
🧑🏻💻 The White House announced Monday that it would offer low-cost high-speed internet to low-income citizens in the U.S. An estimated 48 million people will qualify.
Coronavirus Update 😷:
A new study out of Boston University found that nearly 13% of Covid patients admitted to the hospital developed serious neurological conditions, most commonly brain disease or brain damage. Has anyone checked out a certain former U.S. president?
The U.S. is desperate for Covid funding, and they’re getting the people involved. The Biden administration issued a warning that the country could see 100 million infections this fall and winter if the money doesn’t come.
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Northern Ireland is going nationalist, after the election last week brought historic wins.
For the first time since Northern Ireland was founded in 1921, the Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin won a majority of seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly: 27 of 90 seats. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the historic ruling party, got 24 seats.
A ‘New Era’
Sinn Féin’s goal is to leave the U.K. and unite Ireland, which would change a lot of things.
The reason for Sinn Féin’s win in this election? Brexit! The DUP is unhappy with post-Brexit border arrangements, called the Northern Ireland Protocol, and that has splintered the party. Many believe that split made way for nationalism to win the day.
Northern Ireland’s devolved government is a power-sharing structure known as the Executive. The biggest unionist party and the biggest nationalist party take the posts of first minister and deputy first minister in the Executive, with the majority taking the unqualified first minister position.
For the first time, that position will go to Sinn Féin.
…though possibly not. The DUP isn’t sure that they want to be deputy to the nationist party. If they don’t agree to take deputy, that will trigger another election.
That decision should be coming soon, so we shall see.
26 states in the country are experiencing baby formula shortages and seven of those states are out of stock of 40-50% of formula products. Any shortage is terrifying but we can find a way to live without toilet paper. Humans have for millennia. But baby formula!?
Sure, humans lived without that for millennia too but using a system of social support we currently do not have. The thought of not being able to feed babies should be everyone's nightmare.
This shortage is happening for a lot of the same reasons as other shortages right now (supply chain issues + inflation). But product recalls and the shutdown of a major producer’s plant are making this shortage far worse.
In February, the FDA recalled three brands of powdered formula manufactured at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan, plant, and launched an investigation that shut down the facility. Rightly so. Baby formula should be free of, oh you know, salmonella.
Incidentally, American formula also contains high fructose corn syrup made from GMOs and the FDA is fine with that. Europe is not. This is banned in the E.U. Sigh.
The FDA is working with Abbott to get things back on track and Salmonella-free, so babies can eat.
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An increasing number of businesses are calling workers back to the office. But workers might not be ready.
Covid forced businesses to close their doors, send employees home, and get very familiar with Zoom. Workers used the time to evaluate what was right for them, leading to a record number of people quitting their jobs.
For the workers that stayed or found new work, a lot are returning to the office. An AP/NORC poll found that 72% of participants are now working in-person. 16% work remotely and 13% do a little of both.
The workers back in the office were fairly positive about most elements of in-person work. But the transition is hitting them hard in one area: 41% say return-to-work has them super-stressed. These stressors include work-life balance issues, interacting with actual people again, and, of course, Covid.
Many employers are trying to ease the switch from two years of work-from-home with mental health services, in-office meditation classes, and virtual wellness workshops. Some employers are retaining what they learned from the beginning of the pandemic, allowing flexible work arrangements and other alternative options to the typical in-person, 9 to 5 schedule. Which is how everything should be from. Have we learned nothing?
Return-to-work is very necessary for some positions. But for office workers who just need to be trusted to do their jobs, it doesn’t make sense to me to expect a return to “normal.”
Maine license plates have taken “give a person an inch” to the next level. State officials are ready to take that inch away.
According to AP, “Maine’s secretary of state released draft rules Thursday that would eliminate references to genitalia, sex acts and profanities that proliferated after the state severely loosened language restrictions on so-called vanity license plates in 2015.”
In 2015, the state scaled the review process for vanity plates way back. That has led to plates like:
And way worse
Hundreds of NSFW plates could potentially be removed with these new rules. There will be an appeal process for people who think their vanity plates were wrongly denied, which will surely go well.
“FARTN isn’t what you think! I love Tennessee and it feels very far.”
News By The Numbers
Up to $4,000. That is how much Amazon is willing to pay annually for employees to undergo non-life-threatening medical procedures like abortion. Citigroup and Yelp are some of the other companies pledging to help employees as abortion becomes a privilege for the wealthy in the U.S.
200+. That is the number of explosive devices Jack Russell terrier Patron has sniffed out in Ukraine. He received state honors from President Zelenskyy Sunday.
$2500. That is how much a woman on TikTok says her rent will go up in Austin if she decides to renew her lease. The email she received with this info began, “Congratulations!”
$26.4 billion. That is what Elon Musk wants Twitter’s annual revenue to be by 2028. That would quintuple its current revenue.
26. That is the number of times Kami Rita Sherpa has now summited Mount Everest, breaking his own world record.