¿ Mike Richards is out as the executive producer of Jeopardy! after losing the hosting job too. Do we call that Double Jeopardy?
🚛 The U.S. military says that it disabled over 150 vehicles before it departed Afghanistan so that they would not fall into the hands of the Taliban.
Coronavirus Update: 😷 Total confirmed U.S. cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday: 39,171,259 — Total deaths: 639,730
Honolulu will now require vaccines or a negative Covid test for patrons of all indoor businesses.
A woman in New Jersey was charged with selling fake vaccine cards to over 250 people, 13 of whom were front-line healthcare workers.
Some Moderna vaccines in Japan were discovered to have “black particles” in them.
Europe has achieved a 70% vaccination rate for adults, an average for the 27 member states. In Portugal, 94% of all adults have at least one vaccine and 82% are fully vaccinated while in Bulgaria, only 20% have had even one dosage.
*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 5:00am ET.
Markets: Ethereum rocketed this morning up over 5%. Zoom investors are leaving almost as quickly as they jumped on the bandwagon last. Zoom reported better better-than-expected earnings this week but investors think the honeymoon is over. The Eurozone saw inflation hit a 10 year high.
Abortion is a hot-button issue right now as a Texas law went into effect that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court has been asked to place an emergency hold on the law while it is being appealed but they have not yet so for now, the law is law.
This is the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. It states that a woman cannot abort a pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, which happens around the sixth week. Many women do not know they are pregnant by the sixth week, meaning that some women may discover their pregnancy too late to give them a choice. Some say that 85% of current abortions will now be disallowed.
The Texas law is unusual in that it gives private citizens the right to sue abortion providers for at least $10,000. So if I think my neighbor received an abortion, I can now sue her doctor if I live in Texas.
The Associated Press points out that “at least 12 other states have enacted bans on abortion early in pregnancy, but all have been blocked from going into effect.” Not this one though. This one is in effect for now but this is clearly not the end of the story.
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Satellite imagery shows that North Korea is working on nuclear weapons. NBC News obtained imagery showing water flowing out of the country's reactor site, which experts say indicates that the site is live.
"The only reason this reactor operates is to make nuclear weapons. The fact that it's running means they're going to add to their nuclear weapons stockpile," Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told NBC. "They are making nuclear weapons and they don't care that we can see it."
The imagery was dated August 25. The rest of the world thought this nuclear site had been inactive since December of 2018. The Biden administration has tried to discuss these things with North Korea but the country won't come to the table unless sanctions are lifted and the U.S. is not willing to do that. So no talking. But observing and worrying? Yes, that.
Just to keep score, Russia is also working on a super weapon.
A new study says that air pollution can take five years off of your life, making it a bigger killer than smoking, car crashes or AIDS.
This comes from the University of Chicago’s Air Quality Life Index report. The report shows that some who live in places with the worst air quality, India and Southeast Asia for example, will lose five years off of their lives due to pollution, but the average citizen of the world loses 2.2 years. The researchers say that it is more crucial than ever for governments to implement stricter fossil fuel policies to save lives.
20 cm. That was the length of an eel a man in China used to relieve his constipation by inserting it into his rectum. It did not work and a surgeon had to remove it. There are bad ideas and then there are bad ideas, ya know?
12.5%. That is how fast the population of Pine Bluff, Arkansas shrank in the last decade, according to the recent census. That makes it the fastest-shrinking metropolitan area in the U.S.
31%. That is how much “accidental gunshot deaths by children handling a gun” have risen since the pandemic. Experts say that this is due to more time at home coupled with more sales of guns.
$1.30. That is the annual rent at Fuggerei, the world’s oldest social housing project in Augsburg, Germany. The rent has remained unchanged for the last 500 years.
The government will be unable to pay out some Social Security benefits by 2034 due to a lack of funds. This comes from estimates from Social Security trustees.
This doesn’t mean that the millions of people who rely on Social Security and Medicare will go unpaid. It does mean that some programs will have to be defunded though and it is a scary prospect. The Old-Age and Survivors Trust Fund will have to stop paying benefits by 2033, one year earlier than previous estimates, and the Disability Insurance Trust Fund will run out in 2057, 8 years earlier than previous estimates.
According to Marketwatch, “Senior administration officials told reporters that the U.S. economic recession caused by COVID led to a drop in employment and therefore a decrease in payroll tax revenue, and that accelerates the depletion of Social Security’s reserves.”
Lawmakers have not agreed on ways to increase government revenue in order to deal with these problems so for now, the solution is to kick the can down the road while the money runs out.
The Danish researchers were trying to go to Oodaaq, which was previously thought to be the northernmost island. They missed it and landed more north. They didn’t know it until the expedition leader posted his coordinates to social media and American island hunters “went crazy and said that it couldn’t be true.” Indeed the Internet was correct and the researchers were not on Oodaaq. They were someplace new.
The new island is 780 meters north of Oodaaq. It has no official name but the Danish team has proposed the name Qeqertaq Avannarleq, which means "the northernmost island" in Greenlandic.
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