Happy Thursday. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources says people should not worry about all the headless deer they’ve seen lying on the sides of roads in the state. DON’T WORRY. #SignOfTheApocalypse
🇵🇷 Power has been fully restored to 1.5 million customers in Puerto Rico, almost five days after the blackout began.
🚨 The suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting was arrested Wednesday in the East Village in New York.
🇫🇷 French President Macron isn't buying Biden's "genocide" comments against Putin and is instead pushing for a peaceful way out of this war.
🇲🇽 Mexican truckers blocked one of the busiest trade ports at the U.S. border for the third day Wednesday, protesting Texas Governor Abbott’s new orders requiring hardcore inspections of commercial trucks.
Pakistan is facing an uncertain future. The economy is struggling, complete with a plummeting Pakistani rupee. Recent leadership changes are efforts to fix that. Right?
After a no-confidence vote ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan from office, tens of thousands of his supporters marched in protest. Young protestors dominated the crowds because they make up the majority of his support. But Khan lost support from the military, which controls the country’s foreign and defense policy. And (seemingly) everything else. That, along with the economy, seems to have led to his downfall.
Parliament elected Shehbaz Sharif Monday to step in as Prime Minister until general elections in 2023. Sharif is the brother of three-time Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Shehbaz, unlike his brother, has good relations with the military, which should not be a surprise at this point. He also wants better ties with the U.S., India, and China.
Following Sharif’s election, over 100 lawmakers resigned in protest, which means there need to be more elections in the next two months. The election commission might not be ready for that, which could bring a whole other crisis down on the country.
Khan is convinced that “a man sitting in London,” the U.S., and others orchestrated his removal. They didn’t like his foreign policy choices, he says, which included a meeting with Putin on February 24, the day Russia invaded Ukraine.
“Attempts are being made through foreign money to change the government in Pakistan. Our people are being used. Mostly inadvertently, but some people are using money against us,” Khan said at a rally last month.
So, is Khan right? Or is the government upheaval a good thing? And who are we to decide? It is very hard to have an opinion on this from the outside, but we will keep watching and learning.
The unhoused population in the U.S. is aging fast.
Exact numbers are hard to find, because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) changed the way they categorize people in 2017. Before that, HUD found a jump in the share of unhoused people 50 and up from 22.9% in 2007 to 33.8% in 2017. After that, the agency lumped everyone 25 and over together.
More recently, a study led by the University of Pennsylvania projected that unhoused people 65+ will nearly triple from 40,000 in 2019 to 106,000 by 2030.
“We are seeing that retirement is no longer the golden dream,” Dr. Margot Kushel, who directs the Center for Vulnerable Populations at the University of California, San Francisco, told the Associated Press. “A lot of the working poor are destined to retire onto the streets.”
Kushel’s research in Oakland shows that nearly half of the tens of thousands of older unhoused people are first-timers. The pandemic, medical bills, inflation… it all adds up. And the streets are not like wine. Age does not go well with them.
Many states are attempting to address the problem with dedicated shelters for older populations and housing programs, but any real difference has to happen at the federal level. Hopefully that will occur before the streets become the only feasible retirement plan.
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While some places move to join forces with the west, the Hawaiian islands are trying to recuperate some of their native heritage. A town named Captain Cook is in the process of reverting to its native name of Ka’awaloa.
The town was not named after the explorer. It was named after a post office for the Captain Cook coffee company. Some non Hawaiian locals say that they want to keep it. They argue that if they live in the town, they should get to vote to keep the name and that Hawaiians who don’t live in the town should not push for reverting to native culture.
Huh. That’s tricky. If you live in a place, does your vote count more than the native peoples because you are there now and they aren’t? Or if you are a descendant of the natives, does your vote count more than people who live there now? Considering how the Hawaiian language was stomped out after the U.S. took control of the islands, I would vote to use the native names but then again, I don’t live there.
Since the 2020s are a dumpster fire, Waze is going retro, letting you drive back to the ‘70s, ‘80s, or ‘90s.
Each decade has a different turn-by-turn voice. If you choose to drive in the ‘70s, you get an “eccentric DJ.” The ‘80s have—I’ll bet you can guess—a fitness instructor. And for the ‘90s, it’s a pop star. The car icon turns into a VW bus in ‘70s mode, a race car in the ‘80s, and an SUV in the ‘90s. The ‘90s didn’t have much going for it, did it?
The app turns into a lava lamp in the ‘70s, a boombox in the ‘80s, and a desktop computer in the ‘90s. You can mix and match each component to create your own wacky world. It won’t make you forget about our current world, but it might make you smile.
3. In the menu that appears, hit Drive with the 80s.
4. From here, you can tap each option and choose between several cars, moods, and voices. [Here’s where you can mix and match.]
5. Once finished, tap Done.”
News By The Numbers
$4.11. That was the price of a dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts at Krispy Kreme yesterday, the national average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. The chain will offer this “doughnut deflation” every Wednesday through May 4, adjusting the price to correspond to the national average.
26. That is the number of bills Virginia’s Republican Governor Glenn Younkin recently vetoed. All of those bills were sponsored by Democrats.
$1,500. That is how much people are paying this woman to name their babies for them. Professional baby namer is now a job that exists in the world.
75. That is how many gigajoules of energy a year people need to live a good life, according to a recent study from Stanford University, which surveyed energy use and quality of life in 140 countries. People in the U.S. use 284 gigajoules a year per capita, almost four times that amount.
A Tumblr about whether or not Jack Sparrow and another pirate were gay divorced is trending. It was supposedly meant as a joke but people on Tumblr were all in. Yo ho, let’s go!
Alyssa Nakken is trending. She’s now the first woman to coach on the field in U.S. major league baseball history. She achieved this milestone when she stepped in as first-base coach for the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night.
#allstars7 is trending because the cast for season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars was announced. It’s an all-winner all-star cast for the first time in all-time.
Spokane is trending because someone posted a video of “Spokane-style pizza” and most people agree this is not a thing.
Zack is trending because a guy named Zack helped the police catch the Brooklyn shooter suspect.
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