The United Kingdom has approved the extradition of journalist Julian Assange. This is wrong.
Assange is being sought by the United States government to be tried for espionage charges. He is not American but the U.S. wants him because he exposed all manner of sins that the government commits by way of war crimes and government spying.
Assange can and will appeal this decision and it was expected but it is still not right. Assange is an award-winning journalist who did what journalists do: seek out things the public should know. Punishing him for publishing is not only a terrifying effort to silence voices, it is also a terrifying use of power to impose a social contract on someone who has no social contract with the United States.
Anthony Albanese, the Australian Prime Minister, campaigned that he would help free Assange but has done nothing to help Assange, who is an Australian citizen.
Assange’s wife Stella Moris recently wrote this heartbreaking piece about what Assange is going through. It’s awful. We unequivocally stand against this and will hope against hope for a successful appeal.
Lordy it’s hot in Texas right now! The good news is that renewable energy sources seem to be holding in there!
On Tuesday Texas suffered record high temperatures but air conditioning and power stayed on. That is a relief because Texas hasn’t been great at weathering extremes in recent years. But now nearly 40% of Texas’ power demand is met by wind and solar sources!
Not only did it keep the power on, but it also saved a lot of money! This is good news because June isn’t even the hottest month in Texas. August is gonna be a doozy!
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The Senate passed a bill to give healthcare and benefits to US veterans who are suffering from awful diseases due to post-9/11 wars. You’d think said veterans already had said benefits but they don’t.
The bill is called the SFC Health Robinson Honoring our PACT Act. It addresses veterans who suffer from cancers and respiratory illnesses because of the open-air pits where military equipment and trash were burned and soldiers inhaled all manner of things a human should not.
Much like veterans who suffered health complications from agent orange, Congress had to be convinced that burn pits cost these soldiers their health. Given that Congress never declared any of the post-9/11 wars as wars, these soldiers do not qualify for the same level of service-connected disability during official periods of war that, say, veterans of the Korean War or the Vietnam War do. That is why this Act was needed, shamefully.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives where it is expected to pass shortly before heading the President Biden’s desk.
It turns out the grocery store is a hotbed for racism and violence in the United States. Yet another reason to grow your own food.
According to an NBC analysis of FBI hate crimes over the last 10 years, more than 160 of them happened in the grocery store in 2020 alone. That is four times more than 2010.
Why is the grocery store such a hostile environment?
Well, the pandemic didn’t help. People had fights about masking and vaccines. You know. You saw the viral clips.
There is also something extremely primitive about fighting where you “hunt” for your food and feeling averse to seeing people who do not like you doing the same. That is my hypothesis. What do you think?
The last time hate crimes in grocery stores peaked was just after 9/11 which means these things are highly correlated with times of great distress.
But kindness in the market is also an option! Choose that instead! You can start by simply returning your cart to the cart station so that they don’t block parking spots and ding cars dammit!
News By The Numbers
$2.9 billion. That is the new budget for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. That is a $334 million raise from last year’s budget.
43%. That is how much Australia has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.