Happy Thursday.

“Top Gun: Maverick” was pushed back again. The movie will not be released in 2021. It has been tentatively pushed back to May 2022. There is apparently no need for speed.

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In Case You Missed It. 

🌊 Much of the Northeast is in chaos after massive flooding from Hurricane Ida. The New York City mayor declared a state of emergency and Newark Airport was closed for flooding in the terminals

🚀 The FAA is investigating Virgil Galactic’s space flight because it deviated from its flight plan for approximately two minutes

📺 “Seinfeld” will be released on Netflix on October 1. It's a Festivus miracle!

🐥 Twitter will soon let users tip each other in Bitcoin and charge followers for subscription-only content. 

🤦🏻‍♂️ A Massachusetts police officer will not be fired for having kept a photograph of Adolf Hitler in his locker for two decades.  

Coronavirus Update: 😷 Total confirmed global cases as of 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday: 175,787,644 — Total deaths: 3,797,409 — Total vaccine doses administered: 2,342,387,778 

  • The CDC is recommending that unvaccinated people do not travel over Labor Day weekend. They also recommended getting vaccinated so the people who do not take that recommendation will likely not take this one either. 
  • Moderna will recall its vaccine in Japan where black residue has been found in vials. 
  • The European Central Bank will start to taper off Covid-related stimulus in December. 
  • The World Health Organization is now watching the Mu variant, first observed in Colombia in January. 
  • The San Antonio Zoo is developing a plan to vaccinate its animals for Covid. 














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

  • Markets: Bitcoin surged above $50K and Cardano broke $3 dollars for the first time as the bulls returned. 
  • Economy: The August jobs report, to be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday morning, will be the last read on employment before the Fed’s next policy-setting meeting on Sept. 21 and 22.


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The Lead: Supreme Court Does Its Best Ostrich Impression

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The Supreme Court denied a request to challenge the new abortion law in Texas, meaning that the law stands. It is the strictest abortion ban in the country, preventing all abortions past the sixth week of pregnancy and allowing civilians to sue anyone who participated in abortion for at least $10,000. 

Was this surprising? Depends on who you ask. The Supreme Court has a majority of conservative Justices and conservatives had hoped that those Justices would uphold stricter abortion bans. So there was writing on the wall that it would go this way. 

But yeah, it is still surprising. The famous Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 prohibited states from imposing abortion restrictions but Texas went ahead and did that. Notably, the woman named Roe (a pseudonym) in that case who sued for her right to have an abortion lived in Texas!

The Justices voted 5-4 not to take up this case. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was particularly crestfallen. In her dissent, she wrote that she was stunned that the other Justices “have opted to bury their heads in the sand” over what she sees as a clearly unconstitutional law. 

President Biden condemned the law and vowed to challenge it and a group that represents abortion providers has vowed to continue to fight the law but it’s unclear how. 

The Cost of America's Endless Wars

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Data from Brown University shows that the War on Terror has killed nearly 1 million people and cost more than $8 trillion. This is the post-9/11 war led by the United States into Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other surrounding regions. 

This comes from the Cost of War Project, which is a public accounting for the summation of these wars. It estimates that of this death count, approximately 387,000 were civilians, 207,000 were military or police and 301,000 were opposition fighters. The expense was added up from the U.S. expenditures in foreign territories. It includes $2.3 trillion in Afghanistan, $2.1 trillion in Iraq and Syria, $355 billion in Somalia and other African regions. 

These are by no means final numbers. Millions of veterans will require support for generations to come and the project estimates that this could cost more than $2.2 trillion by 2050. 

Context: See yesterday’s story about Social Security running dry in 15 years. Add to that Congress arguing over fixing America’s roads and bridges, a healthcare system that enriches insurance and pharmaceutical companies, an eviction moratorium that ends soon and a $7.25 an hour minimum wage. And then re-read the above paragraphs where we spent $8 trillion dollars on an open-ended War on Terror with no end in sight.

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This Won't Hurt A Bit

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This sounds like snake oil but nevertheless, here is the story: Researchers in Brazil have found that viper venom can prevent the spread of Covid. 

The study was published in a scientific journal called “Molecules.” The scientists injected monkeys with venom from the jararacussu pit viper and found that it was 75% effective at preventing the multiplication of Covid. The venom has a peptide that can connect to an enzyme of Covid and slow it down without hurting other cells, the scientists say. 

They hope to test this in humans but have not said when or how they will do this. They caution that this is not a DIY curative. 

“We're wary about people going out to hunt the jararacussu around Brazil, thinking they're going to save the world … That's not it!” Giuseppe Puorto, one of the lead researchers, told Reuters

Chances are, you wouldn’t be very lucky if you tried. The jararacussu is one of the largest snakes in Brazil measuring up to six feet long. 

College Kids vs. Environment

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A judge in California says that enrolling more college students is bad for the environment. The judge ordered U.C. Berkeley to freeze the number of students it admits due to the California Environmental Quality Act. 

The ruling says that “further increases in student enrollment above the current enrollment level at UC–Berkeley could result in an adverse change or alteration of the physical environment.

The California Environmental Quality Act was enacted so that governments could inform the public about the environmental impact of projects such as roads and buildings. This is the first time it has been applied to humans. The university was making plans to increase enrollment and a court said that this counted as a “project” because it will strain the already-crowded city of Berkeley’s housing. 

News By The Numbers

80. That is how many signed Ronaldo T-shirts the Queen has reportedly ordered from the footballer for her staff when he reports to practice for his new team, Manchester United.

1.1 years. That is how long a senior person’s life could be extended if they move to less populated areas as they age. The same study showed that aging in the South had negative effects on the longevity of life. 

$45 billion. That is the value of merchandise stolen from retailers by organized crime this year, according to a law enforcement trade group that fights it. That is up from $30 billion per year a decade ago. These crime groups steal from retailers and resell the items on Amazon and retailers like CVS are spending a lot of time and money to stop it. 

58%. That is how many California voters oppose the recall election to remove Gavin Newsome from his Governorship, according to a recent poll.  

I'm Sorry Buddy

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Can your dog sense when you’ve messed up? A new study suggests that they can. 

In the study, humans passed treats to dogs through a glass partition. Sometimes the humans failed to deliver the treats by pretending to drop them. Sometimes the humans simply withheld the treats. The dogs walked around the partition to get the treats themselves but when the treats were deliberately withheld, the dogs showed hesitancy to come around. When the treats were dropped by accident, the dogs seemed to know it and figured they’d help the humans out and pick up the treats themselves. 

Researchers say that this indicates that a dog can discern human intentions. I myself have wondered this when I have accidentally stepped or sat on Grover Dog. He yelps but he doesn’t seem overly pissed off. Maybe he also understands the words, “I’m sorry buddy!”

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