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Happy Tuesday. Coca-Cola introduced a new soda flavor “inspired by space.” That’s out there.

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In Case You Missed It. 

⚖️ The Senate seemed deadlocked in a vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Monday but now two Republicans seem to indicate that they will vote with Democrats to confirm her to the Supreme Court.

☕️ Howard Schultz is back as the CEO of Starbucks and he put an end to the company’s share buybacks on his first day. He says he wants to make coffee, not play the stock market.

🚨 A man who shot dozens and killed six people in California is still on the loose.

📰 Google told publishers that it will demonetize anyone who claims that Ukraine has committed genocide or attacked its own citizens.

🇭🇺 Anti-war, anti-Zelensky, anti-mainstream media candidate Victor Orban handily won the office of the Presidency in Hungary.

📺 Thanks to the thousands of you who tuned in to our new show Redacted yesterday. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response. You can catch the replay right here.

Coronavirus Update 😷:  

  • Experts are warning that long Covid could have a harsher impact on Black communities but lack data because Black people were underrepresented in Covid trials.
  • A man in Germany received 90 Covid shots in order to collect and sell vaccine cards.

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The Lead: The Truth is Out There

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Ukraine says that the city of Bucha was brutally attacked after Russian forces withdrew from the area. Russia says that was not them. What is the truth?

The Pentagon says it is not in a position to confirm or deny reports of the violence? Isn’t it though? Isn’t that kind of their position? Who should we ask then?

Even The New York Times remains skeptical of the story.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that “it was more or less established” that Russia did this. More or less?

While the Western world seems to accept everything that paints Ukraine in a positive light, there are omissions to be considered. Some journalists say that the Azov Batallion, an extremist neo-nazi group in Ukraine, has committed atrocities too but those conversations are omitted from the discussion. Fox News asked Ukrainian President Zelensky about it but then removed the video from its website. Why?

The mayor of Bucha declared his city liberated last week. He mentioned no Russian atrocities before the withdrawal so when did this happen?

Western leaders are calling for a war crimes trial over these accusations. Yes to this. Let’s investigate but maybe not call in the Pentagon or President Macron to help. We don’t want a “more or less” answer.

Pfizer’s Vaccine Document Dump

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Pfizer released another round of data from its vaccine trials last Friday. Pfizer is doing this begrudgingly after a court in Texas ordered them to do this. Originally they pledged to release this in 75 years.

So what does the latest round of research say?

First, the company un-redacted the total number of vaccines shipped between December 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. That number is 126,212,580. We had known that there were 42,086 adverse vaccine effects but we couldn’t work out a percentage due to the unpublished sample size. Now we know that this works out to 0.0003% of cases.

That’s nice, but further on in the report, the data seems to suggest that the unvaccinated faired better after a Covid diagnosis than the vaccinated. See Table 5 of this document showing that vaccinated people were more likely to catch and be hospitalized for Covid than those who were fully vaccinated. This also seems to debunk the common refrain of those (like us) who had breakthrough cases and thought that “it could have been much worse without having had the vaccine.” The data does not conclude that yet.

In fact, the CDC has confirmed this data too showing that those who had Covid naturally had just as much, if not more protection from Covid than those who had the vaccine.

The Pfizer documents go on to say that not all adverse cases were “fully processed” due to staffing shortages.

“Pfizer has also taken a multiple actions to help alleviate the large increase of adverse event reports… To date, Pfizer has onboarded approximately 600 additional full- time employees (FTEs). More are joining each month with an expected total of more than 1,800 additional resources by the end of June 2021.” (Page 6)

That’s not comforting. Why don’t we similar data from Moderna’s vaccine? Because Moderna is still administering its vaccine with “emergency approval.” Some could argue that many countries are out of the emergency phase so why won’t the company complete the FDA process and show us what they’ve got?

These are troubling questions, we know. It is worth noting that Pfizer did better than expected in recent earnings and the stock is expected to skyrocket further with the rollout of the Covid treatment pill.

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Elon Musk’s Twitter Grab

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Twitter will change now that Elon Musk is the majority stakeholder. For the better? To be determined!

Musk now owns 9% of Twitter after buying up 73.5 million shares of the company’s stock. He is now the largest stockholder of the company which gives him enormous power. The news sent Twitter shares up 27%.

Why is this such big news? Recently, Twitter has been guilty of suppressing stories that turned out to be true. The company removed Tweets about Hunter Biden’s laptop in the run-up to the election and those stories turned out to be true. The company removed Tweets indicating that the Covid vaccine did not prevent the spread of Covid and that also turned out to be true. De-platforming inconvenient information is a disturbing trend and Musk has spoken out about it. Will he now make sure it doesn’t happen? Will President Trump’s account be reinstated? So many questions.

I myself wondered why Musk was able to get away with this Tweet, calling Covid a conundrum of a virus. We common folk aren’t allowed to say that! Or are we now that the leader of Twitter can say that?

Musk may be the change he wants to see in the Twitter world. He is already asking users if they’d like the ability to edit Tweets. Which is a resounding yes! For goodness sakes, yes!

Let’s Hide Their Toxicity By Naming Them Something Else

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The Environmental Protection Agency is strongly objecting to the way the government would like to define “forever chemicals.”

The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics is proposing a “working definition” of forever chemicals that would exclude chemicals in pharmaceuticals and pesticides.

Why? 

Not because these chemicals are not toxic to humans. They sure as heck are. But the change would benefit chemical manufacturers by not restricting their use or disposal.

The “working definition” also excludes regrigerants and PFAS gases. We say that “work” on that one a little harder if they think those things are fine and dandy.

News By The Numbers

112 million years. That is how old dinosaur tracks were in southeastern Utah. We say “were” because the U.S. Bureau of Land Management confirms that the tracks were damaged during the construction of a tourist boardwalk.

20 years. That is how long two notebooks that belonged to Charles Darwin were missing. They were mysteriously returned to a library in Cambridge last month.

729. That is how many books were challenged by public schools in 2021. That is more than twice the number that were challenged in 2020. So yes, book censorship is in fact happening more.

$30,000. That is the monthly rent that taxpayers are paying to rent a mansion in Malibu for the Secret Service that details Hunter Biden. The high-rent real estate is near Biden’s own Malibu mansion, which he rents for $20,000 per month. Similar expenses were incurred by taxpayers for the Trump children during his administration.

$6 million. That is the price of a Southern California mansion owned by the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, purchased with donations to the movement. The founders told New York Magazine they bought the house for fellowship and no one lives there full-time.

What’s Trending?

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Masters is trending because the golf tournament starts this week and Tiger Woods says he will make a “game-time” decision about whether or not to compete.

Paula Patton is trending because the actress had the guts to make fried chicken on TikTok and she did it ALL. WRONG. It’s offensive.

Puff Jackson is trending because the North Carolina basketball player tossed his cookies on the court during an NCAA tournament game. (Only click if you are not eating.)

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is trending because reviews are out for the thusly named videogame and reviewers are calling it “one of the best Star Wars games ever made.”

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