- Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on April 14 that people who enter the UK illegally, including those who cross the English Channel in small boats, may end up being relocated to the African country of Rwanda. The UK government said the move is necessary to deter human smuggling. Pro-immigration activists have argued that the policy is inhumane and unlawful, but the UK courts rejected a request for an interim injunction to stop the Rwanda flight, which was due to take off on Tuesday night. But the flight was grounded after the ECHR said it had granted an urgent interim measure in regards to an Iraqi national who was due to be on the flight. It said the individual concerned should not be removed to Rwanda until three weeks after the delivery of the final domestic decision in his ongoing judicial review proceedings. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel described the ECHR’s intervention as “very surprising,” but insisted that the government will not be deterred.
- Retired Russian intelligence officer Lev Sotskov has been found dead at his Moscow apartment, authorities said on Wednesday. Police say that initial information suggests the 90-year old retired major-general used a pistol he’d received as a gift from Mongolian colleagues to commit suicide.
- Listening to Powell speak during the press conference, one would think that when it comes to the economy, it’s blue skies as far as the eye can see. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly “true”… According to even the latest estimates from Bloomberg Economics, which of course is tied to Bloomberg, a pro-Biden liberal media outlet run by Democrat billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a recession by the start of 2024, barely even on the radar of most economists just a few months ago, is now virtually assured at close to a three-in-four probability.
- Chaos in food supply chains continues to worsen as thousands of cattle across Kansas have mysteriously died. Officially, at least 2,000 cattle died of “extreme heat and humidity” amid triple-digit temperatures, however skeptics aren’t buying it as viral footage shows hundreds of cows laying upside down. The high-end of estimates comes from Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Victoria Myers, who reports preliminary estimates from feedlot or feed yards that show 10,000 fat cattle across the state have died because of scorching hot weather. “What is known is that leading up to these heartbreaking losses, temperatures in the area were over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, there was humidity, and there was little to no wind to help cool the animals,” Myers said.
- Tesla (and soon to be Twitter) CEO Elon Musk says he’s leaning towards supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for president in 2024 – as former President Trump (who owns Twitter competitor Truth Social) didn’t make the cut. In a Tuesday evening Twitter thread in which Musk admitted to voting for Texas Congresswoman Mayra Flores, the “first time I ever voted Republican,” adding “Massive red wave in 2022.” When asked which Republican he would support for President, he initially replied “tbd” (to be determined), only to admit when pressed that he’s leaning towards “DeSantis.”
- The nation’s top infectious disease specialist, Anthony Fauci, has contracted Covid-19. Fauci, who is fully vaccinated and twice boosted, is experiencing mild symptoms according to a Wednesday statement from the NIH. “Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from home,” reads the statement, which adds “He has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials.”
- Russia, the world’s biggest producer of diamonds, has managed to foil a Western-backed attempt to prevent the country’s gems from being sold on the global market, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing newly published letters. The proposal, which was supported by Ukraine, the EU, Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States, was aimed at broadening the definition of conflict diamonds, used by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). The scheme, designed to eliminate trade in so-called “blood diamonds,” was established in the wake of devastating civil wars in Angola, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, which were largely financed by the illicit diamond trade. Officially labeling Russian precious stones as “conflict diamonds” would require widening the definition.
- According to Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team, “one of the female inmates in Ms Maxwell’s housing unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder Ms Maxwell and that she planned to strangle her in her sleep”. The remarks are part of the lawyers’ pre-sentencing memorandum filed in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, in which they insisted that Maxwell should be sentenced to “well below” the 20 years imprisonment that probation authorities recommended in her New York federal sex-trafficking case.
- The Black Death claimed the lives of 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and North Africa between 1346 and 1353. Despite knowing various details associated with the plague such as its spread and death toll, researchers have argued for centuries about its exact origin, until now. Historian Phil Slavin, an associate professor at the University of Stirling in Scotland, has long dreamed of discovering the origin of the Black Death and was tasked with examining 14th century tombstones inscribed with Syriac letters found at two grave sites in what is now known as Kyrgyzstan. The burial sites—which are located near Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan—were first excavated in the 1880s, and in 2017 were re-analyzed by Slavin and his team. The inscriptions on the 14th century stones revealed something shocking: of the 467 tombstones that were examined, 118 of those were dated either 1338 or 1339. The inscriptions on these stones said the cause of death was “mawtānā,” a Syriac word meaning “pestilence.” “When you have one or two years with excess mortality, it means that something was going on. But another thing that really caught my attention is the fact that it wasn’t any year–– because it was just seven or eight years before the (plague) actually came to Europe,” said Slavin.
- Enormous impact flash seen lighting up Jupiter’s atmosphere –Astronomers spotted a huge space rock slamming into Jupiter, creating a blast of light and energy equivalent to 2 million tons of TNT – the brightest such event since 1994, reports New Scientist.
- It is estimated that up to 60 billion brown dwarfs make their home in the Milky Way. Because these elusive celestial objects do not fuse hydrogen in their core, they spend their lives cooling as they lose that gravitational energy from their formation, morphing as they age from looking like a low-mass star to looking like Jupiter. Every brown dwarf that was ever created still exists because they can’t fuse hydrogen, giving them a calm, sustained existence on the vast timeframe of the cosmos.
- We are born; we live; at some point, we die. The notion that our existence is limited by time is fundamental to human experience. We can’t fight it – and truth be told, we don’t know what we are fighting against. Time is a universal whose nature we all – and physicists especially – fail to grasp. But why is time so problematic? “If we had a really good answer to that question,” says Astrid Eichhorn, a theoretical physicist at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, “then it wouldn’t be so problematic.”
News Burst 17 June 2022