News from Around the Web for May 28, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 Fauci’s NIH Consigliere David Morens Beaten up at COVID Hearing, Advised by Own Attorney “Tie Your Shoe” - Paul D. Thacker Substack and Rand Paul on X

Wow, what a hearing! Under intense grilling from Republicans and Democrats, Fauci’s NIH consigliere David Morens testified last week before the COVID Select Subcommittee that he had deleted his government emails to hide official records, implied that Tony Fauci did the same, and admitted that he had disparaged women to NIH grantees—caught in one email referring to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky as a “skirt.” Reading back to Morens' passages from his own emails and prior congressional testimony, Chairman Brad Wenstrup forced Morens to confirm that he had conspired with EcoHealth Alliance’s Peter Daszak to restore Daszak’s NIH grant. Morens admitted that he edited a compliance letter Daszak sent to the NIH, edited an EcoHealth Alliance press release after NIH terminated Daszak’s grant, and “put in a word” to the EcoHealth Alliance board when Daszak was worried about being fired...

#9 Secrets From the Algorithm: Google Search’s Internal Engineering Documentation Has Leaked - Mike King for I Pull Rank and Hridoy Rehman on X

Google, if you’re reading this, it’s too late. Ok. Cracks knuckles. Let’s get right to it. Internal documentation for Google Search’s Content Warehouse API has leaked. Google’s internal microservices appear to mirror what Google Cloud Platform offers and the internal version of documentation for the deprecated Document AI Warehouse was accidentally published publicly to a code repository for the client library. The documentation for this code was also captured by an external automated documentation service. Based on the change history, this code repository mistake was fixed on May 7th, but the automated documentation is still live. In efforts to limit potential liability, I won’t link to it here, but because all the code in that repository was published under the Apache 2.0 license, anyone who came across it was granted a broad set of rights, including the ability to use, modify, and distribute it anyway...

#8 Tattoos May Raise the Risk of a Deadly Cancer by 20%, Shock Study Warns - Caitlin Tilley for Daily Mail and Carnivore Aurelias on X

Tattoos have been linked to a deadly type of blood cancer for the first time. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden found that tattooed individuals had a 21 percent higher risk of lymphoma compared to people without tattoos. Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells, which are crucial for fighting infections.  The link is thought to lie with carcinogenic chemicals in the tattoo ink. When it is injected into the skin, it is interpreted as something foreign, and the immune system is activated, causing a low-grade inflammation in the body, which can trigger cancer. Some 46 percent of 30 to 49-year-old Americans have at least one tattoo, while 22 percent of all ages, on average, have more than one...

#7 The Libertarian Party Gets It Wrong --Again - Keith Bessette for UncoverDC, and 9mmSMG and Libs of TikTok for X
Since it's now been over a dozen years since the LP picked a libertarian to run for President, and the Mises Caucus success evidently didn't work, I've lost my last shred of interest in following the National LP. I was tempted to join when the Mises Caucus rose up and made a stand, but now I'm glad I held off and watched. Opposing arguments are welcome; I'll reconsider if someone provides a good one. Otherwise, I'm done thinking about Mr. Oliver --30 minutes was enough, and the National LP --3 decades was enough, for now, and through the 2024 election. It looks like I'll be writing in Thomas Massie again (my 2020) or not voting again (my 2016). Did the LP pick a libertarian before that? I forget. It's been a long time since I got to vote for a Ron Paul, a Harry Browne - i.e., an actual libertarian running as the LP party choice for President. What happened? In the 1990s, I was excited to find out about the LP, but now the Party has gone the way of Reason magazine, joining the Beltway Libertarian movement...


#6 Efforts to Draft a Pandemic Treaty Falter as Countries Disagree on How to Respond to Next Emergency - Jamey Keaten AND Maria Cheng for AP News and Freyja on X
A global treaty to fight pandemics like COVID is going to have to wait: After more than two years of negotiations, rich and poor countries have failed — for now — to come up with a plan for how the world might respond to the next pandemic.  After COVID-19 triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns, upended economies, and killed millions, leaders at the World Health Organization and worldwide vowed to do better in the future. In 2021, member countries asked the U.N. health agency to oversee negotiations to figure out how the world might better share scarce resources and stop future viruses from spreading globally.


On Friday, Roland Driece, co-chair of WHO’s negotiating board for the agreement, acknowledged that countries were unable to come up with a draft. WHO had hoped a final draft treaty could be agreed on at its yearly meeting of health ministers starting Monday in Geneva...

#5 Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie Calls For All Elected Officials To Disclose Their Citizenship Status - Jose Nino for Big League Politics and ib on X

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie’s victory in the Republican primaries on May 21, 2024, dealt a significant blow against the Israel First lobby as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) dropped over $400,000 in negative advertising to derail Massie’s campaign.  These efforts proved to be futile, with Massie cruising to victory. Now, Massie is pushing the envelope by calling for elected officials who obtain and keep citizenship in foreign countries to disclose all of their citizenship details. In a post that he published on X, Massie declared, “If we are going to continue to allow U.S. Congressmen to acquire and retain citizenship in other countries, they should at least be required to disclose all countries of which they consider themselves to be citizens.”

#4 Should the Voting Age Be Lowered to 16 Years Old in the UK? - Katie Collier for Yahoo News and Good Morning Britain on X

With the UK set to have a General Election taking place this July, discussions have raised the question of whether 16-year-olds should be given the right to vote. Currently, the age to vote in an election in the UK is 18 with everyone having to wait for the next election to take place after they reach that age before they can vote. The debate comes as Good Morning Britain (GMB) discussed today (Tuesday, May 28) that Sir Keir Starmer has said he’d like to lower the voting age to 16. The morning news program posted its own poll, but we wanted to see what our readers think about lowering the voting age...

#3 Lizzo Reacts to ‘South Park’ Joke About Her in Ozempic Episode: ‘My Worst Fear' - Brendan Morrow for USA TODAY and Valerie Ann Smith on X

Lizzo is confronting her "worst fear": being spoofed on "South Park." In a TikTok, the "About Damn Time" singer, 36, reacted to a new "South Park" special, "South Park: The End of Obesity," in which her music is prescribed as an alternative to Ozempic. Though she was initially fearful, it seems Lizzo ended up being happy with the jokes about her. The "South Park" special, which debuted Friday, spoofs the craze of celebrities using medications like Ozempic and Mounjaro to lose weight and depicts its characters struggling to access the drugs. In the episode, "Lizzo" is advertised as an alternative to Ozempic, making patients who can't afford a weight-loss medication embrace their size instead. Lizzo is known for publicly championing body positivity.

#2 5 Supplements That Secretly Do More Harm Than Good - ET Times and Fakaza News and Veronica on X
Many people use supplements in the hopes that these tiny pills and powders will offer them an advantage in their journey to improved health and fitness. But not all supplements are made equal, and some may be more detrimental than beneficial. Even though supplements help correct nutritional gaps, there may be risks to be aware of. Here are 5 well-liked supplements that may be doing more damage than good to your health...


 
#1 US, European Nations Consider Vaccinating Workers Exposed to Bird Flu - Julie Steenhuysen and Jennifer Rigby for Reuters and Sudden and Unexpected on X
Government officials said the United States and Europe are taking steps to acquire or manufacture H5N1 bird flu vaccines that could protect at-risk poultry and dairy workers, veterinarians, and lab technicians. These moves, influenza experts say, could curb the threat of a pandemic. U.S. officials last week said they were moving bulk vaccine from CSL Seqirus, which closely matches the current virus, into finished shots that could provide 4.8 million doses of vaccine. European health officials told Reuters they were in talks to acquire CSL's pre-pandemic vaccine. Canadian health officials said they have met with GSK, maker of Canada's seasonal flu shots, to discuss acquiring and manufacturing a prepandemic bird flu vaccine once its seasonal flu production capacity is freed up. Other countries, including the UK, are discussing how to proceed on pre-pandemic vaccines, scientists said...


 

And Now for Something Special smiley

 
Unforgettable Commencement Speaker Surprises Graduates With $1,000 Cash–Asking Them to Give Away Half - GNN and aise06 on X and Unseen News on YouTube

The commencement speaker at a Massachusetts university turned the gray, rainy weather into a bright, sunshiny day when he announced a surprise gift for every graduating student. Robert Hale Jr., the founder and CEO of Granite Telecommunications, accepted the UMass Dartmouth Chancellor’s Medal for his philanthropy work in the community—and, at the end of his speech, his generosity revealed itself once again. Hale began the commencement speech by telling the crowd about his career, including losing $1 billion nearly overnight, and urged them not to let failure define them, using his own life as an example of resilience and perseverance...

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