THE NEWS GRADED
A: POSSIBLY TRUE AND IMPORTANT
Americans Are Going Bankrupt From Getting Sick
–> Doctors’ bills play a role in 60 percent of personal-bankruptcy filings.
Arkansas Legislature Effectively Votes To Abolish Civil Asset Forfeiture
…. joins three other states in requiring police secure a conviction before they can seize a person’s property.
FAA’s close ties to Boeing questioned after 2 deadly crashes
At least 49 people were killed in a shooting attack on the southern island of New Zealand on Friday when a gunman opened fire inside two mosques.
The shootings in Christchurch, categorized as a terrorist attack, included 41 deaths at one mosque, according to authorities. Christchurch Hospital also confirmed it was treating 48 people for gunshot wounds, ranging from minor to critical. One person died at the hospital.
<> Gunman live-streamed it (News.com.au)
<> Manifesto claims NZ mosque attacks were revenge (The Australian)
… a “regular white man from a regular family” who decided to “take a stand to ensure a future for my people”.
A 73-page manifesto posted to the Twitter site of Brenton Tarrant today takes aim at mass immigration of “non-Europeans to “our lands”, and “WHITE GENOCIDE”.
“To take revenge on the invaders for the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by foreign invaders in European lands throughout history,” Tarrant writes.
“To take revenge for the enslavement of millions of Europeans taken from their lands by the Islamic slavers.
“To take revenge for the thousands of European lives lost to terror attacks throughout European lands.
“To directly reduce immigration rates to European lands by intimidating and physically removing the invaders themselves.”
B: POSSIBLY TRUE, MEANING UNCERTAIN
Humans may one day have the ability to regrow limbs after scientists at Harvard University uncovered the DNA switch that controls genes for whole-body regeneration.
Some animals can achieve extraordinary feats of repair, such as salamanders which grow back legs, or geckos which can shed their tails to escape predators and then form new ones in just two months. Planarian worms, jellyfish, and sea anemones go even further, actually regenerating their entire bodies after being cut in half.
Now scientists have discovered that that in worms, a section of non-coding or ‘junk’ DNA controls the activation of a ‘master control gene’ called early growth response (EGR) which acts like a power switch, turning regeneration on or off.
“We were able to decrease the activity of this gene and we found that if you don’t have EGR, nothing happens,” said Dr Mansi Srivastava, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.
Why Texas Is Nearing Battleground Status (It’s Not Just About Beto)
> Hispanics represent the (elusive) upside for Democrats, but it’s a shift in white voters that is making the biggest difference.
The dream of a “Blue Texas” has captured the imagination of Democrats for nearly a decade, and Beto O’Rourke has come closer than anyone to making a statewide victory a reality.
His strengths as a candidate in his narrow loss in a 2018 Senate race against Ted Cruz — by 2.6 percentage points — led his supporters to push him to run for president, and he obliged them Thursday morning.
But his performance may have demonstrated something else: Texas is on the doorstep of emerging as a battleground state, and any number of Democrats might stand a chance to compete there in 2020 for the presidency or the Senate.
His relatively close loss is promising for the party because he did not take full advantage of the longer-term trends that might put it over the top sooner than later. His strength came almost exclusively from white voters, not from the growing Hispanic population in the state.
The Israeli military said that it struck more than 100 targets in Gaza overnight Friday after two rockets were fired toward Tel Aviv, escalating tension less than a month before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces reelection.
C: COMIC RELIEF
D: DOG & PONY SHOW
“Time is not on our side. This country has wasted too many years pretending it had the luxury of debating climate change. The national emergency is already here. We have to meet it head-on.”
“There seems to be a growing consensus that birth order does not influence personality in a way that can be measured in adulthood.”