New COVID study finds increased risks but overwhelming benefits
In a just-released study, the newest and largest to date, scientists and medical professionals from the World Health Organization's Global Vaccine Data Network found small increases in neurological, blood, and heart-related issues following COVID-19 vaccination. However, despite these findings, the researchers emphasize that the actual chances of experiencing these adverse effects remain extremely low. The number of vaccine-related illnesses is an extremely small fraction of the billions of doses administered, reinforcing the vaccines' overall safety profile.Read full story
If a full-scale nuclear war breaks out, how much time do you have?
In a hypothetical doomsday scenario, the world witnesses the unthinkable: a full-scale first strike nuclear attack by Russia on the United States, followed by a devastating counterstrike from the US and NATO. What are the affects? How much time would you have to react? What happens after the first strike? What is the aftermath?Read full story
Texas razor wire and saw buoys to keep out migrants "are like traps meant for animals"
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sparked controversy by deploying razor wire and circular saw buoys as part of his efforts to enhance border security. His approach has been the subject of intense debate. Some Republican governors have expressed support for his efforts to address the surge in illegal immigration, while Democrats and civil rights groups have called for federal intervention to prevent what they view as an overreach of state authority in immigration enforcement.Read full story
Trump says he would let Russia do "whatever they hell they want" to some NATO countries
During a rally in South Carolina, former president Donald Trump criticized NATO members for not meeting their defense spending targets and suggested that he would not protect those he deemed "delinquent" from potential Russian aggression.Read full story
One in three Americans are worried about World War 3 breaking out
The current international landscape is marked by heightened tensions and conflicts, prompting discussions and anxiety about the potential for a third world war. The continued invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and the involvement of nuclear-armed nations amid the fragile balance of international relations have underscored the gravity of the current situation.Read full story
Earth has nearly surpassed the 1.5°C climate threshold, news study finds
The Earth has nearly surpassed the 1.5°C threshold for global warming, as indicated by a new measuring technique that traces back 300 years, going beyond current methods. This finding is significant, as the 1.5°C mark is internationally recognized as a critical limit to prevent worsening and potentially irreversible effects of climate change.Read full story
Trump says he looks like Elvis, gets trolled on social media: "Your dementia is showing"
Former president Donald Trump's recent social media post asking followers if they think he resembles Elvis Presley has sparked a wave of internet trolling and mockery. The post, which featured a spliced image of Trump and Presley's faces, was widely shared and ridiculed across various platforms, with many questioning Trump's state of mind and intentions behind such a comparison.Read full story
Late-night hosts roast far-right over Taylor Swift conspiracy theory
Far-right pundits served up a doozy of a conspiracy theory last week:. Super Bowl LVIII is rigged in favor of the Kansas City Chiefs. Taylor Swift, who is dating KC tight end Travis Kelce, is performing at the halftime show and will use that platform to endorse President Joe Biden for the 2024 election.Read full story
"God's Army" cross-country rally musters only 300 vehicles
In January 2024, a convoy of protesters, self-styled as "God's Army," embarked on a journey toward the Texas-Mexico border to protest against the immigration crisis. The convoy, organized under the banner "Take Our Border Back," aims to draw attention to the dangers posed by open southern borders.Read full story
Trump claims credit for stock market rebound under Biden
Former President Donald Trump admitted that the stock market has reached record highs under current President Joe Biden, but then tried to take credit for it. Trump claimed that the record-high stock market under President Biden is due to investors' confidence in his potential victory in the 2024 presidential election. On his social media platform, Truth Social, Trump wrote (in all caps):Read full story
Study suggests granting animals the right to vote
Disclaimer: AI was used to conduct research for this article. The notion of granting legal rights to animals is not new. Throughout history, societies have struggled with how to treat non-human creatures. The idea challenges our conventional understanding of political agency and raises profound questions about democracy, ethics, and the animal kingdom's role in human affairs.Read full story
Pay-for-Attendance Bill Aims to Combat Student Absenteeism
In an innovative approach to combat rising rates of student absenteeism, Ohio lawmakers have proposed a bill that would pay students to attend school. The bill, known as House Bill 348, aims to incentivize regular school attendance among kindergarteners and ninth graders by offering monetary rewards.Read full story
Opinion: Is the United States Heading for a Second Civil War?
The question of whether the United States is heading for a second Civil War has become an important topic of debate among scholars, historians, and political analysts. The current political climate, characterized by hyper-partisan politics, polarization, racial tensions, and a growing distrust of government, has led some to draw parallels with the conditions that led to the first Civil War.Read full story
Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Firebombing Ohio Church Over Drag Events
An Ohio man, Aimenn D. Penny, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for firebombing a church in Chesterland, Ohio, that was planning to host drag events. Penny, who was arrested and charged after the March 25, 2023, incident, pled guilty to violating the Church Arson Prevention Act when he threw two Molotov cocktails at the building.Read full story
What would happen if we drilled to the center of the Earth?
Disclaimer: AI was used to perform research and generate images for this article. The concept of drilling to the center of the Earth has long captivated the human imagination, inspiring countless works of fiction. From Jules Verne's classic Journey to the Center of the Earth to modern cinematic depictions, this fascination speaks to our deep curiosity about the unknown and the limits of human achievement.Read full story
Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?
Conspiracy theories have woven themselves tightly into the fabric of societal discourse, acquiring a prominent role, particularly in the realm of politics and social media. Their influence is both pervasive and enduring, sparking curiosity, skepticism, and at times, unwavering belief. The reasons people flock to these theories, and the traits that believers often share, reveal the intricate interplay between psychology, technology, and culture.Read full story
What's up with Russia's nuclear saber-rattling?
Since the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Dmitry Medvedev, the former president of Russia and a staunch ally of President Vladimir Putin, has been at the forefront of Russia's nuclear saber-rattling. This term refers to the act of threatening or hinting at the use of nuclear weapons. His threats have been loud, frequent, and extreme, raising concerns about the plausibility of nuclear conflict.Read full story
UFC Star Colby Covington Criticizes USA Boxing's Trans Inclusion Policy
UFC star Colby Covington has recently voiced strong opposition to USA Boxing's decision to allow transgender female fighters, who were assigned male at birth, to compete against biological women in the ring. Covington described the policy as "disgusting" and emphasized that "biological men should have no place in women's sports" due to ethical and safety concerns.Read full story
Landmark Verdict: Trump Ordered to Pay $83.3M in Defamation Case
In a landmark verdict, a New York jury has ordered former President Donald Trump to pay an additional $83.3 million in compensatory and punitive damages to writer E. Jean Carroll in a defamation case. This comes after a previous case in which Trump was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation, resulting in a $5 million award to Carroll.Read full story
The Door to Hell on Earth
The Darvaza Gas Crater, often referred to as the "Door to Hell," presents one of the most striking and otherworldly phenomena on Earth. Situated in the middle of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan, this fiery crater has been burning for over four decades and has fascinated tourists, scientists, and media alike since its formation.Read full story