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10 Brain-sparking things that happened this week (27.04.18)

It's hard to keep up with the news. So hard that we have decided to spare you the trouble by summarizing the most important, most unusual or just old, overwhelming stories every week.

After a few blissful weeks without a massacre The week started with two different jerkwads who decided to solve their world problems by killing a group of people. When these two events were depressing, the news was not all damnation. Elsewhere, we had new velvet revolutions, scientific advances, and big steps towards the federal legalization of marijuana.

10 A shocking mass killing hit Toronto

This column has noted before the recent tendency of idiots to use vehicles as their weapons of choice. As a rule, this has been linked to Islamist terrorism, but not exclusively. On Monday, Alek Minassian resisted the trend by shattering a van into masses of people walking along Toronto's Yonge Street, leaving 10 dead and 14 injured.

His miserable obvious motive? No women wanted to sleep with him [1]

Shortly before the mass murder, Minassian published a message to a Facebook community praising Eliot Rodger, the gunman who killed six people in 2014 in California. Rodger was an unrestrained misogynist on the fringes of the Incel community – a loose online group of men who are "involuntary celibates" and who usually blame women for their problems. Like Rodger in front of him, Minassian has targeted women.

Luckily, Minassian was taken away alive. Cop Ken Lam was first on the scene after the van crashed and Minassian jumped out, claiming to have a gun. Lams answer? "I do not care." He arrested the murderer who now has to face justice.

9 A Bizarre Mass Murder Met a Tennessee Waffle House

Although four people died, several others were injured, and the gunman was disarmed by an injured, unarmed man who raged through his veins. Sunday's mass shooting is likely to be remembered for a bizarre detail. After allegedly committing mass murder, Travis Jeffrey Reinking fled the scene on foot. He was half naked after police reports [2]

Reinking was known to the police. Among other incidents, he had previously tried to break the boundaries of the White House. A sovereign citizen, he apparently wanted to speak with President Trump. His weapons had been confiscated afterwards, but his father had managed to get them back and give them back to his son. Thanks to his actions, four people are now dead.

Reinking was arrested late Monday after a 34-hour manhunt. He is currently in suicide control and waiting for his trial.

8 Armenia's Velvet Revolution has a president

Last week we told about the mass protests in Armenia, a poor country in the Caucasus region. Former President Serzh Sargsyan had just been appointed prime minister after serving his constitutionally allowed term. , , before depriving the presidency of its power and handing it over to the prime minister's office. At that point, we realized that mass protests had failed to stop Sargsyan's seizure of power, and it seemed unlikely at the time.

How wrong we were. Sargsyan resigned on Monday. At that time, it was estimated that nearly a quarter of the country was marching against him. [3]

The absence of death or violence has led to the movement being referred to as the "Velvet Revolution" referring to the anti-Communist Czechoslovak revolution of 1989, in which not a single shot was fired. But Armenia is not over the mountain yet.

Sargsyan's Republican Party is still in power and protesters are still marching and demanding the resignation of the entire government. Will Armenia finally see the change that is urgently needed? We will find out in the coming weeks.

7 US marijuana legalization efforts have picked up speed

Chuck Schumer is one of the most powerful Democrats in the United States. As a minority leader in the Senate, he is about as mainstream as you will get. What makes his announcement last Friday so interesting. In honor of 4/20, pot unofficial day, Schumer explained his support for the decriminalization of marijuana. [4]

He joins the former Speaker of the Republican House John Boehner, who had joined the board of a cannabis company just a week earlier, signaled his intention to advocate for legalization. It now looks like the Pro Pot faction has the wind in the sails. With more states making weeds legal and reaping the tax benefit, it seems only a matter of time before the federal government pulls in.

This is a big turnaround from just a handful of short years ago. Even in 2017, the idea of ​​a Senate chairman and a former Speaker of the House loudly calling for drugs would be absurd. But these things are moving pretty fast. It looks like we're going to see legal pot before the decade is over.

6 Swaziland changed its name to the colonial era

The former British colony of Swaziland is one of the last absolute monarchies that still existed in the world. Just about everything the king says leads to some occasionally bizarre utterances. Such was the case last Thursday when King Mswati III. His latest decree revealed. With immediate effect, he changed Swaziland's name into eSwatini. Swaziland is not anymore. [5]

The name "Swaziland" was a hangover from the colonial era, so similar as if Ukraine was still called "Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic" or Ghana "The Gold Coast." While most countries changed their names to independence, eSwatini waited fifty years until the king himself became fifty.

Interestingly, King Mswati III. That's the kind of weird thing you can get away with if you're an absolute monarch.

Despite the name change, eSwatini is still a fighting land. It has the world's highest HIV prevalence and one of the lowest life expectancies. And it is located between the two regional superpowers South Africa and Mozambique

5 A legal immigration scandal shook the United Kingdom

In the last two weeks, the British government was embroiled in its own scandal. Shortly after the end of World War II, London legalized immigration from all Commonwealth states. Until the early 1970s, anyone who arrived in the United Kingdom from India, Pakistan, Canada, Jamaica, Australia or any of dozens of other nations was automatically considered a British citizen, regardless of whether or not he obtained a British passport.

This latter part is important because that meant that many of the so-called Windrush generation (the first boat that attracted Caribbean immigrants called Empire Windrush ) had only one single document, that of the government was confirmed and confirmed its legal status. In 2010, the conservative-liberal-democratic coalition ordered the destruction of these documents. Under the supervision of Theresa May, the Home Office began deporting Windrush immigrants, even though they all had legal rights to stay.

The scandal was blown up a week or two ago. But this week, it became even more pressing when the current Home Secretary Amber Rudd admitted that Windrush immigrants were being deported to meet arbitrary quotas. The resulting political storm severely damaged Theresa May's government, exposing many elderly British citizens who happened to have been born in the former empire to unnecessary suffering. [6]

4 Finland has abandoned his Universal Basic Income Trial

The Basic Basic Income (UBI) is considered by some to be the holy grail of 21st century society. A guaranteed monthly scholarship for the entire population of a country, whether it is working or already rich, is considered by some to be the only viable safety net in the coming age of automation, and by some as the right to be the perfect citizen from a crushing welfare state.

In short, it's a serious move that many call out as the next big thing in policymaking. It has suffered a setback this week. After two years of UBI's birth, Finland has ended its experimental program. The only major UBI pilot in the world is now officially dead.

The Finnish trial gave 2,000 unemployed € 560 a month, which they continued to receive, whether or not they got a job. The Social Security Institute had asked for more funds to provide the same benefits to a sample of 2,000 workers. Instead, Helsinki closed the program before final conclusions were reached. [7]

3 We may have discovered the largest structure in the universe

Billions and billions of years ago, 14 young galaxies emitting new, dazzling stars collide. The resulting catastrophe was probably all kinds of destructive nature, but it eventually led to the formation of a gigantic galaxy cluster infinitely denser than our Milky Way and probably the most massive thing in the observable universe. [8] [19659002] About 12.4 billion years after this violent amalgamation, the light of this ancient catastrophe finally reached the earth. Unveiled this week by an international team in Nature it not only marks the discovery of most of the night sky, but also threatens to rewrite everything we know about the origins of the universe.

The 14 super bright galaxies are known as stellar explosions, galaxies that form new stars at tremendous speed. The funny part? We would not expect many of them to be so close to the dawn of the universe. We would not have expected a galaxy cluster to form in such an unbelievably old time. It might be time to rewrite our entire timeline of the birth and early childhood of the universe.

2 George H.W. Bush almost died

Just last week we reported on the death of Barbara Bush, wife of President George H.W. Bush and mother of President George W. Bush. This week we almost had to report the death of her husband. After the funeral of his wife, former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized with sepsis and placed in intensive care. You could almost hear how poster authors all over the country are looking for their laptops.

Fortunately, the 41st US president survived the intensive care unit on Wednesday. At the time of writing, however, he remains ill and is under constant observation. [9]

The likelihood is that Bush will go through this current disease and live to fight another day. However, his confrontation with death shows that two of America's surviving presidents are unlikely to be around for long. Jimmy Carter is 93 and ill, a description that also applies to George H.W. applies. Rifle. We may soon lose two members from the small club of surviving US presidents.

1 North and South Korea are ready to write history

By the time you read Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea could have made history. No, not by Kim, who blows up everything in a 1,450-kilometer radius, but by taking some serious steps toward peace.

At 9:30 am local time on Friday, Moon is scheduled to hit Kim on the border between North and South Korea. They will then go together to a summit on the south side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). This is the first time since 1953 that a North Korean leader has entered South Korean territory.

Since this column is submitted a few hours before the deadline, we still do not know how these talks will go. However, the hope is that Kim and Moon will be able to sign a peace agreement that will formally end the Korean War in 1950-53, while paving the way for a possible summit meeting between Kim and President Trump later this year. [10]

North Korea is hard to read and has given many reasons to doubt its commitment to peace in the past. Nevertheless, Pyongyang could be real this time. Hey, anything that could lead to denuclearization of the peninsula is worth a try.

Morris M.

Morris is a freelance writer and newly trained teacher who still naively hopes to change the lives of his disciples. You can send your helpful and less helpful comments to his email or visit some of the other sites that inexplicably make him.

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