I would like to make a point of writing a weekly review every week. The news moves so quickly that many weeks things that happen at the beginning of the week can often be overshadowed by news later in the week. This is the end of the first week that the Jeffersonian Report has been publishing content so we're starting this tradition early.
The big headline at the beginning of this week was of course July 4th. Many of us got together with friends and family and celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence 245 years ago. Around town people celebrated well into the night creating a beautiful display of remembrance above this great town.
On Monday a musician from England named Zuby posted an interesting thread on Twitter where he listed 20 things he has learned from the world's response to the pandemic. If you have a moment take a look at all 20.
Also on July 5th, a national campaign was kicked off by a group called Free to Learn to help raise awareness of public school conditions. I found this of particular interest because I think the campaign couldn't have come at a better time. I wrote about a local issue earlier this week, but it doesn't fit into this discussion. You can read about that here if you want, and I will be writing more on that later.
City Council met on Tuesday, and that's when Police Chief Kutcher expressed the inability to enforce the city wide ordinance banning certain kinds of fireworks. Also on Tuesday, Adam Curry of #NoAgendaStream went on Joe Rogan which was really interesting. I haven't listened to Joe since he left YouTube, and I've only recently started listening to Adam Curry with John C Dvorak, but it was a good show from both sides.
In more serious news, on the Telegraph reported on Tuesday about a study that showed methamphetamine which is polluting the water supply may have an addictive affect on fish. While it may not be a huge surprise that meth is addictive to fish, the impact it could have on wildlife is not great, and I imagine this also means people are being dosed with small levels of methamphetamine which doesn't sound like something we want to have happen.
CBS News reported that Sha'Carri was not selected for the olympic team as a result of her being found to have used marijuana. This is now two great athletes who have seen their career's impacted for simply using marijuana. According to this New York Times article, the Olympic teams reason for not allowing marijuana use is because it can be "performance enhancing". But I thought it had no medical benefit?
WADA reported in a 2011 paper that “based on current animal and human studies as well as on interviews with athletes and information from the field, cannabis can be performance enhancing for some athletes and sports disciplines.”
On Wednesday it was confirmed that Tucker Carlson was telling the truth when he said the NSA was spying on him with intentions to leak communications when Axios reported about his plans to interview Vladmir Putin. The NSA has previously denied it on Twitter, but have not commented since the Axios article to my knowledge.
Dr Fauci appeared on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes on Wednesday Night, and acted like a typical politician. His position can basically be distilled from this one quote:
'So, you know, you've got to ask, what is the problem? Get over it. Get over this political statement. Just get over it and try and save the lives of yourself and your family.' – Dr Fauci
This statement just shows that he isn't paying attention to the concerns people are putting forward. I am sure there are some who are hesitant for more or less political reasons, but there are many of us who have looked over what data we have available to us and have made an informed decision to hold out for more. To act as if he can't paint every single person who hasn't yet been vaccinated with a single brush demonstrates a certain amount of disdain for those who he hasn't been able to dazzle with his cable news appearances and Tik-Toks.
Throughout the week this week we heard that the name of the police officer that shot Ashli Babbitt had been determined. Ashli Babbitt was unarmed when she was fatally wounded at the Capitol on Jan 6 during what some are calling an insurrection attempt. For months the name of the officer that pulled the trigger was kept secret, but today we see in Epoch Times an article that seems to confirm what at first seemed to originate from the rumor mill.
Now a new name has surfaced in the Babbitt imbroglio—Lt. Michael L. Byrd—and while USCP Communications Director Eva Malecki won’t confirm he is the shooter, in this case she isn’t denying it.
That about wraps up what I can do for the week in news. I know there was a lot more I would like to have covered, like the assassination of the Haitian President. This publication is young, but we are looking to grow. If you found anything here valuable and want to buy me a coffee, we do have a few ways you could contribute using a value for value model.