News You May Have Missed

Many of the Loop’s editors are news junkies–and we can’t cover it all for ourselves! We collect here interesting articles which received light coverage in mainstream USA media.


January 2023

Congress passes bill forcing railroad compromise
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-signs-bill-block-us-railroad-strike-2022-12-02/

Government banning TikTok back in the news
https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/29/tech/south-dakota-tiktok/index.html
https://justthenews.com/government/security/sun-19-states-have-put-restrictions-or-banned-tiktok-due-national-security

Russia launches a variety of new warships
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/missiles-deep-russia-just-launched-new-ballistic-missile-submarine-198661
https://www.thedefensepost.com/2022/12/29/russia-new-warships-submarines/

...and orders more advanced anti-ship missiles
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/11/russia-orders-additional-tsirkon-hypersonic-missiles/

Unintended consequences of bad faith behind Minsk accords
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202212/1281708.shtml

President of European Commission cites Ukraine KIA number, this part of her
speech is subsequently trimmed from all media.
https://news.yahoo.com/von-der-leyen-statement-death-163600213.html

Twitter, now owned by Musk, provides new transparency into
past decisions via "The Twitter Files"
https://www.westernjournal.com/can-read-twitter-files-right/

Did the CIA kill John F. Kennedy?  A generation-spanning question
receives new life
https://theintercept.com/2022/12/22/deconstructed-jfk-files-cia/

DEA announces record Fentanyl seizures in 2022
https://www.dea.gov/press-releases/2022/12/20/drug-enforcement-administration-announces-seizure-over-379-million-deadly

Mysterious cell tower-like devices popping up around Salt Lake City
https://ksltv.com/516749/why-are-antennas-popping-up-all-over-the-foothills-salt-lake-city-seeks-to-solve-mystery/
Many guesses are that these are nodes in the decentralized Helium network.

Progress with the Notre Dame reconstruction
https://aleteia.org/2023/01/06/notre-dame-cathedral-on-track-for-2024-reopening-spire-to-rise-in-2023/

December 2022

Who’s buying all this gold? https://www.marketplace.org/2022/11/22/somebodys-been-on-a-gold-buying-bender-its-not-clear-who-or-why/amp/

The tripledemic may not be as dangerous as feared https://www.science.org/content/article/competition-between-respiratory-viruses-may-hold-tripledemic-winter

Stanford president under investigation for academic fraud https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/education/stanford-president-under-investigation-after-school-newspaper-report

GE buys out NY Times’ entire advertising for a day–print, digital, even a custom wrapper for the paper https://www.axios.com/2022/12/06/ge-new-york-times-advertising-entire-paper-edition

TSMC hedging against possible China action? https://www.cnbc.com/2022/12/06/tsmc-to-up-arizona-investment-to-40-billion-with-second-semiconductor-chip-plant.html


November 2022


Stripe cutting 14% of its workforce in preparation for “leaner times”. https://slashdot.org/story/22/11/03/1342250/stripe-cutting-headcount-by-14-as-it-readies-for-leaner-times


Egypt is a choke point for Internet cables. https://tech.slashdot.org/story/22/11/03/1450215/why-egypt-became-one-of-the-biggest-chokepoints-for-internet-cables


Turkey experiencing hyperinflation. https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/turkeys-inflation-hits-fresh-24-year-high-83-after-rate-cuts-2022-10-03/


USA fading influence over Saudi Arabia. https://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-reiterates-commitment-china-000000903.html


October 2022


Notre Dame’s restoration is drawing on ancient and lost skills. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/20/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-rebuild-medieval-carpenters-guledon?CMP=share_btn_tw&fbclid=IwAR0NnTJ0QYZ5rswboMokhhkp3jmSJGBBFG0c3aEKRMMkKXoGdh_N1vaol2g


China is having their own mini-2008, and their citizens protest when they aren’t allowed to withdraw money from their own bank accounts. The government sends out police and… tanks? https://www.newsweek.com/video-chinese-tanks-protecting-banks-customers-prompts-rumors-1726696


Rural hospitals are doing so badly, some are almost being given away. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/08/some-rural-hospitals-are-in-such-bad-shape-local-governments-are-practically-giving-them-away.html


The UK approval document for Pfizer mRNA does not recommend it for the pregnant and nursing. (Scan down to the Toxicology section.) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19/summary-public-assessment-report-for-pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine


Researchers are using “AI” to scan and integrate data sets of voter rolls, address changes, and property tax records to detect out of date voter registrations. This is an early article; the technology has evolved considerably. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/05/technology/unregistered-voter-rolls.html


Key Alzheimers origin of disease theory that has been the center of clinical research and funding for nearly 2 decades is probably a fraud. https://www.science.org/content/article/potential-fabrication-research-images-threatens-key-theory-alzheimers-disease?cookieSet=1