Cramm for 12/12/17
A federal judge is shaking up Trump’s plans.
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A few months ago, Prez Trump tweeted that the military was ditching transgender people. Aka wouldn’t allow them to enlist. Because, alleged health costs. Intro the protests. But last month, a judge said ‘like, waaay no’ and blocked the ban, forcing the Trump team to still let transgender people in. Their reaction? ‘Fine but lets delay this a bit.’ Twisty twist.
Yesterday, a federal judge shook his finger at Prez Trump. And said that transgender people can enlist right now (as in January 1st) and don’t have to wait for the Trump team’s delayed deadline. This is reportedly because the judge thought the idea behind delaying the deadline was based on “vague claims.” Vagueness, cleared.
Yup. A second judge recently ruled that the military totally, totally has to fund soldiers’ transitioning surgeries. Reminder: the Trump team tried to make it so the military totally, totally can’t fund soldiers’ transitioning surgeries. Foiled.
As of now, it’s looking like the Trump team won’t be taking ‘no’ for an answer. TBD on whether or not they’ll get their way.
SCIENCE: Yesterday, French prez Emmanuel Macron made it rain. See: he announced the first winner winners of his “Make our Planet Great Again” grants of over a million dollars, which will go towards climate change research. Reminder: last summer, Trump said ‘climate change shmimate change’ and pulled the US out of the 2015 Paris Agreement. So many are seeing this as Macron’S way of saying ‘in yo face.’ In other news, NASA will be vacaying to the moon again. In style.
BIZ: Macron isn’t the only one coughing up lots of cash. Recently, Apple bought Shazam for around $400 million after Snapchat and Spotify said ‘ooh this looks kinda cool‘ and showed interest in buying the biz, too. Shazam is that v helpful app that helps identify what song you’re listening to. It was previously valued at $1 billion. Now, many are saying this deal is Apple’s way of getting into the music biz - by possibly combining Shazam’s tech with Siri. Sirzam.
PEOPLE: Over the past week, Keaton Jones - a bullied boy whose mom shared his message on social media - has gone viral. Think: notes of support from celebs including Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. But yesterday, it was revealed that Jones’ mom previously posted (multiple) pics of her family holding Confederate flags alongside racist messages. This comes after she bashed someone for creating a GoFundMe for Keaton...and then created one herself. Cue the accusations that she might be trying to exploit her son.
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“Prienu Vytautas:” the name of the Lithuanian basketball club LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball just signed with. The team is located in a non-English speaking town of 10,000. And has already lost 8 of its first 12 games. Definite step up from UCLA.
“Yet another source of tension” - a BBC article, talking about hummus. The world is a dangerous place.