A few interesting things happened in the past few days. Here is a small collection of stories to read on your Christmas Eve.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket had a successful launch on Friday, December 21st. The resulting gas and contrails from the rockets created a beautiful mark on the sky – or an alien UFO, according to some people.
In a bid to ease the minds of worried witnesses, the Los Angeles Fire Department released a statement saying the “mysterious light in the sky is reported to be the result of [Vandenberg] Air Force Base launching rocket to put satellite into space.”
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk didn’t help matters when he tweeted, “Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.”
“People were wondering if it had something to do with movies, or TV or a UFO,” Jimmy Golen, who was touring the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank at the time, told the wire service.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
President Trump used Twitter Saturday to suggest that Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s increasingly embattled deputy director, was holding onto his position in a race against time to claim full pension benefits.
Trump said McCabe was “racing the clock” in one tweet Saturday:
“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!”
Don’t do drugs, kids.
The full statement from the force earlier in the week read: “Last night a cannabis dealer from Christiania who wanted to get home quickly got into a taxi. He received a big surprise when he realised it was actually a police car he was sitting in.
“The police officers were happy to see him, since he was carrying around 1,000 joints.”
Cannabis is illegal in Denmark, with prohibitions on dealing and possession.
The Atlantic: A Woman Gave Birth From an Embryo Frozen for 24 Years
Emma Wren Gibson, frozen as an embryo in 1992, was born a few days after Thanksgiving in 2017, more than 25 years later. It’s the longest an embryo is known to have been frozen before being born as baby.
In fact, the embryo that became Emma is only a year younger than the woman who gave birth to her, Tina Gibson. “This embryo and I could have been best friends,” Gibson, now 26, told CNN. Tina and her husband “adopted” the frozen embryo after learning he was likely infertile. It came from an anonymous couple who went through in vitro fertilization (where sperm and egg are united in a lab) and donated their remaining frozen embryos, which have remained suspended in time for more than two decades.
Today, IVF and the cryopreservation of resulting embryos are so commonplace that it’s easy to overlook how disruptive the process once seemed. “All hell will break loose, politically and morally, all over the world,” James Watson once said about IVF. Others warned of the slippery slope to surrogate pregnancies, designer babies, and artificial wombs.
Personally I find it very shocking that the people at the top of the most female-objectifying event would be creeps.
Three officials at the Miss America Organization are stepping down after having been implicated in emails published by HuffPost on Thursday that contained crude language disparaging former pageant winners.
The organization says it’s accepted the resignations of its chief executive Sam Haskell and board chair Lynn Weidner, just a day after announcing it would suspend Haskellas it conducts an investigation into the matter. President Josh Randle also says he’s stepping down. Haskell is “effective immediately,” while Weidner and Randle will be kept on for several weeks to help with the leadership transition.
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