Under the radar
There's so much going on right now that I wonder: What do you think we're missing? Also, 7 other things worth knowing today.
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Under the radar
Folks, there's more than a bit to list in the 7 other things section today, so I'm going to keep the main essay short, and focused on a relevant question.
In short, with what seems like an absolute firehose of news and information these days, I'm going to ask for suggestions:
What stories have you seen, or what causes have you heard about, that you think just haven't gotten enough attention?
These can be things you think we should explore in the newsletter, or else just things that you'd like to let your fellow readers know about directly.
Each week we get between 4-5 main essays, and basically 35 or so links to other things around the world. It seems like a lot to write sometimes, but I doubt there’s been a week when I haven’t wished I had more room.
So, you tell me: What have we missed?
Have a great weekend and Independence Day; I hope to see you in the comments.
7 other things worth knowing today
Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former public defender who rose to become a judge on a powerful federal appeals court, made history Thursday as the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court. She was sworn in hours after the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer became official. (USA Today)
Speaking of the Supreme Court, the court on Thursday truncated the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gases. The ruling may hamper President Joe Biden’s plan to fight climate change and could limit the authority of federal agencies across the executive branch. In another case, the court said the Biden administration can scrap a Trump-era immigration policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration courts. (SCOTUSBlog, AP)
And this is for next term, but I think it's hugely important: the court also agreed to hear a case that could dramatically change how federal elections are conducted. At issue is a legal theory that would give state legislatures unfettered authority to set the rules for federal elections, free of supervision by the state courts and state constitutions. (NPR)
I hate sharing this before July 4, but more than one quarter of Americans feel so estranged from their government that they feel it might “soon be necessary to take up arms” against it, a poll of 1,000 registered US voters, published by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP), claimed. (The Guardian)
A teen charged with setting a fire that killed five people in Denver has become the first person to challenge police use of Google “reverse keyword searches” to find someone who might have committed a crime. The pushback against this surveillance tool is being closely watched by privacy and abortion rights advocates, who are concerned that it could soon be used to investigate women who search for information about obtaining an abortion in states where the procedure is now illegal. (NBC News)
Delta Air Lines emailed millions of passengers who are part of its SkyMiles program this week to apologize for the flight cancelations and delays they've endured. Meanwhile, Delta's own pilots are picketing the airline, as travelers on all carriers braced for what's expected to be one of the worst July 4 travel weekends ever. (NY Post, Reuters)
We live in the weirdest time. A Burger King employee who never missed a day of work in 27 years and who went viral after his employer honored him by giving him probably the saddest employee thank you gift in history, has now received $270,000 in donations from strangers. (Fox5NY)
BONUS: Happy Canada Day to our readers in the North. Congrats on 155 years!
Don’t forget to go to the comments section and suggest stories and causes you think need more attention.
Good morning everyone! As I sit here enjoying my second cup of coffee on Canada Day, I ponder what is missing from Understandably. While a newsletter can't be all things to everyone, I do think part of the newsletter should be dedicated to be a good news file. Kindness endeavors abound. We just don't hear a lot about them as they are not sensationalized.
As for my kindness endeavor to encourage people to subscribe to my friend Mitch Jean's YouTube channel, things are progressing along nicely. A few days ago, Mitch had 733 subscribers. That number has grown to 804 subscribers. I thank all the readers of Understandably who went ahead and subscribed to Mitch's YouTube channel. I particularly enjoyed the comments I read about Understandably subscribers loving Canada and having subscribed to Mitch's YouTube channel. There's still some good people out there, eh?
Those of you that haven't subscribed yet, please do. It's free to do so. Here is the link for you: https://www.youtube.com/c/MitchJean
I look forward to the Cheers to Friday! live stream tonight on YouTube and Facebook (sound better on YouTube, of course:)) from 8-10 pm ET. Please join your friendly neighbors for tonight's live stream is a special Canada Day edition.
Cheers to Friday!
As someone who once received an envelope filled with confetti as a Christmas gift from an employer, I know all about bad bonuses lol.
Reading today's Understandably restores some of my faith in humanity about a loyal 27-year employee of Burger King getting a great bonus of $270,000 in the way donations from strangers after getting the saddest gift in history from his employer.