I love Sippin’ Saturdays. Mostly because I get to chill a little longer in my comfies than if it was Monday to Friday. I also like taking some time to reflect on what I’ve read or seen during the past week. So get your coffee, tea or lemon water and sip with me while we review!
So big news in the realm of Science! According to Bloomberg News, scientists were able to create two White Rhino embryos by fertilizing five viable eggs. These eggs will be implanted into one of the two remaining White Rhino females left in the world. This is big news considering the last male White Rhino died 18 months ago, leaving no hope for natural reproduction to occur.
Why is this important? White Rhinos have been brought to the very brink of extinction due to human interference, and not due to an inability on the species’ part to evolve and adapt to the ever-changing environment. There is a significant amount of people in some Asian countries (such as China and Vietnam) that believe the horns provide treatments for things like hangovers (because Tylenol is for the insignificant peasant), and cure diseases such as cancer. Due to the high demand of the horns, poaching of the animals is a real problem. White Rhinos do in fact play a role in sustaining the continued life of other species of plants and animals in the area.
What can we do to help? Please check out the World Wildlife Federation for more information! I’m personally going to buy an Adoption kit to help fund resources.
For my friends to the south, it was a big night last night as the third round of the 2019 Democratic Primary Debates, hosted by ABC News (I’ve linked it in case you missed it and wanted to watch).
My favourite segments (for better or worse) of the evening were:
- Kamala Harris shading President Trump during her opening remarks
- All of Bernie Sanders. He just always yells.
- Julian Castro went for VP Joe Biden after Biden said someone would need to “buy in” to his Medicare for All plan, whereas Castro suggests he would make it an automatic enrolment instead of someone having to “opt in”.
- Mayor Pete piled on Senator Sanders for the health-care bill he wrote, stating Sanders “doesn’t trust the American people”.
- Cory Booker plead for unity and attempted to bring the debate back to more relevant discussions after Mayor Pete started a whirlwind with his comment, “This reminds everybody of what they cannot stand about Washington, scoring points against each other, poking at each other”
- Beto O’Rourke called President Trump a white supremacist that poses a threat to all people of color in the US. His position on guns was also very strong in that he stated he would have all AR-15s and AK-47s bought back from anyone that owns them.
- Andrew Yang tol the crowd he would give $1000 per month for an entire year to 10 American families.
- Amy Klobuchar’s dig at Trump, “Houston, we have a problem”
- Joe Biden continued to name drop President Obama’s name, stating at one point “I know the senator [Warren] says she is for Bernie. Well I am for Barack”. Insert eye-roll here.
- Elizabeth Warren stated she would pull the remaining American troops out of Afghanistan no matter the state of conflict there.
First Canadian Federal Debate
Meanwhile in Canada, Macleans hosted our first Federal debate since the election was called this week. This was such a gong show of a debate. First of all, our Prime Minister didn’t feel the debate was worth attending, so his podium was empty last night. Then we had Andrew Scheer of the Conservatives completely gloss over what the Conservatives’ Climate Plan is…again. He also awkwardly stared at the camera throughout the entire debate – even when someone else was speaking, the camera stayed on Andrew Scheer and his stare. Jagmeet Singh engaged in constant attacks on all candidates. Elizabeth May struggled to maintain her grin on the debate as she was often talked over by the other candidates….
In the end, I agree with one of the Indigenous Leaders that was interviewed during a break in the debate that there were no winners in that debate.
This election is a big one for Canadians, with major divisive issues such as Indigenous Issues, Climate Change, Economy, and Immigration at the forefront for many Canadians.
Do you have thoughts about this past week? Did I miss anything significant that you feel should have been included? What’s your favourite part about Saturdays? Let’s talk in the comments!
May your Saturday be chill and rejuvenating.