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The Spill: Where’s the Peace?

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Peaceful Transition of Power

The United States prides itself on peaceful transitions of power from one president to the next. President Trump, although conceding the election to Mr. Joe Biden, is not bowing out without controversy. After thousands of Trump followers protested in the nation’s capital over the 2020 presidential election results, some agitators went beyond barricades at the Capitol building and into House chambers, disrupting Congress and the vice president’s work of reading and recording the Electoral College votes for each state.

Several people were injured, and four lost their lives. Now Democrats are calling for Trump’s resignation. Democrats are also threatening another impeachment process if President Trump does not leave the White House immediately.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are promising to move forward with impeachment proceedings, and some Republicans have joined the chorus of those calling for the president’s immediate resignation.

Democrats have also attempted to convince the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would remove the sitting president for the inability to govern. With so little time left in the president’s term, it is unlikely that detractors will get any consensus on the usage of the 25th Amendment.

While former presidents traditionally attend the inauguration of their successors, President Trump has announced he will not.

Dwarf Giraffes? Oh, Yes.

Long necks and legs with a lovely-patterned brown and gold coat make the giraffe a unique African artiodactyl mammal and the tallest and largest ruminant. The height allows the animal to pluck leaves from the tops of trees – a competitive advantage – and see into the distance for predators. But scientists and researchers have discovered a much smaller version in Uganda and Namibia on Africa’s opposites side. Two dwarf giraffes, both male, have been named Gimli and Nigel.

Most giraffes grow to 15-20 feet, but the latest discovery puts the dwarf giraffes between eight and nine feet tall.

Julian Fennessy, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s co-founder, spoke with Reuters on the find, stating, “We were very surprised.” Scientists say the stumpy legs on the dwarf giraffes are from a condition called Skeletal dysplasia, often seen in humans and domesticated animals like dogs, cows, pigs, rats, and common marmosets.

The dwarfs are most likely unable to mate with their normal-sized counterparts and produce offspring. Fennessy calls for wildlife enthusiasts to step up and help save the dwindling giraffe population, “There is just so much more to learn about the giraffe in Africa, and we need to stand tall now to save them before it is too late.” Estimates put the current giraffe population at about 111,000 in the wild.

Elon Musk Richest Man in the World

Look out, Jeff Bezos, South African born Elon Musk just whizzed right past you to be named the world’s richest man. Musk, who co-founded and led Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company, added an impressive $165.5 billion of wealth in the past year alone, making his net worth $194.8 billion – $9.5 billion more than Amazon’s founder, Bezos. Bill Gates is now a distant third at $132 billion.

Elon Musk

When Musk saw the tweets announcing his new stature in the financial lists, he said, “How strange. Well, back to work …”

Bezos isn’t the only wealth succumbing to Musk’s recent rise: The United States’ most valuable oil company, Exxon Mobil, had a market value slightly under $191 billion. The electric car proponent, Musk, is now worth more than America’s largest oil company.

And now, the race for private space travel has ratcheted up the stakes for Bezos’ Blue Origin and Musk’s SpaceX.

A man who says he isn’t interested in the outward trappings of wealth – and frequently complains he is “cash poor” – has the lion’s share of his wealth tied up in his companies’ equity. Tesla pays no dividends and SpaceX and the Boring Company, a tunneling venture, aren’t high on the payout lists either. Musk claims his only reason for accumulating wealth is to accelerate humanity’s evolution into a spacefaring civilization.

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