Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) proposed an amendment to the American Rescue Plan that would bar illegal immigrants from access to the $1,400 stimulus checks. His amendment was voted down after Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) criticized Cruz for trying to "rile people up over something that is not true." The Claim Cruz claimed on Twitter that illegal immigrants would be eligible for the $1,400 stimulus checks included in the American Rescue Plan. On March 6, Cruz tweeted, "When the checks go out, millions of illegal immigrants WILL GET $1400 checks." He wrote that many people considered illegal immigrants are those who have overstayed their visas, and therefore have Social Security numbers. Cruz argued that the possession of Social Security numbers will allow unlawfully present individuals to obtain the stimulus money. The Facts Anyone who pays taxes in the United States as a resident is eligible for a stimulus payment under the American Rescue Plan. That includes … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Will Illegal Immigrants Receive Stimulus Checks, As Ted Cruz Says?
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Jon Negroni spent one year untangling the secret world hidden deep within Pixar films. This thesis (printed in full below) originally appeared on his personal blog and quickly became a viral sensation. Negroni continues to update his post based on interesting feedback from readers. Several months ago, I watched a fun-filled video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call “The Pixar Theory,” a working narrative that ties all of the Pixar movies into one cohesive timeline with a main theme. This theory covers every Pixar production since Toy Story : A Bug’s Life , Toy Story 2 , Monsters Inc. , Finding Nemo , The Incredibles , Cars , Ratatouille , Wall-E , Up , Toy Story 3 , Cars 2 , Brave and Monsters University . Every movie is connected and implies major events that influence every … [Read more...] about The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe
Family dynasty Since August 3, 1979, Equatorial Guinea has been ruled by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. The 78-year-old leader, who is constitutionally allowed to rule by decree, became the second president after overthrowing his uncle, Macias Nguema. Despite more than a dozen attempts to topple him, President Obiang has clung to power for more than 40 years and earned the title of Africa's and the world's longest-serving president. Equatorial Guinea boasts the highest adult literacy rate in sub-Saharan Africa President Obiang's son, Teodoro Nguema, is the country's vice president. Another son, Gabriel Obiang Lima, is the minister for mines and hydrocarbons. While the country allowed a multi-party system in 1992, Obiang's Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea has won over 90% of votes at every election. The opposition has boycotted some of the polls. In the last election in 2016, he scored 93.7% of the vote, according to the electoral commission, his worst result so … [Read more...] about 5 surprising facts about Equatorial Guinea
Some people just do not seem to be able to stop themselves from re-initiating a conflict, or having the last word, or leaving a difficult interaction with a loved one in a loud and tumultuous exit. Other people just go numb, do not know what to say, and become non-responsive in an argument. After the dust settles, I often hear people exclaim, “That’s just how I am,” or “that’s just me,” or “I just can’t seem to help myself, I doubt if I’ll ever be able to change.” When people say this, the first thing I ask is, “Who or what does the word ‘I’ refer to in those statements?” “Who or what is the “I” that cannot change?” The answer to this question is pivotal to what any given person will be willing to do to initiate a change process in their own life. For change to happen, you need to know who or what you are actually trying to change. Try answering this question (say it out loud or write it down): what are you? If you answered this question with, “I am a woman, man, … [Read more...] about Changing Your Story: How to Live a Happy Life
By David Shultz Mar. 8, 2021 , 11:10 AM It was “like a horror movie.” That’s how ecologist Sayaka Mitoh describes the scene at her lab at Nara Women’s University in Japan one day when she was studying sea slugs. One of the slimy aquatic critters had lost its body, and its head was crawling around the bottom of a tank. “We thought that it would die soon without a heart and other important organs,” she says. But it didn’t. Within days, the slug began to regenerate its entire body. By the end of the month, it was back to normal. The remarkable recovery, reported today in Current Biology , has been observed in simpler life forms such as hydra and flatworms—but it’s practically unheard of in complex animals like sea slugs. “It underscores the fact that still in the 21st century, we truly do not know what is possible in biology,” says Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, a molecular biologist at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. After her initial observation, Mitoh and her … [Read more...] about This sea slug cut off its own head—and lived to tell the tale