Lula's Amazon Defenders and the Best of 2022 Part 5 - The Friday AM Quickie 12/30/22

Well, it's happening again: the end of a year. Once again our thoughts are consumed by the relentless passage of time... Oh, you expected something uplifting here? I'll try to do better next week. Jack returns Monday. Thanks everybody for reading, I'm grateful to be in your inboxes! - Corey

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The Very Last Headlines You'll See From Us in 2022

Look, the top headline is genuinely good news!

  • Incoming Brazilian President Lula da Silva Names Activist as Environment Minister Marina Silva will rejoin Lula's cabinet as environment minister and take on deforestation, while Sonia Guajajara will lead the new ministry for Indigenous peoples. via the Guardian and the Associated Press.
  • Russia Strikes Across Ukraine with Drones and Missiles Ninety percent of the far western city of Lviv has no electricity. via the AP.
  • Feds Launch Probe of George Santos, Who Also Lied About His Mom Dying on 9/11 On top of investigations by county and federal prosecutors, the fabulist New York Republican Congressman-elect is likely to face a House ethics inquiry after being sworn in on Tuesday. via the AP and the Washington Post.
  • Misogynist Internet Creep Arrested After Humiliating Defeat in Insult Competition with Greta Thunberg Romanian authorities are investigating Andrew Tate "on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group." via Reuters and Twitter.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands Claims JPMorgan Aided Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Trafficking A lawsuit filed by the islands' attorney general claims the bank "facilitated and concealed wire and cash transactions that raised suspicion of — and were in fact part of — a criminal enterprise whose currency was the sexual servitude of dozens of women and girls." via the New York Times.
  • First Licensed Recreational Weed Shop Opens in New York City But people with criminal histories, who were supposed to be first in line for retail sales permits, are still waiting on state approval. via


12/30: It's Day 5 of the Best of 2022! Here's Sam and Emma speaking with Adolph Reed, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss his recent book The South: Jim Crow and Its Afterlives. Then, Sam faces off with Peter McIndoe, the public information officer for independent organization "Birds Aren't Real."

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