A massive influential voice for the Republican Party and top radio host in politics for decades, Rush Limbaugh, lost his battle with lung cancer Wednesday morning at the age of 70.
In an announcement on his radio show, his wife Kathryn said, “Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”
The radio icon learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address days later. First lady Melania Trump then presented America’s highest civilian honor to Limbaugh in an emotional moment on the heels of his devastating cancer diagnosis.
“Rush Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country,” President Trump said during the address.
Limbaugh is considered one of the most influential media figures in American history and has played a consequential role in conservative politics since “The Rush Limbaugh Show” began in 1988. Perched behind his Golden EIB (Excellence in Broadcasting) Microphone, Limbaugh spent over three decades as arguably both the most beloved and polarizing person in American media.
The program that began 33 years ago on national syndication with only 56 radio stations grew to be the most listened-to radio show in the United States, airing on more than 600 stations, according to the show’s website. Up to 27 million people tuned in on a weekly basis and Limbaugh has lovingly referred to his passionate fan base as “Dittoheads,” as they would often say “ditto” when agreeing with the iconic radio host.
Limbaugh was one of the first to take Trump seriously, showing his listeners he was a serious presidential contender and continued to support him throughout his presidency.
During his last broadcast of 2020 he said, “I wasn’t expected to be alive today. I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”
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Roughly Four Million Are Without Power in Texas as Wind Turbines and Other Sources of Power Freeze Up
Among the sources contributing to power outages in Texas are frozen wind turbines from the winter storm.
In order to deal with the loss of electricity during the storm, rolling blackout orders were issued Monday.
Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that “the ability of some companies that generate the power has been frozen.”
He also said the problem included natural gas and coal generators.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says the power outages may last through Tuesday.
Almost 4.5 million Texans are out of power, according to poweroutage.us, with Houston and Galveston being the hardest hit.
Parts of Texas saw temperatures in the single digits prompting the electricity council to tell residents to turn off non-essential lights and appliances and turn down thermostats to 68 degrees.
Bill Gates Wants Wealthy Countries to Eat Fully Plant-Based and Beef Should Be 100% Synthetic
Bill Gates was recently interviewed by MIT Technology Review where he argued that the world’s richest countries should stop eating beef and instead switch to a plant-based diet to help fight global climate change.
Gate’s believes that the “80 poorest countries” should still rely on eating real meat but plant-based should be the future for developed countries.
“I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand,” the Microsoft co-founder told the MIT Tech Review.
Gates addresses agriculture in his new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” and details the measures needed to eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions. The billionaire software developer and philanthropist discusses policy changes and tech innovations needed to help curb industries with the largest carbon footprints, like steel, cement and agriculture, where a third of all greenhouse gas emissions — which trap heat and warm the climate — come from livestock production.
Gates noted it would be almost impossible to eliminate emissions from burping cows and fertilizer to reduce methane emissions, saying that plant-based beef options are the only viable option.
“There are all the things where they feed them different food, like there’s this one compound that gives you a 20% reduction [in methane emissions]. But sadly, those bacteria [in their digestive system that produce methane] are a necessary part of breaking down the grass. And so I don’t know if there’ll be some natural approach there. I’m afraid the synthetic [protein alternatives like plant-based burgers] will be required for at least the beef thing.”
Gates is a fan of Impossible Foods who makes plant-based burgers and other meat alternative products. Impossible Foods plans on cutting their prices for grocery stores by 20% throughout the U.S. with a suggested retail price of $5.49 for their burger patties.
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