From today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Russian generals reportedly discuss use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine
Russia is trying to turn the tide on the battlefield. Additionally, USA TODAY National Correspondent Rick Jervis talks about the dire situation faced by migrants being transported by bus across the country, we consider what graphic video of the deaths tells us about trauma desensitization, the USA TODAY national correspondent Marc Ramirez examines how transgender youth and their families must uproot their lives and monarch butterflies are shipped to Texas to help expedite the migration.
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Hello. I’m Taylor Wilson and here are 5 things you need to know Thursday, November 3, 2022. Today Russia discusses the use of tactical nuclear weapons, as well as the dire situation faced by migrants being transported by bus to across the United States and insight into why people are so trauma insensitive.
Fears over nuclear weapons persist in Ukraine and according to a New York Times report yesterday, senior Russian military officials recently discussed when and how Moscow might use a tactical nuclear weapon to reverse its battlefield struggles. . The Times said Russian President Vladimir Putin was not part of the conversations. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters yesterday that the United States currently had no indication that Russia was preparing to use tactical nuclear weapons. Yet Putin has made veiled threats to do so, and more recently Russia has claimed that Ukraine is considering using a dirty radiation bomb. Ukrainian officials deny these claims, but such rhetoric could be used to escalate the war. The UN Security Council yesterday rejected a Russian request to investigate unfounded allegations that the United States and Ukraine are carrying out military biological activities that violate international law.
Meanwhile, power outages continue across Ukraine, including in the capital of Kyiv. Some 80% of homes and businesses were also left without water earlier this week due to damage to a power station. Ukraine claims that Russia has destroyed around 40% of its entire energy infrastructure.
Progress has been made on grain shipments and the return/stop agreement under which Russia allowed the shipment of grain from Ukraine is back effective today. Expeditions are desperately needed, especially in Africa and the Middle East.
More than 20,000 asylum seekers arrived in New York by bus from the southwestern border. It’s part of an ongoing campaign by Texas and Arizona to ferry asylum seekers away from their states and into progressive cities. But once the buses have left, migrants often find themselves struggling in an overcrowded homeless shelter system.
Producer PJ Elliott spoke with USA TODAY National Correspondent Rick Jervis. He portrayed a migrant and advocate in the midst of crisis.
Once these migrants arrive in these new towns, there are advocates scrambling to try to help them. The problem is that there is very little coordination from Texas as to when the buses actually arrive and where exactly they are going.
So once there, these advocates scramble to try to get basic services from these migrants. The problem is that many of them actually come without any point of contact in these cities.
Rick, how do these officials get migrants on the bus? Are migrants really being told that they are going to be dropped off in a random town and then have to fend for themselves without knowing anyone there?
I’ve spoken to migrants who told me they wanted to go to Florida, North Carolina or Wisconsin because they had family there, but they were offered a free bus ride to New York and they took it because New York seemed closer to all of those destinations than South Texas. Shelter directors say they only let in people who really want to go to New York. But what we find is that you’re talking to lawyers in New York who say they’re meeting people who didn’t know exactly where they were going.
Migos rapper Takeoff was killed Tuesday morning in a shooting in Houston. The moment was recorded and posted on social media while being shared by outlets like TMZ. It’s clear that when it comes to celebrity deaths, some people’s instinct is to treat the news as entertainment. Since the video’s release, search trends have increased on Google when it comes to images.
Clinical psychologist Carla Mandy specializes in trauma and says social media is partly responsible for our desensitization to real trauma. She says the fixation on likes and clicks drives people to do more and more shocking things to get attention at the expense of other people’s feelings.
We have seen this behavior before. There have been leaked photos of Kobe Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash and, most recently, a video of rapper Pnb Rock’s death posted on Instagram in September. Experts say such behavior particularly dehumanizes black people. On Twitter, footage of Takeoff’s death has sparked outrage among many black Americans who have repeatedly expressed frustration at the exploitation of black deaths.
Trauma-informed psychotherapist LaSandra Ligerdwood said, “People don’t always necessarily realize how much they’re perpetuating this idea of trauma and black pain by reposting things without really thinking about it.” While users who stream these images and clips will likely move on, experts say the trauma for victims’ families is lifelong, especially if it’s commodified for millions of people to watch.
As states have passed laws targeting transgender youth and their parents, some desperate families have uprooted their lives by fleeing to safer ground. PJ Elliott spoke with USA TODAY National Correspondent Mark Ramirez to learn more.
According to the situation of the States, I think that many of them have felt capable of defending the interests of their children. But with the amount of legislation that has been passed, and especially in states like Texas, where providing gender-affirming care has been an attempt to criminalize it, they are now keeping a low profile and so a lot of families are considering the possibility that they might actually have left their states.
Are there concerns about the damage that could result from uprooting these families and children from the places where they have lived most of their lives to a whole new city and state and essentially starting all over again?
Absolutely. I mean, that’s it in a nutshell. It’s hard to start over, especially if it’s not necessarily planned. If they leave a good paying job and try to leave in a hurry, they may not have time to find the perfect job, they may not have time to test the market to get the best deal for their home.
States known to be more trans-friendly tend to be more expensive. I think Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California are the main places people go.
What about those who cannot afford to leave? Is there anything they can do?
Most of them are simply lying low. I mean, it’s hard to find families to talk to because a lot of them don’t want to talk about their situation because they’re afraid that if some of these laws are passed they might be prosecuted. So many families who once felt able to plead vocally are now in hiding.
Wisconsin monarch butterflies are getting FedEx help with their migration this year. Known for its bright orange colors, the migratory monarch butterfly is now listed as endangered, and the population has declined by more than 80% in the past three decades according to the World Wildlife Foundation.
But a woman found the butterflies in egg form and is now shipping a dozen from Wisconsin to southern Texas to help them migrate to Mexico. This will help them reach their destination faster since it is already late in the season and the weather is getting colder.
The shipping was paid for by Friends of Butterfly Gardens, a non-profit organization in Wisconsin. The head of the organization said 12 monarchs could lead to 400 eggs being laid by next spring.
The expedition itself is not routine. The butterflies were shipped in a state of torpor or inactivity, thanks to a cold compress in the box. They will be received near the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, where it is hoped they will make a trip south of the border.
The arrival of butterflies in Mexico often coincides with the Day of the Dead celebrated on November 1 and 2. Historically, some in Mexico have considered butterflies to be the souls of their ancestors.
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