Biden balks at $50K student loan forgiveness plan | TheHill (not “balking” – does not believe he can do by executive order)

“I do think in this moment of economic pain and strain that we should be eliminating interest on the debts that are accumulated, number one. And No. 2, I’m prepared to write off the $10,000 debt, but not [$50,000],” Biden said, saying he doesn’t believe it can be done with presidential action.

The White House previously said the Office of Legal Counsel was reviewing whether Biden could unilaterally cancel federal student loan debt.

That came after White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would sign a bill forgiving $10,000 of student loan debt if Congress passed a bill.

Source: Biden balks at $50K student loan forgiveness plan | TheHill

Shirkey repeats election falsehood, claims dead people voted – (Michigan GOP lies)

The Secretary of State’s office has said it is “not aware of a single confirmed case showing that a ballot was actually cast on behalf of a deceased individual.”

Claims circulating online that dead people voted in Michigan were found to be false.

One such claim included a list purporting to show thousands of dead voters in Wayne County who cast ballots in the November election. The list had a number of serious flaws. It contained voters who were not Wayne County residents, as well as voters who never received an absentee ballot. It also included at least one woman who’s still alive who cast an absentee ballot.

Source: Shirkey repeats election falsehood, claims dead people voted

Nazi Ravensbrück camp: How ordinary women became SS torturers – BBC News

Ravensbrück women guards “Did I make a mistake? No. The mistake was that it was a concentration camp, but I had to go to it, otherwise I would have been put into it myself. That was my mistake.”

That was an excuse former guards often gave. But it was not true. Records show that some new recruits did leave Ravensbrück as soon as they realised what the job involved. They were allowed to go and did not suffer negative consequences.

I ask Selma if she thinks the guards were diabolical monsters. “I think they were ordinary women doing diabolical things. I think it’s possible with loads of people, even in England. I think that can happen anywhere. It can happen here if it’s allowed.”

Sometimes the women are portrayed as exploited victims. At other times as sadistic monsters.

The truth is more horrifying. They were not extraordinary monsters, but rather ordinary women, who ended up doing monstrous things.

Source: Nazi Ravensbrück camp: How ordinary women became SS torturers – BBC News

A wearable chip can detect signs of burnout in your sweat – Study Finds

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have designed a wearable sensor that measures cortisol in human sweat. Cortisol is the “stress hormone.” Normally, cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day, following a circadian rhythm. When dealing with certain diseases however, the circadian rhythm is disrupted.

“In people who suffer from stress-related diseases, this circadian rhythm is completely thrown off,” says Adrian Ionescu, head of EPFL’s Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (Nanolab) in a university release. “And if the body makes too much or not enough cortisol, that can seriously damage an individual’s health, potentially leading to obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression or burnout.”

Ionescu and his colleagues think their wearable could help doctors detect and treat this conditions and other cortisol-related diseases such as Cushing’s disease (too much cortisol) or Addison’s disease (not enough cortisol).

Source: A wearable chip can detect signs of burnout in your sweat – Study Finds

Biden administration nixes last-minute Trump deal giving ICE union ‘veto power’ over policy | TheHill

Seide said the agreement effectively gave the union “veto power” over many of the Biden administration’s immigration plans as it seeks to roll back Trump’s legacy.

“As part of routine process and provided for by statute, the department conducted a review of the terms of the agreement and determined that it was not negotiated in the interest of DHS and has been disapproved because it is not in accordance with applicable law,” a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson told CBS News on Tuesday.

The agreement had surprised even former Trump administration officials, who described it as a bad deal for management.

“It was not good for the agency because management lost a lot of rights on how they run the agency,” Tom Homan, who led ICE in the early days of the Trump administration, previously told The Hill.

Source: Biden administration nixes last-minute Trump deal giving ICE union ‘veto power’ over policy | TheHill

No, frozen wind turbines aren’t to blame for Texas’ power outages | The Texas Tribune

An official with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Tuesday afternoon that 16 gigawatts of renewable energy generation, mostly wind generation, was offline. Nearly double that, 30 gigawatts, had been lost from thermal sources, which includes gas, coal and nuclear energy.

“Texas is a gas state,” said Michael Webber, an energy resources professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

While Webber said all of Texas’ energy sources share blame for the power crisis, the natural gas industry is most notably producing significantly less power than normal.

Source: No, frozen wind turbines aren’t to blame for Texas’ power outages | The Texas Tribune