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Advice for a Friend Who Just Got Into a New Relationship -Courtesy of The Skimm

Think i’ve shared before that i love the sensibility of The Skimm –it’s a really hip source and take on local and world news, and all else betwixt and between. Here’s their ‘take’ today on the state of some ‘world relationships’..  Def check them out!

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO JUST GOT INTO A NEW RELATIONSHIP…
Maybe check his travel history. Yesterday, the CDC confirmed that someone in Texas got the Zika virus through sex, rather than from a mosquito bite. Zika virus: mosquito-borne virus that includes symptoms like fever, a rash, and joint pain. It’s especially dangerous for pregnant women, since it can cause dangerous birth defects. Recently, the virus has spread through Latin America and the Caribbean. And earlier this week, the World Health Organization declared the virus a global public health emergency . This case in Texas is the first time in the US that someone who has NOT recently traveled to one of those regions got the virus by having sex with someone who has recently traveled to one of those regions. The (somewhat) good news is that neither of the people involved are pregnant, so the birth defect isn’t an issue. The bad news is that this case is the first example of the virus spreading on US turf.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR BF’S GRABBING LUNCH WITH HIS EX…
Does this require backup? President Obama’s planning on sending more weapons, armored vehicles, and equipment to NATO countries to send a signal to Russia. NATO: political and military alliance of 28 countries (including the US, Turkey, and lots of Euro countries) who agree to have each other’s backs. Whose back is absent? Russia. Russia and NATO have a long history of shade-throwing over things like the Cold War and most recently, the Ukraine crisis . So sending more equipment is meant to reassure the US’s NATO allies while also sending Russia a ‘Don’t mess with ‘Murica’ memo. To get this done, the US is expected to request $3.4 billion for military spending in Europe. That’s four times the amount that’s currently being spent there. A former top US official said “the Russians are going to have a cow.” A Mos-cow.

Namaste.

The Skimm

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