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The real reason why U.S. Presidents pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving

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Mythmakers believe President Harry Truman began the tradition of ‘pardoning’ a turkey in 1948

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated across the U.S., Canada, and some Caribbean islands.

The day pays thanks for the blessing of the harvest and for the year ahead.

This year, President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys, Chocolate and Chip.

Chocolate and Chip were pardoned at the White House.

“It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition here at the White House.”

“There’s a lot to say about it, but it’s chilly outside, so I’m going to keep this short. Nobody likes it when their turkey gets cold,” he said.

The tradition takes place on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving day, which falls on 25 November this year.

Why do Presidents pardon turkeys?

In 1947, the start of the official turkey presentation from the poultry sector began.

While turkey pardoning was a sporadic event, in December 1948, President Harry Truman said the two turkeys he received would “come in handy”.

Traditional Thanksgiving meals include a turkey on the family dinner table. But some of them are pardoned by the U.S. President, which means they are not killed or eaten.

The University of Illinois estimates 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.

In addition, 22 million are consumed on Christmas and 19 million during Easter festivities.

While in office, President Donald Trump said “Thanksgiving is a time of great American traditions, and today we continue a very special one, when a lucky turkey gets a presidential pardon. That turkey is so lucky. I have never seen such a beautiful turkey.”

Across the U.S., turkey consumption has increased by 104 per cent since 1970.

“We can’t forget the reason for Thanksgiving in the first place. The pilgrims thought it was pretty important in tough times to come together and thank God, to be grateful for what we have.”

U.S. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

The ceremony has come under fire in the past. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush sought to quell animal rights activists nearby.

“Let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy—he’s granted a Presidential pardon as of right now—and allow him to live out his days on a children’s farm not far from here,” he said.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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Investor watches markets

The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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