Credit: Illustration by K. Gavrilov; Antiquity 2018. Life in a hunter-gatherer tribe thousands of years ago was certainly not easy. But even though these people lacked all the basic comforts of modern society, which we all take for granted, we know that this didn't stop them from being humane to members of the tribe.
A 26-year-old woman was mysteriously left unconscious outside a Los Angeles hospital -- now she's brain dead
A 26-year-old woman who was dumped outside a Los Angeles hospital is now brain dead, according to KABC-TV.
Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola spent two weeks in a coma after being dropped off at the west Los Angeles hospital on Nov. 13. Her family says her organs will be donated to nine different people.
The lifeless body of Cabrales-Arzola's friend -- model and aspiring actress Christy Giles, 24 -- was also dumped outside a different hospital in Los Angeles two hours earlier. She was allegedly dropped off by two men who were wearing bandannas over their faces. Family and friends believe the women were drugged against their will during a night out.
"Christy & her friend Hilda were allegedly drugged. Twelve hours later three men in an all black, masked in bandanas; with license plates removed, dropped Christy off on the sidewalk of a hospital. Christy was already lifeless and pronounced dead at the scene," stated a GoFundMe page set up to get "justice for Christy."
"This story is by no means unique. Since Saturday we’ve all received a number of messages from other females who have eerily similar stories, except the only difference between them & Christy and Hilda, is they survived," the fundraising page added.
According to the US Sun, Cabrales-Arzola’s friend Christy’s phone records showed that the two friends’ last known location was at an apartment in Beverly Hills where neighbors said they heard someone “moaning in pain” hours before the women were left at the hospitals.
Lawmakers return to Washington Monday staring down a critical holiday season to-do list that juggles Joe Biden's domestic spending priorities with keeping the government open and averting a catastrophic debt default.
Senators are bracing for what is shaping up to be the one of the most grueling Decembers in years, with defense funding and the expanding probe into the January 6 insurrection likely to add to the workload.
But the top priority is government funding, with federal agencies due to run out of cash on Friday.
A lasting deal to avoid a damaging shutdown would require agreement on spending bills for the 2022 fiscal year, as the government is still funded at levels approved during Donald Trump's administration.
With no consensus in sight, House leaders are expected to introduce a stop-gap funding bill through January, with a vote as early as Wednesday, to avoid thousands of public employees being sent home without pay.
Next up, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the government must raise the debt ceiling by December 15 to avoid a credit default that would leave the country unable to repay debts or secure new loans.
With Wall Street and world markets watching closely, the Senate's Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and his minority Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell remain at odds over how to handle the extension.
McConnell says the Democrats need to boost the debt limit on their own as they assemble a $1.8-trillion package of new social spending and climate programs.
The Kentucky Republican insisted when the fight came up in October that his senators would not help but was criticized by his own side for caving and lining up 11 Republicans to pass a temporary extension.
The Democrats point out that Republicans helped run up debts and so should help raise the ceiling in the normal way, with backing from both parties.
'Bad, bad bill'
"You know, if the Republicans want to scrooge out on us, and increase people's interest rates and make it hard to make car payments -- go ahead, make that case," Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar told ABC on Sunday.
"We're going to stop them from doing that."
The Senate is also due to take up the National Defense Authorization Act, a massive bill that Congress has reliably passed for six decades.
Democrats are hoping to wave it through this week, but Republicans could scupper that timeline by demanding votes on an array of amendments from Afghanistan policy and repealing Iraq War authorizations to women registering for the military draft and the US-China relationship.
Biden heads into the New Year with support waning among independent voters -- a key group that helped catapult him to the White House -- over the gridlock on Capitol Hill, spiraling inflation and the stubborn pandemic.
Progressive and moderate Democrats are still fighting over crucial, high-dollar parts of Biden's Build Back Better package, which Schumer is hoping to send back to the House for a rubber stamp before Christmas Day.
The bill, passed by the House earlier in November, is a grab-bag of policies to improve benefits for children, college students, seniors, health care coverage and to help rescue a warming planet.
But moderates Joe Manchin and, to a lesser extent, Kyrsten Sinema are at odds with the rest of the party over several provisions, including paid family leave and health care expansion.
Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy told ABC Sunday Build Back Better was "a bad, bad, bad bill."
"It's going to raise the price of gasoline at least about 20 cents a gallon," he said. "And it begins to have federal dictates as to how your child's preschool is handled, the curriculum even."
QAnon-linked ex-CEO moves for Michael Flynn to be named president if Trump 'doesn't want' to be reinstated
Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne has suggested that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could be named as the next president of the United States if Donald Trump "doesn't want" to be reinstated in 2022.
Byrne's remarks were first reported by Alex Kaplan of Media Matters.
"Donald Trump has the right to fight this out in the courts and so forth," Byrne said in a recent video. "If he doesn't want to come back or if he doesn't want to run again, what happens then? I have said, everybody knows who I want to run again, a certain retired three-star general [Michael Flynn] who seems like the most able guy I've met."
"He seems to have the interest of the country at heart," he continued. "However, he and I both fully understand, that's if Donald Trump doesn't want it. What could happen is that you'll see Donald Trump back in sometime next year. The only question is who is running in 2024 to succeed Mr. Trump."
Byrne added: "But it's DJT's choice. And if he wants to run in 2024, he has the full allegiance of Mike Flynn."
Following Trump's loss in 2020, Byrne became a prominent figure in the effort to deny President Joe Biden's victory. He has previously claimed that he is funding an "army" of people who are trying to overturn the election.
Watch the video below.