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I am a big fan of Nicholas Kristof so I was disappointed by his argument with Sam Harris and Bill Maher and his defense of his position in his New York Times column today, "The Diversity of Islam." In it he restates his case, the essence of which is: just because some Muslims are bad doesn't mean all Muslims are bad and therefore we shouldn't criticize them. This misses the point of what Harris and Maher were saying. Some Muslims are chopping heads off in the name of god. Most Muslims believe their religion should get special protection from criticism. By demanding this, even moderates protect the worst aspects of their faith as well as the best. This makes them culpable. Kristof defends the moderate Muslim by saying, "Yes, almost four out of five Afghans favor the death penalty for apostasy, but most Muslims say that that is nuts. In Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country in the world, only 16 percent of Muslims favor such a penalty." Indonesia has a population of almost 205...
Patrick Modiano: 7 Passages - In English - From France's Obscure Nobel Prize Winner -
Patrick Modiano: 7 Passages - In English - From   France's Obscure Nobel Prize Winner
Cabaret performances at the Moulin Rouge continued during Nazi occupation. This article first appeared at Worldcrunch. PARIS – The 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded Thursday to Patrick Modiano, a 69-year-old French author whose work you probably don't know if you aren’t from France. Indeed, most of his books have remained untranslated, though that may change after his Nobel win. The committee in Stockholm cited the author’s “art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies.” Much of his best-known work centers around the experience in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II. His French fans here at the Worldcrunch office in Paris speak of “his own genre” …. ”really more poetry than prose” … “disappear(ing) into his language.” With the help of a Babelio fan page, we have collected and translated a small selection of passages from four of his books. The first come from the novel "Rue Des Boutiques Obscure" that shot him to fame after it was awarded...
Why Maria Hinojosa Is 'Less Afraid' Of How The U.S. Will Deal With Demographic Change -
Why Maria Hinojosa Is 'Less Afraid' Of How The U.S. Will Deal With Demographic Change
The days of a majority-white United States are coming to an end. But it's not something the country should fear, according to award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. In her new TV series "America by the Numbers," Hinojosa, a Mexican-born anchor and executive producer of "Latino USA" on NPR, delves into the data behind the major demographic shift that Census Bureau projections have said will make whites a minority by 2043. Census projections released in December 2012 say the country's non-Hispanic population will peak at 200 million in 2024, while the multiracial population is projected to more than triple by 2060. "America By The Numbers," which premiered last week on the World Channel and PBS, aims to cover the issues facing both white America and these newer diverse groups, who make up what the Hinojosa calls "the new mainstream." The eight-part series was produced by Hinojosa's organization, Futuro Media Group, which is also behind "Latino USA." The series will run until the end...
The Climate Post: Studies Focus on Warming of Oceans -
Oceans absorb carbon dioxide and 90 percent of the heat caused by human activity--making their warming a critical topic for climate research. Two new studies--one on the upper oceans and one on deeper ocean depths--share findings about climate change's effect on these water bodies. The first study, in the journal Nature Climate Change, provides the first estimate of global warming's effect on upper-ocean depths between 1970 and 2004. "This underestimation is a result of poor sampling prior to the last decade and limitations of the analysis methods that conservatively estimated temperature changes in data-sparse regions," said lead author and oceanographer Paul Durack. "By using satellite data, along with a large suite of climate model simulations, our results suggest that global ocean warming has been underestimated by 24% to 58%. The conclusion that warming has been underestimated agrees with previous studies, however it's the first time that scientists have tried to estimate how...
Necropsy Reveals Disturbing Death Of Seattle Zoo Elephant -
Necropsy Reveals Disturbing Death Of Seattle Zoo Elephant
Details from a necropsy revealed that a 45-year-old elephant named Watoto died at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle last August because she couldn’t get up.
Hospital Releases Details Surrounding Dallas Ebola Patient's Death -
Hospital Releases Details Surrounding Dallas Ebola Patient's Death
The hospital that cared for Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Wednesday morning at 7:51 a.m. CT, has revealed specific details surrounding his death and treatment options. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said that Duncan's heart stopped on Wednesday morning. Duncan had, earlier on, told his doctor that "the care team should not perform chest compressions, defibrillation or cardioversion to prolong his life." Duncan's condition had worsened in the days leading up to his death, going from "serious" to "critical" on Saturday. As earlier reported, Duncan began receiving the experimental treatment brincidofovir on Saturday and was the first Ebola patient to receive this particular drug. He did not receive ZMapp -- which was given to other Ebola patients, including survivors Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol -- because it was unavailable, according to the hospital. Brincidofovir was administered "as soon as his physicians determined that his condition warranted...
Wells Fargo Employee Calls Out CEO's Pay, Requests Company-Wide Raise In Brave Email -
Wells Fargo Employee Calls Out CEO's Pay, Requests Company-Wide Raise In Brave Email
When most employees want a raise, they schedule a meeting with their supervisor or reach out to human resources. A Wells Fargo employee took a markedly different approach: He emailed the CEO -- along with 200,000 co-workers -- asking for a $10,000 raise for everyone in the company. In his letter, Tyrel Oates, a customer relations worker who makes $15 per hour at the bank in Oregon, argues that Wells Fargo should set a national example as a corporation addressing income inequality. "Wells Fargo has an opportunity to be at the forefront ... showing the other large corporations that it is very possible to maintain a profitable company that not only looks out for its consumers and shareholders, but its employees as well," wrote Oates. A copy of the letter was posted to Reddit, and The Huffington Post independently confirmed its authenticity. He wrote that Wells Fargo itself could benefit from the "positive publicity in a time of extreme consumer skepticism towards banks." Oates, an...
Calling All Farmers: You Can Help Save the World! -
Calling All Farmers: You Can Help Save the World!
In my recent travels across America, one thing has become abundantly clear: Demand for organic food is soaring. The current organic market has grown to more than $35 billion in annual sales, and with companies like Walmart and Target making organic widely available, its growth is expected to continue. Supply, on the other hand, is not growing fast enough to meet demand. There's just not enough organic food to go around in the U.S., so producers are now going overseas to help meet America's increasing call for organic foods. American farmers, this is a big opportunity! George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley, which is now a billion-dollar cooperative of dairy farmers, has seen a 15 percent growth rate in the past year -- but can only fill 60 percent of his orders. Recently, when I spoke to him after he received the Rodale Institute's Organic Pioneer Award, he said, "We've gone through the Dark Ages, and butter is back in." But he still can't find enough farmers to supply it. And it's not...
Vincente Carrillo Fuentes Arrested: Alleged Leader Of Juarez Cartel Nabbed In Mexico's Torreon -
Vincente Carrillo Fuentes Arrested: Alleged Leader Of Juarez Cartel Nabbed In Mexico's Torreon
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The alleged leader of the Juarez drug cartel, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, has been arrested in the northern city of Torreon, two Mexican officials said Thursday. Carrillo Fuentes, 51, heads the cartel founded by his late brother, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, and Mexico had offered a reward of 30 million pesos ($2.2 million) for his arrest. It was the second capture of a major drug lord in as many weeks. Mexican authorities nabbed Hector Beltran Leyva as he ate fish tacos in a seafood restaurant in central Mexico on Oct. 1. The two officials who revealed the information about Carrillo Fuentes' arrest insisted on speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to the press. Carrillo Fuentes, better known as "The Viceroy" or "The General," took over control of the Juarez drug cartel after his brother Amado, nicknamed "The Lord of the Skies," died in 1997 in a botched cosmetic surgery. Amado got his nickname by flying planeloads of drugs into the United States....
Man Arrested After Shots Fired At Chicago Blue Line 'L' Train: Police -
Man Arrested After Shots Fired At Chicago Blue Line 'L' Train: Police
CHICAGO (AP) -- A man was arrested Thursday shortly after police say he stood on a subway platform and opened fire on "L" train as it pulled into a downtown Chicago station. Nobody was reported injured, but the 11:30 a.m. incident left passengers shaken, with some refusing to get off when the doors opened and they were told they could leave. "There were four or five shots (that) hit the train - boom, boom, boom," said John Langston, 50, of Chicago. "I thought it was somebody with a sledgehammer." Passenger Venesia Parker said that when the train stopped, "Some rushed out, but I stayed on for safety until I could see nobody was out there." Both she and Langston saw shell casings as they walked through the Blue Line's LaSalle Street platform, near the Chicago Board of Trade building in the city's financial district. The suspect was taken into custody without incident a short time after the shooting just a few blocks away, and police said a weapon was recovered. However, police did not...
This Couple Ditched Their 2-Bedroom Home To Live In A Friend's Backyard -
This Couple Ditched Their 2-Bedroom Home To Live In A Friend's Backyard
From dumpsters to shipping containers, we've seen our share of tiny homes. And while we're intrigued by the actual structures, we're even more interested in the homeowners behind them. Meet Kathleen Morton and Greg Laudenslager. One month ago, the couple ditched their two-bedroom apartment in Denver and set out to reduce their environmental footprint by living in a 140-square-foot camper trailer (with a bathroom and kitchen) for the next year. Their goal? To build a new, slightly larger, but still tiny (270-square-foot) home nearby, and continue their greener lifestyle long term. Kathleen and Greg chatted with us about their move and how tiny living has been going for them so far. Location: Outside Denver, CO Where We Lived Previously: Denver, CO; Rented, two-bedroom apartment/1,000-square-feet Loading Got the keys to our new home! Officially owners of a 1969 camper trailer. #tinyhouse View on Instagram @-webkit-keyframes"dkaXkpbBxI"{ 0%{opacity:0.5;} 50%{opacity:1;}...
Satellites See Hot Spot Of Methane In U.S. Southwest -
Satellites See Hot Spot Of Methane In U.S. Southwest
WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprising hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., according to satellite data. That result hints that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considerably underestimates leaks of methane, which is also called natural gas. A satellite image of atmospheric methane concentrations over the continental U.S. shows a bright red blip over the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. The image used data from 2003 to 2009. Within that hot spot, a European satellite found atmospheric methane concentrations equivalent to emissions of about 1.3 million pounds a year. That's about 80 percent more than the EPA figured. Other ground-based studies have calculated that EPA estimates were off by 50 percent. The methane concentration in the hot spot was more than triple the amount previously estimated by European scientists. The new study, done by NASA and the University of Michigan, was released Thursday by the...
Why I'm Anti-Social Media -
Why I'm Anti-Social Media
Fun fact: I hate social media. Before you start to say, "What is wrong with this girl? I couldn't live without my Twitter/Facebook/Instagram!" let me explain my reasoning. 1. Social media makes people anti-social. How many times have you gone to dinner with a group of friends and you have all sat at the table looking at your phones? "Wow! Look what Becky posted on Instagram." "My selfie has 35 likes!" Seriously? You literally have real people that you presumably care about in front if you, yet you're more consumed about how many likes you got on Facebook than making memories right in front of you. 2. Social media can make you unhappy. Sarah is in Florida, posting pictures of white sand beaches and margaritas. Leah is backpacking through Europe and is checking in at amazing locations, like Vatican City, the Acropolis, and the Eiffel Tower. And where are you? On your butt on the couch for the fourth day in a row watching a "Mariska Knows Best" Law and Order: SVU marathon. You're...
How Regulators Are Clumsily Undermining Their Plan to Let Rideshare Companies Thrive -
How Regulators Are Clumsily Undermining Their Plan to Let Rideshare Companies Thrive
Just when I thought cooler heads had prevailed, all hell has broken loose in California's rideshare economy. Regulators gave the thumbs-up to companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar with one hand, and then used the other to layer on new rules. As long as rideshare companies checked certain boxes, like background checks for drivers and increased liability insurance, the California Public Utilities Commission, under the leadership of president Michael Peevey, was happy to let this nascent industry bloom in the state. A year ago, it looked like California was showing other states the right way to regulate rideshare. But now the same commission is putting the kibosh on a simple, great idea: carpooling. Each of the ridesharing companies has come up with its own version of carpooling where a driver can pick up two different people heading the same direction and charge them separate fares. The scheme is a win-win. Passengers get cheaper fares -- up to 50 percent off -- and the rest of us get...
Pornhub Times Square Billboard Meets Stiff Opposition, Comes Down -
Pornhub Times Square Billboard Meets Stiff Opposition, Comes Down
It was a case of premature evacuation. A Pornhub billboard erected Monday in Times Square has come down almost as quickly as it went up. The sign -- which displayed the winning entry in a contest for a non-pornographic ad concept -- read, "All You Need Is Hand," with two hands forming a heart. Ok @Pornhub we see you in Times Square — watchLOUD (@watchLOUD) October 8, 2014 But the relatively tame campaign seemed to meet stiff opposition. Pornhub Vice President Corey Price told The Huffington Post the DoubleTree hotel, which occupies the building where the sign was mounted, objected strongly enough to have it removed early Wednesday. "Our initial agreement with City Outdoor, the company that owns the billboard space, was that we had full approval for the ad to be placed in the initial location," Price said. A DoubleTree employee contacted by HuffPost declined to comment. A request for comment to Hilton, the hotel's parent company, was not immediately returned....
Make Way For The Muslim 'Hijabi Hipsters' -
Make Way For The Muslim 'Hijabi Hipsters'
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fashion-conscious Muslim women from Kuala Lampur to Los Angeles who wear the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, have had to get creative. By fusing both their sense of fashion with their faith, this growing group, some of whom have dubbed themselves hipster hijabis, is reinterpreting traditional notions of what it means to dress conservatively. They're spawning a new market for niche fashion brands and finding unexpected supporters among some mainstream brands, as well as from conservative Christian and Orthodox Jewish women who also dress modestly. "We want to be current in fashion and adhere to the tenets of our faith," said Ibtihaj Muhammad, who owns Louella, a fashion brand catering to women who combine modest dressing with fashion. The Los Angeles-based brand has sold nearly 4,000 pieces since its launch three months ago. Muhammad, a professional athlete and member of the United States fencing team, said she struggled trying to find...
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument -- The Wild Is Where You Find It -
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument -- The Wild Is Where You Find It
In a wise move, President Obama recently designated about 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, as our country's newest national monument. It's a decision that came as the result of years of collaboration amongst a vibrant and diverse network of community leaders, a reflection of the many important roles the area's mountains and rivers play for local communities. One hundred and fifty years ago, Sierra Club founder John Muir explored the steep and picturesque peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains and marveled at their beauty. The new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument affirms that protecting wild lands is still a popular endeavor for many Americans today. The wild is where you find it, whether that be an urban park or the vast wild spaces that make up much of our country's public lands. And no matter where it's found, the wild is worth protecting. The San Gabriel mountains are a dramatic landmark in the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests. These...
Supreme Court's Gay Marriage 'Non-Decision' Discussed On The Rubin Report -
Supreme Court's Gay Marriage 'Non-Decision' Discussed On The Rubin Report
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates have praised this week's surprise sweep of same-sex marriage victories across the U.S. But does the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of same-sex marriage appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin really represent a win for the LGBT community, or a collective failure of American government? Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report pointed to remarks made by CNN's Jeffrey Toobin, who said that the Supreme Court's decision was "outrageous" and an "abdication of duty," while welcoming John Iadarola and Kim Horcher of The Young Turks to discuss the news on his show. Horcher, who supports marriage equality, nonetheless seemed to side with Toobin's comments, noting, "I stand by keeping our legal system legal and by the book, rather than just 'Oh, my religion says this, and my feelings say that.'" Meanwhile, Iadarola suggested that those states' respective stances on same-sex marriage might not be "contentious enough...
Sweden and the Wakening of Eco-Integrity -
Sweden and the Wakening of Eco-Integrity
Startling news: Sweden now recycles 99 percent of its waste. At least that's what people are saying, including an official website of Sweden itself: "Less than one per cent of Sweden's household waste ends up in a rubbish dump." There may be less to this statement than meets the eye, but before I address that issue, I need to pause at the jolt of ecstatic excitement and jubilant incredulity I felt for a moment -- that maybe the resource-consuming, planet-destroying, multinational political and economic system I'm part of is capable of correcting its own insanity, committing itself to a sustainable future and embracing the circle of life. I've gotten used to living with despair: that so little of our effort, energy, intelligence and determination are invested in creating a sustainable future; and, indeed, that humanity's macro-organizations, its national governments, its multinational business enterprises, expend their enormous power not only contributing to the devastation but...
Labor Department Says System Protecting Workers From Deadly Chemicals Is 'Broken' -
Labor Department Says System Protecting Workers From Deadly Chemicals Is 'Broken'
WASHINGTON -- The country's top workplace safety official said Thursday that the regulatory system protecting workers from chemical exposure is "broken," and called for a new dialogue with employers and worker safety experts about how it might be improved. "We're struggling to keep pace with the potential hazards," Dr. David Michaels, head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a branch of the Labor Department, said on a call with reporters Thursday. "We think there has to be better ways to take this issue on." The government tries to protect workers in manufacturing plants and other workplaces with chemicals through so-called permissible exposure limits, which cap the allowable concentration of certain airborne hazards. Yet the vast majority of these limits haven't been updated in the more than four decades that OSHA has existed. Michaels said manufacturing firms currently have their own standards that on paper are stronger than the government's. He also said the...
The Unsolved Mystery Behind The Shroud Of Turin Still Has The Power To Captivate -
The Unsolved Mystery Behind The Shroud Of Turin Still Has The Power To Captivate
ST. LOUIS (RNS) A 14-foot-long stretch of cloth mysteriously imprinted with a faint, brownish image of a naked man and wounds that mirror those of a crucifixion has inspired decades of debate over whether it could be Jesus’ burial shroud. This weekend, that debate will take center stage in St. Louis. Forty experts, scientists and enthusiasts are introducing the latest research surrounding the so-called burial cloth of Jesus at an international four-day conference, opening Thursday (Oct. 9). Russ Breault, who first became interested in the Shroud of Turin when he wrote about it for his college paper, will deliver the opening talk that will focus on how the pattern of wounds seen on the shroud — markings consistent with a crown of thorns, a pierced wrist and what appear to be blood stains — correlate with what the Gospels say happened to Jesus. For Breault, the question — “Could this be the burial cloth of Jesus?” — is one worthy of rigorous pursuit. “This is one of the greatest...
Carl Sagan Wanted An Honest Drugs Debate 24 Years Ago, And His Questions Are Still Spot On -
Carl Sagan Wanted An Honest Drugs Debate 24 Years Ago, And His Questions Are Still Spot On
Carl Sagan, a titan of scientific thought and communication, assumed many different roles in his life -- from science's "gatekeeper," to television star on the original "Cosmos," to marijuana user and advocate. Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, recently posted a handful of Sagan's letters on cannabis news site The letters, surfaced from a large Library of Congress exhibit, cover the subject of the plant and the drug policy surrounding it. One of these letters, written in 1990 and addressed to the president of the Drug Policy Foundation (which later morphed into today's Drug Policy Alliance), discussed the possibility of a drug policy debate on American television. The questions Sagan proposes for the segment are just as relevant today as they were when he originally wrote the letter almost 25 years ago. Check out Sagan's full letter below:
Obama Doesn't Want The Midterm Elections To Be About Him -
Obama Doesn't Want The Midterm Elections To Be About Him
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is all in with his economic pitch. The American public is not. Over the next 27 days, either the public or the president is going to get the message. In a midterm campaign strategy fraught with risk, the White House is betting that Obama's tight embrace of the economic recovery and populist proposals for gender pay equity and a higher minimum wage will galvanize his core supporters and persuade fence-sitting independents to help Democrats retain narrow control of the Senate in November. Addressing young entrepreneurs Thursday at a startup center in California, Obama was to highlight his economic record for the third time in eight days. While noting that he's not on the ballot in this election, Obama has become fond of saying that his policies are at stake. The line has prompted a reflexive flinch from Democrats who are trying to fend off a concerted Republican campaign to link Democratic opponents to the president. For Democrats, the...
Why Doug McDermott Will Not Become the Next Adam Morrison -
Why Doug McDermott Will Not Become the Next Adam Morrison
Let's take a trip down memory lane. Adam Morrison, the mustached, grizzly-looking Gonzaga Bulldogs star junior had just finished putting together one of the best college basketball seasons in recent memory, averaging 28.1 points per game, and led his west coast school into the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga had made it to the national stage, due to Morrison's dominance. However, the final picture of his final college season was of him lying face-first on the floor, crying uncontrollably, as he realized that his last college game had just ended in a painful loss to UCLA in the Sweet 16. Unquestionably the most popular player in all of college basketball that season, gracing the cover newspapers and magazines, the man with a knack for scoring the basketball ended his college chapter and declared for the NBA Draft. That picture of him mourning the Sweet 16 loss foreshadowed what his NBA career ended up being: a sob story. Selected as the third overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2006...
These Hyper-Realistic Cake And Sugar Creations Are So Good, We Can't Tell Which One Is 'Real' -
These Hyper-Realistic Cake And Sugar Creations Are So Good, We Can't Tell Which One Is 'Real'
We've seen batsh*t crazy divorce cakes and we're certainly big fans of the extravagant creations coming from 'Cake Boss,' but we've never seen anything quite like these before. Debbie Goard, the woman behind the confectionary treats that will blow your mind, is an artist, author and cake designer from San Francisco. Lately, she's been turning heads across the country with her sculpted cake and sugar art designs from Debbie Does Cakes. Goard's subjects vary from Tory Burch flats to tree frogs, and absolutely everything in between. Oftentimes, her cakes are so incredibly realistic, it's too hard to tell if it's her own creation or the "real" deal that inspired the creation. So just to test your sugar-spotting skills, try to figure out which one is Debbie's work of art: 1. Hot Wings REAL: Picture on the left is actually a hot wing cake made of chocolate, fondant and buttercream. WTF. 2. Barbecue ribs REAL: Picture on the left is a BBQ sculpted plate of chocolate, fondant and buttercream....
GOP Candidate Comes Up With A New, Misleading Obamacare Claim -
GOP Candidate Comes Up With A New, Misleading Obamacare Claim
At a Tuesday candidate debate, Virginia Republican Senate nominee Ed Gillespie offered a confusing explanation for how repealing the Affordable Care Act would help more women obtain access to birth control. As ThinkProgress first noted, the former lobbyist, presidential adviser and Republican National Committee chairman, who is challenging Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), characterized the health reform law as the main obstacle to women being able to get birth control without a doctor's prescription. “The reason that non-prescription birth control, and other non-prescription drugs, are not covered is because that’s the rule in Obamacare,” Gillespie said. “My point is that if you replaced Obamacare with market-oriented reforms, people could purchase the insurance of their choice. Many women would purchase plans that would cover over-the-counter non-prescription birth control pills.” Gillespie framed the law as one that, more broadly, dictates the kinds of health care women can access. “I have...
Which Illinois Governor Candidate Do Voters Think Is More Trustworthy? -
Which Illinois Governor Candidate Do Voters Think Is More Trustworthy?
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have made every effort to paint each other as untrustworthy and themselves as the answer to the state's problems Rauner points to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and strongly hints in attack ads that Quinn released murderers early from prison in 2009. Quinn paints Rauner as a plutocrat who doesn't understand regular people and strongly hints in his attack ads that Rauner personally defrauded elderly people. Is it working? Whom do Illinois voters trust more? According to a new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll, respondents, who are likely Illinois voters, see Rauner as more trustworthy. Almost 44 percent said they thought he was more deserving of their trust, while about 40 percent said they saw Quinn as more trustworthy. Approximately 16 percent said they weren't sure who was more trustworthy. These results are consistent with previous Reboot Illinois polls asking the same question, but somewhat out of step with this week's...
GOP Congressman Says His Medical Background Qualifies Him To Deny Climate Change -
GOP Congressman Says His Medical Background Qualifies Him To Deny Climate Change
While more and more Republican candidates evade the questions about climate change by claiming they’re “not a scientist,” Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) says his medical background qualifies him to reject the overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that emissions from human activity are causing the planet to heat up. "The climate may be changing, but I don’t think man is contributing to it," Benishek said in an interview with ABC 10 News on Tuesday. “I think it’s just the natural course of things.” Pressed to address scientific findings to the contrary, Benishek claimed that no peer-reviewed climate change studies have been able “to prove that there’s man-made catastrophic global warming.” “Well, I am a scientist,” said Benishek, who worked as a general surgeon for nearly 30 years before running for Congress in 2011. “You know, I believe in peer-reviewed science. But, I don’t see any peer-reviewed science that proves there is man-made catastrophic climate change.” As of 2013, 97...
Nigeria Has Successfully Contained Ebola, US Hopes To Learn From Their Response -
Nigeria Has Successfully Contained Ebola, US Hopes To Learn From Their Response
Africa's most populous country has reason to celebrate. According to Nigeria's health ministry, the West African country has officially claimed control over the Ebola outbreak ravaging nearby nations, USA Today reported. No new cases of the virus have been reported since Aug. 31. Nigeria's "extensive response to a single case of Ebola shows that control is possible with rapid, focused interventions," Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the news source. Students sing during an assembly in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 8, 2014. Public and private schools in at least 11 states resumed academic activities after having been closed due to the Ebola outbreak. (Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images) According to information from the CDC updated on Oct. 7, Nigeria has been downgraded to a Level 1 watch by the organization because of the decreased risk of Ebola transmission. Nigeria's success has grabbed attention from U.S. officials hoping to...
Daredevils Climb Onto The Roof Of A Hong Kong Skyscraper, Hack A Billboard To Say 'What's Up' -
Daredevils Climb Onto The Roof Of A Hong Kong Skyscraper, Hack A Billboard To Say 'What's Up'
They’ve surreptitiously climbed the Moscow Bridge in Kiev, snuck their way onto the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza and secretly scaled the soon-to-be second tallest building in the world. Now Russian thrill-seekers Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov, also known as "ontheroofs," have slunk their way into the skies of Hong Kong, creeping onto a roof of a towering skyscraper in the heart of the bustling Asian city and leaving their mark for all the world to see. With a small team in tow, Makhorov and Raskalov furtively made their way onto the roof of the 52-story China Online Centre, Mashable reports. Once there, the duo, who are both photographers, captured some stunning shots of the cityscape below. But that wasn’t all the daredevils did. As their video shows, the group then apparently went on to hack the billboard that sat atop the building. Before long, a new message began to flash on the screen. “Madness,” declared one YouTuber Thursday after watching the daredevils’ sky-high...
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