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Trump gets a 10 on Puerto Rico response from San Juan mayor — but on a very different scale
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz finally agrees with President Donald Trump on something: the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was a 10. Only for the mayor it's out of 100 — a failing grade, compared to Trump's perfect 10 out of 10 that he gave himself at a White House meeting with the Puerto Rico governor Thursday. SEE ALSO: Mayor of San Juan tells Trump that he is leaving Puerto Rico to die "I think the president lives in an alternative reality world that only he believes the things that he is saying," Cruz said about her "grade" for Trump. Cruz spoke to CNN on the one-month anniversary of the deadly hurricane blowing through the island nation. With about 3 million residents (out of a population of 3.4 million) still without electricity a month later, Cruz is critical of any praise to the response. Adding to the slow recovery is a lack of basic services like water, with only barely 70 percent of the nation back to proper water resources. In the northern part of the territory only 36 percent of residents have access to clean drinking water. The death toll is at 49 and growing.  After a month of federal aid and relief, these numbers paint a different story than Trump's 10 out of 10. WATCH: Pitbull sends his private jet to Puerto Rico cancer patients
Is North Korea's Nuke
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Satellite imagery suggests the underground blasts may be taking their toll.
The #MeToo hashtag has reached nearly half the Facebook accounts in America. The consequences have just begun.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
This week Facebook came through as a forum for truth as women across the country unspooled their tales of sexual harassment and abuse under the #MeToo hashtag — and the movement is already having real-world consequences.
Trump gave himself a ‘10’ for Puerto Rico recovery. This congresswoman says it’s a 4
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
From left, New York Reps. Joe Crowley, Nydia Velazquez, Jose Serrano and Yvette Clarke talk about the damage in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. The congresswoman also suggested the president is treating Puerto Ricans differently than other U.S. citizens because they are Latinos. Velazquez expressed shock that Trump gave himself “a ten” on a scale of one to ten when Yahoo News asked him to grade his response to the destruction.
To learn how to say New Zealand leader's name, just call her
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand's incoming prime minister, he — unwittingly — went straight to the top.
Devils fans help young anthem singer who forgets the words
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Fans have come to the rescue of a girl who apparently forgot the words while singing the national anthem at a New Jersey Devils game.
Why Rex Tillerson hasn’t quit; What Palestinian unity will, and won’t, achieve; Thaler’s ‘nudge’ worthy of the Nobel nod; The woman in the c
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Have you ever wondered why intelligent men (and women) in African governments will stay put in their positions even when ... their bosses abuse them?...” writes Jenerali Ulimwengu. “The thing in Africa is that a Cabinet post ... is an opportunity to ‘chop’ as my West African friends would put it.... But you do not expect the same thing to apply to wealthy Western[ers].... Rex Tillerson, [President] Trump’s secretary of state ... says he will not quit.... Come on, Rex! This is the same man who recently called his president ‘a moron’.... But what is it that makes Rex want to continue to serve...? “For the last 10 years, the split in the Palestinian leadership structure has been primarily blamed for the extended stagnation of ... the Palestinian performance...,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah.
Bewildered by US Congress’s apathy on mass shootings, Why US Congress will not pass gun laws, Myanmar’s openness to a Rohingya return is the first
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Around the world, people are aghast at the latest atrocity in the US...,” writes Mark Kenny. “The Las Vegas mass shooting is ‘the worst in US history’.... If ... Sandy Hook ... didn’t shake the polity free from ... the National Rifle Association, then this ... won’t.... To the Western world, ‘the great republic’ is the apex of economic and strategic power. “In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, there’s a lot of talk in Washington about not politicizing this horror...,” writes Lawrence Martin.
This Video Shows John Kelly Misrepresented a Speech Rep. Frederica Wilson Gave in 2015
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The video shows a 2015 speech that Kelly criticized
Jupiter's Been Hiding A Big Stormy Secret Inside
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
So much mystery beneath those clouds.
Killer clown suspect's husband insists she's 'falsely accused' of murder: Part 6
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Investigators won't say whether Michael Warren may be charged in Marlene Warren's murder 27 years ago. He has previously denied any involvement.
Why Rex Tillerson hasn’t quit; What Palestinian unity will, and won’t, achieve; Thaler’s ‘nudge’ worthy of the Nobel nod; The woman in the c
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Have you ever wondered why intelligent men (and women) in African governments will stay put in their positions even when ... their bosses abuse them?...” writes Jenerali Ulimwengu. “The thing in Africa is that a Cabinet post ... is an opportunity to ‘chop’ as my West African friends would put it.... But you do not expect the same thing to apply to wealthy Western[ers].... Rex Tillerson, [President] Trump’s secretary of state ... says he will not quit.... Come on, Rex! This is the same man who recently called his president ‘a moron’.... But what is it that makes Rex want to continue to serve...? “For the last 10 years, the split in the Palestinian leadership structure has been primarily blamed for the extended stagnation of ... the Palestinian performance...,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah.
Bewildered by US Congress’s apathy on mass shootings, Why US Congress will not pass gun laws, Myanmar’s openness to a Rohingya return is the first
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Around the world, people are aghast at the latest atrocity in the US...,” writes Mark Kenny. “The Las Vegas mass shooting is ‘the worst in US history’.... If ... Sandy Hook ... didn’t shake the polity free from ... the National Rifle Association, then this ... won’t.... To the Western world, ‘the great republic’ is the apex of economic and strategic power. “In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, there’s a lot of talk in Washington about not politicizing this horror...,” writes Lawrence Martin.
This Is the Real Reason Women Get Their Periods at the Same Time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Almost every woman I know has told me it's happened to them. You start spending a lot of time with another female, and your periods seem to magically sync up.
Rohingya Refugee Children Are in Desperate Need of Aid, the U.N. Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
UNICEF said it has found high levels of acute malnutrition among children in the camps
400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Almost 400 mysterious stone structures dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, with a few of these wall-like formations draping across old lava domes, archaeologists report. Many of the stone walls, which archaeologists call "gates" because they resemble field gates from above, were found in clusters in a region in west-central Saudi Arabia called Harrat Khaybar.
Tonight Is the Best Night of the Year to See Shooting Stars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tonight Is the Best Night of the Year to See Shooting Stars
Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
Readers write: Shared reading memories, appreciation of new Daily format
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Having experienced the pleasure of book ownership at a much younger age than Mr. Klose, my introduction to reading was on a far less sophisticated plane than “The Cask of Amontillado.” My first love was Robert Louis Stevenson’s “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” followed by the Beatrix Potter animal stories, Nancy Drew mysteries, and eventually the English classics of Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and the Brontë sisters.
Why Rex Tillerson hasn’t quit; What Palestinian unity will, and won’t, achieve; Thaler’s ‘nudge’ worthy of the Nobel nod; The woman in the c
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Have you ever wondered why intelligent men (and women) in African governments will stay put in their positions even when ... their bosses abuse them?...” writes Jenerali Ulimwengu. “The thing in Africa is that a Cabinet post ... is an opportunity to ‘chop’ as my West African friends would put it.... But you do not expect the same thing to apply to wealthy Western[ers].... Rex Tillerson, [President] Trump’s secretary of state ... says he will not quit.... Come on, Rex! This is the same man who recently called his president ‘a moron’.... But what is it that makes Rex want to continue to serve...? “For the last 10 years, the split in the Palestinian leadership structure has been primarily blamed for the extended stagnation of ... the Palestinian performance...,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah.
Bewildered by US Congress’s apathy on mass shootings, Why US Congress will not pass gun laws, Myanmar’s openness to a Rohingya return is the first
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Around the world, people are aghast at the latest atrocity in the US...,” writes Mark Kenny. “The Las Vegas mass shooting is ‘the worst in US history’.... If ... Sandy Hook ... didn’t shake the polity free from ... the National Rifle Association, then this ... won’t.... To the Western world, ‘the great republic’ is the apex of economic and strategic power. “In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, there’s a lot of talk in Washington about not politicizing this horror...,” writes Lawrence Martin.
Why you need to get involved in the geoengineering debate – now
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The prospect of attempting to engineer the world's climate has become a lot more real since the Paris Agreement.
The California Wildfires Have Caused at Least $1 Billion in Damage to Insured Properties
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The count of homes and other buildings destroyed has been raised to nearly 7,000.
Mystery Tooth Fossil Baffles Archaeologists and Could Mean First Humans Lived in Europe Not Africa
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Archaeologists in Germany believe they may have stumbled upon a set of nine-million-year-old teeth that could rewrite human history by suggesting the first humans lived in Europe rather than in Africa. The teeth, of a kind never seen before in either Europe or Asia but closely resembling those found belonging to the first humanoid skeletons discovered in Africa, were discovered in a dried-up riverbed near Eppelsheim in Germany’s Rhineland. The unique fossils were uncovered as scientists sifted through gravel and sand in the bed of the Ur-Rhine a former course of the Rhine river.
Spain's Government Has Called a Special Cabinet Meeting to Resume Control of Catalonia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The move comes after Catalonia's leader threatened to declare independence
Somalis Try To Hold On To Hope in Mogadishu
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Since the Election of Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi in February, who it is committed to the rule of law, foreign investment returned to the capital, Mogadishu, though security challenges persist.
Sheriffs arrest woman in 'Killer Clown' murder 27 years later: Part 5
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sheila Keen-Warren, who married Michael Warren 12 years after the murder, was charged with Marlene Warren's murder. She has pleaded not guilty.
Trump Is Feuding With a Congresswoman Over a Soldier Killed in Niger. Why Was He Deployed There?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's why U.S. troops are in Africa
Scarlett Johansson organized a special, star
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's been exactly one month since Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico, and as the island still struggles to recover from storm's devastating damage, celebrities like Scarlett Johansson are aiding in relief efforts. To raise additional funds for the island, Johansson organized a reading of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town, and called on a few of her Avengers co-stars to join in the fun, according to a release. SEE ALSO: FEMA omits statistics on Puerto Rico hurricane response from website Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo have reportedly agreed to take part in the benefit reading, which is set to take place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Nov. 6, so Marvel fans will be in for quite the treat. According to the release other celebrities will be making surprise appearances, and Kenny Leon —  a Tony award winner — will be directing the production. "The struggle faced by Puerto Rican residents since their island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria is terribly heartbreaking and has left many feeling hopeless and helpless," Johansson said in the release.  "It is a great privilege to be able to participate in whatever way I can, to provide some relief to those that are struggling to access even the most basic of human needs in the aftermath of this disastrous event." Though President Trump recently gave the U.S. a perfect "10" for its response to the hurricane, statistics from the Puerto Rican government show nearly 80 percent of the island is still without power and many residents are still without access to clean drinking water or cell service.  Proceeds from Johansson's reading will go directly to hurricane relief efforts and tickets (starting at $89) and VIP packages can be purchased on Oct. 23 at 10:00 a.m. ET. WATCH: Balloons may be Puerto Rico's best chance for communication
Science says there’s a very, very good reason why you’re afraid of spiders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If just the sight of a spider or snake is enough to send a shiver up your spine you already know you're not alone, but did you ever stop to think about where that fear comes from? You might imagine seeing the creepy critters throughout your life has conditioned you to fear them, but new research has completely blown the doors off of that notion, revealing that humans are afraid of spiders and snakes before they even know what they are. The study, which was conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, identified a stress reaction in infants as young as six months old when presented with a spider or a snake, suggesting that we're built from the ground-up to fear them. "When we showed pictures of a snake or a spider to the babies instead of a flower or a fish of the same size and colour, they reacted with significantly bigger pupils," Stefanie Hoehl, a lead researcher whose work contributed to the study. "In constant light conditions this change in size of the pupils is an important signal for the activation of the noradrenergic system in the brain, which is responsible for stress reactions. Accordingly, even the youngest babies seem to be stressed by these groups of animals." Given that revelation, the belief is that fear of these particular creatures has an evolutionary link, where human ancestors who were averse to them as infants tended to have better chances of survival by default. However, it's worth noting that this predisposition to fearing spiders and snakes doesn't extend to many other dangerous animals, like bears, which might be because an infant wouldn't have been likely to encounter one on their own throughout human evolution, as opposed to the smaller creatures which can sneak into just about anywhere.
Senate Republicans Finally Got Something Done. They Should Thank Steve Bannon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Without delivering on the promise to cut taxes, GOP lawmakers feared handing Bannon ammo as he prepared a slate of rabble-rousing challengers
3 Men Arrested After Shooting at Richard Spencer's University of Florida Speech
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Authorities say they first shouted “Hail Hitler” and threw Nazi salutes
Missing Hikers in Joshua Tree National Park Died in a Murder
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bodies of Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso were discovered Sunday
North Korea's Nuclear Tests Could Be Changing the Country's Geology
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's called "Tired mountain syndrome"
Why Amazon's new $5 billion headquarters may ruin your city
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
'The Cyber Guy' Kurt Knutsson weighs in.
Syria's Raqqa Lies in Pieces After Islamic State Defeat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
One day after U.S.-backed Syrian militias defeated ISIS in the country's capital, the town is little more than a shattered husk
President Trump Is Personally Interviewing U.S. Attorney Candidates. Is That Normal?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Trump has reportedly personally interviewed certain candidates for U.S. attorney positions. Here's why that's unusual.
41 Easy Fall and Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Election in Japan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Shinzo Abe is poised to become the nation's longest serving post-WWII leader.
UN says plague cases in Madagascar almost doubled in 5 days
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of plague cases in Madagascar has almost doubled over the last five days and medical experts project the situation will worsen, with 1,000 cases expected every month if funds aren't rapidly provided, the United Nations said Thursday.
What 'Me Too' Can Teach Men Who Are Willing to Listen
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Harvard University social scientist Mario L. Small on what men can learn from the 'Me too' phenomenon
Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Two American astronauts on Friday wrapped up crucial repairs to the International Space Station's robotic arm, with just weeks to spare before the next cargo ship arrives in early November, NASA said. During a six hour, 49 minute spacewalk, NASA's Joe Acaba and Randy Bresnik put the finishing touches on repairs to the Canadian-made 57-foot (17-meter) long arm, called Canadarm 2. It is also used to move equipment and people around outside the space station.
NASA tests engine for manned flight into deep space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The engine is intended to work with the Orion, a spacecraft designed for manned missions out of Earth's orbit and into deep space.
Fragments of Halley’s Comet will fly across the sky this weekend as shooting stars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
As Halley’s Comet continues its eternal processional through the solar system, it occasionally gives those of us who are Earthbound a pretty good show—and one of them, the Orionid Shower, is taking place this weekend (Oct. 20-21). How to watch the Orionoid meteor shower As the comet passes close to Earth—as it does every 75…
San Juan mayor rips Trump for giving himself a perfect '10' on hurricane response
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“If it is a 10 out of a scale of 100, of course. It is still a failing grade,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said when asked about President Trump's giving himself a perfect grade for his response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.
Top US politicians warn of democratic values at risk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Former President George W. Bush talked about a rise in bigotry and casual cruelty. Former President Barack Obama observed that public life seems to be regressing from the 21st to the 19th century. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump?
Bernie Sanders Skips the Women's Convention Amid Outrage and Heads to Puerto Rico Instead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The selection of Sanders as a keynote speaker at the annual convention was met with uproar
Driving for Uber can feel a lot like playing the slot machines
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Uber is asking drivers to ante up for their future earnings. The company is offering some drivers in Houston, Texas, a chance to “Celebrate Halloween early” by buying a week of “accelerated earnings” for an upfront payment of $115. The promotion, spotted by Data & Society researcher Alex Rosenblat, promises drivers 33% more on every…
EPA's climate change website reappears, missing the word 'climate'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On April 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) abruptly took down its long-standing treasure trove of online climate change resources, and put up a message stating that they were being updated to reflect the new priorities of the Trump administration. It's becoming more and more clear that one of those priorities is to downplay the threat of climate change. And one way way to do that is to ignore it altogether. To that end, on Friday, a group that monitors federal websites for changes in climate change content reported that the some of the climate websites taken down in April have returned to the EPA's site, with all references to climate change removed. SEE ALSO: Now we know how the EPA's Scott Pruitt will replace science advisors with industry According to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative's website monitoring group (EDGI), an EPA website that previously offered climate and energy resources for state, local, and tribal governments has been stripped of its references and links to climate science and policy. Prior to April 28, the site had contained programs and tools to assist these government entities in becoming more energy efficient, using more renewable energy, and developing climate change policies.  Instead, that main site is now a page on "energy resources," including a "Clean Energy Finance Tool," Energy Information Administration state reports, newsletters, and other resources with links to previously existing EPA climate sites removed as well. The new webpage, which went online in late July, but was just analyzed in detail on Friday, omits about 15 mentions of the word "climate" from the main page for local governments. Original version of the climate and energy resources page.Image: EDGI/EPA.gov New version of the climate and energy resources page.Image: EDGI/epa.gov "Large portions of climate resources that were formerly found on the previous website have not been returned, and thus have ultimately been removed from the current EPA website," the EDGI web monitoring group stated. The new website’s main page has no links to pages such as the “State Climate Action Framework”, “Local Climate Action Framework”, and “Climate Showcase Communities," among others, the report found. In addition, the urls epa.gov/climatechange and epa.gov/climateimpacts continue to redirect to a notice page about forthcoming updates, though no dates are given as to when these sites may be back. An archived version of the EPA's old climate change websites is still available, however.  According to EDGI, the pre-April 28 version of the state, local, and tribal governments website contained 380 webpages, whereas the new one has just 175. Links to resources and tools for planning for climate change impacts at the local and regional levels were among the pages scrubbed entirely from the new version, inhibiting the ability of such governments — many of which are led by governors, mayors, or tribal entities in favor of taking action on climate change — to adequately plan for climate impacts.  The EPA's website changes might seem insignificant when compared to other administration actions on climate change, like announcing its intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. However, by making it harder for Americans to prepare for global warming-induced phenomena, such as heat waves and sea level rise, the Trump administration is effectively putting people at greater risk. EPA's Scott Pruitt, left, shakes hands with coal miners.Image: AP/REX/ShutterstockClimate change is already resulting in an uptick in extreme weather events, particularly heat waves and precipitation extremes, across much of the U.S., and coastal states are increasingly having to grapple with rising sea levels.  The Obama administration spent years trying to develop materials to help local governments take climate science and put it to use protecting their communities, but those have all been taken down in the new version of the Trump administration's climate site. The EPA's voluminous climate change website had previously been maintained under both Republican and Democratic administrations dating back at least to the first Bush administration, and it had served as a valuable tool for teachers and students, researchers, and government officials looking for data and advice on climate resilience efforts. However, the site has become another casualty of an administration that appears hellbent on erasing as much climate science and climate policy from the books as possible.  Since becoming EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt has pursued an aggressive agenda of dismantling the Obama administration's climate change regulations, culminating in his action on Oct. 10 to withdraw the Clean Power Plan, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  Pruitt has said he doesn't believe that science shows greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are the main cause of global warming, even though scientific evidence demonstrates exactly that link. Pruitt instead wants to hold televised "red team, blue team" debates between climate scientists and deniers to contest the merits of mainstream climate science research.  “The American people deserve, in my view, an objective, transparent, honest discussion about what we know and what we don’t know about CO2," Pruitt told the conservative Heritage Foundation on Wednesday. "It’s never taken place.” Scrubbing agency websites of climate information is therefore in line with Pruitt's ideology, as well as that of the president, who has called global warming a "hoax."  Scientists and environmentalists criticized the EPA's website changes, saying they obscure the facts about global warming.   “Removing climate change resources from the EPA website is offensive and dangerous. At a time when Americans have lost their loved ones and their homes to floods and fires, are living without fresh water or electricity, and are experiencing multi-billion-dollar disasters exacerbated by climate change, this is not the time to impede public access to critical climate change information," said Gretchen Goldman, research director at the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in a statement. WATCH: Only in Dubai—police now have hovercrafts