October 10, 2018


Los Angeles is suffering from a typhus outbreak at ‘epidemic levels’:

A typhus outbreak in Los Angeles has reached “epidemic levels” — and many experts are blaming the shocking scourge on the city’s ever-expanding homeless population.

Twenty cases of the rare, flea-borne infectious disease– associated with poor sanitary conditions and overcrowding– have been recorded in Pasadena alone over the past two months, according to the Los Angeles County Health Department. Long Beach has seen 12 cases so far this year, double the normal number. And there have been nine other cases in the rest of the county, NBC Newsreported.

Nationwide, there are only about 200 cases of the disease in an average year, according to the CDC.

Typhus can cause high fever, headaches, chills, body aches, rashes, stomach aches, and in rare cases, meningitis and death. Humans get stricken when fleas– themselves infected by certain strains of bacteria — bite them or defecate on exposed skin. There is no vaccine.

*Climate Change: Top Scientists Tell Governments ‘Act Now, Idiots’:
The world’s leading scientists have warned governments that there are only ten years left to avoid a global catastrophe. TheIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)unveiled their latest report in South Korea early Monday morning, and warned that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” is needed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees.

“Scientists might want to write in capital letters, ‘ACT NOW IDIOTS,’ but they need to say that with facts and numbers, and they have,” said Kaisa Kosonen, from Greenpeace, who was an observer at the negotiations which led to the landmark report.

The report says avoid a catastrophe will involve “annual average investment needs in the energy system of around $2.4 trillion” between 2016 and 2035.

*2018 Refugee Admission Figures
the Lowest in 38 Years:
The Trump administration admitted a total of 22,491 refugees into the United States during fiscal year 2018 – by a sizeable margin the lowest number in the history of the 38-year-old modern refugee resettlement program.

The next smallest number of refugees resettled since passage of the Refugee Act in 1980 was 27,131 in FY 2002, the financial year that began just weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

*Study- 1 in 3 US adults eat
fast food each day:
A government study has found that 1 in 3 U.S. adults eat fast food on any given day. That’s about 85 million people.

It’s the first federal study to look at how often adults eat fast food. An earlier study found a similar proportion of children and adolescents ate it on any given day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday. It’s based on a survey of about 10,000 adults over four years.

The study did not find a difference between men and women. But higher-income families ate fast food more often than lower-income families, and blacks ate it more than other racial or ethnic groups.

*Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 an hour after vehicle expenses, according to a new study:
Uber lures drivers with the idea of being your own boss and “making great money with your car.” The “great money” part is up for debate.

The median hourly pay with tip for Uber drivers in the U.S. is $14.73, according to a new study conducted by Ridester, a publication that focuses on the ride-hail industry. That figure includes tips but doesn’t account for expenses like insurance, gas and car depreciation incurred while working. Using Ridester’s low-end estimate of $5 per hour in vehicle costs, drivers would bring in $9.73 per hour and potentially much less.

That implies a driver working 40 hours per week would make an annual salary of almost $31,000 before vehicle expenses, and about $20,000 after expenses (but still before taxes). That’s below the poverty threshold for a family of three. It’s also a far cry from the $70,000 to $90,000 Uber once claimed its drivers made in major markets.

*NYC sewer worker made
over $530K last year:
The streets of New York aren’t paved with gold, but the sewers apparently are.

An employee in the city’s Department of Environmental Protection walked off with an astonishing $539,098 paycheck last year, according to records released by the Empire Centerthink tank.

Bhavesh Patel, a stationary engineer, clocked 1,992 overtime hours on top of his 2,086 regular hours, the city confirmed Friday.

That means he worked an average of 78 hours a week for 52 weeks, assuming he never called out sick or took a day of vacation.

His pay was also bolstered by back pay from a new contract settled after a 10-year dispute.

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Adele made nearly $31,320 a day last year despite not releasing a record — or even touring. The talented singer’s proven that even when she’s at home looking after her six-year-old son Angelo, she’s making plenty of dough.

According to her latest companies’ accounts, she made over $11.2 million profit after taxes, which works out a staggering $30,953 a day. Despite the singer not releasing an album for three years and finishing her world tour last year, it hasn’t stopped her from raking in the cash.

Glorified High School

After covering such diverse artists as Rush, Neil Young, Van Halen, Bruce Hornsby, Bob Marley, Don Henley, Cinderella, Rockwell, Queensryche, Queen, Motley Crue, Loverboy, Jude Cole, The Cardigans, Matchbox Twenty, The Ronettes, The Troggs, Britney Spears, No Doubt, The Four Seasons, Foreigner, Marvin Gaye, Richard Marx andCollective SoulGlorified High School recently realized its greatest ambition by recording a track-for-track reimagining of the 1987 Whitesnake album.

Following the original album’s 30th anniversary, these new renditions take each song in a completely new direction, uncovering new layers of depth and emotion (not to mention featuring female vocalists).

On Whitesnake, Glorified High School transforms “Crying in the Rain” into a yearning ache for more, “Bad Boys” becomes a celebration of the free spirit, “Still of the Night” slows to a moody crawl, “Here I Go Again” examines a longing for lost love and purpose, “Give Me All Your Love” takes on a melancholy timbre, “Is This Love” is recast as a dark manifesto, “Children of the Night” slides into a jazzy and bouncy celebration of the joys of music, “Straight for the Heart” morphs into a soaring and sparse love song, and “Don’t Turn Away” airs a mournful plea to an indifferent lover.

No one can match the grizzled rasp and soaring vocal range ofDavid Coverdale, one of rock’s greatest singers, but Glorified High School has illuminated the power of these great songs by taking them to new realms and thereby paying them the ultimate tribute.

Actress Keira Knightley along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.
Italians suffer more earthquakes than any other Europeans. In 1693, an estimated 100,000 people died in an earthquake in Sicily. The most deadly recent quake in Italy occurred in Naples in 1980, killing 3,000 people.

3 year old scolds dad in store

A typical cell at SCI Phoenix has room for two inmates. Bill Cosby has not been given a cellmate yet because of security concerns.
*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Bill and Melinda Gates:
Do you think the number of poor people in the world has gone up or down in the past 25 years?

This question is an excellent conversation starter because practically everybody answers it incorrectly. Primed by depressing and shocking headlines, most people assume that poverty has increased. Some people say it has held steady. Almost none are aware that in fact, more than a billion people have overcome poverty just since the turn of the millennium.

This huge drop in the number of people living on less than $1.90 per day is among the most underappreciated and most important developments of our generation.

But it’s not guaranteed to continue. In fact, progress against poverty is in jeopardy. According to current projections, the number of people in extreme poverty will stagnate at over 500 million. In the worst-case scenario, it could even start going back up.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Doris Kearns Goodwin:
Most great presidents have some commonalities. They have the ability to build a strong team of people who can question assumptions and argue with them and still mobilize around an idea once the president makes a decision. Lincoln and FDRwere certainly able to do that. They have the ability to grow and recognize errors. They have humility.

Teddy Roosevelt learned in the state legislature that using blistering language didn’t help him. They all went through extraordinary adversity—Lincoln’s extraordinary depression, FDR’s polio, Teddy Roosevelt losing his wife and mother on the same day.

They figure out how to relax and replenish themselves. Lincoln went to the theater a hundred times during the Civil War. Teddy Roosevelt played tennis and climbed cliffs in the afternoons when he was president. FDR had a cocktail hour every night during World War II where the rule was that you weren’t allowed to talk about the war. Lyndon Johnson was an outlier there.


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