Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

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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.

One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 — about 9 million — could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major study released Thursday in the Lancet medical journal. The financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is equally massive, the report says, costing some $4.6 trillion in annual losses — or about 6.2 percent of the global economy.

“There’s been a lot of study of pollution, but it’s never received the resources or level of attention as, say, AIDS or climate change,” said epidemiologist Philip Landrigan, dean of global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and the lead author of the report.

The report marks the first attempt to pull together data on disease and death caused by all forms of pollution combined.

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Canada's 'super secret spy agency' is releasing a malware-fighting tool to the public

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Canada's electronic spy agency says it is taking the "unprecedented step" of releasing one of its own cyber defence tools to the public, in a bid to help companies and organizations better defend their computers and networks against malicious threats.

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) rarely goes into detail about its activities — both offensive and defensive — and much of what is known about the agency's activities have come from leaked documents obtained by U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and published in recent years.

But as of late, CSE has acknowledged it needs to do a better job of explaining to Canadians exactly what it does. Today, it is pulling back the curtain on an open-source malware analysis tool called Assemblyline that CSE says is used to protect the Canadian government's sprawling infrastructure each day.

"It's a tool that helps our analysts know what to look at, because it's overwhelming for the number of people we have to be able to protect things," Scott Jones, who heads the agency's IT security efforts, said in an interview with CBC News. 

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Shifting Las Vegas massacre narrative has gamblers on edge

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A shifting narrative about when officials at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino alerted cops before the worst mass shooting in US history has Las Vegas on edge. And now gamblers are wondering: are they rolling the dice with their own lives inside the city’s casinos?

Safety — security experts told The Post — is no sure thing.

“[Bad] things do go on,” according to a security executive who worked eight years at a major casino on the Strip. “Everything short of murder happens in these hotels every day . . . suicide, domestic violence, prostitution, drugs and cheating.”

He continued: “Few casinos have advanced active shooter training for their security teams.”

The mass shooting at Mandalay Bay took a turn not even the most trained security personnel could have anticipated. “Nobody thought of [a killer] breaking out the windows” to shoot at crowds 32 stories below, the executive said.

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Hockey fan concerned for safety after witnessing alleged attack

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Around 18,000 people attended the Vancouver Canucks season opener on Saturday and left in a good mood after the home team won against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

But one Canucks fan is a little concerned about safety at the stadium after witnessing an alleged attack.

Ryan Pineo said he was on his way back to his seat after the second intermission when he saw a fight break out.

“I saw about three Oilers fans getting stomped by Canucks fans and then two of them ended up getting away,” he said. “And one of the kids kicking the Oilers fan looked like he was only about 20 years old. And the fan himself didn’t look very old either.”

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Justin Trudeau: Why I'm Raising My Kids to Be Feminists

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I am in politics because every day, I get to work to make the world a little better—for my kids, and for yours. I’m proud of the dedicated work our team is doing to make Canada more open, more inclusive, more just—and gender equal. But some of the most important work I do is not as a political leader, but as a parent. Every day, at home, I have the astonishing and humbling opportunity—together with my wife Sophie—to nurture empathy, compassion, self-love, and a keen sense of justice in our three kids.

I am so exceptionally proud of my daughter Ella-Grace. She’s growing up kind, super-smart, a passionate debater, open to the world around her. I love Ella, and I worry—because as a father, son, husband, and citizen, I witness the unequal obstacles women and girls face every day. It’s 2017, yet in Canada and around the world, women and girls still face violence, discrimination, stereotypes that limit them, and unequal opportunities that keep them from achieving their dreams. It is maddening to me that my brilliant, compassionate daughter will grow up in a world where, despite everything she is as a person, there will still be people who won’t take her voice seriously, who will write her off—simply because of her gender.

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Las Vegas shooter's home broken into despite intense FBI, police interest

A Nevada home the Las Vegas shooter used as a stash house for handguns, shotguns and a “plethora of ammunition” was burglarized last weekend in a stunning security breach, and comes as federal and state authorities say they're still sweeping the scene for clues.

At least one vandal broke in to Stephen Paddock’s Reno-area home through the building's front door, though detectives still were unsure if multiple suspects were involved, Officer Tim Broadway of the Reno Police Department told the Reno Gazette-Journal Tuesday.

Broadway said police were not immediately aware of anything taken or any damage done to the retirement community home. The FBI was notified of the breach.

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The state of Illinois is circling the drain

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and a review obtained by The Associated Press shows $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills — as much as half the total — hadn't been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June.

Although many of those IOUs have since been paid, a similar amount in unprocessed bills has replaced them in the last three months, Comptroller Susana Mendoza's office said Monday. That's in addition to $9 billion worth of checks that are at the office but being delayed because the state lacks the money to pay them.

The mound of past-due bills tripled over the two years Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly were locked in a budget stalemate, which ended in July when lawmakers hiked income taxes over Rauner's vetoes.

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Sarah Silverman's New Comedy Song On 'White Privilege' Crashes And Burns

Comedian Sarah Silverman's new song titled, "I Love You, America," features Silverman ranting about "white privilege" and Americans "voting against their best interests."

In between her repeatedly singing the riff, "I love you, America," Silverman whines about how "mad" she is about "the stupid sh*t you do," such as voting "for these rich f**ks who lie to your faces and then systematically rape you of your rights and your job and your healthcare."

The song is taken from her new show premiering October 12th on Hulu. 

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Time to Pay Attention: Police Begin Making Massive Reversals in Official Vegas Narrative

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Las Vegas, NV — In an unprecedented reversal, police have dramatically changed their official story this week on how the massacre in Las Vegas unfolded. To be clear, the facts they changed are not some accidents due to mass chaos, ‘whoops we were just confused’, or ‘sorry we got that wrong’ — no, these were a complete reversal of official narratives already determined to be facts and released during press conferences.

The first major reversal in the narrative happened on Monday when officials changed their story to say Stephen Paddock shot a hotel security guard six minutes before he opened fire on the crowd of 22,000.

The official narrative — which TFTP has already given multiple reasons to doubt — was that Paddock shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos after Paddock had unleashed his deadly volley at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, an assault that began at 10:05 p.m.

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California’s Breakup With the NFL

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StubHub Center is an apt name for the modest soccer stadium-turned NFL foster home for the Los Angeles Chargers. The tiny 27,000-seat stadium, named for a ticket-resale behemoth, has struggled to fill up for the country’s most popular sport.

In the Chargers’ first season back in L.A. after 56 years in San Diego, seats are noticeably empty at kickoff for home games. Many other seats are often filled by boisterous traveling fans of visitors like the Kansas City Chiefs. After a recent game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said it didn’t feel like a home game.

Chargers fans knew that starting over in L.A. wasn’t going to be easy. “We’ve been moved from a city in San Diego that appreciated the team and the players,” said Chad Smith, a Chargers fan at a recent game here.

The Chargers aren’t alone in facing questions about their fan support. All four of California’s teams are struggling with identity crises.

While the Chargers struggle in the L.A. suburb of Carson, where they are domiciled until a permanent home is completed in 2020, the Los Angeles Rams, in their second season backin Southern California, have seen home attendance fall by more than 20,000 per game since last season.

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Jerry Jones: Cowboys will bench any player who 'disrespects' flag

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said emphatically that his players will stand for the national anthem and not disrespect the flag, and if they do, the player or players will not play.

"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play," Jones said after the Cowboys' 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. "Understand? We will not ... if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period."

The topic was raised after Vice President Mike Pence left Sunday's game between the Indianapolis Coltsand San Francisco 49ers after more than 20 Niners knelt during the national anthem with their hands over their hearts, as was the case the previous week.

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Spain on edge before possible Catalan secession declaration

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The focus of the deepening clash between Catalan separatists and Spanish authorities is shifting to the regional parliament for a key session likely to include a historic declaration of independence that Spain has pledged to crush.

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont hasn't revealed the precise message he will deliver Tuesday evening with separatist politicians expecting some sort of declaration based on the results of the disputed Oct. 1 referendum on independence.

At stake is the territorial integrity of Spain, threatened by a growing separatist movement that is sorely testing the strength of its constitution and the skill of its national and regional leaders.

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Trudeau government causes economic hardship and national division then blames Canadians for it

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OTTAWA — The prime minister accused opponents on Saturday of "stoking national divisions" through their reactions to TransCanada's decision to cancel its Energy East Pipeline plans.

Justin Trudeau said in a Facebook post that critics who attribute the proposed project's cancellation to government regulation "ignores the obvious."

"Aside from its being intellectually dishonest, the reflexive stoking of regional tensions is a political dead end. The Conservative party, formerly the Reform Party, trod that road in its infancy. It was a road better left abandoned," Trudeau stated in the post.

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FLASHBACK - University of Alberta goes full retard on Batman

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Frank Miller’s Batman is a fascist and you really shouldn’t cheer for him

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theatres now, and while its title sounds like something a lawyer would cite for precedent, this movie surely is much more exciting than that. The film matches up the two mega-heroes of DC Comics in what looks like a punching-based team-building exercise culminating in the Justice League’s formation.

Since they’re just fictional characters whose battle is really a gimmick cooked up to start a Justice League franchise that will bring DC some of that sweet, sweet Avengers money, it’s absurd to ask who would win. A more relevant question is: who should we cheer for so as to appear ethically superior to our friends and family? And the answer to that one is easy.

Not Batman.

Oh, I can hear the angry gnashing of teeth already. “Batman’s the best! He’s just a man like us!” I get it. You love Batman with or without the anatomically correct suit. I mean, even little kids don’t want to cheer for Superman.

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Edmonton terror attacks: Police officer stabbed, people struck by U-Haul

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A terrorism investigation is underway in Edmonton, where a police officer was stabbed and four pedestrians struck down by a fleeing U-Haul truck Saturday night.

A 30-year-old Edmonton man is in custody and police think he acted alone, but they aren’t ruling out the potential for others to be be involved.

“We are urging Edmontonians to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings,” Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht said in a 3 a.m. news conference on the attacks.

At around 11:30 p.m., reporter Laurel Gregory was just wrapping up a live report at the end of Global Edmonton’s News at 11 when a police officer shouted out a warning: “Get behind a tree. Or a car. This is for your own protection!”

The chaos began down the street from Commonwealth Stadium, where the Edmonton Eskimos were hosting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Canadian Forces Appreciation Night. Over 30,000 people were at the game.

Police said at around 8:15 p.m., a car rammed a traffic checkpoint on Stadium Road near 92 Street, striking an officer and sending him flying into the air.

“Suddenly and without notice and at a high rate of speed, a male driving a white, Chevrolet Malibu crashed through the traffic barricades that were separating vehicles from pedestrians, the vehicle struck the officer, sending him flying into the air 15 feet before colliding with the officer’s cruiser, again at a high rate of speed,” Knecht explained.

He said there was an ISIS flag in the car.  A photo of that type of flag appears below.

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Canadian Football Players Begin Protesting 'O Canada' Anthem

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Players with the Saskatchewan Roughriders locked arms during the national anthem at Sunday’s game versus the Calgary Stampeders at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium.

This comes after U.S. President Donald Trump posted comments on Twitter that football players who kneel during the national anthem as an act of protest should be fired.

On Sunday, many NFL players responded to his comments by kneeling, linking arms, or staying in locker rooms during the national anthem.

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WHO warns the world is running out of antibiotics

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Concern about growing global antibiotic resistance has come to a head: The World Health Organization is now warning that the world is running out of antibiotics.

There aren’t enough truly new antibiotics being developed, especially for the most concerning antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a WHO report released Tuesday.

The United Nations health agency has aired its concerns about antibiotic resistance, which makes it more difficult to treat infections, for some time. Some of the group’s latest moves included updating guidelines for treating sexually transmitted infections and cautioning that just three antibiotics are being developed to treat gonorrhea, a “fairly grim” situation.

But the latest WHO report takes a broad and prospective look at antibiotic development, and what it describes is not a pretty picture.

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Journo: Anti-Looting Laws ‘Inseparable from White Supremacy’

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A Twitter-certified journalist has attributed laws protecting private property to “white supremacy,” drawing a flood of criticisms and mockery.

Sarah L. Jaffe, Nation Institute fellow and journalist whose work has appeared in Salon, the Week, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic, slammed the Miami Police Department for a Twitter ad warning against looting, since the looters featured in the accompanying photo happened to be predominantly black.

In her Tweet, Jaffe stated that “the carceral state exists to protect private property,” which seemed to imply that the defense of private property is a bad thing and a tool of “white supremacy.” She failed to give her opinion concerning whether the state should defend the property of people of color.

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Kathy Griffin ripped by millionaire neighbor in potty-mouthed tirade

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Kathy Griffin’s millionaire neighbor reportedly went on an expletive-filled tirade against both her and her longtime boyfriend after the star called the LAPD to file a noise complaint over the weekend.

Griffin, who recently has come under fire in her professional life for a photo of her with afake severed head of Donald Trump, seems to be having neighbor troubles at her Los Angeles home as well. On Saturday, she and her boyfriend, Randy Bick, reportedly called in a noise complaint on their neighbor, KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger.

The Huffington Post, which first reported the story, says it obtained audio of the altercation from Bick himself from a security camera on their property. Bick claims that he called in the noise complaint after hours of excessive partying on Mezger’s property. After the police addressed the noise complaint, Mezger can be heard on the recording shouting homophobic expletives at Griffin and Bick, calling her a, “c--t,” ‘d--e,” mocking her shaved head and bringing up her recent controversy.

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