Eleven thousand scientists from 150 countries just issued a warning of “untold suffering” resulting from climate change if humanity doesn’t act. This follows a similar letter, with a similar warning, issued by the scientific community in 2017.

In the new letter, scientists say that despite 40 years of warnings, humanity has not made the significant changes needed to counter the coming climate crisis. They argue that in order to make a difference, six major changes are required: replacing fossil fuels, cutting the emissions of pollutants such as methane and soot, eating less meat, restoring and defending ecosystems, creating a carbon-free economy and stabilizing population growth.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/05/world/climate-emergency-scientists-warning-intl-trnd/index.html

Many have attacked Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All plan for being too expensive, claiming the program would add trillions to the national debt.

Warren’s answer is a wealth tax of 6% on fortunes above 1$ billion.

Advocates of all universal healthcare proposals make the point that a country as wealthy as the US should be able to afford such programs. They argue that all the tax reforms of the last thirty-five years have benefited the ultra rich and it’s time the pendulum swung back. Many compare today’s US economy to the gilded age of the late 19th century, when industrialists amassed incredible fortunes while the majority of our population suffered from poverty and poor working conditions.

A new study by economists, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, concluded that the 400 richest families pay a lower effective tax rate than the bottom half of all US households and it’s the first time the top forty families have paid a lower tax rate than the middle class in 100 years.

In response to the plan, several billionaires have argued that Warren is punishing success. Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase told CBS News that Warren “vilifies successful people.”

Bill Gates made a joke that he might have to pay $100 billion of his $109 billion fortune under Warren’s tax. Then, he went on to question, “I don’t know how open-minded she is or if she’d even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money.”

Warren responded that she would love to sit down with Gates to explain how much he would pay. How would you like to be a fly on the wall in that meeting? It’s a discussion that will be central to the next election cycle.

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/elizabeth-warren-tells-bill-gates-shell-explain-her-wealth-tax-to-him/


A woman died with a spear through her chest at a beach condo. Her boyfriend has been charged with her murder and has pleaded not guilty, claims the death was an accident.

Luckily, Hallandale Beach officials say that an Amazon Echo, or similar device, was in the room. So, as it stands, a voice assistant might be a key witness in the trial.

Source: https://fox59.com/2019/11/04/did-amazons-alexa-witness-a-homicide-police-obtain-recordings-in-womans-death/


A study by non partisan, non profit research group called New America shows the median income is lower today than it was in the 1980’s for 18 to 34 year olds, in spite of higher levels of education. The rise in contract and freelance positions is contributing factor in these results. It helps to explain why 30 percent of Americans aged 15-30 say that they would like to immigrate to another country according to Gallup. Income doesn’t tell the full story of prosperity. One must also understand the cost of living, levels of debt and asset ownership to get the full picture. Unfortunately, when it comes to total wealth, Millennials are falling even further behind. People today aged 23 to 38 have 40% less wealth than people of the same age group in 1989. This puts future US economic health in question. The most vital working age group for the next several decades is not happy with their economic condition and do not see a future in the US. It’s a message to American business that its push to part-time its workforce and its push to degrade unions and the support they provide is having long term negative consequences. Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/05/millennials-earn-20-percent-less-than-boomersdespite-being-better-educated.html
Just one month after splitting up with rapper Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner (22) has been spending some serious time with another famous rapper, the one and only Drake (33). According to People, Drake is very close to the family and the two have been friends for a long time. But, People also says the two have moved beyond friendship to romance. Kylie attended Drake’s 33rd birthday party last week in LA and she was also at his Halloween party a few days later. Sources claim Jenner stayed “super late.” Other insiders have denied the notion that the duo have anything brewing in terms of a relationship, that they remain just friends, that perhaps Drake is just providing Kylie with some “comfort” after her recent split. As far as Kylie and Travis are concerned, both remain focused on their daughter Stormi and are supposedly on good terms despite the split. Let’s see what transpires in the coming weeks between the two before jumping to any premature conclusions, but something definitely could be cooking. Source: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kylie-jenner-drake-spending-time-055131164.html

As of November 3rd, Faze Jarvis has been permanently banned from playing Fortnite. The ban cited his flagrant use of an aimbot in the Solos Battle Royale mode.

Jarvis has been making YouTube videos about Fortnite for over a year that have garnered a following of nearly two million subscribers. He has not been subtle about hiding his cheat software. Montage video of him using the aimbot to destroy his competition was removed from his YouTube page, but not before it had been captured and preserved by the Fortnite staff. Check it out here. 

Jarvis released an apology video on his YouTube channel where he is seen nearly in tears. “It didn’t even cross my mind to think that I could be banned for life on Fortnite for those videos,” said Jarvis. “I should have paid more attention to the community rules and the TOS (terms of service) of Fortnite.” Here is his apology video.

Epic, publisher of Fortnight, has a zero tolerance policy for cheating, and it is very unlikely they will repeal Jarvis’ ban.

Source: https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnite-faze-jarvis-ban/

If you’re a cat owner, you know that catnip is a really fun kitty drug. Felines will rub their faces in it, roll around, act silly and then pass out in a furry pile. So what’s the deal with catnip? How does it affect cats? And does it affect cats the same way drugs like alcohol, cocaine and marijuana affect people? The answer, from veterinarians at Cornell University’s Feline Health Center, is… maybe?

How Humans React to Drugs

In order to figure out the effects of catnip on cats, researchers have to first look at what causes us to act “high” when we take drugs. Turns out, we have natural systems in our bodies that receive drugs and alter our behavior. Opioid receptors allow things like heroin to block pain. The endocannabinoid system is able to interact with THC to give us that “high” feeling from marijuana. And cocaine stimulates our dopamine system to produce a happy feeling.

How Cats React to Catnip

The same cannot be said for cats. While the molecules of catnip do bind to the smell receptors in a cat’s nose, it doesn’t bind to anything in their brain (that we know of). Not all cats react the same way either! Some cats turn into goofballs, while others are sedated by catnip, sitting in a statue-like manner. The attraction also works on large cats, like lions, cougars, mountain lions and leopards. But strangely enough, tigers don’t seem to be bothered by catnip.

No Harm in Catnipping

Until research can tell us more, we won’t know for sure why cats love catnip. But it doesn’t seem like it’s a habit forming kitty-drug, so no harm in using it to perk up your feline friend’s day!

Source: https://www.livescience.com/does-catanip-get-cats-high.html

Counting calories is tedious, stressful, and restrictive. It also misses the point, 300 calories from a small bag of M&M’s is very different 300 calories of fruits and vegetables. It’s not the calories that matter, it’s the nutrients in the food. M&M’s have zero nutritional value, so even if you eat 1,000 calories, your body will still be missing important vitamins and minerals, which leads to cravings and overeating. Basically, your brain is saying “Keep eating! We’re still deficient!”

There are better ways to lose weight, let’s take a look at what they are.

Get enough sleep

You may have noticed when you’re sleep deprived, the urge to snack increases. That’s because sleep deprivation increases your appetite. Personally, I’ve drowsed my way through an entire bag of potato chips, when what I should have done was just taken a nap. Eating more is your body’s way of coping with a lack of sleep.

Reduce processed sugars

A piece of fruit contains sugars, but it also contains minerals and vitamins. That’s why it is very different from eating candy and processed snacks. These types of “faux-foods” have no nutrients and leave you feeling hungrier. So, you eat more.

Eat more protein to stay full

Proteins are harder for your body to digest and thus, stay in your stomach and small intestine for a longer amount of time, which creates the sensation of being full for a longer amount of time. Also, make sure the proteins you’re consuming come from real things like eggs and meat, not a protein bar.

Exercise portion control with smaller bowls

Beware of the big plate. If you’re in the habit of eating everything on your plate, trick your brain by using smaller bowls and plates. You’ll still be finishing all your food, you’ll just be eating less of it!

Increase fiber

Fiber, though unsatisfying, will fill you up. This type of complex carbohydrate is not digestible by the human body. Still, it plays an important role in stimulating absorption and binding together waste in your colon.

Add Fat to your fiber

Since fiber is so unsatisfying by itself, eat it with some fat, like some sliced avocado or cheese. The fat signals your brain to stop sending hunger signals and you’ll feel satiated. Make sure that you don’t use fat-free products because they substitute sugar for fat.

Drink water and stay hydrated

Sometimes, you’re just dehydrated, but you think you feel hungry. I don’t know why, but brains are weird like that. If you’re starting to feel a case of the munchies comin’ on, drink a glass of water, wait 20 minutes and reevaluate.

Source: https://www.boxrox.com/7-simple-steps-lose-weight-without-counting-calories-food-crossfit/

As smartphone manufacturer subsidies are vanishing, carriers are stepping up. AT&T’s new HBO Max streaming service is being offered free for mobile phones and $15 for everyone else. This offer follows a pattern of streaming services being used as ‘free’ marketing ploys. Last week Disney and Verizon started offering an unlimited plan that includes a year of Disney +. Certain T Mobile plans provide free Netflix for two years. Comcast’s Xfinity offers free Netflix and an additional break for Xfinity mobile subscribers. The trend will last as long as it works to get people to sign up for long term subscriptions. Source: https://www.wired.com/story/hbo-max-is-the-new-200-dollar-iphone/
Vaping started off as a less smelly form of cigarettes. It has now turned into a marketing and pulmonary disease scandal. Over a thousand people have fallen ill due to vaping and over 30 of them have died. So just what is causing this vaping illness? Here are some possible culprits:

Vaping Itself

Since this illness has only cropped up recently and people have been vaping nicotine for a long time, vaping itself isn’t a likely to be the cause of the mysterious lung illness.

Flavoring in Vapes

Once again, flavored nicotine vapes have also been around for a while and there have been no reports of deaths or injuries until now. So, this too, is an unlikely culprit.

Contaminated Juuls and Weed Vapes

Most cases of lung damage are happening to people who vaped weed, so it is possible that contaminated weed has been causing the lung damage. That makes it less likely that Juuls, the delivery mechanism, is the cause since evidence points to THC being possibly responsible.

Super Heated Vapes

Oils do weird things when heated to high temperatures, including creating toxic and potentially harmful substances. Cranking up your vape to “high” might not be the cause, but it may be only one of the factors contributing to lung damage.

Weed Vapes with Vitamin E

When you mix THC and Vitamin E at high temperatures, it’s possible that the heated compound chemicals can degrade and react. The Centers for Disease Control has focused its attention on illness among folks who used weed vapes containing THC since the majority of people effected used it. If you’re wondering what to do now, the best and safest course of action is to not use THC vapes. If you’re in a State where recreational marijuana is legal, you can always purchase edibles or simply go analog and smoke a joint. Source: https://slate.com/technology/2019/10/vaping-illness-causes-exhaustive-list.html