Skimm for October 2nd
"That's definitely not the message of the film" -- "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky. Turns out ISIS has been using the film's apocalyptic movie posters for recruiting. We're going to assume that they didn't ask about distribution rights.
Earlier this week, Ebola was diagnosed for the first time in the US. Now, health officials are keeping tabs on at least a dozen people who were around the patient before he was diagnosed. Five are school-aged children.
Don't. While Ebola is very scary, the US has the resources to try to combat it. The virus spreads primarily through contact with the bodily fluids of a person who's showing symptoms. Doctors say the kids are being monitored but for now are symptom-free.
The patient is being treated in isolation in a Dallas hospital, and doctors say he's doing OK so far. His family and the ambulance crew that took him to the hospital are also being watched for symptoms.
This is not "Contagion." But it's also not good. West Africa is still dealing with over 3,000 deaths linked to Ebola.
Yesterday, Julia Pierson, the head of the Secret Service resigned.
What didn't happen? There was that time an armed man ran through the unlocked door of the White House and got a good look around before getting tackled. And that time the White House was shot at with a semiautomatic rifle, and the Secret Service didn't realize until days later. Also, the time an agent traveling with President Obama in Amsterdam got so drunk he passed out in the hallway. And there's this: an armed man with a criminal record got into an elevator with Obama last month. So in sum, no one was feeling super confident in Pierson's ability to lead anymore.
A former Secret Service agent is stepping in while Obama finds a new director. And the agency is going to do some major soul searching. Maybe trust falls.
In less than a month, the Secret Service has gone from an iconic agency with a Jack Bauer rep, to looking like a bunch of Phil Dunphys.
Jordan Davis. Two years ago, the 17-year-old black teen was killed by Michael Dunn, a white 47-year-old. Yesterday, Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder. In 2012, Dunn got into an argument with Davis and some friends at a convenience store. Dunn felt they were playing music too loudly in their car. He fired several shots into the car, killing Davis. Dunn claimed that he felt threatened by Davis. Many saw the killing as a case of racial profiling. Dunn now faces life in prison.
There's always the enterovirus. Yesterday, Rhode Island health officials announced that a 10-year-old girl infected with the enterovirus and a bacterial infection died last week. It's not clear what role the enterovirus played in her death, but doctors say the combo of the enterovirus and a bacterial infection is uncommon. Reminder: the enterovirus is a respiratory illness that's recently infected hundreds of children in the US. The virus isn't rare, but what's unusual is that this particular strain is causing lots of hospitalizations. Also yesterday, the CDC said 'PS, three other patients who died recently later tested positive for the enterovirus.' But we still don't know whether the virus directly contributed to these deaths.
Sweating. Yesterday, a broker bought over $600 billion dollars in Japanese stocks, then quickly said 'that's not my bag, baby!' and canceled all of them. The orders were for shares in 42 companies, including Toyota, Sony, and Honda. This trade is worth more than Sweden's entire economy, so the purchase raised some eyebrows. If the trade had gone through, it would've f'ed up the market for other investors. It's being chalked up to human error aka miso sleepy.
Check the calendar. Midterm elections are next month and you need to vote. But before you swipe your V-card, you should know what you're getting into. And there are a lot of issues.
While the numbers have gone from worse to less-worse, the economy still isn't great. And it's the issue where neither party is safe.
Bah humbug. Unemployment is too high, and the federal government's policies have done nothing but make it all worse.
Bah humbug. 2014 should've been the year to celebrate how President Obama turned things around. Not the case.
Wisconsin: Gov. Scott Walker (R) got into office by promising to bring jobs to WI. His opponent Mary Burke (D) says he hasn't delivered -- and her ads on the issue are making voters think twice about whether their gov. Walkers the walk.
Florida: Polls have former Gov. Charlie Crist (D), who was in office during the recession, neck-and-neck with incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R), who has been in office during the state's recovery. Toss up as to what that means on Election Day.
Georgia: Georgia has the highest unemployment rate in the country. And Gov. Nathan Deal (R) isn't handling it well. He's accused the US Labor Dept. of shady accounting. To which the Labor Dept. said 'what's wrong with you.' So there's that.
The economy means jobs. And at the local level, that's a big reason to send people to the polls.
Bulletproof coffee: Coffee with butter in it. This is not a joke. The idea is that the butter gives you energy and starts your fat-burning early in the day. We didn't say it was a good idea.
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