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Everything is awful. Here’s a Q&A with a philosopher about why cats rule.

Philosopher John Gray explains why we’re doing it wrong and we should live more like cats. (Dogs, not so much.) Humans might be the smartest animal on this planet, but are we the wisest? Wisdom, after all, isn’t really about knowledge. Humans are the only creature on earth capable of building a rocket ship or developing a vaccine. That makes us intelligent, not wise. To say that someone is wise is to say they understand something about how to live. For instance, I know I’m being an asshole when I wake up grumpy and act impatiently with my wife and son. But often I still behave like a grumpy asshole. My problem isn’t a lack of knowledge so much as a lack of wisdom. I simply can’t take my own advice. A new book by the esteemed British philosopher John Gray, called Feline Philosophy: Cats and

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The UK’s hospital system is on the brink of collapse, forcing overworked staff to postpone cancer treatments, stretch oxygen supplies, and put themselves at risk of catching COVID-19

Summary List PlacementAs you walk past the oxygen tank outside one London hospital, you can hear it creaking and clanking, and see steam rising off it, because of just how much oxygen it's pumping out to support patients inside the building. That's according to Dr. Tom Dolphin, an anaesthetic consultant in the city, who told Insider that medical staff across the UK are anxious about oxygen running out. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Tuesday that the health service wasn't facing an oxygen shortage — but admitted some hospitals may have to transfer COVID-19 patients to other hospitals to get them the oxygen they need.  Without sufficient oxygen supplies, doctors and nurses can't properly treat patients suffering from shortness of breath — one of the many symptoms of COVID-19. Diminish...

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‘Kill him with his own gun’: Police describe facing the mob at the U.S. Capitol

By Mark Morales | CNN As DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone lay on the ground at the US Capitol building, stunned and injured, he knew a group of rioters were stripping him of his gear. They grabbed spare ammunition, ripped the police radio off his chest and even stole his badge. Then, Fanone, who had just been Tasered several times in the back of the neck, heard something chilling that made him go into survival mode. “Some guys started getting a hold of my gun and they were screaming out, ‘Kill him with his own gun,'” said Fanone, who’s been a police officer for almost two decades. Fanone, one of three officers who spoke with CNN, described his experience fighting a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters who’d invaded the Capitol in an insurrection unheard of in modern Amer

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‘Kill him with his own gun’: Police describe facing the mob at the U.S. Capitol

By Mark Morales | CNN As DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone lay on the ground at the US Capitol building, stunned and injured, he knew a group of rioters were stripping him of his gear. They grabbed spare ammunition, ripped the police radio off his chest and even stole his badge. Then, Fanone, who had just been Tasered several times in the back of the neck, heard something chilling that made him go into survival mode. [vemba-video id=”us/2021/01/15/capitol-riot-officers-sots-ctn-prokupecz-sots-vpx.cnn”] “Some guys started getting a hold of my gun and they were screaming out, ‘Kill him with his own gun,’” said Fanone, who’s been a police officer for almost two decades. Fanone, one of three officers who spoke with CNN, described his experience fighting a mob of President Donald Tr

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This mini EV has recyclable materials, glass doors, and swappable batteries to avoid charge times — see more

Summary List PlacementA traditional automaker spinning off a new EV and mobility brand isn't a new move, and French automaker Renault is the latest to get in on the trend. "Mobilize" is a new mobility, energy, and data services brand within Renault, and its introduction comes with this adorable EZ-1 compact EV prototype. Mobilize envisions users sharing the EZ-1 by only using and paying for it when needed. The little car fits two people, is only 7.5 feet long, and has top-to-bottom glass doors. It's also made from 50% recycled materials and has a battery exchange system to avoid traditional charging. Keep reading to learn more about the cute prototype.  SEE ALSO: This adorable tiny Swiss electric 'bubble car' fits two people and can charge with a regular power outlet — see inside the $...

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DIA has fallen behind on maintenance even as it’s poured billions of dollars into expansions

It’s been a frequent occurrence for years at Denver International Airport: Out-of-order escalators and moving walkways gum up the flow of crowds. Broken fixtures in bathrooms greet arriving passengers. The once-gleaming airport has lost its luster, for some, even as there’s evidence of billions of dollars being spent in other ways. Twenty-six years after DIA opened, it’s fallen behind on maintaining its original buildings and the tens of thousands of pieces of equipment, vehicles, machinery and moving parts that keep the airport running. A recent city audit and documents reviewed by The Denver Post show that the airport, nearly eight years into an effort to establish a preventive maintenance program, is not devoting nearly the attention or resources to the most basic tasks of upkeep as it

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Colorado unveils climate plan to cut heat-trapping air pollution by 90%

Colorado leaders on Thursday unveiled a plan two years in the making to cut heat-trapping air pollution in the state by 90% — a reduction of more than 100 tons a year — before 2050 to improve public health and help contain climate warming. “This is an issue for all humanity and life on the planet,” and limited international cooperation means individual nations, states and companies must act, Gov. Jared Polis said. “It’s very much in our interest to do our part,” Polis said in an interview. “We have a climate-driven economy. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Colorado are climate-dependent. And we want to position Colorado as a climate and green energy leader.” Burning fossil fuels for 150 years has guaranteed that climate warming will hit harder — megafires, aridity, heat waves, rising sea l

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Ordinary folks who know how to pick up after themselves … and everyone else

“Grassroots — common or ordinary people.” That would be most of us. The rank and file. We pay our taxes, vote in elections, keep our noses clean, and, most of the time, mind our own business. Sometimes, though, we step out of the shadows when we see something that bugs us — something government can’t fix for us – and we start what’s called a grassroots movement. They used to be popular back when people talked face to face about issues, and didn’t mind getting their hands a little dirty for a good cause. Well, there’s a fledgling, old fashioned, hands on grassroots movement going on right now in the Valley for a good cause and it’s definitely going to get your hands a little dirty. It’s cleaning up after people who never learned to pick up after themselves, or never cared to. We call them l

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Friednash: Trump’s propaganda fueled the Capitol attack and it’ll burn down the GOP if they don’t reject it

President Donald Trump is burning down the GOP after radicalizing his believers and inciting a violent, deadly insurrection. To save themselves, Republicans cannot minimize Jan. 6 or the events leading up to it. Investigators must determine if the armed rebellion was a premeditated and organized coup attempt instigated by our commander-in-chief in direct violation of the Constitution. There’s some evidence it was. Trump summoned his supporters to Washington, promising it “will be wild.” What started out as pursuing dubious claims of “rigged” elections, morphed into theories of corruption and culminated in shocking right-wing extremist violence. Secretaries of state in every state and judges in dozens of cases uniformly rejected the fantastical Big Lie about widespread election fraud used t

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Fallout: New Vegas fan-made mod looks like a whole new game

The next major Fallout release and it’s not even by BethesdaTitled Fallout: The Frontier, the fan project will be made available later today and is even scheduled to release on Steam. Usually, video game mods tend to be fan-made fixes, cheats, or an excuse to make your character nude or add in Thomas the Tank Engine. But sometimes you get a mod that is so expansive and detailed, it may as well be its own game. Case in point: Fallout: The Frontier. A mod for Fallout: New Vegas, it has been in development for at least five years and, after having to miss its initial December release, is now on track to release later today via Nexus Mods at 8pm GMT/12pm PST/3pm ET. It’s even going to become available on Steam, though it doesn’t have an exact date and is only listed as coming i...

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Coronavirus tracker: California reported 43,182 new cases, and 564 new deaths

California reported 43,182 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of people who have been infected to date to 2,836,439, according to California public heath websites’ end-of-day totals as of Jan. 13. There were also 564 new deaths reported in California, bringing the total number of people who have died in the state to 31,619. There were 340 fewer patients admitted into California hospitals, making for 22,210 hospitalizations statewide. RELATED: What public health leaders mean by ‘0% ICU beds available   Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, The Associated Press, reporting counties and news sources Related Articles High school sports on pause...

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Bill Gates now owns 242,000 acres of farmland, making him America’s biggest private farmland owner, according to a new report

Summary List PlacementMicrosoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates owns 242,000 acres of farmland in the US — making him the largest private farmland owner nationwide, according to a national survey. Gates, whose net worth of nearly $121 billion makes him the world's fourth-richest person, and his wife Melinda Gates hold an extensive farmland portfolio stretching over 18 states, according to The Land Report. The Gates family's biggest holdings are in Louisiana (69,071 acres), Arkansas (47,927 acres) and Nebraska (20,588 acres). The farmland is held both directly and through Cascade Investments, a firm controlled by Gates to manage his investments, according to The Land Report's research. Read more: 32 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read if they want to get smarter about b...

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4 shot, 2 fatally, Thursday in Chicago

Four people were shot, 2 fatally, Jan. 14, 2021 in Chicago.Two people were killed and two others were wounded Thursday in shootings across Chicago. Two people were shot, one fatally, Thursday afternoon in Austin on the West Side. They were in a Pontiac about 5:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of West North Avenue when someone in another vehicle fired shots, Chicago police said. The Pontiac crashed into a fence after the shooting. A male in the Pontiac was struck in the back of the head and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead, police said. A 22-year-old man who was also in the car suffered a gunshot wound in the shoulder and was in fair condition at Stroger Hospital, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details...

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Biden’s inauguration rehearsal has been postponed due to security threats, report says

Summary List PlacementPresident-elect Joe Biden's inauguration rehearsal has been postponed due to security concerns, according to a Politico report. Two sources familiar with the matter told the outlet that the practice run for Biden's swearing-in ceremony, which was scheduled for Sunday, will now take place on Monday. Inauguration Day is on Wednesday. The report did not specify the nature of the security threats which caused Sunday's rehearsal to be delayed. It comes as law-enforcement agencies stepped up their operations in Washington, DC, in the lead-up to Inauguration Day in the wake of last week's riots at the Capitol. A mob of President Donald Trump's supporters had broken into the Capitol, entering congressional offices, destroying public property, and forcing lawmakers to evac...

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