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What We Read Today 02 October 2017

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Topics today include:

  • 100 Best Places to Retire in the USA

  • 100 Best Places to Live in the USA

  • Switzerland Seen as No. 1 Country

  • Major shootings in the U.S.

  • Deadliest Shooting in Modern U.S. History: At Least 58 Killed, 515 Injured in Las Vegas

  • Puerto Rico Continues to Struggle After Hurricane Maria

  • Trump Picks a Fight Over Puerto Rico

  • Key employment dispute leaves Supreme Court divided

  • Las Vegas Horror Drives All-Too-Predictable Gun Stock Rally

  • Google Displayed Fake News in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

  • A New Election Theory: Sicker Counties Swung for Trump

  • For E.U., Catalonia Pits Democratic Rights Against Sovereignty

  • Church Offers to Protect Police Who Testify on Philippines’ Drug War

  • Ex-Officer in Philippines Says He Led Death Squad at Duterte’s Behest

  • Grasping for Hope

  • And More

Articles about events, conflicts and disease around the world


  1. Switzerland

  2. Canada

  3. UK

  4. Germany

  5. Japan

  6. Sweden

  7. U.S.

  8. Australia

  9. France

  10. Norway


  • Puerto Rico Continues to Struggle After Hurricane Maria (U.S. News & World Report)  Almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the U.S. troops have arrived on the island and a three-star general is in command, but the situation is still dire for U.S. citizens there, with limited electricity, water, fuel, and food. Vital medications and cash are also hard to come by, and hospitals and food banks are beginning to run low on supplies.  Hundreds of containers with badly-needed supplies, however, are sitting in the port of San Juan because there aren't enough truck drivers to deliver the goods, according to CNN. At the same time, limited fuel and debris-covered roadways would make driving to some parts of the island almost impossible, and very dangerous.  Following the hurricane, there has been widespread criticism of President Donald Trump and his administration's slow response.

  • Trump Picks a Fight Over Puerto Rico (U.S. News && World Report)  President Donald Trump is again using taunts and insults to undermine his critics as he argues that his administration is moving aggressively and effectively to help victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  On Sunday, Trump tweeted from his luxurious golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey:

"We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates, people are now starting to recognize the amazing work that has been done by FEMA [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] and our great Military."

 "Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump.' Not fair to FR or effort!"

On Saturday, Trump wrote a series of tweets blasting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and accusing her and other Puerto Rican officials of having "poor leadership ability" and for wanting "everything to be done for them."

  • Key employment dispute leaves Supreme Court divided (Reuters)  Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday defended the right of workers to bring class-action claims against companies but their conservative counterparts who are in the majority sounded skeptical in the biggest business case of the court’s new term.

A win for employers would give the green-light to an already growing trend in which companies require workers to sign arbitration agreements waiving their right to bring class-action claims either in court or before private arbitrators.

About 25 million workers are already bound by such agreements, according to the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute think tank.

  • Deadliest Shooting in Modern U.S. History: At Least 58 Killed, 515 Injured in Las Vegas (Bloomberg)  A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino rained heavy fire down on a crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival, turning the expanse into a killing ground from which there was little escape. At least 58 people died.  It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. In addition to the dead, at least 515 people were injured, authorities said.

  • Las Vegas Horror Drives All-Too-Predictable Gun Stock Rally (Bloomberg)  The grim predictability of stock-market reactions to U.S. mass shootings—where before a final tally of casualties can be reached, shares of gun makers rise—continued Monday in the wake of a Las Vegas attack that killed at least 58 and wounded 515.  Historically, gun stocks have experienced a bump after a mass shooting for reasons both political and emotional. Gun sales typically rise over concerns that a deadly event could lead to more stringent gun-control legislation. An additional driver of sales, and by extension shares, is the rush by some consumers to purchase guns to defend against future attacks.

  • Google Displayed Fake News in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting (Bloomberg)  False information on the 4chan website made it to the top of Google search results before being debunked.

  • A New Election Theory: Sicker Counties Swung for Trump (Bloomberg)  There is a “substantial association” between measures of poor public health and shifts toward Trump in last November’s balloting, from voting patterns in the 2012 election, according to a paper from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Political Science, published Monday in the journal PLOS ONE.


  • For E.U., Catalonia Pits Democratic Rights Against Sovereignty (The New York Times)  Police officers in black RoboCop uniforms and Darth Vader helmets blocked ordinary citizens from voting. They beat people with batons, fired rubber bullets and wounded pensioners. All of it was captured by smartphones and news cameras and spread around the world.  It is the kind of violence the European Union would ordinarily condemn in high moral terms and even consider punishing. But that was not so easy this time. The nation in question was one of its own: Spain.

The Catalan situation has put the European Union and its members in an awkward position. The bloc defends the fundamental democratic rights of free speech, free assembly and of individuals to vote.

But while the European Union may be a union of democratic states, it is also, first and foremost, a union of sovereign states. It is wary of encouraging separatist forces that threaten to tear at many of the countries within it, as well as at the very fabric of the bloc.


More than 80 percent of the Philippine population is Catholic, and the church has long been a political force in the country. Since the killing of a 17-year-old boy by police officers in August, the church has led protests demanding accountability for the victims of Mr. Duterte’s antidrug campaign, which has left thousands dead at the hands of police officers or vigilantes.

South Korea

  • Grasping for Hope (U.S. News & World Report)  South Korea is now the world's 15th largest economy, according to the World Bank. But the wealth has not been evenly spread. The country's unemployment rate hit a 17-year high in April, at 4.2%, according to Statistics Korea. But youth unemployment was far higher, at 11.2% – following a steady climb upward from about 7.5% in 2007.

Other Scientific, Health, Political, Economics, and Business Items of Note - plus Miscellanea

100 Best Places to Retire in the USA (U.S. News & World Report)  Top ten:

  1. Sarasota, FL

  2. Lancaster, PA

  3. San Antonio, TX

  4. Grand Rapids, MI

  5. El Paso, TX

  6. McAllen, TX

  7. Daytona Beach, FL

  8. Pittsburgh, PA

  9. Austin, TX

  10. Washington, DC

100 Best Places to Live in the USA (U.S. News & World Report)  Twp of the top 10 are also top 10 in places to retire.  Top ten:

  1. Austin, TX

  2. Denver. CO

  3. San Jose, CA

  4. Washington, DC

  5. Fayetteville, AR

  6. Seatle, WA

  7. Raleigh & Durham, NC

  8. Boston, MA

  9. Des Moines, IA

  10. SaltLake City, UT

Major shootings in the U.S. (Reuters)  Click on headline for interactive graphic.  A 64-year-old gunman fired into a country music festival from the 32nd-floor window of an adjacent hotel, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500 before killing himself. This shooting eclipses the death toll from June 2016, when a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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