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Woolsey fire explodes to 70,000 acres overnight; 2 deaths reported amid fight to save hillside communities – Los Angeles Times – cut throat politics in the midst of tragedy

Trump approved a state-of-emergency declaration but on Saturday once again attacked California, claiming erroneously that poor forest management policies caused the fires, even though the Woolsey fire didn’t occur in a forest. “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Trump wrote. Trump has threatened to cut off funding over fire policy before, but has never been specific. California officials have rejected his criticism and said he’s playing politics. Environmentalists believe Trump is trying to use fire prevention as an excuse to raid California’s forests. They contend he is making a move to open ecologically sensitive public land for timber production, as well as for potential solar, wind, broadband infrastructure, mining, off-road vehicles and grazing uses.

Source: Woolsey fire explodes to 70,000 acres overnight; 2 deaths reported amid fight to save hillside communities – Los Angeles Times

A President Who Believes He Is Entitled to His Own Facts – The New York Times – Similar to a Bavarian Clown

Mr. Trump has appeared to grow noticeably more comfortable in the role of president, according to advisers, and that comfort level has reinforced his confidence in his own instincts, including what he regards as facts. Mr. Trump often points to a key moment — his election in 2016, which defied the polls — as proof that agreed-upon data can be wrong. His long career in the New York real estate world convinced Mr. Trump that all people are prone to shading their views according to their own self-interest. Objectivity is not something he expects of people, and he long ago came to believe that “facts” are really arbitrary.

Online health hoaxes: The place where bleach “cures” autism and vaccines spread epidemics | In English | EL PAÍS

There is a place where cancer can be cured in just 42 hours and where all the doctors in the world are conspiring to deceive the population. It is a place where you can “cure” autism with bleach, and where vaccines, far from preventing epidemics, actually spread them. This place is called social media, where a losing battle is being waged on a daily basis against dangerous health hoaxes and misinformation. In Spain, the internet is the second most important source of information on pseudotherapies, and two-thirds of citizens go online to read up on health issues.

Source: Online health hoaxes: The place where bleach “cures” autism and vaccines spread epidemics | In English | EL PAÍS

FSIS recalls beef, ham in Salmonella, Listeria outbreaks | CIDRAP

Today the FSIS said JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Ariz., is recalling about 6.5 million pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport. This includes ground beef, chuck, and burgers sold through several retailers, including Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, and Showcase.

Source: FSIS recalls beef, ham in Salmonella, Listeria outbreaks | CIDRAP

Heroism and tragedy of 1918 Spanish flu remembered in N.L. | CBC News

Many Inuit communities, like Hebron and Nutak, lost a great number of residents, but no community suffered a deeper blow than Okak.  It’s reported that before the flu arrived, 263 people lived in Okak — after the pandemic hit, fewer than 60 people were left.

Source: Heroism and tragedy of 1918 Spanish flu remembered in N.L. | CBC News

Iran ridicules Israeli ′secret′ nuclear claims | News | DW | 28.09.2018

“No arts and craft show will ever obfuscate that Israel is only regime in our region with a *secret* and *undeclared* nuclear weapons program – including an *actual atomic arsenal,*” he tweeted. He appeared to be referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday when he displayed maps and photos of what he claimed was a secret nuclear weapons storage site in Tehran disguised as a rug-cleaning business. Netanyahu said that 15 kilograms of radioactive material had been relocated from the site to other parts of the capital in recent weeks and called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to investigate.

Source: Iran ridicules Israeli ′secret′ nuclear claims | News | DW | 28.09.2018

Trump to chair UN security council meeting on Iran | World news | The Guardian – it will be the height of clownishness 

President will highlight Iran’s ‘violations of international law’ during gathering this month, US ambassador Nikki Haley said

Source: Trump to chair UN security council meeting on Iran | World news | The Guardian

‘Utterly stupid’: Samoan PM hits out at climate change sceptics in fiery Sydney speech

Samoa’s Prime Minister urges Australia to make deeper cuts to carbon emissions to help save Pacific Island nations from the disaster of climate change.

Source: ‘Utterly stupid’: Samoan PM hits out at climate change sceptics in fiery Sydney speech

Opinion | Rug Hunting in Grizzly Country – The New York Times

But this hunt is neither about managing a wildlife population that has exceeded the carrying capacity of its habitat, nor about putting healthy food on the table. Instead, this hunt is about what the great conservationist and thoughtful hunter Aldo Leopold, called a “certificate” — a trophy proving that it’s owner has “been somewhere and done something.” In the case of killing a grizzly, it means you’ve done something that has been considered difficult and dangerous. And it was, when you were hunting with a spear. But anyone who has shot a high-powered rifle knows that knocking off a grizzly bear is no more than an exercise in marksmanship, like shooting an elk. The difference is, you eat the elk. Grizzly bears are not hunted for their meat. Wyoming’s hunting regulations make this clear. If you shoot what’s called a “big game animal” in Wyoming, like an elk, a deer or an antelope, you’re legally bound to bring all the edible portions of the animal out of the field. But if you shoot what’s called “a trophy animal,” like a mountain lion, a black bear and, now, a grizzly, all you have to bring out is its skull and pelt.