Raw video: Visitors to beach in Port Aransas, Texas attempt to pull massive blue marlin back into water after finding it ashore.
A construction crew hoping to catch some fish during a team building outing Saturday off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, reeled in an unforgettable sea creature — a record-breaking, 1,073-pound blue marlin.
It was a quiet day for the group as they waited for fish to bite a few miles from Nawiliwili Harbor. But after several hours passed, they felt something strong take the bait.
They struggled for an hour and a half with the large fish, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Together, they worked to haul the fish closer to their 50-foot boat. The fish briefly escaped — “at one point going airborne,” the newspaper described — but eventually they were able to bring the more than 1,000-pound blue marlin on deck.
“The Kauai Region crew set sail on a team building event and never thought they would end up reeling in a blue marlin weighing in at 1,073 lbs, now known as the ‘Yamasaki Grander’ named after boat captain Steven Yamasaki,” Goodfellow Bros., Inc., the company that organized the group activity, posted on Twitter Thursday. “It was a team effort they will never forget!”
The Kauai Region crew set sail on a team building event and never thought they would end up reeling in a blue marlin weighing in at 1,073 lbs, now known as the “Yamasaki Grander” named after boat captain Steven Yamasaki. It was a team effort they will never forget! https://t.co/GNc1EI7AJa
Tristan Gonzales, who helped with the monster catch, said it was the biggest fish he’d ever seen in person.
“It looked like a sea monster!” Gonzales told Hawaii News Now. “I was just hoping the hook sank to give us a fighting chance to land this fish.”
Check out this catch in Kauai. It took a group of fishermen almost two hours to reel in this 1,073 pound blue marlin. “It looked like a sea monster! The biggest darn fish I have ever seen!” Tristan Gonzales said. pic.twitter.com/lmOTa4vg9M
Fortunately, they did — and they were able to bring it back to shore, too. The group watched as the fished got weighed and posed for pictures with it on the dock.
“This is one fishing trip that will live on in the record books and more so, in the memories of the crew,” Goodfellow Bros. told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in a statement. “No fishing tales here…only the real thing…the unbelievable catch that did not get away! The Yamasaki Grander!”
“The largest blue marlin ever caught on a rod and reel was caught by Capt. Cornelius Choy and his daughter Gail on the COREENE-C in 1971. The fish weighed an astonishing 1,805 lbs,” the fishing site states on its website.
Despite its own policies against hateful content, Amazon still sells racist productssome of them marketed at children, a new study finds.
Baby onesies featuring a burning cross, swastika necklaces, and costumes depicting a black man being lynched have all found a recent home on Amazon, according to a new study by the Action Center on Race and the Economy and the Partnership for Working Families. The study also found a trove of white supremacist literature that has been created on Amazons publishing platform. Those products lingered on the site despite Amazons policy prohibiting products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views, the company states on its website.
Amazon, which takes a cut of sales, often doesnt take action against the products unless facing public backlash, the study found. While some of the products cited in the study have since been removed from Amazon, others remain for sale on the site.
Third party sellers who use our Marketplace service must follow our guidelines and those who dont are subject to swift action including potential removal of their account, an Amazon spokesperson told The Daily Beast of the study.
Retailers arent exactly hiding their Nazi products. A leather WWII German Waffen SS replica hat was allowed on the site, despite it being modeled after Nazi uniforms, the study found. The same goes for a swastika necklace, Nazi swords, and paraphernalia with the Totenkopf, a Nazi skull logo that has since been adopted by violent neo-Nazi groups.
A number of those products were marketed at children, including a series of custom Legos modified to look like Nazi troops, and a for girls backpack featuring Pepe, a cartoon frog that has become a symbol of the far right. The Pepe on the girls backpack is wearing a Nazi SS cap. Other Pepe products flagged in the study include a Pepe-fied Donald Trump childrens backpack and a baby romper featuring Pepe in a turban and thick beard for an anti-Muslim variant on the meme. Baby rompers featuring burning crosses, images often associated with the Ku Klux Klan, were also available.
Amazon also hosts neo-Nazi childrens literature. The study found Amazon selling physical and Kindle versions of The Fable of the Ducks and the Hens, a childrens book by George Lincoln Rockwell, the late founder of the American Nazi Party.
The description on Amazons site makes no mention of Rockwells background or the racist propaganda in the book, the study reads. Parents considering the book would see it described as a witty, colorfully illustrated story about ducks whose lives are ruined by an influx of pushy, scheming hens. Those taking a closer look might notice a user review approvingly describing the book as a Great National Socialist Kids book that teaches our children to be careful and dont let refugees into your country and illustrates how we are screwed by the colored birds!
Rockwells name should, in theory, be easy to screen for. One of Americas most prominent Nazis, Rockwell is frequently name-checked by prominent racists including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. His childrens book even appears in full on the American Nazi Partys website.
Amazon isnt just selling white supremacist literature. Its also giving racists the tools to create those texts through CreateSpace, a self-publishing platform.
At least seven SPLC-identified hate groups are publishing materials in Amazon Kindle format as of June 2018, per a review of Amazons site, the study found, referring to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The white nationalist publishing house Counter-Currents has 50 titles available in Kindle format.
Other white supremacist books include a bloodthirsty white nationalist fantasy novel from Kyle Bristow, a lawyer who previously represented white nationalist Richard Spencer, and 18 books by the neo-Nazi Billy Roper. One of his books advertises tips on how to become an influential figure in the white supremacist movement.
Amazons music-streaming services also host white power or hatecore bands. Although some of those bands have slightly modified their song titles to appear more Amazon-friendly (one song title cited in the study was modified from Die Jew Die to Die Die), the artists go under their real band names, which are known for hatecore music. A hatecore record label that owns the website whitepower.com maintain[s] an entire storefront on Amazon up for sale.
Amazon sometimes removes content that violates its hateful product policies. But often the company only does so after facing serious backlash, the study found. In 2015, following a Washington Post expos, Amazon booted a hate group off an Amazon-run fundraising service. The SPLC later noted that it had been trying to oust that same group from the service for years, but that it had no luck until the Post went public with the story.
Amazon has been reactive, not proactive, in its response to use of its site by peddlers of hate, the study found. Amazon has a history of responding slowlyor not at allto public pressure on this front rather than effectively preventing hate groups from using its platforms in the first place.
Visits to the vet can be scary and stressful for the animals, often leaving them drugged and confused. And while we might think that they look quite funny afterward, narrow-eyed expressions aren’t the only humorous things to come out of vet visits. There’s another side of the story, and Imgur user Ali is here to share it.
The 26-year-old woman has been working as a veterinary technician for 3 years and has seen plenty of animals, collecting various stories and incidents through the years. The woman says she enjoys her work, including the surprises and hardships that come with it. “I do enjoy the challenges, just so happened that I had to trap a feral cat that escaped from its cage first thing when I walked in this morning. Took about 45 minutes” Ali told Bored Panda. With plenty of funny and strange stories under her belt, yesterday Ali decided to share a few of them with the world. So scroll down below to read those stories and don’t forget to comment and vote on your favorites!
Young woman books an emergency appointment for a cat. We ask why she’s here, she tells us that she recently adopted this cat from a shelter a few days ago with all his paperwork, showing that he’s clean as a whistle. Fine, so what’s the problem? “Well, I think he may have a lung infection, he sometimes makes a funny sound and it’s happening more often. Usually it’s triggered when…
Young woman books an emergency appointment for a cat. We ask why she’s here, she tells us that she recently adopted this cat from a shelter a few days ago with all his paperwork, showing that he’s clean as a whistle. Fine, so what’s the problem? “Well, I think he may have a lung infection, he sometimes makes a funny sound and it’s happening more often. Usually it’s triggered when he’s near me or when I touch him, but he’ll sometimes just do it around the house”. While the vet is checking out the cat’s lungs I’m holding the cat and gently scratching behind the ears. He starts to purr. A deep loud hearty sound that fills the room. “THAT’S IT THAT’S THE SOUND!” We’re momentarily stunned, eventually the vet manages to reply “Wut? Uhhh….seriously? That’s a purr. He’s happy, if that’s it you can go home.” She’s still confused, but relieved and I give her a bunch of cat pamphlets and stuff and send her on her way. She was sweet as pie and about as smart as one too. That’s okay, she thought something was wrong and came rushing in.
Love them dearly, but dogs can be morons sometimes. So a Golden Retriever (shocking) came in with symptoms like lethargy, excessive drooling, vomiting, not eating (uh oh, it’s a Golden, something up here), and distended belly. We x-ray the patient and his stomach and part of his intestines are completely distended, like balloon huge, and filled with we’re not sure yet. Table time. These surgeries are generally not short, but…
Love them dearly, but dogs can be morons sometimes. So a Golden Retriever (shocking) came in with symptoms like lethargy, excessive drooling, vomiting, not eating (uh oh, it’s a Golden, something up here), and distended belly. We x-ray the patient and his stomach and part of his intestines are completely distended, like balloon huge, and filled with we’re not sure yet. Table time. These surgeries are generally not short, but this guy took the prize. 4 hours later, we removed 6 and a half socks and 3 large dishtowels. The surgery looked more like the magic trick with the scarves up the sleeves than the trick itself. It never ended. We were dying of laughter, but holy shit. The dog is fine now. Hopefully no longer scarfing laundry. Sorry not sorry.
Nipples baffle the sh*t out of pet owner’s new and old alike. It happens so frequently that it’s a joke now. “Oh my god I found some lumps on their belly!” So for everyone’s awareness cats and dogs alike have six to eight nips along their belly and it’s okay guys. Sometimes the boys flash them too. Sometimes girls and boys alike don’t. The best was the big burly guy…
Nipples baffle the sh*t out of pet owner’s new and old alike. It happens so frequently that it’s a joke now. “Oh my god I found some lumps on their belly!” So for everyone’s awareness cats and dogs alike have six to eight nips along their belly and it’s okay guys. Sometimes the boys flash them too. Sometimes girls and boys alike don’t. The best was the big burly guy and his Mastiff and he would simply not accept that his MALE dog had nipples. Wanted to get them removed under anesthesia even after explaining to him that they’re normal. It was funny, but he was a bit intense. Nice dog though.
This one has happened twice now, and holy sh*t is it funny. Usually it happens while their grooming or if they’re horny and decide to hump a blanket or something, and anyway their little red rocket makes a surprise appearance. Apparently if you do not know this, it’s f**king shocking and terrifying. “What is that”, “It doesn’t look normal” “HIS PENIS IS BLEEDING WHAT IS HAPPENING” “But I thought you…
This one has happened twice now, and holy sh*t is it funny. Usually it happens while their grooming or if they’re horny and decide to hump a blanket or something, and anyway their little red rocket makes a surprise appearance. Apparently if you do not know this, it’s f**king shocking and terrifying. “What is that”, “It doesn’t look normal” “HIS PENIS IS BLEEDING WHAT IS HAPPENING” “But I thought you cut it off when he got fixed”. For real though.
This one is kind of sad and weird. One of our clients is losing their mind a little bit, and they have a small dog. Well she brings the dog in all the time because the owner is convinced that her neighbors (shadowy figures with no face) are futzing around with her dog’s penis while she’s gone and that the dog has severe anxiety from it. The dog is fine…
This one is kind of sad and weird. One of our clients is losing their mind a little bit, and they have a small dog. Well she brings the dog in all the time because the owner is convinced that her neighbors (shadowy figures with no face) are futzing around with her dog’s penis while she’s gone and that the dog has severe anxiety from it. The dog is fine and is really sweet, but oh my god.
Kids mean well, but goddammit guys where are you grabbing them? I understand when they have broken wings and sh*t but the number of times they just walk in with a bird and are like “Hey look what I got, do something with it” and just leave is weird. The notable and exciting day for everyone was when some kids nabbed a bird, brought it to us and it happened…
Kids mean well, but goddammit guys where are you grabbing them? I understand when they have broken wings and sh*t but the number of times they just walk in with a bird and are like “Hey look what I got, do something with it” and just leave is weird. The notable and exciting day for everyone was when some kids nabbed a bird, brought it to us and it happened to be tagged by a local pigeon racing group (they exist?). Some old dudes in a truck showed up about 4 hours later all excited like little girls. It’s apparently the farthest one of their birds has been tracked flying. There was also a budgie once brought in by the bird children, it got adopted.
Bless them, there are these rescue organizations that either seize or purchase food market dogs and get them adopted out overseas to live out “normal lives”. Now don’t get me wrong they do A LOT of good work and many of the animals are genuinely saved. Some are so deeply broken that they cannot function as a pet in any sense. This dog HATEd to get touched by literally anybody,…
Bless them, there are these rescue organizations that either seize or purchase food market dogs and get them adopted out overseas to live out “normal lives”. Now don’t get me wrong they do A LOT of good work and many of the animals are genuinely saved. Some are so deeply broken that they cannot function as a pet in any sense. This dog HATEd to get touched by literally anybody, it was extremely flighty and bitey, genuinely aggressive towards most people, and it came in to get vaccinated. That’s it. Okay…fine. So we hand the owner a muzzle and that’s when the guy goes “Oh no, I can’t put that on her”. She’s a snarling drooling mess the entire time we’re in there, positioned in way that she’s ready to lunge at us at a moments notice. She’s the size of a Shepherd, probably somekind of Akita mix thing, whatever. Anyway that’s when the guy tells us that “he’s scared to” because she once bit him so in the face that he had a hole in his palate into his f**king sinuses. He had to have reconstructive surgery. Dumbfounded it took a moment to tell the guy that he needs to go home, there was no f**king way. It’s the only time we’ve ever done that.
Every generation is nostalgic for the movies of their childhood.
But the movies of our childhood, and by our childhood I mean the ’80s and ’90s, are objectively the best. It’s just a fact.
While this isn’t a comprehensive list, these are some of the most important movies you can show your family.
We millennials are all grown up now with families of our own.
And our families will know every word to The Princess Bride if we have anything to say about it.
The Princess Bride
First up, obviously, is the greatest movie of all time.
It’s a tale of adventure and true love and also a brilliant parody of those things.
Here’s the thing: Ghostbusters is a total classic. And I might say something a little controversial here, but so is Ghostbusters 2.
It’s also good!!!!
These are a great baseline from which to watch the new Ghostbusters featuring four badass ghostbusting women.
Goonies never say die! And this movie won’t die either.
It’s a surprisingly dark tale for a kids’ movie, but it’s about friendship and adventure.
And it has a baby Josh Brolin in it, and that’s all you really need in a movie.
This movie will live on in our hearts for-eh-VER. The Sandlot is the quintessential sports/dog/nostalgia movie.
It has something for everyone, and by that I mean it has a giant slobbery dog.
The next one is oft forgotten, but it shouldn’t be.
Now and Then
This movie doesn’t make a lot of lists, probably because it’s about female friendship, but it should.
Its cast is insane (Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffmann, Demi Moore, Rita Wilson, and more).
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
He’s a legend. He’s a badass. He’s Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago.
Ferris Bueller is a character everyone needs to know and a movie for the ages.
“It’s not a tumor!” Kindergarten Cop takes the action and drama of a typical Arnold Schwarzenegger film and sticks it in a classroom full of five-year-old kids.
The Parent Trap
Sure, there is an original. But the Lindsay Lohan Parent Trap is a perfect movie.
It deserves to be in the history books and the memories of your children and your children’s children for generations to come.
Home Alone may be a Christmas movie, but it’s really just an all-time classic.
It’s every kid’s dream, and nightmare rolled into one Macauley Culkin-led vehicle.
The next one is perfect for anyone who has ever felt small.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
This movie will forever make you want to be tiny, so you can slide down giant blades of grass and ride ants like horses.
And again, this is a case where the sequels might be even better than the original.
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves FTW!
Sure, Chris Pratt is a dreamboat. But nothing compares to Jeff Goldblum and the rest of the cast of the original Jurassic Park.
It’s still the best one, hands down.
Back to the Future
Marty McFly and Doc Brown. The Delorian. You basically have to watch this movie to be a person.
It’s a total classic.
There are more jokes per minute in this film than most of the other movies on this list combined.
Sure, some of them are a little bit racist and haven’t quite aged gracefully. But Airplane! remains a classic to this day.
The Naked Gun
Speaking of Leslie Nielsen being hilarious and over-the-top, The Naked Gun.
This one gets a little racy, so maybe keep it out of reach of super small children. It also stars a young, hot O.J. Simpson, you know, before the murdering.
The next one gave us Drew Barrymore and Reese’s Pieces.
“E.T. phone home!” Even though this little alien is maybe the ugliest creature in the galaxy, E.T. is a classic.
Every kid wanted to ride their bicycle into the sky after watching this movie.
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and one day played over and over and over again.
This is one of the most clever scripts ever written and a totally hilarious movie.
There are so many versions of this classic orphan story, but if you’re a millennial like me, you most likely grew up with Carol Burnett as Ms. Hannigan.
It’s a hard knock life, that’s for sure.
There are countless Roald Dahl adaptations that deserve a place in your memory (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, TheWitches), but book-loving, telekinetic Matilda is the best.
It Takes Two
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen gave us some of the greatest movies of the ’90s, but It Takes Two was obviously the peak, mostly because it also starred Kirstie Alley and Steve Guttenberg.
It does not get any more ’90s than that.
Share this with someone you love and add your own favorites in the comments!
He is the strong head. Dont let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.
That was Donald Trump on Friday morning, former leader of the free world, praising murderous North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. It set off a justified firestorm. Sure, his usual cheerleaders immediately jumped to, He was joking! Why are you libtard sharia Soros Pizzagate Killary supporters so triggered? or Dont you get it, man? Its 9th-dimensional quantum chess.
Sorry, Im all out of passes in the Hes new at this or Hes joking or Thats just Trump being Trump categories his enablers have gotten away with using for far too long. After the last week, Trump is clearly a man who puts the dick in dictator. Hes a fanboy of Putin, Kim, Duterte, and a dogs breakfast of the worst examples of oppression, thuggery, and anti-Western values the globe has to offer.
Why is todays statement so much more outrageous, so much more egregious than any of a host of other Trumpian excesses, deviations from American values, shit-talking lunacy, and post-truth verbal dysentery? Because this week, Trumps love of authoritarians, dictatorships and his actions and words came together. Donald Trump first went to the G-7 to wreck the proceedings with a combination of insult-comic schtick, diplomatic demolition derby, Putin cheerleading, and giant-toddler petulance.
He followed that with the Singapore Shitshow. It was a monstrous reality TV event, as was intended. But it left our putative allies wondering at the new Axis of Assholes Trump has joinedthe CRANK: China, Russia, America and North Korea. By the end, it didnt feel like he was after denuclearization but management tips from the portly little thug Kim.
For the American president to normalize, excuse, and ally himself with the worst of the world's bad actors while insulting, degrading, and destroying our allies and alliances would be appalling in any circumstance. The fact that Trump acts like a bumbling, eager fraternity pledge, desperate to join Phi Sigma Dictator makes it all the worse.
Donald Trumps authoritarian impulses have never exactly been a state secret. The entire Trump leadership oeuvre is a grotesque, bubbling slurry of reality TV star egomania and crap-tier nationalist nostrums that sound like Pat Buchanan and Lyndon LaRouche had a love child. Barely contained racial animus and a will to power is what resembles the real heroes of Trump's blisteringly awful mental and moral landscape.
We know from whence some of this impulse came. A gloriously illiterate cretin with a reading level routinely bested by simple, non-digital household appliances and talented flatworms on his best days, Trumps interior intellectual life has never been, well, visible without the use of highly sensitive lab equipment. Roy Cohns tutelage, his fathers racial beliefs, and his indifferent education all contributed to the creature he is today. Trumps bedside reading list was, according to his first wife, a collection of Adolf Hitlers speeches. As they say, you've got to give the kids something they're interested in to make reading special.
Trump's style from the beginning was authoritarian-chic; bossy, needy, insufferable, and centered on the bright, hot star in the center of the stage. Trump was never a man running as a servant of the people; he was an avatar for their darkest, most vengeful, most petty grievances and imagined slights from a catalog of monsters from the Fox News scare closet. He wasnt a leader; he was an avenger. He played an old tune from the authoritarian songbook: pose as the one man who will the avenge the Dolchstolegende committed against MAGAmerica by the perfidious Others, whether they be Mexicans, Chinese, Jews, Muslims, RINOs, the Establishment, or the literate.
In office, he adopted more than even the usual trappings of the Imperial Presidency, right down to the Royal Family serving in positions of influence. His staff engaged in behavior toward Trump that treated him not as a President, but as a king. It started before the White House, with his dictator-chic interior design sensibility striking every wrong chord, a trainwreck of Saddam and Liberace set loose with too much gold leaf, a glue gun, and a half-pound of cocaine.
Before his inauguration, Trump requested a massive, Soviet-style military parade and salute in his honor.He has consistently returned to this particular piece of Maximum Leader tableau vivant over and over again, hoping by some magical associative property of the heroism and skill of our men and women in uniform to somehow become something more than a five-time draft dodging chickenhawk.
Trumpian language, like that of so many actual and wannabe-strongmen, is always overwrought, hyperbolic, and self-aggrandizing. Listen to Trumps language or that of his surrogates and staffers, and its always the biggest, best, first, only. All his actions are perfect, all his thoughts are genius, all his ideas are born fully formed and intellectually unassailable. He also hits a hole-in-one every time. Oh, wait. Thats the ex-dictator father of hisnew bestie Kim Jong Un.
The disregard for truth is also another hallmark. No one conspired with Russia. The harvest was amazing. There are no children in cages. We built more tractors than ever due to the Stakhanovite workers determination to exceed the Five Year Plan. The Trump family charity isnt a criminal enterprise, but rather a source of hope for millions. Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort fetched coffee, at best.
Every authoritarian hellholepardon me, shitholeneeds a state-run media to salute the Father of the Nation for exceeding the Five Year Plans Beet Harvest totals, or to praise the construction of the 3,000-mile, 500-foot tall pure-titanium Glorious All-Peoples Border Wall. State-run media must offer not only praise for His Umber Majesty but also scourge and punish any apostates. The surreal outing when a Fox News host bot demanded Marco Rubio retract his critique of Kim Jong Un because it might reflect badly on Donald Trump was one of those, Screw it, the Westworld robots are loose, and its only a matter of time before they get us all moments.
The constellation of talk radio, Fox, Infowars, Breitbart (Its English for Der Sturmer), devote every moment of bandwidth not spent fellating Trump to punishing and pursuing his critics. Sean Haw Haw of Fox News spends his nightly 43 minutes of airtime between commercials for catheters, reverse mortgages, stairlift, and survival food screaming into the camera like a turgid ham with a series of denunciations that would make Beria lean back and say, Oh, easy there, tovarish. Judge Jeanine Pirro needs only a pink hanbok to rival North Koreas Ri Chun-hee for paint-peeling agitprop in service to Kim Jong Don.
Authoritarian states also require the sick infrastructure of informers, and enforcers, petty zampolits, petty commissars and chekists do what they do; punish deviations from the constant worship, adulation, and praise of the Dear Leader. The White House is Hobbesian snakepit, and Republican politics has become filled with denunciations of any deviation from the True Faith.
When Republican National Committee Ronna Romney McDaniel tweeted, Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake it wasnt just the new normal; it was a set of marching orders to monitor, report, purge and punish any variation from Trump juche.
The entire letat cest Trump mindset of todays Washington, D.C., is making Trump feel frisky, as the GOP continues to lay in the road like a dead animal, even as the buzzards of reality, conscience, and truth peck at them. Paul Ryans utter, final moral collapse was on full display this week; now hes pretending he doesnt even read the news about Trumps behavior or that of his cabinet members. Trump is unbounded, unbridled, and unhinged.
Yes, some of Trumps distractions are to cover the pendant doom of Paul Manafort, now rotting in jail for the foreseeable future, the Cohen trainwreck, and the failure of this weeks IG report to categorically demonstrate him is as pure as the driven snow and that his Russia ties were all Hillarys fault. But much of this authoritarian statist flirtation is because Trump wills it so.
We are told to take Trump seriously, but not literally. Im not sure we can afford to do that any longer.
The president of the United States of America is an office which imposes a vast, consequential responsibility on the person who holds it to represent America's values to the world. If those values are liberty, equality, freedom, the rule of law, and the Constitution, Trump is failing on every front. If they are the values of the thug, the tyrant, the bully, the circus freak third-world tinpot?
Two bacteria between them killed approximately 900,000 children in the year 2000, with another 8 million infected, often with devastating consequences. A study of the distribution of vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) has found they have been central to reducing this toll by two-thirds. Millions of lives over the next decade depend on getting vaccines to the places where they are lacking.
Detractors often accuse IFLScience of sounding like a broken record when it comes to criticizing anti-vaccination campaigners. If so, there’s a good reason. The number of lives vaccines save is beyond most people’s comprehension, and even small interruptions to access have insanely disastrous consequences.
A new paper in The Lancet Global Health calculates the benefits provided by these two vaccines, and proposes how they can be best deployed in future. “Further progress against these diseases will depend on efforts in a few large countries,” said Dr Brian Wahl of Johns Hopkins University in a statement.
Despite its name, Hib doesn’t cause influenza, which is a viral disease. It was thought to be the cause of the flu for forty years and the name stuck. Moreover, most of the deaths it causes are when the immune system is weakened from fighting other things, including Orthomyxoviruses, the real cause of flu, and other viruses such as HIV.
The introduction of a vaccine against Hib in the early 1990s largely eliminated the disease from rich countries. Unfortunately, the vaccine is substantially more expensive than those against other common childhood diseases, which delayed its distribution in poorer countries.
A vaccine against pneumococcus has existed since the 1980s. Although several improved versions have come out since, their use was rare in low-income countries until 2009.
The two bacteria are the main causes of meningitis worldwide, and commonly induce pneumonia and sepsis among other serious conditions.
The Lancet study compiled data from all low-income countries on meningitis and pneumonia deaths, and combined these with estimates of the proportion attributable to these bacteria. From 299,000 and 600,000 for the two diseases in 200, deaths have plunged to 29,500 and 294,000 in 2015. Most of the 1.45 million livers saved were in the last few years, indicating a tremendous unnecessary death toll in the first decade of the millennium.
Such numbers can easily fog one’s brain, but they mean that in 2015 alone the children whose lives were saved would more than fill most countries’ largest stadium six times over or replace a decent-sized city. Although the vaccines were not the whole story, better hygiene and access to health care also contributed, Wahl said the evidence showed the vaccines were the biggest factor.
Most remaining Hib and pneumococcus deaths are in four countries – India, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo – where large regions have low vaccination rates.
Attempting to talk up Trump and Jong-Un’s meeting in Singapore on Tuesday as one for the history books, the Fox and Friends commentator referred to the rival egomaniacs as “two dictators,” telling White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci:
“Regardless of what happens in that meeting, between the two dictators, what we are seeing right now, this is history.”
Oops! Huntsman apologized for the slip-up later on the show, but by that point Twitter was already having way too much fun making “Two Dictators walk into a bar…” jokes.