A fourth death is connected to vaping: And specifically vaping weed. While details remain hazy, the New York Times is reporting that vape-related illnesses (and deaths) are surging. There are now a possible 450 cases of people developing severe lung illnesses in 33 states. That number is expected to rise as more information on the illnesses becomes available. "There is clearly an epidemic that begs for an urgent response,” wrote Dr. David C. Christiani in an editorial published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. More from the NYT:
Public health officials have underscored one fundamental point: that the surge in illnesses is a new phenomenon and not merely a recognition of a syndrome that may have been developing for years.
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There won't be a recession: Well, according to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. He said a lot of things today, like that the trade war is hurting investments but that lower interest rates are helping the economy.
The weather drama continues: I guess I can't avoid Sharpie-gate. Trump tweeted out this video this afternoon, which shows a CNN anchor suggesting that the storm would hit Alabama. Watch the full, strange, stupid thing.
But then it gets weirder: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an official statement that rejected an earlier statement from its Birmingham, Alabama branch that said Alabamians didn't need to be concerned about Dorian. This has caused a huge outrage, including from the president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, who denounced the decision on Twitter. Look, we've got bland, normie weather guys out here speaking out about corruption, and yet Republicans keep their heads down.
NOAA releases a Friday evening, unattributed statement disavowing the NWS Birmingham tweet from Sunday saying Dorian wasn’t going to impact Alabama. pic.twitter.com/4OfuM6iESo— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) September 6, 2019
I have never been so embarrassed by NOAA. What they did is just disgusting.— Dan Sobien (@pres_nwseo) September 6, 2019
Let me assure you the hard working employees of the NWS had nothing to do with the utterly disgusting and disingenuous tweet sent out by NOAA management tonight #NOAA— Dan Sobien (@pres_nwseo) September 6, 2019
I think Boeing is cursed: Maybe it's not a curse, maybe it's greed, but the company certainly seems cursed. Today a DOOR BLEW OFF a BOEING 777X DURING A STRESS TEST from federal regulators. KOMO reported a "stunned silence" after it flew off. "I've never heard of a case where a door popped off like this during a stress test before," a former Boeing engineer told KOMO.
The former mayor of Bothell is running for governor: The Republicans are really having a hard time finding viable candidates. As Jim Brunner writes, "The GOP here remains on an epic gubernatorial-race losing streak."
Pete dumped a campaign ad in Iowa: It's real butch at the top.
There's only one piece left of the Viaduct: Soon it'll be history.
The Milo Yiannopoulos-related shooting trial will not get a retrial: The assault case against Mark and Elizabeth Hokoana, a couple accused of nearly killing an antifa who was protesting Milo Yiannopoulos, will not get a retrial, reports the Seattle Times. The trial ended in a deadlock after the jury couldn't reach a verdict. It's complicated.
I'm not going to watch this: But "Microsoft: The Musical" is too
good atrocious to overlook. Let me know if I should watch........
Exclusive live footage of Microsoft executives watching "Microsoft: The Musical": They give this dang thing three hard claps and two skips!!
A weekend trailer dump: First up, Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Ferns talk show is being turned into a Netflix movie.
Sam Rockwell as a Nazi? What's new?
Bad boys: They're back! Let's end with
gay icon Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.