Safety & Security

Air Force veteran worried about EMPs takes us into his doomsday bunker

On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order to protect against a electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that “has the potential to disrupt, degrade, and damage technology and critical infrastructure systems.” The order added that man-made or naturally-occurring EMPs “can affect large geographic areas, disrupting elements critical to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity, and could adversely affect global commerce and stability. The Federal ...

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Trump’s vision for American health care, explained by his budget

Democratic presidential candidates have spent years building a new vision of American policy, one where a lot more of us get our health insurance from the government. I see President Trump’s newly released budget as his counterproposal to all that. It envisions a really different future, one where government-run health care shrinks — and public programs become more difficult to ...

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New interactive map shows how light pollution affects your hometown.

The Radiance Light Trends website, which went live last week, presents a world map that shows where night skies are still relatively dark and where there are hot spots — areas where the blues and black indicating darkness are replaced by greens, yellows and reds indicating the glow of artificial light at night. “The map shows light emissions on Earth, specifically on clear ...

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I’m not a prepper, but I’m prepared

“Do you have an extra roll of toilet paper in your truck?” Missy asked me last week. That’s not the kind of question you want to field at 10:17 on a stormy Wednesday night. I had visions of one of us making a run to the store, and you could guess which one of us it would be. It appeared ...

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The New 30 Something

It’s the financial riddle of the 30-something years. How does anyone, even those with a stable, upwardly mobile job, let alone a family, afford to live in places like New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco or Washington, D. C.? The answer: Many are bankrolled, to varying degrees, by their parents. Hold the eye roll and exasperation about millennials ...

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Dog-walking can be hazardous for seniors, study suggests

A man walks his dog in Lawrence, Mass., after an overnight snowstorm in early March. (Elise Amendola/AP) Dogs need to go on walks, and walking is good exercise for older adults. Seniors who combine the two — by walking a dog — are healthier than people who don’t, according to some research. But a new study by University of Pennsylvania ...

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Read Mark Zuckerberg’s letter on Facebook’s privacy-focused future

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just published a lengthy post outlining what he describes as a “privacy-focused” future for his company’s various messaging platforms — Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp — and online communication at large. The letter is Zuckerberg’s most significant preview of Facebook’s messaging ambitions (and the undertakings necessary to reach them) in years. It touches on encryption, data ...

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Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

teve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery. He underwent the procedure not for the sake of convenience or appearance but, rather, for a reason he doesn’t usually talk much about: he hopes that it will improve his odds ...

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