The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:00:00 -0500Your state bird could be extinct by 2080<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>By 2080, the skies over North America could be much emptier. A recent report from the National Audubon Society, compiled from data collected over 30 years of bird counts and surveys, shows that more than half of North America's most iconic birds are in serious danger. Of the 588 bird species surveyed, 314 are at risk for losing significant amounts of their habitat to a changing climate.</p><p>"Birds are a good barometer of the overall health and wellbeing of the natural systems we depend on for food, water, and clear air," Audubon chief scientist Gary Langham wrote in an email. "If half the birds...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Roxanne PalmerWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:00:00 -0500Coming soon to Alaska: A Grand Canyon&ndash;size gold mine?</P><p>The EPA has been working to block a massive project that would create the largest open pit mine ever dug, but the agency's efforts have been halted while a judge decides whether the EPA broke the law in trying to stop the mine. That could pave the way for the world's largest cold and copper mine.</p><p>Pebble Partnership, the Canadian company behind the project, seeks to build a mine near Anchorage, Alaska, that would "reach Grand Canyon-level depths" and could yield more than 100 million ounces of gold, 80 billion pounds of copper, and other precious minerals.</p><p>Salmon fishermen in Washington and Alaska...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Teresa MullWed, 26 Nov 2014 14:25:00 -05004 simple steps to ensure you'll never, ever be tricked by an internet hoax again<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Read more on this story.</p><p>Listen to more of <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts:</p><ul><li>In defense of family dinner</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Days of Being Wild</em></li><li>This week I learned that it was Snow White's mother who wanted her dead, and more</li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:15:00 -0500Top candidates don't want Chuck Hagel's job</P><p>Maybe the rise of ISIS and cuts to the Defense Department's budget are making the job of Defense secretary increasingly unappealing. Or at least, that's one possible reason why multiple top candidates have already said they're not interested in filling the shoes of Chuck Hagel, who resigned from the position on Monday.</p><p>Fox News reports that Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of Defense for policy, and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) emerged as top prospects, but each made clear that they have no desire to take on the Cabinet-level post.</p><p>Defense Department spokesman Adm. John Kirby acknowledged...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Teresa MullWed, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:00 -0500TV dinners were invented thanks to Thanksgiving leftovers, and 22 other delicious Thanksgiving food facts</P><p>Did you know that Thanksgiving might be the origin of your favorite Swanson microwave meal?</p><p>In 1953, the Swanson TV dinner company apparently had 260 tons of frozen turkey leftover after Thanksgiving. So they packaged them into trays with peas and potatoes, which evolved into the TV dinners America knows and loves today.</p><p>That's just one of the 23 facts about Thanksgiving food in this week's video from our sister site, <em>Mental Floss</em>. Other facts in the video, hosted by author John Green, include that the average American eats 16 pounds of turkey a year, and only male turkeys make that signature...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:23:00 -0500GoPro is making a line of consumer drones</P><p>Get your drone selfie game ready. GoPro is expanding its repertoire from cameras you can wear to cameras you can fly.</p><p>In 2015, the company will start selling consumer drones for between $500 and $1,000 a pop, <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reports. Expect a multi-rotor helicopter with a high-definition camera attached.</p><p>The announcement caps a big year for GoPro, which went public in June and has so far seen a 15 percent uptick in sales from 2013.</p> <a href="">More</a>By Julie KliegmanWed, 26 Nov 2014 13:16:00 -0500ObamaCare gets almost a half-million enrollees in one week</P><p>Roughly 462,000 people signed up for ObamaCare through the federally-run insurance marketplace in the first week of the 2015 enrollment period, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. That tally doesn't include the tens of thousands of customers who are estimated to have signed up through state-run exchanges.</p><p>The flood of early enrollments is a far cry from last year, when a sputtering website hindered enrollments and gave Republicans fodder to bash the Affordable Care Act as hopelessly broken. The administration hopes to enroll between 9 million and 9.9 million people...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:09:00 -0500Drinkers in the U.K. are getting alcohol pills</P><p>Tens of thousands of people in Britain who drink more than three glasses of wine nightly will be given a daily alcohol pill.</p><p>The pill, Nalmefene, will reportedly reduce their dependence on alcohol and costs the equivalent of $4.70 a day. The drug supposedly reduces the urge to drink and can cut alcohol consumption by as much as two-thirds after six months.</p><p>The country's National Institute for Health and Clinical Service says that drinkers who don't consider themselves alcoholics are still hurting their health. People will be eligible for the tablet if they can't reduce their alcohol intake on...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:55:00 -0500Consumer confidence just hit a 7-year high</P><p>Consumer confidence hit a seven-year high this November just in time for holiday shopping, according to one measure. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index increased to 88.8, the highest since 2007 and nearly a two-point jump from October.</p><p>Stronger job growth, cheaper fuel, and high stock prices are contributing to the sentiment, <em>Bloomberg</em> reports.</p><p>In October, spending increased at the same rate as income. That means as consumers get more confident parting with their cash, they're still staying within their means. Black Friday madness, here we come.</p> <a href="">More</a>By Julie KliegmanWed, 26 Nov 2014 12:39:00 -0500The warm glow of certainty<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Did President Obama commit an act of imperial hubris on immigration, or was he simply following the humane lead of Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush? Did police officer Darren Wilson get away with murder, or did Michael Brown force the cop's hand by attacking him? How lovely it would be if we all could judge such questions coolly and rationally, on the basis of evidence. Alas, virtually all of us respond to emotionally loaded issues in a visceral way, and then reason backward to the conclusion that <em>feels</em> right because it buttresses what we already believe. The stronger people's political and...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/william-falk" ><span class="byline">William Falk</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:30:00 -0500See which Thanksgiving recipes your state is Googling</P><p>It's nearly time for Thanksgiving staples like stuffing, cranberry sauce, and &mdash; wait for it &mdash; cookie salad. Well, maybe if you live in North Dakota, where residents are Googling for that Thanksgiving recipe 189 times more frequently than the rest of the country is.</p><p>Check out <em>The New York Times</em>' map of which recipes are the most popular searches in each state. You might just add frog eye salad, pig pickin cake, or deer jerky to Thursday's menu at the last-minute. Still hungry for state-specific dishes? See the <em>Times</em>' pick of a recipe evoking your state.</p> <a href="">More</a>By Julie KliegmanWed, 26 Nov 2014 12:12:00 -0500John Boehner has the secret to the perfect turkey brine</P><p>Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) has released a video about how he'll be preparing his Thanksgiving turkey.</p><p>Cleverly dubbed "The Boehner Brine," the sauce includes "16 ounces of pure maple syrup." Boehner also notes that he only cooks the turkey "to about 160, max" to keep it flavorful. "And then I take it out, and I put foil over it and let it sit for at least an hour."</p><p>Check out Boehner preparing his turkey in the video below. --<em>Meghan DeMaria</em></p><center><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:09:00 -0500Vladimir Putin on Russia: 'We pose no threat to anyone'</P><p>Russian President Vladimir Putin says the world shouldn't fear Moscow because it doesn't want to play any "geopolitical games."</p><p>"We pose no threat to anyone and do not intend to get involved in any geopolitical games or intrigues, let alone conflicts, no matter who tries to draw us into them or how they do so," Putin told his military chiefs on Wednesday, according to <em>Reuters</em>.</p><p>Also Wednesday, NATO's top commander said Russian troops were operating in eastern Ukraine, and he warned that Moscow could use its annexation of Crimea to control "almost the entire Black Sea."</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:06:00 -0500No, this 'leaked Star Wars: Episode VII trailer' isn't real</P><p>Settle down, <em>Star Wars</em> fans. This isn't the trailer you're looking for:</p><p><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>On Thursday, the internet erupted over a video that purported to be an "international teaser trailer" for <em>Star Wars: Episode VII </em>&mdash; <em>The Force Awakens</em>. All the elements were there: Jedi, stormtroopers, lightsabers, space battles, and John Williams' unforgettable score.</p><p>Unfortunately, the leak of a trailer two days before its planned theatrical release is, indeed, too good to be true. The account hosting the video admits as much in the description: "Awesome! Great tone to this trailer! Now I just can't wait for the real...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:31:00 -0500Ferguson riots were terrible -- but this racist reaction was worse<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>As the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson erupted in flames, looting and tear gas throughout the night, Twitter was ablaze with racists. Because America.</p><p>The declining of a grand jury Monday night to indict officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, prompted fury on the part of protesters across the country. At the same time, racist people watching the news from the safety of their living rooms were casting vile judgments on the protesters. That's how the hashtag #Chimpout was born.</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>#Chimpout is now trending. So are #Chimpout2014 and #Chimpocalypse2014. Stay classy...</p></blockquote></center> <a href="">More</a>By Sarah KaufmanWed, 26 Nov 2014 11:13:00 -0500Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi charged with 4 counts of sexual assault</P><p>Jian Ghomeshi, the co-creator and former host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular radio program <em>Q</em>, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. He has already surrendered to the custody of Toronto police.</p><p>The allegations against Ghomeshi first became public on October 26, when the CBC announced that it was firing the host due to unspecified "information" it had received. "This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration," said the CBC in a statement. Within the day, <em>The</em> <em>Toronto Star</em> published...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:12:00 -0500