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Obsession could backfire, stock market plunged, can a cat have an existential crisis and more

• Oct 5, 2018 at 2:07 PM

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THE DAILY BEAST: Democrats fear Kavanaugh obsession could backfire

With Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court looking more likely, some top strategists in the Democratic Party have begun warning members to quickly move off the nomination after it comes up for a vote.

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CNBC: The last time rates soared like this, the stock market plunged double-digits

Interest rates are surging in the U.S. and around the world, sending shock waves through equity markets. The last time this kind of breakout in bond yields struck, U.S. stocks tumbled more than 10 percent.

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ARS TECHNICA: Here are the top ways people die while taking selfies and 'being cool'

The top three were drowning, transportation related (mostly being hit by trains), and falling off of things, such as cliff edges.

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BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS: Climate change could bring more “mosquito-pocalypses”

In the wake of Hurricane Florence and the rains that followed, residents of disaster-stricken areas of North Carolina are now also dealing with swarms of “enormous, aggressive” mosquitos up to a half-inch long. Some news reports are calling it a “mosquito-pocalypse.”

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ONE COOL THING: Can a cat have an existential crisis?

No longer the most important small creature in the apartment, retreated to the top shelf of his cat tree, where he would lie all day, staring morosely over the edge. When he did want attention, his solicitations became aggressive.

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