Newsweek 8/27/2021

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37 期号


the archives

2003 “In seconds, North America had suffered the worst blackout in its history. In about nine seconds, 61,800 megawatts were lost, and as many as 50 million people were abruptly left without power,” Newsweek reported. The most widespread blackout in the Northeast U.S., it affected eight states and parts of Canada. This past June, amid another grueling heat wave, about 40,000 blackouts struck the West, raising new concerns about the nation’s strained power grid. Recent outages across the country have prompted new legislation in many states regarding utility oversight and usage. 1974 Her “gap-toothed, all-American good looks epitomize the thoroughly capable, canny, contemporary woman of the ’70s,” Newsweek said of model Lauren Hutton. The modeling industry continues to help define beauty standards; Sports Illustrated featured its most diverse body types in the 2021…

troops fight on in the mideast

JUST OVER SIX MONTHS INTO HIS TENURE, President Joe Biden has overseen the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and pulled back the Pentagon’s mission in Iraq amid domestic and regional pressure. But in Syria, the U.S. military remains with no discernable exit plan. “Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria are three completely separate issues and should not be conflated,” a senior Biden administration official tells Newsweek. “On Syria, we do not anticipate any changes right now to the mission or the footprint.” That’s because the administration says the strategy is working as is. “We are supporting Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against ISIS,” the official adds. “That has been quite successful, and that’s something that we’ll continue.” The Syrian Democratic Forces are one of several factions in Syria’s decade-long civil war. The largely…

can gun rights and public safety coexist?

A GUN-OWNING CITIZENRY IS A FREE CITIZENRY by Colion Noir I STARTED OFF NOT BEING PRO-GUN. I was largely apathetic, kind of leaning toward anti-gun. It became a fascination for me, from a physics and enthusiasm standpoint. I started getting into more political aspects of it and realized that my ability to protect myself with a firearm is probably one of the most important things that I do in my life, because the most important thing I have is my life. The ability to depend on myself to protect myself, and the people that I love, to me, is one of the most important things you could possibly have in this world. The reason we have the Second Amendment is to keep our government in check. This country was established by people who…

risky business

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC MAY have made a future pandemic more likely. In a terrible irony, nations eager to get a handle on the virus and its variants are building high-containment laboratories at a brisk pace, ensuring that more scientists continue to experiment on dangerous pathogens even after the current threat fades—increasing the likelihood of future lab accidents that could release dangerous pathogens. Regardless of whether the current pandemic got its start in a laboratory in Wuhan or in animals—a mystery that may never be resolved—the mere fact that it’s possible is reason enough to take precautions against any future occurrence, biosecurity experts say. “Without a doubt, COVID-19 has changed the threat landscape,” says Peggy Hamburg, former FDA commissioner and now vice president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonpartisan think tank…

‘battling a pandemic is a special kind of war’

In 2020, during the greatest public health emergency in 100 years, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said about the COVID pandemic, “We are at war. It’s a different type of war, but a war, nonetheless.” Battling a pandemic is a special kind of war. Pandemics are not just a public health crisis. Like more traditional wars, they affect every aspect of life and society and demand decisive leadership at the top. The Trump White House struggled to understand this, and our country suffered extensively as a result. In 2018, President Trump abolished the relevant National Security Council Directorate for Biosecurity, the office that I founded in 1998 during the Bill Clinton administration and expanded under President George W. Bush. Trump’s action dissolved any semblance of a permanent…

america’s best addiction treatment centers 2021

MORE THAN 21 MILLION AMERICANS struggle with alcohol or drug abuse. Every year some of those people lose their lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths in the U.S. rose last year to about 93,000 in 2020, an increase of 29.4 percent from 2019. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported almost the same number of deaths, about 95,000, were alcohol related. In recent years, driven by things like the opioid epidemic and expanded health insurance coverage, the demand for treatment has expanded significantly. Finding the right treatment facility, however, can be a challenge. As part of Newsweek’s commitment to reporting on all aspects of health care—most crucially, covering what new developments could mean for our readers—this year we partnered with global market research firm…