People in three countries still suffer from the disease+ READ ARTICLE
Since the development of the first polio vaccine in the 1950s, the number of cases of the devastating disease has been reduced by 99 percent. But despite that extraordinary progress, people in three countries still suffer from polio. Now, Rotary International, along with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF have brought the world tantalizingly close to eradicating the virus for good.
In recognition of World Polio Day, watch as TIME editor-at-large Jeffrey Kluger moderates Rotary’s live-streamed event in Chicago, on Friday at 7:30 PM, EDT.
State health department staff will be on the ground at state airports+ READ ARTICLE
Healthcare workers returning to New York or New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa will be placed under a mandatory quarantine, officials announced Friday, one day after a Doctors Without Borders doctor was diagnosed with the virus in New York City.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement as part of a broader procedural plan to help protect the densely packed, highly populated area from any further spread of the disease.
“Since taking office, I have erred on the side of caution when it comes to the safety and protection of New Yorkers, and the current situation regarding Ebola will be no different,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The steps New York and New Jersey are taking today will strengthen our safeguards to protect our residents against this disease and help ensure those that may be infected by Ebola are treated with the highest precautions.”
New York and New Jersey state health department staff will be present on the ground at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey. In addition to implementing the mandatory quarantine of health care workers and others who had direct contact with Ebola patients, health department officials in each state will determine whether others should travelers should be hospitalized or quarantined.
The announcement marks a dramatic escalation in measures designed to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States. Previously, only individuals with symptoms of Ebola would be quarantined upon entry to the U.S. under a federal rule from the Centers for Diseases Control and the Department of Homeland Security.
How the MayDay Super PAC hopes to revolutionize campaign finance+ READ ARTICLE
Evidence suggests that the U.S. Congress is less popular today than the British crown was in the 13 colonies at the time of the American Revolution.
So why do voters continue to send so many incumbents back to Washington?
The system is rigged, argues Larry Lessig, a maverick Harvard Law School professor and prominent advocate for campaign finance reform.
According to Lessig, the outcome of many Congressional elections are decided ahead of the vote by a tiny fraction of the population – the donors who give to Super PACs.
In order to combat the undue influence of these political-action committees, Lessig took an unusual step earlier this year. He formed a Super PAC of his own.
Lessig’s MayDay Super PAC is funding candidates in this year’s midterm elections who have pledged to support campaign finance reform. Lessig is not attempting to change the system overnight. Instead he hopes to influence the outcome of a handful of elections this year with the hope of translating limited electoral success into a movement that will be a major force in 2016.
To get his message out, Lessig recently participated in a novel experiment at The Nantucket Project, a burgeoning festival of ideas that TED founder Richard Saul Wurman says is “rapidly becoming the best conference in the land.”
At the event, Lessig was joined onstage by two artists who drew live illustrations of his talk. This multimedia experiment was directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki and has been edited into the short film above.
This 6-minute narrative, entitled “Reclaim Democracy,” is the first short film in a series called The Storytelling Project – a collaboration between TNP Labs and Harbers Studios. Each short film is inspired by a speaker or topic from this year’s Nantucket Project event. “The idea behind the series is to pair the most important ideas of the day with some of the world’s best storytellers,” says Renee Harbers, founder of Harbers Studios.
The six filmmakers who were invited to this year’s event were granted wide creative freedom. “I believe because of that they will do their best work,” Harbers says.
Watch the Larry Lessig / Eugene Jarecki pairing above.
Fun party game+ READ ARTICLE
It’s hard enough to impersonate one celebrity well enough to impress friends and family. Imagine doing 25.
Meet actress and singer Christina Bianco, who sang CeeLo Green’s “Forget You” like 25 different celebrities at the Hippodrome in London on Sept. 7. Each time a star’s name is called out, she switches voices. Watch her go from impersonating Drew Barrymore to Kristin Chenoweth to Bette Midler, all in one breath. Her Celine Dion, Penélope Cruz, and Bjork impressions are especially spot-on.
Bianco is also known for singing Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in the voice of famous divas like Demi Lovato and Adele, with YouTube videos that have racked up nearly 5.6 million and nearly 7 million views respectively.
Come to think of it, this might make a fun game for your next party.
People on the streets of New York — including a visitor from the planet Vulcan — describe their perfect retirement to our Mannes on the Street.
Unconfirmed reports suggest multiple students were injured in the shooting+ READ ARTICLE
A high school student opened fire Friday morning at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state Friday morning, killing at least one person before turning the gun on himself.
A spokesman for the Marysville Police Department told TIME that “multiple” people were injured in the incident. Four patients were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, according to the hospital’s website. Three victims remained in critical condition Friday afternoon, the Seattle Times reported.
The Times also reported several students identified the shooter as freshman Jaylen Fryberg. Jordan Luton, a student at the school, told CNN he saw Fryberg go up to a table with students, “came up from behind . . . and fired about six bullets into the backs of them.” Luton added, “They were his friends, so it wasn’t just random.” Federal law enforcement believe the shooter used a .40-caliber handgun.
The shooting occurred shortly before 11 a.m. PT. Students were evacuated while police cleared the school room to room with guns drawn.
Fryberg was a popular student, CNN reports, who played football and was named as the high school’s freshman homecoming prince. He also belonged to the local Tulalip Native American tribe, and was an avid hunter. “He was a people person,” freshman Rachel Heichel said. “He was just a really nice kid and all-around good person.”
Luton told CNN that Fryberg got into a fight with someone a few weeks before who “said something racist to him.” Fryberg was suspended, but there’s no evidence the fight had anything to do with the shooting.
Student Austin Taylor told a local news station he was standing near the shooter when the shooting began. “He had a blank stare,” he said. “He was just staring at the victims as he shot them.”
All hail the queen (from Queens)+ READ ARTICLE
In a GQ profile this week, Nicki Minaj deftly skirts her interviewer’s questions about everything derriere-related. But as much as she says she’s ready to change the topic, it’s hard to get away from what is — at the very least — the heavily implied subject of her latest single, “Anaconda.”
In a promo for MTV’s European Music Awards, references to the backside abound: in a jiggling Jell-o mold, side-by-side hamburger buns, and an emoji — renamed, in her honor, an E-Minaji — inspired by the song’s salacious album art. The brief video imagines that after hosting the award ceremony, Minaj’s star is elevated from queen of rap to queen of the world, complete with gilded throne.
But the booty allusions, thankfully, steal less screen-time than images of the rapper asserting her influence in other ways. She’s depicted inspiring hair trends, bridging the rap-opera divide with an operatic adaptation of “Anaconda,” hosting her own late-night show, and ruling a commercial empire. It’s not far from the truth, either. While her face may never grace U.S. currency as it does in the video, she boasts a long and growing list of product endorsements and was the first woman to appear on Forbes’ Hip Hop Cash Kings List. (They’d better find a more gender-neutral name.)
The European Music Awards will be filmed live in Glasgow on Nov. 9. In addition to Minaj’s first major turn as a host, the show will feature performances by Charli XCX, Calvin Harris, and Ed Sheeran.
Starring Danny DeVito...?+ READ ARTICLE
Just in time to interrupt the Taylor Swift media blitz, One Direction has released a new music video for their song “Steal My Girl.”
In the (sort of bizarre) video, Danny DeVito plays a director who tags each of the One Direction boys with a symbol — Power, Mystery, etc. Hilariously (considering, again, that T-Swift has been spending the last couple of weeks dropping songs about him) her ex Harry Styles is dubbed “Love.”
It gets stranger: there are sumo wrestlers, leopard jackets, a monkey and tribesmen with balloons. Just go with it.
Also that she's not friends with Ellen DeGeneres+ READ ARTICLE
The latest video in this genre features Jayci Underwood, who spends nearly six minutes lamenting the fact that she did not emerge from her dental procedure as Nicki Minaj. She thought the doctors were going to give her Minaj’s butt and face, and also change her ethnicity. She’s really bummed this doesn’t happen. In fact, she’s bummed about a lot of things, like the fact that she isn’t friends with Ellen DeGeneres. “Ellen DeGeneres is generous,” she wails. “That’s literally her name. And I love her.” Underwood is also bummed out because she thinks her lips make her look like Jay Z — until she realizes this might help her befriend Beyoncé.