This Guy Is Tracking All The Most Miserable Places In The World According To Their Names

Damien Rudd runs an Instagram account called “Sad Topographies” which has recently been turned into a book. Rudd’s genius idea, according to Bored Panda, is to simply look up sad words on Google Maps and snap a screenshot.

Apparently, all of America was settled by extremely depressed, anxious, and lonely people. There are lakes, highways, mountains and peninsulas everywhere dedicated to humanity’s most painful emotion.

Like sadness:

Lots of mistakes and disappointment were made, and then commemorated on the map:

Just general bad feelings all around:

The grimness kind of starts funny, gets sad, and then comes around to funny again. Sort of like walking the loop around Lonely Lake. Beautiful in summer!

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White House Reportedly Lacked Plans To Help Puerto Rico, According To Activist

Donald Trump’s been coming under a lot of criticism for his administration’s reaction, or lack thereof, to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. While the Trump administration claims that their aid efforts are going well, many on the island feel that it is too little too late. Many feel that Trump’s words on Puerto Rico’s debt and weak infrastructure were ill-timed:

Probably not the best time to remind the islands that they don’t have the best infrastructure and they owe people money while people are dying, you know? Singer Marc Anthony had some very blunt words for Trump’s priorities in the wake of the hurricane.

Singer-songwriter and political activist, Holly O’Reilly, alleges that she spoke with a “vetted source” about the White House’s response to Hurricane Maria and its plans to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the storm’s destruction. While this source has not been verified, according to what O’Reilly shares, it suggests that there really weren’t many plans to help the island in the first place.

She divulged all of her alleged findings in a series of tweets. 

What’s worse is that the number of people who’ve died due to Hurricane Maria isn’t being properly reported as of yet, which suggests that the severity of the situation in Puerto Rico is being downplayed.

People started sharing their own horror stories of what their family and friends are experiencing on the island.

Others pointed out that when aid finally did arrive, the logistics surrounding the distribution of life saving supplies were apparently a mess.

Do you think the White House showed favoritism in its disaster relief efforts between Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico?

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You're Less Likely To Die If You Have A Female Doctor, According To Science

While the field of medicine was once dominated by men, female physicians now make up about one-third of the physician work force — and over half of all medical school graduates are women.

As it turns out, research suggests that men and women practice medicine differently — and one group is having more success than the other. 

A new study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that female doctors working in hospitals have lower 30-day patient mortality and readmission rates.

What, exactly, does that mean? Well, according to according to researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, patients with female physicians are less likely to die. 

Scientists reviewed 1.5 million 30-day hospitalizations of elderly Medicare patients taking place between 2011 and 2014. Within that time period, patients treated by female physicians had lower mortality rates than patients with male physicians (11.07 and 11.49 percent, respectively). Patients treated by female doctors also had lower readmission rates (15.02 percent compared to 15.57 percent). 

While the percentage differences between patient groups may seem insignificant, the number of lives affected is, indeed, significant. 

According to the study’s authors, “32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians [each year].”

And how do we account for the gap in quality of care? Previous studies have found that female doctors are more likely to follow clinical guidelines, offer preventative care, and recommend psychological counseling to patients. 

But more research will be necessary to determine the specifics. “Understanding exactly why these differences in care quality and practice patterns exist may provide valuable insights into improving quality of care for all patients, irrespective of who provides their care,” the study’s authors wrote. 

Despite the difference in patient outcomes, female doctors are still paid less, on average, than male doctors.  

In an editorial piece accompanying the study, doctors from the University of California, San Francisco noted that female academic physicians are also less likely to ascend to the rank of full professor than men.

However, some doctors believe that these new findings will catalyze equal pay for women. 

With an ever-increasing focus on pay for performance, women are likely to begin making more money in the field — eventually narrowing the gender wage gap plaguing medicine. 

As the doctors wrote in their editorial: 

These findings that female internists provide higher quality care for hospitalized patients yet are promoted, supported, and paid less than male peers in the academic setting should push us to create systems that promote equity in start-up packages, career advancement, and remuneration for all physicians.

(h/t nymag)

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Donald Trump Is Going To Win According To Professor Who's Correctly Predicted Last 8 Elections

A year or so ago, most people thought that Donald Trump didn’t have any chance of being nominated as the Republican presidential nominee. Fast forward to the present day, and he’s giving Hillary Clinton a hard time in the polls, with a recent McClatchy-Marist poll putting Clinton just 7% ahead. In August, she had a 15% lead with registered voters. 

And now, Allan Lichtman, professor of History at American University, says that Trump is probably going to win come November. Why is this important news? Lichtman has correctly predicted the result of every presidential election since 1984. And he’s got a pretty solid method by which he chooses his bet. 

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Lichtman uses 13 true or false questions, which he calls “keys” for his prediction. He derived these key issues by which the general public make their decision by looking at every American presidential election from 1860 to 1980. 

Lichtman told The Fix that “the keys are phrased to reflect the basic theory that elections are primarily judgments on the performance of the party holding the White House. And if six or more of the 13 keys are false — that is, they go against the party in power — they lose. If fewer than six are false, the party in power gets four more years.”

The professor went on to explain that Obama’s relatively healthy approval rating of 58% won’t help Clinton because he deems her to be less charismatic. He also believes that many millennials will defy Clinton’s establishment politics and vote for candidates like Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. In fact, Lichtman laid out all the “keys” that the Democrats have lost to Donald Trump. 

Key 1 is the party mandate — how well they did in the midterms. They got crushed.

Key number 3 is, the sitting president is not running.

Key number 7, no major policy change in Obama’s second term like the Affordable Care Act.

Key number 11, no major smashing foreign policy success.

Key number 12, Hillary Clinton is not a Franklin Roosevelt.

Key number 13, Gary Johnson is expected to get more than 5% of the popular vote. 

Lichtman called Trump “a serial fabricator,” but added that this trait seems to be working in his favor. “Even when he tells the truth, such as, ‘Barack Obama really was born in the U.S.,’ he adds two lines, that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement,” he continued. 

He added that Trump is likely to break “patterns of history that have held since 1860.” Lichtman says it was that unpredictability that made this year’s prediction so difficult. “We’ve never had a candidate before who not just once, but twice in a thinly disguised way, has incited violence against an opponent,” he said. “We’ve never had a candidate before who’s invited a hostile foreign power to meddle in American elections.”

It’s for that reason, that although he predicts Trump will win, Lichtman does suggest the possibility of Trump shooting himself in the foot somehow. “Nobody should be complacent, no matter who you’re for, you gotta get out and vote,” he pleaded. 

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