Did the world just get more dangerous?

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Did the world just get more dangerous?
January 6th, 2016
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Wednesday 'round the world


"Is it me, or did this world just get a little bit more dangerous?wonders Alex Philippidis from Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, reacting to the headline that North Korea claims to have detonated its first hydrogen bomb (at 10,600+ shares right now) after a tremor raised suspicions of a new nuclear test. "Re-watched The Interview w/@thesethrogin @JamesFrancoTV & wonder if #China remakes a reality version," muses The Atlantic's Steve Clemons. "In wake of Iran deal, N Korea h-bomb test, if true, escalates another major nuke challenge 4 Obama," notes Julie Davis at Bloomberg News. "That 1994 nuclear accord now officially farce," concludes The Street's Bret Jensen. "#NKorea already 'sanctioned to death'. What can be done about supposed h-bomb blast?" asks AFP's Marc Burleigh. Freelance journalist Amie Ferris-Rotman ferrets out the "#GoldenQuote," which calls North Korea's giving up nukes "foolish as a hunter laying down his rifle while a ferocious wolf charges." But here's some silver lining: "The good news is that Trump will cut off their heads and take their oil," snarks NYT's Ross Douthat. And of course, there's also the fact that North Korea's hydrogen bomb claim is being disputed by weapons experts. "'It’s more like an ordinary atomic bomb test, not a hydrogen bomb' -- which is somehow a relief," incredulously tweets Bloomberg's Alex Bruns.


But let's go back to that Trump reference, because the Donald is suggesting Ted Cruz’s Canadian birth could be "very precarious" for the GOP. "Canada has waited a long time to place a deep cover agent in the White House ... Check Cruz for a Tim Hortons card," quips freelancer Gregg Easterbrook. But who cares, anyway, because Iowans increasingly say their caucuses are Ted Cruz’s to lose. "Cruz may fit the Iowa demo/moment, but some wondering: why didn't Rubio make hard push the moment Walker dropped?" points out NYT's Jonathan Martin.


In today's non-political investigations, learn how the daily fantasy sports industry turns fans into suckers as well as what hidden drugs are in your favorite supplements. "Wow: 7 weight loss supplements in this list contain the active ingredient in Prozac (which req. prescription)," reacts Business Insider's Lydia Ramsey. And it's also worth reminding everyone that Twitter's 140-character limit is about to change. Like, to a 10,000-character limit. "#Twitter10k is a bad idea. If you can't say something here in 140 characters, then say it somewhere else," huffs E&E Publishing's Corbin Hiar, and he's not alone in his reaction.

Oh, and for some reason, all of Britain has been utterly captivated by live footage of people trying to cross a big puddle. "I can't lie, I'm one of the 19,392 watching people try to cross a #puddle in England. No explanation, I can't," admits Jessica Gonzalez with WPVI ABC Philadelphia.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What just happened to the periodic table that's causing a stir? Four new elements have been added, completing its seventh row at last.

Congratulations to Anna Holland for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Maureen MacGregor (who adds "but each has achieved half life of nanosecs in labs"), Sabrina BuckwalterKen Walker (who adds that they're called "ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium), Craig Pittman (who perfectly follows up colleague Ken's remark with "still no love for Unobtainium, though"), Yael L. Maxwell (who seems to have preferred that they "auction off naming rights"), Jax JacobsenCarrie GrayMark Gibbs (who jokes that because the elements are "short-lived and very dense" that he would have named them "Jindalium, Patakium, Grahamium, and Perryium"), Elisabetta TosiChris LombardiJeffrey DvorkinChristy Delafield (who considers the names that they were actually given "really boring working names"), Toni AntonettiMarty RayFabiola Camacho (who calls the elements "#squadgoals"), Dan Smith (who notes sadly that none of these "heavyweight elements" were named "Tyson"), Martin Berliner (who also offers a political quip that one should have been named "'Trumpite,' for which no use has yet been discovered), Nina RachHal Davis, and Ron Casalotti for all getting that exactly right, as well!

As for today's question, in honor of the holiday, here it is: The Wall Street Journal has just discovered the joys of watching what?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Tuesday


Your career moves to know today:

  • Angela Salazar (at right) is a newly named senior editor at InStyle. Salazar joins from the San Francisco Chronicle, where she served as deputy style editor.
  • Aiyana Cristal has joined CBS Atlanta 46 as a reporter. Cristal most recently was a reporter for CSN Chicago since 2013.
  • Elite Daily appoints Emily McCombs executive editor. McCombs most recently served in the same role for XoJane.com.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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