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Your World This Week, Volume IV

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The aftermath of the bombing near Khost, Afghanistan. Source: The Independent

Bombings Rock Iraq, Afghanistan

A small, but terribly destructive, wave of bombings hit Iraq on Sunday, leaving 35 dead and 100 wounded. Deadliest among the attacks was a car bomb coupled with a suicide bomb that killed 19 in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad. However, smaller attacks killed several others across the city throughout the day as well. While ISIS is, naturally, the key suspect, the group has not yet made any claims of responsibility.

Also on Sunday a car bomb killed 25 and wounded 10 near Khost, Afghanistan. The area is home to a military base that holds some American soldiers, although the U.S. military has officially stated that none of its personnel were injured.

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Thomas Midgley Jr.: Accidentally The Most Dangerous Man Who Ever Lived

Thomas Midgley Jr Worst Inventor Lead

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We all have a legacy. Every one of us will eventually pass on, and we generally hope to leave the world a slightly better place than it was when we found it. Scientists epitomize this philosophy, and many toil for decades in obscurity as they work to find answers to mankind’s many problems. In that sense, Thomas Midgley, Jr. was a great man and a fine scientist. Working for General Motors during the early days of the automobile, Midgley earned over 100 patents in his lifetime, and was showered with honors by the scientific community.

Unfortunately, Midgley was the most dangerous kind of man: a reverse genius. With a strong work ethic and an unyielding sense of optimism about the future of technology, Thomas Midgley, Jr. displayed an absolutely infallible instinct for doing what we now recognize as the wrong thing, and then for building up the wrong things he did into multimillion-dollar industries that would take generations to dismantle. Entirely on accident, Midgley helped poison three generations of children with lead, greatly increased the risk of skin cancer in Australia, and contributed mightily to the global warming that many of us are still pretending isn’t our fault.

Early Life And Work At General Motors

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