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US Treasury Chief Mnuchin Shrugs Off Greta Thunberg – ‘Who is She?’

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a shot at 17-year-old Greta Thunberg on Thursday, saying she was in no position to give advice on climate change because she hasn’t been to college yet. At a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos, Mnuchin dismissed Thunberg’s suggestion that governments and…

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CDC: Season’s Flu Vaccine ‘Mismatch’ for Main Strain Hitting Children

The flu season is far from over, yet a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states this season’s vaccine for the flu strain primarily affecting children is only a 58 percent match.

Men Spend HOW MANY Hours Per Year Hiding In The Bathroom To Avoid Family Responsibilities?!

Sometimes nature calls… and sometimes you’ve just got to, uhhhh, get a little bit of time to yourself.

A recently resurfaced 2018 scientific study is going viral right now all across the English-speaking world, after women started comparing notes online about how often their husbands and male partners were indisposed in the bathroom — when they otherwise should have been doing diaper duty or other childcare responsibilities. And the findings are CRAZY!!!

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The study, which was done in 2018 and commissioned by self-described “bathroom expert” company Pebble Grey found the average British man spends about SEVEN HOURS a year in the bathroom specifically to hide and “take refuge” away from his family.

That’s about eight minutes a week of extra bathroom time. Sound about right for your man?

Reported in UK outlet The Independent, the study quotes the owner of Pebble Grey, Helena Linsky, with her take on how the bathroom has become a hideout for men trying to take some time away from dad duty (below):

“We all need a little bit of time to ourselves to take stock or switch off completely, and the bathroom appears to be the go-to place for those moments. It’s very much a sanctuary, somewhere we can cut ourselves off from the outside world, albeit just temporarily. As the results suggest, peace and quiet are considered sacred and clearly men take the opportunity to get this where they can, and that’s often in the bathroom.”

Wow…

Within the study — which surveyed more than 1,000 British men about their bathroom habits — the findings also revealed that more than 25% of the men “don’t know how they’d cope” with the stress of home without their extra bathroom breaks. Plus, a full 23% of the men called the bathroom their “safe place,” and over a third of the men surveyed admitted that the bathroom was their only opportunity for quiet time “when their other half is ‘nagging’ them and to avoid the children.” Yikes!!!

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Not even a gold-plated toilet can save you now, fellas. / (c) WENN

More interesting (and completely expected, to be honest), the study reports that women are the ones who keep the bathroom clean in more than 75% of cases for those surveyed… despite men being the ones who take all the time in there to hide out. Hmmm… can’t say we’re too shocked about that!!!

Even weirder still, the study found ten percent of households have adopted a “do not disturb” regulation in regards to time spent on the toilet… but 85 percent of those rule-setters still report getting interrupted all the same. It’d seem women are on to your little tricks, boys…

Still, for Linsky, breaking up bathroom time is a big no-no:

“Apparently some things aren’t sacred anymore — including being left alone to use the [bathroom]. So it’s no wonder so many households have introduced rules to prevent disturbances. Sadly, though, it seems few people adhere to this rule or respect the hallowed ground that is the bathroom.”

Yeah, well, maybe more households (women) would adhere to bathroom rules if more men got the f**k off the pot and helped with the damn housework and childcare every now and again!

Just a thought!!!

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Reactions, Perezcious readers?! How do U feel about all this craziness??

Sound OFF with your take on all the brazen bathroom-break brouhaha in the comments (below)!!!

[Image via WENN]

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Glacier Nat’l Park Changing Signs That Claimed Glaciers Would Be Gone by 2020

Officials at Glacier National Park are in the process of making the rounds to remove signage warning all of the park’s glaciers would vanish by 2020. The now out-of-date signs, which read “GOODBYE TO THE GLACIERS” in all capital letters, were posted over 10 years ago when U.S. Geological Survey data forecast a more rapidly…

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Chris Hemsworth Pledges $1 Million As Fires Continue To Burn In Australia — ‘We’re Still In The Thick Of It’

Celebrities continue to be moved by the heartbreak currently happening in Australia.

And as you might imagine, the ongoing wildfires are hitting very close to home for native Chris Hemsworth and his family.

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The actor and his brother Liam Hemsworth are both from Melbourne, where the Marvel star actually still resides there with his wife Elsa Pataky and children.

In a huge move, the 36-year-old took to his Instagram on Monday to share that he is donating $1 million toward the cause. He explained:

“Hey there guys. As you’re well aware, the brush fires in Australia have caused massive devastation, they continue to burn. There’s warmer weather on its way [and] we’re still in the thick of it here. There is plenty of challenging times ahead… and what we need is your support and your donations.”

The father of three added before ending his clip:

“I’m going to put forward a million dollars and was hoping that all of you can contribute in any shape or form. That money goes directly to the firefighters, the people on the front lines, the people who have suffered, the communities that have taken a hit and who are in desperate need of our support.”

Give the vid a watch for yourself (below):

How could you not listen to those baby blues?!

Hemsworth joins the ranks of fellow stars and celebs who have pledged a significant amount of cash toward wildfire relief.

Fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban donated $500,000 to rural fire services. Per Us Weekly reports, the Big Little Lies star was visibly upset at a pre-Golden Globes party after learning her country home was under threat. On Insta, she wrote:

“Our family’s support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia.”

While sharing a list of ways to give back, Pink announced she had pledged $500,000 as well:

“I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz ❤️”

Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff, Ellen DeGeneres, Lizzo, and Kim Kardashian West are among the additional A-listers who have donated to the cause. However, not disclosing the amount of money being given by these celebs has upset some fans.

On Twitter, the KKW Beauty founder responded to a critic who called out her famous family for seemingly speaking out without taking action. In a now-deleted tweet, the Twitic wrote:

“nothing gets me more heated than to see the Kardashians/Jenners talk about climate change/wildfires & not donate even a penny. @KimKardashian @khloekardashian @KylieJenner @KendallJenner @kourtneykardash”

We think we know everything about the KarJenners, but that’s not the case. The momma of four quickly hit back:

“nothing gets me more heated than to see people think they know what we donated to and to think we have to publicize everything”

Should celebs be disclosing how much they’re donating? Or is it the thought that counts? Sound OFF (below) in the comments with your take.

[Image via Chris Hemsworth/Instagram.]

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This Devastating Video Of Dead Animals Lining The Roads Of Australia Will Make You Want To Help Fight Climate Change NOW!

It’s with heavy hearts we share this gut-wrenching footage showing the catastrophic impact of the Australia wildfires — but it’s something you need to see.

For those who don’t know, the apocalyptic inferno that’s currently sweeping across the country has led to a staggering amount of wildlife death: according to CBS News, ecologists estimate nearly half a billion animals have been killed since the fires started several months ago.

In a recent statement, the University of Sydney said that approximately 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have been lost since the fires set ablaze in September, adding that the actual number is likely “substantially higher.”

Related: Kim Kardashian Sets The Record Straight About Australia Wildfires Donation

Now, reading about that kind of devastation is one thing; seeing it is, of course, much worse. A recording of the damage, obtained by CBS News, shows masses of burned koala bodies lying on the ground while kangaroo try to flee the flames in the forests.

The footage (below) will be disturbing to many:

Just… wow.

The blaze hasn’t just wiped out wildlife. According to the Associated Press, homes have been destroyed, about 12.35 million acres of land have burned, and at least 24 people have been killed.

The astonishingly high estimate of animal fatalities is based on a 2007 report for the World Wildlife Fund Australia, where researchers found that clearing around 1.6 million acres of forest would have ended in the deaths of approximately 104 million native vertebrates.

The University of Sydney’s Professor Christopher Dickman told CBS News on Friday:

“Not all animals in the burned areas would necessarily be killed directly by the fires — some would fly off, others would go underground, others may find a small unburnt refuge under rocks. Still, the numbers of animals directly affected by the fires are clearly huge, and prior research indicates that in severely burned areas, the resulting lack of shelter, lack of food, and incursions by invasive predators lead to further drastic but indirect reductions of animal numbers.”

As seen in the video, Koalas have been particularly vulnerable to the blaze, as they don’t really have the ability to move fast enough to flee the flames. Ecologists said about 8,000 of the marsupials are believed to have died since the fires started.

Sussan Ley, Down Under’s environment minister, told reporters:

“Up to 30% of their habitat has been destroyed. We’ll know more when the fires are calmed down and a proper assessment can be made.”

Not only are beloved species like kangaroos and koalas now at risk, many rare plant species are feared to have disappeared completely due to these “supercharged” brush-fires — and many residents are blaming it on conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison‘s lack of sufficient action against climate change.

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore said:

“The compelling issue here is climate change… As the driest continent on Earth, we’re at the forefront of accelerating global warming. What is happening is a wake-up call for our governments to start making effective contributions to reducing global emissions… It’s our national governments that are failing us.”

But we can still fight against climate change.

According to ActiveSustainability.com, there are many ways we can help the environment in our everyday lives, including reducing emissions (using sustainable transportation, like bicycling or public transit); saving energy; reducing, reusing, and recycling; trying to eat a low-carbon diet (low meat consumption, eat food that is local and in season); and, of course, making demands from our governments!

As for helping out the people — and wildlife — of Australia, you can donate to the Australian Red Cross‘ Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund; give to GIVIT, the Australian organization that matches donated goods with items that are specifically requested by victims of the fires; or give to the Salvation Army Australia. It’s so easy, even Kim Kardashian West can do it!

Let’s not let these millions of animals die in vain, Perezcious readers. Help fight climate change now!

[Image via CBS News]

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Kim Kardashian Sets The Record Straight About Australia Wildfires Donation

The wildfires ravaging Australia weren’t far from the thoughts of many celebs during Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony.

Though she wasn’t in attendance, the devastation was also top of mind for Kim Kardashian West.

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In a now-deleted tweet, a critic called out the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars on Twitter for seemingly not donating to the crisis:

“nothing gets me more heated than to see the Kardashians/Jenners talk about climate change/wildfires & not donate even a penny. @KimKardashian @khloekardashian @KylieJenner @KendallJenner @kourtneykardash”

But it wasn’t long before the critique caught the eye of the KKW Beauty founder. Late Sunday night, she responded:

“nothing gets me more heated than to see people think they know what we donated to and to think we have to publicize everything”

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Tell ’em, Kim! / (c) Kim Kardashian/Twitter

A few days prior, the momma of four tweeted out:

“Climate change is real 💔🌎”

Maybe she and Kanye West could hit up Donald Trump to convince him of that… just sayin’.

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Back at the awards, several celebs also sounded off about the fires, which have now claimed at least 25 lives. Russell Crowe was not present to accept his statuette for his role in The Loudest Voice, but made his voice heard via presenter Jennifer Aniston.

The New Zealand-born star was battling fires down under during the ceremony, but sent in a poignant message to be read should he win:

“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change-based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is.”

Though a bit rougher around the edges, Joaquin Phoenix began to share a similar message on stage as he accepted the Best Actor in Motion Picture – Drama award for The Joker before the music started to cut him off. The 45-year-old stated:

“Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat. But the boat is f**king rocked. It’s really nice that so many people have sent their well wishes to Australia but we have to do more than that. Hopefully, we can be unified and actually make some changes. It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards.”

Thoughts on celebs getting political during their acceptance speeches, Perezcious readers? Sound OFF (below) in the comments with your take!!

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