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A nurse walked out in the middle of his shift and was found dead 2 days later. The incident struck a chord with healthcare workers, who say they need better mental health resources.

Nurses of the New York State Nurses Association attend a press conference on the COVID-19 public health crisis engulfing Jacobi Medical Center and other New York health hospital facilities on January 13, 2022 in New York City.
Nurses of the New York State Nurses Association attend a press conference on the COVID-19 public health crisis engulfing Jacobi Medical Center and other New York health hospital facilities on January 13, 2022 in New York City.
  • A California nurse walked off the job and was found dead two days later, local outlets reported. 
  • The cause of Michael Odell's death has yet to be confirmed but authorities don't suspect foul play. 
  • Nurses told Insider that Odell's death highlights their need for better mental health resources. 

Last Tuesday, neurological nurse Michael Odell walked out of the intensive care unit at Stanford Hospital near the San Francisco Bay Area in the middle of his shift, around 4:30 a.m.  

His roommate, Joshua Christopher Paredes, said Odell told his supervisor he was leaving because he forgot something in his car. He never returned for the remainder of his shift. When the 27-year-old nurse didn't arrive at home, Paredes reported him missing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A Facebook group called "Find Michael Odell" was created to help search for him. The group, which is now private, had nearly 4,000 members. 

Odell's body was found two days later on the banks of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge near the Dumbarton Bridge, in Fremont, California, the Stanford Daily reported. 

The cause of death is unclear, but Odell's case has made nurses speak about mental health in their profession. For some, the case highlights a lack of adequate mental health resources for healthcare professionals, especially after two years of working through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sarah Warren, a nurse in Florida, told Insider she and other nurses are frustrated "that no one is paying attention to nurses who are struggling."

"When he went missing my first thought is he probably killed himself because I know it strikes the chord in so many of us, because so many of us feel so powerless and I've had comments, I've seen other nurses who've spoken about wanting to go that route. And so I feel like so many of us resonate with it because so many of us have thought about it," Warren said. "That's hard to say, but it's the reality."

Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told the Daily that Odell's car was parked near where his body was found and footprints believed to be Odell's led into the water. Kelly said police don't believe there was any foul play involved in Odell's death. 

Paredes, Odell's roommate, and another nurse told KRON4 that his death points towards a need to have conversations around how overwhelmed nurses are by the stress of the job.

Nurses say they need more than "Zoom yoga and self-care tips"

Warren, who has worked as a nurse since the fall of 2018, told Insider she experienced "moral injury" – or what others might call burnout in her first year – but the pandemic has only exacerbated that experience.

"So my first year I was already tired of my role because of external forces, things outside of my control," she said.

Despite loving her role, the unit Warren was on, like many hospitals across the country, was experiencing severe staffing shortages even before the pandemic, which have only become worse over the last two years. 

"It caused me to feel like I was showing up every day and still not being able to give enough to these patients and give the care that I want to give to them because there are not enough resources," she said. 

Even before the pandemic, several studies showed that nurses may be at a higher risk for suicidal ideation than the general population and those with suicidal ideation may be less likely to seek out help.

Warren said as the waves of COVID-19 surges happened, she struggled with constantly seeing death in the hospital, despite trying her best to take care of patients. 

"In 2020 I experienced anxiety, depression, and was diagnosed with PTSD. I also don't remember a lot of 2020, which is strange, but it's part of how my mental health was impacted," Warren said. 

At the end of 2020, she started therapy, but when the Delta variant caused an uptick in hospitalizations in the summer of 2021, Warren said therapy wasn't enough and she began taking anti-depressants, which brought some temporary relief, but she began to have negative side effects, including suicidal ideation, so she tapered off.

"I just couldn't handle it anymore and after the Delta surge, I told myself if this happens again, if we have staffing shortages that are this bad, if we have a surge like this again, I don't know if I can do it," Warren said. 

As the Omicron variant swept through the country this December, an injury kept her out of work. Warren described it as "divine intervention" because she's unsure if she could have handled working through another surge. 

Warren told Insider that hospital systems need to prioritize nurses and provide adequate staffing as well as mental health resources. She's frustrated that help so far has consisted of "zoom yoga and self-care tips," something she said is not proportional to the trauma nurses are experiencing. 

"It's not enough. They need to invest in us. They need to invest in our emotional well-being. And for a lot of us, it's too late. The damage is already done," she said. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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Video resurfaces of Sen. John McCain asking Fox News’ Peter Doocy why he would ask a ‘dumb’ question that was ‘that stupid’

A screengrab of a 2017 clip where John McCain calls Fox News' Peter Doocy's question "stupid."
An old clip has resurfaced of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain calling Fox News' Peter Doocy's question "stupid" and "dumb."
  • Video footage has resurfaced of the late Sen. John McCain calling Fox News' Peter Doocy's question "stupid." 
  • In an old clip from 2017, McCain is heard asking Doocy: "Why would you ask something that dumb?"
  • The clip surfaced on Twitter after a hot mic moment this week when President Joe Biden called Doocy a "stupid son of a bitch."

An old video of the late Sen. John McCain having a heated exchange with Fox News' reporter Peter Doocy has resurfaced, where McCain appears to call a question from Doocy "dumb" and "stupid." 

The clip resurfaced on Twitter on Monday after President Joe Biden called Doocy a "stupid son of a bitch" on a hot mic. 

In the October 2017 video, Doocy approaches McCain to ask for the Arizona senator's comment on his relationship with former President Donald Trump. McCain broke with the GOP ranks and voted against a repeal of Obamacare in the Senate in July 2017

"Has your relationship with the president frayed to the point that you are not going to support anything that he comes to you and asks for?" Doocy asks McCain in the clip. 

McCain, frowning, berates Doocy: "Why would you say something that stupid? Why would you ask something that dumb? Huh? My job is United States senator, is a senator from Arizona, which I was just re-elected to."

"You mean that I am somehow going to behave in a way that I'm going to block everything because of some personal disagreement? That's a dumb question," McCain said. 

Other clips have surfaced in the wake of Biden's remark, highlighting how the president's comment was not the only occasion that politicians have insulted journalists. 

A clip from a Trump rally resurfaced on Twitter, where former President Donald Trump is heard calling NBC's Chuck Todd a "son of a bitch." 

 

Meanwhile, CNN anchor Jim Acosta said on Monday that he and other journalists got called "a lot worse" when covering Trump, but "never got an apology." 

"I don't remember that from the commander in chief. So maybe things are a little bit better to some extent," Acosta said.

For his part, Doocy laughed off Biden's comment in appearances on Fox News programs on Monday.

On Monday night, Doocy said that he might have no choice but to embrace the label of "stupid son of a bitch," telling Fox News host Jesse Watters that "nobody has fact-checked" Biden on the statement. Doocy also told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Biden later apologized and they "cleared the air."

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Dominion says there’s no ‘realistic possibility’ that they will settle their lawsuits with Rudy Giuliani, Mike Lindell, or Sidney Powell given the ‘devastating harm’ they’ve done to the company

A stitched image of Rudy Giuliani, Mike Lindell, and Sidney Powell
Dominion Voting Systems says there is no "realistic possibility" that they will settle lawsuits with Rudy Giuliani (left), MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell (middle) and Sidney Powell (right).
  • Dominion Voting Systems says there's no "realistic possibility" of settling their defamation lawsuit with Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Mike Lindell.
  • The company said the trio's voter fraud conspiracy theories have caused "devastating harm" to their business.
  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told Insider on Tuesday that he will "never settle" with Dominion either.

Dominion Voting Systems said this week in a court filing that there is no "realistic possibility" they will settle their $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and former Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. 

The company made its position clear in a new filing on Monday night as part of the company's lawsuits against the trio for pushing an array of false conspiracy theories that the election technology company manipulated the results of the 2020 election.

"Given the devastating harm to Plaintiffs, the lack of remorse shown by Defendants, and the fact that many of them continue to double down on their lies, Plaintiffs do not believe any realistic possibility of settlement exists," lawyers for the company wrote in the filing. 

In the same filing, lawyers representing Powell and Giuliani reiterated their positions that their claims about Dominion's role in the election didn't meet the legal standard for defamation.

"Powell and Giuliani are open to settlement discussions once discovery is complete and Dominion realizes that its claims are without merit and that it has no damages legally attributable to Powell and Giuliani," the filing read. "Powell and Giuliani have nothing to show remorse for and dispute that they have lied about anything."

The claims were made in a joint filing where the parties proposed a schedule to US District Judge Carl J. Nichols, who is overseeing Dominion's array of defamation lawsuits, to move the cases forward. In August, Nichols denied attempts from Powell, Giuliani, and Lindell to dismiss Dominion's lawsuits against them. He later consolidated the case so that they would move to trial together.

Lawyers for both Powell and Giuliani said in the filing that they plan to participate in discovery for the lawsuits, though Giuliani's attorneys said the FBI currently has possession of his digital files. The FBI raided his Manhattan apartment and office last year for a separate investigation into whether he broke lobbying laws.

Lindell has refused to participate in the discovery process. He told Insider Tuesday night he plans to appeal Nichols' denial of his motion to dismiss the lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court.

Lindell said he would "never settle" with Dominion and is countersuing the company for $1.6 billion. 

"They are prison bound! They are trying to cover up their crimes and committing more crimes in the process!" Lindell told Insider, claiming that "many new charges and lawsuits" will be brought against Dominion in the "next two to three weeks." 

Since Dominion filed its lawsuits against them in early 2021, Giuliani and Lindell have continued to double down on their baseless claims of voter fraud. 

In December, Giuliani made an unsubstantiated claim that he has proof to validate the conspiracy theory that dead people voted in the 2020 election. However, the Trump ally has not produced the evidence or said where he obtained the death certificates.

Meanwhile, Lindell continues to push voter fraud conspiracy theories. In January, voting systems company Smartmatic also sued Lindell for defamation, calling him "crazy like a fox" and alleging he "intentionally stoked the fires of xenophobia and party divide for the noble purpose of selling his pillows."

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The Dow just swung more than 1,000 points in a day. Here is what extreme volatility in stocks means for markets, according to experts.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on January 18, 2022 in New York City.
  • US stocks have swung wildly this week, with moves of over 1,000 points for the Dow. 
  • The volatility is extreme to be sure, but investors shouldn't be overly alarmed, an analyst said. 
  • "The market is trying to digest what a change in Federal Reserve policy really means," the analyst told Insider.
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Investors are likely dealing with whiplash after Monday's intensely volatile trading session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung more than 1,100 points only to reverse course and end in the green, and the extreme moves have only continued on Tuesday. 

The stock market is exhibiting intense volatility to be sure, but nothing investors should be overly worried about, according to Tom Graff, head of fixed income at Brown Advisory, an investment firm.

"The market is trying to digest what a change in Federal Reserve policy really means," he told Insider. "For a long time — two years — we took for granted that interest rates are gonna remain extremely low. Now that's uncertain and uncertainty breeds volatility."

The Fed is concluding its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday — its first of the year. The central bank is set to raise interest rates in 2022 but what markets are not sure about is how aggressive it plans to be. 

The consensus is for the Fed to increase rates four times this year, starting in March with a 25-basis-point increase, though some analysts believe policy makers could move even more aggressively. Goldman Sachs said the central bank may hike rates at every meeting from March on — seven increases in total this year. 

The coming shift in monetary policy will upend over a decade of stock market wisdom, specifically the TINA investment thesis, or "there is no alternative" to stocks as rates remained at historic lows. 

"People are being shaken out of a certain complacency," Graff told Insider. "I think there are sets of stocks where the valuations were predicated on interest rates being very low."

So what does the volatility say about the market?

The current volatility is more of an expression of uncertainty than anything else, as investors transition away from the stocks that have juiced their portfolios in recent years and search for the next big winners. 

Investors who were holding on to high multiple, high growth companies such as Shopify, Peloton, and other mostly tech stock are now reevaluating their positions, Graff said, sparking bouts of volatile trading. The next wave of big tech earnings — Microsoft, Tesla, and Apple are all set to report this week — may exacerbate those reassessments.

Graff says what is interesting is the disconnect between the recent sell-off and the real economy. By a number of metrics, the economy is on solid footing: hiring is robust, labor demand is strong, retail sales haven't cratered, and the service sector has expanded at the fastest pace since September.

"Right now, there is no real evidence of an economic problem," he told Insider. "But I don't think we are particularly close to a certain level of calm ... I think things will be clearer sometime in the first half of the second quarter."

For now, markets are still spooked, with US equities extending losses on Tuesday. 

But the drawdown is not unusual, according to Richard Steinberg, chief market strategist at The Colony Group. What was unusual to Steinberg was last year's market performance, which he called a "period of peace and prosperity."

An average drawdown of 5% for the year is very rare, he told Insider. A move of that size has only happened seven times since 1980.

The chart below shows the intra-year declines from 1980 all the way to 2021 and their corresponding returns. 

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"The speed of the pullback is concerning, but it is within reason," Steinberg told Insider. "As we get closer to the Fed making its move, investors should be careful. Try to be an observer rather than trying to be a hero."

 

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An Iowa man was arrested on Capitol riot charges after a family member contacted the FBI

A screenshot of surveillance footage showing Kenneth Rader inside the Capitol building on January 6.
A screenshot of surveillance footage showing Kenneth Rader inside the Capitol building on January 6.
  • An Iowa man was arrested this month in connection to the Capitol riot after a family member contacted the FBI.
  • Kenneth Rader faces four charges stemming from his role in the insurrection.
  • Prosecutors say video footage from the siege shows Rader inside the Capitol building on January 6.

An Iowa man with ties to the QAnon conspiracy movement was arrested earlier this month in connection to the January 6 Capitol attack after one of his family members contacted the FBI.

Kenneth Rader faces four charges stemming from his role in the insurrection, including entering a restricted building, parading in a Capitol building, and disorderly conduct. Rader was arrested on January 11 and had his first court appearance last week in Sioux City, according to the Des Moines Register. He's due back in court on Thursday.

Prosecutors say one of Rader's family members contacted the FBI two days after the siege and alerted investigators to Rader's presence at the attack. The unnamed tipster told the agency that their "radicalized" family member, Rader, shared videos of himself on Capitol grounds and made multiple verbal threats against then-Vice President Mike Pence, stating, "we're not done!" and "watch what we do after Trump is gone," according to charging documents.

Law enforcement officers interviewed the tipster and another unnamed family member in September 2021, court records said. The family members shared multiple recordings and text messages from Rader during and after the attack, investigators said.

A screenshot of a video Rader took of himself outside the Capitol on January 6, according to prosecutors.
A screenshot of a video Rader took of himself outside the Capitol on January 6, according to prosecutors.

The first tipster also speculated that Rader was linked to the far-right QAnon conspiracy movement, telling investigators about a time they were with Rader and saw his phone receive a notification from "Q," prompting Rader to allegedly say he was "waiting for instructions." Investigators later found a photo on Rader's Facebook featuring a large letter Q.

Rader participated in a voluntary interview with investigators in September in which he said he said he looked through an open Capitol door but did not go inside on January 6. However, the FBI cited cell tower data that appeared to put Rader inside the building during the riot and investigators later identified Rader on surveillance footage entering the building through a broken door, according to charging documents. 

Prosecutors say Rader was inside the Capitol for approximately three minutes before leaving. 

An attorney for Rader did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

More than 760 people have been arrested in connection with the deadly Capitol attack and more than 175 have pleaded guilty thus far. 

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Google expands in Brazil seeking to improve areas of privacy and security – Reuters

Google expands in Brazil seeking to improve areas of privacy and security  Reuters

Linux distros haunted by Polkit-geist for 12+ years: Bug grants root access to any user

What happens when argc is zero and a program doesn't care? Let's find out!

Linux vendors on Tuesday issued patches for a memory corruption vulnerability in a component called polkit that allows an unprivileged logged-in user to gain full root access on a system in its default configuration.…

Steel is recycled more than almost anything. Why does it create so much pollution?

  • Steel is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, even though lots of it is recycled every year. 
  • There isn't enough scrap to meet the demand, so most steel is made from mined iron and coal.
  • Recycling steel uses coal too, but an Australian steelmaker is experimenting with alternatives.
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‘The Big Short’ investor Michael Burry sold most of his US stocks before the market rout. He might regret scrapping his bet against Cathie Wood.

Dr. Michael Burry
Michael Burry.

Michael Burry sold most of his US stocks last year in preparation for the "mother of all crashes," so the current sell-off probably isn't wreaking havoc on his portfolio. Still, the investor of "The Big Short" fame might regret scrapping his bet against Cathie Wood's flagship Ark Innovation ETF (ARKK).

The Scion Asset Management boss cut his number of holdings from around 20 to a mere six in the third quarter of 2021. The sales slashed his portfolio's total value (excluding options) from nearly $140 million to $42 million.

Several of the stocks that Burry sold have tumbled in recent months. As of Tuesday's close, Golden Ocean, Marinus Pharmaceuticals, and Scorpio Tankers are down 25%, 44%, and 43% respectively since June 30. Genco and Zymeworks, which he sold in the second quarter of 2021, have slumped 45% and 67% each since March 31.

On the other hand, Burry potentially left money on the table by cashing out prematurely. For example, he sold Precision Drilling, Occidental Petroleum, and Ingles Markets in the second quarter of 2021. Those stocks have surged by 91%, 38%, and 26% respectively since the end of March.

Moreover, Burry disclosed bearish put options against 235,500 ARKK shares on June 30, only to eliminate that position by September 30. Shares of Wood's flagship ETF have tumbled 46% over the past seven months, including 27% this month alone, suggesting the investor got out too early.

Burry also removed his puts against 1.1 million Tesla shares in the third quarter. Shares of Elon Musk's electric-vehicle company soared 80% between the end of June and early November, and they're still about 35% higher today than in mid-2021, so the investor will probably be glad he scrapped that wager.

The Scion chief's disposals underscore the difficulty of timing the market. While Burry avoided precipitous declines in some stocks by selling them last year, he potentially missed out on sizeable gains from other holdings, and probably didn't make as much money betting against ARKK as he could have.

It's worth emphasizing that Burry may have reinvested in stocks, reestablished his puts, or made various other trades in recent months. Scion discloses its US stock portfolio once per quarter, and will only share its holdings as of December 30 in mid-February.

Read more: The creator of a Michael Burry subreddit explains why 'The Big Short' investor's selling spree is a huge red flag and lays out why it's a major endorsement for the few stocks he has left

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Georgia lawyer who said he helped ‘bring our government to its knees’ will head to trial over Capitol riot charges after rejecting plea deal

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Insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump breach the Capitol in Washington on January 6.
  • A Georgia lawyer charged in the Capitol riot will proceed to trial after rejecting a plea deal.
  • William McCall Calhoun Jr. faces 3 charges stemming from his role in the siege, including a felony.
  • Prosecutors say Calhoun documented his participation in the attack with detailed social media posts.

A Georgia lawyer who made multiple threatening social media posts in the aftermath of the January 6 attack will head to trial later this year after rejecting a government plea deal earlier this month.

William McCall Calhoun Jr. faces three charges stemming from his role in the insurrection, including a felony count of obstructing an official proceeding, as well as entering a restricted building and violent entry or disorderly conduct. 

As the government works to prosecute the more than 760 people arrested in connection with the attack, federal prosecutors have offered several Capitol rioters a lesser charge in exchange for guilty pleas. But during a Monday status hearing, Calhoun's legal team announced he had declined the government's plea deal, according to WUSA. 

If convicted of the felony obstruction charge, Calhoun could face up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Calhoun documented his participation in the Capitol riot with detailed social media posts that included photos and videos. In one Facebook post from January 6, Calhoun wrote that he was among "the first of us who got upstairs kicked in Nancy Pelosi's office door and pushed down the hall toward her inner sanctum," according to charging documents.

"Crazy Nancy probably would have been torn into little pieces, but she was nowhere to be seen," Calhoun reportedly wrote in one post.

A screenshot of Calhoun's Facebook post after the Capitol attack, according to prosecutors.
A screenshot of Calhoun's Facebook post after the Capitol attack, according to prosecutors.

In another, Calhoun said he helped "bring our Government to its knees," and vowed to return "armed for war," according to screenshots of his posts included in charging documents. He also admitted to overrunning multiple police barricades and swarming the building looking for members of Congress in his Facebook posts.

Screenshot of Calhoun's Facebook posts following the Capitol riot, according to prosecutors.
Screenshot of Calhoun's Facebook posts following the Capitol riot, according to prosecutors.

But prosecutors say Calhoun was posting threatening political posts even before the insurrection, which prompted an anonymous tipster to alert the FBI to the lawyer's social media presence in November 2020. The unnamed tipster told the FBI that Calhoun had posted a message encouraging people to storm Washington, DC, while openly carrying firearms, according to charging documents.

The caller also alleged that Calhoun wrote "some of you will live long enough to be exterminated with extreme prejudice," and "we are going to kill every last communist who stands in Trump's way."

In a lengthy statement to Insider, Calhoun maintained that his conduct at the Capitol was nonviolent and part of a peaceful protest. 

"In sum, my 'crime' was that I peacefully walked through the Capitol and took videos — this is 100% corroborated by the Capitol's video cameras," Calhoun said.

Calhoun repeated several falsehoods in the statement, emphasizing his continued belief in the false notion that President Joe Biden lost the election to former President Donald Trump; accusing the "Democrat controlled DOJ" of persecuting him; and suggesting that the prosecution of Capitol rioters amounts to "communism."

"I will not be intimidated, and I will never bend the knee to the Communists by pleading guilty to something I did not do," he said.

An attorney for Calhoun said she supported her client's decision to decline the plea offer.

"I think he made the right decision, and I am confident that the evidence will show that he is not guilty of what he is being charged of," Jessica N. Sherman-Stoltz said. "I look forward to proving his innocence at trial."

Calhoun was arrested with his friend, Verden Andrew Nalley, in January 2021 and charged the next month. In December, Nalley pleaded guilty to one count of entering and remaining in a restricted building. 

Calhoun is due back in court in April where a federal judge is set to announce a trial date. 

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