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Can you smell that? It's the scent of a new year. It's pungent, a bit offensive, and wrought with the goings on of this crazy world. Five days young and 2007 already has us gasping for air:We started this year mourning the loss of two 1970s icons: Former President Gerald Ford and the Godfather of Soul (God rest it). And in all fairness someone, somewhere, was probably mourning the death of Saddam--even if his "passing" has afforded us some better sleep.There was a brief unpublicized war between Ethiopia and Somalia. A few nations south of there, Oprah opened a school for girls.Wal-Mart went green, Greenpeace put the heat on Apple, and The Huff gave you the shirt of her back.Two "you go girl" moments helped to get the year rolling: Pelosi's big day and our love affair with our inner ugly.With talks of Bush team trade rumors and some ill-received fun, we lost our appetites. But they came back. Just in time for a picnic in this lovely spring weather.Stay with us readers, this is just the beginning. And it only gets 2007ier from here on out. Good night and smell you later.

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President Trump's appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was a mixed bag.

The theme of the event was climate change, but Trump chose to use his 30 minutes of speaking time to brag about the "spectacular" U.S. economy and encouraged world leaders to invest in America.

He didn't mention climate change once.

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via David Leavitt / Twitter and RealTargetTori / Twitter

Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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The Australian bushfires have claimed 27 human lives, an estimated 1 billion animals are feared dead, and thousands of properties have been completely decimated.

The fires were caused by extreme heat and dryness, the result of 2019 being the country's hottest year on record, with average temperatures 1.52C above the 1961-1990 average.

The area hit hardest by the fires, New South Wales, also had its hottest year on record, with temperatures rising 1.95C above average.

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