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'The New York Times' profiled the most selfish person in America

'The New York Times' profiled the most selfish person in AmericaEverybody who has dealt with any minor amount of stress has had the fantasy of packing up and running away from all of their problems, disappearing from the modern world almost entirely. Erik Hagerman, dubbed "The man who knew too little" by
The New York Times, did just that. On Saturday, Hagerman was the focus of a newly published profile describing how, after the election of Donald Trump, he left his busy life behind and started up his own pig farm. SEE ALSO: I went to a self-esteem workshop for young girls, and this is what I learned But Hagerman went much further than that — and much more selfish. He created what he calls "The Blockade," a nearly total media blackout that has allowed him to stay 100 percent ignorant of the day's news outside of the weather, local real estate listings, and how the Cleveland Cavaliers are doing.  He doesn't know about the turmoil of Trump's White House. He doesn't know about the white supremacists and neo-Nazis that marched in Charlottesville. He doesn't know about the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He doesn't know who won out at the Oscars. Ignorance, in Hagerman's case, is bliss. But that bliss comes at the cost of not being a member of the democratic republic of the United States. And that bliss wouldn't be possible without a
lot of privilege and a
lot of demands from family, friends, and strangers. The privilege of ignorance Not everyone gets to be ignorant. People whose families are being torn apart by the deportation tactics of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents don't get to be ignorant. People who are affected by gun violence don't get to be ignorant. People who require health care to live past the end of the month don't get to be ignorant. But Hagerman gets to be ignorant. As a white male who had the opportunity to make (and save) a lot of money, he isn't directly affected by many of the things that happen inside his country and to his fellow citizens. SEE ALSO: Stoneman Douglas alumni rise up in incredible ways to support shooting survivors His own sister Bonnie calls out that privilege, saying: "We all would like to construct our dream worlds. Erik is just more able to do it than others." Hagerman's Blockade means he doesn't have to worry about the problems of his fellow citizens, his neighbors, or even some of his family members. He doesn't even have to worry about his own money because he can afford to have a financial adviser managing all of his investments.  It's OK to tune out every once in a while and unplug, maybe take a break from Twitter for a week, but opting out of the larger world completely is a kind of self-care that does more harm than good. If everyone did what Hagerman did, there would be no United States. There would be no democracy. There would be no forward progress or people helping others in times of need. There would be nothing but complacency in the suffering and exploitation of others. That kind of privilege isn't easy to come by, but Hagerman was born lucky enough to have it, and he's exploiting it to its fullest extent. High demands In order to keep up The Blockade, Hagerman asks a lot of the people around him. Not only does he not look at newspapers and listen to white noise when he hangs out at a local café, he has to ask his mom to not talk about current events when they chat on the phone.  In order to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers, he puts the TV on mute just in case the commentators say anything that could give him a clue into what's going on in the world. He asked the people who work at his local café not to talk about the news with him, and they comply. SEE ALSO: ‘What am I gonna go home to? Water?’: The climate refugees settling in America’s heartland When he visited his brother on the West Coast, he left when his brother had people over, lest he hear about something that affects anyone except himself.  It takes a lot for Hagerman to ignore the plights of other people, not just from himself and the guilt that comes with it, but from everyone else around him. And as carefree as he says he is, that guilt still exists, Hagerman admitted. “The first several months of this thing, I didn’t feel all that great about it,” he told the
Times. “It makes me a crappy citizen. It’s the ostrich head-in-the-sand approach to political outcomes you disagree with.” At least he has a little project to help him feel a little better about himself and give back to world a little bit. Give and take For all that Hagerman asks of those around him, he gives one thing back: a lake. His big project, his way of making up for not caring about anyone else in the world except himself, is a piece of land that used to be a coal mine, which he is slowly but surely developing into a vague sort of public space that he plans to donate to the community. The Lake, as Hagerman calls it, sounds like it's going to be some kind of a park that also has some artwork and structures on it, which sounds like a nice place for future people to hang out at. But does it make up for all his coming years of selfishness and lack of participation in our society?  No, probably not. WATCH: The internet trolled Trump for this roast-worthy habit during his SOTU

UK police identify over 200 witnesses in nerve agent attack: minister

UK police identify over 200 witnesses in nerve agent attack: ministerBy Peter Nicholls SALISBURY, England (Reuters) – British police have identified more than 200 witnesses and are looking at more than 240 pieces of evidence in their investigation into a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Saturday. Former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital in a critical condition since Sunday, when they were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury. “The two victims remain in hospital and they’re critical but stable,” Rudd told reporters after chairing a meeting of the government’s Cobra security committee.

An EPA scientific committee hasn’t met in 6 months because of a paperwork error

An EPA scientific committee hasn’t met in 6 months because of a paperwork errorThe board of scientists advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not met in six months, in part due to a paperwork error. The 45 members of the group – who last met in August 2017 – evaluate the science the EPA uses to craft policy, per the US Congress – but they have not even had conference calls or any votes on matters since the last meeting since there were not enough of them to reach a quorum. Michael Honeycutt, who heads the board for the EPA, blamed the delay on human resources bureaucracy in the federal government.