‘Our readiness for a terrorist attack is dangerously low,’ Richard Clarke

“In terms of a major terrorist attack in the United States or on U.S. facilities, I think we’re significantly less ready than we were on January 19,” said Richard Clarke, who served on the National Security Council under three Presidents —  George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. “I think our readiness is extemely low and dangerously low. Certainly [government] agencies at a professional level will respond [to an attack], but having a coordinated interagency response is unlikely given the current cast of characters [in the administration] and their experience.” reports Uri Friedman in The Atlantic.

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A robot healed this 9/11 hero

Bill Butler of the FDNY barely escaped on September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. After being trapped in the rubble for hours, Butler found himself in pain most of the time, reports Michael Kaplan in the NY Post.

Butler endured continual pain in his hip for years. Now he is pain-free, thanks to a robot.

Dr. Nakul Karkare, an orthopedic surgeon and joint-replacement specialist, treated Butler with a robotic arm called Mako which allows customization of the joint and longer lasting replacements.

“It is much more accurate than a human can be,” says Karkare.

Butler is now an FDNY captain with the Marine Division.

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Trade Center tower is splashed with graffiti, by invitation

The 69th floor at 4 World Trade Center is now spray painted with graffiti as part of a project by Robert Marcucci, a creative consultant working for Larry Silverstein, the developer of 4 WTC, writes James Barron of the New York Times.

The floor is one of those that will be rented by Spotify. The company plans to keep at least some of the paintings.

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