Friday, November 30, 2018

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GENERAL INTEREST
Twilight of the Taj
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/twilight_of_the_taj

Why we stopped trusting elites 
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/29/why-we-stopped-trusting-elites-the-new-populism?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0xODExMjk%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&CMP=GTUS_email

Spawn of the dead: a history of strange zombie movie mashups 
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/nov/29/zombies-anna-and-the-apocalypse-overlord?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0xODExMjk%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&CMP=GTUS_email

HEALTH
'They are disrupting forearms, elbows and heads': ER doctors report sharp increase in injuries from riding electric scooters as sharing services expand to nearly 100 US cities
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6440187/ER-doctors-report-sharp-increase-injuries-electric-scooters.html

Amazon Makes Inroads Selling Medical Supplies to the Sick 
See the first Wall Street Journal article, below.

Amazon Selling Software That Mines Medical Data
https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/amazon-medical-data-mining-software/2018/11/27/id/892204/

Discover how clean should feel.
https://washlet.totousa.com/

PARENTING
How overparenting in America has created a generation of snowflakes 
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-overparenting-in-america-has-created-a-generation-of-snowflakes-2018-11-28

PROGRESSIVES UNHINGED
Crazy, Woke
https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2018/11/29/crazy-woke-n2536644?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

BUSINESS
What Facebook Really Doesn’t Want You to Talk About
https://www.yahoo.com/news/facebook-really-doesn-t-want-171409525.html

Internal emails show Facebook considered selling user data
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/internal-emails-show-facebook-considered-selling-user-data-2018-11-28

New York to consider banning shops from going cashless 
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/nov/28/legislation-bans-cashless-business-policy-discrimination

ENVIRONMENT
Updates from the Cool Green Science Blog
https://blog.nature.org/science/?src=e.nature.loc_h&lu=3300273&autologin=true&ds=y&sus=n&md=n

Trump's opponents hope his climate report will undermine him in court
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/trumps-opponents-hope-his-climate-report-will-undermine-him-in-court

Apocalypse when? 
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/thomas112818.php3

ENTOMOLOGY
The Insect Apocalypse Is Here
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/magazine/insect-apocalypse.html

TECHNOLOGY
Remember When Technology Was Supposed to Mean Freedom?
https://townhall.com/columnists/laurahollis/2018/11/29/remember-when-technology-was-supposed-to-mean-freedom-n2536689?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

FOREIGN POLICY
Panama the new flashpoint in China's growing presence in Latin America 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/28/panama-china-us-latin-america-canal?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0xODExMjk%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&CMP=GTUS_email

LAW AND THE COURTS
How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html

Blind Man Sues Playboy Over Its Website
http://www.newser.com/story/267917/suit-demands-playboy-cater-to-the-blind.html?utm_source=part&utm_medium=att&utm_campaign=rss_media_syn

BIG BROTHER
In China, your car may be spying on you for the government
https://nypost.com/2018/11/29/in-china-your-car-may-be-spying-on-you-for-the-government/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

CARAVAN
MSNBC Reporter: Most People in the Caravan Are Non-Asylum-Seeking Single Men, And Some Are Already Heading Home
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2018/11/29/msnbc-some-caravan-asylum-seekers-have-given-up-and-are-heading-home-n2536656?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

MS-13 gang member caught traveling with migrant caravan: Border Patrol
https://nypost.com/2018/11/28/ms-13-gang-member-caught-traveling-with-migrant-caravan-border-patrol/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

IMMIGRATION
Cliven Bundy rebukes Trump over attack on migrants: 'We should have a heart' 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/28/cliven-ammon-bundy-criticizes-trump-immigration-border-wall

CHINA
China specialists now warning of Beijing's efforts to influence American society 
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1118/beijing_influence_america.php3

TRUMPGATE
Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Moscow Building Project
https://www.nationalreview.com/news/michael-cohen-pleads-guilty-to-lying-to-congress-about-moscow-building-project/

POLITICS
Stopping the Socialist Resurgence
See the second Wall Street Journal article, below.
-- "You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to Lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be." - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)
FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-makes-inroads-selling-medical-supplies-to-the-sick-1543487401

Amazon Makes Inroads Selling Medical Supplies to the Sick


Privacy experts say an app for patients, and Amazon’s involvement in it, raise new issues in digitized medical data



An app developed by Xealth Inc. enables doctors to choose medical supplies to recommend to patients and to direct them to a website that links to Amazon.com. Photo: Jim West/Zuma Press


By

Melanie Evans

Nov. 29, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

A growing number of doctors around the U.S. can direct a patient to Amazon.com Inc. to buy blood-pressure cuffs, slings and other supplies via an app embedded in the patient’s private medical record—a change creating convenience but also raising privacy concerns.

Hospitals that use the app say the goal is to replace the handwritten shopping lists doctors often hand people, which are easy to lose, and to spare frazzled patients lengthy searches through pharmacy shelves.

“We’re looking for ways to make that more convenient,” says Glenn Updike, an obstetrician at the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh who has sent the digital referrals and is a technology official at the health system.

Online or In the Store

Medication, personal health goods and vitamins account for a growing share of the fast-growing online retail market, which is outpacing brick-and-mortar drug store growth.

Privacy experts say the app, and Amazon’s involvement, represent the latest example of new and unanticipated issues arising as doctors, retailers and software developers take advantage of the digitization of medical data and tap patients’ growing comfort with the internet.

The app, developed by a separate company called Xealth Inc., enables doctors to choose which supplies to recommend, then email the list of products to a patient. The email directs the patient to a website with photos of recommended products, descriptions and links for purchasing on Amazon.

The app alerts patients with a pop-up disclaimer that buying products is a recommendation only. Amazon outlines how it collects data from users in its privacy policies. Xealth says the app doesn’t share with Amazon any information in a patient’s medical records or about the doctor treating the patient.

Privacy experts express concern that patients could unwittingly share personal and potentially sensitive health information with Amazon, giving the retailer more data points about a shopper that it could use to tailor how it sells.

“We do not want companies to know intimate knowledge about us as they can manipulate us or use it when it is not in our interest,” said Kirsten Martin, a George Washington University associate professor who studies privacy and technology.

Knowing a consumer viewed blood-pressure cuffs recommended by a doctor, for instance, could help Amazon infer the shopper has high blood pressure, especially if the retailer combined that information with its data on the person’s browsing history and past purchases, privacy experts say.

Xealth Chief Executive Mike McSherry said he isn’t aware of Amazon targeting ads to customers who have used his company’s app so far.S

Amazon has been trying to expand its footprint in health care. The market for medical supplies is a lucrative target for Amazon. It bought an online pharmacy this year, and is stepping up efforts to sell medical supplies to hospitals. The retailer is starting to sell software that will mine patient medical records for information doctors and hospitals could use to improve care and cut costs.

And it has been expanding its business supplying medical products to hospitals and clinics.

Online sales of medicines and medical supplies, totaling $40 billion last year, are growing at an average annual rate of 17%, compared with 2% revenue growth at bricks-and-mortar pharmacies, according to research firm IBISWorld.

Federal health-privacy law, enacted in 1996, was never intended to address patients unwittingly sharing sensitive medical data while shopping online, privacy lawyers say. The law, known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, covers doctors, hospitals and health insurers and limits what those providers can do with a patient’s medical data, the lawyers say. But it doesn’t cover information a patient might share with other parties, such as a health app or retailer like Amazon.

The medical-supply industry, working with software developers and health systems, has begun to explore apps that plug into patients’ electronic medical records, industry officials say. These apps sometimes steer patients to a website, often run by the doctor or hospital, stocked with products made by a specific manufacturer or sold by a single distributor, according to industry officials.

Is Amazon Going to Rule the World?


Amazon wants to deliver everything you want to your doorstep, anywhere in the world. But the e-commerce giant faces several challenges in its pursuit of a global empire. WSJ's Karan Deep Singh breaks down the basics with the help of an Amazon delivery box.

The technology developed by Xealth, a privately held company based in Seattle, steers patients to Amazon instead. Mr. McSherry says its business could expand to other e-retailers and medical-supply manufacturers.


Its software plugs into electronic health record systems, according to Mr. McSherry. Then a doctor can call up a list of potential products, select the specific products for referral and then send the email that ultimately directs the patient to Amazon.


The patient can make the purchases on the website, or take the list and shop for the items elsewhere.


Companies that work with Amazon usually get fees from the retailer for driving traffic to the shopping website. Mr. McSherry says Xealth won’t get any referral fees. Rather, it plans to make money by selling its software to health systems. Doctors and health systems said they also wouldn’t get fees from the referrals to Amazon.


Health systems only recently began trying out the Xealth app, so there is little data on how patients have used it so far, according to the company and doctors.


Doctors at Providence St. Joseph Health of Renton, Wash., and UPMC in Pittsburgh—health systems that are investors in Xealth and were testing out the technology—have sent patients the email referrals.


Providence, which has sent the referrals to several orthopedic patients, is considering broadening to maternity, cancer and neurology patients, says Chris Neighorn, program manager for Providence’s Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute.


UPMC has expanded use to all its obstetric clinic staff after a small group of its obstetrician gynecologists tried it out, Dr. Updike says.


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Stopping the Socialist Resurgence


Republicans need to fight the wild ideas of the Democratic Party’s left wing.



By

Karl Rove

Nov. 28, 2018 6:40 p.m. ET

Sen. Bernie Sanders knows what he wants. In a Washington Post op-ed last week, the democratic socialist from Vermont laid out a legislative agenda for the 116th Congress’s first 100 days. Among the dizzying array of proposals Mr. Sanders pushed were his signature “Medicare for All” bill, tuition-free college, student-debt relief, tax increases requiring “wealthy people and large corporations to begin paying their fair share” and a $15 minimum wage indexed to “median wage growth,” not inflation. See wsj to continue.

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GENERAL INTEREST
From a tribal teepee in Mongolia to an igloo in Lapland: The wackiest Airbnb properties from around the world
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6414079/From-tiny-teepee-Mongolia-igloo-Finland-wackiest-Airbnb-properties.html

HEALTH
Is your doctor really listening to you? 
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/is-your-doctor-really-listening-to-you-2018-11-28

For Treating Severe Strokes, All Hospitals Aren’t Equal 
See the Wall Street Journal article, below.

• Kotaku.com reported on Oct. 3 that gamer Xopher credits the arcade game "Dance Dance Revolution" with restoring his health. Xopher grew up in Arkansas and loved playing DDR at arcades. But when his cardiologist told him he'd have to trim down from his 325 pounds or risk needing a heart transplant, Xopher got serious about the game. He found an "excellently priced" DDR machine on eBay and restored it, starting with just three games a night. Between 2014 and 2018 he got to under 200 pounds: "I've gone from a blood pressure of 140/80 to 112/65. ... I was healthy for the first time in my life." He also said he's now playing DDR competitively. [Kotaku.com, 10/3/2018] 

PROGRESSIVES UNHINGED
Sick Puppy: Illinois Democrat Wishes Death Upon GOP Colleague's Family...Because She Disagrees With Him
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/11/28/sick-puppy-illinois-democrat-wishes-death-upon-gop-colleagues-familybecause-she-disagrees-with-him-n2536628?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

HUMOR
The News in Zingers 
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1118/hamilton.php3

Joke of the day: Obama takes credit for oil boom 
https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2018/11/joke-of-day-obama-takes-credit-for-oil.html

BUSINESS
General Motors did not put America first
https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/general-motors-did-not-put-america-first-dobbs

History of General Motors in photos after new of staff layoffs emerge
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6436855/History-General-Motors-photos-new-staff-layoffs-emerge.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

ARCHAEOLOGY
Archaeologists discover ancient mummies south of Cairo 
https://start.att.net/news/read/article/the_associated_press-archaeologists_discover_ancient_mummies_south_of_c-ap/category/news

LAW AND THE COURTS
Supreme Court to decide whether it was 'excessive' to take away $42G Land Rover from drug dealer
https://www.foxnews.com/us/supreme-court-to-decide-whether-it-was-excessive-to-take-away-42g-land-rover-from-drug-dealer

Two Iranians Indicted For Attacking U.S. Hospitals and Other Criticial Infrastructure 
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2018/11/28/two-iranians-indicted-for-attacking-us-hospitals-and-other-infrastructure-n2536649?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

SOCIAL MEDIA BIAS
Silicon Valley Sharia
https://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2018/11/28/silicon-valley-sharia-n2536611?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

MEDIA BIAS
'Are You Comfortable Tear-Gassing Children?'
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1118/bozell112818.php3

IMMIGRATION
Hillary Clinton Is Right — and Wrong — about Immigration and Populism 
https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/hillary-clinton-immigration-populism-double-standard/

CARAVAN
Trump's Plan to Stop the Caravan 
https://townhall.com/columnists/betsymccaughey/2018/11/28/trumps-plan-to-stop-the-caravan-n2536613?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

Border Patrol Chief: No Migrant Was Able to Scale New Border Wall
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2018/11/28/border-patrol-chief-discusses-border-wall-n2536629?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

Migrants in Tijuana Regret the Caravan: ‘I’m Done With the United States’
https://www.thedailybeast.com/migrants-in-tijuana-regret-the-caravan-im-done-with-the-united-states?yptr=yahoo

TRUMPGATE
Two key answers from Trump to Mueller
https://start.att.net/news/read/article/cnn-exclusive_two_key_answers_from_trump_to_mueller-cnn2/category/news+

Jerome Corsi, Roger Stone, and the Austin Powers Theory of Russian Collusion 
https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/jerome-corsi-roger-stone-and-the-austin-powers-theory-of-russian-collusion/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NR%20Daily%20Monday%20through%20Friday%202018-11-28&utm_term=NR5PM%20Actives

Trump threatens to declassify ‘devastating’ docs about Democrats
https://nypost.com/2018/11/28/trump-threatens-to-declassify-devastating-docs-about-democrats/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

Paul Manafort May Have Something Much Worse Than Prison to Be Afraid Of 
https://start.att.net/news/read/category/news/article/esquire-paul_manafort_may_have_something_much_worse_than_p-rhearst

POLITICS
Senate panel cancels votes on Trump court picks amid Flake standoff
https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/418802-senate-panel-cancels-votes-on-trump-court-picks-amid-flake-standoff

Another Dem to oppose Pelosi
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/418831-another-dem-to-oppose-pelosi

-- "You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to Lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be." - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005) FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)

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For Treating Severe Strokes, All Hospitals Aren’t Equal


A revolutionary procedure called thrombectomy can treat severe strokes, but most hospitals in the U.S. don’t perform it


Thomas M. Burton


Updated Nov. 28, 2018 1:26 p.m. ET

Providence, R.I.

People who suffer severe strokes here can avoid the worst if stricken within a 30-minute ambulance ride to Rhode Island Hospital, the region’s only comprehensive stroke-treatment facility.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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GENERAL INTEREST
High in the mountains, this European village stands frozen in time
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/bosnia-herzegovina/things-to-do-high-mountain-village-lukomir/

Holy cow! Giant steer 'Knickers' stands head and shoulders over herd 
https://start.att.net/news/read/article/cnn-holy_cow_giant_holsteinfriesian_knickers_stands_he-cnn2/category/news

Refugee stranded 7 months in airport finally gets to leave
https://nypost.com/2018/11/27/refugee-stranded-7-months-in-airport-finally-gets-to-leave/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

HUMOR
The News in Zingers 
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1118/hamilton.php3

Does the ‘foreskin facial’ mark the end of the world?
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/shortcuts/2018/nov/26/foreskin-facial-kate-beckinsale-serum-anti-ageing

HEALTH
Paralyzing polio-like disease spreads to 31 US states
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6433015/Paralysing-polio-like-disease-spreads-31-states.html

EDUCATION
Professors are selling their plasma to pay bills. Let's hold colleges' feet to the fire 
https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2018/nov/27/professors-are-selling-their-plasma-to-pay-bills-lets-hold-colleges-feet-to-the-fire

PROGRESSIVES UNHINGED
Mom Dresses Six-Year-Old Son As Girl, Threatens Dad With Losing His Son For Disagreeing
http://thefederalist.com/2018/11/26/mom-dresses-six-year-old-son-girl-threatens-dad-losing-son-disagreeing/

SPORTS
Politics and Sports: Keep Your Hands Off My Football
https://www.prageru.com/videos/politics-and-sports-keep-your-hands-my-football

WEATHER
Climate-warming El NiƱo very likely in 2019, says UN agency 
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/27/climate-warming-el-nino-very-likely-in-2019-says-un-agency

ENVIRONMENT
Supreme Court Sides with Landowners in Dispute over Frog Habitats
https://www.nationalreview.com/news/supreme-court-sides-with-landowners-in-dispute-over-frog-habitats/

SCIENCE
Science 
https://www.nytimes.com/section/science

Chinese Scientist Claims to Use Crispr to Make First Genetically Edited Babies
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/health/gene-editing-babies-china.html

ENERGY
Another report reluctantly admits that ‘green’ energy is a disastrous flop
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/11/24/peter-foster-another-report-reluctantly-admits-that-green-energy-is-a-disastrous-flop/

NATIONAL SECURITY
Why not build a border barrier? It's the law
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/byron-york-why-not-build-a-border-barrier-its-the-law

BIG BROTHER
ICYMI: Google Wants to 'Monitor' Every Aspect of Our Personal Lives
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2018/11/27/icymi-google-wants-to-monitor-every-aspect-of-our-personal-lives-n2536530?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

CHINA
China’s Economy Became No. 2 by Defying No. 1
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/25/world/asia/china-economy-strategy.html?emc=edit_ne_20181127&nl=evening-briefing&nlid=5893540820181127&te=1

PUERTO RICO
$3,700 Generators and $666 Sinks: FEMA Contractors Charged Steep Markups on Puerto Rico Repairs
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/us/fema-puerto-rico-housing-repairs-maria.html

CARAVAN
The Media Was Wrong About the Caravan
https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/central-american-caravan-arrives-us-mexico-border/

The migrant caravan just ruined its close-up
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-migrant-caravan-just-ruined-its-close-up

Mexico Indicates It Will House Migrants and Seeks Aid for Central America
https://start.att.net/player/category/news/article/time-mexico_indicates_it_will_house_migrants_and_seeks-vtime

TRUMPGATE
Manafort plea decision represents setback for Mueller
https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/418532-manafort-plea-decision-represents-setback-for-mueller?userid=288549

POLITICS
The 5 most competitive Senate races of 2020
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/418349-the-5-most-competitive-senate-races-of-2020

The Suburbs Are Changing. But Not in All the Ways Liberals Hope.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/upshot/suburbs-changing-midterms-democrats-hopes.html

Intrigue surrounds Nancy Pelosi vote
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/418578-intrigue-surrounds-nancy-pelosi-vote?userid=288549

Hyde-Smith prevails in Mississippi runoff after 'public hanging' stumble
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/418483-hyde-smith-prevails-in-mississippi-runoff-after-public-hanging-stumble?rnd=1543355972?userid=288549

Former aides promise to expose 'deep state' plot to stop Trump becoming president
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/former-trump-aides-corey-lewandowski-david-bossie-detail-new-book-trumps-enemies

-- 
"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to
Lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever
they might be."
           - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)

Monday, November 26, 2018

PLATT - MISC News

GENERAL INTEREST
Why we often remember the bad better than the good 
http://jewishworldreview.com/1118/memories_remember.php3

America Was Always an Exceptional Nation, but Is It Still?
See the Wall Street Journal article, below.

Round the world TWICE in 15 minutes! International Space Station celebrates 20 years orbiting earth with incredible time-lapse video of two orbital trips
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6424623/Round-world-TWICE-15-minutes-International-Space-Station-celebrates-20-years-orbiting-earth.html

HEALTH
The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick
https://www.wired.com/story/the-science-is-clear-dirty-farm-water-is-making-us-sick/

Why romaine lettuce won’t (actually, might not) kill you
https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/418072-why-romaine-lettuce-wont-kill-you

How long do Thanksgiving leftovers last? 
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-long-do-thanksgiving-leftovers-last-2018-11-23

Thanks, DW ...


EDUCATION
How Chinese overseas students are learning harsh life lessons
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2131738/how-chinese-overseas-students-are-learning-harsh

White House turns away foreign students on tour with class
https://nypost.com/2018/11/24/white-house-turns-away-foreign-students-on-tour-with-class/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

GOVERNMENT MALFEASANCE
Tenants say city’s apartment renovation program was all empty promises
https://nypost.com/2018/11/24/tenants-say-citys-apartment-renovation-program-was-all-empty-promises/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

NATURE
Door Handle No Problem for Curious Bear
https://weather.com/science/nature/video/door-handle-no-problem-for-curious-bear?pl=pl-the-latest

ENERGY
Five things to know about Ocasio-Cortez’s 'Green New Deal'
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/417843-five-things-to-know-about-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal

HYDROLOGY
What happens when Lake Superior has too much water? It dumps it into an already overflowing Lake Michigan
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-lake-michigan-superior-water-levels-20180709-story.html

Desert wells, polluted rivers and sacred blessings: As global water shortages loom, thought-provoking photographs capture how the basic resource is valued in different ways
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6397675/Candid-photos-Belgian-photographer-Pascal-Mannaerts-reveal-water-valued-different-ways.html

TECHNOLOGY
Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/23/technology/robot-nurse-zora.html

CYBER SECURITY
Google just found malware apps hiding in the Play store that were downloaded over 500,000 times 
https://start.att.net/news/read/article/bgr-google_just_found_malware_apps_hiding_in_the_play-rpenskemc/category/finance

Beware of hackers who impersonate your favorite brands this holiday season 
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/hackers-will-impersonate-your-favorite-brands-this-holiday-season-tips-for-safe-shopping-2018-11-20

LAW AND ORDER
‘It’s shocking’: Mom shot dead through apartment door while checking peephole
https://nypost.com/2018/11/25/woman-shot-dead-through-door-while-looking-through-peephole/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

CARAVAN
Caravan migrants march on U.S. border crossing: 'We are not criminals!'
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/nov/25/migrant-caravan-members-march-us-border-crossing/?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=manual&utm_campaign=20180326&utm_term=newsalert&utm_content=newsalert&bt_ee=nF4xic8xC9m%2Bw1a9gV5iENvgNdvIKdLoFhLpXRZDHPA4ZVGf7UKCay1weaUmGNYg&bt_ts=1543175899330

US agents fire tear gas at migrants in start of border clashes with Mexico
https://nypost.com/2018/11/25/us-agents-fire-tear-gas-at-migrants-in-start-of-border-clashes-with-mexico/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

POLITICS
The Inconvenient Truth About the Republican Party
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OURy5WFp0zk

Across South, Democrats Who Speak Boldly Risk Alienating Rural White Voters
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/24/us/politics/south-race-mississippi-senate.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
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FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/america-was-always-an-exceptional-nation-but-is-it-still-1543014458?emailToken=d1d498b66dfa76a30557052e7d918a0a9bUvao/M80YnaXLI2/ye8tmaiY0dpgLZ1AlfabxinnqyAh2/gdNSDC0B5YkiBeze8Ubdv+eH1JYRs0OjGaZbPSPejv0yvRhXUW64/+hZOFF9HRnMzD8ViOfQO3jKkdyN&reflink=article_email_share

America Was Always an Exceptional Nation, but Is It Still?

Its robust civil society and lack of hierarchy are cherished by Americans and curious to foreigners.

Nov. 23, 2018 6:07 p.m. ET
Americans like to believe we are an exceptional people. We speak of ourselves as a city upon a hill, a nation lifting our light beside the golden door, a people who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life. Exceptionalism was a topic of debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012, and for others it continues to serve as a litmus test of patriotism. But what is American exceptionalism? And why should it matter?