To-day at 1:18 pm (CT) we all received a Presidential Alert, a wireless check, text message on our cellphones. It could have been either a thrill or terrifying depending upon our political affiliation. As an political independent, I sought more information about it and found and excellent article Trump Is Not Texting You in The Atlantic, which explains in detail about this mandated Wireless Emergency Alerts system.
The NPR has an interesting blog post The American Dream Is Harder To Find In Some Neighborhoods, which is an outcome from a collaborative research between the Census Bureau, and the researchers at the Harvard & Brown Universities. Through The Opportunity Atlas, similar to google maps, it is possible to tract nationwide data on any neighborhoods. The New York Times post Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life illustrates how these information can be utilized by decision makers across the country to understand and tackle the barriers that prevent people from climbing the economic ladder in most persistent low income neighborhoods.
The Washington Post reporter Annie Applebaum has a cover article A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come in the October 2018 issue of The Atlantic. This article is a case study from Poland and deals on “polarization, conspiracy theories, attacks on the free press and an obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.”
The New York Magazine reporter Jonathan Chait has a very detailed story Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler? in The New York Magazine, July 8, 2018 issue. This is a must read story where reporter Mr Chait pulls together all the evidence so far for plausible mind-boggling collusion! This together with The Washington Post reporter Philip Bump‘s story In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states offers a future scenario of US political makeup and divide. Continue reading
The Lourene Powell Jobs, wife and heir of Steve Jobs, is described in a recent The Washington Post featured article The Quest of Laurene Powell Jobs as new brand of philanthropy. The detailed featured article describes her activism and goals to reshape our society. She is the president of Emerson Collective, a her $20 billions Philanthropic initiative called Emerson Collective. ∞
Reid Forgrave, a writer based in Minnesota, has an very interesting article The Man Who Cracked the Lottery in The New York Times Magazine. This is a story about when the Iowa attorney general’s office began investigating an unclaimed lottery ticket worth millions, an incredible string of unlikely winners came to light – and a trail that pointed to an inside job.
The New York Times reports Credit Card Signatures Are About to Become Extinct in the U.S. by the end of April 2018. It reports that major credit card processors don’t require signatures to complete transaction if the card transaction was made chip enabled card readers. For small retailers, it would still remain as optional.
Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook’s users’ personal profile data in political campaign use has created lot of buzz and has triggered flood of investigations by US Congress, FTC and British Government. However this Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing from Harvard University blog is a wake-up call what is coming next.
The New York Times reports that Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future, an 1800 sq ft mini-market, is opening on Jan 22, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Amazon was reported to be working this type of cashier free stores in 2016. If this technology is adopted by other major retailers then this will definitely disrupt job employment scenario.