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.
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.
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.
Year 2017 was Year of #MeeToo social movement and created lot buzz about sexual harassment in workplace. The article I Started the Media Men List My name is Moira Donegan by Moira Donegan is an powerful story about how women helped protect themselves from sexual harassment & assault through whisper network.
Year 2017 remained a good and productive year. Like last year I made good progress in my technological skill development. For Year 2018, I have set myself very ambitious goals and hoping that it will be another productive learning and skill-enhancement year with many new opportunities.
Times magazine’s 2017 person of the year is ‘The Silence Breakers’ —women whose individual acts of courage have led to the biggest cultural reckoning we’ve seen in decades. A social media campaign started with tweet with #MeToo after Harvey Weinstein. It is powerful story of power of social media for social reform.
The Washington Post reporters, Kevin Sullivan And Mary Jordan have a news post On elitists, ‘crybabies’ and ‘junky’ degrees on The Forgotten America series. Their report explains why most conservatives, who think Universities should be more practical, and express their anger with current American Universities. Change is always hard!
Journalist Caitlin Johnstone writes in the Medium that Allowing #MeToo To Go Viral Is The Biggest Mistake The Establishment Ever Made. Indeed this could a watershade moment for the 50% of the populations as Cecily Strong of SNL puts its.
The New York Times” reporters Scott Shane & others have a post Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shakenthe N.S.A. to Its Core which details NSA’s struggle to recover from exposure of its cyber weapons. ∞
There is a brief note in The New York Times explaining Why Onions Make Us Cry? It turns out that when we cut onions it releases a chemical called lachrymatory factor (LF) which irritates our eyes. LF is by product of two molecules located in cells: sulfenic acid precursor floating around and a protein called alliinase in cytoplasm, which are released when onions are crossed and produce irritating LF. This chemical is used by plants as defense mechanisms from microbes & animals. An undergraduate student Josie Silvaroli, an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio helped explained this puzzle in a paper published in ACS Chemical Biology in July 2017.