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
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.
The Washington Post reporter Simon van Zuylen-Wood has an article How robo-call moguls outwitted the government and wrecked the Do Not Call list. In this historical article, the reporter discusses how robots have completely wrecked the Do-Not-Call-List, a most popular public policy in the country.
Reporter Evan Osnos of The New Yorker has an interesting report Making of China Again, where he writes how China’s President Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces as President Trump surrenders America’s global commitments. In the same vain reporter Fareed Zakaria writes in his The Washington Post opinion column The decline of U.S. influence is the great global story of our age.
Minnesotans are experiencing Probably The Coldest New Year’s Eve Since 1973. Arctic cold air has returned to the almost entire country and Arctic Cold Outbreak to Last into the First Week of 2018 in the Plains, Midwest and East until early next year 2018. This has been the coldest season so far! Last year we had similar arctic outbreak in Minnesota around second week of December.
The New York Times Editor Tim Herrera has an excellent post How to Be Happier, Safer, Healthier and Smarter in 2018 with very useful tips for all of us who want to lead a healthier & happier 2018 & beyond. The article is full of resource links. What a great way to start New Year 2018!!