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!!
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!
The New Yorker has a very detailed investigative article The Family That Built an Empire of Pain. From the article, it appears that The Sackler family which owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin (active ingredient oxycodone, a chemical cousin of heroine). Since 1999, over two hundred thousands Americans have died because of OxyContin & prescription opioids overdose. A must read article to understand the entire prescription overdose epidemics.