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.
The New York Times opinion columnist Richard A. Friedman‘s (professor of clinical psychiatry and the director of the psychopharmacology clinic at the Weill Cornell Medical College) What Cookies and Meth Have in Common to our brain very clearly explains how people get addicted with foods & drugs & role of our environment that we live in.
The Washington Post reporter Merissa Pyne has a news report Trouble at the top of the world: Everest climbers complain of theft of oxygen bottles. Very interesting!
To-day Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a commencement address to the 2017 class Harvard University from where he was dropped out from about 10 years before. His address was very personal as well as inspirational with a message to the Millennial generation “to keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose.”
After reading How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss by Sharyl Sandberg in to-day’s The New York Times OP-ED I was reminded of her 2016 Berkley’s Convocation speech. To-day’s OP-ED was adopted from her new book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant. She has been very admiring personality by opening up her personal life & educating other from her own experience. Very powerfully brave civic duty!
According a new report in The New York Times titled Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election, the authors Matt Apuzzo et al. suggest that FBI tried to reshape the past bitter 2016 Presidential election. It’s very long investigative report with another perspective to understand the last Presidential election. There will be many more reports & books will be written by verious players for sometime.
Very useful articles With C.I.A. Hacking Revelations, How to Protect Your Devices in The New York Times with tips for protecting our electronic devices from hacking. As always, use updated OS, follow good internet hygiene practice, and use other precautionary measures like lock screen, PIN codes and enable verify apps settings.
In this our current environment of untruthful or “fake” news & information spreading around in print, television or mobile devices, Philip Fernbach and Steven Sloman explain in this Why We Believe Obvious Untruths how our brain processes obvious untruthful information. Very interesting article to understand why & how we believe obvious “fake” information!