‘Mr.’ and ‘Ms.’ is too Gender Specific
Jan30

‘Mr.’ and ‘Ms.’ is too Gender Specific

  Do you find the written salutations of “Mr.” and “Ms.” to be offensive? After all, each is equated to a specific gender – hopefully there is no reason to clarify which salutation is meant for which gender. Apparently, the use of a salutation could lead to discrimination… For prospective students of City University of New York’s Graduate Center, any correspondence will include the...

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What IS THAT in My Tuna?
Jan26

What IS THAT in My Tuna?

  Sometimes it pays to be your own personal food inspector. Zoe Butler, despite screaming after seeing an unexpected creature in the can of tuna she just opened, is glad she looked closely… had she not, it would have been fed to her children. Gulp… We found this reported by Good Housekeeping: Butler spotted a “sea creature” she knew wasn’t supposed to be in her food. “I opened the top of the...

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A Parenting Confrontation on the Playground
Jan22

A Parenting Confrontation on the Playground

  Wow, that video ending should have been expected, but it caught me totally off guard. Point made! Parents will be parents. We all have our own parenting style. Each of us has our own reasons we parent the way we do, so when we’re criticized, things happen… Our source at the Huffington Post (disclaimer: no actual affiliation exists) reports on the video: But, as this parody video from formula brand Similac shows,...

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Tick Tock Goes the Doomsday Clock
Jan22

Tick Tock Goes the Doomsday Clock

  It was decided today, January 22, 2015, that the Doomsday Clock would be set forward to 11:57 P.M., just 3 minutes shy of the representative midnight that indicates how close the world is to a “potentially civilization-ending catastrophe”. The clock’s hands (its time) hadn’t moved in three years, but those behind The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists decided the state of the world warranted a change now....

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HealthCare gov is Sharing Our Personal Data
Jan20

HealthCare gov is Sharing Our Personal Data

This was just released: “Government Health Care Website Quietly Sharing Personal Data“. Concerns are not limited to this being a violation of privacy for millions of us, but also that it may compromise personal security. The AP released the information and ABC News is reporting on it. Their article begins: The government’s health insurance website is quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies...

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The Freedom Train’s Final Run
Jan19

The Freedom Train’s Final Run

  Across 30 years, the San Francisco Bay Area saw its Freedom Train run each year in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s enduring legacy. Today, however, marked the final run, with the number of passengers swelling five-fold over what the dwindling numbers showed last year. The interest in the train’s journeys faded in part because of competing events over the years marking MLK’s birthday. The Bay Area had...

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Zombie Tracking Cookie You Can Not Kill
Jan14

Zombie Tracking Cookie You Can Not Kill

  Complaints abound, but still, for mobile phone users, there is a tracking cookie, that even when deleted, comes back to life. If you use Google, Yahoo, or Facebook, like it or not, you are being tracked. AT&T dropped the cookie usage last November, but not Verizon. A general blocking of cookies, or deleting cookies will not save you from this intrusion. Even a specific opt-out request may not help. We filed it under...

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“Weapons of Choice” at Middle School
Jan13

“Weapons of Choice” at Middle School

  Parents of the students at the W. F. Burns Middle School in Valley, Alabama received a letter informing them of a change in procedure to keep the students there safe in the event of an intruder. The school’s principal, Priscella Holley, approved the letter that explains a new tactic selected as a part of the school district’s ALICE program – “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate”. The procedure is to arm the...

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Daily Smokers Make Poor Decisions
Jan11

Daily Smokers Make Poor Decisions

  Cigarette Smokers, please don’t blame the messenger, but you’ve just been targeted and awarded another medal of disgrace to hang around your neck.  Pacific Standard highlights it in their article “A New Stigma for Smokers“, which references a research study, that when it comes to borrowers, there may as well be an additional question asked… Do you smoke? Tom Jacobs, the author of their article...

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Over Prescribed Antibiotics: 10 Million to Die
Jan07

Over Prescribed Antibiotics: 10 Million to Die

10 million people a year are expected to die come 2050 — all because of the over prescription of antibiotics to people… and because of routine use on animal farms, directly and indirectly. “Mind-boggling” economic impacts are expected. Mother Jones begins their article: If your goal is to ruin the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs, I can think of two efficient ways. One would be to wildly overprescribe...

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