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Which Democrats Are Running In 2020 — And Which Still Might

More than two dozen Democrats may end up running for president. They include senators, governors, business leaders, a mayor — even a spiritual guru.

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The Youngest 2020 Candidate Pushes A Platform Of 'Inter-Generational Justice'

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., recently announced his intent to run for president, saying the 2020 election should focus on changing the economic outlook for millennials.

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Medical Effects Of Extreme Cold: Why It Hurts And How To Stay Safe

Frostbite can nip ears in just a few minutes in the sort of temperatures many Americans are facing this week. Pull that hat down and curb the drinking; alcohol can impair your judgment of temperature.

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How Students Engage with News: Five Takeaways for Educators, Journalists, and Librarians

Preferred citation: ​Alison J. Head, John Wihbey, P. Takis Metaxas, Margy MacMillan, and Dan Cohen, “How Students Engage with News: Five Takeaways for Educators, Journalists, and Librarians,” Project Information Literacy Research Institute. (October 16, 2018).

“The News Study research report presents findings about how a sample of U.S. college students gather information and engage with news in the digital age. Results are included from an online survey of 5,844 respondents and telephone interviews with 37 participants from 11 U.S. colleges and universities selected for their regional, demographic, and red/blue state diversity. A computational analysis was conducted using Twitter data associated with the survey respondents and a Twitter panel of 135,891 ​college-age people. Six recommendations are included for educators, journalists, and librarians working to make students ​effective news consumers. To explore the implications of this study’s findings, concise commentaries from leading thinkers in education, libraries, media research, and journalism are included.”

Categories: Law and Legal

Gendered Languages May Play a Role in Limiting Women’s Opportunities

World Bank: “In many developing countries, women face significant barriers to their equal participation in society. While some of these barriers are easy to see, a new line of research is uncovering a surprising and less obvious possibility: the very structure of certain languages may shape gender norms in a way that limits women’s opportunities…At a recent Policy Research Talk, World Bank economist Owen Ozier delivered a crash course in linguistics and its relationship to gender norms and economic outcomes for women. According to Ozier, existing research has already hinted at a link between grammar and gender. Some languages—including Spanish and Russian, for example—classify nouns as either masculine or feminine (or sometimes even neuter). Recent experiments in political science have shown that gendered languages that classify nouns this way are associated with more regressive gender attitudes. Economics research has also found that recent immigrants to the United States tend to divide household tasks along more gendered lines if they speak a gendered language.

But Ozier and his colleague Pamela Jakiela of the Center for Global Development wanted more conclusive evidence, and in a new paper they document the results of a journey to identify the grammatical gender structure of 4,334 languages, together accounting for 99 percent of the world’s population. To achieve this linguistic feat, they drew not only on existing sources of information like the World Atlas of Language Structures, but also deep dives into textbooks and academic research as well as the knowledge of World Bank staff in offices as far flung as Fiji…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Federal Judge Blasts PG&E's Commitment To California Wildfire Safety

In unusually frank language, the judge said he fears the potential for more fires in 2019 if the utility company does not take drastic action.

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Facebook, Google Draw Scrutiny Over Apps That Collected Data From Teens

In the latest revelation to raise privacy concerns, the Silicon Valley giants offered adults and teens gift cards for installing apps that would let the companies collect data on their smartphones.

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Thai Officials Close Schools As Toxic Air Pollution Chokes Bangkok

Fine particulate matter floating through the murky haze that hangs over the city has reached harmful levels, leading the government to shutter more than 400 public schools.

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Why Facebook's Banned 'Research' App Was So Invasive

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 20:15
Until Apple revoked its privileges Wednesday, Facebook was paying iOS users $20 a month to download and install the data-sucking application.
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Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 20:12
Taiwan's Foxconn says it may not build a Wisconsin factory for which it was promised $4 billion in incentives, while Amazon fields tough questions in New York.
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Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 20:03
Elon Musk’s car company just announced its second profitable quarter in a row, but keeping the momentum going requires more focus on costs, and a move overseas.
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Jury Awards Sen. Rand Paul More Than $580,000 In Damages In Attack By Neighbor

The neighbor had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. The attack allegedly was prompted by a pile of brush Paul left near the line dividing their Kentucky properties.

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Study – The Welfare Effects of Unplugging Social Media

The New York Times Planning on quitting the social platform? A major new study offers a glimpse of what unplugging might do for your life. (Spoiler: It’s not so bad.) – “… A recent study found that the average user would have to be paid $1,000 to $2,000 to be pried away for a year. So what happens if you actually do quit? A new study, the most comprehensive to date, offers a preview. Expect the consequences to be fairly immediate: More in-person time with friends and family. Less political knowledge, but also less partisan fever. A small bump in one’s daily moods and life satisfaction. And, for the average Facebook user, an extra hour a day of downtime. The study, by researchers at Stanford University and New York University, helps clarify the ceaseless debate over Facebook’s influence on the behavior, thinking and politics of its active monthly users, who number some 2.3 billion worldwide. The study was posted recently on the Social Science Research Network, an open access site…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Lyft Sues New York Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 19:06
The ride-hail company says the new rules, set to roll out Friday, would advantage the market leader—Uber.
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Wrongfully Convicted And Jailed 38 Years, Fred Clay Gets $1 Million Payout

"It is a great day for justice and it is a great day for Mr. Clay," said attorney Jeffrey Harris. The payout is the highest amount allowed under a revised state law on regarding wrongful conviction.

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Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 18:34
Can a trio of privacy advocates effect change from within Facebook—or will they be stifled by corporate bureaucracy?
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With Better Climate Data, A Push To Use It To Prepare For Climate Impacts

Scientists are getting more and better data on our changing climate. Now, there's a push to use it to help people cope with the extremes we know are coming.

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Electronics Are ‘the Fastest-Growing Waste Stream in the World’

Motherboard – The material value of e-waste alone is worth $62.5 billion, three times more than the annual output of the world’s silver mines and more than the GDP of most countries – “Electronic waste is a growing threat to the environment. Thanks to the low cost of manufacturing, it’s easier than ever for corporations to pump out millions of laptops, smart phones, internet of things devices, and other electronics. Electronics companies want consumers to keep buying new products, and believe repair and reuse hurts their bottom line. Old CRT monitors and televisions fill warehouses across the country, and companies like Apple and Microsoft pay lip service to the problem, but often pursue business practices that make the problem worse. That’s led to a world where people throw away broken devices instead of repairing them, and those discarded iPhones, televisions, and laptops are poisoning the planet. A new initiative combining the efforts of the United Nations and the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development wants to change that…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Shutting down Google+ for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019

Google: “In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted. As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events. See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown…”

Categories: Law and Legal

There's Arsenic And Lead In Many Brands Of Fruit Juice. Should You Be Concerned?

Testing by Consumer Reports found "concerning levels" of cadmium, arsenic and lead in 21 samples of apple and other juices. But the FDA has yet to issue a guideline on arsenic limits in juice.

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