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Journalism Under Siege: A Free Course from Stanford Explores the Imperiled Freedom of the Press

This past fall, Stanford Continuing Studies and the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships teamed up to offer an important course on the challenges facing journalism and the freedom of the press. Called Journalism Under Siege? Truth and Trust in a Time of Turmoil, the five-week course featured 28 journalists and media experts, all offering insights on the emerging challenges facing the media across the United States and the wider world. The lectures/presentations are now all online. Find them bel...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Media, College, Stanford, Russia, Nbc News, United States, Current Affairs, Online Courses, Msnbc, Facebook Twitter, San Francisco Chronicle, Alex Stamos, Committee to Protect Journalists

White Activism Is Crucial In The Wake of Right-Wing Terrorism

By Laura El Alam The vicious terrorist attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 were a punch to the gut for peace-loving people all over the world.  Only the most heartless of individuals could feel nonchalant about 70 innocent children, women, and men being killed or maimed mercilessly as they prayed. However, even a brief glimpse at comments on social media confirms that among the outpouring of sadness and shock, there are, indeed, numerous sick individuals who glory ...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, California, Washington Post, France, Massachusetts, Religion, Uncategorized, Nbc News, World, Fbi, United States, Current Affairs, Terrorism, Paris, Islam

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Bet you can’t name this distinctive capital city. See item, below. Good morning“I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.”That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it came time to turn on the light in the morning as part of a regular getting out of bed routin...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, England, Science, London, Australia, France, Scotland, Hotels, Senate, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, US

Word of the week: Invasion

On March 15, a gunman killed at least 50 people and injured another 50 as they gathered in two Christchurch mosques. Minutes before the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been emailed a 74-page document, variously called a “manifesto” and a “screed,” purported to have been written by the gunman. In it, the man – a 28-year-old Australian living in New Zealand – denounced immigrants as “invaders.” Hours later, Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House to mark the firs...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Australia, Mexico, White House, US, Sports, United States, Current Affairs, Liverpool, Newcastle, Linguistics, New Zealand, Philip Kaufman, Contests

On New Zealand And Dehumanization

One of the most difficult things to do in moments of tragedy is to take time to properly process one’s own thoughts while simultaneously processing the countless messages and calls of community members and multi-faith colleagues from around the world. To the non-Muslim colleagues who reached out, supported, and aided the Muslim friends and communities around the world, showing solidarity against hatred and violence, thank you. To the many police offers, security personnel, and volunteers who sto...
Tags: Politics, Usa, Isis, Justice, Religion, Syria, Resilience, United States, Current Affairs, Terrorism, Islam, New Zealand, Yemen, Muslims, Christchurch, Bill Maher

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla

Sandy Hook Plaintiffs' Case Survives On Single Claim

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled in the high-profile litigation arising out of the Sandy Hook that defendants may be liable on a theory of knowingly marketing the weapon for offensive operations From the majority opinion On December 14, 2012,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Current Affairs, Sandy Hook, Connecticut Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof

When is an Airplane (ie B737 MAX) Too Dangerous to Fly?

Remains of the Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX 8, in the crater caused by its crash. This question, very similar to “how high is up” has been much in people’s thoughts this week with the Boeing 737 MAX and its two recent crashes.In an interesting duality that reflects how public debate has not flourished in the social media era, there was first a clamor of people demanding all 737 MAX planes be grounded, and then, as each successive national authority duly did so, even more pressure was felt by the ...
Tags: Travel, Wikipedia, US, Tech, Canada, Current Affairs, Airbus, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, Southwest, Trump, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air, Dennis Muilenburg, AOA

Modi’s 5 years wasted – and the country divided. A report card.

This is a placeholder post where I’ll compile material that’s being shared across social media by various people to discuss Modi’s performance (or rather, the lack of it). This is just the beginning. The amount of anti-Modi content circulating on social media today is to be seen to be believed. I’ll continue to compile here […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Modi

Modern Businesses: Local Versus Global

Not long ago, offshoring of goods and services was a foolproof way to keep costs down—if you could manage it. Now, however, due to changing markets, local sourcing is experiencing an upswing. Helped by Gabriele Rizzo, futurist adviser for private and public international defense organizations, and Alexander Bird, CEO of micronutrient food manufacturer  Kiss My Keto , let's look at the pros and cons of local versus global supply chains. Benefits and Drawbacks of Local and Global Supply Chain...
Tags: Business, Technology, Mexico, China, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Globalization, Eurostat, AlixPartners, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Gabriele Rizzo, Alexander Bird

Modi the TOTAL FOOL. The TOTAL FAILURE of Swachh Bharat.

India is beyond filthy. It is a nightmare. The idea of Swachh Bharat is a TOTAL FAILURE since Modi did not change any of the underlying incentives in the system. He is a TOTAL FOOL and anyone who votes for such fools is also one. A couple of videos I made: I have warned all […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Modi

Supply Chains of the Future: What You Need to Know

There's a significant amount of  change taking place in business today , and it requires owners to avoid disruption to their supply chain strategy. Supply chain management plans will need to take into account automation and tech innovation, new geographies and regional sourcing, increased regulation and climate change. Automation and Tech Innovation Extensive job automation can affect your supply chain strategy for the better because it allows organizations to reap the unique strengths of ...
Tags: Productivity, Business, Technology, Careers, Current Affairs, Gartner, Globalization, Rizzo, Handy Resources, Creativity & Innovation, Future Trends, American Express Business, Gabriele Rizzo

A Win For The Winklevi

The Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed counterclaims brought against the real Armie Hammer[s] Plaintiffs, brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, through Winklevoss Capital Fund, LLC, made a substantial investment in an upstart magazine operated by Defendant, Treats! LLC, and founded by... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Current Affairs, Armie Hammer, Tyler, Delaware Court of Chancery, Legal Profession Prof, Cameron Winklevoss, Winklevoss Capital Fund LLC, Defendant Treats LLC

Avi Dandiya’s video is either an act of extreme gullibility or well-considered treason against the Indian state

I will not add notes to my initial post on Avi Dandiya (here). That post records that I called out his hoax “video” yesterday, the moment I looked through it. After that I spent 30 minutes to investigate this man and make that blog post. Today I want to add the following: This article on […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Avi Dandiya

On the Pakistan-India Dangerous Escalation

Make Peace Not War War should never be an option. Sane people in South Asia must wake up to the fact that war only results in greater misery than almost every single alternative As a Pakistani American who has many Indian friends and who has hired Indians in a professional capacity, it took me years to wean off negativity towards India— not uncommon on both sides of the border. You can say what you want. But the fact remains that the two people have much more in common than either has with any ...
Tags: Politics, Media, India, Religion, War, Current Affairs, Pakistan, Islam, Imran Khan, Muslim, Un, Air Force, Kashmir, South Asia, Modi, Indians

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 March 2019

A section of the brightly colored houses and shops facing out to the harbor in the lovely little town of Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. We’ll spend two nights here on the Scotland’s Highland Highlights tour in September. Good morningAnother week with a disrupted review – the product I was testing abjectly failed at the thing it was primarily intended for.  To be fair, I have to give the manufacturer a chance to respond – maybe it is a bad unit, for example.However, there’s lot we do have this w...
Tags: Travel, Google, South Korea, Spacex, Elon Musk, Scotland, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, David

Does Rolls-Royce Really Want to Make Jet Engines?

The “uncontained failure” of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on a Qantas A380 almost caused the plane to crash.  Subsequently all A380s with these engines had to be grounded while modifications were made. Coming from an English-heritage country (New Zealand), Rolls-Royce has always been a brand with special magic to me, and to most other people of English extraction.In decades now well past, the name Rolls-Royce was the sine qua non of highest quality, highest reliability, ultra-prestigious motor...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, Ge, France, Miscellaneous, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Vw, Current Affairs, Sydney, New Zealand, Qantas, Airbus, Bmw

How Digital Automation Can Help Make Your Life Easier

While many fear digital automation, more software arrives every day that saves business owners a great deal of money year by lowering costs and increasing productivity and efficiency. Let's look at a few business-related areas in which digital automation can help make your life easier. Recruitment Need to hire staff? Predictive analytics is transforming  recruitment . Predictive analytics  is deriving business insights from data to uncover patterns and illustrate potential outcomes, and i...
Tags: Productivity, Technology, Careers, Recruiting, Current Affairs, Best Practices, HR Issues, Handy Resources, Creativity & Innovation, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Skill acquisition

Plainly Corrupt or "Legally" Corrupt?

Recently a delightful, young Middle Eastern couple and their small children moved into my apartment building. Like a number of new residents, they are exceptionally well educated. He, for example has a PhD in health economics from an American University. Both worked for a few years at well-known Silicon Valley corporations, but are here for further education. Knowing my background, the young man and I sat down to talk about some linguistic rules. He was searching for day care for his younger da...
Tags: Putin, Careers, Economy, Current Affairs, Silicon Valley, American University Both, LawI

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 February 2019

Enjoy the good life in the beautiful towns and villages of France’s Loire Valley this September. See details below. Good morningThere’s more craziness this week than I can remember for a long while, and much of it gleefully commented on in the last couple of items below.I prepared a review of a fun little gadget that I’d got prior to Christmas, and was going to present it to you this morning.  But I checked and could no longer find the gadget on Amazon, or on the official supplier website either...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, England, London, California, France, Scotland, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newsletter

2019 Market Trends to Expect

The overall financial health of the global economy, as well as the resources we have available to make intelligent projections, will greatly impact business success in 2019. Let's have a look at two of the major market trends to expect this year. Continuing Stock Market Volatility We enter 2019 with the financial sector in a  bear market . (A bear market is an economy in which security prices drop 20 percent or more and stay low for a long time period.) The 2018 market was volatile and the...
Tags: Entrepreneurship, China, Careers, Management, Eu, Current Affairs, Globalization, Canada Mexico, HR Issues, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, American Express Business, Juan Carlos Arancibia

Fake Donald Trump on Our Fake National Emergency

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Tags: Google, Comedy, College, Current Affairs, Donald Trump, Facebook Twitter

Pelosi’s Treatment Of Ilhan Omar Exposes The Myth of Courage And Reach of AIPAC

By Danette Zaghari-Mask Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, an African-American, Muslim refugee, stood up to one of the strongest and most influential lobbying firms in U.S. History – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Last Sunday, Rep. Omar retweeted Glenn Greenwald’s statement: “GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It’s stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Congress, Tweet, Washington, Israel, Religion, US, Democrats, United States, Current Affairs, House, Glenn Greenwald, Palestine, Muslim, Nancy Pelosi

Walking in the Snow Like a Penguin

Tom Sacco shot me this cartoon, reminding me that walk like a penguin also needs to be added to walking in winter. Thanks again, Tom.
Tags: Careers, Current Affairs, Tom Sacco

California’s Downsized High Speed Rail Plan

An artist’s impression of a Californian high speed rail station, created during a happier more optimistic era. Governor Gavin Newsom announced, in his “State of the State” address on Tuesday 12 Feb, that he was sort of cancelling the state’s long-standing project (started in 2008, and discussed for a long time prior) to construct an 800 mile high speed rail line that was to first link San Francisco and Los Angeles, and ultimately extending to Sacramento and San Diego, saying he’d prefer to spen...
Tags: Travel, California, Trains, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Current Affairs, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Las Vegas, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom, Bakersfield, Madera

Word of the week: Complexifier

There was salaciousness in “No Thank You, Mr. Pecker,” Jeff Bezos’s statement, published February 7 on Medium, addressed to the National Enquirer’s publisher; there were accusations of extortion and blackmail as well. But the word that incited the most chatter was complexifier, which Bezos used twice: Here’s a piece of context: My ownership of the Washington Post is a complexifier for me. It’s unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongl...
Tags: Post, Washington Post, Current Affairs, New York Times, Linguistics, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Jargon, Neologisms, Trump, Nixon, Moynihan, Ben, Bezos, Dave Pell, The Post

Topless In New Hampshire: Crime Or Gender Discrimination?

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has affirmed three public nudity convictions. Defendant Pierro The following facts are drawn from the trial court’s order on the defendants’ motion to dismiss or are otherwise supported by the record. On May 28, 2016,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Current Affairs, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Exciting news! We’re offering a new Scotland tour in September (details immediately below), and this time we not only have a ride on this, the “Harry Potter” steam train, but we also, in the other direction, have a photo stop where we can photograph the train crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining th...
Tags: Travel, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Obama, California, North Korea, Mexico, France, Scotland, China, Germany, Trains, Miscellaneous, US

130 American Muslim Imams, Scholars and Community Leaders Sign A Statement On The Ongoing Oppression of Uighur Muslims

In the Name of God, the Benevolent, the Merciful, All praise is due to Allahﷻ and may the Creator send His blessings and salutations upon our master, Muhammadﷺ, as well as upon his family and companions. We, imams, scholars and community leaders, hereby affirm and declare the following fundamental points: We ask the People’s Republic of China to free Uighurs from its concentration camps, return children to their families, and restore their freedom of religion. We call upon our neighbors of other...
Tags: Politics, China, Religion, Uncategorized, US, World, Current Affairs, Washington Dc, Islam, Muslims, April 6, Communist China, Oppression, Boycott, George, People 's Republic of China