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Sorry to lose Robert Pear just as the debate about health care is gearing up again. He really understood all the players and all the plays.
Robert Pear, a reporter whose understated demeanor belied a tenacious pursuit of sources and scoops during his 40 years at The New York Times covering health care and other critical national issues, died on Tuesday in Rockville, Md. He was 69. His…
francine hardawayAs someone with a consuming interest in health, I read everything Robert Pear ever wrote. Too soon to lose him.
The New York Times
– May 7, 5:00 PM
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google products are designed to be helpful. They take the friction out of daily life (for example, by showing you the fastest route home at the end of a long day) and give you back time to spend on things you actually…
francine hardawayHere comes everybody trying to show how much they care about us and our data.
For the better part of two decades, philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris has become a popular — and controversial — critic of organized religion, and in particular Islam. In a new episode of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, he…
francine hardawayThis will be a good podcast to listen to. Sam Harris is a very smart contrarian.
Wall Street Journal
– May 7, 9:02 PM
Here's a hilarious story. For the past three years I've been paying $15 a month for an electronic fax service I've used… twice. That's $540. For the same amount, I could have bought 20 rolls of fax paper. Or 10 real working fax machines. Or…
francine hardawayJoanna Stern has the same problem I have. She signs up for things and forgets about them.
Americans have every right to be alarmed about the outbreak of measles in pockets of our country with unusually high rates of unvaccinated citizens, especially children. Right now, officials in 22 states are grappling with a resurgence of the…
francine hardawayInteresting how a debate like this pits family members against each other.
The drivers behind the ubiquitous ride-hailing apps Lyft and Uber are demanding more to keep working, including better pay, protections, transparency, benefits, and support. On Wednesday, drivers in 10 major U.S. cities will go on strike, asking…
francine hardawayI doubt this will be successful, because most of these drivers live so tight that they can't afford to lose a day of work.
The New York Times
– May 8, 10:12 AM
To scientists like Michael Snyder, chair of the genetics department at Stanford University, the future of medicine is data — lots and lots of data. He and others predict that one day doctors won't just take your blood pressure and check your…
francine hardaway“They carpet-bomb the body with tests and basically assume that the discovery of everything they hit is beneficial,” said Dr. Henrik Vogt,a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oslo.'But there may be lots of collateral damage they don’t consider.”
“THE UNITED STATES is not seeking war with the Iranian regime,” declared John Bolton, America's national security adviser, when he announced on May 5th the deployment of an aircraft-carrier strike group from the Mediterranean to…
francine hardawayI don't know if this is true, but the Economist at least provides a different view.