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9/11 has divided us once again. We are now far enough out in time from the event that many younger people don’t remember it, or remember that it totally changed our country forever. Like the Holocaust, also in danger of losing its resonance.
Top spots in App Store search results are some of the most fought over real estate in the online economy. The store generated more than $50 billion in sales last year, and the company said two-thirds of app downloads started with a search. But as…
francine hardawayGoogle does the same thing with its results. The tech game is rigged folks.
At Liberty University, all anyone can talk about is Jerry Falwell Jr. Just not in public. “When he does stupid stuff, people will mention it to others they consider confidants and not keep it totally secret,” a trusted adviser to…
francine hardawayAlmost every school turns out to be a real estate hedge fund. Look at our own ASU. But this is pretty egregious.
The New York Times
Andrew Ross Sorkin
– Sep 12, 2:01 AM
In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation's best-known companies were set to send a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firearms…
francine hardawayBusiness will end up being more helpful to humanity than government. Things have sure changed.
After weeks of reporting, a journalist breaks a story. Moments after it goes online, another media organization posts an imitative article recycling the scoop that often grabs as much web traffic as the original. Publishers have complained about…
francine hardawayI’ll be interested to see how this works. I can’t figure out how they’ll determine who did the reporting.
The New York Times
– Sep 11, 4:54 PM
Maria Davila lay mute in a nursing home bed, an anguished expression fixed to her face, as her husband stroked her withered hand. Ms. Davila, 65, suffers from a long list of ailments — respiratory failure, kidney disease, high blood…
francine hardawayNow the nursing homes are infecting the hospitals. There’s something really wrong about the way our health care money is spent.
After the better part of year, California's Senate today passed AB5, legislation that is expected to unravel the contractor business model of companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash. In a historic victory, workers for those companies and others…
francine hardawayThese gig economy companies have all been built on the backs of workers, and sooner or later people will have to figure it out.
Everything was unfolding as it usually does. The academics who gathered in Lisbon this summer for the International Society of Political Psychologists' annual meeting had been politely listening for four days, nodding along as their peers took to…
francine hardawayVery disturbing but to me, anyway, not surprising read on the end of democracy.
The banana, as we know it, is in trouble. In August, lab tests in Colombia confirmed that a fungus that destroyed some banana plantations in countries like the Philippines and India had arrived in Latin America, the heart of the world's banana…
francine hardawayNo more bananas? Another extinct species.
The difference between blood and pulse pressure measured near the heart and at the arm, called blood pressure (BP) amplification, is greater in people with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure, regardless of whether their blood pressure is under…
francine hardawayIf you read this you will find out blood pressure medications are not as helpful as lifestyle modifications that keep arteries from stiffening. I have used my own aging as an experiment. Both my mom and I had HT but ate well =no strokes or heart attacks.