6 Times Holiday Decorations Turned into Disasters
‘Each winter, many people decorate their homes and offices with holiday lights, ornaments and tinsel. They chop down fir trees, and sit near them at home, breathing in the sharp evergreen scent.
‘But while many people use the holiday season to relax and recharge their batteries, sometimes these festive pastimes can be downright dangerous, as people — and cats, dogs and owls — have learned over the years…’
Orwell’s nightmare in ‘1984’ meets the movie ‘Minority Report‘
Police Pre-Crime Algorithm Uses Social Media Posts Against You
‘”Did you know that any time a police officer pulls you over or responds to your 9-1-1 call, he or she is using a pre-crime algorithm which assigns you a color-coded threat score based not just on your criminal background but on everything including “flagged” purchases and all your social media posts which may include any comments that may be construed as “offensive?”
‘”The officer will receive your color coding – red, yellow or green – before he or she ever even sees you, based on factors you are not allowed to see or question. Guilty until proven innocent just got thrown completely out the window. Welcome to the modern era of big data and thought crime in Police State, USA…’
Antibiotic Resistance Will Kill 300 Million People by 2050
‘RAND Europe and KPMG both assessed the future impact of AMR. They looked at a subset of drug resistant pathogens and the public health issues surrounding them for Klebsiella pneumonia, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. The RAND Europe scenario modelled what would happen if antimicrobial drug resistance rates rose to 100% after 15 years, while infection rates held steady. The KPMG scenario looked at resistance rising to 40% from today’s levels and the number of infections doubling. Malaria resistance results in the greatest number of fatalities, while E. coli resistance accounts for almost half the total economic impact as it is so widespread and its incidence is so high.
‘”You can look at antibiotic resistance as a slow moving global train wreck, which will happen over the next 35 years,” says health law expert Kevin Outterson at Boston University, US. “If we do nothing, this report shows us the likely magnitude of the costs.”…’
California’s “Teacher of the Year” is a Filipina
‘The Los Angeles Unified School District proudly announced today that a middle school teacher was named as one of five educators to receive the 2015 California Teachers of the Year Award from the California Department of Education. Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, an eighth-grade English teacher at Dodson Middle School in Los Angeles, received the distinguished honor.
‘“What a true inspiration to have Ms. Marquez-Prueher be recognized statewide,” said Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic. “She exemplifies the best of what LAUSD offers our students every day. She goes above and beyond to provide our students with the best learning opportunities for them to succeed in life.”…’