Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Terrorist’s Teenage Target

"I know there is nothing I can say right now to make the survivors of the Manchester bombing feel any better. The guilt for me began the day of the blast. Seeing Liana's mother is especially painful. I see her looking at me and I know she is imaging her daughter at my age. But I would tell the survivors to stay strong and focus on your recovery. You have to be very strong to recover."

A Terrorist's Teenage Target

Monday, May 22, 2017

Germany's Outdoor Preschools

Running Free in Germany's Outdoor Preschools

""It's terrible that kids today know all about technology but nothing about the little bird outside their window," Peters said, gesturing out toward the woods and sounding like any number of quotable Germans, from Goethe to Beethoven to Bismarck, all of whom have rhapsodized on the psychic benefits of spending time in the forest.

After lunch, Baule showed me a photo album, filled mostly with pictures taken in the last couple of years. A few children got interested and came over to sit in her lap, excited to see themselves "as babies." One photograph captured the image of a towheaded boy of about 3, stripping bark off a stick with a jackknife. In another, a different boy was crushing walnuts with a log. A third picture depicted four children walking across a gravelly path, completely naked and covered with mud."

Shinrin-Yoku - Health Benefits of Walking Outside

"By combining mindfulness and spending time in nature—two activities that have restorative properties on their own—shinrin-yoku can yield significant health advantages: A study conducted across 24 forests in Japan found that when people strolled in a wooded area, their levels of the stress hormone cortisol plummeted almost 16 percent more than when they walked in an urban environment. And the effects were quickly apparent: Subjects' blood pressure showed improvement after about 15 minutes of the practice. But one of the biggest benefits may come from breathing in chemicals called phytoncides, emitted by trees and plants. Women who logged two to four hours in a forest on two consecutive days saw a nearly 40 percent surge in the activity of cancer-fighting white blood cells, according to one study. "

Sunday, May 21, 2017

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It -

"I think the internet is broken," he says. He has believed this for a few years, actually. But things are getting worse. "And it's a lot more obvious to a lot of people that it's broken."

People are using Facebook to showcase suicides, beatings and murder, in real time. Twitter is a hive of trolling and abuse that it seems unable to stop. Fake news, whether created for ideology or profit, runs rampant. Four out of 10 adult internet users said in a Pew survey that they had been harassed online. And that was before the presidential campaign heated up last year.

"I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place," Mr. Williams says. "I was wrong about that."

Monday, April 10, 2017

In the US, Shopping malls are dying

"Travel is booming. Hotel occupancy is booming. Domestic airlines have flown more passengers each year since 2010, and last year U.S. airlines set a record, with 823 million passengers. The rise of restaurants is even more dramatic. Since 2005, sales at "food services and drinking places" have grown twice as fast as all other retail spending. In 2016, for the first time ever, Americans spent more money in restaurants and bars than at grocery stores."

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Hackers warn Trump

" In a lengthy open letter to Donald Trump, the Shadow Brokers explain that they've returned to protest the US missile strike against a Syrian airbase Thursday – an action that marked Trump's first significant move directly opposing the will of Russian president Vladimir Putin. And they warn the president that he will face consequences if he doesn't revert back to his former policy of leaving Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, a Putin ally, alone.

The file contained a huge cache of specialized NSA malware, including dozens of backdoor programs and 10 exploits, two of them targeting previously unknown security holes in Cisco routers—a basic building block of the internet. The leak electrified the computer security world, and sent Cisco and other companies scrambling to fix the security holes and lock out the NSA."

Friday, March 24, 2017

NYTimes: Shaking Up the Dinosaur Family Tree

Shaking Up the Dinosaur Family Tree

"A critical stage in human evolution was walking upright, which freed the hands for grasping tools and weapons. "The parallels with human evolution are very noticeable and make you wonder what they could have achieved," Mr. Baron said. "Toward the end, certain groups like the velociraptors were starting to get intelligent.""

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to get Uber to recognize sexual harassment in 41 easy steps

"...if we women really wanted equality, then we should realize we were getting equality by not getting the leather jackets."