Commentary: You are being judged — not just watched and tracked — 24/7
In 2014, China announced it would set up a system to judge its citizens: on their trustworthiness, their public and social media behavior, the wisdom of their purchasing habits, how often they play video games, their interactions with law enforcement and government officials, whether they clean up after their dogs and more. Many pundits and academics saw this as an extraordinary step by an authoritarian state to enforce conformity on its 1.3 billion-plus residents.China isn’t doing this just to nudge people to be better citizens. Instead, it is punishing or rewarding them based on their “socia...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Trump says he might give his Republican renomination speech at Gettysburg
PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump may be coming to Pennsylvania later this month to formally accept his renomination for president.“We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations — The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C. We will announce the decision soon!” Trump tweeted Monday.That speech would be Aug. 27, the last day of the Republican National Convention, most of which will be conducted virtually after the coronavirus pandemic scuttled plans...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Evidence is growing, but what will it take to prove masks slow the spread of COVID-19?
To definitively answer the question of whether face masks protect against the novel coronavirus, here’s what you’d need to do:— Recruit thousands of volunteers.— Randomly divide them into two groups.— Assign one group to always wear masks outside of the house, and one group to never wear masks.— Wait a few months, see who gets infected — then try to sort out all possible confounding variables, such as compliance, mask fit and social distancing.A study like that would be not only tough to pull off, but unethical, especially in the midst of a pandemic. It also wouldn’t be able to determine commu...
The Seattle Times
Mark Zeigler: Trump likes golf but he won't like the PGA leader's hat
SAN FRANCISCO — The morning after President Donald Trump, an avid golfer, signed an executive order banning the popular Chinese app WeChat because it “continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” an unassuming, affable Chinese man shot a bogey-free 65 to lead the PGA Championship at the tournament’s midpoint … while strolling down the fairways of TPC Harding Park wearing a white hat with WeChat in bright, green lettering across the front.You can’t make this stuff up.Trump already says he won’t watch football and other pro sports if players kne...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Trump signs executive order on coronavirus relief without $1,200 checks after rambling attack on Democrats
With talks for a new coronavirus stimulus package stalled, President Donald Trump signed a package of coronavirus stimulus measures that he will seek to implement unilaterally by executive action.“This pretty much takes care of the whole situation,” Trump said before exiting the contentious event.“We’re coming back very strong,” he added. “We’re doing great with the virus.”Trump moved to extend a scaled-down emergency unemployment benefits and an eviction ban, along with relaxing rules for repaying college loans.Trump reduced the extended unemployment benefit to $400 instead of the previous $6...
New York Daily News
Mike Jensen: Former Villanova star Randy Foye convinced Jay Wright his voice on social justice issues was needed
PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t a reflexive move.Jay Wright’s Twitter feed, going out to his 94,700 followers, typically is a celebration of Villanova basketball, with birthday wishes to ’Nova players past and present, and frequent updates of ’Nova alumni in the NBA. An NBA draft film evaluation of Saddiq Bey brought a tweet from Bey’s former coach: “Our man Saddiq is ready @NBA — a true worker — always #HumbleAndHungry.”“I want everyone to see what we’re trying to do in our Villanova family,” Wright said over the phone this week. “If that inspires somebody else, good.”Wright made it clear that withi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Storm star Sue Bird finds her voice, and becomes an influential advocate for social justice
There’s a poignant moment during an interview with Sue Bird when ESPN’s Lisa Salters asks the suddenly opinionated Storm star if she ever wants to revert to the soft-spoken wunderkind who shied away from controversial topics.“I never want to retreat back,” Bird says. “I couldn’t go back. And there are times when it’s difficult. Whether it’s things people say. Mean people on social media or even in person.“Obviously, it can be difficult. But the option of either going back or just not saying it all, that’s not a trade-off I would look at.”The aforementioned exchange takes place during a segment...
The Seattle Times
A drug that may lessen COVID-related lung damage. Miami will be first in US to test it
MIAMI — A Miami hospital will be the first in the country to test a possible COVID-19 treatment on humans this August.The research center at Westchester General Hospital in Coral Terrace is on its way to enroll patients to test Ifenprodil, a pill developed in the 1970s to treat blood circulation disorders that may alleviate some COVID-19 side-effects in the lungs.The drug, which was tested on a coronavirus patient overseas for the first time Wednesday, may reduce the severity and duration of COVID-19 infections, according to Algernon Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian drug repurposing company that in...
NBA players hated food in the bubble, so they called in help
DETROIT — All heck was breaking loose.Several NBA players were complaining on social media about the quality of food after entering the NBA “bubble” in Orlando, Florida.So the NBA turned to someone who could fix it — chef Shawn Loving, the department chair of Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts program.“I got a call from Sean Ford, who operates USA Basketball and he told me the NBA folks were interested in connecting with me to see if I could support the food efforts down in Orlando,” Loving said.The answer came quickly.“Absolutely,” Loving replied. “I’d love to help. I’m not sure how I can, b...
Detroit Free Press
Cadillac debuts all-electric Lyriq crossover
DETROIT — Cadillac’s first ever all-electric vehicle has arrived.The century-old brand unveiled the Lyriq crossover Thursday night in a webcast, starting Cadillac’s transition as the leading electric brand for General Motors Co. By the end of the decade, Cadillac aims will sell more vehicles powered by battery than gasoline.“Lyric really is a cornerstone upon which we’re going to build the future, and that future will include additional EVs that we’ll be adding to Lyric over the next few years to build out our complete EV lineup,” Steve Carlisle, executive vice president and president for GM N...
The Detroit News