Read — 2018/01/26

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Kentucky school shooting: 2 students killed, 18 injured“, by Holly Yan, AnneClaire Stapleton, & Paul P. Murphy (CNN). Let’s be direct: Does it take your kid being shot to death to convince you that something drastic has to be done?!
  2. The mass shooter name game misses the point“, by Caren Lissner (OZY).
  3. When #MeToo becomes catch-22“, by Joann S. Lublin (Wall Street Journal). Society needs to be aware of all aspects of this issue.
  4. Yes, lots of people are getting flu symptoms. No, this season isn’t unusual. Here’s why.“, by Donald G. McNeil, Jr. (NY Times). A “bad match” of vaccine to circulating strains is to blame. Surprising (to me) to learn that the CDC estimates that the flu kills 12,000 – 56,000 Americans each year.
  5. Young, seemingly fit Pennsylvania man dies of flu complications“, by David Chang (NBC Philadelphia). Listen to your body.
  6. Price war pressures consumer-goods giants“, by Sharon Terlep (NY Times). Companies cited include Procter & Gamble (PG), Kimberly-Clark (KMB), and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).
  7. In California, where cancer warnings abound, coffee is next in line“, by Sara Randazzo (Wall Street Journal). The culprit: acrylamide.
  8. Meg Whitman to lead mobile-video startup NewTV“, by Erich Schwartzel (Wall Street Journal).
  9. Review: ‘Mary and the witch’s flower’ chases a girl and her broomstick“, by A.O. Scott (NY Times). A review of the latest film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
  10. When trading in bitcoin, keep the tax man in mind“, by Tara Siegel Barnard (NY Times). Basically, always keep the tax man in mind, for everything.
  11. The programmer at the center of a $100 billion crypto storm“, by Paul Vigna & Jim Oberman (NY Times). Is it a sign of bubble that a (negative) change in the prices reported by an aggregation site may have sparked a massive sell-off? (Answer: Yes.)
  12. Everyone is getting hilariously rich and you’re not“, by Nellie Bowles (NY Times). Scary.
  13. Hedge funds grow wary of cryptocurrency mania“, by Gregor Stuart Hunter & Laurence Fletcher (Wall Street Journal).