With Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' release of preliminary statements by the White House physician over President Trump's first routine medical exam in office, social media is going wild over word selection. But, are they using the right lens?
The New York Times just surveyed readers to ask about the paper's coverage of the "opioid epidemic." Lots of boxes to check and pre-fab questions. Instead, I used *one* sentence from a Times article to point out what is wrong. The answer - plenty.
The Chinese government’s ongoing attempts to create a social credit system aimed at rating the trustworthiness of people and companies have generated equal measures of fascination and anxiety around the world. Social credit is depicted as something uniquely Chinese – a nefarious and perverse digital innovation that could only be conceived of and carried out by a regime like the Chinese Communist Party.-->
Eugenics has been science’s toxic brand since the end of World War II. The point was driven home yet again recently when Toby Young, appointee to the UK’s newly established Office of Students, was denounced in the House of Commons for having written favorably of “progressive eugenics”. Young resigned from the post the following day amid complaints about a series of other tweets and comments made in the past.
The flu season should remind us that as social animals pathogens can kill both individuals and large segments of our population. A recent study sheds some light on how ants, social insects, cope with infections that endanger their colony.