Plenty of reason for doubt, anger and sadness

All of us — whatever our natural serotonin level — look around us and see plenty of reason for doubt, anger and sadness. A child dies, a woman is abused, a schoolyard becomes a killing field, a typhoon sweeps away the innocent. If we knew or felt the whole of human suffering, we would drown in despair. By all objective evidence, we are arrogant animals, headed for the extinction that is the way of all things. We imagine that we are like gods, and still drop dead like flies on the windowsill.

The answer to the temptation of nihilism is not an argument — though philosophy can clear away a lot of intellectual foolishness. It is the experience of transcendence we cannot explain, or explain away. It is the fragments of love and meaning that arrive out of the blue — in beauty that leaves a lump in your throat, in the peace and ordered complexity of nature, in the shadow and shimmer of a cathedral, in the unexplained wonder of existence itself. 

Michael Gerson, published in the Washington Post 

Look for the helpers

When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."  To this day, especially in times of "disaster" I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people.  – Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers, born March 20, 1928)

Articles of Interest - March 18

***JOURNALISM

Why Trump, in the era of fake news, is fueling journalism majors  Roll Call

Fox News’ Shep Smith: 'History will poorly reflect' on journalists 'who intentionally misinform' The Hill

How the Seattle Times used a breaking news approach on enterprise reporting  Better News

NYTimes Reporter Gets Bogus Defamation Lawsuit Dismissed As Judge Philosophizes About SLAPP Suits  Tech Dirt

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

The New York Times Is Planning to Experiment With Blockchain Publishing  Coindesk 

Decline in readers, ads leads hundreds of newspapers to fold  Associated Press

Facebook enters the news desert battle, trying to find enough local news for its Today In feature  Nieman Lab 

***TECHNOLOGY

Google is reportedly shutting down its in-house VR film studio  Tech Crunch 

Denver will allow smartphone voting for thousands of people  Denver Post

You will soon be able to pay your subway fare with your face in China  South China Morning Post

***BIG DATA & AI 

No, scientists didn’t just “reverse time” with a quantum computer  MIT Tech Review  

The NSA makes open source its cybersecurity tool Ghidra  Wired

Some scientists are arguing that the latest techniques in machine learning and AI represent a fundamentally new way of doing science  Quanta Magazine 

How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine  New York Times

***SOCIAL MEDIA 

Twitter reveals big changes to conversations and new camera features  NBC News  

Can Too Much Time Online Make You Depressed?  NPR

'Distracted boyfriend' couple star in Hungary pro-family ads  BBC 

The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is Google Docs  The Atlantic  

***FACEBOOK

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You  Wired  

Facebook's sloppy data-sharing deals might be criminal  Wired

***PRIVACY & SECURITY 

Facial recognition's 'dirty little secret': Millions of online photos scraped without consent  NBC News

Scientific American: The Internet Knows You Better Than Your Spouse Does  Scientific American

Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo Now on Chrome as a Default Search Option  Digital Trends

Facebook faces fresh questions over when it knew of data harvesting  The Guardian  

***PRIVACY & GOOGLE

What Google Knows About You  Axios 

Google Quietly Adds Search Engine Privacy Option To Chrome - Here's How To Enable It  Forbes

***PRODUCING MEDIA

Calendars might be the next great online publishing tool  Poynter 

***INTERNET

At age 30, World Wide Web is 'not the web we wanted'  ABC News

50 Years of the Internet: What we Learned & Where we are going next  Tech Crunch  

***PERSONAL GROWTH 

The Value of Community  Becoming (my blog) 

Sorry to bother you, but do you say “sorry” too much? What to say instead  Ted Ideas

***WRITING & READING

Publisher withdraws Derek Thomas’ Acts commentary due to plagiarism by the Presbyterian Pastor  World Magazine

Public demand apology from artist at center of plagiarism scandal  Global Times

***LANGUAGE

Mistakes are the engine of language’s evolution  Economist 

How ‘F’ Sounds Might Break a Fundamental Rule of Linguistics The Atlantic

The fact that people can use “literally” about things that can’t possibly be factual may literally make your blood boil Daily Jstor

***LITERATURE 

Why should you read Sylvia Plath? (video)  TED-Ed  

When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: Read the 1,288-Word Sentence from Absalom, Absalom!  Open Culture

So many arguments are given against Shakespeare being gay – yet his sonnets contain their own message, that love is love (opinion)  Aeon

***GENDER   

If "Guys" Is Problematic, "Ya'll" Is Problematic Too  The Stranger

The share of women in legislatures around the world is growing, but they are still underrepresented  Pew Research Center

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

Black editor steps down from Alabama newspaper that called for KKK to ‘ride again’  AL.com

Mastermind Behind College Admission Scam Reportedly Faked Ethnicity of Students On Applications  BET  

***FREE SPEECH

Court: Flipping the bird to cop is free speech  Washington Post

How Businesses Are Testing the Limits of Free Speech  Wharton 

***LEGAL ISSUES  

Timbs v. Indiana: Supreme Court on Policing for Profit  The Atlantic 

Who Owns a Meme? A legal battle over Fortnite raises many questions without clear answers  One Zero 

'Star Trek'/Dr. Seuss Mashup Deemed Copyright Fair Use by Judge  Hollywood Reporter

Two Examples of How Courts Interpret Emojis  Technology & Marketing Law Blog  

***LEGAL ISSUES: DEFAMATION   

Tweet Containing Question Mark Isn’t Defamatory  Technology & Marketing Law Blog   

Tennessee high court rules for reporter in defamation suit  ABC News

Nicholas Sandmann’s legal case against CNN is basically “MAGA”  Slate 

***CRIME 

Public regularly denied access to police officer videos  Associated Press 

AI is being used to predict crime and send people to jail, but it could be just as biased as humans CNBC 

***RELIGION

The Gospel Coalition, pastor CJ Mahoney and Sexual Abuse (opinion)  Medium

Teen suspended after posting Bible verses around school, district says there's more to the story  WLWT  

Survey: Faith groups maintain widespread support for LGBT protection laws  National Catholic Reporter 

Inside Denver's International Church of Cannabis  Cosmopolitan  

Giant underwater Jesus draws hundreds to frozen Lake Michigan  Fox News

Belief in aliens could be America’s next religion  The Outline 

***RELIGION OUTSIDE THE U.S.

China official says West using Christianity to undermine country  Reuters

Meet Romania's very internet-savvy witch community  Wired

***RELIGION AND MONEY

Bible signed by Trump fetches $325 on eBay  Fox News 

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability suspends Chicago-area megachurch Religious News Service 

ECFA appears to lack meaningful oversight of members’ financies (opinion)  The Throckmorton Blog

***THE MOSQUE ATTACK IN NZ 

People Leaving Flowers at Mosques After Christchurch Attack  TIME 

Sikhs In New Zealand Are Helping Victims Of Shooting With Free Langars  StoryPick 

***RELIGION AND POLITICS 

Evangelical approval of Trump remains high, but other religious groups are less supportive  Pew Research Center

***GOOD NEWS

Egg Boy' to donate money raised for him towards victims of Christchurch attack  New Zealand Herald 

New Jersey teen overcomes homelessness, gets accepted to 17 colleges  CNN

The "Trashtag Challenge" Is A Wonderful Viral Trend That Has People Picking Up Trash Everywhere  BuzzFeed News  

You got this!’: Mom who beat stage 4 pancreatic cancer writes open letter to Alex Trebek  FOX-8

Chess Champion 8 year old Homeless Refugee  New York Times

***REALLY?!

Loose cow ends up at Chick-fil-a following police chase  Tribune Media Wire 

Sons prank dad with giant billboard for birthday, prompting calls from around the world  FOX 4 Kansas City 

50 years after graduation, University of Michigan alum receives congratulatory telegram Michigan Live 

Vermont town elects goat named Lincoln as its honorary mayor  Associated Press  

Slovenian woman's hand sawn off 'in insurance fraud'  BBC News

***ART & DESIGN

If Your Favorite Typefaces Were Celebrities  Medium  

Healing the Healers: Art among physicians  Forbes 

***MUSIC 

Tom Odell: “I couldn’t make the music I make today without having learned music theory” Music Radar

The BBC cutting Late Junction is a blow for experimental music  The Guardian 

 ***SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT 

Senate easily approves bill giving sex abuse victims more time to sue  Politico  

Gallup Survey: ewer men say sexual harassment in the workplace is major problem The Hill

Women in Economics Report Rampant Sexual Assault and Bias New York Times

***SOCIAL ISSUES 

The College Scam Is Exposing All the Legal Ways Rich People Game Society  VICE  

11 death penalty states haven’t used it in a decade or more  Pew Research Center

What the college admissions scandal reveals about the psychology of wealth in America  Vox

***BUSINESS & FINANCE

Americans Are Going Bankrupt From Getting Sick Doctors’ bills play a role in 60 percent of personal-bankruptcy filings The Atlantic

***ENVIRONMENT

A relatively painless guide to cutting plastic out of your life  Fast Company  

Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn't Want It?  NPR 

***HEALTH

Being a couch potato 'bad for the memory of over-50s'  BBC 

How to Negotiate Down Your Hospital Bills  The Atlantic

Brain wave stimulation may improve Alzheimer’s symptoms  MIT News 

Electronic Health Records' Side Effects: Fraud, Burnout And Headaches  NPR 

Unvaccinated student is suing for ban during a chicken pox outbreak – Says he refuses to get vaccinated because of his Christian faith  BongBong

***TRAVEL

See Photos of This Year's California Super Bloom  Travel + Leisure

25 Healthy Travel Airplane Snacks to Keep In Your Carry-On  Women’s Day 

***FOOD

Good enough to eat? The toxic truth about modern food The Guardian

The Most Popular Pie in Every State  ChowHound 

***PARENTING 

How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood  New York Times

Parents Are Only Happy with Kids When They Can Afford Them  Fatherly

***RELATIONSHIPS

How People Meet Their Partners  FlowingData 

Why millennials are writing contracts for their relationships  Washington Post

***ANIMALS 

A Couple Created Good Boy, A Line Of Beer Your Dog Can Drink  Delish  

Barking drones used on farms instead of sheep dogs  Radio NZ

Snoop The Dog Is Loving Life In New Home After Being Abandoned  LADbible

Georgetown’s Kitten Lounge makes the cat cafe around the corner seem like old mews  The Washington Post  

Viral cat videos and the man who watches thousands of them  BBC 

***SCIENCE

Science tends to be presented as a firmly established epistemological method: but it isn't  Medium 

Brain wave stimulation may improve Alzheimer’s symptoms  MIT News

***PSYCHOLOGY 

Why Do People Believe in Pseudoscience?  Gizmodo  

Study: One in Six U.S. Children Has a Mental Illness  American Assoc of Family Physicians 

***NEUROSCIENCE  

Forgetting Uses More Brain Power Than Remembering  UT News 

Can a Neuroscience Video Game Treat ADHD?  Ed Surge 

***ETHICS

Moratorium On Gene-Edited Babies Urged By Leading Geneticists  NPR

An unpleasant scientific practice called ethics dumping where Rich-world scientists conduct questionable experiments in poor countries  Economist

The seven moral rules that supposedly unite humanity  Quartz  

The Larger Lie Beyond the College Admissions Bribery Case  TIME

***RESEARCH 

University College Dublin issues apology after computer science students were sent email asking to help develop sex consent app  The Journal.ie 

Continued Citation of Retracted Radiation Oncology Literature—Do We Have a Problem?  Int Journal of Radiation Oncology

Even the head of $6M liver study doesn’t know what’s going on at San Diego VA  Inewsource

How to write a good scientific paper  Brunel University London  The Journal  

Improving the peer review process: a proposed market system  Scientometrics 

Should journals become more like content curators? ResearchResearch

Ten myths around open scholarly publishing  PeerJ 

The systemic problem behind the rise of retractions   Perspectives on Behavior Science  

***HIGHER ED

Celebrities among 50 charged in college admissions scam for unworthy kids, prosecutors say  Vice

College Access And Inequality  NPR 

The U. of Southern California Is on the Rise. Why Is It a Hotbed of Scandal?  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

***CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 

Azusa Pacific University lifts LGBTQ relationship ban (again)  San Gabriel Valley Tribune 

PCUSA’s only seminary in Western US to become part of nonsectarian Calif University  Christian Post

***TEACHING

Research scholars to air problems with using 'grit' at school  The Hechinger Report

***STUDENT MEDIA  

Students At UCLA Weigh In On College Admissions Scandal With 'Daily Bruin' Editorial  NPR

***STUDENT LIFE

No One Asks the Top CEOs Where They Went to College  Bloomberg 

Orange County, Calif., School District Responds To Students' Offensive Social Media  NPR

Millennials really are special, data show Washington Post

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

Popular alternative-academic career platform owned by foundation behind the admissions scheme  Inside Higher Ed

FBI: Former assistant planned to kill professor with ax  Associated Press

Adjunct faculty at Elon University vote to unionize Greensboro

The Value of Community

I used to think that community was as simple as having friends who bring a lasagna when things fall apart and champagne when things go well. Who pick up your kids from school when you can’t. But I think community is also an insurance policy against life’s cruelty; a kind of immunity against loss and disappointment and rage. My community will be here for my family if I cannot be. And if I die, my kids will be surrounded people who know and love them, quirks and warts and oddities and all.   

Jenny Anderson writing in Quartz

A Successful Team needs Cohesive Personalities

A useful way to think about teams with the right mix of skills and personalities is to consider the two roles every person plays in a working group: a functional role, based on their formal position and technical skill, and a psychological role, based on the kind of person they are. Too often, organizations focus merely on the functional role and hope that good team performance somehow follows. This is why even the most expensive professional sports teams often fail to perform according to the individual talents of each player: There is no psychological synergy. A more effective approach focuses as much on people’s personalities as on their skills.

Dave Winsborough and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic writing in Harvard Business Review  

Articles of Interest - March 11

***TECHNOLOGY

How Voice Computing will Transform our lives: The search for a perfect answer to an inquiry  Wired

People were once terrified of travelling in lifts without operators. Makers of driverless cars should take note 1843 Magazine

Where Alexa Gets its Information  Wired  

Kick the keyboard: other ways to get text onto your screen  Wired

***TECHNOLOGY: FACIAL RECOGNITION 

The US Government Will Be Scanning Your Face At 20 Top Airports, Documents Show BuzzFeed News

How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition—surveillance at concerts is just the beginning The Guardian

***BIG DATA & AI 

How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine  New York Times

Why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions  The Guardian  

Maneuvering satellites using solar panels  Economist 

Using AI so that software analyzes scripted film footage and splices together edits for would-be filmmakers  Wired

Neural networks use an "activation atlas" to teach themselves how to identify images  Wired

Why data science teams need generalists not specialists Harvard Business Review

A new system that reads millions of tweets for mentions of software security vulnerabilities can tell systems administrators what bugs they really need to patch  Wired

McAfee: Keep an eye on the humans pulling the levers, not the AIs  Artificial Intelligence News

AI-powered apps could make us more creative—or less human  Wired 

Japanese startup develops artificial intelligence software that hunts for potential shoplifters with suspicious body language  Bloomberg

Quantum physics could protect the grid from hackers—maybe  Wired 

***JOURNALISM

Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database  NBC 7  

How We Mapped More Than 100 Years Of Wildfire History  Open News

As newspapers close, role of government watchdog disappears  Associated Press

The importance of FOIA reporting at a national level  MuckRock 

The Daily Quiz That Teaches Journalists How to Geolocate Images  Global Investigative Journalism Network 

How they did it: Reporters uncovered Trump hush payments to two women  Journalist’s Resource  

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM 

NBC News Streaming Service To Launch In May  Media Post  

***FAKE NEWS

On Amazon, a Qanon conspiracy book climbs the charts — with an algorithmic push  NBC News

Memes, doxxing and doctored content: Understanding the tactics of disinformation for brands Digiday 

Finding Facts in a world of fakes  Wired

What Facebook is Getting Wrong in the Fight Against Fake News  Vice 

 ***SOCIAL MEDIA 

The Special Curse of Living on Instagram's Favorite Street City Lab

A beginner’s guide to using TikTok  Wired

Millions of Ugandans quit internet services as social media tax takes effect  The Guardian

The Queen is now on Instagram Engadget 

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You  Wired     

Is digital minimalism the answer to our distracted lives?  Fast Company  

Russians are shunning state-controlled TV for YouTube  Economist

***FACEBOOK 

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly has an escape hatch in his office in case of emergency BGR

Mark Zuckerberg says he’ll reorient the company toward encryption and privacy Washington Post  

Facebook's latest feature lets you leave 'Tributes' on accounts whose owner has passed away Mashable

After taking them down, Facebook restores Elizabeth Warren ads calling for breakup of Facebook  BoingBoing  

***MOBILE 

7 key findings about mobile phone and social media use in emerging economies  Pew Research Center

How Mobile Phones Represent Your Social Network  Science Trends 

***PRIVACY & SECURITY 

WordPress accounted for 90 percent of all hacked CMS sites in 2018 ZdNet

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says  New York Times

The fourth attempt in 45 years turns on how federal law will supersede state laws  Economist

Inside the mass invasion of your privacy  Axios

***INTERNET

Shouldn’t we all have seamless micropayments through the internet by now?  Wired  

Vladimir Putin wants to stifle the internet  Economist

***PERSONAL GROWTH 

Diversity’s connection to Creativity  Becoming (my blog)

Why Partisanship Changes How People React To Noncontroversial Statements  NPR

Our Culture of Contempt The problem in America today is not incivility or intolerance. It’s something far worse  New York Times

***TEACHING

Major survey: Profs worry about discrimination but aren't prepared to deal with classroom conflicts over diversity  Inside Higher Ed

The growth mindset problem A generation of schoolchildren is being exhorted to believe in their brain’s elasticity. Does it really help them learn?  Aeon

***GRAMMAR

What to look for in a usage and grammar guide  Economist 

Applications are open for the toughest job in grammar  Quartz

***WRITING & READING

In SF’s Mission Bay, the surprise — and draw for writing center — is the kids  SF Chronicle

Teaching Great Writing One Sentence at a Time  New York Times

***PLAGIARISM  

Why a Plagiarism-Detection Company Is Now a Billion-Dollar Business  Chronicle of Higher Education

Girl, Get Some Footnotes: Rachel Hollis, Hustle, and Plagiarism Problems  Christianity Today  

Former Indiana University South Bend employees embroiled in lawsuit alleging plagiarism South Bend Tribune

Top Chinese officials, including former vice-president, plagiarised university theses  The Straits Times

***LANGUAGE

People speak to express themselves rather than to propound facts  Economist 

Poetry slams are helping to revitalise the Basque language  Economist

***LITERATURE

Artificial Intelligence Identifies the Six Main Arcs in Storytelling: Welcome to the Brave New World of Literary Criticism  Open Culture 

House that ‘inspired’ Wuthering Heights on sale for more than £1m  The Independent

Tolkien’s drawings reveal a wizard at work  1843 Magazine

***GENDER   

Where are the Women’s Teams? Trump ignores women’s champions in White House Sports Ceremonies  Washington Post

Gender bias in peer review – opening up the black box  London School of Economics & Political Science  

8 notable women in Christian history  Christian Post  

Gender differences in peer review outcomes and manuscript impact at six journals of ecology and evolution  Wiley Online Library   

Eight statistics about gender inequality for International Women’s Day  Quartz  

A small step for women Progress in the boardroom is only a start Economist

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

Can I play that? (video) Saturday Night Live

A Professor Has Long Used a Racial Slur in Class to Teach Free-Speech Law. No More, He Says Chronicle of Higher Education

***FREE SPEECH

Florida sixth-grader arrested in Pledge of Allegiance dispute will not be prosecuted CNN

Why the ACLU defends white nationalists' free speech  CBS News

The Inextricable Link Between Modern Free Speech Law and the Civil Rights Movement  Electronic Frontier Foundation  

***LEGAL ISSUES 

Supreme Court Requires Completed Copyright Registration Before Filing Suit  Technology & Marketing Law Blog 

'Fortnite' Legal Dance Battles Paused Following Supreme Court Ruling  Hollywood Reporter

***CRIME 

A new method of DNA Testing could solve more Shootings  Wired 

A transgender wing seeks to resolve a clash of prisoners’ rights Economist

***RELIGION

6 in 10 Protestant churches are plateaued or declining in attendance  Lifeway Research

Girl, stop reading: How an evangelical self-help guru fuels America’s happiness dilemma (opinion)  Washington Examiner 

How Americans' drinking habits vary by their religion  Pew Research Center  

An Instagram-worthy Bible aimed at millennials  Washington Post 

Lamb of God frontman organizes ‘kazoo champagne counter-party’ during planned hate group picketing WTVR 

Cult leader claims to be able to cure cancer with breast massages and BURPS  Daily Star  

What Is Hell? It Depends on Who You Ask  The Walrus  

17 Signs That You’d Qualify as a Witch in the 1600s (video)  Mental Floss

***RELIGION AND POLITICS

The politicisation of white evangelical Christianity is hurting it  Economist

America’s porous wall between church and state A Supreme Court case could make the holes bigger  Economist 

***ISLAM

The 30m Muslims living in Europe and America are gradually becoming integrated  Economist 

Western governments want to have more influence on Muslim practice with their own borders  Economist 

***GOOD NEWS

Father-daughter duo completes rowing trip across Atlantic Ocean  CBC

Teen saves for years to surprise friend with new wheelchair  WTOC

Trainer with autism opens gym specifically for clients with autism  WTSP    

Air Canada pilot orders 23 pizzas to Halifax-bound plane stranded on tarmac  CBC  

Dad opened doughnut shop in Texas, but nobody showed up: His son’s tweet changed that  The Wichita Eagle 

***REALLY?!

Woman Wins $10,000 For Reading Fine Print  NPR

'Florida Man Night,' where one law will be broken per inning, is actually coming to a minor league ballpark  CBS Sports  

***ART & DESIGN

Finalists From Smithsonian Magazine's 2018 Photo Contest  The Atlantic 

Van Gogh’s Ugliest Masterpiece: A Break Down of His Late, Great Painting, The Night Café (video)  Nerdwriter1 

The Secrets of the World's Greatest Art Thief  GQ 

***FILM

Movies You Missed: 'A Face In The Crowd'  NPR

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA  

The video game subscription wars are on Axios 

***FREELANCE WRITING

Elite Daily is taking personal essay pitches about sexual assault

JSTOR Daily is accepting pitches for its Spring 2019 edition  

Electric Lit is seeking pitches about books that shifted your opinion  

Curiosity Magazine is taking your pitches  

The Bold Italic is seeking freelance contributors outside of the Bay Area

Road Grays magazine is looking for nonfiction stories that use baseball as a lens to see the world

***SOCIAL ISSUES 

The hipster effect: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same MIT Technology Review

Most Sinful States in America  Wallet Hub

The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America The Atlantic

The scandal-ridden industry of migrant child shelters Axios

***BUSINESS & FINANCE

One of the world’s biggest video games developers is going after the cheaters  1843 Magazine

A new book explains how managers are challenged by changing customer behaviour  Economist

The popularity of employee surveys  Economist

Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With How Much They Work? Americans’ devotion to their jobs actually hasn’t changed that much  Slate 

***ENVIRONMENT

A Light Installation in a Scottish Coastal Town Vividly Shows Future Sea Level Rise Kottke

A Popular Benefit of Houseplants Is a Myth  The Atlantic

***WATER

Climate change and population growth are making the world’s water woes more urgent Economist 

Poisoned and over-exploited, many rivers are in a parlous state  Economist

Disputes over water will be an increasing source of international tension  Economist

Manufactured water can supplement the natural stuff, but never replace it  Economist

The best way to solve the world’s water woes is to use less of it  Economist

***HEALTH  

FDA Confirms Asbestos in Makeup Sold at Claire's  Mental Floss

Arkansas puts work requirements on Medicaid  Economist 

Sleep or Die: Neuroscientist Matthew Walker Explains How Sleep Can Restore or Imperil Our Health  Open Culture 

Generic Humalog Insulin: A New Option, 'Not A Panacea' NPR 

New study reveals wide variations in how well or poorly people age Health Data 

8 Scientific Benefits of Napping  Mental Floss 

***HEALTH: VACCINATIONS 

MMR vaccine does not cause autism, another study confirms CNN

Wisconsin man criminally charged for allegedly breaking measles quarantine to go to gym  NBC News 

The Real Horror of the Anti-Vaxxers This isn’t just a public health crisis. It’s a public sanity one New York Times

***HEALTH RESEARCH

Researchers pinpoint specific brain signals linked to autism Science Daily

Robots and End of Life Care  Economist

***TRAVEL

United States citizens will need a visa to visit Europe starting in 2021 CNN

***FOOD 

“Wellness Beers” are a thing now—Here’s what you need to know  Bon Appetit

15 Cool Facts About Frozen Food  Mental Floss

For your mouth only: welcome to the era of personalised food 1843 Magazine  

The Rise of fast-casual “Food Platforms”  Wired

***FAMILY

New fears rise about kids online  Axios

How to keep parents from fleeing STEM careers  Wired 

Teaching Kids To Control Their Anger  NPR

***ANIMALS 

Michigan State study: Dogs' personality traits are shaped by their owners  Detroit Free Press

Cat Saves Florida Family From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  CBS Miami

***SCIENCE

The periodic table is 150 years old this week: Its creation is a perfect illustration of how science progresses  Economist

Genetic tests reveal that the ancestry of some cancer cell lines is misclassified  Chemical & Engineering News

***PSYCHOLOGY  

FDA allows treatment of depression with club drug’s cousin  Associated Press 

The Prevalence of Marginally Significant Results in Psychology Over Time  Sage Publication

***PHILOSOPHY

The Cringe-Inducing Humor of The Office Explained with Philosophical Theories of Mind  Open Culture 

35 Brilliant Women from the History of Philosophy  Medium 

***PRODUCTIVITY

Microsoft’s Excel app lets you enter data to spreadsheet directly from a photo  Digit.in

7 years ago, Google set out to find what makes the 'perfect' team — and what they found shocked other researchers  CNBC

***ETHICS

A 25-year battle to improve the image of McDonald’s Do you want ethics with that? Economist

***CHINA

China database lists 'breedready' status of 1.8 million women  The Guardian

China recruits Westerners to sell its “democracy” Economist

China banned millions of people with poor social credit from transportation in 2018 The Verge

Planet Money Corrects Misconceptions About China's Economy  NPR

China’s formerly white-hot tech sector is in the doldrums Economist

***RESEARCH 

Peer-review experiments tracked in online repository  Nature 

Pro-payday lending research given to CFPB had curious beginning  Washington Post

NIH letters asking about undisclosed foreign ties rattle U.S. universities  Science Magazine   

***HIGHER ED

Another Small New England College Closes  Inside Higher Ed 

Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum  SFGate

Dean resigns over school's choice to not allow Chick-Fil-A  ABC-13

CEOs tell Trump they are hiring more Americans without college degrees  Yahoo Finance

Hackers Broke Into Admissions Databases at 3 Colleges — and Then Offered to Sell Applicants Their Files Chronicle of Higher Education

The Humanities at Community Colleges  Inside Higher Ed

***CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 

Christian college professor defends school after conservative commentator calls it a 'university no one has heard of' on Twitter   Des Moines Register

Liberty University Invites Ocasio-Cortez To Speak  Daily Wire

Oklahoma Christian works to right a wrong against black students 50 years ago  News-OK 

Evangelical Christian University Blocks Pro-Life Speaker Star Parker from Appearing on Campus  CBN

The Master’s University Still on Academic Probation, President Transition Required by End of 2019  Warren Throckmorton’s Blog 

Methodist Colleges and Seminaries React to Sexual Orientation Vote  Inside Higher Ed

***STUDENT MEDIA  

Why NYT’s Theodore Kim ticked off a squillion journalism folks with his list of Amazing J-Schools—and why you shouldn’t care about it at all (opinion)  Dynamics of Writing  

Student Newspapers stolen after story about former Catholic university professor accused of child abuse by diocese  Student Press Law Center 

***STUDENT LIFE 

Drugs, sex and alcohol are losing their appeal for American teens  Axios

Millennials care about job titles so much they’ll take a pay cut for them Quartz

Portland State student died from Ambien prescribed by student health center, $25 million lawsuit says Oregon Live  

The high cost of college textbooks, explained  Vox  

Millennials buried in debt can't buy into American Dream Detroit Free Press

High school student accepted to 39 colleges, offered $1.6M in scholarships CBS News

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

Wisconsin professor has been charged with sexual assault  Jstor online

By proclaiming the gospel of human progress, Steven Pinker has made a lot of enemies:  “The nastiest academic responses I have seen come from humanities professors” Chronicle of Higher Ed  

Why Florida is Struggling to Fill more than 2000 Teaching Positions  Washington Post  

KU engineering professor suspended from class after telling student to ‘learn English’  Lawrence Journal-World  

Diversity’s connection to Creativity

When people are exposed to a more diverse group of people, their brains are forced to process complex and unexpected information. The more people do this, the better they become at producing complex and unexpected information themselves. This trains us to look more readily look beyond the obvious - precisely the hallmark of creative thinking. 

Researchers have also found that creating and enjoying the arts can help us see things from a new perspective, by putting ourselves in a character's shoes. They can also create a feeling of connectedness and general kindness.

Opening ourselves to new experiences can seem hard to do, but it can help us cross divides and nurture new and inclusive friendships.

Julie Van de Vyver & Richard Crisp writing in BBC News 

Work & the Project of Living

Americans have forgotten an old-fashioned goal of working: It’s about buying free time. The vast majority of workers are happier when they spend more hours with family, friends, and partners, according to research conducted by Ashley Whillans, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School. In one study, she concluded that the happiest young workers were those who said around the time of their college graduation that they preferred careers that gave them time away from the office to focus on their relationships and their hobbies.

How quaint that sounds. But it’s the same perspective that inspired the economist John Maynard Keynes to predict in 1930 that Americans would eventually have five-day weekends, rather than five-day weeks. It is the belief—the faith, even—that work is not life’s product, but its currency. What we choose to buy with it is the ultimate project of living.

Derek Thompson writing in The Atlantic 

Articles of Interest - March 4

***SOCIAL MEDIA 

Why the Life-Insurance Industry Wants to Creep on Your Instagram  New Yorker

Apps Give Private Data To Facebook Without User's Knowledge or Permission  NPR 

Facebook Slammed For Listing Users Phone Numbers  Media Post

Two years after going public, Snap’s problems are still all about growth  Recode

***TECHNOLOGY 

China’s CRISPR twins might have had their brains inadvertently enhanced  MIT Technology Review 

Silicon Valley Raises Questions On Ethics Of New Technology And Social Media  NPR

On Remote pacific island children now get life-saving vaccines from drones  Fast Company

***JOURNALISM

The New York Times is taking its opinion video coverage in a new, YouTube direction  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Poll: How does the public think journalism happens?  Columbia Journalism Review 

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

What you need to know before starting your Journalism crowdfunding campaign  European Journalism Centre

PAC-Connected Activists Set Up ‘Local News’ Outlets  Snopes

***FAKE NEWS 

This 21-year-old tweeted lies about Robert Mueller and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Now, he’s eyeing the 2020 election  USA Today

How to spot fake photos online  Fast Company

The anti-vaxxers' impact  The Week 

The Fake Sex Doctor Who Conned the Media Into Publicizing His Bizarre Research  Gizmodo 

Widower, stepdaughter who blamed panhandler for woman's stabbing death in Baltimore arrested in her killing  Baltimore Sun 

***FAKE NEWS: MOMO

The Momo Challenge Is Not Real  The Atlantic

How local TV news stations are playing a major (and enthusiastic) role in spreading the Momo hoax   Harvard’s Nieman Lab

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares Like Momo  Wired 

Schools, police and media told to stop promoting Momo hoax  The Guardian

***MOBILE  

Your smartphone screen is probably disgusting: Here's how to clean it  USA Today  

Want a Folding Phone? Hold out for Glass  Wired 

***PRIVACY & SECURITY 

Why Are Bots Unable to Check "I Am Not a Robot" Checkboxes?  Quora

‘You can track everything’: the parents who digitise their babies’ lives  The Guardian

Major Airlines Confirmed There Are Cameras On Some Seatback Entertainment Screens  Bustle

A second life for the 'do not track' setting—with teeth  Wired  

How to set up a VPN for increased security and privacy  The Verge

Social networks put your privacy at risk, even when you don’t have an account  Quartz

***PRODUCING MEDIA

What’s new in WordPress 5.0?  Creative Bloq

This app makes it easy to create shareable video content, and it's on sale  Mashable 

***INTERNET

The surprisingly complex journey a text message takes every time we hit 'send.'   Vice

FTC ruling sees Musical.ly (TikTok) fined $5.7M for violating children’s privacy law, app updated with age gate  Tech Crunch  

The Life of a Comment Moderator for a Right-Wing Website  New York Times

***BIG DATA & AI 

The qualities that make for a successful data science team  KD Nuggets 

One area where Spark and Hadoop are having an especially strong impact revolves around cancer research  Datanami  

***PERSONAL GROWTH 

The Mental Fog Begins to Lift  Becoming (my blog)

Crossing Divides: The friends who are good for your brain  BBC News

A Harvard Psychologist Shows How to Change Those Limiting Beliefs You Still Have About Yourself Inc

***GRAMMAR 

The three most useless English language “rules” you can ignore  Quartz 

When Did the Verb “To Be” Enter the English Language?  Daily Jstor 

***WRITING & READING

The Surprising Origin Of Using Symbols Like #$%@! To Represent Curse Words In Print (video)  Digg

Vatican spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica resigns from college board after plagiarism apology; Jesuits withdraw award  Catholic News Agency 

Self-plagiarism: When is re-purposing text ethically justifiable?  London School of Economics & Political Science  

Plagiarize-Proof Your Writing Assignments  Faculty Focus

***LITERATURE

Sorry, but Jane Eyre Isn’t the Romance You Want It to Be  Daily Jstor 

***GENDER   

Cycling race in Belgium is delayed because a woman almost caught the male riders – who started first Chicago Tribune

How neuroscience is exploding the myth of male and female brains  New Scientist  

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

France: An old hatred grows stronger  The Week  

Bill Jenkins, Who Tried to Halt Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Dies at 73  New York Times 

***FREE SPEECH

Trump says he'll issue order protecting campus free speech  Associated Press 

The Tyranny Of Copyright: How A Once-Humble Legal Issue Has Tormented A Generation Of Speech  Tech Dirt  

***LEGAL ISSUES 

In Retrospect, Expert’s ‘How To Make Child Pornography’ Exhibit Might Have Been A Bad Idea  Above the Law

Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of World War I Memorial Cross On Public Land  NPR

How a flare-up at Harvard Law could undermine legal rights for everybody else  The Week 

Disability Rights Group Sues San Diego Over Scooters On Sidewalks  NPR

***LEGAL ISSUES: COPYRIGHT

Fortnite dance lawsuits are bad for copyright and bad for culture  The Verg

Community Theaters Kill 'Mockingbird' Productions After Lawsuit Threat  NPR

***CRIME 

California Keeps a Secret List of Criminal Cops But Says You Can't Have It  KQED

Supreme Court: Nebraska county owes $28M for wrongful convictions  Associated Press 

Unable to Post Bail? You Will Pay for That for Many Years  New York Times 

***RELIGION

Christian radio personality 'Uncle Charlie' dies  Christian Post  

Southern Baptist group clears 6 churches of violating sex abuse standards  Christian Post

Nazirite firefighter who promised God not to cut hair settles with Utica on religious lawsuit  Utica Observer Dispatch

***RELIGION OUTSIDE THE U.S.

South Africa funeral firm to sue pastor for 'resurrection stunt'  BBC News

Egyptian Christians Left With Nowhere To Pray But The Street  NPR

***MEGACHURCHES 

How a Radio Shock Jock Helped Bring Down a Megachurch Pastor  Slate

Megachurch pastor Bill Hybels resigns from Willow Creek after women allege misconduct  The Washington Post 

***MISSIONARIES 

Gospel for Asia Settles Lawsuit with $37 Million Refund to Donors  Christianity Today

FBI Raid of Christian Missionary’s Home Found Thousands of Bones  Indy Star

***RELIGION & LGBTQ   

Methodists reject a proposal to allow openly gay clergy and same-sex marriage  CNN

Lesbian Bishop Responds To LGBTQ Ban In United Methodist Church  NPR

3 big US churches in turmoil over sex abuse, LGBT policy  PBS 

Growing Closer After Changing Faiths  NPR 

Rift over gay rights comes as United Methodists in U.S. have become more accepting of homosexuality  Pew Research Center

***RELIGION AND POLITICS 

Arkansas church insists sign saying ‘heaven has strict immigration laws’ was not political  Fox News 

***GOOD NEWS 

The Book Catapult stayed open by the grace of its competitors  The Washington Post 

'That tank saved my life:' 95-year-old World War II veteran gets surprise of a lifetime  KETV

Montreal man walks the city streets, donating coins he finds to charity  Canadian Broadcasting Company 

Man restores, donates dozens of power wheelchairs - from a wheelchair  KARE

Oklahoma teacher, book collector makes hobby of reuniting families with meaningful bookmarks  KFOR

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut  WLOX

Meet the street nun helping people make a living from New York's cans  The Guardian

National Geographic 2019 Adventurer of the Year  National Geographic 

***REALLY?!

Top Florida Man Stories of All Time  Miami Herald 

Woman goes to Olive Garden in Utah and announces she stabbed her mother St. Louis Tribune

***ART & DESIGN

You Are Killing Me with Your Tiny Fonts  GQ

A Brief History of LGBT+ Design  Try Design Lab 

Apple picks the winners of its shot on an iPhone photo contest  Apple

The Fascinating Legal Conundrum Facing Banksy  Fast Company

The Secrets of the World's Greatest Art Thief  GQ

The Favourite is an Oscar-nominated design masterpiece  Fast Company

Frida Kahlo’s Forgotten Politics  Jstor

When Gorgeous Architectural Landmarks Are Also Monuments to Fascism  Atlas Obscura  

***MUSIC  

A Guide to Harry Nilsson, Who You've Loved Forever Without Knowing It  Noisey

Dido Returns With Family-Focused Album 'Still On My Mind'  NPR

Scam Season Comes for the Orchestra  Vulture 

***FILM

U.S. Music Industry Posts Third Straight Year of Double-Digit Growth  Variety

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA  

Digital ads expected to crush everything else this year  Axios 

***BUSINESS & FINANCE

When the Bully Is the Boss  New York Times

Walmart Is Eliminating People Greeters. Workers With Disabilities Feel Targeted  NPR

Five big winners tell what happens when you hit the jackpot, from free milk for life to a mountain of KFC  The Guardian

For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver  The Atlantic 

Amazon conspicuously fails to safeguard the interests of small businesses while advancing its own at their expense  Inc 

Highly paid architects, TV producers, actors, and accountants live in a work culture that favor the already affluent  The Atlantic

Is Business School a Waste of Time?  Inc. 

***JOB SEARCH ADVICE 

Delete these eight words from your resume immediately  Yahoo News 

Want to Save Everyone's Time in a Job Interview? The Top 6 Questions Smart Companies Are Asking Now  Inc

LinkedIn Just Added a Flurry of Features for Members Looking for New Positions  Ad Week 

***FREELANCING 

Ten tips for freelance writing  Story Bench  

How Freelance Labor Became the Unsung Casualty of Media Layoffs  The Observer

Atlas Obscura is looking for freelance pitches for upcoming editions 

***SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT 

Thousands Of Immigrant Children Say They Have Been Sexually Abused While In US Custody  BuzzFeed News  

Sexual harassment rife in Australian science, suggests first workplace survey  Nature

***SOCIAL ISSUES 

Woman Delivers Stillborn Baby While in ICE Custody  New York Times

Marine's death from flesh-eating bacteria revealed military failures, thanks to mother refusing to let son die in vain  Newsweek 

Nearly Half of American jail inmates have a mental illness and two-thirds have a drug addition New Yorker

Colonialists are coming for blood—literally  Wired

***ENVIRONMENT 

Google and DeepMind are using AI to predict the energy output of wind farms  The Verge

Meet The White House's New Chief Climate Change Skeptic  NPR 

***VACCINES 

Arizona lawmaker calls mandatory measles vaccine 'communist' amid fight to control outbreaks  NBC News

Growing up unvaccinated: My anti-vaxx mother made me a health risk for the whole community USA Today 

Measles Outbreaks Prompt More States To Restrict Vaccine Exemptions  NPR

***HEALTH RESEARCH 

Semi-identical twins 'identified for only the second time'  BBC News 

Sleeping Late on Weekends Doesn’t Compensate for week-long exhaustion  Research Highlights    

FDA Expected To Approve Esketamine Nasal Spray For Depression  NPR  

Machine learning is far from ready for clinical practice of medicine  Health Care IT news

***TRAVEL 

Here are the Americans speaking at a hate group friendly with sanctioned Russian oligarchs  Think Progress

***FOOD

Drinkable' potato chips: the products keeping your phone grease-free  The Guardian

Why Are Pretzels Shaped Like That? And 17 Other Food Mysteries, Solved  The Daily Meal 

***CHILDREN

Being surrounded by green space in childhood may improve mental health of adults  SciTech

Give your kid a name that travels well  The Week 

How To Communicate With Children On Difficult Subjects Such As Death  NPR

Storytelling Instead Of Scolding: Inuit Say It Makes Their Children More Cool-Headed  NPR

***RELATIONSHIPS

Kentucky man mistakenly gets wife turnips instead of tulips  WKRN 

Love, Marriage, and the ‘Wife Allowance’  Topic 

***ANIMALS 

Are Dog Parks Exclusionary?  CityLab  

Former NFL player travels cross-country with his dog  USA Today 

‘Pot dogs’ a growing concern for pet owners  Cape Cod Times

***SCIENCE

The Unsolved Mystery of the Earth Blobs  Earth & Space Science News 

Lawmaker: Ky. official state mineral is a rock, state rock is a mineral  WAVE

***NEUROSCIENCE  

Doctors removed one-sixth of this child’s brain — and what was left did something incredible  One Zero

How did reading and writing evolve? Neuroscience gives a clue  Phys.org 

***PHILOSOPHY

How Friedrich Nietzsche used ideas from the Ancient Cynics to explore the death of God and the nature of morality  Aeon

***PRODUCTIVITY 

There’s an optimal way to structure your day—and it’s not the 8-hour workday  Quartz

6 Tips to Maximize Productivity When You Have ADHD  Entrepreneur 

***HISTORY 

What's the Real American Story? (video)  Robert Reich 

Almost everything you know about U.S. borders is wrong  Chicago Tribune   

Border Walls are Symbols of Failure  Jstor

***RESEARCH 

Scientific Integrity Principles and Best Practices: Recommendations from a Scientific Integrity Consortium  SpringerLink 

Correlations between submission and acceptance of papers in peer review journals  SpringerLink

Preprints as Final Publication (opinion)  BioSerendipity  

Personality and fatal diseases: Revisiting a scientific scandal  Sage 

A Darpa program aims to assign a “credibility score” to research findings in the social and behavioral sciences which have been hit hard by the reproducibility crisis  Wired

***HIGHER ED

Most Americans don’t realize state funding for Higher Ed fell by billions  PBS 

The costs of academic publishing are absurd: The University of California is fighting back  Vox  

A warning about reinventing universities around technology: How UT-Austin’s Bold Plan for Reinvention Went Belly Up  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Purdue University pilot program that blocked access to Netflix and other streaming sites in lecture halls is being rolled out across all academic spaces on campus  Inside Higher Ed  

How Political Science Became Irrelevant: The field turned its back on the Beltway  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

***CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS  

Mike Pence to give commencement speech at Liberty  The Hill University   

Facing Title IX investigation, Christian university lets pregnant students stay in dorms  The College Fix

***HUMANITIES  

MIT President: the world needs engineers with a better grounding in the liberal arts, i.e.,there’s no such thing as a “tech person” in the age of AI  MIT Tech Review  

***TEACHING 

Almost 10,000 students went to this online school last year. 851 stayed the whole time Chalkbeat 

My Top 6 Books on Pedagogy  Inside Higher Ed 

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

College wins lawsuit to cut bad professor's pay  Washington Examiner 

Ex-Virginia Tech biotech professor found guilty of grant fraud  The Roanoke Times     

Self-esteem, self-symbolizing, and academic recognition: behavioral evidence from curricula vitae  SpringerLink

A professor is accused of stealing a student's invention to make millions  CNN

New video shows exactly what was said during a heated discussion at the annual gathering of classicists in January. Does it change anything?  Inside Higher Ed

***STUDENT MEDIA  

Am I obligated to take down an embarrassing story if the subject of it asks?  Student Press Law Center

***STUDENT LIFE

Where Graduates Move After College  Wall Street Journal  

Millennials Face $1 Trillion Debt as Student Loans Pile Up  Bloomberg

University removed a student's satire website on race relations -- and restored it only after faced with legal pressure  Inside Higher Ed 

The Mental Fog Begins to Lift

Over time, you begin to see hints and glimmers of a larger world outside the prison of your sadness. The conscious mind takes hold of some shred of beauty or love. And then more shreds, until you begin to think maybe, just maybe, there is something better on the far side of despair.

I have no doubt that I will eventually repeat the cycle of depression. But now I have some self-knowledge that can’t be taken away. I know that — when I’m in my right mind — I choose hope.

Michael Gerson, published in the Washington Post