California Was on Everyone’s Mind at Congressional Data Privacy Hearings. Here’s Why

One word keeps getting mentioned amid a push for federal privacy legislation aimed at reining in how Facebook, Google, and Apple collect personal information about their users: California. It came up repeatedly during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about privacy on Tuesday. And it came up again during a Senate Committee on […]

America’s Farmers Face Challenging Times. Loan Delinquencies Hit a Nine-Year High

Farm loan delinquencies are at a nine-year high due to declining crop prices and tariffs, according to the Associated Press. Farm Service Agency loans (aka FSA loans). FSA loans are issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) when borrowers do not qualify with commercial financial lending institutions, and many of those government-backed loans come […]

Jordan Peele’s Early Box Office for ‘Get Out’ Follow-Up ‘Us’ Is No Horror Story, Report Says

Moviegoers apparently can’t wait to sink into Jordan Peele’s next big horror effort. Us, the follow-up from the Oscar-winning writer-director of 2017’s Get Out, won’t open until March 22. But early box-office info for the film, as reported by Variety, indicates the movie will likely open to about $35 million in the U.S. That estimate, […]

How Climate Change Could Knock Fish Off of Dinner Plates

Between 1930 and 2010, the global productivity of marine fisheries decreased by 4.1%, according to new research published in the March issue of the journal Science. Moreover, according to the same research study, some of the largest fish-producing ecoregions are experiencing losses of up to 35%. That decrease over eight decades may sound insignificant, but […]

Good Riddance To Black History Month

Today we say good-bye the worst-ever Black History Month, and not a moment too soon:   Item one: Wait A Cotton Pickin’ Minute Virginia first lady Pam Northam was forced to apologize after handing out raw cotton to black school children on a tour of the governor’s mansion. She had been showing the students a […]

YouTube Hopes to Silence Child Predators by Shuttering Comments on Videos of Kids

YouTube announced on Thursday that it will switch off the comments section on videos showing minors, in response to reports that highlighted the problem of pedophiles leaving sexual comments on videos of children. “We recognize that comments are a core part of the YouTube experience and how you connect with and grow your audience. At […]

Is Warren Buffett Buying Southwest Airlines? Possibility Pushes Stock Up 4%

A few days after Warren Buffett told Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that the company is hoping to make “an elephant-sized acquisition,” investors have begun to speculate on what big game Buffett has in mind. The most likely candidate right now: Southwest Airlines. Southwest’s stock, which lists under the ticker LUV, rose 4.1% Thursday to $56.04 a […]

Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Is Going to Jail, but His Testimony Made Him a TV Star

Disgraced (and recently-disbarred) attorney Michael Cohen may not have a future as a lawyer. But, for one day at least, he got to be a TV star like his former client, Donald Trump. According to The Hollywood Reporter, about 13.5 million viewers tuned in Wednesday to watch the former Trump acolyte as he testified before […]

Is Your Business Ready for Blockchain?

Blockchain is moving beyond cryptocurrency, and it’s worth paying attention–especially since successful prototypes show that blockchain, also known as distributed ledger technology, will be transformative. In fact, blockchain has the potential to fundamentally change how we share information, buy and sell things, interact with government, prove our identity, and even verify the authenticity of everything–from […]