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⇒Linked articles in bold purple
♦ It’s hard for spies to go undercover now without . . . Facebook and Twitter footprints in their false names, reports the Financial Times. Spymasters say social media now make it impossible for spies to adopt multiple identities.
♦ For the first time in its 34-year history, USA Today takes an editorial stand on the presidency, calling Trump ‘unfit for the presidency.” It still declines to endorse Clinton.
♦ Non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) slams Obama Administration for “failing to follow the president’s health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients,” according to an Associated Press report. Essentially, they Health and Human Services Dept. funneled some $2 billion to insurance companies without legal authorization–and against the plain language of the law.
Comment: I think Obamacare will become a more important issue in October, mainly because of premium increases. The program’s finances are unsustainable. Whoever wins the presidency will have to fix or replace the Affordable Care Act. With partisan divisions so deep, that will not be an easy task.
♦ Big data comes to cancer research, with great promise but the challenges of truly massive data (New England Journal of Medicine) How massive?
The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data set alone is over a petabyte in size and consists of more than 575,000 files. Just to download the data using a 10-Gbit-per-second connection would take over 3 weeks. –New England Journal of Medicine
♦ NEVER cite polls where people simply choose to check off their views online. The samples are not random, so they reflect the motivated viewers or readers of the website or cable show that asks them to volunteer their opinion. After Fox News’ Shaun Hannity uses these dreadful polls to “show” that Trump won the debate, a Fox executive tells him and others on the network to STOP IT. (The Hill) Hannity’s show is a nightly love-fest for Trump, with all the critical insights you find on the back of a cereal box.
♦ The FUN story of the day. The European Ryder Cup team is practicing in Minnesota, and one fan is heckling them for a previous performance. The pros turn to the heckler and say, “Ok, you’re so great a golfer, you try it.” They left him with a 12-foot putt and one of the pros put a $100 bill on the green. Well, you can imagine what happened next!