Thursday, April 26, 2018

In the news, Sunday, April 1, 2018


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from Financial Times
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Good times are still to come for fast-growing India
New Delhi is shying away from reforms that would make it upper middle income economy


from Miami Herald

Indeed, 50 years after Martin Luther King was murdered here and the crusade he led sputtered to an end, the great untold story of this political moment is that activism is back. Indeed, if King, in some sense, invented modern activism, what we are seeing now is its re-invention.


from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Promises, promises: Facebook’s history with privacy
“We’ve made a bunch of mistakes.” “Everyone needs complete control over who they share with at all times.” “Not one day goes by when I don’t think about what it means for us to be the stewards of this community and their trust.” Sound familiar? It’s Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressing a major privacy breach – seven years ago. Lawmakers in many countries may be focused on Cambridge Analytica’s alleged improper use of Facebook data, but the social network’s privacy problems go back more than a decade. Here are some of the company’s most notable missteps and promises around privacy.

Nerd Wallet: Good driver, poor credit – What makes your car costs so high?
Car owners with poor credit can pay hundreds – if not thousands – more to drive than those with good credit. This plays out in two important ways: higher rates on car loans and, in most states, higher insurance premiums. In fact, having bad credit can raise your insurance quote even higher than if you’d had an accident. To see how much poor credit can cost car owners, personal finance website NerdWallet looked at auto loan terms and insurance quotes for drivers in different credit tiers.

Ferry County rail-to-trail project derailed again
A decade-long rail-to-trail project in Ferry County was derailed this week. On Monday, the Ferry County Commissioners removed Bobbi Weller and Jennine Groth from the county’s Rail Corridor Committee. The move is the most recent in a year-long series of obscuration and resistance, supporters of the project say.


from WND (World Net Daily)
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 Local leaders revolt over push to impose radical sexual/gender agenda
“I am completely dismayed that 4-H would bow to a politically correct agenda like this,” says one 4-H volunteer in a small north Idaho town of fewer than 1,500 people, where several dedicated club leaders tell WND they are worried sick they will have to dissolve their recently formed 4-H chapter. Either that, they say, or support new LGBTQ guidelines instructing the century-old, largely rural, agricultural youth organization to embrace a radical sexual/gender diversity agenda – everything from being required to use special transgender pronouns, to allowing biological men to use women’s restrooms, locker rooms and overnight accommodations, and much more. And yet, the government agency that sponsors 4-H says it’s all a big mistake.


from Yakima Herald-Republic

State’s Democrats may pay price for gimmick on budget
Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board: The deliberative process really took a beating during this past session of the Washington Legislature.


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