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    Daily Digest 4/16 – 'Extreme Pollen' Blankets NC, The End Of Empathy

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 8:09 AM


Venezuela’s Health Crisis Is the Hemisphere’s Problem (thc0655)

Fortunately, Venezuela’s neighbors are better prepared to deal with dangerous outbreaks. In recent decades, many have made strides in fighting debilitating and lethal diseases. But Venezuela’s collapse has also left health professionals in the dark; the Ministry of Health stopped publishing its once-respected health bulletin in 2016. For Venezuela’s neighbors, that disappearance makes evaluating and treating refugees a deadly guessing game.

A Silicon Valley software engineer says there’s an easy way to determine who’s rich and who’s not (Adam)

“I know that, given our income, we would be considered wealthy in other parts of the nation,” Chan told Mercury News. “But in the Bay Area, I think we’re just kind of middle class. We have a good salary, but we have a lot of expenses.” Chan drives a 12-year-old Nissan and usually takes his family on camping trips for vacation, Castañeda reported.

Researchers Want To Link Your Genes And Income – Should They? (tmn)

“We’ve been shying away from looking at income for a very long time, for a number of reasons,” says Philipp Koellinger, an economist at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where he studies the genetics of behavior. Looking at the molecular architecture of money-making has a lot of potential to be misinterpreted or abused, he says. Especially by fringe groups who might latch on to sociogenomic research as support for racist notions of a hierarchy of human worth. Despite its new name and new software packages, the emerging field of sociogenomics will forever be entangled with the long, dark, history of the statistical tools that serve as its foundation—tools invented by some of the grandfathers of American eugenics. (For more on this, I’d suggest Carl Zimmer’s excellent book on the science of inheritance.)

The End Of Empathy (tmn)

Then, more than a decade ago, a certain suspicion of empathy started to creep in, particularly among young people. One of the first people to notice was Sara Konrath, an associate professor and researcher at Indiana University. Since the late 1960s, researchers have surveyed young people on their levels of empathy, testing their agreement with statements such as: “It’s not really my problem if others are in trouble and need help” or “Before criticizing somebody I try to imagine how I would feel if I were in their place.”

YouTube mistakenly links Notre Dame fire to September 11 attacks (Sparky1)

“These panels are triggered algorithmically and our systems sometimes make the wrong call. We are disabling these panels for live streams related to the fire,” the spokesperson said.

YouTube said it launched the information panels last year with links to third party-sources, such as Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia, for topics subject to misinformation.

Where in The U.S. Are You Most Likely to Be Audited by the IRS? (tmn)

Kim M. Bloomquist, the author of the study, which was first published in the industry journal Tax Notes, served as a senior economist with the IRS’ research division for two decades. He decided to map the distribution of audits to illustrate the dramatic regional effects of the IRS’ emphasis on EITC audits. Because more than a third of all audits are of EITC recipients, the number of audits in each county is largely a reflection of how many taxpayers there claimed the credit, he found.

‘Debris Was Flying All Over’: 9 Dead as Storms Spread From Texas to Northeast (jdargis)

“It has been five or six years since we’ve seen tornadoes of that magnitude at this time of year,” said Scott Overpeck, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in southeast Texas. The service said the storm that hit Franklin had winds of at least 136 miles per hour; Mayor Molly Hedrick said it caused at least $3.8 million in damage.

‘Extreme Pollen’ Blankets North Carolina in a Sneeze-Inducing Yellow Haze (tmn)

This year, high pollen counts are sweeping much of the country, from New England through the South and across to California. Tulsa, Okla., ranks No. 1 in pollen severity this week, according to The Weather Channel, followed by towns in Texas, New Jersey and North Carolina. In New York City, pollen counts are forecast to be in the higher ranges for the next five days.

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