Does Obama Dither?
The disquieting truth is that the president seems unable to deal quickly and decisively with breaking global events. Obama's biggest burden seems to be the presidency itself.
In the wake of the UN Security Council's vote for a no-fly zone above Libya, President Obama's leadership is again under question: "How typical of US leadership — Obama-style. Washington dithered for weeks as the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United Kingdom, France, Neptune and Pluto led the way. US officials agreed to move only after a dozen rebel-held cities were shelled into submission. ...The disquieting truth is that the president seems unable to deal quickly and decisively with breaking global events. ...Obama's single biggest burden seems to be the mantle of the presidency itself — particularly on the world stage."
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The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.
- The study measured the stiffness of blood vessels in middle-aged patients over time.
- Stiff blood vessels can lead to the destruction of delicate blood vessels in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
- The scans could someday become a widely used tool to identify people at high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
Journalism got a big wake up call in 2016. Can we be optimistic about the future of media?
- "[T]o have a democracy that thrives and actually that manages to stay alive at all, you need regular citizens being able to get good, solid information," says Craig Newmark.
- The only constructive way to deal with fake news? Support trustworthy media. In 2018, Newmark was announced as a major donor of two new media organizations, The City, which will report on New York City-area stories which may have otherwise gone unreported, and The Markup, which will report on technology.
- Greater transparency of fact-checking within media organizations could help confront and correct fake news. Organizations already exist to make media more trustworthy — are we using them? There's The Trust Project, International Fact-Checkers Network, and Tech & Check.
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