Re: Is the U.S. ready for a female President?

Maybe this is a bad question.  Implies that there is something that the U.S. has to get ready for that specifically intersects with one's sex. Maybe, we may need to ask, is the U.S. still sexist (or so sexist that it will not elect a candidate based on gender)?  If we ask that, the burden is shifted on to those that are sexist, not women.  The same reframing can go towards the question asked about Obama, "Is America ready for a Black President" or, "Are Americans so racist that they will not elect a Black candidate for President?  If the answers to the questions reframed are "Yes" which I think can be empirically argued, we then need to help those sick Americans help their sick selves.

5 of the worst inventions in modern history

Be glad your name isn't attached to any of these bad ideas.

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Technology & Innovation
  • Some inventions can be celebrated during their time, but are proven to be devastating in the long run.
  • The inventions doesn't have to be physical. Complex mathematical creations that create money for Wall Street can do as much damage, in theory, as a gas that destroys the ozone layer.
  • Inventors can even see their creations be used for purposes far different than they had intended.
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This 5-minute neck scan can spot dementia 10 years before it emerges

The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.

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Mind & Brain
  • 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.
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Amazon chooses New York and Virginia for its HQ2

The new offices will be built in New York's Long Island City and Viriginia's Arlington.

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  • Amazon will receive more than $2 billion in incentives from the two states.
  • The company plans to create a total of 50,000 jobs at an average wage of $150,000.
  • The announcement has caused controversy, raising concerns about rising rent prices and potentially lost resources in communities surrounding the upcoming developments.
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