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Who is dominating the gossip world?
Question: Who is dominating the gossip world?
David Hauslaib: We are. No. I do think you have the Perez Hiltons of the world. And people have very mixed feelings about him, but I do think he’s one of . . . He’s sort of mastered the act of immediately reporting information as it breaks. The accuracy is sometimes in question, but really reporting that information without the corporate . . . the corporate conflicts that could come. I do think you also . . . When you do have, you know, higher profile writers or bloggers in this business like him who are so engrained in the machine themselves at this point, are you gonna see a really terrible Paris Hilton item on his site? Probably not. Will he trash Lindsay Lohan any chance he gets? Yes, because there are those relationships in place. But I think that’s really interesting that it went from something really organic to almost a cog in a machine by itself.
Question: What’s the best scoop you’ve ever had?
David Hauslaib: What’s the best scoop? One thing that we’re really proud of, I mean on the media end, is the firing of Judith Regan. We broke that story ahead of anybody thanks to a great source. And you know that story really reverberated through racial and, you know, anti-Semitic channels; through the publishing and media industries all the way to the celebrity avenue with O.J. Simpson. So that was a pretty significant story for us.
Question: Do you regret inaccurate stories?
David Hauslaib: Well you always do look back because a story is never dead. And if . . . If accurate information . . . If we’re shown to have been inaccurate in the past, or another party pops up and has a side of the story to tell, we are more than willing to relay that information. And I think what’s different about blogs is, you know, one item is not the end all. It can be a series of two or three, or 20 or 80 items that really create the story. Whereas if you’re, you know, talking about a celebrity weekly, they have one issue to get it right theoretically. Then they go back the next week and contradict themselves. But that’s sort of the point. But you know with . . . with blogs, if we get something wrong we update that item immediately. Certainly we try to be wrong as little as possible.
Recorded on: Jan 23 2008
The producers, consumers, and subjects of gossip create a self-perpetuating cycle.
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Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.
- The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
- Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.
- The terms 'education' and 'learning' are often used interchangeably, but there is a cultural connotation to the former that can be limiting. Education naturally links to schooling, which is only one form of learning.
- Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
- Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.
Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.
- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
- New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
- Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.