FRIDAY 5-4-18

1.      Game two of the Cavs-Raptors Eastern Conference Semi-finals is in the books.  What are your thoughts on last night’s game?


2.       Crain’s Cleveland Business reports the Browns are studying the possibility of a development project that could include a large renovation or a new stadium. The development, should it come to fruition, could include commercial, residential and retail space, says Browns owner Dee Haslam. The talks, however, started 'very, very recently,' the team said, and it could be at least a decade before a potential project is realized.  Could the Factory of Sadness go away someday?  If so, who pays?


3.  The classic cartoon Bugs Bunny celebrates his 80th anniversary this week.  Bugs Bunny first appeared in the animated short film “Porky’s Hare Hunt” directed by Ben Bugs Hardaway and Cal Dalton. The movie features Porky Pig on the trail of a hyperactive rabbit with a manic laugh voiced by Mel Blanc.   Is Bugs Bunny your favorite cartoon character? 


4.    Today is May 4th, Star Wars Day.  Is the fourth be with you?


5.  The backlash continues for Kanye West in the wake of his comments regarding slavery in a conversation with TMZ earlier this week. Detroit's 105.1 FM has decided to pull Kanye West’s songs off their airwaves after West called 400 years of slavery a "choice."   Has Kanye suffered irreparable damage?


6.      The marketing research company caught deceptively accessing over 87 million Facebook users’ data announced that they will be shutting down. Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group, said it was shutting its U.S. offices during a Wednesday conference call with employees.  They also announced that bankruptcy proceedings will begin in the U.S., as well as insolvency proceedings in the U.K, where the company has an office. The company said that "the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the Company’s customers and suppliers."  Does the news surprise you?


7.      A new survey of two-thousand Americans found that 16% would have sex with a robot frequently if they could and the survey says they would be willing to pay nearly than $1,700 for a sex robot.  How soon do you think it will be until we have artificial intelligent sex robots? Do you foresee them becoming main stream?


8.      The “Fearless Girl” statue in New York City is getting a new home outside the New York Stock Exchange facing the building.  The art work was installed last year by a Boston based firm to encourage more companies to put women on their boards.  It is symbolic that she will be facing down the New York Stock Exchange?  Have you seen or heard about the “Fearless Girl”?


9.      It looks like the UK parliament could issue a formal summons forcing Mark Zuckerberg to speak to if he continues to refuse to do so willingly. They are hoping Zuckerberg will choose to come to London and speak to them, but he keeps refusing.  Damian Collins, who chairs the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, noted in a letter to Facebook that they had failed to answer nearly 40 questions. Can you see a day when the Facebook empire could crumble?


10.   In China, some companies are monitoring the brain waves of their employees for sudden changes in their emotional state by having  them wearing helmets and hats with sensors. The government-backed surveillance is being installed in the safety helmets and uniform hats of those in the military, factory workers, and even train conductors. The data collected could help increase overall efficiency by reducing mental stress.  Could there be an application for this with Major League Baseball players?  Would it help a manager know when to pull a pitcher?


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