TUESDAY 6-12-18

1.      President Trump and Kim Jong Un kicked off the U.S.-North Korean summit with 1-on-1 meeting which took place at 9 a.m. yesterday in Singapore, 9 p.m. eastern time last night.  The two met with only interpreters in the room.  What’s your reaction to the latest news?


2.      The United States Supreme Court has handed down a decision that could have major implications on the upcoming midterm elections. With a 5-4 decision, the court has ruled that it's acceptable for Ohio to purge infrequent voters from its registration rolls. The decision is considered a setback to voting rights proponents who said the practice has disenfranchised thousands of registered voters.  Under Ohio’s policy, if registered voters miss voting for two years, they are sent registration confirmation notices. If they do not respond and do not vote over the following four years, they are removed from the rolls.  Do you agree with the Supreme Court ruling?


3.      In an effort to cut down on plastic waste, SeaWorld, Ikea, and Royal Caribbean have announced they will remove plastic straws and bags from their properties. SeaWorld says its theme parks have removed all single-use plastic drinking straws and single-use plastic shopping bags, Royal Caribbean Cruises said its fleet of 50 ships will ring in 2019 free of plastic straws and Ikea said its stores will no longer hand out plastic bags or straws by 2020.  Is now a good time to invest in paper companies?


4.       Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is giving $20 million to the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.  In his honor, the school will be renamed the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.  Newmark says it's a public institution with a diverse population and serves the types of students he once was, those who rely on financial aid to get through school.   Did you have any idea that Craigslist was actually named after a guy named Craig?  Have you bought or sold anything on Craigslist?


5.      We now know why IHOP is changing to IHOB.  The “B” stands for burgers.  They have added some new burgers to the menu including the Big Brunch Burger which includes bacon, a fried egg and browned potatoes on top.  While IHOB won't be a permanent change, a spokesperson said the stunt was to let people know they are as serious about their new burgers as they are about pancakes.  Was the publicity stunt a stroke of a genius?


6.      Nelson Nicolas Nunez-Acosta and Felipe Minaya, both of Newark, New Jersey were caught with 118 pounds of fentanyl which is enough to kill 26-millon people.  It was the largest fentanyl bust in the history of Nebraska.    If convicted, what would be a just sentence for the two?


7.      For the first time in eight years, not a single woman cracked the entire 2018 list of Forbes' top 100 richest athletes. Since 2010, at least one female athlete has made a showing, with tennis star Serena Williams ranking 51st last year.  The highest  paid athletes are in order:  Floyd Mayweather $285-million; Lionel Messi $111-million; Cristiano Renaldo $108-million; Conor McGregor $99-million; Neymar $90-million and LeBron James $85.5 million.  Does it surprise you that no women made the list or that a boxer made more money than anyone else?


8.      The First Lady made her first public appearance in nearly a month this week after she spent five days in a hospital last month.  Melania accompanied President Trump last week to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a briefing on the 2018 hurricane season.  Trump added to the anticipation of their first public appearance in a while by tweeting "The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania. During her recovery from surgery, they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse." Should the First Lady be fair game for the media or be off limits?


9.      Microsoft has placed a massive computer data center on the bottom of the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.  The deployment is the second phase of Project Natick, which Microsoft says could herald a new wave of data centers that can be deployed rapidly and inexpensively. One of the biggest advantages of placing the data center underwater is the lower energy cost to cool the servers.  Tidal turbines and wave energy converters will generate the electricity for the data center.  How would you feel having your data at the bottom of the sea? Who’s going to service it if something goes wrong?


10.   Plans are in motion for private companies to take over operations of the International Space Station.  NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "We're in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station."  Bridenstine would not specify which companies he had spoken to but it was Boeing that was selected in August 1993 as NASA's primary contractor to develop and build the ISS.  How would you feel about the Space Station becoming a private business?

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