FRIDAY 6-15-18

1.  The golf course at Shinnecock Hills is making the pros look like Sunday hackers. Do you like to see a course humiliate the pros? Does Tiger still have a shot to win?

 

2.      Sunday is Father’s Day.  What’s the best advice your father ever gave you?

 

3.      Sunday is also National Eat Your Veggie Day.  A new survey says broccoli is the favorite veggie in the country followed by corn.  What’s your favorite vegetable?  Is it broccoli?

 

4.      U.S. retail sales posted their biggest gain in six months. The Commerce Department reports retail sales jumped eight-tenths of a percent in May, the biggest gain since last November.

The numbers point to accelerating economic growth in the second quarter of this year with more money being spent on cars and a range of other goods.  Are you spending more money?

 

5.      A recent study of 2,000 drivers in the United States found that 1-in-5 couldn't check the pressure on their tires; a quarter couldn't jump start their cars and nearly a third couldn't pick out the right type of oil. Worse off, over a third couldn't change a tire and half say they have no idea how to change their oil.  But 83% says they can connect their phones to the entertainment system.   What would you do if you got a flat tire?

 

6.      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?

 

7.      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?

 

8.      New stats show that about 4 in 10 people who've gone to college have taken out loans to pay for school. The College Board says that among those who finished a bachelor's degree in 2016 with debt, the average amount was $28,400, which was up from $22,100 in 2001.  Can anything be done about the college debt dilemma?

 

9.      Apple addressed phone addiction as part of its "Digital Health" platform that included new features to help control phone usage and set limits for time spent on certain apps at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference.   Is phone addiction a problem?

 

10.   The law enforcement officer on the scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High mass shooting has broken his silence.  Scot Peterson is the former sheriff's deputy who has been widely criticized for his actions during that day and was even called a "coward" by fellow officers. He acknowledges that "he missed it" by standing outside the building as a gunman fired an AR-15 assault-style rifle into classrooms and says that knowing what he now knows, he would have "been in that building in a heartbeat."   Do you think criticism of him is still warranted?

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