TUESDAY 6-19-18

1.      The World Health Organization is proposing adding video gaming disorder to it new manual of disease classifications.  The symptoms include lack of control over gaming, giving gaming precedence over other life interests and daily activities and continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences.  Is addictive gaming a health issue?


2.      We have the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard and one day we may have the Space Force.  President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to start making plans for a Space Force, which would be a branch of the U.S. military.  Trump hosted a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House today and said a Space Force is "going to be something." Is having a new branch of the military a good idea?


3.      Facebook has announced a new ad policy to prevent those under 18 from viewing gun accessories.The social media platform has already banned ads for guns and modifications for the weapon but has allowed sellers to continue to post accessories for sale. These ads will still be allowed, but just to those 18 or older. The new policy will take effect on June 21st.  Will it make a difference in teen gun violence?


4.      An armed civilian jumped into action and fatally shot a suspect who police said had shot two people and was attempting an armed carjacking in a Walmart parking lot in Olympia, Washington. The civilian is being hailed as a hero by witnesses who watched as the suspect would fire into cars that he was attempting to carjack. Two armed civilians confronted the suspect and one fatally shot him as bystanders took cover.  Are you a proponent of more vigilante justice?


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.      The Secret Service says someone climbed over a security barrier on the south side of the White House complex and dropped a backpack. Secret Service officers grabbed the suspect immediately and took him into custody and said the backpack was deemed safe but would not describe its contents.  What should happen to the fence jumper?


8.      A proposed bill in Ohio would require school buses to have seat belts.  The National Transportation Safety Board now recommends seatbelts be installed in all new school buses and eight states already make kids buckle up.  Why do buses not come equipped with seat belts even on public transportation buses?  Is the bill a no brainer?


9.      McDonald’s is switching to paper straws in the U.K. and Ireland and they will test an alternative to plastic straws at some U.S. locations later this year.  Is the switch from plastic to paper much do to about nothing?


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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