By The Washington Post | March 20, 2019 at 4:20 pm By Herman Wong | Washington Post A fake cow that is the target of a lawsuit by a congressman is having its moment. The Twitter account “Devin Nunes’ cow,” which professes to be “hanging out on the dairy in Iowa looking for the lil’ treasonous cowpoke,” has more than 455,000 followers as of Wednesday afternoon, a dramatic increase from the 1,000 or so before Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the cow account, Twitter, and two other users of defamation. Nunes’ own verified account has 395,000 followers during the same period. The suit alleges that the cow account, as well as one called @DevinNunesMom, “repeatedly tweeted and retweeted abusive and hateful content” about the congressman in violation of Twitter user guidelines. The surging popularity of @DevinCow brought on more puns for a case that has already given life to a parody account by Stephen … [Read more...] about Rep. Nunes sues imaginary bovine, now it has more followers
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: March 20, 2019 at 12:09 pm | UPDATED: March 20, 2019 at 12:13 pm SACRAMENTO — Fresh off a record-breaking year of the largest, deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history, the state kicked off its first wildfire technology summit on Wednesday. Lawmakers, policymakers, scientists, fire officials, plus tech experts and companies from around the state, nation and beyond gathered at Sacramento State University in the wake of a couple of devastating wildfire seasons in the state, which killed 138 people in 2017 and 2018. On the agenda: how technology might help in forecasting, prediction and prevention of wildfires, plus ways to improve response, decision-making and communication with first responders and the public. Preparing for the future requires understanding the causes of today’s wildfires and learning from the past, so the 650 attendees of the summit also heard from … [Read more...] about California wildfire season looms: How can technology help?
By Ethan Baron | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: March 20, 2019 at 11:56 am | UPDATED: March 20, 2019 at 11:59 am A university in Fremont found to have strikingly high numbers of foreign pupils has been hit with a warning from its accreditor for failing to place enough graduates in jobs. And a new report indicates Northwestern Polytechnic University saw a massive revenue drop in 2017, the year after an exposé called it an “upmarket visa mill.” The non-profit business and technology school, which according to Pew Research had more than 11,000 foreign students and recent graduates with Optional Practical Training work permits between 2004 and 2016, brought in $10.7 million in revenue in 2017, a huge drop from the $72.8 million it reported the year before, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, a group advocating for reduced immigration. Center fellow David North said the data came from IRS filings obtained through a freedom of … [Read more...] about H-1B: Fremont university slammed as ‘visa mill’ gets warning over student jobs
By Bloomberg | PUBLISHED: March 20, 2019 at 11:22 am | UPDATED: March 20, 2019 at 11:43 am By Colin Bertram | Bloomberg In case you’re not attuned to the stars, Sanctuary Ventures Inc., the digital media company focusing on mystical services for a millennial audience, wants to change that. Wednesday, March 20 is the start of the astrological new year and the launch of Sanctuary’s new astrological reading app. It offers daily horoscopes, first-in-kind live and on-demand readings with professional astrologers, and plans to expand into the e-commerce marketplace (think tarot cards, crystals, sage bundles, and incense). For readers of a certain age, the question “What’s your sign?” evokes images of open-shirted, disco-dancing Lotharios. But as everything in life is cyclical (sorry, eggs), many millennials and members of Generation Z are gravitating toward the pseudoscience, making the question of what’s your sun sign (Aries, Libra, etc.) once again a … [Read more...] about New astrology app offers live, on-demand readings for millennials
By Reuters | March 20, 2019 at 10:01 am HELSINKI, March 20 (Reuters) – Finland topped the ranking of the world’s happiest countries for the second year in a row, with the Nordic countries taking the leading spots, an annual survey issued on Wednesday showed. South Sudan came last in the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s 2019 World Happiness Report. It ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption. Taking the harsh, dark winters in their stride, Finns’ happiness is boosted by access to nature, safety, affordable childcare, free education and heavily subsidized healthcare. The top 10 was again dominated by the Nordics, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland taking the other leading spots followed by Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria. The United States dropped one place to 19th. “This year’s … [Read more...] about World’s happiest countries: Here’s why U.S. slipped in new report