Thursday 10.12.17

"The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."
– Abraham Lincoln


Impact of U.S.'s World Cup absence on Fox? 'Like $200 million flushed down the toilet'  The World Cup was set to be the biggest production operation in Fox Sports history, and it still will be. But it won’t be nearly as lucrative an event without the U.S. involved. - Sports Illustrated

Boy Scouts Will Accept Girls, in Bid to ‘Shape the Next Generation of Leaders’  The Boy Scouts, which has seen dwindling membership numbers in recent decades, said that its programs could nurture girls as well as boys, and that the switch would make life easier for busy parents. - New York Times

Questions remain about police response to Las Vegas massacre  Police say Stephen Paddock fired off 200 rounds through his hotel room door into the hallway six minutes before killing 58 people at an outdoor country music concert. - Associated Press

House set to pass $36.5B for hurricane, wildfire relief  The House is on track to backing President Donald Trump’s request for billions more in disaster aid, $16 billion to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico stay afloat. - Washington Post

Deadly and vast California wildfires could gain momentum  Wildfires already well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history could gain momentum Thursday and erase even the modest gains firefighters have made. Steady winds with gusts up to 45 mph with nearly non-existent humidity are expected to descend on the areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. - Associated Press

Richard Branson's Virgin Group invests in super-fast Hyperloop One transport system  Richard Branson's Virgin Group is investing in Hyperloop One, a company developing the super-fast transport system originally dreamed up by Elon Musk. - CNBC

Cyberattack Captures Data on U.S. Weapons in Four-Month Assault  A cyberattacker nicknamed “Alf” gained access to an Australian defense contractor’s computers and began a four-month raid that snared data on sophisticated U.S. weapons systems. - Wall Street Journal

Blue Apron competitor HelloFresh planning to raise up to $353 million in IPO  HelloFresh, the Berlin-based cooking kit delivery company, revealed that it’s planning to raise up to $353 million in an IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The move would value HelloFresh at up to 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in the public markets. - The Verge

  How Harvard Helps its Richest and Most Arrogant Students Get Ahead

"In fact, genuine rigor — which would, of course, challenge the prerogatives and sift the career options of privileged students — isn’t what Harvard wanted. Such teaching would hamper the real institutional mission: instilling in the elite a conviction of innate superiority and a corresponding contempt for people with technical knowledge, culture, talent or professional experience."

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