Friday 09.08.17

"I often put any project I write in a different decade just to roll the thought around in my head. There's a thriller I've written that I think would be nice to set in the '70s or '80s, just to take cell phones away from the movie. There's nothing like the piercing ring of an old-school telephone to really scare an audience." -Joel Edgerton

Mexico hit by biggest quake in century, 5 killed  A major earthquake off Mexico’s southern coast killed at least five people, with the president saying Friday it was the biggest in a century to hit the country. Houses and at least one hotel toppled, electricity was cut and people fled into the streets in panic. - Associated Press

Equifax reveals hack that likely exposed data of 143 million customers  Equifax Inc, a provider of consumer credit scores, said on Thursday that personal details of as many as 143 million U.S. consumers were accessed by hackers between mid-May and July, in what could be one of the largest data breaches in the United States. - Reuters

Deadly Irma Heads for Miami as Caribbean Islands Are Wrecked  Mandatory evacuations were issued for the Florida Keys and other areas. Around 650,000 people were told to leave Miami-Dade. The hurricane weakened slightly to Category 4 with top winds of 155 miles an hour, but remains “extremely dangerous,” the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. - Bloombger

Amazon Opens Search for A Second Headquarters City in North America  Amazon plans to invest over $5 billion in construction for an 8.1 million square foot second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. - Amazon

Why Western Wildfires Are So Severe This Year  A combination of quick snowpack meltdown, hot and dry weather, great swaths of trees damaged by beetles, and other factors have led to the conditions that have caused the fires to burn 12,500 square miles in 2017. - Associated Press

Hartford Warns It Could File for Bankruptcy  Connecticut’s capital city, said Thursday its deficit is approaching $50 million and it would likely file for bankruptcy in 60 days unless Connecticut provides help for the capital city in the midst of a fiscal emergency. - Wall Street Journal

  How Getting Rid of my Smartphone Revolutionized My Life

"We lose the ability to deeply concentrate and contemplate. We have higher general levels of anxiety and emotional anaesthesia. We struggle to retain memory in the same way, outsourcing this function to Google. Our minds are becoming more like automated data-processing machines, drained of creative dynamism and vibrancy."

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