Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Oklahoma Is The Most Polite State In The United States

According to FreshBooks, a Canadian company that specializes in cloud-based accounting software, conducted a study to rank the 50 U.S. states in order of politeness. The company analyzed the language in 250,000 of their U.S. clients’ invoices for things like whether they said “please” and “thank you” when asking clients to fork over money. It’s kinda funny because the company is from Canada, which has a reputation for being the most polite country on the planet. 

The 10 least polite states: 

#50. Tennessee and Utah (a tie)
#48. Mississippi and New Hampshire (a tie)
#46. West Virginia, New Jersey, Illinois and Delaware (a tie)
#42. New York, Nebraska and Arizona (a tie)

The 10 most polite states:

#10. Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, and North Carolina (a tie)
#6. Wisconsin
#5. Massachusetts
#4. Rhode Island
#3. Ohio
#2. Alabama
#1. Oklahoma



U.S. soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging

An interactive map found online can show the locations and activities of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit, raising security concerns about soldiers and other people who are at U.S. military bases in sensitive areas. The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to map the locations and movements of subscribers to the company’s fitness service over a two-year period, by illuminating areas of activity.  The map shows a great deal of activity in the U.S. and Europe. But in war zones and deserts in countries such as Iraq and Syria, the heat map becomes almost entirely dark — except for scattered evidence of activity. A closer look at those areas brings into focus the locations and outlines of well-known U.S. military bases, as well as other lesser-known and potentially sensitive sites — possibly because American soldiers and other personnel are using fitness trackers as they move around. The Global Heat Map was posted online in November 2017, but the information it contains was only publicized recently. The data could provide information to someone who wants to attack or ambush troops. Military officials are looking into the situation to determine how to respond. (Washington Post)


Science says conservatives are hotter than liberals

A person’s looks affect their politics, with beautiful people leaning toward conservative beliefs, according to findings published by two Midwestern professors. Good-looking Americans tend to get more credit and admiration than they probably deserve, thanks to their attractiveness, thus steering their political beliefs. “Physical attractiveness is an important social factor in our daily interactions. Scholars in social psychology provide evidence that attractiveness stereotypes and the ‘halo effect’ are prominent in affecting the traits we attribute to others,” according to political science professors Rolfe Daus Peterson, from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., and Carl Palmer of Illinois State. “Controlling for socioeconomic status, we find that more attractive individuals are more likely to report higher levels of political efficacy, identify as conservative, and identify as Republican.” Their findings were published last month in The Politics and Life Sciences journal. (NY Post)


Naked man high on meth says sex made him crash his truck

A Delaware truck driver who got arrested at JFK Airport over the weekend for crashing his vehicle and leaving the scene admitted to cops that he wrecked because he was “having sex” — and high on crystal meth, according to prosecutors. The 38-year-old man allegedly told police that he was hooking up with another man in the back of his box truck on Saturday (1/27) morning right before the accident happened. As they were making love, the man’s ex-boyfriend showed up and confronted the pair — startling and causing him to hit a four-door sedan. The man was in New York dropping of freight, but was allegedly pant-less when taken into custody. He tried hiding in a horse stable at JFK’s animal-screening facility after fleeing the scene, sources said, but was eventually caught. “Drugs and alcohol makes me more awake,” he told cops at one point. He was charged with attempted grand larceny, reckless endangerment, impaired driving and other charges. He was ordered held on $5,000 bail. (New York Daily News)


A man in India has died after being sucked into an MRI machine at a hospital while visiting a sick relative

A 32-year-old man was dragged towards the machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder, Mumbai police said in a statement. The incident occurred on Saturday (1/27) night at Nair Hospital in India. Police said preliminary reports suggested that the man had died from inhaling liquid oxygen that leaked from the cylinder. It is thought the cylinder was damaged after hitting the machine. The victim’s uncle said the man had been asked to carry the cylinder by the junior staff member who assured him the machine was switched off. The dean of the hospital said an investigation had been launched to determine the exact cause of death, adding that CCTV footage of the incident had been handed over to police. “We have arrested a doctor and another junior staff member under section 304 of the Indian penal code for causing death due to negligence,” police spokesman Deepak Deoraj said. (Daily Mail)


The US government is considering a federal takeover of portions of the country’s mobile broadband networks

A National Security Council official presented senior members of the Trump administration and other agencies with information suggesting that the United States needs to centralize its 5G network by the end of President Donald Trump’s first term as a safeguard against Chinese cybersecurity and economic threats. In a PowerPoint presentation and memo, two options were suggested: have the American government pay for and build a network, or have wireless providers build their own 5G networks. Government control of 5G infrastructure would be unprecedented. Some compare the nationalization of 5G to “the 21st century equivalent of the Eisenhower National Highway System.” (Axios)


Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019

The Cleveland Indians are taking their longtime logo off the team’s uniforms starting next year (bright-red caricature of a Native American). For years, teams like the Indians and the Washington Redskins have been pressured to ditch their logos and names, which Native American groups and others say are racist and offensive. Now after talks with the MLB commissioner, the Indians are changing. (ESPN)



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