Weekend Digest: The mind-blowing, Apple dropping, loyal Penguin edition

by Larry Brannan ([email protected]) 67 views 

SUNDAY TV PREVIEW
On this week’s TV edition of Talk Business & Politics, which airs Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on KATV Channel 7 in Central Arkansas and now in Northeast Arkansas on KAIT-NBC, Sundays at 10 a.m.:

Sen. Tom Cotton
The Presidential campaign heats up. We’ll talk about the U.S. Supreme Court, national security, NATO, ISIS and more with the state’s junior U.S. Senator.

Under the Dome
A special session on health care is looming. Arkansas Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam goes one-on-one with KATV’s Janelle Lilley.

Talk Politics Roundtable
Ethics questions, the Arkansas Supreme Court, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton- our political roundtable guests include new TB&P analysts Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Dustin McDaniel.

Tune in to Talk Business & Politics in Central Arkansas on KATV Channel 7, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and now in Northeast Arkansas on KAIT-NBC, Sundays at 10 a.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL GOLD
Forbes asks the question, “What is a trip to the Final Four worth?” The obvious answer for the four NCAA programs and conferences that make it, is a lot.

“The 2016 NCAA Tournament has been full of surprises, from Michigan State’s first-round exit to Syracuse’s unlikely run to the Final Four.”

And when it comes to deep tournament runs, the only people more excited than the fans are conference executives. That’s because a run to the tourney semifinals is worth an awful lot of money to the conferences involved. How much, exactly?

Click on this link to find out.

A MIND-BLOWING DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT
Business Insider says, “The world is about to see a mind-blowing demographic situation that will be a first in human history: There are about to be more elderly people than young children.”

“For some time now, economists have observed that the proportion of elderly adults around the world is rising, while the proportion of younger children is falling.”

But within a few years, just before 2020, people ages 65 and over will begin to outnumber children under the age of 5, according to a recent report by the US Census Bureau.

“And these two age groups will continue to grow in opposite directions.”

What are the proportions? Go to this link for the answers.

WELL THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG, DID IT?
BoingBoing reports, “Just days after the Justice Department dropped its high-profile case against Apple over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, the FBI offered Wednesday to help a prosecutor in Arkansas hack an iPhone and an iPod in a double murder case.”

AP was first to report that the FBI agreed to defeat security features to allow access to the contents of those two iOS-running devices, which belonged to two teenagers charged with killing an elderly couple.

“We still don’t know what mysterious ‘outside assistance’ the FBI received, and rumors that an Israeli firm sold them an exploit remain unverified.”

For more on this “mysterious” story, click here.

TOP JOBS IN 2025 AND THE SKILLS NEEDED
Those darn robots.

“Two-thirds of Americans believe that, in 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work humans now do.”

The Future of Jobs, estimates that 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020 and that the number will keep growing. Jobs that once seemed like “safe bets”—office workers and administrative personnel, manufacturing, and even law—will be hit hardest, the report estimates.

“So what do you need to work on to be marketable in 2025?”

The six skill areas needed? Check them out at this link.

IT’S THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE STUPID
“It’s the only thing that matters,” says the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ Larry Sabato.

“Somewhere in cyberspace, you can now find blogs and treatises with ‘facts’ that support your opinions, no matter how bizarre.”

Here at the Crystal Ball, though, we are going to cling to one central fact about presidential elections: The only thing that matters is accumulating a majority of 270 votes in the Electoral College.

“Creating Electoral College projections is a marvelous parlor game, and we’ve been doing so here since we obtained our magical sphere of crystal from China many years ago.”

For the “crystal clear” look on the latest electoral college winners, crystal ball to this link.

TRUMP MAYHEM
Is “the Donald” losing it? Like, you know, losing it?

Well POLITICO reports, “He left GOP leaders stupefied with a series of incendiary statements, even by his standards.”

Donald Trump yanked the Republican Party toward a contested convention over the past 24 hours as he let rip an extraordinary series of statements on abortion, the Geneva Conventions, violence against women and his own commitment to supporting the GOP presidential nominee that seemed to obliterate the notion that the party will unite behind him anytime soon.

More on the Trump fallout here.

HILLARY’S EMAIL INVESTIGATION INSIDER
It’s a mess, or better said … a sticky mess. And for Hillary, the presidential leader of the pack, it won’t go away.

“Emails found on the private, unclassified server used by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State contained classified information,” as Time posts in this piece.

Seven months later, 20 to 30 agents, technical specialists and analysts have been assigned to the investigation, according to sources familiar with it. The agents have conducted interviews and forensic analysis of the evidence collected. And they have executed process, the sources say, referring to a category of investigative tools that can include, among other things, subpoenas. As they near the end of the investigation, the agents are preparing to interview several of Clinton’s closest aides, and perhaps the candidate herself, according to the sources, a move Clinton campaign officials say she will comply.

“Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Congress on Feb. 24 that she is awaiting a recommendation from Comey and the FBI on whether anyone should be charged.”

Connect to this link for complete details.

THE AWKWARD PARALLEL LIVES OF IVANKA TRUMP AND CHELSEA CLINTON
“Two daughters, two friends, and strikingly similar struggles,” says Fortune.

“When Hillary Clinton officially declared that she was running for president in April 2015, her daughter Chelsea tweeted, “Very proud of you, Mom!” Two months later, when Donald Trump announced his campaign for the presidency, he chose his daughter Ivanka to introduce him.”

Ivanka has since appeared for him in several key primary states and released a campaign ad about how “my father … always told me that I could do anything that I set my mind to.” Chelsea, meanwhile, has talked about the finer points of health care policy on the trail for her mother — taking care to note that she, too, is the mom of a young daughter.

Two powerful families, two different cultures, at this link.

BONO: I WILL FOLLOW
“Irish rock icon Bono leads a widely acclaimed, data-driven, global organization that influences governments, rallies C-suites, and raises hundreds of millions of dollars for people living in poverty. What’s his secret? An ability to convince others that they are the true leaders of change, not him.”

“Here’s what business can learn from a music legend,” from Fortune.

CODING CAMP FOR GIRLS
Fast Company says, “Kode With Klossy coding camp aims to give young women a jump-start toward careers that encompass computer science and STEM skills.”

This summer, Kloss is taking it up a notch by launching her own Kode with Klossy coding camps for young women aged 13-18 in Los Angeles, New York, and her hometown of St. Louis, using Flatiron’s Learn.co curriculum and learning platform. Unlike last summer’s Kode with Karlie program, this year’s 80 scholarship recipients will participate in their own program, separate from other Flatiron School students.

What are the expectations by the end of camp? Connect here.

PENGUIN SWIMS 5,000 MILES EVERY YEAR FOR REUNION WITH THE MAN WHO SAVED HIS LIFE
Metro News reports, “Today’s most heartwarming story is brought to you from a beach in Brazil.

It’s the story of a South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

Aww, who couldn’t enjoy this? So go on. We know you can’t wait. Here.