Spread the Learn Weekly Review -February 13


  • President Obama’s request to authorize military action against ISIS/ISIL, which are one in the same, raised concerns from many Americans who are fearful of getting involved in another conflict in the Middle East that that lacks a clear direction. “The president’s letter to lawmakers said that ground combat operations would be permitted in other miscellaneous situations, including rescue operations involving American or coalition personnel, in special operation raids against ISIL leadership and in intelligence collection and sharing.”-Al Jazeera America
  • North Carolina is setting a new standard on exonerating inmates wrongly convicted of serious crimes. Eight formerly titled criminals have been exonerated since 2006, but the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission isn’t unique just because it’s a success…it stands out because it’s a state agency, funded by the North Carolina taxpayer. “Because it is a state agency, the commission has powers that other institutions lack. Investigators can compel testimony with subpoenas, for example, and gather other kinds of evidence for their cases.” –The Atlantic


  • There are millions of Facebook users around the world who seem to have no idea they’re using the Internet. “So is Facebook succeeding in its goal if the people it is connecting have no idea they are using the internet? And what does it mean if masses of first-time adopters come online not via the open web, but the closed, proprietary network where they must play by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s rules?” –Quartz


  • Even among scientists, the amount of plastic now known to be floating in the oceans of the world is staggering. And the amount is only going to continue to grow. “According to a study, which will be published in the February 13 edition of the journal Science, researchers estimate that 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean annually”an ungodly amount. –New Republic


  • On Monday night, San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich got his 1,000th win. But its not just Popovich’s record that’s impressive. In just two decades, in the small market of San Antonio, Popovich has built a billion-dollar basketball empire. “The Spurs operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was $41 million last year, by our count, when the team earned its fifth NBA title.” –Forbes

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  • On Monday morning (2:10pm GMT Sunday) there was a bombing at a re-election rally for Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian President, in Gombe, Nigeria. “Mr Jonathan is standing for re-election on 14 February against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in the run-up to the contest. At least one person was killed and 18 others were wounded in the blast, police and hospital sources said.” – BBC
  • On Wednesday, “Anthem Inc., the country’s second-biggest health insurer, said hackers broke into a database containing personal information for about 80 million of its customers and employees in what is likely to be the largest data breach disclosed by a health-care company.” – WSJ


  •  This past Wednesday was national signing day for high school football players across the country. Sport’s Illustrated’s Martin Rickman had an interesting piece on Tuesday regarding the role of the fax machine in the whole process – SI


  • Standard and Poor’s Rating Service has settled a 2009 and 2013 lawsuit to resolve litigation related to the deceptive ratings of mortgage bond leading up to the 2008 financial meltdown. The ratings firm will collectively pay $1.5 B to the Department of Justice, 19 states, the District of Columbia and CALPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System), the nation’s largest pension fund. “While S&P didn’t admit to breaking laws, it did acknowledge that its ratings were tainted by concerns that downgrades would hurt its relationship with issuers” –WSJ

  • Based on a new McKinsey Report, “Debt and (not much) deleveraging” total debt worldwide has risen to $57 trillion. “The ratio of total debt to economic output has declined in only a handful of smaller countries, like Romania, Saudi Arabia and Israel. In all of the world’s economic powerhouses, total debt has risen.” – The Upshot



On average, this is the number of times in an hour a tip-over incident occurs in the US. That translates into 38,000 emergency room trips annually according to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and detailed in Philly.com article published Feb. 1. Tip-overs recently hit the national media with Nationwide’s “Make Safe Happen” campaign and commercial that aired in last Sunday’s Super Bowl.


That’s the amount one would need to earn to be in the top 1% in Connecticut. In comparison, New Mexico barely beats out West Virginia to have the lowest 1% of statewide earners at $241K. –Real Time Economics, WSJ