Spread the Learn Weekly Review -February 13

News:

  • 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

Technology:

  • 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

Environment:

  • 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

Sports:

  • 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