A Case of Things To Come? The Washington Post recently published an article about a Post reporter who was denied access to a Mike Pence rally because he worked for the newspaper. It seems that Donald Trump doesn't like the Washington Post and has denied press credentials to Post reporters covering his campaign for some [...]

A Case of Things To Come?
The Washington Post recently published an article about a Post reporter who was denied access to a Mike Pence rally because he worked for the newspaper. It seems that Donald Trump doesn't like the Washington Post and has denied press credentials to Post reporters covering his campaign for some months. Post reporters have routinely entered campaign functions through general admissions with no trouble. This Mid-West incident, however, denied a reporter access even through general admission channels. If Trump is elected president, does this mean that he will curtail freedom of the press for newspapers and electronic media that make him angry? To read about this, click on  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/28/a-washington-post-reporter-was-banned-from-a-trump-pence-rally/. It seems the conservative constitutionalists don't have a problem with Trump's attacks on the First Amendment. If conservatives found fault with Trump for these attacks, I assume there would be an uproar over this incident. I wonder if Fox News will even report this. Probably not.

CDC Aims to Make Medical Terms Easier to Understand
The Center for Disease Control recently posted a help page for medical writers that, if visited,   will assist in making medical reporting more understandable for the general reader. The document titled 'Every Day Words for Public Health Communication' provides writers with specific suggestions to increase clarity such as: write short sentences, use active voice, and use everyday words and pronouns. This is good advice for all writers. To find out more suggestions, surf over to  http://www.cdc.gov/other/pdf/everydaywords-060216-final.pdf.

Good News About Air Pollution
According to a recently published report titled 'Benchmarking Air Emissions' U.S. air quality has improved over the last quarter century. In 2014 for example, Sulfur Dioxide emissions fell 80% over 1990 levels.   Mercury emissions fell 55 percent since 2000. To read a summary of the report click on  http://mjbradley.com/sites/default/files/Summary_Slide_Deck_2016.pdf. This link also provides a link to the full report. It's nice to find some good news amidst all the environmental hand- wringing. The report summary also features easy to understand graphics that paint a more hopeful picture.

Cheap, New Smart Phones
For consumers who find that $700 or $800 smart phones price them out of the market, help is one the way.  Www.zdnet.com  reported that Chinese tech firms Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo soon will produce budget-priced smart phones in a direct attack on Samsung and Apple dominance . ZDNet reports that $200 high end phones will soon be available around the world. To read more about this, click on  http://www.zdnet.com/article/made-in-china-four-horsemen-of-the-iphone-apocalypse/. I may just hold on to my Samsung Note 3 a while longer to see if I can save some Ben Franklin's.

Climate Change Proof Comes From Small Sources
Genomic researchers at City College of New York recently announced findings about climate change by analyzing the genomes of South American lizards. The study measured populations of widely dispersed species in South American forests to determine if species' populations decreased or increased.   To find out more about lizard lives, click on  https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/ccny-research-gleans-climate-change-insight-lizard-genome.

And so it goes.