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One of the most important attributes a good photograph can have is mood. Mood can mean a lot of different things, but when you see it for yourself, it’s undeniable. This month’s photographs oozed with mood. Scenes such as a misty walkway in Poland, the excitement of foxes on the chase in Japan, cranes bathed in yellow light in Israel, and the end of a
leisurely day in Lebanon transport us to another time and place.
WELL, GOOD: Inexpensive Drug Prevents Deaths in New Mothers, Study Finds. “An inexpensive generic drug that saves the lives of wounded soldiers and civilian car crash victims has now been shown to rescue women suffering hemorrhages in childbirth. . . . In a major six-year trial involving over 20,000 women in 21 countries, researchers showed that tranexamic acid, a little-known blood-clotter invented in the 1950s, reduced maternal bleeding deaths by a third if it was given within three hours. It costs less than $2 a dose and does not require refrigeration.”
has dealt with the FAFSA, the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” It is full of questions about your income taxes. To make this annoying form a little easier, IRS and the Department of Education created a “Data Retrieval Tool,” or “DRT,” to allow FAFSA applicants pull information needed directly from the applicants’ IRS files. I used it in the last year, and it worked pretty slick.
Administration (TIGTA) testified at a congressional hearing yesterday on how it came about. From the testimony (my emphasis):
It appears that identity thieves used personal information of individuals that they obtained outside the tax system to start the FAFSA application process in order to secure the AGI tax information through the DRT. The IRS’ current estimate for the number of impacted taxpayers is approximately 100,000.
Don’t overshare on social media, and understand your privacy settings.
Don’t send personal information as an unencrypted e-mail or text attachment.
Don’t provide your social security number unless you know the person requesting it has a right to it and a need for it.
Be smart with passwords. Don’t use the same password for multiple applications, and make them at least reasonably hard to guess.
Correctiv, the only announced partner for Facebook's third-party fact-checking work in Germany, doesn't want the social network's money. “If Facebook starts paying you, then you are dependent," said its chief editor to the Financial Times. "When you’re in such a situation, they can tell you what to do, and when you’re working as a fact-checker you need to work independently.”
Academics at Harvard and Northeastern universities put together the proceedings of a "fake news" conference held in February. Their recommendations include citing more conservative voices, better academic-journalistic collaboration and more data from social platforms. Here's the report and key excerpts.
Good advertisers do business with good news organizations, says John Avlon in the Daily Beast. “Supporting real news sites—whether national, local, or political—is a sign of social responsibility."