“Daylight Savings Time starts this evening, turn your clocks back” – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continuing to make his constituents proud. If you followed his advice, please stop what you are doing and turn your clocks two hours forward now.
The Boeing 777 lost contact somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam. There were no distress calls and no emergency signals in water or land have been picked up. No confirmed debris has been found. Weather was good. There is no evidence of foul play. Some think the plane may have tried to turn back towards Malaysia. Some think the plane may have “disintegrated” in the air.
Investigators are also trying to figure out who was on the flight. At least two people listed on the manifest, from Italy and Austria, were not actually onboard. Both people had reported their passports stolen in the last two years. Everyone would like to know who used the stolen passports and why officials never checked the database to see that they were stolen.
To be continued, hopefully with answers.
Get your priorities straight. At least 750 detainees at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, WA went on a hunger strike on Friday. Over 300 are still fasting. They are protesting US deportation policy, and their demands include increased pay for their work inside the facility, better food, and better overall treatment. The center houses more than 1,300 people being held for possible deportation and the strike is set to last for at least 5 days.
Time is a flat circle, especially if you have Alzheimer’s. Researchers have developed a blood test for the disease that reportedly can predict whether or not a healthy person will soon develop it. Ways to predict Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects millions, can be very expensive, very invasive (think spinal tap), or very unreliable. Researchers tested healthy people around 70-years-old, but the blood test method still requires a lot more research. Although it could be a good way for seniors to find out their risk, you then have to be prepared for potentially very bad news.
But was it more fun than CPAC? The annual conservative conference went down this weekend in Maryland. After many rowdy speeches, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was declared the prom king. He won the presidential straw poll for the second year in a row, meaning he’s one conservative to watch for a 2016 run. The symbolic victory shows that he has serious support from the type of conservatives who influence the party’s next presidential nominee. Paul thinks his libertarian message could attract minorities and young people, two groups the GOP would have liked to have more on its side in 2012.
Disney is magical. It even helped one child combat autism. Read this, everyone else did this weekend.
Gary Herman (New York, NY); Courtney Connelly (Chicago, IL); Jenn Kimbal (Berkeley, CA); Timm Gable (Milwaukee, WI); Olivia Wilde (Los Angeles, CA); Elizabeth Saiger (New York, NY); Julia Kimbrill (Port St. Lucie, FL); Joseph Bittner (San Francisco, CA); Skimm’bassador Laurie Snyder (Dallas, TX); Linda Mirch (Santa Monica, CA); Caroline Kjorlien (Washington, DC); Chris Corcoran (Danville, KY); David Renteln (Los Angeles, CA); Debra Pogofsky; Melanie Oberman (New York, NY); Virginia Grayson (Atlanta, GA)
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