Friday, October 26, 2018

Feed — Just Like 1984

Like George Orwell's powerful book 1984 (written in 1948), the young adult book Feed published in 2002 is coming true to life. If you have not read Feed, by all means do; it is a great YA book for students and adults. Also, listen to the npr clip below to hear what is happening with artificial intelligence management. Once you read Feed, you will see its connection to the npr piece and 1984.

Friday, October 12, 2018

What is Juuling?

What a Juul e-cigarette looks like
From “Juuling: An Alarming Trend Reversing Decades of Health Gains” by Donna Orem, NAIS President . . . 

“Cigarette smoking has been on a steady decline among teens for the past decade. That’s good news … but, a new craze called “Juuling” is threatening to reverse that. A Juul is a brand of e-cigarette that has become popular among middle and high schoolers, at least in part because of youth-friendly flavors and a discrete, concealable design. If Juuling is not yet on your radar, it should be, as it is quickly moving from a trend among a small percentage of teens to a major health crisis, with many implications still unknown.”

Wikipedia on JUUL “JUUL Labs (/ˈdʒuːl/ JOOL, like "jewel"[7]) is an electronic cigarette company which spun off from PAX Labs in 2017.[1] The JUUL e-cigarette was introduced by PAX Labs in 2015.[8] It is a type of e-cigarette that uses nicotine salts that exist in leaf-based tobacco for its key ingredient.[8] The JUUL is the most popular e-cigarette in the United States by market share,[9] and its widespread use by youth has triggered multiple investigations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”