ANOTHER SHOE DROPS

A couple of days ago, we learned that Facebook allegedly shared data with more than 150 companies (among them–Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify), giving them far greater and more intrusive access to user’s data (including private messages) than it had previously disclosed. This revelation, per an extensive New York Times investigation, is just the latest in a string of bad news for Facebook. Scandal after scandal, and continued violations of trust despite presumably (?) understanding the consequences has the stock tanking and NoPo thinking…maybe it’s time for Zuckerberg (and maybe Sandberg, too) to step down from Facebook’s board of directors? At the very least, time to Unfriend?

PRODUCE PROBLEMS

Adams Bros. Farms, Inc. – the California farm linked to the mysterious E. coli outbreak found in romaine lettuce – voluntarily expanded its recall this past week, in cooperation with the FDA, to include red leaf lettuce…green leaf lettuce…and even everyone’s latest favorite – cauliflower (in tots? mashed? made into pizza crust?). Adams said it issued the recall, for produce grown and harvested specifically between Nov. 27-30, “out of an abundance of caution” only. None of the aforementioned products – sold nationwide and in Canada – have yet tested positive for E. coli.

VAPING GONE VIRAL

Earlier in the week, a closely-watched study from the University of Michigan confirmed what we moms [Well-you] have been noticing for some time now–more and more teenagers are vaping. In fact, more than one in 10 eighth graders said they vaped nicotine in the past year, while 37% of 12th graders said they had done so, up from 28% percent in 2017. The percentage of seniors who said they had vaped within the past 30 days–an indication of more frequent use–just about doubled, rising to 21% in 2018 from 11% in 2017.  Youth use of e-cigarettes is now officially rising at the fastest-recorded rate for any substance.

HEART ATTACKS…ON CHRISTMAS EVE…AT 10 PM?

Ho, No!!!! Your risk of suffering a heart attack is 37% higher on Christmas Eve? And they hit around 10 pm? That’s according to Swedish researchers who analyzed 16 years of heart attacks. They didn’t cite a specific reason for the uptick (observational findings only), but they did say what we already know: that emotional distress, stress, travel, excessive food/alcohol intake and other factors – family? – likely play a role.

HOLIDAY GRIDLOCK

‘Tis the season for holiday travel and a record-breaking number of Americans – one third of the country! – are expected to take to the roads, skies, and rails this weekend. AAA says 102 million Americans will be driving to their destination; about 7 million-flying (daily passenger volume about 2-3 million). And the weather is looking a little iffy, with storms potentially disrupting travel on the East and Northwest coasts in the days leading up to Christmas, which is, like, now.

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