I’m lucky enough to be flu-free as I write this blog post; not so much pretty everyone else in America. (Sorry! Take the Tamiflu, it really works!) Public health researchers at John Hopkins have found a surprisingly useful tool to help them track the disease as it spreads throughout the country, one that works even better than the traditional method of compiling medical information in government databases: Twitter.
Yesterday was day one of Johns Hopkins’ big-deal gun policy summit (and also the one-month anniversary of the Newtown shootings), and it was marked by some big-deal events: Michael Bloomberg calling for gun trafficking to be made a felony, and Governor O’Malley announcing his plan for sweeping new gun control laws for Maryland. The summit’s attendees (as well as those watching from home via the live webcast) had strong reactions to the various expert opinions about how to reduce gun violence in the United States. Some of the most intriguing reactions are below. Did you watch? What did you think?
All 50 states require cosmetologists (hairdressers) to be certified. Only 17 states require gun dealers to be certified #jhugunpolicy
— Sarah(@SarahKhasa) January 15, 2013
Courtesy Citybizlist – Let’s explain that picture before we do anything else. (Yes, it was a devastating loss last night that we will not speak of.) This is what you’re missing out on if you’re not following Baltimore Orioles outfielder Xavier Avery. He posted it back in September with the heading “Rookie Hazing…lol.”
You think you know how offensive Twitter can get, and then you see the now infamous pair of micro-missives from Baltimore-residing Patriots fan Katie Moody sent after Raven Torrey Smith helped his team deliver a narrow victory over New England on Sunday, hours after learning of his brother’s death in a motorcycle accident.