In China, universities seek to plant ‘Xi Thought’ in minds of students | Reuters


Since October, many universities across China have placed “Xi Thought” at the core of their curricula – the first time since the era of Mao Zedong that a Chinese leader has been accorded similar academic stature.

Mandatory ideology classes have been updated by the universities in response to instruction from the leadership that Xi’s ideas must enter the textbooks, classrooms and minds of students.

Xi Thought, which is literally the collection of his public statements, is an all-encompassing guide for China’s professed aims of becoming an economic and military power by 2050, under the strict control of the ruling Communist Party.

Source: In China, universities seek to plant ‘Xi Thought’ in minds of students | Reuters

U.N. calls on U.S. to find alternatives to detaining child migrants | Reuters


The United States has faced fierce criticism for separating more than 2,300 children from their families in order to prosecute their parents for crossing the border illegally.

“While we acknowledge the U.S. government’s decision not to continue separating children from their parents, we understand that the practice now will be to detain the children with their parents,” U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva briefing.

Source: U.N. calls on U.S. to find alternatives to detaining child migrants | Reuters

Data gap in immigration systems could keep families separated | FCW


ORR (Office of Refugee Resettlement) records can be shared with advocates for minors in the system, contractors working on their care, DHS agencies and relatives. As a practical matter, parents who are in custody may find it difficult to keep track of their children. ORR has a toll-free 800-number to get information from a call center, but parents are required to get permission from ICE to make calls and must keep track of an eight- or nine-digit alien number.

“The disconnect between DHS and HHS systems is likely due to the fact that the Trump administration policy imposed a new requirement,” said Frank Baitman, the former CIO of HHS.. “It clearly wasn’t well thought out.”

Source: Data gap in immigration systems could keep families separated — FCW

A Cult Expert Finds Familiar Patterns of Behavior in Trump’s GOP | Pacific Standard


Polling suggests the party has been shrinking, and its remaining members are solidly behind Trump, giving him a remarkable 87 percent support in a recent poll.

Even the policy of separating immigrant parents and children, which directly contradicts the traditional conservative belief in the sanctity of the family, was supported by more than half of Republicans before Trump rescinded it under pressure on Wednesday.

Source: A Cult Expert Finds Familiar Patterns of Behavior in Trump’s GOP – Pacific Standard

These are the conversations you need to have as a new manager


It happened: You’re a new manager now.

Perhaps it’s the first time you’re leading a team. Or you’re taking over a new team as a manager. Either way, that first meeting as a new manager is a daunting event. What should the agenda for that first meeting with the new team be? How should you set expectations as a new manager? Should you make prepare some sort of “new manager introduction speech”?

  • Build trust, don’t chart a vision (yet)
  • Get to know your team members–and take notes
  • Share who you are, more than surface-level stuff
  • Make it clear that you’re in “learning mode”
  • Ask 2 to 4 probing, thoughtful questions
  • Be proactive in your next steps
  • Be prepared for tough questions

Source: These are the conversations you need to have as a new manager

This is how to turn your idea for change into a movement


“This is the place where often I find business leaders or individuals and companies falling down. Social organizers are really good at bringing vision to life through storytelling, and I think that’s something that business people can learn from,” she says.

That boils down to a series of steps, Jennifer Dulski says. To create change in your organization, consider these priorities of successful movement-starters.

  1. Create a clear and compelling vision
  2. Know the influencers—and what they care about
  3. Build a team of allies
  4. Be informative and transparent
  5. Take the temperature
  6. Get ready for the long game

Source: This is how to turn your idea for change into a movement

Symantec warns of China-based espionage campaign targeting satellites | TheHill


A China-based cyber group is carrying out an extensive hacking campaign by targeting satellite, telecom and defense companies in the United States and Southeast Asia, a U.S. cybersecurity firm warned this week.

“Thrip’s attack on telecoms and satellite operators exposes the possibility that the attackers could intercept or even alter communications traffic from enterprises and consumers,” Symantec said in a statement, adding that the most disturbing discovery is an attempt to control satellites by infecting linked computers with malware.

Source: Symantec warns of China-based espionage campaign targeting satellites | TheHill

Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs | TheHill


On the hot seat, Ross defended the tariffs as necessary to protect American businesses.

The heated hearing comes as lawmakers in both parties have raised alarm over Trump’s moves in recent weeks to implement a series of tariffs on China as well as U.S. allies, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Those tariffs have rattled markets and sparked anger in the business community, which has warned they could lead to job losses, damage growth and undercut any gains from the GOP tax law.

Source: Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs | TheHill

Some Rivers Are So Drug-Polluted, Their Eels Get High on Cocaine


Anna Capaldo, a research biologist at the University of Naples Federico II, and her colleagues put eels into water with very small levels of cocaine—about the same as that found in some rivers. They found the eels appeared hyperactive but showed the same general health as drug-free eels. But their bodies told a different story.

They found the drug accumulates in the brain, muscles, gills, skin, and other tissues of the eels. The muscle of the fish also showed swelling and even breakdowns, and the hormones that regulate their physiology changed.

Source: Some Rivers Are So Drug-Polluted, Their Eels Get High on Cocaine

This Mediterranean diet study was hugely impactful. The science just fell apart. | Vox


What should we eat to live a long and healthy life?

Researchers’ answers to this question have often been contradictory and confusing. But in recent decades, one diet has attracted the lion’s share of research dollars and public attention: the Mediterranean way of eating. And in 2013, its scientific cred was secured with PREDIMED, one of the most important recent diet studies published.

The study’s delicious conclusion was that eating as the Spanish, Italian, and Greeks do — dousing food in olive oil and loading up on fish, nuts, and fresh produce — cuts cardiovascular disease risk by a third. As Stanford University health researcher (and nutrition science critic) John Ioannidis put it: “It was the best. The best of the best.”

Not anymore.

Last week, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine pulled the original paper from the record, issuing a rare retraction. It also republished a new version of PREDIMED, based on a reanalysis of the data that accounted for the missteps.

Source: This Mediterranean diet study was hugely impactful. The science just fell apart. – Vox