Google is awarding a $70 million pay package to its newly hired chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, a longtime Morgan Stanley executive who leaves Wall Street for Silicon Valley in May.
Porat will get a $5 million one-time signing bonus in addition to her $650,000 annual salary, according to a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Google will also grant her $25 million in stock this year and an additional $40 million next year that vests by 2019.
The pay is in line with Porat’s high-caliber peers at the few companies that share Google’s scope and size, said Frank Glassner, chief executive of San Francisco-based Veritas Executive Compensation Consultants.
While it’s terrible that this was going on, this mass retraction demonstrates that Science and Scientists are self correcting over time.
A major publisher of scholarly medical and science articles has retracted 43 papers because of “fabricated” peer reviews amid signs of a broader fake peer review racket affecting many more publications.
The publisher is BioMed Central, based in the United Kingdom, which puts out 277 peer-reviewed journals. A partial list of the retracted articles suggests most of them were written by scholars at universities in China, including China Medical University, Sichuan University, Shandong University and Jiaotong University Medical School. But Jigisha Patel, associate editorial director for research integrity at BioMed Central, said it’s not “a China problem. We get a lot of robust research of China. We see this as a broader problem of how scientists are judged.”
Meanwhile, the Committee on Publication Ethics, a multidisciplinary group that includes more than 9000 journal editors, issued a statement suggesting a much broader potential problem. The committee, it said, “has become aware of systematic, inappropriate attempts to manipulate the peer review processes of several journals across different publishers.” Those journals are now reviewing manuscripts to determine how many may need to be retracted, it said.
How bad is Antarctic ice loss? Let scientists count the ways. In December, researchers reported that West Antarctica, one of the world’s most unstable ice sheets, is collapsing faster than anyone had predicted and contributing to rapid sea level rise. Earlier this month, the same was found to be true of Totten Glacier in East Antarctica.
This week, glaciologists report the massive floating ice shelves that form a fringe along the continent’s coastline are also deteriorating. For hundreds of thousands of years, these shelves have served as doorstops for the entire Antarctic ice sheet system, holding back millions of cubic miles of glaciers from surging toward the sea. And now they’re losing heft faster than they can be replenished.
In a study published in the March 27 issue of the journal Science, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego found that Antarctic ice shelves have been losing volume at an increasing pace in the past 18 years.
Investigators were scouring for clues on Friday to help solve the mystery of why Andreas Lubitz, a 27-year-old German co-pilot, apparently slammed Germanwings Flight 9525 into a mountainside in the French Alps on purpose, killing all 150 on board. Prosecutors are examining several theories, including that the crash was a suicide or a mass murder.
On Thursday, the French prosecutor leading the investigation said the evidence from the cockpit voice recorder suggested that Mr. Lubitz, a former flight attendant with a passion for flying, had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately set the plane on its lethal descent.
The crash claimed victims from more than a dozen countries, including Germany, Spain and the United States.
The interesting thing about cataclysmic asteroid collisions is that they not only can happen, they have happened, and they will happen again—-eventually. They are common in geological history, but extremely unlikely within the lifetime of any particular person. This gap in chronological scales, and the perception of time, is beyond the knowledge or comprehension of much of the audience, hence the potential for sensationalism.
There are ways to report on occasional close approaches by near-Earth objects (NEOs) that convey the respectful awareness of their presences and the fact that our planet shares its neighborhood with many other objects, large and small… and that sometimes their paths around the Sun bring them unnervingly close to our own.
Then there’s just straight-up over-sensationalism intended to drum up page views by scaring the heck out of people, regardless of facts.
Apparently this is what’s happened regarding the upcoming close approach by NEO 2014 YB35. An asteroid of considerable (but definitely not unprecedented) size - estimated 440-990 meters in diameter, or around a third of a mile across - YB35 will pass by Earth on Friday, March 27, coming as close as 11.7 times the distance between Earth and the Moon at 06:20 UTC.
11.7 lunar distances. That’s 4.5 million kilometers, or almost 2.8 million miles. Cosmically close, sure, but far from “skimming”…and certainly with no danger of an impact or any of the nasty effects that would be a result thereof. None. Zero. Zilch. NASA isn’t concerned, and you shouldn’t be either.
Also, GenCon, one of the largest gaming conventions in the country, is looking at leaving Indiana after its contract with Indianapolis is up in 2020.
The following link is a Cracked article (you thought I was going to do something different?) called “4 Iconic Parts of Suburbs That Are Going Away Forever.”
Relatively short version: It used to be that the young & affluent were fleeing the crime & poverty stricken cities for idyllic suburbs. But wage-stagnation and the erosion of the middle-class has rendered many suburbanites poor. The suburbs lack the infrastructure to deal with so many poor people, and of course being poor means less tax revenue which hurts the already inadequate infrastructure. And since the police are a part of said wanting infrastructure, the suburbs have become easy targets from criminals.
Meanwhile, young people with means are moving back into the cities where crime rates have dropped. Sucks for those stuck in the ‘burbs. But one silver lining is that urban sprawl isn’t likely to be a big environmental issue anymore. So there’s at least that. But still, did I mention it sucks for those stuck in ‘burbs?
This has been another one of life’s bitter ironies.
The swift and sudden action involved 100 Saudi jets, 30 from the United Arab Emirates, 15 each from Kuwait and Bahrain, 10 from Qatar, and a handful from Jordan, Morocco and Sudan, plus naval help from Pakistan and Egypt, according to a Saudi adviser.
The Egyptian state news agency on Thursday quoted Egypt’s Foreign Ministry as saying Egypt’s support also could involve ground forces.
What do those countries have in common? They’re all predominantly Sunni Muslim — in contrast to the Houthi rebels, Shiite Muslims who have taken over Yemen’s capital of Sanaa and on Wednesday captured parts of its second-largest city, Aden. The Saudis consider the Houthis as proxies for the Shiite government of Iran and fear another Shiite-dominated state in the region.
“What they do not want is an Iranian-run state on their southern border,” CNN military analyst Lt. Col. Rick Francona said of the Saudis.
Terrorism remains alive and well in the US, but it’s not the kind of terrorism that seems to get the press that it should. Federal authorities in Georgia made an arrest of someone who planted a bomb in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area’s Vickery Creek Park. That by itself is unremarkable given that there are hundreds of bomb plots investigated and arrests made annually (usually arson and for insurance purposes, but occasionally for political/ideological purposes). This is one of the latter instance, but not in the way people usually associate with bombings.
The bomber wanted to make it look like a Muslim was behind the bombing. He intended to injure or kill his fellow Americans so as to implicate the Muslim community in the attack. In other words, it was a false flag attempt that was thankfully stopped before anyone got hurt:
I thought I had seen every imaginable way to stoke the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry in America. There have been countless people on Fox News, certain Republican elected officials, the professional bigots, and even some right-wing “Christian” leaders serving up hate in various ways.
But these people all pale in comparison to Michael Sibley. You see, Sibley wasn’t content to just giving us the same old right-wing crap like Muslims wants to impose Islamic law so say goodbye to bacon cheeseburgers and whiskey and say hello to lamb kebobs and strong coffee served in small cups.
Nope, this self-described “patriot” planted a bomb at a national park in Georgia in the hopes that the public would think a Muslim did it. And yes, I know most haven’t heard about this incident. There’s not even a need to mention how different the media coverage would be have been if the bomber had actually been Muslim. I already detailed that scenario earlier this week in my article about a non-Muslim man that attacked federal officers at a U.S. airport with poison spray and a machete while carrying six homemade bombs in a duffel bag.
Sibley, who is 67 years old and lives in Roswell, Georgia, told FBI officers that he planted this bomb because in his view, “no one was paying attention to what was going on the world.” Apparently as a “patriot” he was going to maim or even kill his fellow Americans to wake them up to the threat facing America.
And what is this “threat” Sibley speaks of? Well, it’s pretty clear he’s talking Muslims. You see, according to the federal complaint, Sibley put some Muslim memorabilia in the backpack along with two “improvised explosive devices” (IEDs) he crafted.
We haven’t heard much about this incident because there wasn’t a loss of life (and without the bleeding, it doesn’t lead/lede the news). Rather, it turns out that upon deeper investigation that the bomber was trying to make it look like Muslims did it. The bomber? He was a older white guy who wanted to stoke the Islamophobia with a false-flag bombing.
The bombing would have taken place in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area’s Vickery Creek Park.
And the materials he included in the backpack included a map with other potential targets identified, including a Jewish Community Center, transit facilities, and provided a Muslim name to go along with the ruse.
So, for those claiming that Muslim terrorism remains the primary threat, note too that the number of those killed by right wing terror groups in the US exceeds those killed by Islamic extremists in the US since 9/11 by a wide margin.
How should a woman try to get ahead in a male-dominated workplace? Perhaps the answer lies less on women “manning up” and more in how businesses value their employees.
Many women confront this tension as they navigate their own upward trajectories in fields where men fill the upper ranks. For some, attempts to convey a vision yet avoid perceptions they are “bossy” or “bitchy” are all too familiar. With only 14.6 percent of executive officer positions belonging to American women, there’s no question the workplace could be doing more to extend a welcoming hand to their female workers.
So argues Dana Theus, the founder of InPower Women and InPower Consulting, Inc., who told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that offices are in need of “moving from an either-or kind of culture to a both-and culture” in order to best foster all types of female leadership.