Watch Your Words, Passwords

Holidays Pose Hazards To Pet Health
Medline Plus recently posted tips to keep dogs and cats healthy during the holiday season. Most Vets caution pet owners to keep human treats such as chocolate away from pets. Cat owners need to make sure that cats stay away from poinsettias. The plants will kill them. For other very easy suggestions on how to keep pets safe during the holidays, visit https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_170504.html.

American Presidents Ranked Worst To Best
The Trump presidency has barely completed its first year and the presidential rankings have just been published. According to CBS News, Abraham Lincoln holds first place in the pantheon of presidents, followed by George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower in that order. To find out where Donald Trump falls, click on https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/presidents-ranked-from-worst-to-best-presidential-historians-survey-2017/40/. Hint: George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton find themselves in the middle of the pack.

Oxford English Dictionary Chooses Word Of The Year
In the English Language world, the Oxford English Dictionary, OED, operates as the final arbiter in word correctness. In choosing the 2017 word of the year, the OED, has language scholars scratching their heads. Even OED spokes people admit that the word, “youthquake,” presents a puzzle. Many don’t even agree on the meaning of the word. To learn more about this topic, surf over to https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oxford-dictionaries-word-of-the-year-confusion_us_5a33b6ede4b0ff955ad1f45a. Good luck with this one.

After 50 Years Of Service, Last 747 Will End Passenger Flights
Delta Airlines scheduled the last flight of the regal plane which took off from Seoul, Korea and landed at Detroit, MI on Tuesday, December 19th. Declining airline orders for the plane sealed its fate since airlines now prefer smaller, two engine planes that conserve fuel. Freight airlines will continue flying the plane for the immediate future. To shed a tear for the passing of a transportation icon, click on https://www.voyagereport.com/news/final-u-s-commercial-boeing-747-flight-lands-tuesday/
The plane will go on a farewell tour to four Delta hubs before finally landing in Everett, Washington and retirement.

International Tea Day, Anyone?
According to a number of sites, December 15th is celebrated as International Tea Day in tea producing countries such as Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India. To learn more about this day, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Tea_Day. Next up is international coffee day or maybe tequila day. Or…

New Literacy: Digital
The Southern Poverty Law Center produces many materials that aid educators’ efforts to teach tolerance. The organization recently produced materials that help students identify responsible sources for research by evaluating the source for accuracy and bias. In addition, the site provides teachers with safe arenas for students to communicate with others online. To learn more about these efforts, visit https://www.tolerance.org/frameworks/digital-literacy.

Watch Your Words, Passwords
Passwords are a necessary evil in the Internet world. But some people don’t take information protection seriously and use very simple-to-hack passwords that put all their data at risk. Gizmodo recently published the 25 worst passwords people use to protect files. Some popular but ineffective passwords include: “whatever.” “iloveyou,” ‘trustno1.” and the old standby “123456.” To read more about the importance of good passwords, visit https://gizmodo.com/the-25-most-popular-passwords-of-2017-you-sweet-misgu-1821425092?. And so it goes. Merry Christmas.

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