1. Turkey’s presidential election is going to a runoff. Many analysts predicted that Erdogan would be voted out of office because of the anger over lives lost to substandard construction codes that caused buildings to collapse during Turkey’s recent devastating earthquake. It appears that a conservative voting block has kept the country from changing leaders. Despite waning support, Erdogan managed to win enough votes to trigger a runoff.
2. Kia and Hyundai face pressure to stem the rampant thefts of their vehicles. A Tik Tok trend taught people how to steal these push-button-starter equipped cars. It appears that there is a flaw in the security of the starter and thieves have figured out how to hack the system. California’s attorney general Rob Bonta has been beating the drum to get these car manufacturers to take responsibility for the faulty designs. The attorney general is the highest office of law at the state level, and Bonta has been working to protect the Californian public against this threat.
5. The importance of religion in the lives of Americans is shrinking. This has some potentially powerful upsides. Our democracy has a separation of church and state, and when we have a more secular society, the possibility of working together increases. The risk is that we lose some of the values that religion helps to preserve. We need to replace the importance of religion with important conversations about our vision for the future and the values that will get us moving in the right direction.
7. Martha Stewart is the oldest cover model on a ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit issue. This is something strange to say the least. Martha Stewart is a legend, don’t get me wrong. She is one of the pioneers of lifestyle media. I am curious about the styling on this shoot, and what they are saying about it. I’m sure that there will be some moaning from the bros on the Right, but they have Instagram and Twitter filled with women making themselves available to their gaze. This is something different and these legacy institutions need to find new ways to compete with social media. I’m interested.
10. Capitol Hill hearings to take a closer look at guardrails for artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is so many different things, it is hard to really define its limitations. The way Apple’s photo app organizes based on facial recognition is an application of AI. Newer programs like ChatGPT have brought the conversation into the mainstream, and we will see if Congress has the capacity to understand let alone regulate this complicated topic.
13. America’s debt culture is a complicated journey for some immigrants. It’s complicated for some citizens, too. We need more financial literacy education in our schools to prepare people for their lives. We should also have resources available for free to teach anyone who wants to know the fundamentals of personal finance. If we want to improve mental health, teaching about personal finances is a good place to start.
14. Trump-era special counsel’s final report criticizes FBI’s Russia probe. The use of federal resources to investigate politicians must be done with a respect for the rule of law. When it becomes politicized, the investigation becomes problematic. Everyone is watching everything today, when it comes to our federal politicians, and yet the lies and corruption continue. Where was the scrutiny when it came time to vet George Santos?
16. A Los Angeles Lakers superfan is cheering them on in a unique way. The Lakers beat the Warriors and now LeBron has a chance at another ring. People get so invested in their teams, and then it is over. It’s a strange thing about our culture, but there are some positives to team sports that we should celebrate. Superfans may be a bit too serious about a sport, in my opinion.