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Jan Hillard: Conspiracy theories and COVID-19 — better the devil you know than a world you don’t

COVID 19 is fraught with fear, uncertainty, inconvenience, and threat. In times like these, most Americans rely on science, medicine, and the legitimate media to make sense of and take individual action regarding the virus. There are however some Americans who follow a much different path to navigate the virus. For these individuals, conspiracy theories provide explanations of the origins of the virus,...

Bill Gates features his ‘learning visit’ to Betsy Layne High School in Floyd County in recent blog

By Tim Mandell The Rural Blog Microsoft founder Bill Gates, a champion of improving education in rural and underserved areas, is featuring his November visit to an Eastern Kentucky high school as the main story on his blog, gatesnotes. The blog includes several posts about the visit he made with his wife Melinda to Betsy Layne High School in Floyd County “Gates wrote that what he found most inspiring...

Keven Moore: Forget ‘Big Brother’; artificial intelligence now threatens to do mankind in

The day was Friday, Nov. 2, 1984, the same year that was prophesied in George Orwell’s famous book, aptly called 1984. A place where human actions were to be scrutinized with an ever-watchful Big Brother, where a nonconformist defied the ban on individuality and dared to express his thoughts in pursuit of a relationship.      I was a college student at the time and had taken a huge risk the...