Hi everyone! Here are the biggest news stories for August 26, 2018 along with a few of my own thoughts. I also have a fascinating question to ask all of you about the benefits and costs of technology. I hope that you will join the discussion!

What’s Going on in Your World?

U.S. Senator John McCain has passed away at the age of 81. McCain had been battling with cancer for some time and succumbed to the illness on August 25, 2018. John was remembered by friends and family on both ends of the political aisle and other tributes have been pouring in from around the world. You can read more about Senator John McCain’s life in this CNN article.

According to the BBC, Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, has confirmed that his department will continue to take a cautious approach when it comes to interest rate increases. On the one hand, Mr. Powell faces pressure from President Trump and his administration to keep interest rates low in order to drive additional economic growth. On the other hand, many economists argue that the Federal Reserve must act more aggressively to raise interest rates and keep inflation in check.

The UK government has started to warn its citizens that they could face higher prices if Brexit talks fail. Businesses have been pushing the government for more information for their plans, saying that uncertainty is causing significant problems for them. The government’s new guidelines, which range from stockpiling medications to preparing new packaging were designed to help businesses prepare for the worst. Read more about this story on CNN.

Today’s Good News Story – Our New “Book of the Week” Feature

Whenever I ask the women in our community to tell me their favorite books – or what they are reading right now – I get such fantastic answers. In fact, I now have so many ideas for good books that I have decided to start a “Book of the Week” feature on Sixty and Me.

This is not so much a “book club.” While I hope that all of you will join in the discussion, my goal here is really just to highlight books that your Sixty and Me Sisters love.

Yesterday, I posted my first book review for “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” I hope that you enjoy it!

And, please don’t forget to give us your own suggestions for books that we should add to our “Book of the Week” club.

Margaret’s Message for the Day

From a technological perspective, we are living in fascinating times. On the one hand, technology is making businesses more productive (and profitable) than ever before. On the other hand, for the first time in history, we may be on the verge of seeing technology take away jobs rather than add them.

On the one hand, technology is helping us to live longer. On the other hand, it isn’t clear that society is ready for a world in which people live to be 120, on average.

So, today, I’d love to start a conversation about technology. Specifically, I’d love to hear if you are more excited or concerned about the rapid growth of technology? Or, do you, perhaps, feel both of these emotions?

Quote for the Day

“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” – Christian Lous Lange

Community Question for the Day

Are you excited about the rate at which technology is changing? Or, are you concerned about the potential negative impacts that technology will have on society in the near future? Or, do you feel a little of both? Let’s have a chat!

Let's Have a Conversation!