Between The Lines

May-June 2017 | Between the Lines

This is the first article in our series on recreational and medical marijuana, “From Seed to Smoke.” In this installment we'll discuss potential risks in marijuana cultivation and some state responses. There are thousands of marijuana strains, varieties, flavors, and combinations for sale in those states where recreational or medical marijuana use may be permitted per such state’s laws. But whether it's “Super Sour Diesel” or “Quantum Kush,” all types of marijuana start with a…
The political changes of 2016 surprised many people, especially some who put their trust in surveys. Many of the U.S. elections polls were wrong, just as the Brexit polls were wrong earlier in the year. All of this may somewhat undermine faith in people who make predictions for a living, including pollsters and actuaries. So the question is, are actuarial predictions subject to the same risk as election predictions? To answer that question, we begin…
WannaCry ransomware is bringing cyber extortion to the forefront. More than 200,000 computers1 appear to have been infected by the malicious software, which exploits a known, patchable vulnerability in Microsoft Windows computers that leads to the encryption of most file types. To regain access to the files, WannaCry reportedly demands that the user pay $300 in bitcoins. If the user doesn’t pay in three days, the amount doubles to $600. After seven days, all of…

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