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March 9, 2014
Holland, Peter A., Junk Justice: A Statistical Analysis of 4,400 Lawsuits Filed by Debt Buyers (2014). Loyola Consumer Law Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2014. p. 179; U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-13. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2406289 “Debt buyers have flooded courts nationwide with collection lawsuits against consumers. This article reports the […]The post Junk Justice: A Statistical Analysis of 4,400 Lawsuits Filed by Debt Buyers appeared first on beSpacific.
2014 SXSW conference in Austin, Texas via the Guardian: Eric Schmidt to dictators: ‘You don’t turn off the internet: you infiltrate it’: “Google’s executive chairman concerned by manipulative new approach of governments spooked by popular uprisings…Schmidt was pressed on the last year’s revelations of surveillance by agencies including the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US, […]The post Google’s Top Exec – data now safe from government spying appeared first on beSpacific.
“There were 22.0 million total federal, state and local government employees in the U.S. in March 2012 (including part-time employees), down 115,733 or 0.5 percent from March 2011, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of federal government employees declined 2.2 percent from 2011 to 2.8 million in 2012, […]The post Federal, State and Local Government Employment Down from Previous Year to 22 Million Jobs in 2012 appeared first on beSpacific.
March 2014 Quarterly Review: Emerging economies respond to market pressure “The recent performance of emerging market currencies has reflected the success of central banks in defending exchange rates as well as the political uncertainty in a number of countries. External imbalances, inflation and domestic credit growth have played a much smaller role than during the […]The post BIS Quarterly Review, March 2014 appeared first on beSpacific.
“This edition of the C&P report is based primarily on data through the year 2010; consequently, the system conditions and performance measures presented should reflect effects of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which authorized Federal highway and transit funding for Federal fiscal years 2005 through 2009 (and […]The post 2013 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions & Performance appeared first on beSpacific.
“After 12 years of anticipation, the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere is ready for its close-up. How 10,000 workers lifted 104 floors, gave new life to an international symbol and created one spectacular view. For years after the 9/11 attacks, nearly all the activity at Ground Zero was downward—digging through the piles of debris, excavating […]The post TIME – The Top of America – One World Trade Center appeared first on beSpacific.
Hollibaugh, Gary E., Presidential Appointments and Trust in Government (December 14, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2405202 “Despite their responsibility for federal policy implementation in the United States, little research has focused on how presidential nominees and appointees affect public opinion. This study offers the first systematic examination of this overlooked phenomenon. Using a survey with […]The post Presidential Appointments and Trust in Government appeared first on beSpacific.
Etzioni, Amitai, Politics and Culture in an Age of Austerity (March 5, 2014). International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, February 2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2405098 “The Great Recession forced many people around to cut back on consumption and is one reason that drives the rise of right-wing forces. One response to the downturn has […]The post Politics and Culture in an Age of Austerity appeared first on beSpacific.
Roberts JD, Voss JD, Knight B (2014) The Association of Ambient Air Pollution and Physical Inactivity in the United States. PLoS ONE 9(3): e90143. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090143 “In this cross-sectional study, we assessed leisure-time physical inactivity using individual self-reported survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. These data […]The post The Association of Ambient Air Pollution and Physical Inactivity in the United States appeared first on beSpacific.
Soltis J, King LE, Douglas-Hamilton I, Vollrath F, Savage A (2014) African Elephant Alarm Calls Distinguish between Threats from Humans and Bees. PLoS ONE 9(2): e89403. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089403 “The Samburu pastoralists of Northern Kenya co-exist with African elephants,Loxodonta africana, and compete over resources such as watering holes. Audio playback experiments demonstrate that African elephants produce alarm […]The post African Elephant Alarm Calls Distinguish between Threats from Humans and Bees appeared first on beSpacific.
March 8, 2014
“The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO [Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations] report. Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources is the […]The post Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources appeared first on beSpacific.
Colin K. Khoury, Anne D. Bjorkman, Hannes Dempewolf, Julian Ramirez-Villegas, Luigi Guarino, Andy Jarvis, Loren H. Rieseberg, and Paul C. Struik. Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security. PNAS 2014 : 1313490111v1-201313490. “The narrowing of diversity in crop species contributing to the world’s food supplies has been considered a potential threat to food security. […]The post Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security appeared first on beSpacific.
“This publication has been developed by NIST to further its statutory responsibilities under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Public Law (P.L.) 107-347. NIST is responsible for developing information security standards and guidelines, including minimum requirements for Federal information systems, but such standards and guidelines shall not apply to national security systems without the express approval of appropriate […]The post Guidelines for Derived 6 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) 7 Credentials appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Education Department has issued recommendations for schools that transfer student records to online educational service providers. Following the Department’s changes to a federal student privacy law, private companies and government agencies have access to student records without obtaining student consent. In the recommendations, the agency explained that the current regulations do not require written agreements for schools to disclose student information to private companies. The […]The post EPIC – After Weakening Privacy Law, Education Department Proposes “Best Practices” for Student Data appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, today released findings from a research study designed to understand the gender gap in art museum directorships and to explore potential factors to help AAMD member institutions advance towards greater gender equality. Through a combination of quantitative analysis […]The post NCAR and AAMD Study: Gender Gap Among Salaries of Art Museum Directors appeared first on beSpacific.
“International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900′s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies…Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich […]The post International Women’s Day 2014 appeared first on beSpacific.
Via Wilhelmina Randtke: ”For anyone who is interested, there is a virtual tech show version next week by the hosts of Legal Tech NY back in Feb. The URL for the virtual tech show is here http://www.virtuallegaltechshow.com/r5/home.asp. It’s set up in INXPO, which is OK for interaction, if you are in a session with chat enabled, and better than most online […]The post Virtual LegalTech show appeared first on beSpacific.
March 7, 2014
“Two U.S. military sources I particularly recommend for your users is the Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office and the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute Helpful European sources include the Polish Govt. funded Centre for Eastern Studies, the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies; and the British Ministry of Defence’s Defence Academy” [Bert Chapman, Purdue University Libraries]The post Librarian recommends Useful Sources for Ukraine Crisis Information appeared first on beSpacific.
Kate Sheppard: “From roads and bridges to power plants and gas pipelines, American infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a pair of government reports released Thursday. The reports are technical documents supporting the National Climate Assessment, a major review compiled by 13 government agencies that the U.S. Global Change Research Program is expected […]The post New Government Report Warns of ‘Cascading System Failures’ Caused By Climate Change appeared first on beSpacific.
“This past October 2013, eight executives from companies that are leaders in data analytics got together to share perspectives on their biggest challenges. All were the most senior executives with data-analytics responsibility in their companies, which included AIG, American Express, Samsung Mobile, Siemens Healthcare, TD Bank, and Wal-Mart Stores. Their backgrounds varied, with chief information […]The post McKinsey – Views from the front lines of the data-analytics revolution appeared first on beSpacific.