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July 23, 2016

04:55
Mello, Steven, Police and Crime: Evidence from Cops 2.0 (July 6, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2812701 “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act increased funding for the Department of Justice’s local police hiring (COPS) grant program from $20 million in 2008 to $1 billion in 2009 and over $150 million annually in 2010-2012. Among […]

July 22, 2016

17:46
USDA news release: “Today, the Obama Administration is announcing four final rules that implement important provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) building on the progress schools across the country have already made in the improved nutritional quality of meals served in schools. As a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! […]
17:39
Via POGO:  “In a new report, London-based watchdog Global Witness sheds light on the dangers of anonymously-owned companies in government contracting. The recent Panama Papers scandal has raised concerns of how money stashed in anonymous shell companies is used to evade taxes and fund international crime. In a similar vein, a Global Witness report titled […]
17:31
Via recode: “Verizon is closing in on a deal to buy Yahoo’s core business for about $5 billion, according to sources familiar with the talks. The telco giant has long been considered the favorite to buy Yahoo’s internet assets, which it wants to combine with AOL, which it bought last year for $4.4 billion. Part […]
17:26
NOAA – High temperatures and extreme humidity will extend into week of July 25, 2016: “A widespread heatwave is parked over the central United States, causing heat index values to reach 110 degrees F, with some areas reaching 115 degrees by Sunday as the high pressure ridge spreads to the East. As of Friday, July […]
17:17
Via NASA -“Two key climate change indicators — global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent — have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data. Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in […]
15:55
“The St. Louis Fed has developed a forecasting game to go with FRED, called FREDcast https://research.stlouisfed.org/useraccount/fredcast (still in beta).  There is a link to a training webinar:  https://www.stlouisfed.org/events/2016/09/ee-fredcast.” [via Katrina Stierholz, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis]
13:23
“Vintage Aerial has over 25 million photos, taken in 41 states over the second half of the twentieth century. If you are looking for an aerial photograph of a rural area or small township, we most likely have your picture. Start your search now by selecting your state and county…”

July 21, 2016

18:45
“SocArXiv announces a partnership with the Center for Open Science to develop a free, open access, open source archive for social science research. The initiative responds to growing recognition of the need for faster, open sharing of research on a truly open access platform for the social sciences. Papers on SocArXiv will be permanently available […]
18:38
“The Statistical Testing Tool is a spreadsheet that tests whether American Community Survey (ACS) estimates are statistically different from one another. Simply copy or download ACS estimates and their margins of error (MOE) into the tool to get instant results of statistical tests. Tool Features: Compares up to 3,230 pairs of estimates at once Compares […]
18:35
“The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first eight months of FY 2016 the government reported 25,680 new criminal prosecutions for illegal entry, and 20,628 new criminal prosecutions for illegal re-entry. If trends continue, illegal re-entry charges, which are a felony under Title 8 Section 1326 of the United States […]
14:39
Carpool apps are on the rise, let’s make transfer points and roads to help them: “The cell phone ride hail apps like Uber and Lyft are now reporting great success with actual ride-sharing, under the names UberPool, LyftLines and Lyft Carpool. In addition, a whole new raft of apps to enable semi-planned and planned carpooling […]
14:33
Via Google Maps Blogs: “Each day, we make million of updates to Google Maps throughout the world. But it’s still not enough to ensure that every single restaurant, shop or landmark worldwide has the most accurate information possible. That’s why we’ve been rolling out new, easy ways for you to help keep the neighborhoods and […]
14:24
“Have you spotted people gathering around places and staring into their smartphones while being dressed as a yellow stuffed animal in the last days? There is a real hype going on in the press and social media, so you probably already know this is due to the ‚Pokémon Go‘ app which was launched in some countries recently. ‚Pokémon Go‘ is […]
14:21
“This annual update of the interactive global resource on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths coincides with the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. First developed in 1987, this marks 30 years of database releases. The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base is a compilation of information from widely scattered small-scale […]
14:19
DHS Management: Enhanced Oversight Could Better Ensure Programs Receiving Fees and Other Collections Use Funds Efficiently, GAO-16-443: Published: Jul 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2016. Federal Travel: Opportunities Exist to Improve Data and Information Sharing, GAO-16-657: Published: Jul 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2016. IRS 2017 Budget: IRS Could Improve Presentation of Budget […]

July 20, 2016

17:54
Stone Temple Consulting Group – Are Links Still a Powerful Ranking Factor? (New Study), 20 July 2016 by Eric Enge: “This report will demonstrate the continuing importance that links play in rankings. [The author] share[s] data that shows that all that talk of a decline in the importance of links as a ranking factor is grossly […]
15:33
News release: “In a report released today on corrosion inside diesel fuel underground storage tanks (USTs), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found moderate or severe corrosion that could affect metal components inside both steel and fiberglass underground tank systems. Corrosion inside USTs can cause equipment failure by preventing proper operation of release detection and […]
15:28
“Chairman Michael McCaul and Senator Mark Warner introduced the Digital Security Commission Act on February, 29, 2016. The purpose of this Commission is to collectively address the larger issue of protecting national security and digital security, without letting encrypted communications become a safe haven for terrorists. This Commission brings together the most capable experts and stakeholders from […]
15:24
Read the Deal Explore the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, along with convenient chapter summaries, on Medium.