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April 24, 2015

18:36
Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth “Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space. Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed, too. Educate. When you further your own […]
18:32
Godby, Carol Jean, and Ray Denenberg. 2015. Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities Between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC. Dublin, Ohio: Library of Congress and OCLC Research. ” The white paper summarizes the recent activity of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative at the Library of Congress which proposes a data model for future […]
18:26
“On April 20, 2010, the Macondo well blew out, costing the lives of 11 men and beginning a catastrophe that sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and spilled nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill disrupted an entire region’s economy, damaged fisheries and critical habitats, and brought vividly […]
18:24
ACLU – “New documents obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union reveal that wireless E-ZPass tollbooth transponders are being read routinely throughout New York City to systematically collect location data about drivers. At the NYCLU, we were surprised when we first heard this might be happening. In late 2013, NYCLU staff went on a […]
18:15
“The city’s libraries — the fusty old buildings, and a few spiffier modern ones, planted in all five boroughs — had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year, said Angela Montefinise, a spokeswoman for the New York Public Library, which runs branches and research centers in Manhattan and the Bronx and on Staten Island. […]
17:58
“This paper examines the success of peer-review panels in predicting the future quality of proposed research. We construct new data to track publication, citation, and patenting outcomes associated with more than 130,000 research project (R01) grants funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health from 1980 to 2008. We find that better peer-review scores are […]
17:55
“The top 100 oil fields in the United States accounted for 20.6 billion barrels of crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves, or 56% of the U.S. total in 2013. The top 100 natural gas fields accounted for 239.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas proved reserves, 68% of the U.S. total. Proved reserves are […]
17:52
Medicare: Potential Uses of Electronically Readable Cards for Beneficiaries and Providers, GAO-15-319: Published: Mar 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2015. State Department Construction: Basis for Building versus Leasing Decisions Was Insufficiently Documented at Three Embassies, GAO-15-472R: Published: Apr 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2015. VA Construction: Actions to Address Cost Increases and Schedule […]
09:16
“The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse sent 21 federal agencies identical FOIA requests on Jan. 22nd and 23rd. Sixty-five business days later, only seven agencies have provided usable data in response to the request. One agency, the CIA, denied the request, which is for basic records that track the processing of the FOIA requests the agency […]

April 23, 2015

19:12
Global Financial Stability Report, April 2015 : Navigating Monetary Policy Challenges and Managing Risks, International Monetary Fund. “The current report finds that, despite an improvement in economic prospects in some key advanced economies, new challenges to global financial stability have arisen. The global financial system is being buffeted by a series of changes, including lower […]
19:08
Victor Luckerson: “Some of your deepest, darkest secrets have probably passed through the Google search bar. Now, you can download every last query you’ve ever typed into the search engine and see them all together in their raw glory (or shame). The feature was first rolled out as an experiment last year but is now […]
18:58
Cuba: Issues for the 114th Congress. Mark P. Sullivan Specialist in Latin American Affairs, April 17, 2015. “Cuba remains a one-party communist state with a poor record on human rights. The country’s political succession in 2006 from the long-ruling Fidel Castro to his brother Raúl was characterized by a remarkable degree of stability. In 2013, […]
15:52
CRS Report – Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies. Claudia Copeland, Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy. April 20, 2015. “Mountaintop removal mining involves removing the top of a mountain in order to recover the coal seams contained there. This practice occurs in six Appalachian states (Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Ohio). It […]
15:40
“Among the 50 largest counties with the most employees, Sacramento, Calif., had the highest rate of employment growth among all sectors between 2012 and 2013 (up 5.5 percent to 428,475), according to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. Sacramento was followed by two Texas counties: Travis (up 4.9 percent to 514,749) and Harris (up […]
15:31
“Significant strides in science have been made to better understand potential ground shaking from induced earthquakes, which are earthquakes triggered by man-made practices. Earthquake activity has sharply increased since 2009 in the central and eastern United States. The increase has been linked to industrial operations that dispose of wastewater by injecting it into deep wells. […]
14:51
Airport Funding: Changes in Aviation Activity Are Reflected in Reduced Capacity Concerns, GAO-15-498T: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2015: “U.S. airports are key contributors to the national and regional economies, providing mobility for people and goods, both domestically and internationally. Since 2007 when GAO last reported on airport funding, airports of all […]
14:41
America’s Youngest Outcasts – A Report Card on Child Homelessness, American Institute of Research, November 2014: “America’s Youngest Outcasts reports on child homelessness in the United States based on the most recent federal data that comprehensively counts homeless children, using more than 30 variables from over a dozen established data sets. A staggering 2.5 million […]

April 22, 2015

18:25
A Look at the End-of-Life Financial Situation in America, April 2015, Vol. 36, No. 4 Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2015 “This report takes a comprehensive look at the financial situation of older Americans at the end of their lives. In particular, it documents the percentage of households with a member who recently died with few […]
16:03
“Today, we’re expanding the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit. This toolkit is a comprehensive and interactive guide designed for organizations that serve low-income consumers. It covers topics like budgeting for daily expenses, managing debt, and avoiding common financial traps. We’re releasing three versions of the toolkit for: Organizations that engage volunteers Legal aid organizations Workers […]
16:01
Long, Frank Fu and He, Yan, Partial Privatization of Listed Chinese Companies: Revelations by Literature Survey and Analyses (April 20, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2596908 “We survey and analyze the existing literature about private vs. government ownership of listed Chinese companies in seven areas (corporate governance, M&As and other corporate transactions, IPOs and […]