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September 14, 2014

14:20
Via Boing Boing, by Alison Macrina and April Glaser: “Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online […]
14:18
Daily Koz, ‘Arliss Bunny‘: “It is impossible for me to begin to write anything about the events of 9-11 without first bowing my head and taking a moment of silence in remembrance of all those who died and the grief which still lives on in the soul of our nation. Since I will be writing […]

September 13, 2014

18:48
Duan, Yaxin, Fund Flow Betas and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns (August 8, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2478033 “I document a robust new fact about the cross-section of stock returns: stocks whose returns co-vary more with flows into the entire mutual fund sector earn significantly higher average returns. I consider three potential explanations for […]
18:42
Toda, Alexis Akira and Walsh, Kieran James, Fat Tails and Euler Equations: A Monte Carlo Study (September 11, 2014). Available  for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2495151 “The Euler equation estimation of heterogeneous-agent consumption-based asset pricing models is challenging because the cross-sectional consumption distribution may have fat tails and is measured with error. We generate asset returns and […]
18:08
CDT – “For anyone that has traveled or lived abroad, you’ve probably noticed that most of the rest of the world has chips in their credit cards. These chips are soon coming to the United States (some are already here, and many retailers will have chip card readers in place by October 2015), and they […]
17:44
Fitch Ratings-New York-11 September 2014 [All opinions expressed are those of Fitch Ratings.]: Tuesday’s unveiling of Apple Pay is widely expected to further bolster growth of the evolving mobile payments landscape. Apple may be better positioned to succeed where other institutions have had limited success given the company’s financial resources and history of strong new […]
17:37
“CPJ began compiling detailed records on journalist deaths in 1992. We apply strict journalistic standards when investigating a death. One important aspect of our research is determining whether a death was work-related. As a result, we classify deaths as “motive confirmed” or “motive unconfirmed.” We consider a case “confirmed” only if we are reasonably certain that […]

September 12, 2014

16:53
Union of Concerned Scientists - Confronting climate-driven impacts from insects, wildfires, heat, and drought: “Tens of millions of trees have died in the Rocky Mountains over the past 15 years, victims of a triple assault of tree-killing insects, wildfires, and stress from heat and drought. Global warming is the driving force behind these impacts, bringing hotter and […]
14:53
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM: Selected Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Operations, Modernization, and Structure, GAO-14-770: Published: Sep 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2014. FEDERAL RULEMAKING: Agencies Included Key Elements of Cost-Benefit Analysis, but Explanations of Regulations’ Significance Could Be More Transparent [Reissued on September 12, 2014], GAO-14-714: Published: Sep 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2014. MISSOURI RIVER FLOOD AND DROUGHT: Experts Agree […]
14:17
ISIS’s Cruelty Toward Women Gets Scant Attention, Sep 02, 2014 - Haleh Esfandiari “Tucked away in a recent New York Times story on military operations against ISIS by Iraqi special forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga was a brief description of what these troops discovered when they entered a village in Iraq that had been occupied by ISIS […]
13:34
Loek Essers - PC World: “European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published by […]
13:21
Daniel Castro | September 10, 2014 “Data-driven innovations offer enormous opportunities to advance important societal goals. However, to take advantage of these opportunities, individuals must have access to high-quality data about themselves and their communities. If certain groups routinely do not have data collected about them, their problems may be overlooked and their communities held […]
13:12
Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation. Brian T. Yeh, Legislative Attorney. September 5, 2014. “A trade secret is confidential, commercially valuable information that provides a company with a competitive advantage, such as customer lists, methods of production, marketing strategies, pricing information, and chemical formulae. (Well-known examples of trade secrets include the formula for Coca-Cola, the recipe […]
09:29
“The Center for Popular Economics is a nonprofit collective of political economists based in Amherst, MA. Since our founding in 1979, thousands of people have participated in our workshops and Institutes. Our programs and publications demystify the economy and put useful economic tools in the hands of people fighting for social and economic justice. We […]
08:52
CRS - The “Islamic State” Crisis and U.S. Policy. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs; Christopher M. Blanchard, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs; Carla E. Humud, Analyst in Middle Eastern and African Affairs; Matthew C. Weed, Analyst in Foreign Policy Legislation; Rhoda Margesson, Specialist in; International Humanitarian Policy; Alex Tiersky, Analyst in Foreign Affairs. September 10, 2014 “The Islamic State is a […]

September 11, 2014

19:59
Aiyar, Shekhar S. and Calomiris, Charles W. and Wieladek, Tomasz, How Does Credit Supply Respond to Monetary Policy and Bank Minimum Capital Requirements? (September 5, 2014). Bank of England Working Paper No. 508. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2494187 “We use data on UK banks’ minimum capital requirements to study the interaction of monetary policy and […]
19:57
“The Kaiser Family Foundation has launched a new, interactive, online tool designed to provide the latest data on the U.S. government’s global health budget in an easy-to-access form. The U.S. Global Health Budget Tracker lets users follow the budget from the President’s budget request through the appropriations process in Congress, as well as see trends over time. Data […]
19:43
Michael Carl Tschantz, Sadia Afroz, Vern Paxson, J. D. Tygar (Submitted on 10 Sep 2014) “We argue that the evaluation of censorship evasion tools should depend upon economic models of censorship. We illustrate our position with a simple model of the costs of censorship. We show how this model makes suggestions for how to evade censorship. In particular, from […]
19:38
Follow up to Defense Department military equipment distributed free to states around the country, via Dan Bauman, Chronicle of Higher Education: “At least 117 colleges have acquired equipment from the department through a federal program, known as the 1033 program, that transfers military surplus to law-enforcement agencies across the country, according to records The Chronicle received after filing Freedom of Information […]

September 10, 2014

16:10
Accenture, From Welcome to the Switching Economy: “Consumers everywhere have a wealth of information at their fingertips, giving them more control than ever regarding who gets their business. They know they have choices and switch providers when frustrated with their experiences. The result is the emergence of what Accenture calls the Switching Economy: the $5.9 […]