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June 25, 2016

14:34
Not to put too fine a point on it – but – there is no actual dosage level of being in nature – try daily – as often as possible – bring nature to you by creating your own garden – walking around your neighborhood or in the area where you work, what ever you […]
08:12
“MSU Law’s First Amendment Law Clinic is the only clinical program in the country solely dedicated to the protection of student speech and press rights. Now, a $500,000 donation from leading Michigan attorney and MSU Law Trustee Richard D. McLellan will expand the clinic’s impact nationwide by creating a Free Expression Online Library and Resource […]
07:04
Robert Epstein, June 22, 2016: Google, Inc., isn’t just the world’s biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world’s biggest censor. “…But as the golden gateway to all knowledge, Google has rapidly become an essential in people’s lives – nearly as essential as air or water. We don’t let public utilities make arbitrary and […]

June 24, 2016

16:13
Brexit vote highlighted UK’s discontent with EU, but other European countries are grumbling too – The decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union – known as Brexit – shines a spotlight on the divisions in public opinion between the UK and the continental members of the EU, and within the UK on […]
16:07
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released the results of its investigation into the potential health impact that lead contamination in the Flint, Michigan water supply had on the blood lead levels of local children.  The findings indicate that when the source of the water supply was switched to the Flint River, […]
13:10
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences – “Light pollution in urban centers creates a sky glow that can blot out the stars. The brighter the area in this zoomable map, the harder it is to see stars and constellations in the night sky. In the United States, national parks are often a refuge for […]
12:54
NOAA infographic – “Many serious coral reef ecosystem stressors originate from land-based sources, most notably toxicants, sediments, and nutrients. Impacts from land-based sources of pollution—including coastal development, deforestation, agricultural runoff, and oil and chemical spills—can impede coral growth and reproduction, disrupt overall ecological function, and cause disease and mortality in sensitive species. It is now […]
12:16
FTC – Online Tracking: “Have you ever wondered why some online ads you see are targeted to your tastes and interests? Or how websites remember your preferences from visit-to-visit or device-to-device? The answer may be in the “cookies” – or in other online tracking methods like device fingerprinting and cross-device tracking. Here are answers to […]
12:13
“A person commits a crime, and the detective uses DNA evidence collected from the crime scene to track the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down the bacteria that caused it. Sound far-fetched? It’s not. The FDA has […]
10:38
Via Fortune after Josh Blackman’s blog posting on this subject: “A Supreme Court decision got huge attention this week for a stinging dissent by Justice Sotomayor that some have called the court’s “Black Lives Matter” moment. But the decision is also significant because it contains a strange short phrase — http://goo.gl/3Yq3Nd No, that’s not a […]

June 23, 2016

17:56
Income inequality in the U.S. by state, metropolitan area, and county – Report By Estelle Sommeiller, Mark Price, and Ellis Wazeter, June 16, 2016. Economic Policy Institute. “What this report finds: Income inequality has risen in every state since the 1970s and in many states is up in the post–Great Recession era. In 24 states, […]
15:37
Via EFF, Mark Rumold: “In a dangerously flawed decision unsealed today, a federal district court in Virginia ruled that a criminal defendant has no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in his personal computer, located inside his home. According to the court, the federal government does not need a warrant to hack into an individual’s computer. This […]
15:30
The Memory Hole 2 Resources – “The Memory Hole 2 – run by Russ Kick – saves important documents from oblivion. Its predecessor, The Memory Hole (2002-2009), posted hundreds of documents, many of which will be reposted on the new site.”
15:09
Kaspersky Lab, June 22, 2016: “Ransomware is a type of malware that, upon infecting a device, blocks access to it or to some or all of the information stored on it. In order to unlock either the device or the data, the user is required to pay a ransom, usually in bitcoins or another widely […]
15:05
Detect, Disrupt, Deter: A Whole-of-Government Approach to National Security Cyber Threats – by John P. Carlin, Harvard Law School National Security Journal. Volume 7, Issue 2: “With increasing network intrusions affecting the U.S. government and American companies, and unsecured connectivity creating new vulnerabilities to cyber attacks, the United States is implementing a whole-of-government, all-tools approach to […]
14:58
Anenberg, Elliot and Laufer, Steven, A More Timely House Price Index (June 15, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2555765 “Using listings data, we construct a new repeat-sales house price index that describes house values at the contract date when the price is determined rather than the closing date when the property is transferred. We […]
14:57
Challe, Edouard and Lopez, Jose Ignacio and Mengus, Eric, Southern Europe’s Institutional Decline (June 9, 2016). HEC Paris Research Paper No. ECO/SCD-2016-1148. Available for dowload at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2792621 “The run up to the euro currency initiated a period of capital inflows into southern European countries, i.e., Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. We document that those […]
14:55
Via Census – “These reports present data for a variety of industry-specific topics, such as end of year inventories, for establishments of firms with payroll. Presentation of data varies by kind of business. This concludes the subject series for the management of companies and enterprises sector.”
14:51
“The latest available data from the federal courts show that during the first eight months of fiscal year 2016 the government reported the filing of 3,478 patent-related lawsuits. If this pace continues through the remaining four months, there will be a total of 5,217 new filings of this type. This represents a decrease of 6.2 […]
14:45
Identity Theft and Tax Fraud: IRS Needs to Update Its Risk Assessment for the Taxpayer Protection Program, GAO-16-508: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016. “Taxpayer Protection Program (TPP). While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made efforts to strengthen TPP—a program to authenticate the identities of suspicious tax return filers and prevent […]