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April 28, 2016

15:25
Defense Health Care: DOD Is Meeting Most Mental Health Care Access Standards, but It Needs a Standard for Follow-up Appointments, GAO-16-416: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016. Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Patient Wait Times, GAO-16-333: Published: Mar 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016. Information Security: Opportunities […]
15:13
Report, July 2015-December 2015: “United States Law Enforcement Requests for Data – We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague. Total Requests – 19,235 Users / Accounts Requested […]
15:06
Via Verizon: “For the ninth time, the 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) lifts the lid on what’s really happening in cybersecurity. The 2016 dataset is bigger than ever, examining over 100,000 incidents, including 2,260 confirmed data breaches across 82 countries. With data provided by 67 contributors including security service providers, law enforcement and government […]
15:00
CDC – “Births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006, according to a new analysis published by CDC. This mirrors a substantial national decline: births to all American teenagers have dropped more than 40 percent within the past decade. Despite this progress, key challenges persist for many communities, according to […]

April 27, 2016

18:21
The Economist Intelligence Unit [reg req’d]: “The Worldwide Cost of Living is a twice yearly Economist Intelligence Unit survey that compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services. These include food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs. The […]
18:18
Via Social Explorer: “County level health data from 2010 to 2015 are available on our site are now available as maps, in addition to reports. Start exploring a variety of health factors including obesity, smoking, excessive drinking, access to healthy foods and medical care. These data were compiled by the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps […]
15:37
Via Treasury: “Our currency is more than paper money and coins—it reveals who we are as a nation. The new $20, $10, and $5 notes will feature people, monuments, and symbols reflecting one our most celebrated values: democracy. Learn more about the new notes and the history behind them.”
15:35
“Have you checked on your medications lately? Are they expired or are you no longer taking them? This Saturday, April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Collect your leftover prescription drugs and take them to a local site for a safe way to dispose of medication. Learn more about why discarding old or unused medication is important.”
15:29
Bodie, Matthew T., Employment as Fiduciary Relationship (April 25, 2016). Georgetown Law Journal, 2017. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2770072 “Under traditional agency law doctrine, employees are agents of their employers and owe an agent’s concomitant fiduciary duties. Employers, in turn, are merely principals and have no corresponding fiduciary duties. A new wave of thinking […]
15:24
“To commemorate Bike to Work Week (May 16-20) and Bike to Work Day (May 20), the U.S. Census Bureau presents a graphic showing the percentage of people biking to work in cities with a population of 100,000 or more. The percentages are derived from the 2014 American Community Survey. Internet address: www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2016/comm/bike2work.html.”
15:22
Via Google Blog: “Experience 60 years of history and stories through 50 online exhibits, a new online archive of 1,000 rare and rarely seen materials, and 360° panoramic imagery. The story begins here: https://goo.gl/Oturtl. Download our Google Arts & Culture app to enjoy more Sydney Opera House from your mobile: Android (https://goo.gl/UoVxfe) / iOS (https://goo.gl/3GIXBa).”
15:17
Via POGO: “The Department of Defense has proposed legislation to increase the “micro-purchase threshold” from $3,000 to $10,000. The micro-purchase threshold is essentially the maximum amount that government employees can charge to their government issued credit cards—called purchase cards—without being required to go through a more rigorous acquisition process. The micro-purchase threshold also applies to […]
15:15
“A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds Hillary Clinton the clear front-runner over Donald Trump to win the White House in 2016. Among likely voters, Clinton has 61% of young voters and Trump 25%, with 14% of […]
15:09
“Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March indicates that labor market conditions have improved further even as growth in economic activity appears to have slowed. Growth in household spending has moderated, although households’ real income has risen at a solid rate and consumer sentiment remains high. Since the beginning of the […]
15:04
Sophia Cope – EFF: “The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) today, which would require the government to get a probable cause warrant from a judge before obtaining private communications and documents stored online with companies such as Google, Facebook, and Dropbox. The bill provides a long-overdue update to the […]

April 26, 2016

18:34
The Evolution of Wikipedia’s Norm Network – Bradi Heaberlin and Simon DeDeoFuture, Internet 2016, 8(2), 14; doi:10.3390/fi8020014 “Social norms have traditionally been difficult to quantify. In any particular society, their sheer number and complex interdependencies often limit a system-level analysis. One exception is that of the network of norms that sustain the online Wikipedia community. […]
18:28
“The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will release on May 9, 2016 a searchable database with information on more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation. The database will likely be the largest ever release of secret offshore companies and the people behind them. The data comes from the Panamanian […]
16:03
“Amid improving market sentiment and a weakening dollar, the World Bank is raising its 2016 forecast for crude oil prices to $41 per barrel from $37 per barrel in its latest Commodity Markets Outlook, as an oversupply in markets is expected to recede. The crude oil market rebounded from a low of $25 per barrel in […]
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Todd J. Wiebe, Association of American Colleges and Libraries: “…When you “Google it,” you are engaged in an information snatch and grab—get in, get out, move on. Folks who work in web design and Internet marketing are well versed in search engine optimization and the critical importance of having a link appear on the first […]
15:25
Via FAS, CRS report – Cybersecurity: Overview Reports and Links to Government, News, and Related Resources, March 2, 2016 (R44405) “Much is written on the topic of cybersecurity. This CRS report and those listed below direct the reader to authoritative sources that address many of the most prominent issues. Included in the reports are resources and […]