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February 28, 2014
[snipped - article includes charts and graphics] – “Democracy is going through a difficult time. Where autocrats have been driven out of office, their opponents have mostly failed to create viable democratic regimes. Even in established democracies, flaws in the system have become worryingly visible and disillusion with politics is rife. Yet just a few […]The post The Economist, Essay – What’s gone wrong with democracy appeared first on beSpacific.
Via Defense One, by Patrick Tucker - How the Army Plans to Fight a War Across the Electromagnetic Spectrum: “The Pentagon long has made a big effort to showcase its budding cyberwarfare capabilities. But the military has been less forthcoming about a key, more tangible component of cyber — electronic warfare – until now. The Army just publically released its […]The post Army Field Manual for Cyber Electromagnetic Activities appeared first on beSpacific.
Market Tantrums and Monetary Policy, Michael Feroli, Anil K Kashyap, Kermit Schoenholtz, and Hyun Song Shin, February 2014 Conference Draft – released February 28, 2014. “The Initiative on Global Markets conference began with this year’s report “Market Tantrums and Monetary Policy,” written by Michael Feroli (JP Morgan Chase), Anil Kashyap (Chicago Booth), Kim Schoenholtz (NYU) and Hyun Song Shin (Princeton).”The post Market Tantrums and Monetary Policy – Preliminary Draft appeared first on beSpacific.
“On 27 February 2014, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) released the 4th edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study – produced in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. The Study is the most comprehensive audit of climate legislation across 66 countries, together responsible for around 88% of global manmade greenhouse gas […]The post The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study appeared first on beSpacific.
U.S. Nuclear Weapon “Pit” Production Options for Congress, Jonathan E. Medalia, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy. February 21, 2014. “Of all the problems facing the nuclear weapons program and nuclear weapons complex over the past several decades, few, if any, have been as vexing as pit production. A “pit” is a hollow plutonium shell that is imploded, creating […]The post CRS – U.S. Nuclear Weapon “Pit” Production appeared first on beSpacific.
IG for National Reconnaissance Office Documents Long History of Errors in Classification of Documents
Secrecy News: “The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the agency that builds and operates U.S. intelligence satellites, frequently makes mistakes when it classifies national security information, according to an assessment performed last year by the NRO Inspector General. ”From the classified documents we reviewed at NRO headquarters, 114 of 134 documents contained classification errors,” the IG report said. Agency classification […]The post IG for National Reconnaissance Office Documents Long History of Errors in Classification of Documents appeared first on beSpacific.
CNN: “The first batch of a massive collection of confidential memos and papers from the Clinton White House will be released Friday, Februrary 28, 2014 by the former commander-in-chief’s presidential library, the National Archives and Records Administration announced Thursday. Approximately 25,000 pages of new documents, including confidential communications between President Bill Clinton and his top advisers, will be […]The post Clinton Presidential Library’s first public release of confidential documents appeared first on beSpacific.
February 27, 2014
“The Naval War College just unveiled a new online publication – the 4,000-page “Gray Book” collection of Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz communications that started in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack and ran right up until the closing days of the war. This eight volume collection is available here, and will be a great […]The post Nimitz Gray Book Unveiling appeared first on beSpacific.
“This article is published as part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Measuring National Well-being Programme. The programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation – how the UK as a whole is doing. This article explores in more detail aspects of governance considered important for understanding National […]The post UK – Measuring National Well-being – Governance, 2014 appeared first on beSpacific.
Google Official Blog: “This guest post is from Krista Wright, the executive director of Polar Bears International. We’ve partnered with PBI to share a fascinating look at polar bears in the wild using Google Maps. -Ed. In Inuit poetry, the polar bear is known as Pihoqahiak, the ever-wandering one. Some of the most majestic and elusive creatures in the […]The post Wandering in the footsteps of the polar bear with Google Maps appeared first on beSpacific.
News release: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The proposed label also would replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with how much people […]The post FDA proposes updates to Nutrition Facts label on food packages appeared first on beSpacific.
Education Dept. Releases New Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services
“The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) released new guidance today to help school systems and educators interpret and understand the major laws and best practices protecting student privacy while using online educational services. The guidance summarizes the major requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of […]The post Education Dept. Releases New Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services appeared first on beSpacific.
Spencer Ackerman and James Ball - The Guardian: “Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal. GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to […]The post Guardian – Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ appeared first on beSpacific.
News release: “Identity theft continues to top the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints, and American consumers reported losing over $1.6 billion to fraud overall in 2013, according to the FTC’s annual report on consumer complaints released today. “Americans of all ages are vulnerable to identity theft, and it remains the most common consumer […]The post FTC Announces Top National Consumer Complaints for 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
New GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Defense Transportation, Electronic Health Records, Internet Pharmacies, Oil and Gas Mgmt, School Lunch
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION: Observations on DHS Efforts to Identify, Prioritize, Assess, and Inspect Chemical Facilities, GAO-14-365T: Published: Feb 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2014. DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION: DOD Can Better Ensure That Federal Agencies Fully Reimburse for Using Military Aircraft, GAO-14-189: Published: Feb 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2014. ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: VA and DOD Need to Support Cost and […]The post New GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Defense Transportation, Electronic Health Records, Internet Pharmacies, Oil and Gas Mgmt, School Lunch appeared first on beSpacific.
The Atlantic – Svati Kirsten Narula: ”On Saturday, he spent five hours handing out flyers on the street and talking to people about the library—specifically, the NYPL’s plan to renovate the main branch and sell two other branches, which Zadrozny thinks will be “a disaster.” He was recruiting participants for the “work-in” protests he’s started organizing on behalf of the grassroots Committee […]The post New York Public Library Supporter Spreads Word About His Cause in Innovative Way appeared first on beSpacific.
The overall verdict: The internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users, by SUSANNAH FOX AND LEE RAINIE “This report is the first part of a sustained effort through 2014 by the Pew Research Center to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. […]The post Pew – The Web at 25 in the U.S. appeared first on beSpacific.
February 26, 2014
Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service: ”Computer simulations by Professor Mark Z. Jacobson have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages. For the past 24 years, Mark Z. Jacobson, a […]The post Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes before they reach land, Stanford-led study says appeared first on beSpacific.
Fox, Edward G. and Fox, Merritt B. and Gilson, Ronald J., Economic Crisis and Share Price Unpredictability: Reasons and Implications (February 19, 2014). Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 468; Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper Forthcoming; ECGI – Law Working Paper Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2401712 “During the recent financial crisis, there […]The post Economic Crisis and Share Price Unpredictability: Reasons and Implications appeared first on beSpacific.
Report by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) of the United States Senate, Majority and Minority Staff, February 26, 2014: Offshore Tax Evasion: The Effort To Collect Unpaid Taxes On Billions In Hidden Offshore Accounts. “…On the negative side of the ledger, despite evidence of widespread misconduct by Swiss banks in facilitating U.S. tax evasion, Switzerland has […]The post Offshore Tax Evasion: The Effort To Collect Unpaid Taxes On Billions In Hidden Offshore Accounts appeared first on beSpacific.