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Report – $36M Command Control Facility in Afghanistan: Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unused

SIGAR – Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction May 2015 SIGAR-15-57-SP $36 Million Command and Control Facility at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan: Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unused
“SIGAR found that DoD requested funds for this facility on the basis that it was necessary to address an immediate operational need associated with the military surge in Afghanistan in 2010. However, then-Major General Richard P. Mills, the general in charge of the surge in Helmand, requested that the facility not be built because it was not needed; existing resources at Camp Leatherneck were already well-suited to the mission he had been assigned. However, the request to cancel the building was rejected by then-Major General Peter M. Vangjel, who believed that it would not be “prudent” to cancel a project for which funds had already been appropriated by Congress. Ultimately, construction of the building was not completed until long after the surge was over, and the building was never used. The failure to follow General Mills’ advice to cancel the 64K building resulted in the waste of about $36 million.”

SIGAR Quarterly Report to Congress on Afghanistan Reconstruction

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Quarterly Report to Congress, April 30, 2015 “As a result of a SIGAR investigation that uncovered corruption in the award of a nearly $1 billion, multi-year Afghan Ministry of Defense (MOD) fuel contract, SIGAR has developed a relationship with the new Afghan national-unity government that promises to create uniqueContinue Reading

Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google – A review of James Palfrey’s new book ‘BiblioTech,’ and the culturally critical role libraries play. By Amien Essif / AlterNet – May 11, 2015 “James Palfrey, in his new book BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, gives someContinue Reading

Regulatory change and monetary policy

CGFS Papers No 54 Regulatory change and monetary policy – Report submitted by a Working Group established by the Committee on the Global Financial System and the Markets Committee. The Group was chaired by Ulrich Bindseil (European Central Bank) and William R Nelson (Federal Reserve Board). May 2015. “Financial regulation is evolving, as policymakers seekContinue Reading

The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering

The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering – Mastering Complexity, Sanjoy Mahajan. 2014-09-02. The MIT Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. London, England. “Science and engineering, our modern ways of understanding and altering the world, are said to be about accuracy and precision. Yet we best masterthe complexity of our world by cultivating insight rather than precision.Continue Reading

The Library of Congress: Web Archive Collections

Web Archive Collections – Researcher Access to Publicly Available Web Archive Collections is here The following is a list of all web archive collections developed by or in partnership with the Library of Congress. These are in various stages of production. U.S. Election Web Archives U.S. Congressional/Legislative Web Archives Law Library Web Archives Single SitesContinue Reading

Historic Survey of Financial Services Professionals Reveals Widespread Disregard for Ethics

News release: “Labaton Sucharow LLP, which established the nation’s first practice exclusively dedicated to representing SEC whistleblowers, today announced the results of its collaborative survey with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business: The Street, The Bull and The Crisis. The survey, the most expansive of its kind, polled more than 1,200 U.S.Continue Reading

US DOJ IG Report – Review of the FBI’s Use of Section 215 Orders

FBI’s Use of Section 215 Orders: Assessment of Progress in Implementing Recommendations and Examination of Use in 2007 through 2009, Oversight and Review Division Report 15-05. May 2015. Redacted. “The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced today the release of a public version of its most recent report examining theContinue Reading

The Library of Babel

“The Library of Babel is a place for scholars to do research, for artists and writers to seek inspiration, for anyone with curiosity or a sense of humor to reflect on the weirdness of existence – in short, it’s just like any other library. If completed, it would contain every possible combination of 1,312,000 characters,Continue Reading

Du-Vote: Remote Electronic Voting with Untrusted Computers

Du-Vote: Remote Electronic Voting with Untrusted Computers. Gurchetan S. Grewal, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK;  Mark D. Ryan, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK; Liqun Chen, HP Laboratories, Bristol, UK; Michael R. Clarkson, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University, US. [via ReadWrite] “Abstract —Du-Vote is a new remote electronic votingContinue Reading

Women’s Representation in Science Predicts National Gender-Science Stereotypes

Women’s Representation in Science Predicts National Gender-Science Stereotypes – David I. Miller and Alice H. Eagly – Northwestern University; Marcia C. Linn, University of California, Berkeley “In the past 40 years, the proportion of women in science courses and careers has dramatically increased in some nations but not in others. Our research investigated how nationalContinue Reading

WSJ Graphics – Greece’s Debt Due: What Greece Owes When

Greece is negotiating with its eurozone creditors to get more aid before the indebted government runs out of cash. Here’s what Greece owes, when, by Charles Forelle, Pat Minczeski and Elliot Bentley, laast updated May 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Published Feb. 19, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. ET.