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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Global Poverty Indicators

World Bank database: Poverty & Equity Data

“Explore Data Dashboards – Access regional and country dashboards displaying tables and graphs with the latest data and trends in poverty and inequality.”

Fact Check – It is easier to buy an assault weapon than to vote in America

Via ThinkProgress – President Clinton declared in his speech delivered during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington, “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon,” Clinton proclaimed. While Clinton also called on America to implement health care reform and invest in science and education, the gun line elicitedContinue Reading

Regional Concentrations of Scientists and Engineers in the US

“Science and engineering (S&E) employment in the United States is geographically concentrated in a small number of states and several major metropolitan areas within those states, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). The three most populous states—California, Texas, and New York—together accounted for more than one-fourth of allContinue Reading

U.S. Gov’t Assessment of Syrian Gov’t Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21

Via Mike Allen, Politico.com: “4-page “U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21′ Searchable text http://politi.co/16WMuQY … plain PDF http://bit.ly/18eBbTi … 1-page map http://bit.ly/1a6bwBN“

Grammarly – automated proofreader and personal grammar coach

“Grammarly is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach. Correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors.” This is for use in addition to Microsoft® Word  – it “scans your text for proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.”

Florida Pollution Cases and Fines Nosedive to Record Low Levels

“Enforcement of anti-pollution laws in Florida have plummeted to historic low levels during the second full year of Governor Rick Scott’s tenure, according to agency figures released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Unprecedented deep across-the-board declines occurred in all areas of enforcement activity in nearly every district and division within the stateContinue Reading

How technology is changing the Library of Congress

Adrienne LaFrance -Washington Post: “…at the Library of Congress, staffers are for the first time focused on how to serve people who might never set foot in Washington. That means considering how physical and digital spaces are being integrated and adapting library resources for use in physical spaces outside of the building.”

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2012–2017

“This forecast is part of the Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI), an ongoing initiative to track and forecast the impact of visual networking applications. This document presents the details of the Cisco VNI global IP traffic forecast and the methodology behind it. For a more analytical look at the implications of the data presented in thisContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Agricultural Trade, VA Benefits

Agricultural Trade – USDA Is Monitoring Market Development Programs as Required but Could Improve Analysis of Impact, GAO-13-740, Jul 31, 2013 VA Benefits – Improvements Needed to Ensure Claimants Receive Appropriate Representation, GAO-13-643, Aug 1, 2013

Pew – Mapping the Latino Population

Mapping the Latino Population, By State, County and City by Anna Brown and Mark Hugo Lopez: “The nation’s Hispanic population, while still anchored in its traditional settlement areas, continues to disperse across the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Today, the 100 largest counties by Hispanic population containContinue Reading

The Impact of a Retirement Savings Account Cap

Press release: “The Obama administration’s proposal to cap tax-favored retirement savings plans could affect significant numbers of workers should interest rates return to their historically higher levels, according to a new analysis by EBRI.”

New Leaked Documents Reveal $52B National Intelligence Program Budget

Washington Post - By Barton Gellman and Greg Miller: “U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget. The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington PostContinue Reading