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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Census Bureau Projects U.S. Population of 317.3 Million on New Year’s Day

“As our nation prepares to begin the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected that on Jan. 1, 2014, the United States population will be 317,297,938. This represents an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7 percent, from New Year’s Day 2013. In January 2014, one birth is expected to occur every 8 seconds in the UnitedContinue Reading

Research project: Open Data Barometer

“The Open Data Barometer takes a multidimensional look at the spread of Open Government Data (OGD) policy and practice across the world. Combining peer-reviewed expert survey data and secondary data sources, the Barometer explores countries readiness to secure benefits from open data, the publication of key datasets, and evidence of emerging impacts from OGD. In detail: TheContinue Reading

Report – The Science of Hatred – What makes people capable of horrific violence?

The Chronicle of Higher Education - THE SCIENCE OF HATRED – What makes humans capable of horrific violence? Why do we deny atrocities in the face of overwhelming evidence? A small group of psychologists say they are moving toward answers. Is anyone listening? BY TOM BARTLETT, WITH PHOTOS BY TARIK SAMARAH AND MATT LUTTON [snipped] “TheContinue Reading

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Reports

“The reports below document the many stages of the investigation of the December 14, 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Administratively, the investigation consists of three separate case numbers. CFS 1200704559 is the primary investigation, CFS 1200704597 is the processing of the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and CFS 1200705354 is the investigation of theContinue Reading

CDC – Births: Final Data for 2012

Births: Final Data for 2012 by Joyce A. Martin, M.P.H.; Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D.; Michelle J.K. Osterman, M.H.S.; Sally C. Curtin, M.A. and T.J. Mathews, M.S., Division of Vital Statistics. National Vital Statistics Report - Volume 62, number 9 – December 30, 2013 “Objectives–This report presents 2012 data on U.S. births according to a wide varietyContinue Reading

OECD – Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs)

News release with complete statistics: “The OECD unemployment rate stood at 7.9% in October 2013, unchanged from the two previous months. Across the OECD area, 47.8 million persons were unemployed in October 2013, 13.1 million more than in July 2008.  In the euro area, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 12.1% in October, the first declineContinue Reading

Wireless Substitution: State-level Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2012

“The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is the most widely cited source for data on the ownership and use of wireless telephones. Every 6 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) releases a report with the most up-to-date estimates available from the federal government concerning the sizeContinue Reading

CDC – Deaths: Leading Causes for 2010

Deaths: Leading Causes for 2010 by Melonie Heron, Ph.D., Division of Vital Statistics. Volume 62, Number 6. December 20, 2013. “In 2010, the 10 leading causes of death were, in rank order: Diseases of heart; Malignant neoplasms; Chronic lower respi­ratory diseases; Cerebrovascular diseases; Accidents (unintentional injuries); Alzheimer’s disease; Diabetes mellitus; Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis; Influenza and pneumonia; and Intentional self-harmContinue Reading

Spiegel – Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

“The NSA’s TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency’s top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.” [TAO - Tailored Access Operations] “TAO specialists have directly accessed the protected networksContinue Reading

The International Children’s Digital Library is a research project funded to create a digital library of outstanding children’s books from all over the world

“The mission of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world’s children in becoming effective members of the global community – who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas — by making the best in children’s literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its visionContinue Reading

Kenneth Feinberg: The Nation’s Leading Expert in Picking up the Pieces

After the tragedies that come all too often—9/11, the Gulf, Newtown—the call goes out to Ken Feinberg to do what no man can possibly do: ease the pain by Chris Jones. Published in the January 2014 issue of Esquire. “We live in the age of Feinberg. Between September 11 and today, he has overseen the accountingContinue Reading

The 2013 Cybersecurity Executive Order: Overview and Considerations for Congress

CRS - The 2013 Cybersecurity Executive Order: Overview and Considerations for Congress. November 8, 2013 “Cyberthreats to U.S. infrastructure and other assets are a growing concern to policymakers. Information and communications technology (ICT) is ubiquitous and relied upon for government services, corporate business processes, and individual professional and personal pursuits—almost every facet of modern life. Many ICT devices and otherContinue Reading