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Daily Archives: March 6, 2017

FaganFinder is Back

March 4, 2017 – “I decided it was about time for a Fagan Finder update. The Video search page has been fully updates and is now much more comprehensive, going from 26 search options to 115. It includes all sorts of videos from documentaries to animated GIFs, and even related information such as TV/movie reviews,… Continue Reading

MAP: The most toxic country in the world

Via The Eco Experts: “Climate change is one of the greatest threats we face, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warning that continued emissions of greenhouse gases at their current level could cause a disastrous and irreversible impact on the planet. The effects of climate change are already clear: 2016 has officially been… Continue Reading

Stanford research shows that anyone can become an Internet troll

Stanford News Service – Stanford research shows that anyone can become an Internet troll. “Three methods of research find that the situation in which an online discussion occurs influences whether people will troll more than their personal past of trolling suggests.” Taylor Kubota. “Internet trolls, by definition, are disruptive, combative and often unpleasant with their… Continue Reading

When Reporters Get Hands-on with Robo-Writing

When Reporters Get Hands-on with Robo-Writing – Professionals consider automated journalism’s capabilities and consequences – Neil Thurman, Konstantin Dörr & Jessica Kunert. Pages 1-20. Published online: 01 Mar 2017. “The availability of data feeds, the demand for news on digital devices, and advances in algorithms are helping to make automated journalism more prevalent. This article… Continue Reading

The New Yorker Poetry Bot

“The New Yorker Poetry Bot was developed in collaboration with Courtney Stanton and Darius Kazemi. They are the same artist-coders who crafted @staywokebot, a tool for activists in the form of a Twitter bot, and Madam Eva, an interactive fortune-telling bot that ran on the Dungeons & Dragons Twitter account. Kazemi, working under the name… Continue Reading

Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States – Revised

Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, March 6, 2017. See also  – Presidential Memorandum on Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits Via The Hill: “President Trump issued a new travel ban on Monday with changes aimed at ensuring the controversial policy stands… Continue Reading

GOP releases bills to repeal and replace ObamaCare

The Hill: “House Republicans on Monday  unveiled their long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  The two measures dismantle the core aspects of ObamaCare, including its subsidies to help people buy coverage, its expansion of Medicaid, its taxes and its mandates for people to have insurance. (READ THE BILLS HERE AND HERE.) In its place, Republicans would put in… Continue Reading

The Eight Power Centers Of The Trump Administration

FiveThirtyEight: “…So some policies in the Trump administration, more than either the George W. Bush or Obama tenures, are likely to be a jump ball: Since there is no existing policy or ideology on many issues, the persons best able to sell their ideas — or, alternatively, smartly deploy the federal bureaucracy — can win… Continue Reading

How to save a life – first-aid advice you’ll actually remember

theguardian – A British Heart Foundation report suggests that our reluctance to intervene is killing people who are in cardiac arrest. Here are some simple, memorable steps you can take to help “Resuscitation to Recovery, published this week by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), reveals that a lack of confidence and training – and even… Continue Reading

The Scalia Vacancy in Historical Context: Frequently Asked Questions

The Scalia Vacancy in Historical Context: Frequently Asked Questions. March 1, 2017 R44773 “The procedure for appointing a Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States is provided for by the Constitution in only a few words. The “Appointments Clause” (Article II, Section 2, clause 2) states that the President “shall nominate, and by… Continue Reading

Reminder about free CRS reports via EveryCRSReport.com

“A few months back DemandProgress launched a website containing new Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports – https://www.everycrsreport.com. There are ~8,400 reports on the site, with more coming each week. We get the reports straight from Congress, there is no charge for access, and we make the reports available for bulk download. We also have a… Continue Reading