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GAO Report – Social Security Offsets and Older Student Loan Debt Collection

Social Security Offsets: Improvements to Program Design Could Better Assist Older Student Loan Borrowers with Obtaining Permitted Relief, GAO-17-45: Published: Dec 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2016. “Older borrowers (age 50 and older) who default on federal student loans and must repay that debt with a portion of their Social Security benefits often have… Continue Reading

University of Maryland students win cash prize for e-voting security idea

Baltimore Business Journal – “A team of University of Maryland, College Park students took home a second place win and $5,000 in a competition to come up with a technology strategy to secure digital voting systems in the future. The competition was hosted by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab. The goal for teams was to… Continue Reading

PRRI – The Divide Over America’s Future: 1950 or 2050?

The Divide Over America’s Future: 1950 or 2050? Betsy Cooper, Ph.D., Daniel Cox, Ph.D., Rachel Lienesch, Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., 10.25.2016 “Pessimism about the direction of the country is considerably higher today (74%) than it was at this time during the 2012 presidential race, when 57% of the public said the country was off on… Continue Reading

McKinsey Report – The Age of Analytics – Competing in a Data-Driven World

The Age of Analytics – Competing in a Data-Driven World, December 2016 – Executive Summary; Full Report; Appendix (PDF) “Data and analytics capabilities have made a leap forward in recent years. The volume of available data has grown exponentially, more sophisticated algorithms have been developed, and computational power and storage have steadily improved. The convergence… Continue Reading

Large German research consortium boycotts Elsevier journals seeking open source access

BoingBoing – “Germany’s DEAL project, which includes over 60 major research institutions, has announced that all of its members are canceling their subscriptions to all of Elsevier’s academic and scientific journals, effective January 1, 2017. The boycott is in response to Elsevier’s refusal to adopt “transparent business models” to “make publications more openly accessible.” No… Continue Reading

bioGraphic – Revealing Nature – Inspiring Solutions – Biodiversity

“bioGraphic is powered by the California Academy of Sciences, a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth.” Please stop by now and then and you will be inspired with what you see and what you learn about nature on this site. There is so much we need to… Continue Reading

UK Library closures ‘will double unless immediate action is taken

theguardian – “A further 340 public libraries could close in the next five years if the government does not act urgently to halt drastic funding cuts, the head of a leading library organisation has warned, which would equal the number of closures witnessed by the sector over the past eight years. Nick Poole, chief executive… Continue Reading

Census Bureau Releases 2015 Income and Poverty Estimates for All Counties

“Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest findings from its Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program. The program provides the only up-to-date, single-year income and poverty statistics for all counties and school districts — roughly 3,140 counties and over 13,000 school districts nationally. The tables provide statistics on the number of people in… Continue Reading

Congressional caucus of conservative Republicans seek to revoke over 200 regulations

House conservatives want Trump to undo regulations on climate, school lunches and Uber – “The House Freedom Caucus list covers 232 regulations, including funding for smoke-free public housing and paid sick leave for federal contractors.” From the caucus mission statement of this invitation-only group formed in 2015: “The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to… Continue Reading

The Worst (and Best) Banks of 2016 – Data & Report

“After the 2008 financial crisis, everyone seemed to love to hate the financial sector. Working at a bank was no longer so glamorous and mountains of regulation was written for the protection of consumers. In July 2010, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Included in Dodd-Frank… Continue Reading

Pew – Religion and Education Around the World

Large gaps in education levels persist, but all faiths are making gains – particularly among women: “Jews are more highly educated than any other major religious group around the world, while Muslims and Hindus tend to have the fewest years of formal schooling, according to a Pew Research Center global demographic study that shows wide… Continue Reading