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Global Financial Stability Report, April 2015

Global Financial Stability Report, April 2015 : Navigating Monetary Policy Challenges and Managing Risks, International Monetary Fund. “The current report finds that, despite an improvement in economic prospects in some key advanced economies, new challenges to global financial stability have arisen. The global financial system is being buffeted by a series of changes, including lowerContinue Reading

TIME – Here’s how to find your search history and delete it

Victor Luckerson: “Some of your deepest, darkest secrets have probably passed through the Google search bar. Now, you can download every last query you’ve ever typed into the search engine and see them all together in their raw glory (or shame). The feature was first rolled out as an experiment last year but is nowContinue Reading

CRS – Cuba: Issues for the 114th Congress

Cuba: Issues for the 114th Congress. Mark P. Sullivan Specialist in Latin American Affairs, April 17, 2015. “Cuba remains a one-party communist state with a poor record on human rights. The country’s political succession in 2006 from the long-ruling Fidel Castro to his brother Raúl was characterized by a remarkable degree of stability. In 2013,Continue Reading

Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies

CRS Report – Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies. Claudia Copeland, Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy. April 20, 2015. “Mountaintop removal mining involves removing the top of a mountain in order to recover the coal seams contained there. This practice occurs in six Appalachian states (Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Ohio). ItContinue Reading

USGS – Oil and gas operations could trigger large earthquakes

“Significant strides in science have been made to better understand potential ground shaking from induced earthquakes, which are earthquakes triggered by man-made practices. Earthquake activity has sharply increased since 2009 in the central and eastern United States. The increase has been linked to industrial operations that dispose of wastewater by injecting it into deep wells.Continue Reading

Sacramento Tops Large Counties in Employment Growth Rate

“Among the 50 largest counties with the most employees, Sacramento, Calif., had the highest rate of employment growth among all sectors between 2012 and 2013 (up 5.5 percent to 428,475), according to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. Sacramento was followed by two Texas counties: Travis (up 4.9 percent to 514,749) and Harris (upContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Funding

Airport Funding: Changes in Aviation Activity Are Reflected in Reduced Capacity Concerns, GAO-15-498T: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2015: “U.S. airports are key contributors to the national and regional economies, providing mobility for people and goods, both domestically and internationally. Since 2007 when GAO last reported on airport funding, airports of allContinue Reading

A Report Card on Child Homelessness

America’s Youngest Outcasts – A Report Card on Child Homelessness, American Institute of Research, November 2014: “America’s Youngest Outcasts reports on child homelessness in the United States based on the most recent federal data that comprehensively counts homeless children, using more than 30 variables from over a dozen established data sets. A staggering 2.5 millionContinue Reading

A Look at the End-of-Life Financial Situation in America

A Look at the End-of-Life Financial Situation in America, April 2015, Vol. 36, No. 4 Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2015 “This report takes a comprehensive look at the financial situation of older Americans at the end of their lives. In particular, it documents the percentage of households with a member who recently died with fewContinue Reading

Partial Privatization of Listed Chinese Companies

Long, Frank Fu and He, Yan, Partial Privatization of Listed Chinese Companies: Revelations by Literature Survey and Analyses (April 20, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2596908 “We survey and analyze the existing literature about private vs. government ownership of listed Chinese companies in seven areas (corporate governance, M&As and other corporate transactions, IPOs andContinue Reading

CFPB – More financial empowerment tools for communities

“Today, we’re expanding the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit. This toolkit is a comprehensive and interactive guide designed for organizations that serve low-income consumers. It covers topics like budgeting for daily expenses, managing debt, and avoiding common financial traps. We’re releasing three versions of the toolkit for: Organizations that engage volunteers Legal aid organizations WorkersContinue Reading

The Spy in the Sandbox – Practical Cache Attacks in Javascript

The Spy in the Sandbox — Practical Cache Attacks in Javascript. Yossef Oren, Vasileios P. Kemerlis, Simha Sethumadhavan, Angelos D. Keromytis (Submitted on 25 Feb 2015 (v1), last revised 1 Mar 2015 (this version, v2)) “We present the first micro-architectural side-channel attack which runs entirely in the browser. In contrast to other works in thisContinue Reading