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Daily Archives: October 3, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Medline Plus Breast Cancer Resources: “Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are a number of risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include

  • Age – the chance of getting breast cancer rises as a woman gets older
  • Genes – there are two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that greatly increase the risk. Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested.
  • Personal factors – beginning periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55

Other risks include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy (also called menopausal hormone therapy), taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts.”

UK Guardian faces financial hurdles in taking investigations global

A British newspaper wants to take its aggressive investigations global, but money is running out. by Ken Auletta, New Yorker, October 7, 2013. “Since June 5th, the Guardian had been publishing top-secret digital files provided by Edward Snowden, a former contract employee of the National Security Agency. In a series of articles, the paper revealed… Continue Reading

Asset Poverty and the Importance of Emergency Savings

Asset Poverty and the Importance of Emergency Savings, by Caroline Ratcliffe, Urban Institute, October 1, 2013 “What percent of families are asset poor—lack sufficient resources to live at the poverty line for three months —and why does asset poverty matter? A third of U.S. families are liquid asset poor and these families are disproportionately minority, young,… Continue Reading

Revisiting Sovereign Bankruptcy

“Sovereign debt crises occur regularly and often violently. The recent debt crisis in Greece almost led to the collapse of the Euro. Yet there is no legally and politically recognized procedure for restructuring the debt of bankrupt sovereigns. Procedures of this type have been periodically debated— most recently, about a decade ago, when IMF management… Continue Reading

Are Some Tweets More Interesting Than Others?

Are Some Tweets More Interesting Than Others? #HardQuestion – Omar Alonso, Catherine C. Marshall, and Marc Najork. October 2013 “Twitter has evolved into a significant communication nexus, coupling personal and highly contextual utterances with local news, memes, celebrity gossip, headlines, and other microblogging subgenres. If we take Twitter as a large and varied dynamic collection, how can… Continue Reading

EBSCO Information Services Releases a Free Version of ERIC During Government Shutdown

“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is typically available through the government website ( as well as via EBSCO’s EBSCOhost® research platform. Because of the shutdown, access to the full text of articles and other materials will not be available but… Continue Reading

Law Jobs: By the Numbers

“Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (“ETL”) is dedicated to advancing legal education that trains new lawyers to the highest standards of competence and professionalism. By offering a structured and highly collaborative approach, ETL is creating a foundation for ongoing inquiry, exploration and measurement. ETL leverages the Carnegie Model and the work of law schools and professors committed… Continue Reading

NYT – Where Poor and Uninsured Americans Live

NYT Graphic – “Where Poor and Uninsured Americans Live – The 26 Republican-dominated states not participating in an expansion of Medicaid are home to a disproportionate share of the nation’s poorest uninsured residents. Eight million will be stranded without insurance. [“About This Report: The analysis includes adults ages 19 to 64 and excludes people living in… Continue Reading

Potential Macroeconomic Effect of Debt Ceiling Brinksmanship

U.S. Department of the Treasury: The Potential Macroeconomic Effect of Debt Ceiling Brinksmanship. October 3, 2013 “The United States has never defaulted on its obligations, and the U S. dollar and Treasury securities are at the center of the international financial system. A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic: credit… Continue Reading