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Daily Archives: January 17, 2016

Cyber Squirrel tracks power outages not caused by trees

Cyber Squirrel provides updates on outages that impact the power grid caused by squirrels, and other animals as well. CyberSquirrel also provides an updated map detailing the squirrel related disruptions by location (including those caused by birds, rats, raccoons, snakes and others – however – no trees – I repeat – no trees – which were systematically destroyed in neighborhoods throughout the DC metro area – purportedly to prevent power outages due to above ground lines that were initially installed up to six decades ago. Ok, back to the squirrels. Cyber Squirrel posts information about outages around the country, and even abroad. And the Cyber Squirrel is apparently anonymous and the message is stick with the facts, not the fear – these outages are not related to human attacks.

Goldman Sachs to pay $1.5 billion fine in RMBS agreement

News release:  “The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. [January 14, 2016] announced that it has reached an agreement in principle to resolve the ongoing investigation of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group of the U.S. Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (RMBS Working Group). The agreement in principle will resolve actual and potential civil claims by the… Continue Reading

Commentary calls for more data about radon risk and natural gas

Via Oil and Gas Journal – Findings show actual data needed for informed statements about radon risk and natural gas, 12/03/2015 – Lynn Kerr McKay, King & Spalding, Washington, DC; Bruce R. Hurley King & Spalding, Houston. “Actual measurements and evaluation of potential exposure pathways demonstrate that claims of risk of harm due to radon… Continue Reading

Paper on Tuberculosis Knowledge, Awareness and Stigma

Tuberculosis Knowledge, Awareness, and Stigma Among African-Americans in Three Southeastern Counties in the USA: a Qualitative Study of Community Perspectives Rachel A. Royce et al.  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-12. “To inform strategies to address the tuberculosis (TB) excess among US-born African-Americans, we sought to understand the TB experience in the most highly affected… Continue Reading

The U.S. Congress and Global Health: A Primer

Kaiser Family Foundation – “The U.S. Congress, the legislative body of the U.S. government (USG), plays an important role in determining and shaping the government’s global health policy and programs. Although only one of many USG entities involved in global health, its engagement has been particularly notable over the last 15 years, which have been… Continue Reading

Reminder – no more IE support for versions prior to 11

Via Microsoft for Business – “What is end of support? Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates. Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and… Continue Reading

Biogas opportunities roadmap progress report 2015

USDA- EPA – DOE, December 2015: “This report is a progress report of the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap originally published in August 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Roadmap as a response to the White House Climate Action Plan’s directive to develop… Continue Reading