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Daily Archives: June 14, 2017

Analysis identifies states where welfare supports least and most families

“24/7 Wall St. reviewed the TANF-to-poverty ratio — which measures the number of families receiving benefits for every 100 families living in poverty — in every state from the Urban Institute. In its May 2017 report, “Why Does Cash Welfare Depend on Where You Live?,” the policy think tank analyzed data from the government and a variety of other sources…”

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Gigantic increase in fracking related earthquakes spikes insurance costs

GOOD: “…According to the U.S. Geological Survey, prior to 2009, when oil and gas fracking in Oklahoma and neighboring states really started to boom, Oklahoma experienced roughly two earthquakes a year. Now, the state sees as many as two or three earthquakes each day, leaping from an annual average of 99 between 2009-2013 to 585 in 2014. By 2015, the… Continue Reading

Questions increase over determining extent of Russia election hacking

NPR – If Voting Machines Were Hacked, Would Anyone Know? – “As new reports emerge about Russian-backed attempts to hack state and local election systems [Link], U.S. officials are increasingly worried about how vulnerable American elections really are. While the officials say they see no evidence that any votes were tampered with, no one knows… Continue Reading

Science and Technology Resources on the Internet – Text Mining

Science and Technology Resources on the Internet – Text Mining, by Kristen Cooper, Plant Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries, University of Minnesota. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Spring 2017. DOI:10.5062/F4K0729W. “As defined by Bernard Reilly (2012), president of the Center for Research Libraries, text mining is “the automated processing of large amounts of… Continue Reading

Google releases collection of highly cited subject matter papers

Google Scholar Blog: “Classic Papers: Articles That Have Stood The Test of Time – “Scholarly research is often about the latest findings – the newest knowledge that our colleagues have gleaned from nature. Some articles buck this pattern and have impact long after their publication. Today, we are releasing Classic Papers, a collection of highly-cited… Continue Reading

GAO – DoD Actions Needed to Address Five Key Mission Challenges

Department of Defense: Actions Needed to Address Five Key Mission Challenges, GAO-17-369: Published: Jun 13, 2017. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2017. “The Department of Defense (DOD) faces five key challenges that significantly affect the department’s ability to accomplish its mission. These include the need to (1) rebalance forces and rebuild readiness; (2) mitigate threats to cyberspace… Continue Reading

How Much do you Need to Earn to Afford a Modest Apartment in Your State

National Housing Coalition Report: ” Millions of Americans struggle to find affordable rent. In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom rental home in the U.S., renters need to earn a wage of $21.21 per hour. The Housing Wage for a two-bedroom apartment is $13.96 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and $4.83 higher… Continue Reading

Availability of Legislative Measures in House of Representatives (The “Three-Day Rule”)

CRS – Availability of Legislative Measures in the House of Representatives (The “Three-Day Rule”), Elizabeth Rybicki, Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process. June 12, 2017 [via FAS] “House rules govern the length of time legislative measures must be available to Members before being considered on the floor. For measures reported from committee, the committee… Continue Reading