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Daily Archives: February 5, 2018

Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, January 2018

“After incorporating the anticipated effects of recent tax legislation and actual spending and revenue amounts in December into its calculations, CBO now projects that the Treasury’s ability to borrow additional funds using extraordinary measures will be exhausted—and it will most likely run out of cash—in the first half of March 2018. If that occurred, the government would be unable pay its obligations fully, and it would delay making payments for programs and activities, default on its debt obligations, or both.”

Pete Weiss recommends: weekly highlights on cyber issues

Via LLRX – Pete Weiss recommends: weekly highlights on cyber issues – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis, Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways our privacy… Continue Reading

Need some free images for your academic work / poster / presentation / website? Look no further

Via LLRX – Need some free images for your academic work / poster / presentation / website? Look no further – Ned Potter is an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of York and a trainer in library marketing, and presentation skills. In this article he recommends best sites for high quality, free, and public… Continue Reading

Fate of WHOIS search tools in conflict with new EU data protection regulation

Motherboard: “In May, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will officially go into effect. The GDPR is ostensibly a law to protect the privacy of European citizens when it comes to how internet megacorporations like Google and Facebook handle their data. But the privacy regulations also come with some secondary effects whose influence… Continue Reading

Largest Number Of Scientists In Modern U.S. History Running For Office In 2018

HuffPo: “More than 60 researchers and technologists are running for federal office in 2018 as part of a historic wave of candidates with science backgrounds launching campaigns. At least 200 candidates with previous careers in science, technology, engineering and math announced bids for some of the nation’s roughly 7,000 state legislature seats as of Jan.… Continue Reading

Bureau of Justice Statistics – Prisoners in 2016

Prisoners in 2016 – “Presents final counts of prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities at year-end 2016, including admissions, releases, noncitizen inmates, and inmates age 17 or younger. The report describes prisoner populations by jurisdiction, most serious offense, and demographic characteristics. Selected findings on prison capacity and prisoners held in private… Continue Reading

Commentary: Why Is New York Giving Tablets to All State Prisoners?

Fortune – Karen L. Murtagh is the executive director at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York: “The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s announcement that incarcerated people in the state will receive free computer tablets is a welcome policy change, farsighted and sophisticated. This move will increase the safety and security of… Continue Reading

Presidential research resources: A guide to online information

DELUCA, Lisa. Presidential research resources: A guide to online information. College & Research Libraries News, [S.l.], v. 79, n. 2, p. 93, feb. 2018. ISSN 2150-6698. Available at: <http://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/16883>. Date accessed: 05 feb. 2018. doi:https://doi.org/10.5860/crln.79.2.93. “This article highlights the breadth of freely available digital collections of presidential documents. These repositories are excellent resources for presidential,… Continue Reading

Intel’s new smart glasses hands-on

The Verge (on YouTube) – “Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses (a prototype project) won’t make you look like a Glasshole. Dieter Bohn got an exclusive look at Intel’s latest gadget. By shining a low-powered laser into your retina, the glasses can get all sorts of information without pulling out your phone.” Continue Reading

Visualizing the Impact of Segregated School Districts

Vox: “We can draw school zones to make classrooms less segregated. This is how well your district does. Is your district drawing borders to reduce or perpetuate racial segregation?…But this exact strategy — gerrymandering school districts to include certain kinds of students and exclude others — can also be used to integrate a school, rather… Continue Reading