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Daily Archives: April 10, 2018

JAMA Study – Sudden loss of wealth in middle or older age may be a risk factor for all-cause mortality.

Editorial – From Misfortune to Mortality – Sudden Loss of Wealth and Increased Risk of Death. Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD. JAMA. 2018;319(13):1327-1328. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.3418. [First page preview is free]
Original Investigation – Negative Wealth Shock and All-Cause Mortality. Lindsay R. Pool, PhD; Sarah A. Burgard, PhD; Belinda L. Needham, PhD; Michael R. Elliott, PhD; Kenneth M. Langa, MD, PhD; Carlos F. Mendes de Leon, PhD

“Whether it is the consequence of unfortunate decisions or unavoidable circumstances, financial loss and ruin can disrupt lives and can be both a result and a harbinger of catastrophic decline in health. The intriguing study by Pool and colleagues in this issue of JAMA raises an important question that has been easier to explore with anecdotes and hypothetical examples than by analyzing population data: is financial ruin a harbinger of physical decline? Specifically, are people who lose much of their wealth more likely to die?

EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

“All adults and children should eat more fruits and vegetables, whether they are organic or conventionally grown. With EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, you can choose healthy produce while minimizing unwanted doses of multiple toxic pesticides. Many shoppers don’t realize that pesticide residues are common on conventionally grown produce, even after it… Continue Reading

Keyword searchable transcript of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Hearing on Data Privacy and Protection

C-SPAN video and keyword searchable text – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Hearing on Data Privacy and Protection. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, testified before a joint hearing by the Senate Judiciary & Commerce Committees on access to user’s data, April 12,10, 2018. See also – Transcript via Bloomberg Government available on the Wasington Post… Continue Reading

LC Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration with Thousands of Bernstein Items Online

“In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. These digital offerings and others nearly tripled the existing content at loc.gov/collections/leonard-bernstein/about-this-collection/. The public can now access for… Continue Reading

Matt Taibbi – Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

Rolling Stone: “The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it? “We shouldn’t be asking Facebook to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It’s our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup… Continue Reading

CRS – Statutory Interpretation: Theories, Tools, and Trends

Statutory Interpretation: Theories, Tools, and Trends. Valerie C. Brannon, Legislative Attorney, April 5, 2018.”In the tripartite structure of the U.S. federal government, it is the job of courts to say what the law is, as Chief Justice John Marshall announced in 1803. When courts render decisions on the meaning of statutes, the prevailing view is… Continue Reading

CRS – Sexual Harassment and Title VII: Selected Legal Issues

Sexual Harassment and Title VII: Selected Legal Issues. Christine J. Back, Legislative Attorney; Wilson C. Freeman, Legislative Attorney. April 9, 2018.”Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) generally prohibits discrimination in the workplace, but does not contain an express prohibition against harassment. The Supreme Court, however, has interpreted the statute to… Continue Reading

State of America’s Libraries 2018

“On April 9, the American Library Association (ALA) released The State of America’s Libraries report for 2018, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 8–14, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. The report affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by… Continue Reading

The dots in your email address do matter: how to scam a Gmail user

James Fisher: “I recently received an email from Netflix which nearly caused me to add my card details to someone else’s Netflix account. Here I show that this is a new kind of phishing scam which is enabled by an obscure feature of Gmail called “the dots don’t matter”. I then argue that the dots… Continue Reading

Lest We Forget Photo Exhibition – 120 large scale portraits of Holocaust survivors

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: “Lest We Forget – More than 120 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors—including 23 who volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum—will be showcased at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool this month. Don’t miss this powerful exhibition, which is on display now until Sunday, April 22. Monday, April 9-Sunday,… Continue Reading

Deck – Why the Age of Disruption May Usher in an Era of Reform

Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas: CONTENTS Q2 2018 THESIS & CONTENTS: Revolutionary Tools Enable Revolutionary Times – Reform movements succeed when the methods, motivation & moment converge. We are reaching such a time. [31 pages slide deck] THE METHODS Revolutionary Tools Enable Revolutionary Times;  THE MOTIVATION Why Citizens Increasingly Demand Change; THE MOMENT New Leaders… Continue Reading

Institute of Politics Spring 2018 Youth Poll

Democratic control of Congress preferred 69%-28% over Republicans, majority of young Democrats “definitely voting” in midterm elections, Harvard youth poll find – “A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the Kennedy School of Government, finds a marked increase in the number of young Americans who… Continue Reading