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Daily Archives: August 1, 2018

Map of non voting people in the United States 2016

Amateur cartographer Phllip Kearney created a map using US Census Bureau American Community Survey Data that he titled the United States of Apathy. He subtitles his map – “2016 U.S. Presidential election results if abstention from voting was counted as a vote for “Nobody.”  The results, and the lessons that Kearney is teaching us with his detailed map are clear: Vote – if you do not – and there are far too many who do exercise the right to vote (this is not in any way to discount those who are prevented from voting) the results are clear and deeply damaging to our democracy.

Donald Trump – 21 electoral votes
Hillary Clinton – 72 electoral votes
“Nobody” – 445 electoral vote, winner

From gun kits to 3D printable guns, a short history of rogue gun makers

Prof. Timothy D. Lytton: “Gun rights activist Cody Wilson got a green light from the Trump administration in June to publish digital blueprints on the internet that will enable anyone with a 3D printer to make a plastic gun. A federal judge blocked distribution of those blueprints. But thousands of people have already downloaded them.… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Role, Spend on the Rise for Corporate Legal

Association of Corporate Counsel: “More than 40 percent of in-house lawyers stated their companies plan to change data security standards, breach notification procedures, and incident response plans as a result of the upcoming European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and 63 percent in the United States strongly favor the implementation of a federal law… Continue Reading

Wealthy countries dominate industrial fishing

Wealthy countries dominate industrial fishing. Science Advances 01 Aug 2018: Vol. 4, no. 8, eaau2161. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2161 “The patterns by which different nations share global fisheries influence outcomes for food security, trajectories of economic development, and competition between industrial and small-scale fishing. We report patterns of industrial fishing effort for vessels flagged to higher- and… Continue Reading

SNAP benefits add up to $1.86 per person, per meal. Here’s what that looks like.

“CityLab Editor’s note: Earlier this month, the White House surprised many observers by declaring a successful end to the War on Poverty. Now, the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is in the hands of Congress as it negotiates a farm bill. So CityLab visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger is taking a closer look… Continue Reading

Trump’s approval ratings so far are unusually stable – and deeply partisan

“Over the course of an eventful first 18 months in office, President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have remained remarkably stable. There has also been a wider gap between Republicans’ and Democrats’ views of Trump than for any other U.S. president in the modern era of polling. Four-in-ten Americans approve of Trump’s job performance while 54%… Continue Reading