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Daily Archives: August 23, 2022

Your first brush with coronavirus could affect how a fall booster works

Washington Post: “In the beginning, when the coronavirus was new, the quest for a vaccine was simple. Everyone started out susceptible to the virus. Shots brought spectacular protection. But the next chapters of life with the virus — and the choice of booster shots for the fall and beyond — will be complicated by the layers of immunity that now ripple through the population, laid down by past infections and vaccinations. When it comes to viral infections, past is prologue: The version of a virus to which we’re first exposed can dictate how we respond to later variants and, maybe, how well vaccines work. It’s a phenomenon known by the forbidding name of original antigenic sin, and, in the case of the coronavirus, it prompts a constellation of questions. Are our immune systems stuck still revving up defenses against a version of the virus that has vanished? Will updated booster shots that are designed to thwart variants be much better than the original vaccine? How often will we be reinfected? Is there a better way to broaden immunity?..”

Pitching the Difficult Case: Working With Prosecutors

Via LLRX – Pitching the Difficult Case: Working With Prosecutors – Jerry Lawson provides ideas and examples showing how investigators can successfully pitch difficult cases—ones that look unattractive on the surface. Lawson approaches the topic from his perspective as a former federal prosecutor and counsel to federal criminal investigators, but most of the ideas apply just… Continue Reading

Americans experience a false social reality by underestimating popular climate policy support by nearly half

Sparkman, G., Geiger, N. & Weber, E.U. Americans experience a false social reality by underestimating popular climate policy support by nearly half. Nat Commun 13, 4779 (2022). “Pluralistic ignorance—a shared misperception of how others think or behave—poses a challenge to collective action on problems like climate change. Using a representative sample of Americans (N = 6119),… Continue Reading

The Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant: A Legal Introduction

Follow up to previous posting, Trump Had More Than 300 Classified Documents at Mar-a-Lago, which included links to government documents pertaining to the FBI search and NARA’s repeated requests to secure the return of classified government documents, please see CRS Legal Sidebar The Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant: A Legal Introduction, August 23, 2022: “The Federal Bureau… Continue Reading

Twitter has issues keeping your data secure. Here’s what you can do.

Washington Post: “Security experts say, short of quitting Twitter, there are a few steps you can take that might reduce your risk. Some of these might make using Twitter more annoying — but perhaps not as annoying as having your data stolen…Five steps you can take to reduce your own security and privacy risk, short… Continue Reading

Free Webinars from GPO this Fall

Navigating the Bureau of Labor Statistics: A Website Walkthrough; Jelena Goldstein & Nick Schaffer (Bureau of Labor Statistics); Tuesday, August 30, 2022; 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT): Connecting with your Communities: Promoting Voter & Civic Engagement; Kian Flynn (University of Washington, Seattle); Wednesday, September 7, 2022; 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT): Surviving Tough Economic Times:… Continue Reading