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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Via Google Recover Together: Help prevent drug misuse. Take back unneeded medications for safe disposal. Saturday, October 26. 10 AM-2 PM – Find a drug disposal location near you.

In addition to these Take Back Day locations, search Google Maps for “medication disposal near me” to see pharmacies, hospitals, police stations, and other locations that accept medication for disposal year-round. If you still can’t find a location, there are other options to remove such medications from your home such as mailback programs or following FDA instructions…”

Libra: A Facebook-led Cryptocurrency Initiative

EveryCRSReport.com – Libra: A Facebook-led Cryptocurrency Initiative October 21, 2019: “On June 18, 2019, Facebook announced that, with 28 other members, it had founded the Libra Association, which planned to launch a new cryptocurrency, called Libra. The association released a white paper that outlined the characteristics of Libra and described its goal of creating a… Continue Reading

Calculating the True Value of A Library that is Free

Internet Archive Blogs: “The Internet Archive, which runs the project Open Library, is working to create a vast network of online book lending in order to make all books accessible to all people. Open Library cares about the input of its readers. As Open librarian and Internet Archive Software Engineer Mek Karpeles describes, “Open Library’s… Continue Reading

How Vladimir Putin Has Cracked Down on Russia’s Internet

Newsweek: “Russia President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that blocks websites and internet services offering Russians a loophole into viewing content banned in their country. The law, signed by Putin Saturday and published by the government Sunday, claims to combat the spread of extremism but once again shuts down an avenue used by many… Continue Reading

Gmail users hooked on free storage face new fees as data limits are capped

Bloomberg: “Google lured billions of consumers to its digital services by offering copious free cloud storage. That’s beginning to change. The Alphabet Inc. unit has whittled down some free storage offers in recent months, while prodding more users toward a new paid cloud subscription called Google One. That’s happening as the amount of data people… Continue Reading

In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

An update on America’s changing religious landscape – “The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile,… Continue Reading

World’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors

Washington Post: “A great migration is happening on U.S. college campuses. Ever since the fall of 2008, a lot of students have walked out of English and humanities lectures and into STEM classes, especially computer science and engineering. English majors are down more than a quarter (25.5 percent) since the Great Recession, according to data… Continue Reading

Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids

UK Guardian: “Bark and similar tech companies are now monitoring the emails and documents of millions of American students, across thousands of school districts, looking for signs of suicidal thoughts, bullying or plans for a school shooting. The new school surveillance technology doesn’t turn off when the school day is over: anything students type in… Continue Reading

‘The perfect combination of art and science’: mourning the end of paper maps

UK Guardian – Digital maps might be more practical in the 21st century, but the long tradition of cartography is magical – “Some for one purpose and some for another liketh, loveth, getteth, and useth Mappes, Chartes, & Geographicall Globes.”So explained John Dee, the occult philosopher of the Tudor era. The mystical Dr Dee would, perhaps, have… Continue Reading

How to create RSS Feeds from Twitter

RSS.app: “Twitter is a great tool to stay up-to-date with everything that is happening: news, hobbies and interests, celebrities and influencers. However, some users prefer to consume and monitor this information via RSS feeds using RSS readers or custom integrations within their own apps. RSS.app allows users to create RSS feeds from any public Twitter… Continue Reading