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Daily Archives: April 5, 2017

The Most (and Least) Healthy Countries in the World

24/7 Wall St: “Many factors contribute to the health of a population, and worldwide health varies to the extreme. While most Americans are aware that these global health disparities exist, a look at the health outcomes of each country’s population reveals the extent of these massive health differences. In the United States, which has its own well-documented health issues, the average person born today can expect to live to be about 79 years old. In the southern African nation of Swaziland, life expectancy is three decades shorter. It should be noted that the U.S. ranks behind 30 other nations longevity…”

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The United Nations World Water Development Report

2017 UN World Water Development Report, Wastewater: The Untapped Resource – “Most human activities that use water produce wastewater. As the overall demand for water grows, the quantity of wastewater produced and its overall pollution load are continuously increasing worldwide. Over 80% of the world’s wastewater – and over 95% in some least developed countries – is released to… Continue Reading

Miranda for the next Fifty Years: Why the Fifth Amendment Should Go Fourth

Dripps, Donald A., Miranda for the next Fifty Years: Why the Fifth Amendment Should Go Fourth (2017). Boston University Law Review, Forthcoming; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 17-270. Available at SSRN: “This Article addresses the enduring controversy over the Miranda rules by comparing the Miranda jurisprudence with the Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. The Fourth… Continue Reading

Houses passes bill restricting use of non public scientific data by EPA

USNews: “The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday [April 5, 2017] that would that restrict the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to use certain types of scientific studies, a restraint that Republicans say is needed to stop unnecessary regulations the cost private companies millions of dollars. But Democrats said the measure, called the Honest and Open… Continue Reading

Fortune – How Online Privacy Protection Could Become a Campaign Issue in 2018

Follow up to previous posting – ALA and advocacy groups letter to FCC and Congress supporting Net Neutrality – via Fortune’s Aaron Pressman: “Now that Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump have successfully killed stringent new online privacy rules, public interest groups sense they may have a potent campaign issue to use in upcoming… Continue Reading

Disruptive Technology: Selected Sources, Musings, and a Bit of Speculation

Kassel, A. (2017, January). Disruptive Technology: Selected Sources, Musings, and a Bit of Speculation, Online Searcher 41 (1), 31-35. Via the author: “I address topics such as: 1. What disruptive technology means for information professionals 2. Why it’s important to incorporate Web research. Academic librarians may need to address and update policies and work with… Continue Reading

Congressional Letters to Agencies Going Unanswered

POGO: “Over two months into President Trump’s administration, some Members of Congress are growing concerned about the administration’s failure to respond to letters requesting information or urging a specific action, a common tool Congress uses to conduct oversight. In March, Democratic Members of Congress catalogued 107 letters they had sent to the executive branch that… Continue Reading

Half of Mature U.S. Workers Will Wait Until At Least Age 70 to Retire or Won’t Retire at All

“Is 70 becoming the new retirement age? According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 30 percent of U.S. workers ages 60 and older plan to retire at age 70 or older. Another 20 percent don’t believe they will ever be able to retire. While delaying retirement can be fueled by a number of reasons, financial motivations… Continue Reading

How Do People Find Jobs?

Liberty Street Economics: “Most people find themselves looking for work at some point in their adult lives. But what brings employers and job seekers together? And does searching for a new job while unemployed lead to different outcomes than searching while employed? Little is known about the job search process for unemployed workers. Even less… Continue Reading

What is the fate of deleted Presidential tweets? – “The White House plans to save deleted tweets, according to a communication from the head of the National Archives, but the president is the ultimate arbiter of what is and isn’t a presidential record [emphasis added]. David S. Ferriero, the national archivist, set out the current status of records management training and policy… Continue Reading

February International Trade Data

“Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released February 2017 international trade in goods data. The monthly trade gap narrowed the most with China, a decline of $8.3 billion (26.6 percent) followed by Canada, with a decline of $1.3 billion (38.1 percent). The monthly trade gap widened with Mexico by $1.8 billion (46.0 percent) followed by Ireland… Continue Reading

Bloomberg – Bannon Removed From National Security Council Role in Shakeup

Bannon Removed From National Security Council Role in Shakeup: “President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given… Continue Reading