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Daily Archives: March 4, 2018

New EU Portal – Making Public Procurement Contracts More Transparent

Opentender – “This platform allows you to search and analyse tender data from 33 jurisdictions (28 EU member states, Norway, the EU Institutions, Iceland, Switzerland, Georgia). You can view the data on individual national portals by selecting a country below or explore all available data…”

H.R. 4631, Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act

CBO: “H.R. 4631 would require the Government Publishing Office (GPO) to establish and maintain a website that would allow the public to obtain electronic copies of all Congressionally mandated reports. Under H.R. 4631, all executive, legislative, and judicial branch agencies would be required to provide GPO with reports required by law each year. The Library… Continue Reading

Crapo, Hensarling File Amicus Brief in Support of CFPB Acting Director Mulvaney

Follow-up to recent posting – CRS – D.C. Circuit Upholds as Constitutional the Structure of the CFPB – news from Congress –  On March 2, 2018, “38 Senators and 75 Representatives, led by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), filed an amicus brief in support… Continue Reading

Economist – The known unknowns of plastic pollution

The Economist “…of the 6.3bn tonnes of plastic waste produced since the 1950s only 9% has been recycled and another 12% incinerated. The rest has been dumped in landfills or the natural environment. Often, as with disposable coffee cups, drinks bottles, sweet wrappers and other packets that account for much of the plastic produced in… Continue Reading

TSA Tests See-Through Scanners on Public in New York’s Penn Station

ACLU: “The TSA and Amtrak Police are trying out new see-through body scanners in New York City’s Penn Station that raise serious constitutional questions. And as is so often the case, the government is not being sufficiently transparent about the devices, how they will be used, on whom, and where they will eventually be deployed.… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Clarifies Scope Of Whistleblower Protections Under Dodd-Frank

JDSupra – “On February 21, 2018, in the case of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that employees who raise internal complaints about possible violation of securities laws are not protected as whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Act. To obtain protection from retaliatory measures undertaken by their employers, employees must… Continue Reading

TLS brings you a wide-ranging – “esoteric yet solid” – weekly podcast on books and ideas

The times Literary supplement – The leading international weekly for literary culture. Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s question, “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”, the TLS brings you a wide-ranging – “esoteric yet solid” – weekly podcast on books and ideas Continue Reading

Librarians digitally archive rare White House images

Via Charlie Amiot, J.D.: “One of this week’s ALA ALDirect e-newsletter highlighted a Feb. 24, 2018 CNN article, Librarians digitally archive rare White House images by Betsy Kline. A team of librarians working for the White House Historical Association have been digitizing archives of uncatalogued slides from White House history, most of which haven’t been… Continue Reading

America’s Most Toxic Town Is Not Where You Think

A small city in remote Alaska is working to reduce contamination from the nearby Red Dog Mine: “…The village has long had issues with the mine. Ore from Red Dog is transported by eighty-ton haul trucks along a 50-mile road that links the mine to a port on the Chukchi Sea south of Kivalina. There… Continue Reading

Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration

Rolling Stone: Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year. It could soon reshape the nation. “In 2017, a string of climate disasters – six big hurricanes in the Atlantic, wildfires in the West, horrific mudslides, high-temperature records breaking all over the country – caused $306… Continue Reading

Metropolitan Museum – 5 decades of free publications to download and read

Met Publications –  5 decades of Met publications on art history, available to read, download, and/or search for free. “MetPublications is a portal to The Met’s comprehensive publishing program with over 1,500 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades. MetPublications includes a description and table of contents for… Continue Reading