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Eight Persistent COVID-19 Myths and Why People Believe Them

Scientific American – From a human-made virus to vaccine conspiracy theories, we rounded up the most insidious false claims about the pandemic. Because the pathogen first emerged in Wuhan, China, President Donald Trump and others have claimed, without evidence, that it started in a lab there, and some conspiracy theorists believe it was engineered as a bioweapon….Since the beginning of the pandemic, Trump has lied about the disease’s severity, saying it is no more dangerous than seasonal influenza. Trump himself admitted to journalist and author Bob Woodward in recorded interviews in early February and late March that he knew COVID-19 was more deadly than the flu and that he wanted to play down its severity…”

Your guide to following the election on social media

Washington Post – From misinformation to fast-changing maps, here’s how to understand election results and navigate social media. “The experts agree: The best way to accurately track election results, and avoid falling for misinformation between now and Election Day, is to avoid too much social media. Stick with a handful of reputable news sources and… Continue Reading

The 2020 Elections: Selected Resources for Members and Constituents

CRS report via LC – The 2020 Elections: Selected Resources for Members and Constituents, October 14, 2020: “The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and reports of potential election interference might raise questions for Members and constituents about the 2020 elections. Potential disinformation campaigns and changes to election procedures in response to COVID-19might make it more… Continue Reading

Native American Treaties Now Online for the First Time

“Hundreds of Native American treaties have been scanned and are now available online, for the first time, in our Catalog. In partnership with The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), you can learn more about these treaties: https://digitreaties.org Native American Heritage Month – selected online highlights Efforts Begin to Digitize 377 Native Treaties, National… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 10, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 10, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss, highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

NEJM – Dying in a Leadership Vacuum

October 8, 2020 – N Engl J Med 2020; 383:1479-1480 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMe2029812: The Editors – Dying in a Leadership Vacuum: “Covid-19 has created a crisis throughout the world. This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to… Continue Reading

How Attorneys Can Benefit from the Use of Public Records

Law Technology Today – “Public records are the backbone of many court cases regarding property, contracts, probate, and torts. Attorneys with savvy assistants can prevail in a variety of cases if they do their homework using public records. And that research can do double duty, uncovering more potential clients with similar issues, expanding one’s client… Continue Reading

CDC Updated Guidance on COVID – can be spread by airborne transmission

“…COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission Some infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after… Continue Reading

Book Review: A Short And Happy Guide To Advanced Legal Research

Via LLRX – Book Review: A Short And Happy Guide To Advanced Legal Research – Nicole L. Black’s review highlights this book’s breadth of coverage and its format, information about a variety of free online tools, including public records databases, newsletters, and encyclopedias, and case law and statutes, fee-based legal research tools, as well as… Continue Reading

Cornell Study – Trump Is ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Virus Misinformation

The New York Times – “Of the flood of misinformation, conspiracy theories and internet falsehoods about the coronavirus, one common thread stands out: President Trump. That is the conclusion of researchers at Cornell University who analyzed 38 million articles about the pandemic in English-language media around the world. Mentions of Mr. Trump made up nearly… Continue Reading

Election Night 2020 could go on for weeks just look at the primaries

Washington Post: “If you hope to settle in to watch the Nov. 3 results, you may want to make other plans. During this year’s Democratic primaries, it took days, and sometimes weeks, for the bulk of votes to get counted. Before the pandemic struck, mail-in states like California were already counting slowly. Then the coronavirus… Continue Reading

Fire and Smoke Map

Collaborative effort between the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service: “Search for Current Fire and Smoke Conditions in a city, state or area. (e.g. “Seattle, WA”, “Washington”, “Smith River, CA”) Or search for conditions near your current location – “The Fire and Smoke Map displays information on ground level air quality monitors recording fine… Continue Reading