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Farms aren’t tossing perfectly good produce. You are.

Washington Post: “If food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter of CO2, after China and the United States. In our nation alone, we throw away some 63 million tons of food a year, even as 40 million Americans are considered food insecure. Advocates of the “ugly produce” movement say they… Continue Reading

The President’s Authority to Withdraw US from NAFTA Without Further Congressional Action

CRS report via Library of Congress – The President’s Authority to Withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Without Further Congressional Action, March 5, 2019: “…This report examines the President’s authority to terminate the United States’ international obligations under NAFTA without further action from Congress. It also examines whether the… Continue Reading

Millionaires and Corporate Giants Escaped IRS Audits in FY 2018

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The latest data from the IRS show an alarming and continued downward spiral in government audits of the wealthiest taxpayers and America’s corporate giants. Despite growing income inequality – where the top 1 percent of Americans control much of the wealth in the United States – less and less attention is… Continue Reading

How library professionals are approaching blockchain technology and its potential impact

Blockchain Reaction – How library professionals are approaching blockchain technology and its potential impact. “American Libraries talked with five librarians and information professionals who are at the forefront of blockchain technology about what library workers need to know about blockchain, the role libraries can play in educating the public, and the ways this emerging technology… Continue Reading

9 Ways to Cut Down on Plastic – focus on reducing single-use plastics.

The New York Times: “Drowning in plastic, but not sure how to set yourself free? Plastic purgers say you can drastically reduce, if not eliminate, your plastic consumption by changing a few daily habits. Here are nine steps to get you started….” Continue Reading

Skyrocketing cost of textbooks prices – Four publishers control more than 80% of the market

Vox: “…A 2014 report by the Public Interest Research Groups [PIRG] found that two-thirds of surveyed students had skipped buying or renting some of their required course materials because they couldn’t afford them.Textbook publishers, for their part, have begun acknowledging that textbooks and other course materials have become so expensive that some students simply can’t… Continue Reading

OECD sees global growth slowing, as Europe weakens and risks persist

“The global economy is slowing and major risks persist, with growth weakening much more than expected in Europe, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook. Economic prospects are now weaker in nearly all G20 countries than previously anticipated. Vulnerabilities stemming from China and the weakening European economy, combined with a slowdown in trade and… Continue Reading

Billionaires 2019: The Richest People In The World

Forbes – “For only the second year in a decade, both the number of billionaires and their total wealth shrank, proving that even the wealthiest are not immune to economic forces and weak stock markets. Capitalism is taking some lumps—and not just in the headlines. For only the second year in a decade, both the… Continue Reading

As More Universities Cancel Elsevier, Sci-Hub Blossoms

TorrentFreak: “The University of California (UC) is the latest institution to cancel its subscription to leading academic publisher Elsevier. UC cites high costs and the lack of open access research among the reasons. This likely means an increase in traffic for Sci-Hub, the site that’s often referred to referred to as ‘The Pirate Bay for… Continue Reading

See the more than 80 names receiving House Judiciary Committee letters in its investigation

CNN: “The House Judiciary Committee announced Monday that it is sending letters seeking information and documents from more than 80 groups, organizations and individuals, as part of its sweeping investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign, businesses, transition and administration. In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week,” Rep. Jerry Nadler said Sunday the requests for… Continue Reading

Here are the data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information

FastCompany: “It’s no secret that your personal data is routinely bought and sold by dozens, possibly hundreds, of companies. What’s less known is who those companies are, and what exactly they do. Thanks to a new Vermont law requiring companies that buy and sell third-party personal data to register with the Secretary of State, we’ve… Continue Reading

UC terminates subscriptions with Elsevier in push for open access to publicly funded research

UC Office of the President: “As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to… Continue Reading