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Daily Archives: December 15, 2020

COVID-19 Reported Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity by Facility

The Accountability Project: “This dataset provides facility-level data for hospital utilization overall, and for COVID patients, on a weekly basis (Friday to Thursday) since July 31. The data come directly from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We have not reviewed the data for accuracy. The data is released each Monday with data for the prior week. This data was updated Dec. 14 with data reported Dec. 4 through 10.  Numbers smaller than 4 have been replaced, by HHS, with the value -999999. See the data dictionary for more details. Data source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This database can be queried directly using Structured Query Language (SQL) supported by SQLite. For more on that syntax, see here. Read more about datasette, the technology powering these interactive queries.”

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Introducing the Open Library Explorer

Open Library Blog: “At the Library Leaders Forum 2020 (demo), Open Library unveiled the beta for what it’s calling the Explorer: an immersive digital library which powerfully recreates and enhances the experience of navigating a physical library. If the tagline doesn’t grab your attention, wait until you see it in action. Get Ready to Explore… Continue Reading

“Court Packing”: Legislative Control over the Size of the Supreme Court

CRS Legal Sidebar Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress – “Court Packing”: Legislative Control over the Size of the Supreme Court, December 14, 2020: “In the past year, legal commentators, policymakers, and the national press have devoted significant attention to proposals to increase the size of the Supreme Court, sometimes colloquially called“court packing.” Many… Continue Reading

‘A conversation across time and space’: the power of birdsong

The Guardian – Musician Cosmo Sheldrake is on a mission to highlight the loss of UK birdlife with an album of avian chatter: “…Birds live on a different time axis,” says 30-year-old Sheldrake. “There’s a spectrum of relationships with time – we look at birds and think they’re very ‘other’, but when you slow their… Continue Reading

After Searching for a Decade, Legendary Hollywood Research Library Finds a New Home

Internet Archive Blogs: “Need to know what an Igloo really looks like? How about a Siberian hut? Or the inside of a 15th Century jail?  For 50 years in Hollywood, generations of filmmakers would beat a path to the Michelson Cinema Research Library, where renowned film researcher Lillian Michelson could hunt down the answer to… Continue Reading

Most Republicans Approve of Trump’s Post-election Messaging, but About a Third Say It Has Been Wrong

Partisans differ on whether social media companies’ decisions had a major impact on the election – “In this starkly atypical year, the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election has been similarly out of the ordinary – with President Donald Trump thus far refusing to concede to President-elect Joe Biden (as of publication on Dec. 15). But a new… Continue Reading