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Daily Archives: August 1, 2021

Can Reading Make You Happier?

The New Yorker – Can Reading Make You Happier? By Ceridwen Dovey – June 9, 2015: “For all avid readers who have been self-medicating with great books their entire lives, it comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for you. Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence. I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of being given a reading “prescription.” But the session was a gift, and I found myself unexpectedly enjoying the initial questionnaire about my reading habits that the bibliotherapist…”

Federal housing protections have ended – Learn how to avoid foreclosure and eviction

CFPB: “Some important federal protections put in place to protect homeowners from foreclosure and renters from eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic ended on July 31. If you are having trouble making your rent or mortgage payments, it’s important to take action to prevent foreclosure or eviction. Help for renters – As a renter—or a landlord—you… Continue Reading

How to avoid filling up landfills by recycling electronics, clothes, eyeglasses

Consumers’ Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services: “Bulging closets and shelves stacked with outdated electronics plague some households, but a D. C-area-based consumers’ group has advice for getting rid of unwanted stuff. Don’t just toss electronics in the trash. “You should actually be really careful about how you get rid of old electronics. They contain… Continue Reading

Law Society Lawtech and Ethics Principles July 2021

UK Law Society – Law Society Lawtech and Ethics Principles, July 2021 – “The world has evolved – it is changing still. By some estimates there have been 5.3 years of digital transformation in the last year. Thankfully, our jurisdiction is one of flexibility where the regulatory environment has enabled the legal services community to adapt… Continue Reading

Teaching Lawyers to Think Like Leaders: The Next Big Shift in Legal Education

Barton, April M., Teaching Lawyers to Think Like Leaders: The Next Big Shift in Legal Education (May 26, 2021). Duquesne University School of Law Research Paper (No. 2021-02), Baylor Law Review, Vol. 73, No. 1, 2021, Available at SSRN: “The old saying is that students go to law school to learn to think like… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 1, 2021

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 1, 2021 – 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 complex and… Continue Reading

Tracking Federal Awards: and Other Data Sources

Tracking Federal Awards: and Other Data Sources Updated July 30, 2021 – “, available at, is a government source for data on federal awards by state, congressional district (CD), county, city, and zip code. The awards data in are provided byfederal agencies and represent contracts, grants, loans, and other forms of financial assistance.… Continue Reading

How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics

The New York Times: “Facebook and other social media have been under scrutiny for vaccine misinformation, but local outlets have also sometimes been active…In total, local media remains a significant force. There were 1,762 local television stations and 3,379 radio stations operating in the United States last year, according to the Radio Television Digital News… Continue Reading

Plants Feel Pain and Might Even See

Nautilus – It’s time to retire the hierarchical classification of living things. By Peter Wohlleben July 21, 2021: “In 2018, a German newspaper asked me if I would be interested in having a conversation with the philosopher Emanuele Coccia, who had just written a book about plants, Die Wurzeln der Welt (published in English as… Continue Reading