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Daily Archives: May 23, 2023

How to cut down on junk mail

Ironic Sans: “…Maybe you’ve seen articles about how to reach this level of postal nirvana before, but never got the motivation to do it. Maybe it seemed too complicated or not worth the effort. It’s true that there’s no single way to opt out of all mail, so it does require a few steps to reach Mailbox Zero. But I’m here to tell you it’s worth it, and I’m going to make it easy for you. These steps are roughly in order of how much mail it will remove from your mailbox…”

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Wilson Center – Database to Track Police Use of Force Legislation

Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law: “This Registry contains information about legislation regarding policing introduced in states and at the federal level since 2018. The initial impetus for creating this collection was the surge of lawmaking concerning policing at the federal, state and local levels, beginning in Spring 2020, including in response… Continue Reading

USDA Climate Hubs Go Global

“For more than a decade, USDA’s Climate Hubs has been at the forefront of supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. Last week, the department significantly boosted its efforts globally, by launching the International Climate Hub. The new hub builds on the experience with 10 regional Climate Hubs… Continue Reading

Evolving Law in AI’s Hands? – Preliminary Experiments, Thoughts, Observations on the Basis of Chat GPT

Barth, Fabian, Evolving Law in AI’s Hands? – Preliminary Experiments, Thoughts and Observations on the Basis of Chat GPT (April 27, 2023). Available at SSRN: or “Everyone operating in the field of law contributes to its evolution. That applies not only to judges, but also to advisors and academics who, collectively, form and… Continue Reading

More Than 600,000 Students and Teachers Use Z-Library

TorrentFreak (TF): “Pirate eBook repository Z-Library has shared some interesting data concluding that more than 600,000 students and scholars use the site. This is likely an underestimation, as the findings are based on email addresses. The United States is excluded from the analysis, Z-Library notes, due to the criminal prosecution of two alleged operators of… Continue Reading

USPS Is Asking for These Changes to Your Mailbox, Starting Sunday

Best Life: “Your mailbox is what keeps you connected to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). It’s where your carrier drops off your mail, and picks up any outgoing letters—allowing you to avoid a trip to the post office. But the USPS is serious about mail security, so it won’t deliver your mail unless certain conditions… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning

Office of Education Policy – Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning Insights and Recommendations May 2023: “The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is committed to supporting the use of technology to improve teaching and learning and to support innovation throughout educational systems. This report addresses the clear need for sharing knowledge and… Continue Reading

A far bigger problem than book bans? Declining literacy

Washington Post: “..This criminalization of library science dovetails with other efforts in recent years to protect students from the morally corrupting influence of woke material — as well as, at times, the morally corrupting influence of un-woke material. Recall that just a few years ago, much of public education discourse involved debates over whether students… Continue Reading

WH New Steps to Advance Responsible Artificial Intelligence Research, Development, and Deployment

May 23, 2023, “the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing new efforts that will advance the research, development, and deployment of responsible artificial intelligence (AI) that protects individuals’ rights and safety and delivers results for the American people. AI is one of the most powerful technologies of our time, with broad applications. President Biden has been clear… Continue Reading