Archive for November, 2013

Danbury Connecticut Attorney General’s Report on Sandy Hook Shootings

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National Security Reports – November 2013 Update

Making Smart Security Choices – The Future of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex (Union of Concerned Scientists); U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues (CRS); Extreme Risks – 2013 (Towers Watson); Improving Critical Infrastructure CyberSecurity (Presidential EO 13636); Pirate Trails: Tracking the Illicit Financial Flows from Piracy off the Horn of Africa (World Bank); Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses (CRS); Report of the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community(unclassified version); Information Security & Cyber Liability Risk Management: The Third Annual Survey on the Current State of and Trends in Information Security and Cyber Liability Risk Management (Advisen and Zurich); Emerging Cyberthreats Report 2014 (Georgia Institute of Technology); and The Homeland Threat Landscape and U.S. Response (Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs).

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Health Disparities in the United States

“Our overall health status does not achieve our potential. An important part of this — even though preventable illness, injury, disability, and death affect all segments of society — is that life expectancy and other key health outcomes vary greatly by race, sex, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. In the United States, whites have a longer healthy life expectancy than blacks, and women live longer than men.” So begins CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States, 2013 that follows up this statement with a vast array of tables and statistics centered around specific topics such as childbirth, cigarette smoking, etc. The data presented show marked differences among the races.

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Economic Crisis – November 2013 Update

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Nuts to You, and Other Recent Medical Reports

There have been several noteworthy medical reports recently released; here are the sources for each of them. It would appear eating nuts of any kind, in any form is a good way of staying healthy, according to Association of Nut Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality from the New England Journal of Medicine. PB&J anyone? Migraine sufferers (we count ourselves among these poor souls) now have a list of procedures NOT to follow, according to the journal Headache –  Choosing Wisely in Headache Medicine: The American Headache Society’s List of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Questions. Thankfully,  resting in a darkened room with a compress is not on the proscribed list. The overuse of antibiotics in children with respiratory illnesses is examined in Principles of Judicious Antibiotic Prescribing for Bacterial Upper Respiratory Tract Infection in Pediatrics from the journal Pediatrics.

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Today in History: The Assassination of President Kennedy

Anyone alive at the time knows exactly where they were when the news broke about the fall of Camelot. We can remember walking home from school and seeing women and men crying in the street. There are so many sites to visit that the list would be endless. Here are a few good ones: 50 Years After JFK’s Assassination: A Brief Guide to Reliable Sources from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Warren Commission Report (FDsys); Post JFK Assassination Air Force One Flight Deck Recordings (FDsys);  Public Papers of the Presidents (JF Kennedy, including pre-presidential remarks); Foreign Relations of the United States: Kennedy Administration; Digital Collections (includes his personal papers, John F Kennedy Presidential Library); JFK Assassination (CBS, included video and audio reports from that fateful day); The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later (NPR); The American Experience: JFK (PBS); JFK Assassination Tapes (Miller Center); John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 (Miller Center); The Presidency: JFK Remembered (C-SPAN); Fiftieth Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Assassination(Diane Rehm Show); The JFK Assassination (SMU); JFK: Dallas Remembers (BBC); and Remembering the Assassination of John F. Kennedy (a compilation of more than 200 reminiscences from the Bergen Record).

“Only an America which practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice will be respected by those whose choice affects our future. Only an America which has fully educated its citizens is fully capable of tackling the complex problems and perceiving the hidden dangers of the world in which we live.” JFK, from Remarks Prepared for Delivery at the Dallas Trade Mart, November 22, 1963. They were never spoken.

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Hours for Thanksgiving Friday, November 29, 2013

The Library will indeed be open on Friday from 9am-3pm to answer your reference needs. All public service departments:  Reference, Circulation, and Periodicals will be available.

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What is the OECD?

This report – The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – can be seen as a kind of primer for what the OECD is and what it does. Its reports have been featured prominently in this blog, and this succinct document can shed some light on an entity that the United States has belonged to for years. Other explanations come from the United States Mission to OECD and the BBC.

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NJCU Site of Naturalization Ceremony

For the first time in NJCU’s history, and for the first time in Jersey City as well, naturalization ceremonies were held; fifty new citizens were welcomed. The story and over fifty photos are found here.

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Google Books Wins Lawsuit Filed by Authors Guild

The decision by Judge Chin rules in favor of Google. The transformative nature of the enterprise and its ability to further scholarly research that up until now would have been impossible were among the deciding factors. Commentary can be found at: The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, and Publishers Weekly.

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2013 NJ ASK Reports for All Schools; HSPA Results for All High Schools

The complete reports for grades 3-8 are available here. An interactive feature from nj.com allows for a quicker search result than the static state report. The HSPA results for all high schools are also online.

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Online Federal Court Opnions

64 federal courts –  appellate, circuit, and bankruptcy – now have their opinions freely available online through FDsys. Unlike PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) that also provides this service, there is no need to register for free access. More courts will be added over time.

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Amazon Publishes Best Book Lists for 2013

Many categories are listed in this release, from best-selling children’s books to the best-selling books in history; each section contains 20 works listed in best-selling order. It also includes Top 100 Editors’ Picks for both print and Kindle works. It’s never too early to buy books.

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Updated List of MOOC Citations

This Compendium of MOOC Perspectives, Research, and Resources is a must for anyone interested in this teaching modality. Numerous links are given to current articles, reports, and research from various organizations. From the good people at EDUCAUSE.

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Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates

This first audiobook from the CIA – Getting to Know the President: Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-2004 – “…provides unique insights into the mechanics and content of the briefings, the interaction of the participants, and the briefings’ effect on the relationships presidents have had with their intelligence services. His observations on how and what to brief during the campaign and transition periods are essential reading for members of the community charged with that responsibility in the future and seeking to learn from the best practices of their predecessors.”

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2013 New Jersey Election Results

At the county level, votes have been tabulated for governor, mayor, state assembly, state senate, and the two questions on the ballot. Unofficial results for local elections are found at the respective office of the county clerk for each county: here are the local results for Bergen County, Essex CountyHudson County, and Passaic County.

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Behavioral Health United States 2012

This biennial publication “..    is the only available comprehensive source of national-level statistical information on trends in both private and public sector behavioral health services, costs, and clients. Drawing on 40 different data sources, this publication also includes State-level data, and information on behavioral health treatment for special populations such as children,  military personnel, nursing home residents, and incarcerated individuals.” The report features 172 tables divided among four sections: Behavioral Health of the Population, Behavioral Health Service Utilization, Behavioral Health Treatment Capacity, and Payer and Payment Mechanisms. Previous reports are also available.

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Scarcity of Water Considered Top Risk in 2013

Towers Watson, a risk management company, has just issued its Extreme Risks 2013 report that lists “resource scarcity” (food/water/energy) as the most pressing problem of the day. As the report states: “At the top of our ranking is food/water/energy crisis (S2). This is primarily driven by our assessment that this is one of the most likely risks and that there is relatively little uncertainty attached to either the likelihood or the consequences.”(14) This category of “resource scarcity” jumped from tenth place on the previous list to the first.

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