Archive for November, 2013
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).
“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.
Beige Book — October 16, 2013 (Federal Reserve); Never Saw It Coming: Why The Financial Crisis Took Economists By Surprise (Foreign Affairs); Sovereign Debt in Advanced Economies: Overview and Issues for Congress (CRS); Well-being and the global financial crisis (OECD); Impacts and Costs of the October 2013 Federal Government Shutdown (OMB); Rescuing the Recovery: Prospects and Policies for the United States (Levy Economics Institute, Bard College); and Home Value and Homeownership Rates: Recession and Post-Recession Comparisons From 2007-2009 to 2010-2012 (Census Bureau).
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.
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.