Archive for October, 2014

Economic Crisis – October 2014 Update

The Price of Crisis: Eminent Domain, Local Governments, and the Value of Underwater Mortgages (Albany Law School); The Middle-Class Squeeze (Center for American Progress); Systemically Important or “Too Big to Fail” Financial Institutions (CRS); The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Youth Labour Markets Institute for the Study of Labor); Personal Ethics & the U.S. Financial Collapse of 2007-08 (American University);  Treasury Significantly Loosened Executive Pay Limits Resulting in Excessive Pay for Top 25 Employees at GM and Ally (GMAC)  When the Companies Were Not Repaying TARP in Full and Taxpayers Were Suffering Billions of Dollars in Losses (SIGTARP); and Beige Book (Federal Reserve).

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National Security Reports – October 2014 Update

The following CRS reports deal with ISIS: U.S. Military Action Against the Islamic State: Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions;  Considerations for Possible Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State;The “Islamic State” Crisis and U.S. Policy; The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq: A Possible Threat to Jordan?, CRS Insights;  Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response; American Foreign Fighters and the Islamic State: Broad Challenges for Federal Law Enforcement; Considerations for Possible Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State, CRS Insights; Proposed Train and Equip Authorities for Syria: In Brief); A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State: Comparison of Current Proposals in Brief; and U.S. Citizens Kidnapped by the Islamic State.

The Nuclear Matters Handbook (DoD);  Tactical Cyber: How to Move Forward (Small Wars Journal); Taking Steps to Improve Federal Information Security (OMB); Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2014 Annual Report to Congress; The Islamic State through the Regional Lens (European Council on Foreign Relations); 2014 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study; Al Qaeda-Affiliated Groups: Middle East and Africa (CRS); Police Weapons in Selected Jurisdictions (Law Library of Congress); Inspection of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, High Threat Programs Directorate (Dept of State OIG); Cybercrime: An Overview of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Statute and Related Federal Criminal Laws (CRS); and Cybercrime Continues to Grow (HP).

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EdTech Reports – October 2014

Horizon Report Europe 2014 Schools Edition ; the Student Privacy Pledge has been signed by some providers, including Microsoft, of technology to the K-12 sector; On Using Technology for Classroom Collaboration is a “spotlight” issue from Education Week reprinting selected articles from that title; and what is a relevant measuring metric for young children is explored in Moving Beyond Screen Time: Redefining Developmentally Appropriate Technology Use in Early Childhood Education from the RAND Corporation.

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Telecommunication Statistics for 2014

From the International Telecommunications Union – The World in 2014: ICT Facts and Figures – shows that almost 3 billion people use the Internet among other facts. In addition, there is country ranking of fixed broadband speeds; the United States isn’t near the top. Also consult Deloitte’s 2014 Outlook on Telecommunications; OECD’s Broadband and Telecom Statistics; Internet World Stats; and the World Bank’s Little Data Book on Information and Communication Technology 2014 (every country is profiled). A previous blog entry gives access to many more indicators.

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How the Red Cross Failed Us During Superstorm Sandy

From this disturbing report The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster from ProPublica:

“When the storm hit, officials in Bergen County, New Jersey activated their Emergency Operations Center. In keeping with a carefully established plan, representatives from government agencies and charities gather there to coordinate, share information and respond to crises 24 hours a day.

A seat was reserved for the Red Cross, the most important nongovernment responder. But the Red Cross’ seat remained empty for the full duration of the Sandy response.

“They were the only major player not there,” says police lieutenant Matthew Tiedemann, who helped run Bergen County’s response to Sandy. County officials had no easy way to get in touch with Red Cross leadership to tell them about areas of need on the ground, he says.”

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2014 Salaries of Governors

This interactive infographic from the Council of State Governments gives the 2014 salaries for each governor along with some interesting facts.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Newspapers

Chronicling America is a site hosted by the Library of Congress where you will find over 6 million newspaper pages from 1836-1933; hundreds of titles are represented. Searching through that many pages can be a daunting experience, but the good folks at LC have come up with a handy search tool – Topics in Chronicling America. Here you will find an alphabetical listing of historical events/people found in the newspapers; each heading provides the same outline: historical timeline, suggested search strategies, and sample articles. For example, Female Spies in World War One starts out with a chronology covering 1915-1922, followed up with suggestions for more searches (gives names of female spies), and ends up with a sampling of newspaper articles covering the aforementioned time period. This is a great way to explore this wealth of primary source documents.

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