Archive for April, 2018

What Percentage of the American Workforce Possesses a Nondegree Certificate?

The latest figures from 2016 are outlined in this data point – Degree and nondegree credentials held by labor force participants (issued March 2018). Fully 31% of the labor force has a nondegree certificate.

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Bookmarks/Bookmarkers

However you phrase it, I find these to be a necessity. I cringe when people fold down the page where they have left off reading; that is just pure evil. I have a modest collection of these, ranging from a tattered Strand book store paper marker to one crafted out of metal. Here is a lovely collection of said items; they are even housed in museums such as the Smithsonian. And please don’t ignore the featured selection at the International Friends of Bookmarks. This short piece from 1907 – The History and Development of the Bookmarker – is quite informative.

 

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What Skillsets Will Future Workers Need?

There are more than a few, according to this piece. But the most important is, as this report states: “Preparing for the future merely requires a commitment to learning [emphasis mine]– one of the most empowering activities a person can engage in. And, with all this change comes great opportunity. So, if you commit to learning and stay ahead of your industry, you’ll put yourself in position to reach your goals – regardless of where you stand now.” Those jobs that are predicted to grow the most will require education and re-training.

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Rare Earth Elements – Recent Developments

In a discovery that might alter the world’s economic infrastructure, a small island off Japan has been found to contains hundreds of years’ worth of rare earth elements used in everything from cellphones to computers to batteries. Read the original paper here.

China has long held the spot as the top producer of these metals, but this find will weaken its stranglehold on the marketplace. China’s Rare-Earth Industry (US Geological Survey Open File Report, 2011) presents a lucid explanation of China’s situation. This 2017 USGS Professional Paper – Critical mineral resources of the United States—Economic and environmental geology and prospects for future supply – reinforces the national security implications for this country not having adequate supplies of these metals.

These CRS reports provide additional information:  China’s Rare Earth Industry and Export Regime: Economic and Trade Implications for the United States (2012); Rare Earth Elements in National Defense: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress (2013); Rare Earth Elements: The Global Supply Chain (2013); and China’s Mineral Industry and U.S. Access to Strategic and Critical Minerals: Issues for Congress (2015).

This 2015 RAND dissertation – Critical Rare Earths, National Security, and U.S.-China Interactions – has proven useful as well as this 2013 report Critical Materials Present Danger to U.S. Manufacturing.

And don’t forget Mission 2016: The Future of Strategic Natural Resources from MIT.

 

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Organization of American Historians on C-SPAN

Listen to/view the numerous panels hosted by the OAH over the years; they cover a wide range of topics.

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2018 Pulitzer Prizes

The various categories are presented along with the winners and runners-up. For the shorter forms of writing (as well as photography and cartooning), links to the full works are given.

Here is the heartfelt speech from Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for their work on unmasking Harvey Weinstein.

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Do You Know What FANG means?

Every once in a while, someone mentions FANG stocks or companies. FANG is an acronym for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google, and it is meant to represent the tech sector. More info can be found here.

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