Archive for October, 2019

The Woman Who Owns Halloween

That would be Lesley Bannatyne from Harvard who has published extensively on Halloween. You can sample many of her writings here.

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What Is This Year’s Most Popular Halloween Candy?

It is a shocker. Go here to find the answer.

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“Today in History”

Here are a few sites that present chronological entries for each day of the year: Associated Press (with media galleries); the History Channel; Infoplease; the Library of Congress (you can get lost in all the marvelous links attached to each entry); and The New York Times (with links to archived articles).

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The Bill Authorizing the Impeachment Investigation of President Trump

Here is the full text version of the bill; this Washington Post article offers context for this next step in the impeachment process.

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Worldwide Use of Drones

The Drone Databook is the culmination of a year’s-long research project utilizing diverse sources to provide a snapshot of drone use in military and security sectors in 100 countries. The plethora of data include: timeline of international incidents involvingdrones (xiv); previous studies (xv); and selected satellite imagery of drone installations. Each country profile lists the make, model, class, and quantity of drones along with explanatory notes.

The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College also produces additional work of vital importance in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles; CRS has generated numerous reports over the years on this topic. Of course, this topic is not just a United States concern:  here is a 2019 UK Parliament briefing on civilian drones and the European Parliament Think Tank has issued dozens of documents.

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Latest IPEDS Figures For Higher Education

This just-released 2018/19 report, based primarily on 2017/18 data, presents numbers on a wide variety of topics, including headcounts, average college costs, and number of awards by race/ethnicity. Access to the previous year’s reports are also available. You also have the ability to search by topic and collection cycle. (FYI -there are three separate collection cycles per year, each one focusing on a different higher ed sector of interest.)

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What Is Happening with Brexit?

The deadline for the UK to crash out of the European Union is fast approaching – October 31. The following are links to the numerous publications dealing with this rupture, all issued by the UK Parliament Library:  selection of statements both written and oral made in Parliament; Brexit debates 2019; House of Commons Library site on Brexit; and Brexit reading list – no deal.

The Congressional Research Service has published many reports on Brexit as has the Think Tank of the European Parliament – here are 100 in-depth analyses on this topic as well as a feature entitled What Think Tanks are thinking: Brexit.

For those of you not fully acquainted with Brexit, this BBC piece is a good place to start.

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What Will the Supreme Court Be Hearing This Term?

As this is the first Monday of October, that means there is a new year beginning for the Supreme Court today. There are numerous, contentious issues before the Court; here is a rundown of the major cases. This posting from NPR should also be perused to gain insights into what could very will be a very political year for a body that strives to be apolitical. The best place to find information on the cases before the Court is found at SCOTUSblog.

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How Does Impeachment Work?

A brief but informative introduction to this procedure can be consulted here – Impeachment Investigations: Law and Process from CRS. Additional blog entries on impeachment are also available.

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“U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress”

This CRS report should be required reading for all interested in where our country is heading now. The bibliography runs many pages and is current through October 2019; in fact the entire bibliography is composed of 2019 citations. Previous editions of this work, with supporting bibliographies, can be found here.

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2018 “Crime in the United States” Just Released

This annual iteration from the FBI presents a comprehensive look at the trends and rates of various crimes in the country. They can be broken down to the granular by city; here are the results for Jersey City.

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“The Future of Nursing 2020-2030”

In 2010, a landmark study, actually a call to action, was published by the then Institute of Medicine, now subsumed under the National Academies umbrella – The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health – that advocated for a more involved nursing corps at all levels, propounded that nurses assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations, promoted the need for a better educated nurses, and supported the call for a more diverse practitioner base.

Many programs/processes/procedures were initiated in response to this study. Where do we stand now? This 2019 examination of the nursing field and what progress has been achieved in light of the recommendations put forth by the above document presents a glass-half-full scenario. There have been positive steps but more than a few goals that were supposed to be reached in 2020 will fall short.

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030, a consensus study under the auspices of the National Academy of Medicine, is now underway with the goals of  garnering”… insights on how to advance the profession of nursing to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century. Each meeting featured panel discussions around a specific topic, followed by time for public comments.” The above link leads to video presentations of the town hall meetings as well as live Twitter channels.

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As Sea Levels Are Predicted To Rise, See Where the Flooding Will Be

In light of last’s week climate report, you can also peruse this NOAA feature that shows how areas bordering the ocean will be affected by flooding. Just type in a city’s name and see the results.

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National Security Reports – September 2019 Update

Beyond Compliance: Cyber Threats and Health Care (FireEye); Public Document Clearinghouse: Congressional Russia Investigations (Just Security); NCHRP Research Report 930: Security 101: A Physical and Cybersecurity Primer for Transportation Agencies (National Academies Press); Disinformation and the 2020 Election (NYU); Are Spies More Trouble Than They Are Worth? (The New Yorker); Policing in the UK (UK Parliament Library); Computer Security Resource Center (NIST); Hostile Social Manipulation: Present Realities and Emerging Trends (RAND); U.S. Election Commission Cyber Hygiene Report (NormShield); Global Terrorism: Threat to the Homeland (House Committee on Homeland Security); Securing the Nation’s Internet Architecture (House Armed Services Committee); Another summer of flooding should be a wake-up call to redesign our communities (Brookings); Filling the Gap in Our Terrorism Statutes ;
(George Washington University); Other Travelers: American Jihadists Beyond Syria and Iraq (George Washington University);Surveying the Landscape of the American Far Right
(George Washington University); and Coordinated Strategic Plan to Advance Desalination for Enhanced Water Security(NIST).

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress; U.S.-China Strategic Competition in South and East China Seas: Background and Issues for Congress (major report); DHS Border Barrier Funding; U.S. – China Relations; Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons; Congress and the War in Yemen: Oversight and Legislation 2015-2019; and Defense Primer: Geography, Strategy, and U.S. Force Design(all CRS).


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