Archive for February, 2020

CDC Resources on COVID-19

Includes publications, guidance documents, a webinar, and a listing of recent journals articles on COVID-19, many from practitioners in China. In addition, here is a transcript of the CDC telebriefing from this past Wednesday.

And here are the recommendations under which the CDC is operating – Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza – United States, 2017.


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Proposed New Jersey 2020/21 School Aid Figures Released

There are winners and losers (Jersey City’s aid is reduced by $55M) in this year’s disbursements. Please use this interactive search feature. Analyses are found here and here.

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Almost 3 Million Students Are Enrolled in Fully Online Programs

And that number does not include California! This is one of the main takeaways from the 2019 NC-SARA Data Report. Of that number, 1.5 million attend in-state courses, while the reminder have enrolled in out-of-state programs;. For those who do not wish to read the entire 63-page report, there is an informative overview of the report available along with a listing of the top ten schools offering online programs.

You might also want to peruse this Fast Facts: Distance Education from NCES; just remember that the NC-SARA totals numbers from fully online programs whereas the NCES figures reflects enrollments in online courses. In either case, enrollments trend upward.

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Videos of Presidential Candidates’ Debates, Town Hall Meetings, Rallies, and So On

For those of you who simply cannot get enough of all these proceedings, please go to C- SPAN’s Campaign 2020 site to witness all the events in their mind-numbing glory.

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NJ Governor Murphy’s 2021 Budget Address

You can watch it here, read it here, and peruse an overview here. Here is an informative article on what the budget contains for the various educational sectors on the state; numerous articles focus on other topics touched upon in his speech.

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2020 New Jersey Terrorism Threat Assessment

This just-released document presents an environmental scan on the various extremist groups, both right wing and left wing, that are identified as operating in New Jersey. Sections range from HVE (homegrown violent extremists – a high threat in New Jersey) to matters pertaining to cybersecurity (a moderate threat to New Jersey that saw more than 50 ransomware attacks). A timeline of incidents in New Jersey, definitions of terrorsist-related terms, and a linked list of pertinent reports generated by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness only add to the utility of this report.

A podcast overview can also be consulted; it is part of a series of podcasts labeled Intelligence. Unclassified  that have now spanned five years. Very informative.

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Old School Valentine’s Day

From the British Library and its renowned Digitised Manuscripts site comes Be My Valentine, a collection of love letters written c.1500 and bound together in a single volume along with illustrations. The actual manuscript – Petit Livre d’Amour – is found here; other images from various manuscripts can be found here.

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State of the Union Address, Annotated

Since 2009, the National Academies Press has issued an annotated version of the SOTU by highlighting relevant reports (with links) it has issued that deal with the topics mentioned in this yearly speech. This year’s version lists reports dealing with such varied subjects as fuel economy and educational equity among others.

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National Security Reports – January 2020 Update

A Bigger Foreign Policy Mess Than Anyone Predicted (The Atlantic); AI Governance (an ongoing series from Brookings); Top Risks for 2020 (Eurasia Group);  Guide to Posted Documents Regarding Use of National Security Authorities(ODNI); Securing the Industrial Internet of Things (National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence); Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Part 3: Demographic Effects (National Institute of Standards and Technology); Recommendations for IoT Device Manufacturers (NIST); NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE); Foresight Africa:Top Priorites for the Continent 2020-2030(Brookings); Strengthening Post-Hurricane Supply Chain Resilience (NAP); What now for the Iran nuclear deal? (UK Parliament Library); Implications of the Use of Drones following the Assassination of Qasem Soleimani (UK Parliament Library); DOD’s Role in Competing with China (Hearing, House Armed Services Committee); Deterring Attacks Against the Power Grid: Two Approaches for the U.S. Department of Defense (RAND); 2019 National Preparedness Report (FEMA); NIST Privacy Framework: A Tool for Improving Privacy through Enterprise Risk Management; Examining the Social Organization Practices of Cybercriminals in the Netherlands Online and Offline (International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology); Office of Management and Budget—Withholding of Ukraine Security Assistance (GAO); Political Risk Outlook 2020 (Verisk Maplecroft); Crippling the capacity of the National Security Council (FixGov); Global Risks Report 2020 (World Economic Forum); Far Right and Islamist Radicalisation in an Age of Austerity: A Review of Sociological Trends and Implications for Policy; United States Nuclear Forces, 2020 (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists); Identifying Law Enforcement Needs for Conducting Criminal Investigations Involving Evidence on the Dark Web (via Rand); Suicide Bombings Worldwide in 2019: Signs of Decline following the Military Defeat of the Islamic State (INSS); EPA Can Improve Incident Readiness with Better Management of Homeland Security and Emergency Response Equipment (OIG/EPA); World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2019 (State Dept.).

Campaign and Election Security Policy: Overview and Recent Developments for Congress; Iranian Offensive Cyberattack Capabilities;U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues; Iran Sanctions; Oman: Politics, Security, and U.S. Policy; China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress; The Washington Post’s “Afghanistan Papers” and U.S. Policy: Main Points and Possible Questions for Congress; Kosovo: In Brief; U.S. Killing of Qasem Soleimani: Frequently Asked Questions; and Department of Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2020.

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