Defense contractors plead for budget deal

An alliance of defense contractor associations and military advocacy groups is calling for Congress to agree to a fiscal year 2017 budget deal before the end of the calendar year. The alliance, known as the Defense Related Associations, sent a letter Nov. 1 to House and Senate majority and minority leadership urging them to ignore the temptation to pass a stop-gap spending measure, or continuing … Continue reading Defense contractors plead for budget deal

Walkable cities are healthier cities, new study affirms

Implicit in the work of all architects and urban designers is the idea that good design can improve human life. And now, a massive global study spanning 14 cities and 10 countries has put that idea to the test and found it true: a well-designed city can help keep people active and reduce rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Researchers monitored the physical activity … Continue reading Walkable cities are healthier cities, new study affirms

US e-voting machines are (still) woefully antiquated and subject to fraud

With fewer than 24 hours before polls open for the 2016 US presidential election, consider this your periodic reminder that e-voting machines expected to tally millions of votes are woefully antiquated and subject to fraud should hackers get physical access to them. A case in point is the Sequoia AVC Edge Mk1, a computerized voting machine that will be used in 13 states this year, including … Continue reading US e-voting machines are (still) woefully antiquated and subject to fraud

To reduce poverty, expand affordable housing

Poverty is deeply connected to the absence of stable, affordable housing. Sociologist Matthew Desmond exposes this connection in his new book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, an account of how poor families in Milwaukee struggle to pay the monthly rent and fend off eviction. Desmond’s insight is that these struggles are not just a consequence of poverty but a cause of it … Continue reading To reduce poverty, expand affordable housing

Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds

A global “greening” of the planet has significantly slowed the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since the start of the century, according to new research. More plants have been growing due to higher CO2 levels in the air and warming temperatures that cut the CO2 emitted by plants via respiration. The effects led the proportion of annual carbon emissions remaining in the air … Continue reading Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds

4 in 10 millennials believe the election could be rigged

Fully 40 percent of millennials believe the election results could be fraudulent, finds a new poll released Friday. But not all young voters are equally suspicious: Only one in four millennial Hillary Clinton supporters believe the election might be rigged, while three in four Trump voters, undoubtedly inspired by their candidate’s claims to this effect, believe the vote could be faked. The same survey found … Continue reading 4 in 10 millennials believe the election could be rigged

Rogue FBI Twitter Bot dumps months of FOIAs, causing controversy

On Oct. 30, a long-quiet FBI Twitter account began releasing a torrent of links to documents on the bureau’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) library server. Among the documents were several from the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server and a decade-old investigation into the Clinton Foundation over a pardon given by President Bill Clinton at the … Continue reading Rogue FBI Twitter Bot dumps months of FOIAs, causing controversy