The average American car weighs about 3,000 pounds. But to produce that vehicle, a lot more raw materials were used than its final weight! Maybe as much as 100 times more, as reported by scientists in a recent paper in the Proceedings of National Academy of Science.
From Our Members(links open in new window)
As we reported this week with The New York Times, American and British spy agencies have taken their surveillance efforts into the virtual realm, collecting data from online games played by millions of people around the world. Among the findings of our investigation, based on newly disclosed Snowden documents: • U.S. and British intelligence agencies — including the Central Intelligence Agency, Pentagon intelligence and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters — have operated in virtual worlds and gaming communities to snoop and try to recruit informants. • The NSA and GCHQ have collected data or player communications from World of Warcraft, Second Life and the XBox Live system, raising questions about the legality of virtual surveillance. • The virtual surveillance dates back to at least 2008, after the NSA and intelligence agencies began to worry that terrorist groups would use games to communicate and plot real attacks. • At least one spy agency, Britain’s GCHQ, purchased advertising in Microsoft's XBox Live system to recruit gamers for careers in her majesty’s government.
ProPublica is a nonprofit organization.
If you value their work, please help support it.
Sunlight Foundation: Who met most with regulators to try to shape the Volcker Rule? The big banks, of course
Today, five agencies are set to approve a final version of the so-called “Volcker Rule,” a provision in the Dodd-Frank bill intended to prevent banks from engaging in “proprietary trading” – basically trades that benefit the banks but not their clients. While it’s unclear how Wall Street will respond to the final proposal (there is word that Wall Street may continue to try to stop the proposal by taking the fight to court), one thing is clear: the banks have done their very best to bend and shape the rule by never leaving regulators alone.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The near financial collapse in 2008 had state capitols across the country tightening their fiscal belts. As part of that new fiscal reality, money for mental health programs suffered deep cuts. Funds for mental health budgets were slashed a combined $4 billion from 2008 to 2012. However, in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December experts have watched that trend sharply reverse. new york logo 01The National Alliance on Mental Illness recently prepared a report survey in its State Legislation Report to track the mental health changes made in state houses across the country. Mental health budgets increased in 37 states, stayed even in eight states, and fell in six others, according to the report.