Media Mining Digest 115 – 24 Jan 2014: Attorney General History, Big Pharma Research Articles, Bitcoin Discussed, Bowel-Brain Link, Climate Engineering, Cyber Threats to Industry, Cyber Weaknesses in Industry, Dark Matter, Domesticating Animals, E-Discovery in Court, E-TEAM, Egypt Struggles, Faith Based Diplomacy, FCC Issues, Health Care Data Breaches, Health Care Needs, Humility, Indian Cactus and 7 Ages of Science, Internet Aggression, Languages We’re Learning, Nanotechnology Future, Paper Advances, Public Goods and the Internet, Public Pension Crisis, Second Machine Age, Smart Homes, Social Media, South Africa, Time Lapse Photography, Uninsured in America, Wearable Computing, Wikipedia Operations, Wine in Grocery Stores

The following audio files come from a larger group of 145 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 35 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Attorney General History 18 mins – “There is an emerging trend of state attorney generals serving as enforcement arm of the federal government by issue of federal law. On the podcast this week we discuss how the role of the state attorney general has changed through history, and how this current trend effects federalism. Joining us to discuss these issues is Rob Raffety, the Associate Director of the Regulatory Studies Program and the Government Accountability Project at the Mercatus Center. In this capacity, Rob manages research for a wide network of economic, legal, and public policy scholars.   Aside from his duties at Mercatus, Rob is an adjunct professor of law and public administration for the GMU School of Law and the Department of Public and International Affairs and teaches a seminar on attorney generals.” (2010) At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Pharma Research Articles 16 mins – “The BMJ [British Medical Journal] no longer publishes research funded by tobacco companies. Richard Smith says that research funded by drug companies is also flawed and published to encourage sales, but Trish Groves says that the industries are fundamentally different and that moves are afoot to increase…” At the link find the title, “Should journals stop publishing research funded by the drug industry?” right-click “Media files 129619574 bmjgroup-publishing-drug-funded-research.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bitcoin Discussed 61 mins – What is the value of bitcoins and how might they be applied?  Jerry Brito, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program, talks about this in an interview for VICE. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bowel-Brain Link 16 mins – “The BMJ no longer publishes research funded by tobacco companies. Richard Smith says that research funded by drug companies is also flawed and published to encourage sales, but Trish Groves says that the industries are fundamentally different and that moves are afoot to increase…Should journals stop publishing research funded by the drug industry?” At the link find the title, “Should journals stop publishing research funded by the drug industry?” right-click “Media files 129619574 bmjgroup-publishing-drug-funded-research.mp3”  and select “”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Engineering 52 mins – “In an effort to deal with the effects of global climate change, scientists and engineers are developing new technologies that aim to manipulate the weather and control the Earth’s temperature. It sounds like science fiction, but the growing field of geoengineering aims to alter clouds, store carbon dioxide deep in the ocean and reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the planet. An Australian expert on global warming argues that these new technologies dramatically alter our relationship with the earth. In a new book, “Earthmasters,” he says geoengineering could cause more harm than good.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.

Cyber Threats to Industry 29 mins – “Digital Detectives hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek, president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., welcome Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson to discuss the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Report, cybersecurity legislation, and more… Tune in to hear Baker explain the difference between active defense against cyber-defense and vigilantism, the meaning of the Attribution Revolution, and what President Obama Cybersecurity Executive Order means and how it may be amplified by pending legislation.” At the link find the title, “Cyber Threats to Law Firms and Businesses: How Do We Defend Ourselves?” right-click “Media files DGD_Cyber_Threats.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Weaknesses in Industry 29 mins – “Find out what the experts in computer security saw at ABA TECHSHOW 2013 – things like attendees with no passcode on their tablets or smartphones and people connecting to insecure networks which monitored their data traffic (through a scary device called a Pineapple). Digital Detectives hosts Sharon Nelson, Esq. and John Simek, president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., welcome Ben Schorr of Roland Schorr to talk about the best ways to secure your home and office devices… This episode will help you understand how to connect to the Internet securely when you are out of the office, to create secure passwords for your devices, to keep your security patches up-to-date, to backup and do test restores of your data, and more.” At the link find the title, “Scary Tech: Lessons from ABA TECHSHOW 2013,” right-click “Media files DGD_ScaryTech.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dark Matter 22 mins – “In a multi-part series with the popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill explores a variety of topics, including the nature of an expanding, accelerating universe (and how it might end), the difference between “dark energy” and “dark matter,” the concept of God in cosmology and why science matters.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the New Cosmos,” right-click (there or here)  “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Domesticating Animals 52 mins – ” From household pets to beasts of burden, domesticated animals are a major part of American life – and we spend billions of dollars each year looking after them. But what drives our desire to bring animals under our control in the first place? And how has that desire manifested itself over time? We take a deep-dive into the history of human-animal interaction, and try to figure out how our lives have been shaped by the animals whose lives we control.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

E-Discovery in Court 32 mins – “The Honorable John M. Tran uses the terms digital natives and digital immigrants when referring to judges. Coined by author Marc Prensky, digital natives are those born into technology and digital immigrants are learning the field as they go. It’s not uncommon for judges to be digital immigrants, forcing them to confront issues on the bench that they have never experienced. In this edition of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek invite long-time friend Judge Tran to discuss how his colleagues keep up to date on technology, his views on cooperative discovery as both a judge and a past litigator, and what he’s seen as the best way to address discovery in the courtroom.” At the link find the title, “A State Judge’s Perspective On E-Discovery, “right-click ” Media files DGD110713 A State Judges Perspective On E-Discovery Final.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

E-TEAM 56 mins – ” We’re starting our coverage of Sundance with a live broadcast Wednesday night. We’re talking about E-TEAM, a documentary that follows four human rights workers as they investigate war crimes in the world’s most dangerous places. These abuses thrive on secrecy, and it’s their job to gather evidence and make it known to the international community. Doug sits down with filmmaker Ross Kauffman and with team members Anna Neistat and Ole Solvang for a look at the lives of people who risk so much in the interest of justice.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Egypt Struggles 45 mins – “Egypt. After uprising, ousters, military takeover and a vote on a new constitution – we’ll look at dreams and hard realities in Egypt now.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Faith Based Diplomacy 50 mins – “Dr. Douglas Johnston, president and founder of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy; previous assignments, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Director of Policy Planning and Management, Office of Emergency Preparedness talks about “Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement”. At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

FCC Issues 28 mins – “Three technology reporters discuss the major technology & telecommunications issues which may come before Congress in the new legislative year. In addition, they review the agenda before the Federal Communications Commission for 2014.” At the link in The Communicators section find the title, “2014 Technology and Telecommunications Issues,” right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Data Breaches 25 mins – “The first thing guest Alan Goldberg highlighted was the colossal cost of data breaches. He explained that the minimum cost is $100,000 and it has the potential to amount to millions. In this edition of Digital Detectives, your hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek invite Goldberg to discuss the usual reasons for a breach, likely consequences, prevention, and more. Goldberg is a solo practitioner in McLean, Virginia. A past President of the American Health Lawyers Association, he teaches Health Law and Health and Information Technology as an adjunct professor at American University, Washington College of Law, and George Mason University School of Law.” At the link find the title, “Data Breaches in the Healthcare Industry: Lessons for Law Firms,” right-click “Media files Data Breaches in the Healthcare Industry_Lessons for Law Firms.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Needs 17 mins –  “Steve Jobs transformed technology, bringing affordable smartphones and personal computers to households across income levels and around the world. In this 15 minute podcast, Dr. Robert Graboyes asks why health care has not seen this kind of innovation and explores health potential under free markets.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Humility 60 mins – “Author & educator David Bobb discusses his new book, “Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue.” He frames his discussion of humility around George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, James Madison, & Abigail Adams.” At the link find the title, “David Bobb, Author, “Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue,” in the Q and A section, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Cactus and 7 Ages of Science 30 mins – “The Indian cactus which helps control incessant eating and Seven ages of science, Ep.1 Age of ingenuity How big stories are presented on radio and television – from The Ascent of Man to Seven Ages of Science.” At the link find the title, “Seven Ages of Science Ep.1,” right-click “Media files ssw_20140111.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Aggression 46 mins – ” Internet aggression toward women. What’s it about? How do we fix it? Plus, a media firestorm around tweeting through cancer.” At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Languages We’re Learning 45 mins – ” No jobs at home? Looking abroad? We’ll look at the languages Americans are studying today. What’s hot, what’s not and where they lead.” At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanotechnology Future 41 mins – ” K. Eric Drexler of Oxford University discusses his latest book Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization. Drexler, who has been referred to as “the founding father of nanotechnology” covers how society can conserve resources and make more efficient products through nanotechnology; how nanotechnology can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems; how this varies from what you’ve seen in science fiction; and, how we can improve manufacturing at the molecular level.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paper Advances 7 mins – “How an inexpensive paper-based device could expand the use of medical tests in remote regions of the world. How metal inks could ease the way toward flexible books. Why literally laundering money could save billions of dollars.” At the link find the title, “Episode 320 – January 13 2014,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements Jan13_2014.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Goods and the Internet 76 mins – “We’re used to thinking that public goods must be produced by governments. But there’s a fundamental and growing class of public goods that emerge from private interaction. Today emergent public goods — Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia — burgeon on the internet ushering in a new age. But there must exist a panoply of public goods which could be brought into existence by the right kind of partnership between private and public endeavor.  In this talk, Nicholas Gruen — a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator who has been a regular columnist in the Courier Mail, the Australian Financial Review, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald — explores the economic basis for public/private partnerships, and shares examples of innovative partnerships that thrive in the internet age.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Pension Crisis 83 mins – “States have promised public workers a secure retirement, but recent events and new studies have shined light on an acute crisis. Public pensions are radically underfunded and fundamental reform is no longer an option but a necessity. State policy makers can no longer avoid addressing this shortfall with many public employees approaching retirement. The future fiscal stability of states is inextricably intertwined with the retirement security of public employees… In this panel discussion we will address the following questions: What is the current state of public pensions around the country? Who is doing well, and which states are in the most critical need of reform to their public pension systems? Where have reforms already been made in public sector public pension plans, both domestically and globally? What reforms have been successful? What are the first steps states that facing severely underfunded public sector pension programs should take?” (2010) At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Second Machine Age  35 mins – “What if automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are bearing down on us at a faster rate than we ever anticipated? Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, authors of “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies,” say technology is rapidly reshaping our economy.” At the link right-click “Download” for part 1 and part 2 of “Get Ready for The Second Machine Age” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smart Homes 36 mins – “From smart fridges to crockpots, more and more of our household devices are connected to the internet. But what happens when they can’t talk to each other? Includes interviews with Revolv’s Mike Soucie, and Liat Ben-Zur from the AllSeen Alliance.” At the link find the title, “Basket of Remotes,” right-click “Media files misenerontech_20140114_76087.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media 63 mins – “Hosts Amber MacArthur and Sarah Lane chat about Tumblr people tagging, the Snapchat “privacy phenomenon”, Tuxedo Kittie, a social network for apartment dwellers, the Quit Your Job app, & more!” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South Africa  64 mins – “The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is proud to present a lecture by Karol Boudreaux. Ms. Boudreaux is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center; lead researcher for Enterprise Africa!, a research project that investigates, analyzes, and reports on enterprise-based solutions to poverty in Africa; and a member of the Working Group on Property Rights of the U.N.’s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor.” (2009)  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Time Lapse Photography 65 mins  – Twelve minutes of this session of AmateurLogic is devoted to making a time lapse photography system using a Raspberry Pi camera module. The section starts at the five minute mark and runs for twelve minutes.  The video file for Episode 62 is needed to do the project, especially since show notes referenced in the audio version are missing. The audio file can be downloaded there, too, by right-clicking “MP3 Audio Podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Uninsured in America 44 mins – “In most current public opinion polls, health care, and specifically concern over the uninsured, ranks as one of the top issues facing our country. For decades, Congress had considered a variety of solutions to cure this problem, but the complex nature of the issue has proven difficult to overcome. In this lecture, Dr. David Hyman will break down both the problems facing the uninsured and the challenges facing the different solutions that have been proposed. He will address the following four key issues: What demographic groups make up the majority of America’s uninsured? How is the 45.7 million uninsured figure calculated? Does expanding access guarantee patients will receive high quality care? Who pays for employment based coverage? Will current policy proposals be able to solve the cost problems of American health care?” (2009) At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wearable Computing 35 mins  – “Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer at Rackspace discusses his recent book,  Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy,  co-authored by Shel Israel. Scoble believes that over the next five years we’ll see a tremendous rise in wearable computers, building on interest we’ve already seen in devices like Google Glass. Much like the desktop, laptop, and smartphone before it, Scoble predicts wearable computers represent the next wave in groundbreaking innovation. Scoble answers questions such as: How will wearable computers help us live our lives? Will they become as common as the cellphone is today? Will we have to sacrifice privacy for these devices to better understand our preferences? How will sensors in everyday products help companies improve the customer experience?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wikipedia Operations 54 mins – “We used to need libraries to make the sum of human knowledge available to all. Today we have Wikipedia, where the sum of human knowledge can be shaped by all of us. But can we trust it? Perhaps the collective mind is the best mind we have.” At the link find the title, “The Great Book of Knowledge, Pat 1,” right-click (there or here) “Download The Great Book of Knowledge, Part 1” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Part 2 is also there, the same length.

Wine in Grocery Stores 13 mins – “There are several states that do not allow grocery stores to sell wine in grocery stores. However, in the midst of dealing with budget woes and shrinking revenues many states are considering changing existing laws to now allow the sell of wine in grocery stores as a means to increase revenue for the state. On this podcast, we provide an overview of current existing policy in several states, the affect on consumers in maintaining laws that prohibit the sale of wine in grocery stores, and what role the sale of wine in grocery stores plays on states’ economies…There are several states that do not allow grocery stores to sell wine in grocery stores. However, in the midst of dealing with budget woes and shrinking revenues many states are considering changing existing laws to now allow the sell of wine in grocery stores as a means to increase revenue for the state. On this podcast, we provide an overview of current existing policy in several states, the affect on consumers in maintaining laws that prohibit the sale of wine in grocery stores, and what role the sale of wine in grocery stores plays on states’ economies.” (2010) At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Jan-Jun 2013 files in 18 zip segments (832 podcasts) hereand a pdf list here; Jul-Jul Dec 2013 files in 13 zip segments (720 podcasts) here, and a list here;  Jan-Jun 2012 files in 8 segments (360 podcasts) and a pdf list are here, and 593 in 13 parts for Jul-Dec here.  For 2011 a list and 5 segments 184 podcasts. For 2010 and earlier 64 podcasts are listed  in this PDF and are zipped here as Part 1 and Part 2. (Dead links in old episodes are due to updating; try a current episode.) Over 180 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are harvested with Feedreader3. The feeds are available in this opml file which Feedreader can import. A PDF list of feeds is hereFree Commander is used to compare old with new downloads to remove  duplicates. MP3 Speed Changer is used to boost playback speed to 1.5x. A speed listening background article is here.  Please comment on any problems with the links and downloads. Thank you for visiting.

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