Mining Digest 419 – Nov 29, 2019: Aging Concepts, AI Arms Race and Fake News, Amazon Rain Forest, American Dollar, Battery Storage Research, Body Dysmorphia, Chinese Quantum Lead, Computer Threats, Cybercrime, Death Zone Wildlife, Doris Kearns Goodwin on Leadership, Edward Snowden Challenge, Energy in Great Britain, Energy Use Changes, Environmental DNA, Face Surgeons, Farming Small Scale, Forensic Cyber Thoughts, Influence Operations, Paris Agreement, Plastic Gardens, Podcast History, Political Violence, Risky Decisions, Teaching 3D Aids, Teaching Aids, Terrorism, Throuple Secrets, Transportation Planning, Witness Depositions

Exercise your ears: the 31 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 421 for the week, to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Get all the files as a group here, or double (ctrl-click) individual  titles to get single podcasts and explore the source. A collection of (26,460 podcasts, listed alphabetically and grouped by topic, can be downloaded piecemeal, with files A-E at this link, and the remainder here. You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download at the last place, so multiple group downloads will be needed to get all files, totaling over 160GB and may take a few hours. The first entry in the collection is a text file with just titles for quicker reference. A collection of abstracts for all the podcasts is available at this link and updated quarterly. Get the discarded material, too, using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of the 503 sources. And try PodcastRE from the University of Wisconsin with over 150,000 titles. Exercise your ears and relax the rest.

Aging Concepts 54 mins – “Recently retired ABC newsreader Ian Henderson sets out on a quest to find the secrets of ageing healthily. He discovers that a new understanding of how the trillions of cells in our bodies age could keep us all younger for longer. He meets Australian scientists working at the cutting edge of ageing biology and learns that their research isn’t just about making us live longer, but also about keeping us healthier into old age — improving our ‘healthspan’. They reveal that we can all improve our healthspan by making simple changes to the way we live our lives.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Concepts 58 mins – “In Australia, one in 40 of us born today will live until we are 100, yet many of us will live our later years in poor health. Neuroscientist Dr Sarah McKay uncovers the extraordinary new science about how to keep our brains healthy into old age. By understanding the biological processes at work throughout our bodies and how they drive ageing, we now know the most effective ways to improve our health and wellbeing as we get older.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.  

AI Arms Race and Fake News 21 mins – “In this issue: Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race, Fake News and Pandemics” At the link right-click “Direct download: crypto-gram-2019-07.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amazon Rain Forest 29 mins – “Over the past fifty years, around 17% of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed, according to the World Wildlife Fund, but as this week’s guest on Sea Change Radio explains, with fires and deforestation out of control, the situation could get even worse before we see any significant improvement. We speak to Christian Poirier of Amazon Watch to get a clearer picture of this largely man-made disaster in Brazil. While some steps to control the fires have been made recently by the Brazilian government, rampant deforestation continues unabated. Poirier gives us a closer glimpse into the agribusiness giants that are involved in the devastation, what his organization is doing to help stop it, and tells listeners what they can do to get involved in the struggle. Then, we take a peek into the Sea Change Radio archives and hear Kevin Walker talk about what he calls our grand food bargain.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Dollar 29 mins – “What is the American dollar based on? It was based on the gold standard until 1971 when it transitioned to a floating monetary system. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio believes US currency now rests unofficially on the price of oil. What will a successful Green New Deal will look like if the underlying currency upon which the US economy rests is based on fossil fuels? We speak to James Quilligan, the Managing Director of Economic Democracy Advocates and longtime policy analyst in the international development space. Quilligan explains the history of the commons and monetary policy, points out some of the shortcomings of capitalism, and lays out how to ensure the survival of democracy. He argues that understanding the complexities of our global economic system is the first step in fixing it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Battery Storage Research 14 mins – “Stationary storage takes the stage in the November edition of S&P Global Platts Battery Metals podcast. Senior pricing specialist Emmanuel Latham is joined by Felix Maire, lead analyst on US and European Power Storage markets at Platts Analytics, to discuss the major drivers on this growing industry, the similarities and differences to the electric vehicle market and what lies ahead for this interesting technology.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Body Dysmorphia 54 mins – “Body dysmorphia is an overwhelming obsession with body image and now affects millions of Australians. Yet these mental illnesses often remain hidden, undiagnosed, and even unrecognised by the people who have them. In this programme, investigative reporter Ruby Jones meets men and women who have experienced serious body image issues and she discovers that far from vanity, these disorders are crippling people’s lives.  Ruby also visits scientists at the forefront of research into what causes them and learns of promising new treatments.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.  

Chinese Quantum Lead 67 mins – “Our interview is with Sultan Meghji, CEO of Neocova. We cover the large Chinese investment in quantum technology and what it means for the United States. It’s possible that Chinese physicists are even better than American physicists at extracting funding from their government. Indeed, it looks as though some quantum tech, such as the use of entangled particles to identify eavesdropping, may turn out to have dubious military value. But not all. Sultan thinks the threat of special purpose quantum computing to break encryption poses a real, near-term threat to U.S. financial institutions’ security. In the News Roundup, we cover the new California Consumer Privacy Act regulations, which devote a surprising amount of their 24 pages to fixing problems caused by the Act’s feel-good promise that consumers can access and delete the information companies have on them. Speaking of feel-good laws that are full of liability land mines for companies, the Supreme Court has let stand a Ninth Circuit ruling that allows blind people to sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act if websites don’t accommodate their needs. Nick Weaver and I explore the risks of making law by retroactively imposing liability.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, then select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Threats 15 mins – “-clicks issue: First American Financial Corp. Data Records Leak, Fraudulent Academic Papers, Chinese Military Wants to Develop Custom OS, Computers and Video Surveillance. “ At the link right-click “Direct download: crypto-gram-2019-06.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybercrime 82 mins – “In our 283rd episode of The Cyberlaw Podcast, Stewart Baker interviews Alex Joel, the former Chief of the Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy, and Transparency at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and currently scholar-in-residence and adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law. Stewart and Alex are joined by Gus Hurwitz (@GusHurwitz), Dave Aitel (@daveaitel), and Dan Podair to discuss: The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s decision on a case involving Section 230 and anticompetitive behavior. Business takeaways from the recently announced regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act. The US launched a cyber operation against Iran following the attacks against Saudi oil facilities. Avast was attacked and compromised, but maybe not fatally. APT group Turla appears to have taken over the attack infrastructure of the APT group OilRig. Some of Equifax’s embarrassing security failings were exposed. FireEye issued a report on APT41’s espionage and cybercrime activities. CrowdStrike issued a report on Chinese efforts to steal aircraft intellectual property. The British government dropped its plan to require identification to view online pornography.” At the link right-click “Download the 284th Episode (mp3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Death Zone Wildlife 28 mins – “The Iron Curtain was an accidental wildlife haven. 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tom Heap walks the borderlands to see how nature has continued to thrive. Before the fall of the wall naturalists in West Germany had noticed that some bird and mammal species favoured life in the deathzone with its lack of human disturbance. When the Soviet bloc crumbled they joined friends and colleagues in the East to declare a Greenbelt through Europe, from Trieste on the Adriatic to Lubeck on the Baltic. Against the odds their campaign has met with great success, creating new migration routes for some of Europe’s biggest mammals whilst keeping developers away from most of the old border between East and West.” At the link left-click “Download” then right-click the type of download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doris Kearns Goodwin on Leadership 29 mins – “What makes a great leader? This week on Sea Change Radio, we are honored to have Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin here to give us her take on that question. Goodwin’s book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, just released in paperback, re-examines four US presidents she has studied in the past: Abe Lincoln, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. She discusses the contrast between these presidents’ leadership and the behavior of the current grifter-in-chief, puts today’s impeachment proceedings in historical context, and hypothesize about how past presidents might have addressed momentous issues like climate change and election tampering. Then, we dig into the Sea Change Radio archives and listen to Rebecca Vallas, a Vice President at the Center for American Progress, talk about the Trump administration’s absurd claims that poverty and hunger are now things of the past in this country.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Edward Snowden Challenge 66 mins – “In this episode I cross swords with John Samples of the Cato Institute on Silicon Valley’s efforts to disadvantage conservative speech and what to do about it. I accuse him of Panglossian libertarianism; he challenges me to identify any way in which bringing government into the dispute will make things better. I say government is already in it, citing TikTok’s People’s Republic of China-friendly “community standards” and Silicon Valley’s obeisance to European standards on hate speech and terror incitement. Disagreeing on how deep the Valley’s bias runs, we agree to put our money where our mouths are: I bet John $50 that Donald J. Trump will be suspended or banned from Twitter by the end of the year in which he leaves office. There’s a lot of news in the Roundup. David Kris explains the background of the first CLOUD Act agreement that may be signed this year with the UK.” At the link right-click “Download the 284th Episode (mp3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy in Great Britain 28 mins – “Britain urgently needs a zero carbon source of reliable energy for our homes, industry and the new generation of electric vehicles. This summer’s electricity blackouts suggest that we’re a long way from achieving the goal. Tom Heap and a panel of power experts offer their solutions. Tom is joined by Jillian Ambrose, Energy Correspondent of The Guardian, the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, Chris Stark and CEO of power company Good Energy, Juliet Davenport.” At the link left-click “Download” then right-click the type of download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Use Changes 28 mins – “Orkney’s strong winds and powerful tides have attracted renewable energy pioneers for decades. For much of the year the islands produce more energy than they can use. Turbines are shut down and green energy goes to waste. The UK government has spotted an opportunity, funding the REFLEX project which aims to use that excess energy to develop new ways to power a community. Tom Heap visits Orkney to see how hydrogen storage, huge batteries and electric ferries and cars can be lashed together with clever software to remove fossil fuels from an entire energy system.” At the link left-click “Download” then right-click the type of download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental DNA 28 mins – “From the Loch Ness Monster and mammoths to the Amazon river and uncharted river flies – ‘environmental DNA’ is revolutionising how we tell what species are present in a certain landscape. Traces of skin, mucus or gametes can be left by creatures in their environment and scientists can use samples from the water, air or soil and sequence the DNA found within to test for a specific species or to get a broader picture of what is there. It can help monitor for invasive species and even look back to ancient history. Samples can be taken by non-experts, in remote locations, quicker than some traditional methods and it’s non invasive. Scientists say this can speed up and revolutionise how we chart our living world….which in some cases might flag up the most urgent need to intervene where species are threatened. The technique has been used recently by Prof Neil Gemmell from University of Otago working with experts from the Loch Ness Centre – to search for evidence of what is and isn’t present in the depths but it’s also being used in more applications around the world. Jheni Osman explores why scientists are so excited about this modern technique, how long the traces last and what it might reveal in the future.” At the link left-click “Download” then right-click the type of download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Face Surgeons 59 mins – “With unprecedented access to the Australian Craniofacial Unit in Adelaide and following some of most delicate and specialised craniofacial surgery in the world, this documentary is an intimate look at what lies behind the face and skull, and the surgeons trusted to make it whole again.  We join head of the unit Dr Mark Moore and his multidisciplinary team as they perform life changing surgeries on a 11-month-old baby who needs to have her skull remodelled to make room for her growing brain, a teenager hoping for a final fix for her cleft palate, and a young man whose facial deformity is affecting his ability to see, speak and smell. The programme also looks at the unique role the unit has in managing the ongoing non-surgical treatment of patients with genetic syndromes and their associated symptoms, including pioneering research into drug treatments that could help reduce the need for invasive surgeries.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.  

Farming Small Scale 42 mins – “This episode is mostly listener questions that we answer about our hoop house, construction methods, and gardening inside the hoop house.  We also touch on garden planning and winter beekeeping.” At the link right-click “Direct download: CoopCast_160.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Cyber Thoughts 15 mins – “In this issue: Palantir’s Surveillance Service for Law Enforcement, Zoom Vulnerability, Attorney General William Barr on Encryption Policy, How Privacy Laws Hurt Defendants, Brazilian Cell Phone Hack” At the link “Direct download: crypto-gram-2019-08.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Influence Operations 36 mins – “In this issue: Influence Operations Kill Chain, The Myth of Consumer-Grade Security, Massive iPhone Hack Targets Uyghurs, When Biology Becomes Software” At the link right-click “Direct download: crypto-gram-2019-09.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paris Agreement 29 mins – “For years, climate denialists put forth the narrative that it would cripple the US economy to sign on to international climate agreements like the Kyoto Protocol. They said that other major carbon emitting countries like India and China needed to be on board in order for the US to join. It’s clear now, however, that this narrative was always just a smokescreen. The Trump Administration is pulling the US out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which notably does include India and China, and is an historic accord representing more than 87% of global greenhouse gas emitters. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Helen Mountford the Vice President for Climate and Economics at the World Resource Institute. She breaks down what the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement means. We look at when this withdrawal would actually go into effect, examine some Trumpian lies about the Agreement itself, and discuss the impact it will have on the US and the planet moving forward.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Gardens 28 mins – “The last decade has seen a huge rise in the number of people opting for artificial turf in their gardens. Meanwhile businesses and corporations are making more use of plastic plants in both indoor and outdoor spaces. What effect does choosing fake over real plants have on the environment? Peter Gibbs investigates.” At the link left-click “Download” then right-click the type of download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcast History 33 mins – “In the latest episode of Books and Ideas (BI 71) I share an adapted version of the talk I gave last week at the first annual She Podcasts Live event, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia Oct 10-13, 2019. My talk is about my podcasting journey with some reflections on how podcasting has changed over the last 13 years. This talk was originally given to aspiring women podcasters but I have adapted for a broader audience. I look forward to sharing a bit of my journey with you. You don’t have to be interested in podcasting to enjoy this episode, but if you think you might want to give it a try some day, this episode is for you.” At the link right-click “Click to play MP3” and select “Save Link As” to download the podcast.

Political Violence 63 mins – “Politically-related violence in the U.S. heats up as talk of “Civil War” goes mainstream. What would a “Civil War” in the U.S. even look like? Dan has some thoughts on this and ways to potentially avoid such a fate.At the link you can purchase a download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Risky Decisions 60 mins – “We’ve all heard the phrase ‘no risk, no reward’ – but how do you assess how risky a decision or situation really is? And why are some people more likely to risk everything, while other consistently play it too safe? Lily Serna sets out to answer these questions by understanding some of the maths of chance. But for her this means getting stuck into some nail-biting situations like power sliding a supercar and learning how to trapeze. She investigates how the latest work in psychology and brain science helps explain why some us are risk avoiders and learns from an Australian woman, who’s climbed Everest twice, the surprising truth about what really goes on inside the mind of someone deciding whether to risk it.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.

Teaching 3D Aids 66 mins – 3D asset links for teachers. At the link you can access links to aids, but not the podcast; however, the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Teaching Aids 43 mins – “We decided to need to … instead of get off the pot. So here we are! Hopefully we still have a few listeners… Mom? Dad? Anyone?” Maker Space and other teacher link aids. At the link you can access links to aids, but not the podcast; however, the podcast is included in this blog archive. 

Terrorism  46 mins  – “The Day of the Dove (Politically-related violence in the U.S. heats up as talk of “Civil War” goes mainstream. What would a “Civil War” in the U.S. even look like? Dan has some thoughts on this and ways to potentially avoid such a fate.)” At the link you can purchase a download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Throuple Secrets 46 mins – “You knew we’d go there. I talk about Congresswoman Katie Hill’s “throuple” pics and whether the rush to portray her as a victim of revenge porn raises questions about revenge porn laws themselves. Paul Rosenzweig, emboldened by twin tweets – from President Trump calling Never-Trumpers like him “human scum” and from Mark Hamill welcoming him to the Rebel Scum Alliance – takes issue with me. In a more serious vein, Brian Egan, Paul, and I dig deep into the roots of the battle over how to keep “emerging technology” out of Chinese hands. Paul explains a Georgia Supreme Court ruling that cops need a warrant to access automobile data after an accident.” At the link right-click “Download the 284th Episode (mp3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transportation Planning 29 mins – “Do you ever find yourself driving down a familiar street and suddenly encounter an unfamiliar right turn only sign that diverts all traffic off your intended route? The changing landscape of your city’s streets may be disconcerting and inconvenient, but there’s usually a fair amount of thought and intentional planning behind those changes. This week on Sea Change Radio, we learn about how transportation planning can limit car traffic and even improve socioeconomic equity. We speak with Carter Rubin, a mobility and climate advocate for the NRDC, who discusses various efforts to make cities like Barcelona, San Francisco and New York more livable for mass transit users, cyclists and pedestrians. Take a listen and maybe the next time you’re unceremoniously diverted from a main thoroughfare, your annoyance will be mitigated by a pinch of appreciation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Witness Depositions 30 mins – “Ambiguities under current rules often lead to a variety of problems with 30(b)(6) witness depositions. Sharon and John talk with nationally known litigation consultant Tom O’Connor about the scope of these issues and his tips for avoiding common pitfalls on both sides of the deposition process. Tom offers colorful examples from his many years as a consultant, addressing matters surrounding witness qualification, hostile witnesses, preservation, and more! Check out Tom’s blog series on this topic: The Dos and Don’ts of a 30(b)(6) Witness Deposition” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

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