Monday, August 3, 2015

American Experience vs American Expectations:an Updated Look at Private-sector Employment for Women, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans...

"American Experiences versus American Expectations illustrates the significant changes to the United States workforce during the 50 years since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) opened its doors in 1965. The report is an updated look at the groundbreaking 1977 EEOC research Black Experiences Versus Black Expectations. Written by Dr. Melvin Humphrey, EEOC's then-director of Research, Black Experiences versus Black Expectations was the first major EEOC research report to use data collected through the EEO-1 survey to focus on the issue of racial inequality in the workforce. The report's title came from the gap between African American employment experiences in the workforce and expectations based on fair-share employment levels, defined at the time as the number of minorities employed at a rate equal to their employment availability. 

American Experiences versus American Expectations focuses on changes in employment participation from 1966 to 2013 not only for African Americans but also for Hispanics, Asian Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, and women. The participation rate represents the percentage of workers from each demographic group that hold positions in the variety of categories reported in the EEO-1 survey.

Beginning in 1966 all employers with 100 or more employees (lower thresholds apply to federal contractors) have been required by law to file the Employer Information Report EEO-1 with the EEOC. In FY 2013 approximately 70,000 employers filed an EEO-1. These forms indicate the composition of an employer's workforces by sex and by race/ethnic category..."
American experiences

What the Clean Power Plan Means For America

"On Monday, President Obama will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan—the biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change. If you agree that we can't condemn our kids and grandkids to a planet that's beyond fixing, share this video with your friends and family. It's time to ‪#‎ActOnClimate‬..."
Clean power plan

6 Things Every American Should Know About the Clean Power Plan

Please find a 6 points explanation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan from U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. 
Clean Energy Plan

Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock. Because Heatstroke Kills.

"With summer heat pounding down on cities and towns across America, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is again urging everyone to remember that heatstroke can be deadly to a child left in a hot car.
Other than crashes, heatstroke is the leading cause of death involving children 14 years and younger in motor vehicles. They represent 61 percent of all non-crash deaths in this age group. San Francisco State University’s Department of Geosciences estimates that, in 2014, at least 30 kids died from heatstroke. And, with several weeks of hot weather still to come, 10 kids have already died in 2015.
Heatstroke kills. But it is 100 percent preventable. So we're reminding everyone to protect children with this simple message: “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock.” Today, as part of National Heatstroke Prevention Day, we’ll be highlighting heatstroke dangers on Twitter throughout the day. You can follow our tweetup on @NHTSAgov[external link] using #checkforbabyand #heatstrokekills..."
Babies and heatstroke

What Should You Look for When Buying Olive Oil?

"An authentic, extra-virgin olive oil is full of flavor, like a fine wine,” says Tonio Creanza, whose family has been harvesting olives in southern Italy's Puglia region—which produces more olive oil than anywhere else in Italy—for six generations. Each November, Creanza gathers volunteers from around the globe to help harvest his family's 700 olive trees as well as partake in the celebration that accompanies it. At his family home in Altamura, a small, ancient city on Puglia's Murge plateau where olive trees grow seemingly by the thousands, glass jars filled with Famiglia Creanza olive oil take up prime kitchen real estate beside bowls of homemade orecchiette pasta and hearty slices of fresh bread. It is both the product of hard work and a symbol of great pride, as it should be. Once you see what goes into producing a bottle of authentic extra-virgin olive oil—and then tasting the results—there is really no going back.
Olive harvesting is back-breaking work. Creanza and his volunteers rise at dawn to drive out to the orchards, laying massive nets beneath each to catch the olives before removing them with pneumatic rakes and by hand. They move meticulously down each orchard's often misaligned rows, careful not to step on any of the fallen olives while removing as many stems, leaves, and branches as possible from each net before gathering them up and pouring their bounty into crates. Once the sun descends and most every crate is full, it's off to the press for the extraction of olive oil.
Creanza is the founder of Messors, an organization that runs workshops in—among other things—the culinary wonders of Italy's Puglia region, and he has made it part of his mission to help educate others on the benefits of consuming extra-virgin olive oil. While he's not a scientist, Creanza has done plenty of research on these benefits and has more than four decades working in the fields..."
Olive oil

Young Picky Eaters May Be More Anxious and Depressed

"Parents around the world are frustrated by kids who are fussy about their food, often left bemoaning uneaten broccoli and waiting impatiently for them to grow out of it. Now, research suggests that paying closer attention to picky eating may be about more than making sure kids get enough fruits and veggies.
A Duke University study involving hundreds of young children found that even moderate picky eating often coincides with psychological health issues, including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity. And as the pickiness got more extreme, the associated psychological problems tended to get worse.
“We're talking about kids whose picky eating went beyond having a non-preference for certain foods like broccoli,” says co-author William Copeland, a clinical psychologist at Duke. “Their eating was so restrictive that it required their parents to make separate meals for them apart from the rest of the family"...”
Young picky eaters

The United States Once Invaded and Occupied Haiti

"Today, many Americans think of Haiti as a country still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake. But fewer realize that it's recovering from something else, too, reports Ishaan Tharoor for The Washington Post — the United States' invasion and occupation of the country in 1915.
In July of 1915, Haiti was in the midst of a wave of political unrest that culminated with the assassination of their president. President Woodrow Wilson used Haiti’s problems as an excuse to send troops. The conflict ended in a treaty that gave the U.S. control over Haiti’s military and finances, according to the State Department’s recap — a de facto occupation that would last 19 years..."
Haiti invasion

Home Canning and Botulism

"Home canning is an excellent way to preserve garden produce and share it with family and friends, but it can be risky or even deadly if not done correctly and safely.
It's summer, and home gardeners are harvesting the delicious produce they've been growing this year. Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware: if it's done the wrong way, the vegetables you worked so hard for could become contaminated by a germ that causes botulism, a serious illness that can affect your nerves, paralyze you, and even cause death. Read on to learn about the symptoms and the safe way to can so you can protect yourself, your family, and others when you share your home-canned goodies..."
Home Canning

The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

"Trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy. It is key to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.

In light of recent events that have exposed rifts in the relationships between local police and the communities they protect and serve, on December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The President charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust..."
Task Force on Policing

Disability Impacts all of US

Please find a graphic presentation of disability in the United States.
Disability impacts


"America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015 is a compendium of indicators depicting the condition of our Nation's young people. The report, the 17th in an ongoing series, presents 41 key indicators on important aspects of children's lives. These indicators are drawn from our most reliable Federal statistics, are easily understood by broad audiences, are objectively based on substantial research, are balanced so that no single area of children's lives dominates the report, are measured often to show trends over time, and are representative of large segments of the population rather than one particular group..."
America's children

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

"This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains.

"The bottom line is that this is no time for complacency. Right now, across the globe, victims of human trafficking are daring to imagine the possibility of escape, the chance for a life without fear, and the opportunity to earn a living wage. I echo the words of President Obama and say to them: We hear you, and we will do all we can to make that dream come true. In recent decades, we have learned a great deal about how to break up human trafficking networks and help victims recover in safety and dignity. In years to come, we will apply those lessons relentlessly, and we will not rest until modern slavery is ended." – John F. Kerry, Secretary of State..."

Human trafficking

Sunday, July 26, 2015

FTC Takes Action Against LifeLock for Alleged Violations of 2010 Order

"The Federal Trade Commission today asserted that LifeLock violated a 2010 settlement with the agency and 35 state attorneys general by continuing to make deceptive claims about its identity theft protection services, and by failing to take steps required to protect its users’ data.
In documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the FTC charged that LifeLock failed to live up to its obligations under the 2010 settlement, and asked the court to impose an order requiring LifeLock to provide full redress to all consumers affected by the company’s order violations.
“It is essential that companies live up to their obligations under orders obtained by the FTC,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “If a company continues with practices that violate orders and harm consumers, we will act.”
The 2010 settlement stemmed from previous FTC allegations that LifeLock used false claims to promote its identity theft protection services. The settlement barred the company and its principals from making any further deceptive claims; required LifeLock to take more stringent measures to safeguard the personal information it collects from customers; and required LifeLock to pay $12 million for consumer refunds..."

Economic Espionage: Nationwide Awareness Campaign Announced

"Economic espionage is a problem that costs the American economy billions of dollars annually and puts our national security at risk.
To raise awareness of the issue, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center have launched a nationwide campaign and released a short film aimed at educating anyone with a trade secret about the threat and how they can help mitigate it. Based on an actual case, The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets illustrates how one U.S. company was targeted by foreign actors and how that company worked with the FBI to resolve the problem and bring the perpetrators to justice..."
Economic espionage

Executive Order 9981: Desegregation of the Armed Forces

View a facsimile of President Harry Truman's Executive Order 9981,  issued on July 26, 1948 establishing the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services committing the government to integrate the armed forces..."
Armed forces desegregation