Many Democrats began celebrating as news broke Saturday that Joe Biden was the projected winner of the presidential election. Perhaps surprisingly, the Harvard Republican Club was also finding reason to celebrate.“It’s been a good result for us, and for conservatism in general,” said club president Wesley L. Donhauser ’21, speaking a few minutes after the Associated Press announced its call. “All the pundits and pollsters had us losing 15 seats in the House, and I believe we’re down to minus five. The Senate looks to be either tied or still in GOP hands. We have the most moderate Democratic president in a generation. And if they could only win in a nail-biter with the most moderate candidate they could find, great.” Voting for the first time and in a historic contest. But no pressure The future of bipartisanship is partly up to Biden, Englander says. “It ultimately comes down to how you start the administration, so the next couple of months are going to be important. Obama didn’t start with bipartisan efforts, nor did Trump. People thought he’d do an infrastructure bill that everyone could get behind, rather than the Muslim travel ban. It would be the same if Biden jumped in and started packing the Supreme Court. But if he can start with something everyone would like to rally around, like fighting COVID, then I think it’s possible.” Economics were a major reason the club endorsed Trump this year, after declining to do so in 2016. “I’d say 2016 was more an exception than the rule itself,” Donhauser said. “Before COVID, which was a situation that rocked the entire world, we had the lowest level of unemployment in a generation. That includes African Americans and the working class. What people care about, more than the rhetoric that comes out of the White House office and how the president tweets, is whether they have a job at the end of the day. In an election year, they look at themselves and ask if they’re better off.” “Everybody’s pretty happy,” agreed club member Kyle Englander ’23. “I think most people understood that this race was coming down to a test of characters and personality. If it was centered on policy, Trump would have had more of a fighting chance. The Middle Eastern peace agreement was historic. You can even see that Trump’s America First Campaign has bled off into the Biden policy platform through his Buy American Campaign. On the pandemic, I feel he largely failed from a public health perspective but succeeded from an economic one.“So despite Trump’s many shortfalls, which I will acknowledge before anyone else, I think there were a lot of reasons to be enthusiastic about his presidency,” Englander added. “I predicted that Biden was going to win, but it’s not over till it’s over. We have seen crazier things.” — Wesley L. Donhauser ’21, Harvard Republican Club president Students discuss their hopes and fears for the nation The club conditionally supports Trump’s attempts to investigate alleged voter fraud. Donhauser cited the Associated Press’ now-contested decision to call Pennsylvania for Biden shortly before the tally was official. “I don’t know if the challenges are valid or not. But if this is going to be a thing, I would rather see the truth come to light. The most negative thing would be for people to believe fraud happened when it didn’t, or that it didn’t happen when it did. So if people are grumbling, get it out in the open. I predicted that Biden was going to win, but it’s not over till it’s over. We have seen crazier things.” The Harvard club’s characterization of Biden as a moderate Democrat runs counter to the Republican narrative that he was a far-left candidate, Donhauser admits. “I don’t think we buy that as a club, nor do I buy it personally. Obviously in elections, either side gets painted as the extreme of themselves. But if you look at his willingness to compromise and having a relationship with Mitch McConnell in the past, that’s to his credit. I personally respect him because I come from a military family, and I am also a Catholic. And I respect his desire to serve.”“If it was centered on policy, Trump would have had more of a fighting chance,” said Republican Club member Kyle Englander. Donhauser said he was encouraged by Republican support in down-ballot races, as well as new pockets of support for Donald Trump. “He got a higher vote share from people of color than in 2016. That runs counter to the media narrative that there is something racist about his campaign or not conducive for people of color. In the end, economics and sound judgment are prevailing over hyped-up emotional narratives. And socialism is being rejected, which for me is very exciting.” After a hard election, the real work begins Related “Whether Biden is a moderate or not, his speech did sound like he was ready to embrace both sides,” said Englander, who was interviewed following Biden’s address on Saturday evening. “It does seem clear that he’s ready for bipartisanship, and to me that’s pretty exciting.” Looking for hints of future prospects in the past and predicting what lies ahead
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While much of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities spent Sunday recovering from this weekend’s gameday festivities in Chicago and preparing for midterms, Saint Mary’s senior Emily Pearl revved up for the Chicago Marathon. Pearl ran the marathon to raise money for Steps for Doug, an organization advocating research and awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She said the cause was personal for her, as the organization was established in honor of a friend’s father diagnosed with the disease. Pearl, who does not consider herself an avid runner, encourages everyone to take part in a marathon. “I think anyone who has ever thought about doing a marathon should. It was one of the best experiences of my life,” she said. “I’m not even a runner, but it was still something I would consider doing again and again. As long as you put your mind to it, anyone can do it.” After struggling in last year’s marathon, Pearl came better prepared to this year’s race. “Last year was my first time running [a marathon], so I didn’t know what to expect. I started the race too fast and was not thinking about the four hours I had left to run,” she said. “This year, I knew what was ahead of me and I did a better job pacing myself.” She said the milder weather made this year’s race more manageable. “The weather was awesome. It was chilly out, which was perfect for running,” she said. “It was really hot last year, which made the run difficult. I feel most tired when I’m hot so it was great having a little chill in the air this year.” Pearl said she is now considering participating in a triathlon, but will definitely be competing in more marathons in the meantime. “I am definitely going to continue running marathons,” she said. “During the actual race I always tell myself that I’m never going to sign up again because of how long it is, but the feeling I get when I’ve finished the race is like nothing else.”
When she was 10 years old — long before she ascended to the role of deputy chief of staff for mayor Pete Buttigieg — Suzanna Fritzberg dressed up as activist and reformer Susan B. Anthony for Halloween. Since then, her desire to advocate for women’s rights has only intensified, as she developed a more nuanced understanding of feminist thought, she said in a lecture in Spes Unica Hall on Thursday.“I have learned since then that feminism is about a lot more than predominantly white women protesting for the right to vote, in particular ways,” Fritzberg said. Fritzberg said she fills three major roles in her job as deputy chief of staff.“I’m a force multiplier, meaning that if the mayor needs to be somewhere, and he can’t make it … that’s my job,” she said. “I also help to manage city operations, and I am a contact point between departments of the mayor’s office.”One of her favorite parts of the job involves helping manage the city’s health and human services policy portfolio, she said. “I’m the city lead for a bunch of things that are big, complex problems that are deeply intertwined with the root cause of poverty,” she said. “For example, right now, I’m leading a work group to focus on developing a rental unit inspection ordinance because we think there are a lot of problems with lead contamination, mold contamination … in our affordable housing stock.”Fritzberg said she is particularly interested in the connection between social policy and political philosophy. She said this interest shapes her perspective on working for the government.“Government is a tool for accomplishing moral ends, not just technical ends,” she said. “Often, the problems that we think of as technical — for example, how do you best set up shelter systems so that homeless people have a place to go? — are also really intensely ethical questions.”Fritzberg said her understanding of women’s studies enables her to approach the challenges of her job with innovation and practicality.“I find women’s studies a really interesting and urgent academic field, particularly right now because we’re in this moment where dignity and personhood and freedom, if you’re not a white man, is a little up for grabs,” she said. “I find feminist thought particularly validating because it talks about lived experience rather than alternative facts, because it recognizes interdependence rather than elevating individual success at all costs and because it predisposes us to a careful evaluation of government’s role in everyday life, rather than reactive and basic assaults on individual freedom.”Fritzberg said familiarity with the problems women face can enhance awareness of other issues, as women’s studies is an interdisciplinary pursuit.“Feminist thought insists on this merger between theory and practice, between learning and doing, between saying and actually putting it on the line,” she said. “I think that women’s studies is such a rich field of productive intellectual labor.”The link between economic and social regulations cannot be understated, as policy influences gender and vice versa, Fritzberg said.“A lot of the welfare aid in the United States goes to women with children and there have been a bunch of different rules over many different decades that structure women’s personal, professional and sexual lives around a particular moral ideology,” Fritzberg said. “At one point … there was a rule that if you were receiving U.S. welfare aid, and you were an unmarried mother with children, you couldn’t have a live-in boyfriend or anyone living with you that was a male partner that wasn’t your husband.”Fritzberg said this precedent, known as “No Man in the House,” demonstrates that the personal really is the political.“There’s this conservative agenda about household composition,” she said. “At the same time that this program is meeting human need, it’s also exposing a tension over state power in individual lives and where we think the appropriate line is for the state to be dictating morality.”The interdisciplinary nature of women’s studies, Fritzberg said, benefits her immensely, as her job often requires her to synthesize various avenues of thought.“When I work on homelessness, for example, I have to get an on-the-ground understanding of our service system and our homeless population — sociology, a little bit of anthropology,” she said. “I have to synthesize data on the public and private expenditures related to homelessness — economics. I have to understand the political levers that we need to implement solutions — political science. And then I have to effectively communicate with city administration, community members, business owners and social service leaders, which is language arts.”Skills such as creativity and agile thinking foster a strong community capable of striving for social justice, Fritzberg said. “We’re connected to this long and rich legacy of feminist thought that allows us to turn our attention to any number of different topics with particular grounding in theory and methodology,” Fritzberg said. “I believe my choices at home and at work are opportunities to build a world that’s grounded in my values and my principles.”Tags: Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, deputy chief of staff, Feminism, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Saint Mary’s Gender and Women’s Studies, Suzanna Fritzberg, women’s studies
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Adele Morris for the Brookings Institution:Some politicians call climate or other environmental policies a “war on coal,” framing the measures as an attack on the well-being of hard working Americans. Others chafe at such rhetoric, arguing it is aimed at derailing sensible measures to reduce the risks of global climatic disruption and harmful air pollution. Whatever the merits in each side’s arguments, it is increasingly clear that owing to both market-driven trends and environmental policies, workers in the coal industry and their communities are rightly concerned about their future.The coal sector is already changing dramatically, particularly but not only in Appalachia. Job losses are mounting. Longstanding firms are facing bankruptcy, and retiree benefits are under threat. Some communities are experiencing deteriorating fiscal conditions, and many residents in the coalfields have important unmet healthcare needs. In addition, even while coal improved countless lives by fueling affordable, reliable electricity, many decades of coal production have scarred landscapes and impaired waterways, and reclamation liabilities could be underfunded. Federal policies to control carbon dioxide emissions, if they are implemented as planned, will decrease coal consumption further, exacerbating all of these challenges.Addressing these concerns is urgent. A well-designed well-funded package of federal policies could help hard-hit communities and families make the necessary transitions to a more diverse economic base, to new careers, and through retirement. A truly effective set of measures could also assure policymakers that environmental protection doesn’t have to kick people when they’re down, and if done well may even make them better off than they would have been absent climate policy.This paper reviews the challenges facing the coal workforce and the case for significant federal investment those workers and the areas in which they live.Section 2 examines recent trends and the outlook for the industry under current and alternative policies with an eye to understanding the implications for the associated workforce.Section 3 explores the specific needs of the affected individuals and communities and summarizes literature on previous transition programs.Section 4 reviews current legislative and budget proposals. It concludes that they include promising approaches, but their funding levels are unlikely to be sufficient to address appropriately the myriad needs outlined in Section 3.Section 5 argues that replacing Clean Air Act regulations with a tax on the carbon content of fossil fuels and other greenhouse gas emissions could provide more-than-ample resources to advance the well-being of coalfield workers and communities, while at the same time producing superior environmental and macroeconomic outcomes.The paper draws on insights from a November 2015 workshop at Brookings that gathered a high level group of experts and stakeholders. The conclusions are strictly those of the author.Build a better future for coal workers and their communities On the Blogs: A Better Future for Coal Workers
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island-based band and this year’s Break Contest winners Bears & Motorcycles head to the East End this weekend for The Montauk Music Festival, a four day musical celebration featuring talented up-and-coming independent artists.Forged in the summer of 2012, Long Island’s Bears & Motorcycles began with three members: Dillon Mealey, Jeff Alvarado, and Brendan McGrath. The trio started writing raw, unpolished blues-rock in the backyard of a long island suburb in the heat of that summer. What soon would develop into heart wrenching anthems and fiery hooks had begun to take shape.Within a few months two new members were added to complete the lineup. Professionally trained jazz/blues keys player Will Mahlan and the promising young drummer Jonathan Brick. With sounds drawing from the influences of the acid-washed, blues driven rock of the ’60s and ’70s and the catchy fervor of newer band from the 2000s and beyond this sound is something you can’t quite put your finger on.Bears and Motorcycles won The Break Contest two weeks ago at the Encore Event Center in New Jersey and GameChanger is featuring the band’s music in a video game that will be released in early 2014.More than 100 artists boasting a wide variety of musical styles (from alternative, rock, folk, pop, Americana, reggae, blues, jazz, bluegrass, to flamenco, rap, hip-hop, country, metal, and more), will be performing for free in the spirit of sharing original music with audiences and fellow musicians at this weekend’s event.In its third year of production, the festival has cultivated an atmosphere of goodwill promoting local charities, connecting local New York “island” musicians with those from as far away as Vermont and California. Music lovers and performers alike are drawn to the beautiful oceanside playground of Montauk to promote and share art.Click here for full schedule and details on The Montauk Music Festival.
We’ve had a heck of a summer for data breaches, but the June hacking of LastPass is beyond simple irony. If a password management company fails to protect customer information, what’s it going to take for anyone to get serious about data security? And whose job is it? The short answer is “everyone’s.” But the better answer is it’s time for online organizations – most especially financial service providers – to step up to the available technology and take real action to safeguard the sensitive information they store on behalf of members.For their part, consumers are catching on that passwords aren’t adequate protection when making online purchases or doing their banking. In fact, only about 30 percent feel confident in the safety of their passwords for online accounts, according to TeleSign’s June 2015 study, Consumer Account Security Report. And in its own study, consulting and technology firm Accenture found that nearly three-fourths of American consumers are open to alternatives to user names and passwords.What’s the matter with passwords?Passwords are frustrating and hard to manage, so people tend not to use them correctly. Most opt for simple ones because it’s a hassle to come up with and remember complex character combinations. And the average consumer has 24 accounts, according to TeleSign, meaning 24 passwords to remember. No wonder consumers reuse the same ones over again! Yet, passwords are the low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals wanting to break into someone’s account. And people often help them along by using basic word or number combinations, such as “password” or “1-2-3-4-5.”The most damning evidence comes from research by Daniel Solove of George Washington University, and Woodrow Hartzog of Samford and Stanford universities (“Should the FTC Kill the Password? New Paper Investigates”) a 2015 report published by the George Washington University Law School. Revealing the flawed nature of passwords the authors say we need better authentication … now.The staggering rate of data breaches is largely attributable to problems authenticating the identity of account holders, according to Solove and Hartzog. “It is clear that passwords are being used incorrectly in ways that make them a weak security mechanism … understandable given that authentication is needed on so many sites and systems – there are too many passwords for even those with the best memories to remember.”What should replace them?It’s well accepted that current password verification methods are weak, but what should replace them?Some security experts believe biometrics could be the answer to password security, although they aren’t widely available on most commercial devices, partly because of the expense and inconvenience. Plus, biometrics aren’t all that secure against serious hackers. Fingerprints can be lifted and voice recognition won’t work if you come down with laryngitis. Even using your retina is suspect, as the Europe-based Chaos Computer Club proved using high-res photography to hack iris scanners.Instead, experts say the most realistic consumer solution is multi-factor authentication, using passwords as part of at least a two-step process that includes something you know with something you have. In their research, Solove and Hartzog note that this protocol also can be flexible for organizations needing stronger measures, “the multi-factor approach to authentication can be adapted and made as strong as necessary. Companies could require three authentication factors in some contexts.”The authors believe the level of authentication should correspond to the degree of risk, noting that high-risk data, such as health records or financial information, would require extra precautions. If organizations that handle consumers’ sensitive data online don’t get serious about security, Solove and Hartzog believe the Federal Trade Commission should step in to require it.What can we do now?Use multifactor authentication with all customer PII. Place multi-factor authentication in front of your online banking platform and integrate single sign-on into the process to add customer convenience and lessen frustration. Then make sure members know it is available and how to turn it on. TeleSign’s survey revealed consumers want better security but 61% don’t even know what 2FA/MFA is. Help members understand the need for it to augment passwords. Choose a service provider that uses best-practice encryption technology. Right now, most business protocol includes encryption in transit; e.g., encoding documents when they are emailed. But if those documents carry sensitive information, they are vulnerable when they reach their destination. Instead, documents with personal data should be encrypted both in transit and at rest. All financial institutions should use encryption at rest for their members’ PII. Explain the difference between authentication and secondary questions. Websites often ask for answers to queries like, “What’s your hometown?” But these “security” questions are not authentication-driven; they just make it easier for tech staff to reset lost passwords. Such a question is actually risky because the answer may be shared on social sites or elsewhere with the response always be the same. Instead, Huffington Post security writer Jeff Fox advises giving questions like “What’s your favorite sports team?” nonsensical answers like “vegetable soup.” Tell members the differences between types of cloud storage. Consumers fear having their personal information stolen, yet most don’t know how so-called “secure” cloud storage works. Help them understand that traditional, cloud-based services like Dropbox or Google Drive are meant for temporary, run-of-the-mill files – not their PII. Instead, offer them today’s version of a safe-deposit box, such as My Virtual StrongBox®, which offers data encryption from the moment documents are loaded throughout the time they are stored.Data breaches are reaching epic proportion, and securing information takes more vigilance and better processes than those used even five or 10 years ago. For financial institutions, whose reputations rest on the integrity of their customer information security, it’s time to get serious and use today’s best-of-breed technology. 158SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ron Daly Ron Daly is the president and CEO of Virtual StrongBox, a secure, end-to-end member engagement platform that can be integrated into various workflow processes to provide high-risk Enterprise IT firms … Web: www.virtualstrongbox.com Details
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At Thursday’s Board meeting, the NCUA quickly finalized regulations which will give credit unions a much more structured and formal process for challenging supervisory determinations with which they disagree. The new regulations begin in January 2018.Judging by the lack luster response to this proposal—NCUA only received nine comment letters—this new regulation hasn’t sparked all that much interest in credit union land. I don’t know why. For as long as I have worked in the industry, I have heard complaints about how difficult it is to challenge examiner determinations. This new process has the potential of giving credit unions, and examiners for that matter, a fair and dispassionate way of resolving disputes. It also has the potential of providing a body of written decisions that all credit unions could use to help guide their interpretation of regulations.The list of material determinations for which appeals can be taken includes: (1) a composite examination rating of 3, 4 or 5; (2) a determination relating to the adequacy of loan loss reserve provisions; (3) the classification of loans and other assets that are significant to an insured credit union; (4) a determination regarding an insured credit union’s compliance with federal consumer financial law; (5) a determination on a waiver request or an application for additional authority where independent appeal procedures have not been specified in other NCUA regulations; and (6) a determination by the relevant reviewing authority that an appeal filed under this subchapter does not raise a material supervisory determination. continue reading »
Oct 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) –Warning that the world is billions of doses short of the amount of vaccine needed to prepare for an influenza pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) today called for an urgent and coordinated international effort to make up the deficit.The agency recommended an immediate campaign to boost vaccine production capacity and develop vaccines that would provide broader and more durable protection—while cautioning that such efforts will not bear fruit for another 3 to 5 years.”We are presently several billion doses short of the amount of pandemic influenza vaccine we would need to protect the global population,” Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research, said in a news release. “This could lead to a public health crisis.””Importantly, none of the strategies will be able to fill the gap in the immediate short term but, if action is taken now, should bear fruit within a future time frame of three to five years,” states the official summary of the WHO’s “Global pandemic influenza action plan to increase vaccine supply.”The report is the product of a meeting of 120 experts in Geneva in May.The WHO estimates the cost of the needed initiatives at US $3 billion to $10 billion.The world’s current production capacity for seasonal flu vaccine is estimated at 350 million doses a year, which could perhaps be pushed to 500 million doses with round-the-clock operation (each dose containing 15 micrograms of antigen for each of three flu strains), the report says. Current expansion plans are expected to add another 280 million doses of annual capacity over the next 2 to 3 years, pushing the total to a maximum of 780 million doses.Under the most optimistic assumptions, if all facilities converted to making a single-strain pandemic flu vaccine, maximum world capacity by 2008 or 2009 would be about 2.34 billion doses, the report says. Given a world population of 6.7 billion, this would fall several billion doses short of the expected demand in a pandemic, it states.Further, it says that current egg-based production methods don’t work nearly as well for H5N1 flu vaccines as they do for seasonal flu vaccines. As a result, the current maximum capacity to make H5N1 vaccine is only about 500 million (single-strain) doses a year. Because each person would probably need two doses, only 250 million people could be fully vaccinated in a year.The WHO lays out three main steps for closing the vaccine supply gap:Increase use of seasonal flu vaccine to stimulate industry to produce more (while protecting more people from seasonal flu)Increase vaccine production capacity by improving yields and building new plantsIncrease research to (1) develop better vaccines that provide more protection with fewer doses and (2) produce vaccines faster and more efficientlyThe most direct way to improve production capacity is to increase the production yield and immunogenicity of H5N-based vaccines, the report says. The WHO hopes to improve coordination of efforts in this area by “creating a collaborative consortium of laboratories with the objective of developing better candidate prototype vaccine strains.”The plan lists various possibilities for building new vaccine production facilities, including transferring egg-based or cell-culture production to potential new manufacturers and partially converting veterinary vaccine production facilities to produce human flu vaccines.The report says various strategies may help increase production yields. Several candidate vaccines containing adjuvants—chemicals that stimulate the immune system—will be tested over the next 2 years, but funding will be needed to accelerate the systematic evaluation of the formulations under development, the WHO says.The agency also calls for more research on live attenuated flu vaccines, saying they may be more effective than inactivated vaccines, cost less to produce, and have higher yields. The plan also advocates further assessment of killed, whole-virus vaccines and of administering vaccines intradermally rather than intramuscularly.The WHO estimates the cost of all the strategies for boosting vaccine yields and production capacity at anywhere from $2 billion to $9 billion.Concerning the quest for better vaccines, the report says the ideal vaccine is one that is safe and effective in all target groups with a single dose, is easily produced on a large scale, is thermostable, provides protection for at least a year, and protects against “antigenically drifted” flu strains.The report recommends a number of approaches for developing better vaccines:Evaluate new adjuvantsAssess the molecular basis for the immunogenicity of hemagglutinin, one of the two surface proteins on flu virusesDevelop new-generation vaccines, such as ones that target viral proteins other than hemagglutininDetermine the potential benefits of giving a pre-pandemic vaccine to prime the immune system to respond to later vaccination with a pandemic vaccine.The plan also advocates standardizing protocols for evaluating new vaccine candidates and defining immune responses in lab animals that correlate with protection in humans.See also:Oct 23 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2006/pr58/en/index.htmlWHO reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/influenza/CDS_EPR_GIP_2006_1.pdf
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