Monthly Archives: February 2014

Remembering the 1993 WTC Tragedy: February 26, 1993

The endless passage of time has a way of eroding memories of those who were old enough to understand what happened. It is up to us to carry the memories and teach those too young to know and create memories for them. In honor of the victims, and our country that was a victim, and all who […]
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Music and the Brain: Helping Dementia Patients

Personalized music selections opens up memories in dementia patients. Studies have shown that music reduces agitation in Alzheimer’s patients and can improve cognitive skills. And individualized music is recommended by the New York State Department of Health and the national Alzheimer’s Association. See: http://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/retirement/personalized-music-helps-dementia-patients-1.7120200 Among the benefits are a reduction in agitation and sundowning and […]
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Capital Punishment Under Review Again

The Florida Supreme Court will hold an evidentiary hearing for inmate Paul Augustus Howell who is scheduled to be executed on 02/26/14. Central to the issue at hand is the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. And, specific to this case, involves the drug midazolam that was added to Florida’s lethal-injection protocol in September because of shortages. […]
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The Supreme Court Revisits the Meaning of Intellectually Disabled

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Hall v. Florida on March 3, 2014, 12 years after Atkins v. Virginia. The case revolves around the adoption of a flexible rule regarding the meaning of intellectual deficiency, as opposed to the inflexible bright-line rule that exists in Florida. Florida’s standard eschews statistical principles and disregards the standard error of measurement. […]
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Dark Side of Big Data

I’ve taken it upon myself to monitor the “dark side” of technology. We all know what “Big Data” is, correct? Briefly, Big Data consists of “the fingerprints pulled from social media, internet searches, blogs, credit card transactions, GPS signals, sensors and other digital avenues.” See: http://h30458.www3.hp.com/us/us/smb/The-places-youll-go-with-Big-Data_1361069.html?jumpid=em_taw_US_jan14_xbu_2180462_hpgl_us_1361069_1&DIMID=EMID:1055885650&DICID=taw_feb14&OID=10527356&mrm=1-4BVUP Seems pretty interesting, especially the part that your navigations […]
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Grim School Shooting Stats

The kind of stats we don’t like to hear: Despite increased security put in place after the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, there’s been no real reduction in the number of U.S. school shootings. Experts say the rate of school shootings is statistically unchanged since the mid- to late-1990s, yet […]
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