New Mexico Social Services, Graphic Design Archives, Washington Environmental Health, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 4, 2022


Human Services Department of New Mexico: Human Services Department launches first phase of the one-stop shop for New Mexicans to access the state’s health and human services programs. “New Mexicans will have access to a simplified, accessible, and inclusive website to apply for or renew services such as Medicaid, behavioral health, child support, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Customers will be able to access their benefit enrollment information, application assistance, and tailored referrals across New Mexico’s health and human services agencies without having to navigate multiple systems.”

Several resources mentioned here, all but one new-to-me. It’s Nice That: Five fascinating archives for learning about design history. “Whether it’s stamps, logos or rave membership cards, here are the best design archives to bookmark for research or late night scrolling session.”


University of Washington: Popular map for exploring environmental health disparities, vulnerabilities in Washington gets an update. “Map users can create data visualizations to see environmental health risks and compare census tracts based on dozens of factors, such as existing levels of pollution that include ozone concentration, PM2.5, diesel emissions, lead risks in homes, proximity to heavilytrafficked roads, industrial or waste treatment facilities and Superfund sites. Included also are socioeconomic factors such as English proficiency, education levels, housing affordability and employment statistics, birthweights and prevalence of cardiovascular disease.”

TechCrunch: Google now lets merchants add an ‘Asian-owned’ label to their profiles on Maps and Search. “Google announced today that it’s adding a new label on Maps and Search that will allow people to identify their business as being Asian-owned. The new label is now available to merchants in the United States with a verified business profile on Google.”


Oddity Central: Man Tries to Perform Nose Job on Himself, Unsurprisingly Ends Up in the Hospital . “You can find all sorts of DIY tutorials on YouTube these days, and that apparently includes nose surgery as well. However, just because someone says you don’t have to be a doctor to perform an operation, especially if it’s on yourself doesn’t make it a good idea. Unfortunately, one Sao Paolo man actually tried to do his own rhinoplasty using a YouTube video as a guide and ended up at the Campo Limpo Emergency Care Unit with an infected wound.”

Washington Post: A TikTok rival promised millions to Black creators. Now some are deep in debt.. “[David] Warren had the promise of stability in the form of a lucrative, year-long deal with Triller, a short-form video app that looks and functions similarly to TikTok. He was part of a group of what Triller touted as 300 Black content creators offered contracts totaling $14 million — ‘the largest ever one-time commitment of capital to Black creators,’ the company bragged in a November news release. But nearly a year after Triller began recruiting Black talent, its payments to many creators have been erratic — and, in some cases, nonexistent…”


Bloomberg: Google Defeats Lawsuit Decrying Animal Abuse Videos on YouTube. “An animal rights group failed in a legal attempt to force Google to do more to keep videos of animal abuse off its YouTube streaming platform. Alphabet Inc.’s Google is protected by a federal law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, that shields internet platforms from lawsuits based on content posted by their users, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Sunil R. Kulkarni said in a tentative ruling Wednesday.”

Bleeping Computer: German Chambers of Industry and Commerce hit by ‘massive’ cyberattack. “The Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) was forced to shut down all of its IT systems and switch off digital services, telephones, and email servers, in response to a cyberattack. DIHK is a coalition of 79 chambers representing companies within the German state, with over three million members comprising businesses ranging from small shops to large enterprises in the country.”


New York Times: Can We Resist the Age of the Algorithm?. “People can choose to be ruled by algorithmic thinking without running a literal program to figure out what’s popular. And the fact that we have a specific form of technology that makes it easier to squash risk and creativity is hard to separate from wider trends toward sclerosis, repetition, what I spent an entire book calling decadence.”

Mainichi: Rare records of A-bomb survey at Hiroshima junior high school in 1947 donated to museum . “Hiroshima Daiichi Junior High School was located approximately 850 meters from the hypocenter, and many students were working at munitions factories in and around the city when the atomic bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. According to the documents, a total of 1,334 students and staff were registered at the time, and more than half, or 727 were exposed to the A-bomb.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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