Commercial Agriculture Transparency, Indian English, Twitter, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 2, 2023


Bloomberg: USDA Launches Cattle-Sales Database to Check Meat Giants’ Power. “The Biden administration introduced a public database on payment terms for private cattle sales, designed to give producers more leverage in negotiating with the four meatpacking giants that dominate US beef processing.”


APN News: Indian English pronunciation added to the Oxford English Dictionary. “Pronunciation transcriptions and audio for over 800 entries particularly associated with Indian English, including desh (a person’s or a people’s native country or place of origin), diya (a small cup-shaped oil lamp, typically made of baked clay, often used on religious occasions such as the Diwali festival), bachcha (a child; also a young animal), almirah (a free-standing cupboard, wardrobe, or other storage unit), and bindaas (bold; independent; admired; fashionable), are now available in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).”

Reuters: Twitter makes first interest payment on Elon Musk buyout debt: Report. “Twitter Inc has made its first interest payment on a loan that banks provided to help finance billionaire Elon Musk’s purchase of the social media company last year, according to two people familiar with the matter.”


PR Newswire: Apparel Impact Institute Opens First Call for Applications for the Climate Solutions Portfolio – A New Tool to Deploy Grants from the $250M Fashion Climate Fund (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, nonprofit organization Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) opens its first call for applications for the Climate Solutions Portfolio, a soon-to-launch registry of proven carbon reduction solutions for the fashion industry.”

University of Notre Dame: Kroc Institute hosts Colombian digital archive at the University of Notre Dame . “The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame has launched the Legacy Project, a new initiative to migrate a digital archive of more than 200,000 audiovisual and textual materials from the Colombian Truth Commission to the university’s servers and to develop a global platform.”


Associated Press: Child welfare algorithm faces Justice Department scrutiny. “The Justice Department has been scrutinizing a controversial artificial intelligence tool used by a Pittsburgh-area child protective services agency following concerns that it could result in discrimination against families with disabilities, The Associated Press has learned.”

Poynter: Mongolia moves to seize power to shut down internet, control social media. “The Mongolian parliament passed a multipronged law last week that would ban users from posting information about any public official without express government consent. Any information shared in an online group of more than three will be subject to inspection, and the minister of internal affairs can shut off the internet.”


Washington Post: That dreamy haze in Monet’s impressionist paintings? Air pollution, study says.. “A new study, published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, analyzed changes in style and color in nearly 100 paintings by impressionist painters Monet and Joseph Mallord William (J.M.W.) Turner, who lived during Western Europe’s Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th century. The study found that over time, as industrial air pollution increased throughout Turner’s and Monet’s careers, skies in their paintings became hazier, too.”

New York Times: Dissecting Elon Musk’s Tweets: Memes, Rants, Private Parts and Echo Chamber. “In order to assess how the social network may evolve under Mr. Musk’s watch, The Times reviewed nearly 20,000 of his tweets, analyzing posts from recent years and images he published over the past decade, as well as the relatively small number of users that he follows.”

US News & World Report: Finland Most Resistant to ‘Fake News,’ Report Finds. “Finland is the European country that is least susceptible to ‘fake news,’ with other Nordic countries trailing close behind, according to a recent analysis of media literacy. The United States and much of Western Europe – including the United Kingdom, France and Germany – ranked in a lower tier with countries such as Latvia and Lithuania in an expanded version of the analysis, which measures countries’ susceptibility to false news reports.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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