The Kelmscott Chaucer, Hi-Fi Shows Worldwide, Cardi B, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, August 6, 2023


Open Culture: Behold a Digitization of “The Most Beautiful of All Printed Books,” The Kelmscott Chaucer. “But what about the most beautiful book? As a contender for that spot, Michael Goodman (previously featured here on Open Culture for his projects on the illustrations of Shakespeare and Dickens) has put forth the Kelmscott Chaucer, including the testimony of no less a literary figure than W.B. Yeats, who called it ‘the most beautiful of all printed books.’ Goodman has also made the book freely available for our perusal on his new web site, The Kelmscott Chaucer Online.”

StereoNet: Keep Up With Hi-Fi Shows Around The World With This Handy New Website. “The global calendar is a super nifty tool that shows you upcoming shows worldwide, whether you’re based in the US, Australia, Europe or Asia. The website’s user interface is fantastic, allowing you to view it in the standard List view or a Month view that resembles a Google Calendar. There’s even a Map view that gives you a Google Map widget of each show’s venue.”


Radar Online: Blogger Who Owes Cardi B $3 Million Does ‘Not Have the Ability’ to Pay Debt, Attempting to Work Out Deal: Bankruptcy Docs. “The blogger who was ordered to pay Cardi B over $3 million for spreading lies about her says she doesn’t have the funds to pay the judgment, has learned. According to court documents obtained by, Tasha K aka LaTasha Kebe, who was found liable for defaming Cardi B, has informed the court of her financial situation as part of her recent bankruptcy.”

Bureau of Justice Statistics: New Survey of Prison Inmates Data Analysis Tool (SPI DAT). “BJS has launched a new Survey of Prison Inmates Data Analysis Tool (SPI DAT). The dynamic analysis tool modernizes public access to the most recent SPI data (2016) with interactive data visualizations.”


The Guardian: Meta, Google and YouTube ‘profiting’ off posts for bogus women’s health cures in Kenya. “Meta, YouTube and Google are profiting from posts promoting harmful and useless health products to women in Kenya, according to an investigation. Researchers from the media collective Fumbua have accused big tech firms of amplifying content that promises unproven cures for infertility and herbs that can stave off cancers on their networks.”

What’s On Weibo: The Many Books Lost in the China Floods: Catastrophic Flooding Hits Zhuozhou’s Publishing Industry. “Dozens of prominent Chinese publishing companies and book warehouses based in Hebei’s Zhuozhou, a major hub for the publishing industry, have witnessed their book depots destroyed as water levels surged as high as the second floor. Distribution will be at a standstill for at least 15 days.”

PhilStar Global (Philippines): Hidden hate and lies: How ‘covert’ political influencers ran the show of 2022 elections. “Content creators engaged in covert political campaigning during the 2022 elections were paid a premium for their unique ability to deploy inflammatory speech to attack candidates, a new study on disinformation has found.”


4 New York: Twitch streamer arrested after ‘inciting a riot’ of thousands in Manhattan . “A famous video game influencer known for streaming on Twitch is in custody after a giveaway event attracting thousands of young people sparked pandemonium in Manhattan’s Union Square. The Friday afternoon event advertised by Kai Cenat, one of the most popular streamers online, grew out of control well before its scheduled 4 p.m. start time. Police estimates suggest the crowd size eventually climbed to a “couple thousand people.”

The Independent: RFK Jr sues ‘state actors’ YouTube and Google for alleged censorship of his anti-vaxx interviews. “Robert F Kennedy has claimed his anti-vaxx interviews are being censored by YouTube and Google in a new lawsuit which accuses the big tech behemoths of being ‘state actors’. The presidential candidate filed a 27-page complaint in California on Wednesday alleging the sites had caved to pressure to ‘silence’ him by the federal government and his Democratic primary rival President Joe Biden.”

Reuters: Judicial panel refuses to pause return of Texas lawsuit against Google. “Texas won a round in its antitrust lawsuit with Alphabet’s Google on Thursday after a U.S. judicial panel refused to pause a decision to return the lawsuit to federal court in Texas.”


Western University: Study finds link between screen time and anxiety, depression in children. “New research from the Faculty of Education has found a link between screen time and anxiety and depression in children. The study, led by assistant professor of education and Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience and Learning Disorders Emma Duerden, also found children were on screens for more than double the daily recommended amount during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mother Jones: Authors Like Me Are Fighting the Book-Ban Zealots. We Need Help.. “…fans of the right to read freely tend not to show up at school board meetings and statehouses the way the book banners do, either because they take their constitutional freedoms for granted or because they’re cowed by the vitriol the censors might throw their way. Without an engaged local press, too, many people are unaware of books being challenged in their backyard. But when readers do show up in force and resist, they can make a big difference.”

Johns Hopkins University: Johns Hopkins makes major investment in the power, promise of data science and artificial intelligence. “A new data science and translation institute will bring together experts from a wide range of disciplines to capitalize on the rapidly emerging potential of data to fuel discovery across the university.”

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