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Short Takes – 3-28-23

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear ‘war’.
A small dose of FUD. Pull quote: “It’s complete fantasy; just an interactive
game hosted in a building in a former industrial area of the city, harking back
to the fears of the Cold War.

“But amid the current tensions with Russia, in which
potential nuclear confrontation with the West has again been raised, it feels a
little unsettling.”

Republicans’ best hope for Wisconsin Senate is a Trump
. article.
Pull quote: “Wisconsin Republicans close to the congressman describe him as
“whip smart,” but also “incredibly risk averse” and “extremely deliberative,”
sometimes to a point where he’s slow to make decisions. They expect him,
however, to likely leave the House after his current or following term in
Congress, given his push early in his congressional career to limit House
members to six terms in office.”

Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award. Federal
Register Education 30-Day
ICR Notice
. Summary: “The Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity
Workforce (Executive Order 13870), signed on May 2, 2019, included a directive
for the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the DAPHSCT and the
National Science Foundation, to develop and implement an annual Presidential
Cybersecurity Education Award to be presented to one elementary and one
secondary school educator per year who best instill skills, knowledge, and
passion with respect to cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related subjects.”
Comments due April 27th, 2023.

Increasing Public Access to the Results of USDOT-Funded
Transportation Research
. Federal Register, DOT request
for information
. Background: “On August 25, 2022, the White House Office of
Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memorandum entitled “Ensuring
Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research” <<​wp-content/​uploads/​2022/​08/​08-2022-OSTP-Public-Access-Memo.pdf
>> which establishes new guidance for improving public access to
scholarly publications and data resulting from Federally supported research.
This second OSTP memorandum calls on all Federal Departments and Agencies to
prepare new or updated Public Access plans to ensure the Public’s immediate
access to the results of Federally funded research, which will further advance
research transparency and advance U.S. economic competitiveness by raising
awareness of new research discoveries and innovations.”

Comments in Aid of Analyses of the Terrorism Risk
Insurance Program
. Federal Register, Treasury request
for information
. Summary: “The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (TRIA)
created the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (Program) to address disruptions
in the market for terrorism risk insurance, to help ensure the continued
availability and affordability of commercial property and casualty insurance
for terrorism risk, and to allow for the private markets to stabilize and build
insurance capacity to absorb any future losses for terrorism events. The
Secretary of the Treasury (Secretary) administers the Program, with the
assistance of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO). Treasury requests comments
from interested parties regarding some of the issues that FIO will be analyzing
in connection with its next report related to the participation of small
insurers in the Program, including any competitive challenges such insurers
face in the terrorism risk insurance marketplace.”

What’s next in cybersecurity. article.
Lots of interesting stuff. Pull quote: “Moreover, Ukraine, under the leadership
of  Zhora and his cybersecurity agency,
has been working on its cyber defenses for years, and it has received support
from the international community since the war started, according to experts.
Finally, an interesting twist in the conflict on the internet between Russia
and Ukraine was the rise of the decentralized, international cyber coalition
known as the IT Army, which scored some significant hacks, showing  that war in the future can also be fought by

War on cow gas is stinky but necessary job in
climate-change struggle
. article.
Pull quote: “The current regulatory push could also have some negative
consequences. ‘Cow fart’ taxes will make New Zealand’s milk exports more
expensive, driving consumer goods companies and retailers to seek cheaper
supplies from countries like Saudi Arabia, which emits even more methane.
Closing down farms will also kick small players out of a fragmented farming

Did a Norfolk Southern Train Take a ‘Spill’? article.
Pull quote: ““Might I point out that for all the attention paid to vinyl
chloride in this accident, none of those cars breached in the derailment?  There was only an issue when the decision was
made to empty them and burn the material in the open air, a decision that
others might have made differently.””