Jesus. I’m going to start following Guatemalan politics again. This is nowhere near Santiago Atitlán, but is representative of the increasing civil unrest in the rural municipalities against their governments. Even in Santiago, I noticed a significant amount of corruption by the Muni and the police department.
A crowd busted into the muni by force (it’s usually open during business hours anyway, though), burned a car and some tires out front, and vandalized the mayor of Chichicastenango’s house.
They demanded that he resign his position because they believe his is embezzling money. One of the protestors’ signs reads: “We want transparency in the use of resources.” Others just say “Get the mayor out of government”…
Turba quema vehículo y llantas frente a la casa de Alcalde de Chichicastenango, Quiché. (Foto: Bomberos Municipales Departamentales)
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
January 17, 2013
SECRETARY CLINTON: I am delighted to announce that for the first time since 1991, the United States is recognizing the Government of Somalia.
Now before I talk about what comes next for this…
1. The position I interviewed for at CCTV is full-time, not part-time.
2. DocumentCloud is a useful tool for journalists and researchers that allows you to pull the most from primary source documents. http://www.documentcloud.org/home. This also led me to learn about OpenCalais, a web service that rips through your content and spews out metadata that can be used to find entities.
For example, I copied and pasted the first paragraph from a NYTimes Article- “The French military assault on Islamist extremists in Mali escalated into a potentially much broader North African conflict on Wednesday when, in retribution, armed attackers in unmarked trucks seized an internationally managed natural gas field in neighboring Algeria and took at least 20 foreign hostages, including Americans.”
From it, I was able to pinpoint social tags, entities, and topics. OpenCalais uses language processing for this. DocumentCloud and OpenCalais are open-source.
Thanks Wikipedia for the following…
3. An open-access mandate is a policy—adopted by a research institution, research funder or government—that requires researchers (e.g., university faculty or research grant recipients) to make their published, peer-reviewed journal and conference papers open access (OA) by self-archiving their final, peer-reviewed drafts in a freely accessible central or institutional repository.
4. The Research Works Act, also known as H.R. 3699, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on December 16, 2011. The bill contains provisions to prohibit open-access mandates for federally funded research and effectively revert the NIH's Public Access Policy that requires taxpayer-funded research to be freely accessible online. If enacted, it would also severely restrict the sharing of scientific data (all very, very bad). It died in 2/12.
Advocates for clean energy will rejoice in 2013, since, according to Lux Research, the cost of producing solar modules (which make up solar panels) is going down. In fact, the report claims that they’re on track to drop as low as 50 cents per watt in the coming years. Currently at 70 cents per watt, the incoming price drop is due to increasingly efficient manufacturing and module technology.