Author: Victoria Vanderzielfultz

Santa Tracker

NORAD: 65 Years Preparing for Santa

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has recently released the Official NORAD Santa Tracker focused on monitoring the whereabouts of a single repeat airspace violator. This culprit ignores airspace regulations and consistently invades homes on a global scale. Data collected over the years has identified the transgressor as a...

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FBI Releases 2019 Statistics on Hate Crimes

The FBI has released 2019 Hate Crime Statistics, which provides statistics and data on the following: “Incidents and Offenses”; “Victims”; “Offenders”; “Location Type”; and “Hate Crime by Jurisdiction.” This analysis included responses from 15,588 law enforcement agencies with only 2,172 reporting hate crime offenses. A total of 7,314 “hate crime incidents” where...

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National Strategy for Domestic and International Issues

The Aspen Institute has released Domestic & International (Dis)Order: A Strategic Response, a report providing response recommendations for current domestic and international issues in the U.S. Specifically, the report focuses on “the rising domestic tensions in the United States; the future of U.S.-China relations given China’s increasing assertiveness; the global economic...

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Analysis of U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Released

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness has recently released ‘130,000 – 210,000 Avoidable COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Deaths – and Counting – in the U.S.,’ an analysis of U.S. COVID-19 related deaths. With more than 217,000 coronavirus-related fatalities, the United States now has the highest number of coronavirus-related fatalities worldwide....

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COVID-19 Impacts U.S. Criminal Justice System

Johns Hopkins University has recently released COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and the US Criminal Justice System: Evidence for Public Health Measures to Reduce Risk, a report detailing the current health risks involved with U.S. criminal justice system operations amid the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. currently has the largest number of...

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Under the Trump Administration

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services have released details on the Trump administration’s COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccine distribution strategy. Specifically, two documents developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), From the Factory to the Frontlines: The Operation...

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Social Media Platforms’ Management of Criminal Evidence

The Human Rights Watch has recently released ‘Video Unavailable’: Social Media Platforms Remove Evidence of War Crimes, a report detailing how social media outlets go about removing violent or unacceptable content from their platforms and the impact it has on criminal investigations. Photographs and videos deemed to be in violation...

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New Recommendations for DHS

The Atlantic Council’s Scorcroft Center for Strategy and Security has released Future of DHS Project: Key Findings and Recommendations, a report designed to address issues within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A key recommendation of the report is to have the DHS refocus its main mission to nonmilitary threats....

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Analyzing a COVID-19 “Super-Spreader” Event in Sturgis, SD

The IZA Institute of Labor Economics has released The Contagion Externality of a Superspreading Event: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], a discussion paper detailing the impacts of a possible COVID-19 “super-spreader” event. A “super-spreader” event occurs when “a single mass gathering has the potential to generate...