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Iran Intelligence Expert Discusses Iran's Efforts To Spy On The U.S.

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Heather Williams, an Iran intelligence expert at the Rand Corporation, about the former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer charged with spying for Iran.
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US Air Force proposal: pause the Earth's rotation so nukes would miss targets

In 1960, the US Air Force asked the RAND Corporation to evaluate the possibility of using stationary rockets to pause the Earth's rotation in the event of a nuclear attack. Called "Project Retro," the idea was that the "a huge rectangular array of one thousand first-stage Atlas engines... (would) be fastened securely to the earth in a horizontal position." As missiles approached, the rockets would fire, stopping the Earth's rotation just enough for the nukes to overshoot their targets. In the b...
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Hawaii Lawmakers Propose Public-funded Anti-gun Fake News Factory

Opinion Hawaii Lawmakers Propose Public-funded Anti-gun Fake News Factory Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Following California’s lead, Hawaiian lawmakers are seeking to use money gleaned from Aloha State taxpayers to fund their anti-gun propaganda efforts. HB 1541 would establish the Hawaii Gun Violence Prevention Center, a public and privately funded “interdisciplinary” effort to analyze “gun-related violence and its prevention.” Research into violence perpetrated with firearms isn’t in itse...
Tags: Guns, Congress, California, Cdc, Hawaii, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, Rosenberg, Johns Hopkins University, Center for Gun Policy and Research, Rand Corporation, Aloha State, Mark Rosenberg, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA


Kamala Harris Calls for Gun Ban, Reveals Weakness of the Gun Banner’s Logic

Opinion Kamala Harris Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- In her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has enlisted several former Hillary Clinton staffers. Harris also appears intent on using the failed 2008 and 2016 presidential candidate’s gun control playbook. At a January 28 CNN “town hall,” the presidential candidate delved into a full-throated attack on gun owners. When asked about violence perpetrated with firearms, Harris proclaimed that “ther...
Tags: Guns, Cnn, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Department Of Justice, Doj, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Clinton, Calif, HARRIS, Fairfax, Rand Corporation, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action ILA


Congress to Take Up Gun Control This Week

Opinion Congress U S Capital Building Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- On January 8th, 2019, two bills were introduced in Congress to impose so-called “universal” background checks. The bills, H.R. 8 and S. 42, are being misleadingly described as simply requiring background checks on all sales of firearms, but this is just a small part of what these overbroad pieces of legislation would do. A hearing on this gun control legislation will take place in the Judiciary Committee of the United State...
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There's Never Been a Better Time to Bribe TSA and CBP Officers Than During President Trump's Shutdown

It’s day 34 of President Trump’s government shutdown with no end in sight. And while most of the media’s attention has been focused on the long lines at airport security and food that’s going uninspected, there’s another topic that isn’t getting much coverage: the potential for rampant corruption.Read more...
Tags: Science, Tsa, CBP, Donald Trump, Government Shutdown, Transportation Security Administration, Trump, Customs And Border Protection, Rand Corporation, President Trump, Better Time to Bribe TSA


Keep Telling Your Members of Congress to Oppose “Universal” Background Check Bills

Opinion Universal Background Checks Don’t Work, so Why Do We Want More of Them? Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- On January 8, 2019, two bills were introduced in Congress to impose so-called “universal” background checks. The bills, H.R. 8 and S. 42, are being misleadingly described as simply requiring background checks on all sales of firearms, but this is just a small part of what these overbroad pieces of legislation would do. A vote on this gun control legislation could take place as early...
Tags: Guns, Congress, California, America, Chicago, University Of Chicago, Department Of Justice, Illinois, Capitol, Fairfax, ATF, Rand Corporation, U S Senators, Gun Rights News, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA


The VA’s Private Care Program Gave Firms Billions And Vets Longer Waits

Trump wants to supersize a program that spent almost a quarter of its funds on overhead. For years, conservatives have assailed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a dysfunctional bureaucracy. They said private enterprise would mean better, easier-to-access health care for veterans. President Donald Trump embraced that position, enthusiastically moving to expand the private sector’s role. Here’s what has actually happened in the four years since the government began sending more veter...
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LA Metro considering adding congestion pricing to jammed freeways

Charging tolls on Los Angeles freeways during times of highest use and taxing Uber and Lyft rides are two new sources of revenue being considered by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency announced on Thursday. The two ideas were presented in a report by LA Metro CEO Phil Washington as a potential solution to close a $26.2 billion gap in 28 projects being accelerated for completion by the 2028 Olympic Games coming to Southern California. Called “congestion prici...
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L.A. Metro considering adding congestion pricing to jammed freeways

Charging tolls on Los Angeles freeways during times of highest use and taxing Uber and Lyft rides are two new sources of revenue being considered by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency announced Thursday. The two ideas were presented in a report by LA Metro CEO Phil Washington as a potential solution to close a $26.2 billion gap in 28 projects being accelerated for completion by the 2028 Olympic Games coming to Southern California. Called “congestion pricing,...
Tags: Transportation, Milan, News, California, Washington, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Stockholm, Ucla, Metro, Los Angeles County, Montclair, CRENSHAW


Heroin-assisted treatment can offer benefits, reduce harms

Providing supervised access to medical-grade heroin to people whose use continues after trying multiple traditional treatments has been successful in other countries, and should be piloted and studied in the United States, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
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Is America Ready For Prescription Heroin?

In some countries, doctors prescribe medical-grade heroin to patients with long-term addiction. Could it ever happen the U.S.? A new report from RAND Corporation outlines the pros and cons.(Image credit: picture alliance/picture alliance via Getty Image)
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Mental health community engagement campaign shows signs of success

A community engagement campaign launched by Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to address mental health barriers had an impressive reach with the younger audience it targeted and showed signs of changing attitudes, according to a new RAND Corporation evaluation.
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Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control Policies

Opinion Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control Policies Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Everyone has hobbies. Some doctors’ collective hobby is opining on firearms policy. Half of the articles in the “Latest from Annals” email from the Annals of Internal Medicine journal are related to firearms.The most prominent of these articles is a position paper written by the American College of Physicians (ACP) that expands upon their 2014 paper and reflects every anti-gunner’s public...
Tags: Guns, Iowa, ACP, American College of Physicians, NICS, Rand Corporation, American College of Physicians ACP, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, Supreme Court The Supreme Court, Philip J Cook, Annals of Internal Medicine journal


Washington Post Resorts to Fake News to Politicize Tragedy

Opinion Washington Post Resorts to Fake News to Politicize Tragedy Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)-  Last Monday, the Washington Post published an editorial about last Saturday’s heinous crime at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The piece was titled “We can stop this American carnage.” True to form, the Post blamed the event not on the actions of a hateful and manifestly evil individual but on a supposed need for more federal gun control.The newspaper’s editorial board is certainly ent...
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Universities begin redesigning principal preparation programs

One year into a four-year $49 million initiative to improve training for aspiring school principals, a new RAND Corporation report found that seven universities are beginning to change their principal preparation programs to better reflect the real-world demands of the job.
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A $1 billion Gates Foundation-backed education initiative failed to help students — here’s how the foundation's next $450 million project will look

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spent more than $200 million on a teacher effectiveness initiative, and an independent assessment found that the program failed to help students. Now the Gates Foundation is trying a new approach: supporting local organizations that work directly with teachers and principals. Professors who specialize in education told Business Insider that the new initiative's focus on local groups is a step in the right direction. However, experts noted the Gates Foundat...
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Anti-gun Researcher Refutes His Own Anti-gun Conclusion

Opinion New York Handgun License Application Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Doctor Garen Wintemute’s latest contribution to “the prevention of firearm violence” comes in the form of a Perspective column published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Wintemute, you may recall, is the Director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program and the UC Firearm Violence Research Center. He proposes a two-prong solution to stop mass shootings.The solution, according to Doctor Wintemute? So...
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How smartphone apps could help keep health records accurate

Ben Moscovitch Contributor Share on Twitter Ben Moscovitch directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ health information technology project. Robert S. Rudin Contributor Share on Twitter Robert S. Rudin is an information scientist with the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. Suppose that the next time you go to a new doctor’s office, you wouldn’...
Tags: Health, Column, Boston, Tech, Banking, Smartphone, Smartphones, Diabetes, San Diego, Retail, Driver, Allergies, Pew Research Center, Mayo Clinic, Pittsburgh, Rand Corporation


EU countries lack capacity to rapidly move future Alzheimer's treatment into clinical use

The health care systems in some European countries lack the capacity to rapidly move a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer's disease from approval into widespread clinical use, which could leave 1 million people without access to transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
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More than 500 Sexual Assaults Happen in a Single Year at Some Military Installations: Report

A newly released Pentagon study revealed that many sexual assaults in the U.S. military occur across the globe at a relatively small number of bases and naval ships, including some installations where more than 500 incidents occurred in a single year. The 119-page study, conducted by Rand Corporation, surveyed American service members to uncover where…
Tags: News, Sexual Assault, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Rand Corporation


Nearly one in three opioid prescriptions in the US not justified, finds analysis

According to a nationwide analysis of physician visit records conducted by a team of researchers at Harvard Medical School and the RAND Corporation, nearly 30 percent of the outpatient opioid prescriptions made out in the United States do not have documented justification for their use.
Tags: Health, US, United States, Harvard Medical School, Rand Corporation


RAND establishes research center for combating opioid epidemic

A research center dedicated to identifying effective policies for combating the nation's opioid epidemic has been established at the RAND Corporation, supported by a $7.2 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health.
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Anti-gun Senator Distorts the Law & Facts in Unsuccessful Attack on SCOTUS Nominee

Opinion Dianne Feinstein Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- This week the nation was subjected to an embarrassing and undignified spectacle of obstructionist partisan politics surrounding the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Democrat caucus, understanding that Judge Kavanaugh is an eminently qualified jurist with an upstanding reputation and that the votes likely exist to confirm him, abandoned the norms of the Senate and of civility and resorted t...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, Scotus, Senate, America, Fbi, Ford, Chuck Grassley, Dianne Feinstein, Trump, Feinstein, U S Supreme Court, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Public Radio, Scalia, Kavanaugh


Israel threatens attack on Iranian assets installed in Iraq

Israel has threatened to attack any Iranian military assets in Iraq as it has done in Syria, following reports Tehran has moved ballistic missiles closer to the Jewish state. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's defence minister, signalled on Monday it would “contend” with Iranian provocations wherever they are found. "We are certainly monitoring everything that is happening in Syria, and regarding Iranian threats we are not limiting ourselves just to Syrian territory. This also needs to be clear," ...
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Smartphone apps offer promising approach for electronic medical record matching

Mobile phones and smartphones apps offer a promising approach to ensure that an individual's medical records when shared between different health care providers are matched correctly, according to a new RAND Corporation report.
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Keeping artificial intelligence accountable to humans

Osonde Osoba Contributor Share on Twitter Osonde Osoba is an engineer at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and a member of the faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. As a teenager in Nigeria, I tried to build an artificial intelligence system. I was inspired by the same dream that motivated the pioneers in the field: That we could create an intelligence of pure logic and objectivity that would free humanity from ...
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On Instagram, Banning Drug-Related Hashtags Is Anything But Simple

This past April, Instagram took stern action against a particular class of drug-related hashtags. You probably wouldn't have noticed unless you were actively searching for them, or they regularly appeared in posts on your feed, but #oxycontin, #fentanyl, and #opiates were completely removed from the app or appeared with very limited results, seemingly overnight.The decision came amidst mounting pressure from the FDA, senators, and advocates, for social media platforms like Instagram, which can ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Instagram, Cnn, Fbi, Digital Media, Fda, DEA, Michael, Sparks, Alex Jones, Instagram Facebook, American Academy of Pediatrics, Rand Corporation, University of Buffalo, Scott Gottlieb


Adolescents exposed to tobacco ‘power wall’ more likely to use e-cigarettes

Adolescents who view advertising for tobacco products on the tobacco "power wall" in convenience stores report being more willing to try vaping products in the future compared to peers who visited a store where the tobacco power wall was hidden, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
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Single-payer health care plan in New York could expand coverage without increasing costs

A single-payer health care plan could expand coverage for all New York State residents, but would require significant new tax revenue, according to an analysis released today by the RAND Corporation and the New York State Health Foundation.
Tags: Health, New York, New York State, Rand Corporation