Earlier this week, the SEC announced new rules that require mining
companies to start reporting any fatalities and all major health and
safety violations, mine by mine, in their quarterly and annual financial
reports. The filings are mandated in the wide-ranging Dodd-Frank Wall
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which Congress passed to try
to increase corporate accountability.
The rules take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal
Register. They require companies to report within four days any
“significant and substantial” violations, citations, flagrant
violations and imminent-danger orders issued by the federal Mine Safety
and Health Administration.
Coal operators must also include the dollar value of proposed fines,
whether the company has been or may be designated a pattern violator
by MSHA, and any pending cases with the Federal Mine Safety and Health
How can an ISP both lose and win in top 10 rankings?
By placing more than once!
Comcast got pushed out of first place by AS 46475 LIMESTONENETWORKS
and AS 21788 NOC in the
November 2011 Monthly U.S. SpamRankings.net from CBL volume.
AS 20214 COMCAST-20214 did spam a third less (1,503,173 spam messages)
than last month (2,193,898),
but it was the spontaneous spam spewing of the two top place newcomers
that pushed it down to third place.
Yet Comcast really won the month. It took 4 of the top 10
(places 3, 6, 7, and 10), which is
twice as many as last time, and accounted for 30.29% of top 10 spam
spewed, up from 23.9% last time. That percentage beats either of the
top two this time.
In many developing countries, the absence of surface-based air pollution
sensors makes it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to get even a
rough estimate of the abundance of a subcategory of airborne particles
that epidemiologists suspect contributes to millions of premature deaths
each year. The problematic particles, called fine particulate matter
(PM2.5), are 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, about a tenth the
fraction of human hair. These small particles can get past the body’s
normal defenses and penetrate deep into the lungs.
Even satellite measurements are difficult (clouds, snow, sand, elevation, etc.).
But not impossible:
Two years ago, Chinese officials asked the US Embassy to stop tweeting
about pollution in Beijing on the grounds that the information was
“confusing” and could have “social consequences”,
a confidential US State Department cable made public by WikiLeaks.
Hm, so measurement can affect reputation and have social consequences….
Here’s why to look at more than one spam data source:
according to the PSBL volume data for November 2011,
Cleveland Clinic’s AS 22093 CCF-NETWORK spewed more than a hundred
spam messages a day on multiple days, while
CBL volume data showed Cleveland Clinic with only 42 spam messages for the entire month.
Apparently PSBL’s spamtraps happened to be in the path of this CCF spam.
Now a couple of hundred spam messages a day isn’t much by world
organization standards, but compared to what we’d all like to see from
medical organizations (zero), it’s a lot.
Also compared to the other medical institutions in the same rankings
from the same data,
the pie chart
looks like Pac Man and
the bar graph
looks like a hockey stick.
Maybe Cleveland Clinic didn’t get
the memo after all.