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What We’re Reading: April 7 – April 13

Homesteading on Mars, IL agents scramble for class hours, and former careers of REALTORS

Interested in colonizing the moon or other planets? One big hurdle to overcome (and there are lots of course): no private property. Several international treaties on space and the moon prohibit sovereignty claims and private property. But if we want to jumpstart colonization and exploration, some scientists are suggesting these treaties be scrapped or wiggled around.

The census released a study recently that shows the economic recession and high gas prices continue to impact the farthest ex-urban regions of metro areas. Population growth for counties on the fringes of metropolitan regions has collapsed while closer in counties continue to see growth. USA Today has great sliding tool to compare 2006 data with 2011. One big growth area that stands out: the oil boomtowns of northwest North Dakota.

April 30 is the deadline for Illinois salespersons to upgrade their license to the new minimum standard of broker. The state gave salespersons two years to get the training to upgrade, but as of March 30, only 35% of agents have transitioned to broker.

A new Super-PAC is born: Friends of Traditional Banking to make an impact on the American legislative and regulatory process. How will this PAC effect real estate finance and lending? Only time will tell.

What is the perfect career for an ex-rapper, hand model or actress?  Real estate of course.  The New York Times profiles 3 brokers who have made the transition from entertainment to real estate.

Gone are the glory days when only PCs had to worry about viruses. Macs have gotten popular enough that ne’er-do-wells are targeting them for mischief. The latest virus is called Flashback and targets a vulnerability in Java. With a slow release of a patch from Apple, an estimated 1 million or more Macs might have been infected. Check to see if yours is with this simple guide from Wired.

The Dept. of Justice is suing Apple and several publishers in an eBook antitrust case. The big winner? Amazon.

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking is approaching. The New York Times explains how high tides and optical illusions could have contributed to the disaster.

As librarians, we watch for updates to the banned books lists. The ALA recently noted that the Hunger Games trilogy has cracked the top 10 list of most challenged books, though it appears that some of the complaints are more directed at the movie than the books themselves…I’m not sure how any of these books are anti-family, satanic, or anti-ethnic, but there you go.

Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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