Archive for May, 2009

Swine Flu Spreads in New Jersey

Our last posting on this disease indicated that there were 5 confirmed cases in New Jersey; the total is now 56. In a press release,  State Health Commissioner Howard has stated that  the flu is in every region of the Garden State. We have already listed resources on this malady; here are some more:  H1N1 Influenza Center(from the New England Joural of Medicine with full-text articles back to 1837);  Influenza A (H1N1)(from DynaMed with copious links); and H1N1 Flu Resource Centre( from the Lancet featuring articles  and information from 40 Elsevier journals and 11 learned societies). The following publications from CRS should also be consulted: The 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) Outbreak: Selected Legal Issues; Avian Flu Pandemic: Potential Impact of Trade Disruptions; Would an Influenza Pandemic Qualify as a Major Disaster Under the Stafford Act?; Public Health and Medical Preparedness and Response: Issues  in the 111th Congress; and Pandemic Flu and Medical Biodefense Countermeasure Liability Limitation.

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Obama Nominates Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court

Federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated by President Obama for the Supreme Court. Biographical information may be found at CNN, AP, and NPR. A distillation of her judicial opinions is available. Find out the role the Senate Committee for the Judiciary plays in this nominating process. These Library of Congress sites  provide background information on judicial nominations in general and the Supreme Court in particular.

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Speech by Obama on Fuel Standards

The speech may be read here, while the video is here. Here is what a coalition of automakers have to say(along with a timeline). Of interest is this 2007  CRS report – Corporate Average Fuel Economy, which can be supplemented by this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  site – CAFE Overview.

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The “Missing Link” Fossil

Much is being made of this recently unveiled complete fossil. Is it indeed the magical “missing link”?. We really doubt it. It is unique in and of itself because it presents such a full specimen, unheard of in paleontology. Read the scientific article on this fossil, and then look at what these sites have to say:  National Geographic, BBC(videos), New Scientist, ScienceNow, Nature, Guardian, and The New York Times. Guess where the first fossilized dinosaur bones were discovered? China? Africa? The Rockies? How about New Jersey? If you, gentle reader,  rendered your considered opinion by choosing the Garden State, you are correct. Read all about it at, a delightfully informative site. Resources on paleontology can be found at this National  Academies Press site and at another location interviews with paleontologists are  available. A wonderful place to explore is the International Palaeontological Association where you can search for practitioners of this science throughout the world and dig up where fossil collections are located all over the globe; these are but two of its useful features.

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Map of Foreclosures in New York Area, including Jersey City

This map allows you to zoom into specific neighborhoods in the area, including Jersey City. The information is available at the census tract level.

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List of Closing Chrysler Dealerships

This interactive list from The Wall Street Journal shows which dealerships have been slated for closure; see how this will impact New Jersey as well as Jersey City. Documents related to the company’s bankruptcy are also available online. This article from The New York Times provides a great deal of insight into this business maneuver. And read this article about the dealers banding together to sue Chrysler.

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President Obama’s Commencement Speech at the University of Notre Dame

You can watch the video and the read the text of speech here. For additional information, please see The Chicago Sun-Times, Time, South Bend Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.

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Text of President Obama’s Commencement Address at Arizona State University

You can read the entire speech here;  for those who would rather watch the video, you can do that as well.

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Obama Administration Proposes Tax Cuts

This just released Greenbook sets out to explain the Administration’s  proposals to aid the economy by cutting taxes for the middle class ($700 billion) and small business ($100 billion) while simultaneously closing the tax loopholes ($100 billion) which so many corporations use. The language is relatively jargon-free, a rarity in governmental pronouncements. Read more about these plans from CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and ABC News.

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2009 NJCU Graduation Photos

This first batch is courtesy of the Jersey Journal. Here is a YouTube video of the event. And thanks to Mr. Lou Tiscornia, NJCU’s Director of Television and Multi-Media Productions, we can present you with almost 300 photos of the graduation.

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Summer 2009 Library Hours

Guarini Libray will have the following hours for the summer:    

Summer I (May 26-June 29) & Summer II(July 6-August 6), the hours will be Sunday 11am-5pm; Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm.

Intersession hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm; with the exception of June 29-July2 when we will be open from 8:30am-4:30pm.

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U.S. Budget Fiscal Year 2010

The general overview document - A New Era of Responsibilty – has already been highlighted in this blog. Now the Office of Management and Budget has released the Appendix to the budget which provides detailed information of the appropriations planned for the various branches and departments of the government.

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President Obama’s Speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

View the speech here, courtesy of C-Span’s YouTube channel.

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President Obama’s Budget Cuts

You can read about the reductions for the fiscal year 2010 in any number of sources: the Washington Post, The New York Times, the Associated Press, and Bloomberg News. Or can you actually peruse the document itself; it is called Terminations, Reductions, and Savings.

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New Climate Change Reports

Two new reports on climate change, both eminently readable, have been produced: Potential Impact of Climate Change in the United States from the Congressional Budget Office reviews where we have been, and where we are now in terms of remediating climate change;  and Solving the Puzzle: Researching the Impact of Climate Change Around the World details  research sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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New Reports on Terrorism

The State Department has just issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism; this 2008 version reviews terrorist activities throughout the world, counter-measures employed, and identifies those countries which are “state sponsors of terrorism.” The National Counterterrorism Center has released its 2008 Report on Terrorism. This report is replete with statistical information, highlighting the calculus of death and destruction perpetrated by terrorist groups. Other sites of interest include: Latin America: Terrorism Issues (CRS); North Korea: Terrorism List Removal? (CRS);  Terrorism (Council on Foreign Relations); Terrorism (Strategic Studies Institute);  House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Special Coverage: War on Terrorism (Findlaw); and Global War on Terrorism: Reported Obligations for the Department of Defense (GAO).

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2009 Class of the New Jersey Hall of Fame

Last night the 2009 inductees were presented. Their biographies, less one, may be read on the Hall’s website. Information on the sole recipient not highlighted on the list as of this posting, Lieutenant Brian Brennan, is available from another site; Lientenant Brennan received the Hall’s first “Unsung Hero” award. Coverage of the ceremony is available from, along with a video of Lieutenant Brennan’s speech.

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Economic Crisis – May 2009 Update

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