Here Are the 350 Newspaper Editorials Defending Freedom of the Press

In an unprecedented move, 350 newspapers have simultaneously published editorials decrying President Trump’s characterization of the press as “enemies of the people” and “fake news” while attacks against journalists in this country increase. This is borne out by research released by the Committee to Protect Journalists: “This is the deadliest year for journalists in the United States since CPJ began keeping records in 1992. At this point in 2018, the United States is the third deadliest country globally after Afghanistan and Syria.”

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New Jersey’s Future?

The New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup recently released its report Path to Progress that details certain changes to pensions, retiree health benefits, local governmental services, and business transactions which will, in theory, allow the state to resume fiscal solvency. To say some of these proposals are controversial is quite the understatement; please come here to read a summary of the recommendations and how they might impact you. NJ Spotlight also contains an excellent overview of the contents of this report; here is NJEA’s response to the plan. Contrast this report with Blueprint for Economic Justice and Shared Prosperity from New Jersey Policy Perspective.

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Online Primary Sources: British Treaties

What I present here is not totally comprehensive, but these tools do give access to the full-text of multiple naval treaties extending back centuries

The long-running British and Foreign States Papers is a veritable treasure trove of information that should interest anyone engaged in historical research. Some of the primary sources located therein include treaties, correspondence, speeches, papers, declarations, manifestos, and conferences; the writings are arranged chronologically by state. This listing I am using has an almost complete run from 1812 – 1922. It takes a little effort to tease out what you want, but the time is so worth it. For example, there are several multi-year indexes published that will assist you; here is the index for volumes 1-42, that includes the years 1373 – 1853.  There is a chronological listing of all documents that comprises the beginning pages of this tome; by scanning the list, one can pick out the treaties entered into agreement among Great Britain and other parties. For example, I picked out on page 2 of the index the peace/commerce treaty signed between Great Britain and Algeria. The reference was to volume 1, page 354, and I found the full text of the treaty there. It is a little awkward, but it does yield results. Another way of discovering pertinent sources is to search within the index volume by utilizing the “search in this text” box located on the upper right of the page. Using the text search results in over 400 hits for the word “peace” and numerous ones for “commerce” or “naval”.

A more direct approach is found through British Treaties Online that offers treaties enacted between 1835 and the present. It must be noted that this site does NOT present the full text of all the treaties, but enough are present to satisfy most researchers. And if the treaty is not here, you are directed to a paper source that does have it. There are multiple access points to allow for very specific searching.

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NJ Colleges With Lowest Student Debt (Think NJCU)

According to this article that is based on a third-party site, NJCU still ranks among NJ colleges with the least debt for graduating students.

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Wildfire Statistics

With the whole West seemingly on fire, this CRS publication – Wildfire Statistics – crams a lot of data into two pages. Current through August 1, it makes for a sobering read. And yes, things are getting progressively worse over time.

Is climate change having an impact on the frequency and severity of the fires? Here are some readings of interest: Is Global Warming Fueling Increased Wildfire Risks?   (Union of Concerned Scientists); Wildfires and Climate Change (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions); How Climate Change Contributed to This Summer’s Wildfires (New Yorker); and  Wildfire responses to abrupt climate change in North America (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

 

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Getting a College Degree Does Matter

The Census Bureau has just released some charts showing the wage differences between those without a college degree and those with one. The annual median earnings gap is quite large in many of the hundreds of occupations listed. These tables also show that the wage-gap between men and women is real and still exists in all manner of employment.

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Best Public High Schools in New Jersey

Niche has just issued its 2019 report on best high schools in the nation; here is the listing for New Jersey. Did your high school make the grade?

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