Archive for February, 2012

Barrett-Browning Love Letters Online

An ill woman, forbidden to marry by her father. An ardent suitor. Hundreds of love letters written over the space of less than two years. A secret marriage. An outraged father disowning his daughter and never speaking to her again. Such are some of the elements that comprise the relationship between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, two of the Victorian era’s most prominent poets. All their love letters are now online; you can see digital versions of the originals as well as transcriptions. The entire database of letters is also searchable. Brief biographies are available here. You can read most of Robert Browning’s works online as well as the works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” (From her Sonnet 43)

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16.2% of New Jersey Workers Are Employed by the Government

According to the Gallup Daily tracking interviews in 2011, the number of New Jersey government workers is just below the national average of 16.3%. Government workers are those employed by federal, state, or local agencies.

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Listen to the National Anthems of the World

The CIA’s World Factbook now hosts audio files for most of the world’s national anthems. Just pick a country, select the “government” tab, and scroll to the bottom of the list where you will find the national anthems along with some interesting information, For example, did you know that Japan’s national anthem has the oldest lyrics in the world, dating back to the tenth century? Or that the music for Brazil’s anthem was composed in 1822 and played for many years until it was officially adopted in 1890?

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Contemporary Voices of the Civil War from The Atlantic

In this special issue commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the editors of the Atlantic searched their archives for writings by some of the country’s best known authors: Mark Twain, Sarah Orne Jewett, Walt Whitman, and Harriet Beecher Stowe among others. The issue is divided into three sections: pre-war, the war years, and post-war. The pieces included do give an immediacy not present in historical analyses.

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New Jersey’s NCLB Waiver Request Approved

Late last year, New Jersey applied to opt out of NCLB by showing that other state-generated measures/procedures would be more appropriate in evaluating the skill sets of New Jersey students. (Here is Acting Commissioner Cerf’s letter to school administrators explaining New Jersey’s waiver request.)  As of this morning, AP has announced that New Jersey is among the first ten states to be granted relief from NCLB. A previous blog entry on the NCLB and New Jersey is available.

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Global Directory of Think Tanks

Global Go To Think Tanks contains hundreds of these institutions broken down by various categories: top in the world, top regional think tanks, think tanks arranged by research area, and think tanks recognized for special achievement. When doing research on policy questions, this compendium would provide a great starting place to identify major players in your field of endeavor be it security, or health policy, or international economics.

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Employment Projections to 2020

The entire January 2012 issue of the Monthly Labor Review centers around how industries and occupations will develop over the next few years. How will sectors grow? What does the demand look like? This report can be supplemented by a special issue of Occupational Outlook Quarterly entitled Charting the Projections: 2010-2020 that concentrates more on the labor force itself.

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