Archive for April, 2012

Updated Statistics on Every U.S. County

This site contains data from over 6000 sets published by a wide variety of government sources from the Census Bureau to the Department of Labor. Every county is listed along with state totals as well. You can drill down through topics such as “water usage,” “veteran” status, and “unemployment” rates. Many of the data sets here allow you to go back twenty years (in the case of population figures, back to 1930) for a comparative look. The default searching gives a general overview, while selecting topics from the pulldown menu open up a treasure trove of additional information. Just examine the statistics for NJCU’s home county of Hudson to see the wealth of information contained here.

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Live View of Space Shuttle Enterprise Over New York City

 The shuttle Enterprise will begin its flyover of NYC around 10AM. You can watch it live; a projected flight path is available. Additional information on the shuttles’ retirements can be found at SPACE.com. UPDATE: Viewer-supplied photos here; abbreviated MSNBC video here; and a nice selection of YouTube videos here.

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Article/Photos on NJCU “Day of Action”

Courtesy of The Jersey Journal, here is an article with photos on yesterday’s demonstration at NJCU..

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Mental Health Statistics for the United States

This biennial report, Mental Health, United States contains vast reams of information, charts, and statistics on those who have experienced serious mental illness, their socieconomic indicators, type of treatment, and plans utilized. The most recent volume is for 2010; it was just released. Previous volumes in this series can also be accessed

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State and Local Government Health Care Plans

The just-released National Compensation Survey: Health Plans Provisions in State and Local Government in the United States, 2011 provides detailed information on a national level as to the provision of health care benefits: vision, dental, outpatient prescription, selected benefits by type of plan, etc. This 300 page document proceeds to analyze the data by geographic region, income level, and industry sector (including higher education). Another informative report is this April 2012 report –  Employment-Based Health Benefits: Trends in Access and Coverage, 1997-2010 –  that shows a downward trend in employers offering medical benefits to workers.

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Online Encyclopedia of Mathematics

Originally published in 2002, The Encycloepdia of Mathematics, is considered a primary tool for this field. Recently, a free, wiki-based  online version has been released by its publisher containing all the original articles which can be updated along with new submissions, all under the editorial auspices of the European Mathematical Society. More than 8,000 can be accessed in all the sub-fields of mathematics.

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Welcome to Amazon Publishing

Not content to be a retailer, Amazon recently announced that it will publish around 40 titles a year beginning this fall. This article – Larry Kirshbaum shares many more details on how Amazon Publishing will work – provides an excellent overview of this new venture. For those unfamiliar with Mr Kirshbaum, he is the former head of the Time Warner Book Group and one of the industry’s giants. C-SPAN has video interviews and discussions with him. More information on this development is found at: Business Week, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

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2011 Tax Returns for the Obamas and the Bidens Released

For those interested in these matters, the returns for both couples are here. Reportage/commentary are at: CNN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Politico.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War Reports

Not long after the disastrous (from the Union’s viewpoint) first Battle of Bull Run, the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War was established. Peopled by abolitionist Radical Republicans who chafed at the slow pace of the war, it conducted 272 hearings into the shortcomings of the army, calling before it various commanding generals throughout the course of the war. Its findings were released over the course of the war years. To say that Lincoln’s relations with this highly partisan committee were less than friendly is an understatement. The 1863 report, in three parts, delves into: the Army of the Potomac; Bull Run and Ball’s Bluff; and the western theater of operations. The 1864 report investigates The Fort Pillow Massacre (the wholesale slaughter of surrending black Union troops by Confederate soldiers), and the condition of returned prisoners. The 1865 report dealt with the testimonies of Generals Sherman and Thomas before the committee. And the 1866 volume, called “Supplemental Report,” contained the testimonies of additional generals, among them Sheridan. Additional information can be found at: U.S. Senate Historical Office; Bruce Tap. “Amateurs at War: Abraham Lincoln and the Committee on the Conduct of the War,” Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 23(#2, Summer 2002); Brian Holden Reid. “Historians and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, 1861-1865,” Civil War History, 38(#4, 1992); William Pierson. “The Committee on the Conduct of the Civil War,” American Historical Review, 23(#3, 1918); Committee on the Conduct of the War (Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History); and Brian Holden Reid. “General McClellan and the Politicans,” Parameters, (September 1987).

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AAUP Faculty Salaries for 2011-12

The correct name for this report is A Very Slow Recovery: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2011-12. It details the rather tepid advance in faculty salaries over the past year and is supplemented with numerous tables. NJCU is represented once again.

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Pending 2012 New Jersey Bills on Retirement and Pensions

As of this writing, the Pensions and Retirement Legislature Database lists 24 bills under consideration by the New Jersey Legislature that have a direct impact on retirement and pensions. This database is updated bi-weekly and contains a brief history of each bill. In addition, every bill has its number attached to it; you can see the full text of each bill by going to the Bills 2012-2013 page of the NJ Legislature.

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Civil War Battle Deaths Revised Drastically Upwards

The Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862, was the first shockingly brutal battle of the Civil War; it produced casualties that exceeded the combined totals of all previous American wars: The Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Mexican-American War. (Histories and books by contemporaries, newspaper articles, and links to additional sources on this battle are available.) It seems somehow fitting that we discuss what the editors of the journal Civil War History describe as an article that  “…stands among the most consequential pieces ever to appear in this journal’s pages.” We refer to A Census-Based Count of the Civil War Dead by J. David Hacker that appeared in the December 2011 issue. Using sophisticated data software, Hacker has estimated that the total battle deaths actually hover around the 750,00 mark, an astounding 20% increase over the generally accepted death toll of 620,000. This latter number had been based on the work of two Union officers whose research was published over 100 years ago: William Fox’s Regimental losses in the American civil war, 1861-1865 (1889) and the more generally accepted tome by Thomas Livermore –Numbers and losses in the Civil war in America, 1861-1865 (1901). The reasons for the lower estimates are delineated in both in the above article and in this lecture delivered by Drew Gilpin Faust on the occasion of the publication of her book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. (Portions of this book are at Google.)

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Sinking of the Titanic – 100th Anniversary

With the 100th anniversary of this event (it hit the iceberg on April 14 and sank shortly thereafter on April15) quickly approaching, here are some relevant sites: BBC News – Titanic 100 (including survivor interviews and other valuable links); Encyclopedia Titanica (facts, statistics, passenger lists, deckplans, survivor recollections); Titanic (from The Encyclopaedia Britannica); Titanic (from the UK National Archives includes timeline, stories, educational resources, artefacts, etc.); Times Topics – Titanic (contemporary articles from The New York Times, along with interactive features and slide shows); Titanic Inquiry Project (transcripts of both the American and British hearings into the sinking, along with final reports from each); RMS Titanic: 100 Years Later (an exhibition detailing newspaper coverage of the event); Chronicling America: Titanic (hundreds of contemporary news articles); Secrets of the Titanic (Nationa Geographic Special); and Lost Liners – Titanic (PBS).

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Searchable Database of New Jersey Attorneys

The New Jersey Judiciary has just released a database of the 80,000 lawyers certified to practice in New Jersey. The data includes the date of admission to practice in the state, current status, and county and municipality where offices are located. The listing includes private, government, and in-house counsels;  it is updated on a regular basis.

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Economic Crisis – April 2012 Update

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