Archive for May, 2013

Videos from The Star-Ledger and The Jersey Journal

Hosted by NJ.com, this site provides access to numerous videos from the Star-Ledger; you can search by keyword or broad category. The most recent series deals with Shore Kickoff 2013, visiting shore communities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and how they are now faring. You can also watch videos from The Jersey Journal for a more local flavor. Each of these sites dates back to October 2011. South Jersey Times videos back to 2008 are also available at this site.

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In Praise of Hudson County Food

As former residents of Hudson County (West New York,  if you must know), we are well-acquainted with the restaurants that populate this area. So to does the author of this laudatory New York Times piece – The Ethnic Buffet of Hudson County. Laico’s is featured prominently.

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Moms as Primary Wage Earners

This just-released report from Pew – Breadwinner Moms – shows that in  40% of households with children under 18, the mother is either the sole source of family income or outearns the father. These figures are based on Pew’s examining Census Bureau figures from 1960 to 2011. Included in this report are public perceptions of working moms, single moms, and changing gender roles. More key points are published, among them: median household incomes are higher when the working mother earns more than the working father; the share of never-married mothers has increased from 4% in 1960 t0 44% in 2011; and 23% of mothers have a higher education level in 2011 as compared to 7% in 1960. Links to relevant Pew reports are also listed.

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Condition of Education 2013

The Condition of Education 2013 is the latest annual report in this ongoing series that examines various aspects of elementary, secondary, and college education. Statistics and tables/charts abound, from school finances to transition to college. Of interest at the postsecondary level are such topics as characteristics of college faculty, student loan volumes and default rates, graduation rates, and international educational attainment. References to previous volumes are embedded in the various sections. And for the first time, there are four “spotlight” reports, one of them – Financing Postsecondary Education in the United States – is of particular interest. A guide to the many sources consulted is included. A great place to find numerous updated statistics across the range of educational levels.

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2013 New Jersey Historic Endangered Sites

Preservation New Jersey has just issued its 2013 10 Most Endangered Historic Places;  sites range from a deserted village to a river aqueduct. Each place has a history and a detail of previous restoration efforts. Endangered lists back to 1995 can be searched by name and city; Jersey City has seven places on previous tallies.

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Looking for Book Reviews?

If you need to find book reviews on all subjects, ranging from anthropology to zoology with side trips into science fiction and mystery, then by all means stop at the Sunday Book Review from The New York Times. Containing thousands of reviews since 1981, this section does indeed give one access to critically reasoned evaluations of currently produced work. In addition, another special feature is podcasts with authors, editors, and critics on new books, bestsellers, and the literary scene. The famous best seller lists are also accessible on this site as is By the Book, an ongoing series of interviews with prominent authors. And let’s not forget the section’s profiles of hundreds of authors both past and present.

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National Security Reports – May 2013 Update

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Tax Avoidance by United States Corporations

In light of today’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on Offshore Profit Shifting and the U.S. Tax Code – Part 2 (Apple, Inc), some relevant links are in order. For starters, review Part 1 (Microsoft & Hewlett-Packard) and the related issues/links attendant on both parts. Then continue onto: Corporate Taxpayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers, 2008-2010 (Citizens for Tax Justice); Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists); Islands’ tax haven uncovered (BBC); What Makes a Good Tax Haven? (RAND);  Tax Havens (Brookings); and Tax Havens: International Tax Avoidance and Evasion (CRS).

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What Are the Best High Schools in New Jersey and Elsewhere?

The 2013 rankings from US News & World Report were recently released. Find out the best high schools in the state or look for them by zip code, town or school name. For instance, here are the rankings for Jersey City high schools. Each school is profiled and compared to state averages.

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What’s Open at the Shore for Summer 2013

A heck of a lot. As we all know, summer really begins on Memorial Day, so if you want to find out what is open in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, check out these sites: Jersey Shore Summer 2013: Beach Guide from the Long Branch-Eatontown Patch gives you the lowdown for Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth, and Ocean counties; another really informative site is Jersey Shore Guide 2013 from The Bergen Record.  Between these two sites, you will have the full picture of what is open or when your favorite spot will re-open. Point Pleasant, here we come!

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Videos and Podcasts on Art

There are more than a few places one can go to listen/view/read lectures on various aspects of the arts. Here are a few good ones: National Endowment for the Arts has dozens of wide-ranging selections available from jazz masters to leading art experts; the National Gallery of Art hosts Notable Lectures by artists, authors, curators, and historians; the History of Art is presented by Oxford University; Frick has Lectures and Talks; artist interviews and exhibition videos are at LACMA(Los Angeles County Museum of Art); hundreds of videos are available from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (we especially like the Medieval Art and The Cloisters channel); the Museum of Modern Art hosts its videos at its YouTube channel; over 1600 videos including talks. lectures, workshops, performances, and exhibition films can be found at the Tate Channel; Podcats featuring exhibitions, art tours, and lectures are at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art offers videos on its channel; and the Guggenheim Museum has its own video collection. Some non-museum sites include:  Arts (Annenberg Learner), Art History (Khan Academy), Art History (Saylor), and Arts (YouTube).

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Online Primary Sources for American History: New Jersey Colonial Documents

As we approach the 350th anniversary of this state’s beginnings in 1664, we need to examine some of those source materials that trace the evolution from colony onwards. This multivolume resource – Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey – is a good place to start. Publication first began in 1880 and ran through the mid-2oth century. The title has varied over the years as the scope of the undertaking grew to encompass revolutionary and post-revolutionary times. Each volume presents primary source materials, and many volumes have the added value of containing newspaper extracts of the time that relate to New Jersey. The documents were culled from various libraries, archives, and offices both here and abroad. The types of material include letters, instructions, grants, charters, minutes of meetings, and agreements.  Each volume has an index. Here is an enumeration of the thirty-seven volumes available online – volume 1: 1631-1687; volume 2: 1687-1703; volume 3: Administrations of Lords Cornbury and Lovelace, and of Lieutenant Governor Ingoldesby, 1703-1709; volume 4: Administrations of Governor Robert Hunter and President Lewis Morris, 1709-1720; volume 5: Administrations of Gov. Burnet, Gov. Montgomerie, President Lewis Morris,  Gov. Cosby, President Anderson and President Hamilton, 1730-1737; volume 6: Administration of Governor Lewis Morris, President John Hamilton and President John Reading, 1738-1747; volume 7: Part of Administration of Gov. Jonathan Belcher, 1746-1751; volume 8: Completing the Administration of Governor Jonathan Belcher, 1751-1757; volume 9: Administrations of President John Reading, Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Pownall, Governor Francis Bernard, Governor Thomas Boone, Governor Josiah Hardy, and Part of the Administration of Governor William Franklin, 1757-1767; Volume 10: Administration of Governor William Franklin, 1767-1776; General Index, volumes 1-10; volume 11: Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey, 1704-1739; volume 12: Extracts from American Newspapers, 1740-1750; volume 13: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1682-1714; Volume 14: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1715-1738; volume 15: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1738-1748; volume 16: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1748-1755; volume 17: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1756-1768; volume 18: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1769-1775; volume 19: Extracts from American Newspapers, 1751-1755; volume 20: Extracts from American Newspapers, 1756-1761; volume 21: Calendar of Records in the Office of the Secretary of State, 1664-1703; volume 22: Marriage Records, 1665-1800; volume 23: Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 1670-1730; volume 24: Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey, 1762-1765; volume 25: Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey, 1766-1767; volume 26:  Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey, 1768-1769; volume 27: Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey, 1770-1771; volume 28: Extracts from American  Newspapers Relating to New Jersey, 1772-1773; volume 29: Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey, 1773-1774; volume 30: Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 1730-1750; and volume 31: Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey, 1775; volume 32: Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc., 1751-1760; volume 33: Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc., 1761-1770; volume 34: Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc., 1771-1780 volume 35: Calendar of Wills, Administrations, etc., 1781-1785; volume 36: Calendar of Wills, Administrations, etc., 1786-1790; and volume 37: Calendar of Wills, Administrations, etc., 1791-1795.

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How Sleep-Deprived Is New Jersey?

According to a recent CDC report, 28% of the interviewed adults report inadeqaute rest or sleep within the past thirty days. Major areas of sleep deprivation are centered around Jersey City and Camden. Fact sheets for all the other states are available as well. You can review the questions used in this survey, peruse relevant papers and listen to podcats. Insufficient sleep has been linked to: depression, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity; if you need any other incentive to get forty winks, then please go the Drowsy Driving CDC site.

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International Summit of the Book

Late last year, the Library of Congress hosted the first International Summit of the Book. Distinguished scholars, national librarians, and publishers hosted panels on such topics as books and copyright, and the past present and future of  the book. All these panels are now available for viewing.

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2013 NJCU Commencement Photos

Here is a gallery of photos and a brief slideshow from nj.com.

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NTSB Recommends Lowering Blood Alcohol Level to .05

The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent federal agency,  has issued Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired Driving. Among its many recommendations is the one “…reducing the per se blood alcohol concentration limit for all drivers…”(3) Many charts and tables, along with a supporting bibliography, present ample data in an effort to control alcohol-impaired driving which still accounts for 30-32% of all highway fatalities. Reactions to this report have been mixed; a good round-up of viewpoints is found in USA Today. To see what is being done on the international level, please look at the WHO site – Interventions to reduce road traffic injuries: Reducing drink driving. Did you know that 89 countries already have lowered the blood alcohol level to .05?

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2013 Jersey City Elections Results

Find out who is now mayor, and who won in the wards.

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2013 NJCU Commencement – Live!

If you can’t make it, you can watch it live starting at 9:30am. It should then be archived for future viewing.

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Where to View the Annular Solar Eclipse of May 10, 2013

Short of flying to Australia, you’re kinda out of luck. But you can still see this annular solar eclipse courtesy of  Space.com which will start broadcasting at 5:30pm today. Here is the NASA page on this event along with a listing of solar eclipses back to 1901. And yes, you are viewing the May 10 eclipse on May 9 because of that tricky demarcation known as the International Date Line.

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What Hospitals Charge for Procedures

For the first time ever, Medicare charges from over 3,000 hospitals covering the 100 most frequent procedures have been made public in one huge database. (The link is at the bottom of this press release.) Of course, this is what the hospital charges, not what Medicare or insurance companies pay. What is positively amazing is the great difference among hospitals in charging for the same procedure, even within the same city. For the implications of this release, please see these NPR reports: High Hospital Bills Go Public, But Will It Help? and Medicare Pulls Back Curtain on Hospital Bills. The New York Times  has a very good summary/interpretation of the data as well as an interactive chart that allows for some comparisons; so does The Washington Post.

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