Archive for May, 2013

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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