Archive for July, 2013
This is the first of a planned annual series from EuroStat (the statistical arm of the EU) that details socioeconomic characteristics of the EU27 countries as well as candidate countries for admission. Data range from foreign language learning to healthcare to criminal justice, and each table is accompanied by an active link to the appropriate EuroStat database. A handy glossary of terms rounds out this valuable publication.
As we remember the American Civil War, we should not lose sight of the fact that this struggle was not just confined to land battles; many conflicts took place either in bays, rivers, or the ocean. In the early to mid-1960s, the Naval History Division of the Navy published the six-volume Civil War Naval Chronology, 1861-1865. It is a day-by-day exposition on what occurred in maritime settings, from raids on Southern coastal ports to Mississippi River operations. In addition, excerpts from participants’ accounts add to the utility of this work. Volume 6 contains a cumulative index along with many special studies such as : “The Navy in Defense of Washington,” “Shipboard Life in the Civil War” and “Naval Sheet Music of the Civil War” among others. Needless to say, this work focuses on the Union exploits afloat. The Confederate perspective can be seen in this 1887 work: History of the Confederate States navy from its organization to the surrender of its last vessel. Its stupendous struggle with the great navy of the United States; the engagements fought in the rivers and harbors of the South, and upon the high seas; blockade-running, first use of iron-clads and torpedoes, and privateer history. This thirty-volume series, Official records of the Union and Confederate in the war of the rebellion (1894-1922) might prove beneficial as well.
Rising Income Inequality and the Role of Shifting Market-Income Distribution, Tax Burdens, and Tax Rates (EPI); Crisis Chronicles: 300 Years of Financial Crises, 1620-1920 (an ongoing series of articles, Federal Reserve); Credit and growth after financial crises (BIS); The Economics of Student Debt (Hamilton Place Strategies); and Global Risks 2013 (World Economic Forum).
The CRS has just updated its Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources containing a wealth of information from government and private sources. A previous blog entry examines an earlier version of this report in greater detail.
The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets (Harvard Kennedy School); Self-Defensive Force Against Cyber Attacks: Legal, Strategic and Political Dimensions (Council on Foreign Relations); Risks of Default Passwords on the Internet (Dept of Homeland Security); Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations (CRS); Are They Allowed to Do That? A Breakdown of Selected Government Surveillance Programs (Brennan Center for Justice); Federal Laws Relating to Cybersecurity: Overview and Discussion of Proposed Revisions (CRS); DRAFT Outline – Preliminary Framework to Reduce Cyber Risks to Critical Infrastructure (NIST); Global Risks 2013 (World Economic Forum); and Police Documents on License Plate Scanners Reveal Mass Tracking (ACLU).
Mayor Fulop’s transition team has released its blueprint for upgrading services in Jersey City. Although it may read like a wish list, there are more than a few concrete, commonsense proposals that need to be looked at. Among the recommendations are: consolidating services, modernizing payroll and personnel records, updating IT, and increasing digitization of official documents.