Archive for July, 2013

Bradley Manning’s Trial Transcripts and Verdict

All the transcripts are here; the court decision (unofficial version) is here. Times Topics has a section on his case.

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European Social Statistics 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.

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Naval Chronology of the American Civil War

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.

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Economic Crisis – July 2013 Update

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A Guide to Cybersecurity Resources

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.

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National Security Reports – July 2013 Update

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Mayor Fulop’s Transition Team Report

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.

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