Archive for February, 2014

Mayor Fulop’s 2014 State of the City Address

Last night, Mayor Fulop gave his first “state of the city” address; the text and photos of this event are online, courtesy of The Jersey Journal.

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National Security Reports – February 2014 Update

Terrorism Designations FAQ (State Dept); Arctic Strategy — U.S. Department of DefenseNational Security Letters in Foreign Intelligence Investigations: Legal Background; National Security Letters in Foreign Intelligence Investigations: A Glimpse at the Legal Background; Nuclear Power Plant Security and VulnerabilitiesImplementation of Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS): Issues for Congress; China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missiles: Policy Issues; Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons; Next Steps in Nuclear Arms Control with Russia: Issues for Congress; Threats to U.S. National Security Interests in Space: Orbital Debris Mitigation and Removal; CRS – Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic; Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons; Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests; Identity Theft: Trends and
Issues
 (all CRS); 3D Cyberspace Spillover: Where Virtual Worlds Get Real (DNI); Identifying Enemies Among Us: Evolving Terrorist Threats and the Continuing Challenges of Domestic Intelligence Collection and Information Sharing (RAND); Review of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012, together with Additional Views (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence); Staying Safer in Cyberspace: Cloud Security on the Horizon (SafeGov); Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists? (New American Foundation); Report on the Telephone Records Program Conducted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and on the Operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board – U.S. Congress); and Global Risks 2014 (World Economic Forum).

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Today in New Jersey History – February 28

Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the only signer captured by the English, died at his home in 1781 the result of his imprisonment. His jailing and ill-treatment caused the Continental Congress to authorize George Washington to look into this matter.(Journal of the Continental Congress, 7:12-13; a letter from John Hancock to Washington on this matter is also available.) (English atrocities against Americans were well-known occurrences. Witness this speech by Sen. Edward Kennedy and this entry – Prisoners of War – from the Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington. We have access to Washington’s letters to and fro with General William Howe, the English commander, re: prisoners and their treatment.) Other biographical information on Stockton can be found: Signers of the Declaration (National Parks Service); Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present; About Stockton (Stockton College, NJ); Richard Stockton (Princeton Companion); and Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, vol.5: 693-94.

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Economic Crisis – February 2014 Update

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Transcript of Governor Christie’s 2015 Budget Message

For those who like to read the words as well as hear them, a transcript of his speech as prepared for delivery is available from his office. Reactions to his speech can also be read online.

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International Tax Rates for 2014

We hear all the time about how United States taxes, especially for business, are onerous on companies. Before we engage in that conversation, let us look at tax tables complied by Deloitte. Corporate Tax Rates 2014, Corporate Tax Rates 2010-2014, and Withholding Tax Rates 2014 for interest, dividends and royalties can be perused. The data is presented by country with explanatory sidebars where warranted.

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Crimes Against the Disabled Higher Than the Rest of the Population

According to Crimes Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2012 from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, people with disabilities are victims of crime at a higher rate than those who are not disabled. It doesn’t matter if viewed through the lens of age, race, or sex, disabled people suffer more crime; i.e., rape, robbery, sexual assault, assault. The sobering numbers are presented in thirty tables. At times, the rate of crime against the disabled is three times higher. Additional resources can be found at: Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities: Resource Directory for Service Providers;  Victims-Special Populations-Disabled (National Criminal Justice Reference Service); and Hate Crimes Against Individuals with Disabilities (Civilrights.org).

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