Archive for September, 2014

New Jersey Pension /Health Benefits Underfunded by $90 Billion

Entitled Truth & Consequence, this “status report” from the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission opens by stating that “The public employee pension and health benefit systems of the State of New Jersey face problems that are dire and likely to worsen unless action is taken. This is a matter of pressing concern to the public employees and retirees who rely on these systems to protect their families’ health and provide for retirement.”(3) Charts and figures highlight the Commission’s findings; possible solutions are hinted at, none of them really palatable.(28) A final report detailing solutions is promised. The document ends thusly: “This problem is dire and will only become much worse if meaningful steps are not taken quickly.”(32)

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Online Ancient History Encyclopedias

Here are a few noteworthy titles that can be considered as good starting points. The UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology is a peer-reviewed site still being constructed, but what is available is worth a look. The articles are heavily referenced with supporting bibliographies and, where applicable, images accompany the pieces. Free registration is required. The Encyclopedia of the Hellenic World focuses on Asia Minor, the Black sea, and Constantinople. While exploring a greater time range than ancient history, this work does provide a great deal of writing on the ancient past. The site also includes a massive bibliography, a very large webliogaphy, and an interactive atlas. The articles contain informative links to other sections of the site and provide a list of references as well. The Encyclopaedia Iranica is a well-established scholarly undertaking examining the total history of Iran; included within its vast structure are articles on ancient Iran ranging from the concept of water to archaeology. The articles are fact-based and have graphs/figures with them along with bibliographies. A scholarly-based venture, De Imperatoribus Romanis contains biographies of Roman emperors and listings of their families. Much of the information is from primary sources, and links lead you further into this site. The Ancient History Encyclopedia features accessible articles with embedded links. This, too, is a work in process, but has great potential. A timeline is included as well as something unique- links to videos on ancient history topics from a variety of sources.

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Additional CRS Reports on ISIS

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A Guide to Reverse Mortgages

What you need to know about these seemingly attractive mortgages from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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College Enrollment Declines for Past Two Years

According to this September 24 press release from the Census Bureau: “College enrollment declined by close to half a million (463,000) between 2012 and 2013, marking the second year in a row that a drop of this magnitude has occurred. The cumulative two-year drop of 930,000 was larger than any college enrollment drop before the recent recession, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from the Current Population Survey released today.” A graph shows trends from 2006 t0 2013 and after increasing substantially, the figures start a downward turn in 2012. This information is part of the report School Enrollment in the United States: 2013 that traces participation from nursery school to graduate school.

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Read the WHO Ebola Report Here

The report that has been widely quoted in the news – Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections – is online courtesy of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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New Jersey County Histories

New Jersey counties have “biographies” of their own, mostly published toward the end of the 19th century. Rutgers University provides links to these various histories; they are arranged alphabetically by county name.

 

 

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