Archive for May, 2015

New English Language Words Added to Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary

What the heck does “meme” mean? When was the term “click bait” first used? In what context is the phrase “dark money” employed? These and other questions are handily answered in M-W’s blog entitled A Thing About Words. Here you will also find new favorites such as NSFW and WTF.

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Timelines for World War I

While the United States did not enter until 1917, the Great War had been raging since 1914. To establish a context and a framework, several timelines are beneficial: firstworldwar.com; the historyplace.com; Great War Timeline (PBS, includes pre-1914 dates along with links); Interactive World War I Timeline (National World War I Museum); World War One (BBC); and Chief Events of the War Timeline: 1914-1919 (Library of Congress).

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Who Are the FIFA Officials Indicted and the Full Text Document of Indictments

Here are profiles of the FIFA (“World Soccer”) officials named in the 47-count indictment (for racketeering conspiracy and corruption) handed down this morning. In addition the Attorney General of Switzerland has its own separate ongoing investigation on suspicions of criminal mismanagement and money laundering.

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DNI Releases Translated bin Laden Documents

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has just released over 100 documents, letters, and statements retrieved from bid Laden’s compound on the night of the Seal raid; more are forthcoming. In addition, dozens of other reports, books, and think tank publications were seized as part of the Bin Laden’s Bookshelf; he was obviously well aware of the studies done on him and his influence.

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David Letterman’s Final Monologue – Full Transcript and Video

Here and here. For comparison, please view 30 Years of Great TV Farewells (see how many you remember or recognize).

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Grant Resources

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does provide entry into this realm:

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Project Grants.

Department of Defense. Funding Opportunities (directs you to Grants.gov)

Department of Education. Grants Overview (directs to Grants.gov and other sites)

Form 990 (Thousands non-profit annual reports to IRS. Can partially judge viability of funding sources.)

Foundation Center. Top 100 US Foundations by Total Giving.(figures audited as of May 16, 2015)

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National need (GANN). Funding

Grants.gov grants (no pun intended) access to thousands of available federal funding sources.

Grantsmanship Center. Funding State by State (lists top foundations along with contact information for individual grants offices; lists top corporate foundations as well, but it does not have contact information.)

Michigan State University hosts Grants for Nonprofits arranged by broad subject areas. Each topic contains grants (many non-federal), relevant books, and announcements

National Endowment for the Arts. Grants to Educators &  Grants for Organizations

National Endowment for the Humanities. Grants

National institutes of Health. Grants & Funding

National Science Foundation. Funding (Online listing of directorates and their websites)

The Office of Management and Budget issues circulars which dictate/explain the grants process for institutions; the ones for education are here (A21, A110, A113).

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Recent New Jersey Bills Dealing with PARCC

Most of these have passed through their respective committees. Bill descriptions are the official synopses.

A4165. Allows parent or guardian to exclude student from administration of certain assessments.

S2881. Prohibits withholding of State school aid based on student participation rate on State assessments.

S2844. Requires school districts to post on their websites information regarding student participation in certain assessments.

S2921. Requires employees of private entity with access to student information under contract with DOE, school districts, or charter schools to undergo criminal background check.

S2922. Requires DOE to post on its website list of all third party individuals or vendors employed or retained by DOE for work associated with State assessments.

S2923. Requires school district or charter school to provide notification to parent or guardian of enrolled student on upcoming administration of State assessments or commercially-developed standardized assessments.

S2766. Prohibits administration of standardized assessments in kindergarten through second grade.

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Photo Galleries From New Jersey Newspapers

When you read an article in a physical paper, the story might be accompanied by a photo or two; however, the digital version of the same piece might contain dozens of photos. The NJ.com Photos site offers, in some cases, dozens or hundreds of photos accompanying a specific feature. You can search the more than 16,000 galleries by keyword, photographer, date or category.

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Top Executive MBA Programs

This worldwide survey by The Economist lists dozens of schools across a wide variety of metrics (click on the school name to see the criteria employed). The United States figures prominently.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: The Confederate States of America

The Confederacy was not just a loose amalgamation of secessionist states; it had a structure, a form of government informed by protocols, rules and regulations, and formal lines of authority. It had a constitution (read the preamble), a Congress (read the seven-volume journal here), laws at the executive levelacts and resolutions, a judicial system (more here), a system to finance its activities via bonds, a host of executive departments, and separate state governments. Compilations of documents can be found at: The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865, HathiTrust, and Confederate State of America Records: Finding Aid to the Collections of the Library of Congress (this is not only a finding aid, but it also directs you to digital copies of the sources – literally thousands of documents on every aspect of the Confederate governmental structure can be found here in digital form. A goldmine.)

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Photos of Groundbreaking Ceremony for NJCU’s New Dormitory

Almost a dozen photos along with a brief report and a link to what other Hudson County higher education institutions are planning can be found here.

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List of Space Probes

With the imminent flyby of Pluto, all nine worlds in the solar system will have been surveyed in one form or another over the decades. This NASA site – Solar System Exploration – recounts the various efforts by different countries and also allows searching by target, space probe name (every letter in the alphabet but Q and X have been used to name probes), and year. Following the embedded links leads to more detailed information on the probes along with “fast facts” and if mission goals were accomplished or not. Please consult the monograph Deep Space Chronicle for additional information on probes from 1957 – 2000.

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What Are the 2015 Best High Schools in New Jersey?

This list for New Jersey is according to US News & World Report, along with other states’ rankings. Find out if any Jersey City high school appears among the high achievers. Charter schools and magnet schools also included.

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2015 NJCU Commencement Photos

More than 100 photos are accessible here from nj.com.

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How Much Has Governor Christie Spent on Entertainment and Hosting?

According to his expense ledger, a lot. Please read this piece from New Jersey Watchdog.

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2015 NJCU Commencement – Live!

For those unable to attend this year’s ceremony, the entire event is being streamed live for your viewing pleasure.

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Full Text of the Deflategate Report

For those who enjoy a little schadenfreude every now and then, here is the report, properly entitled: INVESTIGATIVE REPORT CONCERNING FOOTBALLS USED DURING THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON JANUARY 18, 2015.

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Video of Oral Arguments Before the NJ Supreme Court in the New Jersey Pension Lawsuit

For those interested in seeing the arguments presented before the New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday, they are available online. Click on May 6, 2015 for viewing; you’ll need Windows Media Player. NJ Spotlight presents a review of the proceedings; a helpful timeline of judicial motions and actions is also online.

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2013 Business Statistics for Nation, States, Counties, and Zip Codes

County Business Patterns 2013 has just been released. It presents data on the number and size of businesses arranged by NAICS code down to six digits (hit the “detail” button for breakdown, the “compare” button provide figures for other counties in the state); it also contains payroll and the number of paid employees. It should come as no surprise that Hudson County has virtually no agricultural activity, and it has been that way since 1998 (as far back as online records go). Entering the zip code 07035 (NJCU’s zip code) allows a snapshot for this area; again records can be perused online back to 1998. This site allows comparative analysis to ascertain what growth or lack thereof has occurred over the past 15 years. A plethora of additional data resides at this Bureau of Labor Statistics site.

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The Relationship Between the American Psychological Association and the CIA’s Torture Policy

This document – All The President’s Psychologists – posits that the APA was complicit in supporting the legal/moral justifications issued by the CIA in its “enhanced interrogation” program. The report states that “The APA secretly coordinated with officials from the CIA, White House, and the Department of Defense to create an APA ethics policy on national security interrogations that comported with then classified legal guidance authorizing the CIA torture program.”(10) 638 emails generated among various parties were reviewed with 16 being selected for extensive analysis. According to this report both the  American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association did not condone the interrogation techniques utilized by the CIA, but the APA chose a different path: “In contrast to the position of the physician groups, the PENS [Psychological Ethics and National Security] Task Force presumed without deliberation that psychologists’ participation in US government national security interrogations was ethical. Furthermore, the report closely followed the reasoning of the torture memos, which had been codified into a series of classified memos and instructions for psychologists on Behavioral Science Consultation Teams (BSCTs).” (57) Reportage at: The New York Times, The Guardian, and Science. The APA responded to the original claims in October 2024 and has since commissioned an outside independent review due this June.

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