Archive for February, 2016

Median Salaries by Occupation and Sex

More than 500 separate occupations are listed in this Census Bureau Table Package and are broken down by sex and median earnings. You’ll find that there are a little over 114,000 full-time librarians working in this country as compared with over 2,000,000 registered nurses.

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Rosa Parks Papers Now Online

Housed at the Library of Congress, almost the entire collection of manuscripts and photos has been digitized and made available to the public. Papers range from reminiscences of her early childhood through her civil rights work. There is an accompanying video exploring this important repository as well as Rosa Parks: A Primary Source Gallery highlighting selected items from the collection. A significant, contemporary window into those turbulent times that unfortunately still exist today.

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Access to Free Medical Literature on the Zika Virus

Several major medical publishers are offering access to their published journal literature on the Zika virus. Use the portal here to peruse the various articles.

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Read the Revised CDC Report on Formaldehyde in Laminate Flooring

It would appear that the original CDC report employed the wrong ceiling height un calculating the risks to humans of formaldehyde in laminate flooring. Here is the revision statement; the risks are now greater.

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Characteristics of Voters in “Super Tuesday” Caucuses/Primaries

The following areas are profiled: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. For party affiliations by state, please consult this informative report from Gallup

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2016/17 New Jersey School Aid by District

Please come here for a county-listed enumeration of what monies school districts are slated to receive in the proposed 2016/17 budget as announced by Governor Christie.

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A Profile of Nevada’s Voters

A vast array of data is contained here.

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The Cecil Papers

One of the most significant manuscript collections in private hands in England is contained at Hatfield House. More than 30,000 documents are available from ambassadorial reports to financial accounts. The shorthand description is the Cecil Papers being as they are the work of William Cecil, Lord Burghley and his son Robert, the 1st Earl of Salisbury, both of whom reached the highest levels of power during reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the early years of James VI. They cover such events as the Tudor plantation of Ireland, the Gunpowder Plot, the Spanish Armada, the loss of the city of Calais to the French, and French interference in Scotland.The papers were calendared by the Royal Historical Manuscripts Commission in a twenty-four volume series entitled: Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Most Honourable Marquis of Salisbury. This interactive version allows keyword searching of the whole series or individual volumes. This is a required resource when dealing with this time period. Absolutely essential.

For those who would like a flavor of the full documents, the following volumes offer selected full-text material from this vast collection: A collection of state papers, relating to the reigns of King Henry VIII, King Edward VI, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth, from the year 1542 t0 1570 (1740); and A collection of state papers relating to the reign of Queen Elizabeth, from the year 1571 to 1596….(1759).

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What is Dark Money? How Do Super Pacs Work?

Answers to these and other questions are answered in this campaign finance glossary from the Sunlight Foundation. As hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into various campaigns, it is heartening to see a site that can explain what is happening. Links to supporting documentation abound.

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Proposed 2017 New Jersey Budget Freezes State Aid for Higher Education

On page 40 of the proposed state budget, one can see that state aid to state colleges is frozen at last year’s appropriation level. According to this May 2015 report, New Jersey has cut state aid to higher education 22% between 2008 and 2015.

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The Supreme Court Appointment Process

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Who Will Replace Justice Scalia?

That is a loaded question. The following sites offer their opinions: NPR (short biographies and relevant links); USA Today (short bios and mention of New Jersey Senator Corey Booker); New York Times (bios and photos); Politico (bios of fewer candidates); and The Washington Post (that lists only one candidate who appears on all the lists); and SCOTUSblog has comprehensive coverage. The one name that appears always: Srikanth Srinivasan. Articles about him can be found in Mother Jones and The New Yorker; his legal opinions are online as well.

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New Jersey School Delays for Tuesday, February 16

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NJ Commission Recommends Health Benefits and Pension Cuts

This document- Supplemental Report on Health Benefits – from the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission recommends cost-cutting measures to reduce the state’s exposure and liability. NJ Spotlight features a very good explanation of both the report and the rationales for and against it.

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Eugene V Debs

Five-time candidate for U.S. President, tireless advocate for the laborer, jailed for his convictions,  union leader, letter writer extraordinaire, Eugene V Debs casts a giant shadow from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era. His influence resonates in this day and age – Senator Bernie Sanders is a great admirer of Debs; so much so that he wrote and directed a 1979 documentary about the union leader.

There is a great deal of primary source information available on Debs. The Debs Collection at Indiana State University contains a plethora of source material: summaries of over 5200 letters written to and by Debs; a very large selection of pamphlets, many of them digitized; photos of Debs; and access to National Archives records pertaining to Debs.

Many of his writings can be found online, including some of his speeches as well as appreciations of him. The Eugene V. Debs Internet Archive also allows access to speeches and articles by Debs; it is another worthwhile place to investigate. The Eugene V. Debs Foundation has many photos of Debs taken at various stages of his life and provides a virtual tour of his house; the house, by the way, is designated as a National Historic Landmark. In addition, Chronicling America from the Library of Congress has thousands of newspaper articles on him; here are hundreds on him from The Labor World alone.

Secondary information can be found at: Eugene V. Debs, Presidential Contender (C-SPAN); Eugene Debs (PBS); Eugene V. Debs (History Today); Eugene V. Debs (Encyclopedia Britannica); and Fellow Worker Eugene V Debs (Industrial Workers of the World).

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Demographic Profiles of South Carolina Voters

Dozens of statistical tables are available from the Census Bureau on South Carolina voters.

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Encryption Tools Currently Available

A Worldwide Survey of Encryption Products (Berkman Center, Harvard) identifies the 865 products produced in 55 countries, more than two-thirds from outside the United States. They are listed by country of development and descriptions include: product name, company, type(router, OS, etc), platform, hardware/software, cost, and url. As this report concludes: “Laws regulating product features are national, and only affect people living in the countries in which they’re enacted. It is easy to purchase products, especially software products, that are sold anywhere in the world from everywhere in the world. Encryption products come from all over the world. Any national law mandating encryption backdoors will overwhelmingly affect the innocent users of those products. Smart criminals and terrorists will easily be able to switch to more-secure alternatives.”(7)

 

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Online Primary Sources for American History: FDR’s Master Speech File

Franklin Roosevelt was a prolific orator and writer; his presidential library has released 46,000 pages of speech drafts, transcripts, reading copies as well as audio files. These provide an unmatched resource into the workings of his presidency. The files range from a school debate in 1898 to drafts of undelivered speeches from April 1945. (He died April 12, 1945)

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2016 DNI Worldwide Threat Assessment

Speaking before the Senate Armed Service Committee, the Director of National Intelligence released the 2016 Statement for the Record: Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community. This report features global threats and regional analyses; it also includes for the first time the mentioning of “genome editing” as a WMD.(9)

 

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What New Hampshire’s Electorate Looks Like

From the Census Bureau.

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