Saturday, August 21, 2004

Weekend update: Other things found this week:
I posted lots of useful and interesting hurricane links to my blog on, and yesterday included links to state and county sites with relief/recovery information. With the storm and other things going on this is a larger compilation than usual as it covers two weeks of links.

The links....

Reference :
  • Frogs: A Chorus of Colors from American Museum of Natural History.
  • Birds, Birds, Birds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, includes a Bird Identification Center as well as lots more information.
  • Highway History from Federal Highway Administration. History of Interstate Highway System, and more.
  • Four things Yahoo can do that Google can't, by Tara Calashain.
  • The Very Best of British: an American's guide to speaking British.
  • Natural Hazard Statistics from NOAA.
  • Also from NOAA: Operational Event Imagery: high-res photos of hurricanes, tornadoes, dust storms, fires, etc.
  • Good hurricane reminder from Al Tompkins: Coastal Population Tool from NOAA calculates population along the coast. Example: Here's Manatee County: shows huge increase in population since the last (indirect category 2) storm hit 40 years ago.
  • Coral Reef Conservation Program from NOAA.
  • The Gulf of Tonkin Incident: flawed intelligence and the decision for war in Vietnam. New report from the National Security Archives.
  • Testing the Waters, 2004 NRDC on pollution at popular beaches. Here's the Florida Report.
  • World War I Document Archive at Brigham Young University.
  • American Council on Education Information Center: lots of factsheets and reports on education.
    Governments, Politics:
  • Political Party Fundraising, 2004 data from Federal Election Commission.
  • Silent Partners Center for Public Integrity's site on 527 political committees has a searchable database to track funding.
  • Vote! The Machinery of Democracy Smithsonian exhibit.
  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights: Elections monitoring: this international organization will be monitoring U.S. election this year.
  • Survey of State Firearm Sales Procedures from DoJ.
  • Gmail tweaks: if you've got Google Mail, here are some things you can make it do (like import all your mail from Outlook).
  • UK National Archives has migration records and 1901 Census to search, and images of important documents (Queen Victoria's Census return) among other things.
  • Darfur Humanitarian Emergency from U.S. AID. Has stats, news, and satellite photos of destroyed villages.
  • All Headline News: a Web-based news aggregator with a pull-down menu of lots and lots of categories. Here's Cuba news, e.g.. Also searchable or you can sign up for email alerts.
  • 2004 World Population Reference Sheet from Population Reference Bureau.
  • Literacy rankings, 2004: Miami 37th, Hialeah 78th.
  • Grantmaker Stats from the Foundation Center.
  • Highway Fatality Rates, 2003 from NHTSA.
  • Crisis Journalism: a handbook from American Press Institute.
  • Tips and Tools for journalists covering trauma, from Dart Center.
  • Miami-Dade Candidate financial reports from a service called
  • Florida's Historical Hurricanes from FIU's International Hurricane Center.
  • Mr. Miami Beach: a PBS special on Carl Fisher.
  • The Business of Baseball with lots of databases and a blog for latest news.
    Public Records: no links this week.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • Starbucks Gossip: a blog about 'America's leading drug dealer' by Jim Romenesko.
  • J.D. Lasica posts a great list of videoblogs.
  • Blogitics: interesting blog on Bush administration.
  • Alabama Mailroom Veterans for Bush (via South Knox Bubba).
  • Could this be the best menu in the world? More about Shopsins


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