Sunday, February 20, 2005

Weekend update: Other things found this week:
I have been following the Jeff Gannon story on my other blog; this story just continues to intrigue me for the combination of journalism ethics questions, blogging using investigative research, and political skullduggery. In the latest ramification, a conservative 'news' site connected to Talon News is claiming a liberal reporter with no qualifications is also admitted to White House briefings. Hmm.

More links....

  • The Complete (Hans Christian) Andersen.
  • Disorder at Budget Motels, a Dept of Justice study.
  • Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2004, also from Justice.
  • Here's a newspaper (The Ventura County Star) Blogging its front page decisions daily.
  • Tracing former U.S. military personnel, good guide from the U.S. Embassy in London.
  •, a new science search from the U.S. govt. Alerts are available to set up a topic that you want to be notified about when new items appear.
  • What is Podcasting? a good summary if you don't understand the concept. From New Scientist.
    Governments, Politics:
  • White House Tapes Center at U.Va. has tapes of 6 presidents from 1940-1973.
  • Federal Court Management Statistics, 2004 Caseloads, etc.
  • Records About Military Goods and Services Provided to Foreign Countries, ca. 1950 - 2002, from the National Archives.
  • State Estimates of Substance Use, '99-2003
  • Facster, interesting new site with fun facts, facts and contacts lists, and searchable versions of the U.S. Statistical Abstract and other stats books.
    Public Records:
  • No Place to Hide, multipmedia report from Robert O'Harrow, WashPost reporter working with a grant from Center for Investigative Journalism, on the personal data available from companies like Choicepoint. Includes an interview with Hank Asher, among others.
  • Joe Adams' Florida records news blog is back strong, with links to great stories from all over the state using public records; also, for more Florida news these blogs are great: Florida Blog, Florida Politics blog, and Florida News blog.
  • Political Insider, a new blog at Sarasota Herald-Tribune by Jeremy Wallace.
  • Katherine Harris' blog
  • Manatee mortality stats, 2004; can also search by individual manatee.
  • Overtown (Miami), a new Web site.
  • Collins Center on Public Policy working on issues facing Florida.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • How to save blogs from ourselves from Lost Remote.
  • The Baby Name Wizard: see a graphical representation of name popularity over the decades. Hold cursor over lines to see names or type in a name. Interesting to see a name like 'Robert', near the top for several decades, now not very popular at all, contrasting with names like 'Emily', out of favor in the mid-20th c., now near the top.


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