Sunday, January 29, 2006

Weekend update: Other things found last week:

Stats! We're full of stats this week....

The links:

  • Access to Archival Databases from Natl Archives, new search function, works better in Explorer than Firefox.
  • DailyMed from NIH, has current info on currently marketed drug, including package inserts.
  • Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang
  • Marine Debris Abatement, EPA site monitoring trash in our oceans.
  • The U.S. Military: Under Strain and at Risk from The National Security Advisory Group.

  • finds the arguments on various sides of issues in the news.
  • Public Health Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita --- Louisiana, 2005

  • Highway Statistics 2004 from Federal Highway Administration.
  • U.S. Foreign Visitors, monthly stats, 2005
  • Record Temperatures, 2005 hottest year on record in northern hemisphere.
  • World Proved Reserves of Oil and Natural Gas, Most Recent Estimates
  • Indicators of school crime and safety, 2005 from BJS.
  • Digital Music Report, 2006, Facts and Figures, from IFPI, with link to press release (which links to full report).
  • America's Most Connected Campuses from Forbes, none in Florida here.....
  • FanGraphs has stats on every baseball player who entered the majors since 2002.
  • Public Elementary and Secondary Students, Staff, Schools, and School Districts: School Year 2003-04 latest stats from Natl Center for Education Stats.
  • Earthtrends Poverty Resource has stats on poverty around the world and its relationship to environment.

    Governments, Politics:
  • Human Rights Watch World Report 2006
  • Justification of domestic spying program from DoJ, 42-page PDF.
  • U.S. House public disclosure from Office of the Clerk, online campaign disclosure, asset and travel disclosure, etc.
  • Significant Terrorist Incidents, 1962-2003. Finally the State Dept. updates its list.
  • Congressional Research Reports on the Middle East, compiled by FAS.
  • New searchable databases from AskSam (you have to download, along with the free AskSam reader): U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 of US Code); Digital Milennium Copyright Act; State of the Union Speeches (all US presidents)
  • has new features like a hurricane section, a collection of state of the state addresses, RSS feeds and news alerts so you can get the news you need, etc.

  • EXALEAD: Gary Price-recommended search engine from France that has lots of great features, including proximity searching, OR searching, sorting by relevance or chronology or reverse chronology, etc.
  • Tips for developing non-English web sites from Penn State, has info on making diacritical marks in HTML, etc. including a good chart of alt codes for accents (worth printing out and keeping handy).

  • Law Firm mergers, 2005
  • On the Corner: Day labor in the U.S.

  • Targeting Journalists, report from Annual Federation of Journalists says there's a 'culture of indifference' resulting in 150 journalist deaths last year.

    Some interesting stories/blogs:
  • Tainted Trials, Stolen Justice: San Jose Merc package on local prosecutors' mistakes leading to bad convictions.
  • Sherman's March: profile of the KR stock manager in AJR.
  • SportsMediaWatch, a blog on sports news coverage.


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