Sunday, February 05, 2006

Weekend update: Other things found last week:

Seems that each of the last few weeks there's been a new rash of military research reports, including, this week, the new state-of-defense report the Secretary of Defense is now required to release periodically. Thanks again, as always, to the folks at ResourceShelf and Docuticker for helping us keep track of these things. It's always worth repeating that many of the links I post here come from their compilations.
Among the recent reports:
  • Quadrennial Defense Review, from DoD, just released.
  • Revisions in Need of Revising: What Went Wrong in the Iraq War - Strategic Studies Institute.
  • Assessing the Biological Weapons and Bioterrorism Threat - Strategic Studies Institute.
  • The U.S. Military: Under Strain and at Risk from The National Security Advisory Group.

    The other links:

  • Over the counter medicines, a guide from
  • Gracenote Music Search finds CDs, tracks, with links to ITunes or other downloads, news, links, etc. With subscription it will create playlists for you.
  • World Public Opinion, good place to go to find out what the world thinks. From PIPA. Includes just-released polls of Iraqi civilians.
  • American Forests has urban forest analyses by city, record tree lists, lots more.

  • TV Eyes new search engine for TV news clips. Free for now.

  • Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data January-December 2005 from FTC.
  • Amnesty report on execution of mentally ill U.S. prisoners says 10% may be affected.
  • British Military casualties, Iraq: database from MoD. (100 dead now.)
  • Pulling Apart: a state-by-state analysis of income trends study from EconomicPolicy Institute finds rich richer, poor poorer. Among top five states in income gap: Florida.
  • Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters: the list from NOAA's climate center has now been revised.
  • Top ten consumer fraud complaints, new list from FTC.
  • Passenger Vehicle Occupant Fatality Rates by Type and Size of Vehicle NHTSA study.
  • Worldwide cost of living survey, a summary from the Economist, which sells the whole report. (Highlight: Oslo is now the most expensive city, not Tokyo.)
  • Latest stats on drugs and crime from BJS.
  • State Transportation Statistics, 2005 from BTS.

    Governments, Politics:
  • Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, new edition just released, PDF of the book.

  • Google Help Center shows you how to use Google's special search features. This has been around for awhile but seems to offer more stuff and better descriptions now.

  • 100 Companies Receiving The Largest Dollar Volume Of Prime Contract Awards - Fiscal Year 2005

    Some interesting stories/blogs:
  • Valleywag: a new Silicon Valley gossip blog from the Nick Denton (Gawker, Wonkette) empire.
  • Enron Trial Watch blog from Houston Chronicle.
  • Deadspin: new sports blog from Gawker Media.


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