Sunday, October 22, 2006

Weekend update: More research links from the week

Lots of interesting things this week, I wanted to post more of them earlier but the political stuff got in the way.

The links:

  • The Rekjavik File, from National Security Archives, on the Reagan-Gorbachev summit.
  • Relaunched Media Tracker Reveals Media Control by ZIP Code from Center for Public Integrity.
  • Vanity Fair: finally, the content is online, including, now, James Woolcott's blog, along with some classic stories like the Mark Felt 'Deep Throat' revelation.
  • The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

  • Climate Change: government inaction will cost trillions; press release and link to report from Friends of the Earth.
  • 2006 Report on Doctor Disciplinary Information on State Web Sites from Public Citizen.
  • World's Most Polluted Places from the Blacksmith Insitute. Number One: Chernobyl. Two western hemisphere sites in the top ten, in the Dominican Republic and Peru.
  • Too Wild to Drill: Wilderness Society report on several places the administration wants to drill for oil.

  • On Behalf of Journalism: a Manifesto for Change, by Geneva Overholser, from the Annenberg Foundation (PDF)'s Commission on the Role of the Press in a Democracy, with lots of distinguished members.

  • Finding real-time news photos; good tips from Gary Price. Example: search Yahoo! news for 'ap photo', sort by date.
  • Tailrank is a new blog ranking site with links to blog postings on the most popular news stories, somewhat like Memeorandum.

  • Wireless news sources; another list from Gary.
  • El Mundo (Madrid) opens its archives to the public, for free, going back to 1994. Archive search page.

  • Algae in Florida waters, report from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. "Florida is the undisputed capital of algal blooms." From the press release:“From Tampa to the Bay of Biscayne, algal blooms have driven tourists, fishermen and residents out of inland and coastal waters in record numbers,” stated Florida PEER Director Jerry Phillips, a former water enforcement attorney with the state Department of Environmental Protection. “These algal blooms are the chickens coming home to roost for decades of an utterly broken state water quality program.”

    Some interesting stories/blogs:
  • Is Google Evil? in Mother Jones: "Google already knows more about you than the National Security Agency ever will."
  • Relatives have 'inside track' in lobbying for tax dollars, great project in USA Today, covering Congressional spouses and relatives and lobbying for Earmarks; I've linked previously to research on these topics by the Sunlight Foundation.
  • Profile of Rob Curley in Fast Company; how a 'nerd from Kansas' is changing online news. Curley recently took a job at the Washington Post/Newsweek online operations.
    Dude," he recalls later, "I'm sitting there at a table with Don Graham and Ben Bradlee thinking, 'This is not right.'"


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