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Your Secret is Safe

March 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off on Your Secret is Safe

Want an inside view of history?  The National Archives needs you. Via crowd sourcing NARA  hopes to unlock the past.  Here is a quick article on the project.  (Pssss– also includes CIA documents.)

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The Shortest Month

February 21st, 2015 · Comments Off on The Shortest Month

Many resources for those interested in the history that February signifies — specifically this nice list of links on Civil Rights from the Library of Congress. LOC also has a huge library of photographs and other materials, such as the above image 431 Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem, 2010.

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Stellar Super HD

January 24th, 2015 · Comments Off on Stellar Super HD

Andromeda Galaxy4K video — forgetaboutit. NASA’s Hubble telescope has a picture of a galaxy — far, far away — that you would need 600 HD display screens to view at once. However, NASA is a bit understated in explaining the magnitude of image, so if you want the layman’s take on the stellar view try this link to the Atlantic Monthly’s article.

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The Wheels of (Department) Justice

December 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off on The Wheels of (Department) Justice

There are many government agencies and departments that will be weighing in on the ongoing events in the St. Louis region. One instance is the visit by officials from the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.  Finding government information can be a daunting process — hence the benefit of contacting your official representative for the Federal Depository Library Program for assistance. Federal depository libraries must offer free, public access to their Federal collections, even if the depository library is part of a private academic institution.

Comments Off on The Wheels of (Department) JusticeTags: Government documents · Government Printing Office · Missouri

Odd Congress or Congress at Odds

November 8th, 2014 · Comments Off on Odd Congress or Congress at Odds

Mid-term elections are behind us and we must ask ourselves (again) why two parties? With gridlock a constant is it time for the reconfiguration of the two party system? Will it take a Congressional pugilists (pictured above) to make a transition?  If you are rusty on your party history — The Library of Congress is happy to provide a refresher here.

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Drill, Baby, Drill (big data)

October 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Drill, Baby, Drill (big data)

There is an abundance, a plethora, a cornucopia of stories on Big Data now, at the present time, currently.*  And you can find large data at https://www.data.gov/.  However, there is an irony, paradox, dilemma to mega-data and the Federal Trade Commission is on the case. Peruse or refuse the data.

*My thanks to Joe Gannon, author of Night of the Jaguar, for lifting his thesaurus riff.

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If Your Buck is Broke

August 9th, 2014 · Comments Off on If Your Buck is Broke

Big Bucks
Find a stash of cash under the bed – nibbled by mice, hidden in your grandma’s shoe – covered in fungus, or moldy green in the composite bin?  The Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the Treasury Department can deal with it. Just send that funny money to the Mutilated Currency Division.

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Poor Huddled Masses

July 10th, 2014 · Comments Off on Poor Huddled Masses

Plenty of yearning at the border; constantly in the news cycle and you can check the previous decades statistics online at the Department of Homeland Secuity webite. We in docs land like to step back a little further. For instance in table 129 of Statistical Abstract of the United States, Volumne 24, 1901, the total number of immigrants is reported to be 546,889 for the year 1888.  One of the footnotes is noteworthy,  “Immigrants from British North America and Mexico not reported.”  Seems that we had the same problem keeping track of visitors from South of the border 125 years ago as we do today.

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Green Hell (or Heaven)

June 6th, 2014 · Comments Off on Green Hell (or Heaven)

Colorado has taken the lead in legalizing the sale of marijuana and evils of the active ingredient have now been documented in the gray lady by the gray lady, Maureen Dowd. Not surprising the NYT column has ignited (ha ha) a small interweb firestorm. But the fact remains that cannabis sativa remains an illegal substance under federal law. The National Institute on Drug Abuse warns of  the effects of THC on teens, but researchers are caught in a legal catch-22 for now — can’t study what you can’t acquire (or smoke).

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Happy Trails

May 7th, 2014 · Comments Off on Happy Trails

Blue skies, nothing but blue skies… except for those pesky “chem-trails”  — woooo-weeee scary!!!  Actually they are dissipation trails formed by the heat of the exhaust of high altitude aircraft.  But what about the infamous “contrails” — naturally occurring? — no, but naturally NASA  can explain them.  Not a good thing for the environment since the trails’ “emissions include carbon dioxide, water vapor, nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons such as methane, sulfates (SOx), and soot and metal particles.”  But if you want to defy gravity and get from the left coast to the right coast quickly you have to pay the environmental cost.  As for environmental costs, this new report is more scary and real than “chem trails.”  Happy trails.

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Phishing with Dynamite

April 9th, 2014 · Comments Off on Phishing with Dynamite

Procrastinators unite — maybe next week.  Taxes are due and the IRS wants you to beware of fraud and scams in your last minute filing frenzy. There is  a YouTube video warning about phishing scams and the  handy IRS  TaxScams/Consumer Alert service — good advice for anytime during the year.

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The Final Fashion Frontier

March 26th, 2014 · Comments Off on The Final Fashion Frontier

Three proposed NASA “flight suits”  are  being presented to the public for approval via online voting. The selection process for the high fashion suits includes a 360 degree view of the spacesuits –the weightless wonders, sans sequins, in the void of space –include the Biomimicry , Technology, and the Trends in Society prototypes.  UPDATE — the winner is [Read more →]

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Back and There (and Back) Again

February 26th, 2014 · Comments Off on Back and There (and Back) Again

UPDATE:  See this NYT article on Afghan elections. With U.S. withdrawal date approaching, it is informative to see how others have fared in a post-Afghanistan arena.  The most recent Afghanistan occupation was by the Soviets, 1979-1989 and Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) at Fort Leavenworth has a lengthy analysis on the military aspects of occupation  and withdrawal. PDF is here.
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Down Mexico Way

February 4th, 2014 · Comments Off on Down Mexico Way

It has been many a year since the debate over NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and Ross Perot’s oft-quoted cliche — “…giant sucking sound…”  is not about jobs (as Mr. Perot intimated) but money crossing the border — in both directions. This info-graphic “International Trade Between U.S. and Mexico,” from the Department of Commerce illustrates the flow of goods and services ($494 billion worth in 2012) across the southern border of the U.S.
Speaking of “sucking sounds,” wait until you see the  details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

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What is Past is Prologue

January 30th, 2014 · Comments Off on What is Past is Prologue

The National Park Service, one of the jewels of the federal government, has a very interesting interactive photo exhibit displaying panoramic photographs from different eras side-by-side.

Viewing photographs of different eras in the national parks can give many insights on ecosystem processes, as well as simply change over time. The photographs associated with panoramic lookout photographs provide a window on the past, and an opportunity to compare to the present with changes to land forms and land cover.

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