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QUOTES

 

Quote of the month

"Legislation to apply the principle of equal pay for equal work without discrimination because of sex is a matter of simple justice."

~Dwight David Eisenhower


 

NUMBERS

 

Numbers of the month

Senate Republicans have derailed a Democratic bill curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The issue is a crucial one for the middle class because so many families rely on female wage-earners. This is the third consecutive election year in which Senate Democrats have pushed the bill making it harder for employers to pay women less than men in comparable jobs — and easier for aggrieved workers to sue. Republicans have shot it down each time. The bill would have narrowed the factors businesses can cite for paying women less than men in the same jobs, and barred employers from retaliating against workers who share salary information. It also would have made it easier to bring class-action lawsuits against companies and let victors in such lawsuits win punitive and compensatory damages. Paycheck discrimination based on gender has been illegal since the 1960s. Women averaged 77% of men's earnings in 2012, according to Census Bureau figures. That is better than the 61% differential of 1960, but little changed since 2001. While few deny workplace discrimination exists, politicians and analysts debate its impact on women's earnings. Data shows that men tend to out-earn women at every level of education and in comparable jobs. Yet women generally work shorter hours and are likelier to take lower-paying jobs. Sixty-two percent of the 3.3 million workers earning at or below the minimum wage last year were women, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

~Associated Press 04/01/2014


 

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Then & Now

 

April is National Poetry Month.

April is Cancer Control Month.

April is Confederate History Month.

April is ASPCA month.

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04/01/1933 - Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.

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04/01/1960 - The 1st weather satellite, TIROS I, was launched from Cape Canaveral.

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04/01/1970 - President Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television.

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04/01/2014 - April Fools’ Day

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04/02/1513 - Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.

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04/02/1792 - Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the US Mint.

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04/02/1846 - President James Polk appointed Nathaniel Hawthorne surveyor of the Custom House, a position that provided the fodder for his irreverent preface to The Scarlet Letter.

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04/02/1917 - President Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy."

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04/02/1982 - Several thousand troops in Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands, located in the south Atlantic, from Britain.

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04/02/2005 - Pope John Paul II died.

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04/03/1860 - The Pony Express began service between St. Joseph MO and Sacramento CA.

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04/03/1882 - Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph MO.

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04/03/1948 - President Truman signed The Marshall Plan, which allocated more than $5 billion in aid for 16 European countries.

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04/03/1968 - The day before he was assassinated, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "mountain" speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers.

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04/03/1996 - Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was arrested.

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04/04/1818 - Congress decided the flag of the US would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star added for every new state of the Union.

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04/04/1850 - The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.

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04/04/1949 - Twelve nations, including the US, signed the North Atlantic Treaty.

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04/04/1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. There had already been two attempts on King's life and, just the day before he had said, "Like anybody, I would like to live a long life, but I'm not concerned about that now."

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04/04/1969 - The original Star Trek was cancelled. It lives for eternity, however, in reruns.

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04/05/1614 - Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

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04/05/1621 - The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth MA on a return trip to England.

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04/05/1792 - President Washington cast the 1st presidential veto.

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04/05/1887 - British historian Lord Acton wrote, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

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04/06/1830 - Joseph Smith organized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fayette NY.

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04/06/1896 - The 1st modern Olympic Games formally opened in Athens.

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04/06/1909 - Robert Peary and Matthew Henson became the 1st men to reach the North Pole.

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04/06/1917 - Congress approved a declaration of war against Germany.

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04/07/1862 - The Battle of Shiloh ended.

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04/07/1948 - The World Health Organization was founded.

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04/07/1966 - The US recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain.

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04/07/1969 - The Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.

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04/08/1513 - Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.

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04/08/1946 - The League of Nations assembled in Geneva for the last time.

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04/08/2014 - Equal Pay Day ... This is the day when women's wages catch up to men's wages from the year before.

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04/08/2014 - Ramanavami - Hindu

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04/09/1682 - French explorer Robert La Salle reached the Mississippi River.

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04/09/1895 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

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04/09/1963 - British statesman Winston Churchill became an honorary US citizen.

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04/09/1996 - President Clinton signed a line-item veto bill into law.

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04/10/1866 - The American SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was incorporated.

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04/10/1912 - The RMS Titanic Set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

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04/10/1925 - F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was 1st published.

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04/10/1974 - Golda Meir announced her resignation as prime minister of Israel.

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04/11/1846 - Smith County was founded as a county in Texas.

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04/11/1921 - Iowa became the 1st state to impose a cigarette tax.

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04/11/1945 - During WWII, American soldiers liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany.

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04/11/1968 - President Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968, one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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04/12/1606 - England adopted as its flag the original version of the Union Jack.

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04/12/1861 - The American Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

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04/12/1961 - Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the 1st man to fly in space, orbiting the earth once before making a safe landing.

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04/12/1992 - Euro Disneyland opened in France.

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04/13/1598 - King Henry IV of France endorsed the Edict of Nantes, which granted rights to the Protestant Huguenots. The edict was abrogated in 1685 by King Louis XIV who declared France entirely Catholic again.

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04/13/1742 - Handel's Messiah was 1st performed publicly in Dublin.

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04/13/1943 - President Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.

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04/13/1964 - Sidney Poitier became the 1st black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for Lilies of the Field.

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04/13/2014 - Thomas Jefferson’s birthday

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04/13/2014 - Palm Sunday - Christian

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04/14/1828 - The 1st edition of Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language was published.

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04/14/1865 - John Wilkes Booth shot and mortally wounded President Lincoln while attending a play at Ford's Theater.

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04/14/1939 - John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath was 1st published.

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04/14/2014 – Baisakhi (New Year) – Sikh

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04/15/1865 - President Lincoln died several hours after the shooting by John Wilkes Booth.

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04/15/1912 - The Titanic sank in the North Atlantic less than three hours after striking an iceberg. About 1500 people died.

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04/15/2014 - Rubber Eraser Day

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04/15/2014 - National Theft Day (Income taxes are due.)

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04/15/2014 - Hanuman Jayanti – Hindu

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04/15/2014 - Pesach / Passover begins – Judaism

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04/16/1862 - A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia became law.

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04/16/2001 - Israel launched an air strike against a strategic Syrian radar station in Lebanon.

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04/17/1492 - Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella gave Columbus a commission to seek a westward passage to Asia.

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04/17/1521 - Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.

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04/17/1961 - About 1500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.

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04/17/1975 - Phnom Penh fell to communist insurgents, ending Cambodia's five-year war.

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04/18/1775 - Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning American colonists that the British were coming.

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04/18/1946 - The League of Nations went out of business.

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04/18/1978 - The US Senate voted 68 to 32 to turn the Panama Canal over to Panamanian control on December 31st, 1999.

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04/18/2014 - Paul Revere Day

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04/18/2014 - Good Friday - Christian

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04/19/1775 - The American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

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04/19/1933 - The US went off the Gold Standard.

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04/19/1993 - The 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco TX ended as a fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in.

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04/19/1995 - A truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

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04/20/1971 - The Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

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04/20/1999 - The Columbine High School massacre took place in Littleton CO.

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04/20/2014 - Easter - Christian

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04/21/1836 - An army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence.

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04/21/1910 - At the age of 75, Mark Twain died in Redding, Connecticut, on the reappearance of Haley's Comet ... which had last appeared in the year he was born.

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04/21/2014 - San Jacinto Day

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04/21/2014 - Tax Freedom Day … the day on which Americans have earned enough money to pay this year's tax obligations at the federal, state & local levels. (And it’s three days later than last year.)

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04/21/2014 - The Annual Aggie Muster (The Aggie Muster began on June 26, 1883. By 1902, it had evolved into a celebration of Texas’ Independence on San Jacinto Day and the two became officially linked in 1922.)

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04/21/2014 - Feast of Ridvan - Baha'i

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04/22/1590 - Henry VIII took over the throne of England after the death of his father, Henry VII.

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04/22/1864 - Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on US coins.

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04/22/1952 - An atomic test conducted in Nevada became the 1st nuclear explosion shown on live network TV.

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04/22/2014 - Earth Day

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04/23/1564 - The supposed birthday and, 52 years later, the date of death for William Shakespeare.

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04/23/1985 - Coca-Cola announced it was changing the secret formula for Coke.

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04/23/1992 - McDonald's opened its 1st fast food restaurant in Beijing.

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04/23/2014 - St. George's Day

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04/24/1800 - Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.

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04/24/1877 - Federal troops left New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.

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04/24/1898 - Spain declared war on the US after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.

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04/24/1970 - China launched its 1st satellite, which kept transmitting a song, The East is Red.

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04/24/1980 - The US launched an abortive attempt to free the American hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of 8 US servicemen.

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04/25/1859 - Ground was broken for the Suez Canal.

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04/25/1945 - Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

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04/25/1990 - The space shuttle Discovery deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.

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04/25/2014 - Arbor Day

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04/26/1607 - An expedition of English colonists, including Captain John Smith, went ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia, to establish the 1st permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

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04/26/1964 - The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.

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04/26/1986 - The world's worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union.

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04/27/1805 - A force led by US Marines captured the North African city of Derna on the shores of Tripoli.

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04/27/1937 - The nation's 1st Social Security checks were distributed. And, we've been increasingly more dependent since then!

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04/27/2014 - Yom HaSho’ah / Holocaust Memorial Day - Judaism

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04/28/1789 - There was a mutiny on the HMS Bounty as the crew of the British ship set Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific.

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04/28/1926 - Harper Lee was born in Monroeville AL. She would soon befriend Truman Capote, her model for Dill in her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

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04/28/1945 - Italian partisans executed Dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, as they attempted to flee the country.

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04/28/1952 - War with Japan officially ended as a treaty signed by the US and 47 other nations took effect.

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04/29/1429 - Joan of Arc entered the city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English.

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04/29/1862 - New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.

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04/29/1945 - Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun.

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04/29/2014 - Cassé Canari ou Wèt mô nan d'lo - Voudon

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04/29/2014 - Ninth day of Ridvan - Baha'i

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04/30/1789 - George Washington took office in NY as the 1st president of the US.

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04/30/1803 - The US purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for about $15 million.

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04/30/1975 - The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.

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04/30/2014 - Administrative Professionals Day

04/30/2014 - Mangé les Morts - Voudon

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LINKS

 

 

online resource LINKS
 

o   Check out TODAY'S FRONT PAGES. Each day, you can see the front pages of more than 800 newspapers from around the world in their original, unedited form.

o   Whether or not you noticed, the earth's population passed 7 billion last Halloween. You might enjoy NPR's wonderful video, VISUALIZING HOW A POPULATION GROWS TO 7 BILLION.

o   Check out the St. Louis Fed's presentation THE FINANCIAL CRISIS: WHAT HAPPENED?. The original video is no longer available but you can view the power point presentation.

o   Want to take a survey but not sure how many responses to collect? This survey calculator gives you the number for any given population size and desired confidence level. A reverse calculator lets you enter characteristics of an existing survey and gives the confidence interval (±X%) to apply to the results. The Survey System site, sponsored by a survey software company, also gives clear explanations of statistical significance, survey design and related concepts. Also check out 20 Questions a Journalist (and you, too!) Should Ask About Poll Results.

o   PBS's 30 Second Candidate allows you to view more political ads than you ever knew existed. Choose the Historical Timeline link to see how political ads have changed over the years. Start with the infamous Daisy ad that Lyndon Johnson used against Barry Goldwater. Click on Watch Johnson ads. Then click on either the QuickTime link or the Real Video link next to Daisy.

o   Check out Political Compass. The site does a good job of explaining political ideologies (although with definitions different from those I use) and gives you a chance to discover your own political philosophy.

o   Law Library of Congress: North Korea - Collection of links to websites on North Korea government, politics, and law. Includes legal guides, country studies, and links to constitutions and branches of government (where available).

o   Council on Foreign Relations: North Korea - Background, articles, and opinion pieces about North Korea government and politics. Many of the articles focus on North Korea's nuclear program. From the Council on Foreign Relations, "an independent membership organization and a nonpartisan think tank and publisher."

o   State of the Union (SOTU) - The site uses an interactive timeline to provide a visual representation of prominent words in presidential State of the Union addresses by displaying significant words as "determined by comparing how frequently the word occurs in the document to how frequently it appears throughout the entire body of SOTU addresses." The "Appendices" section describes the statistical methods used. Also includes the full text of addresses.

o   Small Town Papers - This site provides access to scanned images of recent issues of dozens of small town newspapers from throughout the United States. "Newspapers are updated periodically, 2-3 weeks after publication." The site also includes a searchable archive (of articles, photos, and advertisements), which covers different periods for each paper, some as far back as the 1890s. Access to the archives requires free registration.

o   This website "serves as a centralized location to learn about the Congressional Research Service and search for CRS reports that have been released to the public by members of Congress." ("CRS Reports do not become public until a member of Congress releases the report.") Features a searchable database with more than 8,000 reports, a list of recently released reports, other collections of CRS reports, and a FAQ about CRS.

o   Stem Cell Research - See the official NIH resource for stem cell research. In 2005, NOVA aired an overview of the stem cell issue.

o   Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798 - 2004 - This report lists hundreds of instances in which the United States has used its armed forces abroad in situations of military conflict or potential conflict or for other than normal peacetime purposes. It was compiled in part from various older lists and is intended primarily to provide a rough survey of past US military ventures abroad, without reference to the magnitude of the given instance noted.

o   Government Product Recalls

o   Homeland Security Knowledgebase, homeland security news & resources

o   If you're worried about retirement, try some of the following sites:
       
IRS Tax Information for Retirement Plans
        Social Security Retirement Planner
   
    Retirement Planning Resources from Smart Money

o   Keeping the Shi'ites Straight - Based on the opinion that "no story has been more confusing for the Western news media to cover in postwar Iraq than the politics of the country's Shi'ite majority," this article provides a basic outline of Shi'ite religious history. Discusses the Sadr family (Muhammad Baqir as-Sadr, Ayatollah Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr, and Muqtada as-Sadr), Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim, and other figures.

o   This commercial site presents brief information about dozens of Black inventors from the United States. Some entries include portraits and images. Also includes a searchable timeline covering 1721-1988. Does not include bibliographic information.

o   Annenberg Political Fact Check - This site describes itself as "a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in US politics." The site provides original articles, with summaries and sources, analyzing factual accuracy in "TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases." Searchable. From the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

o   White House Tapes: The President Calling - "Three of America's most compelling presidents -- Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon -- bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. In this documentary project, American Radio Works eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history." Includes audio, a transcript of the documentary and background information on each president and the tapes.

o   The Government Performance Project: The Way We Tax: A 50-State Report - This report from Congressional Quarterly analyzes "the tax structures and tax management of the 50 states" and evaluates "the way each state raises its revenues." It includes an overview of major sources of state revenue (sales taxes, personal income taxes, property taxes and corporate taxes) and features a description of the tax structure for each state. Also provides related reports back to 1999.

o   First Amendment Library - Provides info on Supreme Court First Amendment jurisprudence,  including rulings, arguments, briefs, historical material, commentary and press coverage.

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