Friday, April 29, 2005

2005 CIA World Fact Book

What's New- Country information has been updated as of 21 April, 2005. Revision of some individual country maps, first introduced in the 2001 edition, is continued in this edition. Several regional maps have also been updated to reflect boundary changes and place name spelling changes. This factbook has frequent online updates.

Cover the Uninsured Week May 1-8

National, regional and local events across the country will spotlight the fact that too many of us are living without health care coverage. Check out the events planned for North Carolina.

Did you know that 1,424,000 people do not have health insurance in North Carolina? That's 17.3% of the population.

New Drug Report

A new report on The Economic Costs of Drug Abuse in the United States 1992–2002 issued by the Office of National Drug Policy has just been released. You can download the document in PDF; it is 110 pages, so don't hit the print key unless you specify the pages you need.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

CEO Compensation

Last week Forbes posted another in its famous lists: CEO Compensation. The heads of America's 500 biggest companies received an aggregate 54% pay raise last year. As a group, their total compensation amounted to $5.1 billion, versus $3.3 billion in fiscal 2003. You can sort the list by rank, company, name, age or total compensation.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Peanuts & Crackerjacks!

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's educational unit offers this free course on the economics of pro sports . It's free, fun, and easy to use — even for rookies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

DEA Drug Publication

Check out this new online magazine produced and published by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration titled, " Drugs of Abuse". "This DEA magazine delivers clear, scientific information about drugs in a factual, straightforward way, combined with scores of precise photographs shot to scale."

The report also comes as a pdf doc. It is 83 pages, so think twice before hitting the "print" button.

Monday, April 11, 2005

FREE Online Math Course

From Debbie Wolfe, the Technology Training Editor at the St. Petersburg Times:

WHAT: Math for Journalists, a new and interactive online course and reference toolWHO: Written by Debbie Wolfe, technology training editor, St. Petersburg Times; designed by Casey Frechette, Poynter NewsU course administrator and Flash wizard
WHEN: Available beginning today, Mon., April 11, 2005 after Noon EDT (US)
WHERE: It's available where ever you are and when ever you need it. Just log onto the Web even if you only have a 56K dial-up modem.
HOW MUCH: FREE thanks to the Poynter Institute and the Knight Foundation; just spend a few moments registering at Poynter's NewsU Web site at
WHY: Because many journalists need an easy to understand, available 24/7 and free resource to turn to for self-help with math. The content of the course is the collective wisdom of plenty of gifted math types written by one who is not, so it's the best of both worlds. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Breaking the Law

At least one in five companies lobbying fail to file required forms - A report from the Center for Public Integrity has just been posted. Check out North Carolina companies that lobby the government and the amounts of money involved.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Did they count me?

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a report on the working poor in March titled, A Profule of the Working Poor, 2003. The 14 page report contains statistics and graphics.

Friday, April 01, 2005

New Search Engine

Topic Hunter's main page contains all the major search engines, Yahoo! MSN, Google, WiseNut, etc. Hold your mouse pointer over the engine name and you'll get a description of the engine. Click on the topics at the bottom and you'll get search engines specifically for those topics: Blogs, Directories, Image Searches, News, Shopping, Business, Financial -- and more.