May 13, 2006
Useful Net References?

As those of you who read my personal personal web site regularly know, I have been planning improvements there for some time.  And I hope that some of you will help me make those improvements.

Today, I am asking for your help in just one area.  I have a small section of links to "References".  That's where I have, for instance, the open source encyclopedia, Wikipedia, and the Census Bureau Quick Facts, which is great for finding basic census information.  (For instance, suppose you wanted to know which county grew at a faster rate in recent years, King or Chelan.  You can find that out in about 30 seconds.)

Here's my current list of references:

Adherents
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Census Quick Facts
Historical Statistics of the United States
Dave Leip's Election Atlas
Federal Statistics
*How Stuff Works
*NationMaster
9/11 Conspiracy Theories
Refdesk
*StateMaster
Tax Facts
*Unionstats
Wikipedia

What site or sites would you add to that list?

(The improved web site will be here, though there is nothing to see there now, other than test files.  But, since I now have enough space to put up more pictures, I will be able to begin to post some of the immigration rally pictures, some time next week — I hope.)

Posted by Jim Miller at May 13, 2006 10:00 AM | Email This
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1. CIA World Factbook

Bartleby Online Library

TimeAndDate.com

Posted by: ScottM on May 13, 2006 10:04 AM
2. For those of us who know others say it far better than we can... American Rhetoric, Online Speech Bank.

For economic issues... The Library of Economics and Liberty

For media bias... Newsbusters

For the high cost of our legal system... Overlawyered

To find out union thug info... UnionFACTS

To keep your sanity in Seattle (or any other sewer of liberalism and loonies) ... Intellectual Conservative

To see how SMART my kid is :) ... there is no such thing as gray

And last, but certainly not least, to more effectively argue with the nuts... The Woolly-Thinker's Guide to Rhetoric

Posted by: Cheryl on May 13, 2006 10:24 AM
3. How about Open Secrets and Washington State Public Disclosure Commission for campaign finance information. Both sites can reveal a few interesting facts about our politicians (and erstwhile politicians too.)

Posted by: timekeeper on May 13, 2006 12:30 PM
4. Here's one that might work:
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/

Posted by: MES on May 13, 2006 12:55 PM
5. I would suggest adding the Washington State Legislature's web site, leg.wa.gov

For information on the state economy, a good source is the site of the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, erfc.wa.gov

Also the Library of Congress site for information on the U.S. Congress, thomas.loc.gov

Posted by: stu on May 13, 2006 01:20 PM
6. Instapundit had this link this morning which was interesting. This is their homepage. I'm just starting to go over it but it looks interesting, especially this page.

Posted by: tom scott on May 13, 2006 01:23 PM
7. CIA World Factbook. A detailed factual resumé of every country in the world.

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

Posted by: Legast on May 13, 2006 01:29 PM
8. I posted a comment and it has disappeared. So another, but shorter, entry.
Instapundit had this post to the GAO site. It looks interesting so far.

Posted by: tom scott on May 13, 2006 02:22 PM
9. I posted a comment and it has disappeared. -
Posted by tom scott at May 13, 2006 02:22 PM

Yes, me too. :(

Posted by: Cheryl on May 13, 2006 04:35 PM
10. My comment was diverted to the bit bucket, waiting for Stefan to allow it through. (I think it was because I had a pair of hyperlinks imbedded in the text. Bloody comment spammers are making it difficult for the rest of us...)

I suggested adding Open Secrets (www.opensecrets.org) and the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (www.pda.wa.gov)for information on who is giving and receiving funds for elections.

Posted by: timekeeper on May 13, 2006 05:12 PM
11. Ummmm, the link to the PDC is supposed to be www.pdc.wa.gov. I don't want to discuss what *I* was thinking about when I posted the link in the last message. (grin)

Posted by: timekeeper on May 13, 2006 05:14 PM
12. Political headlines and stories in the US and over seas.
http://www.politicalinformation.com/headlines.html

Political Money line who is supporting whom:
http://www.tray.com/

Common Cause interesting reading and may gets some hints of Politics in Washington DC.
http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=186966

Emergency Net News: Interesting site good to check out weekly.
http://www.emergency.com/ennday.htm

The religion of peace.com latest list of terrorism world wide. It is an eye opener.
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

Islams own English website interesting reading
http://www.religionofpeace.com

Center for Defense Information:
http://www.cdi.org/

US Department of Labor. Bureau of labor statistics: Get the data from the source:
http://www.bls.gov/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: For those worried about diseases.
http://www.cdc.gov/

Do you want to know more about terrorist groups. check out:
http://library.nps.navy.mil/home/tgp/tgpmain.htm (this is a disclaimer page press I accept at the bottom and enjoy the education.)

For those who want some interesting reading check out the Ebook Library.
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/ebooks/

I will continue reviewing my links but I hope some of these will make the list.

Posted by: David Anfinrud on May 13, 2006 09:21 PM
13. http://www.politicalmoneyline.com --- Political Money Line

http://www.discoverthenetwork.org --- Discover The Networks: A Guide to the Political Left

http://www.nationalatlas.gov --- National Atlas

http://www.house.gov --- U.S. House of Representatives

http://www.senate.gov --- U.S. Senate

Posted by: Janet on May 13, 2006 09:34 PM
14. Jim,

www.nationmaster.com has excellent presentations of statistics about countries.

www.statemaster.com ditto for the states of the US. For example, Washington is 13th on the health index at http://www.statemaster.com/red/graph-T/hea_hea_ind&b_map=1

Glad to see you are moving on the new site.

Posted by: Ron Hebron on May 13, 2006 10:14 PM
15. Jim,
Here is my addition,
http://www.metrokc.gov/gis/Mapportal/PViewer_main.htm
Allows you to check out property in King County. Who owns it, what they paid, taxes etc.
Also a useful took when poking around the Voter Database...

Posted by: Eriks on May 13, 2006 11:03 PM
16. Second try at posting.

http://www.politicalmoneyline.com --- Political Money Line

http://www.discoverthenetwork.org --- Discover The Networks: A Guide to the Political Left

http://www.nationalatlas.gov --- National Atlas

http://www.house.gov --- U.S. House of Representatives

http://www.senate.gov --- U.S. Senate

Posted by: Janet on May 13, 2006 11:10 PM
17. I'm trying again. How about the RCW, State Constitution, Federal Laws, etc.

Political Money Line
http://www.politicalmoneyline.com

Discover The Networks: A Guide to the Political Left
http://www.discoverthenetwork.org

National Atlas
http://www.nationalatlas.gov

U.S. House of Representatives
http://www.house.gov

U.S. Senate
http://www.senate.gov

Posted by: Janet on May 14, 2006 08:38 AM
18. Whats going on. I've tried 3 times to add info.

Posted by: Janet on May 14, 2006 08:40 AM
19. ooooh goodie, immigration rally pics! make sure to show the ones of the counter demonstrators who had the guns! betcha won't.

Posted by: Karl Marx on May 14, 2006 10:47 AM
20. Sigh, I guess the message is NO HYPERLINKS!

So, trying to recreate my submission... with additions!...

When you know others have said it far better than you can...
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speechbank.htm

For economic issues...
http://www.econlib.org/index.html

The media...
http://newsbusters.org/

The high cost of our legal system...
http://overlawyered.com/index.html

The unions...
http://www.unionfacts.com/

To effectively argue with moonbats...
http://www.butterfliesandwheels.com/rhetoric.php

For legal terms...
http://www.duhaime.org/Dictionary/

Easy interpretation...
http://www.freetranslation.com/

For the grammatically challenged (you know who you are!)...
http://www.grammarstation.com/index.htm

For the beauty of the words of our Founding Fathers...
http://patriotpost.us/histdocs/

About the states...
http://www.theus50.com/about.shtml

To share the formerly great but still gorgeous city of Seattle with others...
http://www.vrseattle.com/

The single most complete and fun reference site with which to waste hours and hours...
http://www.refdesk.com/

Last, but not least, to see the absolute BRILLIANCE! of my oldest child (trust me on this one! :) )...
http://www.geocities.com/thereisnosuchthingasgray/

Posted by: Cheryl on May 14, 2006 11:43 AM
21. I have two suggestions.

The economic history website (eh.net/hmit/) provides historical data on GDP, inflation, and wages back to the 18th century.

The National Center for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov/annuals/) provides a wealth of historical data on educational enrollment, spending, and achievement.

Posted by: David Wright on May 14, 2006 11:47 AM
22. 4th try. How about the RCW, State Constitution, Federal Laws, etc.

Who's donating to who
http://www.politicalmoneyline.com

A Guide to the Political Left
http://www.discoverthenetwork.org

Misc data info
http://www.nationalatlas.gov

Our Representatives
http://www.house.gov

Federal law makers
http://www.senate.gov

A form to adjust monies from 1800 to 2005
http://www.westegg.com/inflation

Posted by: Janet on May 14, 2006 02:51 PM
23. Let see if I can figure out what the problem is with the comments. First, a bare weblink:
http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2006/05/nsa_thread.html

Posted by: Jim Miller on May 14, 2006 03:01 PM
24. Ok, that worked. Now the same thing with a proper link:

Posted by: Jim Miller on May 14, 2006 03:03 PM
25. OK - As you can see from those two examples, there appears to be something unacceptable with links.

Now here's the odd thing: On the email messages I got, the links showed in both examples. (The mail program I use, Evolution, was smart enough to recognize the first bare link, I guess.)

So, for now, I would suggest just posting bare links.

Thanks to all who have sent suggestions. Some of them are new to me, and most of them look worth including.

Posted by: Jim Miller on May 14, 2006 03:10 PM
26. Here's an explanation from Stefan:

"This, unfortunately, is a "feature", that I didn't realize we were
getting with Movable Type 3.2.

It makes the entry author explicitly approve comments with a certain
number of URLs (I think 3). Look closely at the emails you get when
somebody posts a comment on your entry. Some might ask you to approve
the comment.

. . . .

If other people find this feature as annoying as I do, I'll see what I
can do about disabling it."


I'm not sure why my single comment didn't get through. My apologies for not noticing the change in format that required me to approve some comments. I was skipping the header and just looking at the substance of the comments.

Posted by: Jim Miller on May 14, 2006 04:04 PM
27. One more test: Here's a single
link.
OK, that works. (I got the syntax wrong on the one above.)

So, for now, limit yourself to two links or fewer (I think), or use bare links (which are fine with me).

I have clicked "approve" on the earlier comments. We'll see if they show up.

Posted by: Jim Miller on May 14, 2006 04:09 PM
28. Or, you can wait for the comments to be approved, as I have just done.

Best thing for now is to use bare links if you are putting up more than two (or maybe just one) link.

Again, my apologies for this confusion.

Posted by: Jim Miller on May 14, 2006 04:21 PM
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