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We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.

~Stephen Hawking



News of the Month

Earth Overshoot Day (EOD), previously known as Ecological Debt Day (EDD), is the calculated illustrative calendar date on which humanity's resource consumption for the year exceeds earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by dividing the world biocapacity (the amount of natural resources generated by the earth that year), by the world ecological footprint (humanity's consumption of the earth's natural resources for that year), and multiplying by 365.

The first Earth Overshoot Day was calculated in 1971. That year it fell on December 25th. Based on trends over the past 20 years, humanity reaches Earth Overshoot Day earlier every year. Since 1999 this date, which signifies the day on which we have used the planet’s share of resources for the year, has moved up almost two months. In 2020, Earth Overshoot Day occurred two weeks later than the previous year, on August 16th, because humanity’s use of the planet’s resources temporarily slowed a little. The main drivers were the carbon footprint (reduced 14.5% from 2019) and the forest product footprint (reduced 8.4% from 2019). In 2021, however, Earth Overshoot Day returned to its earlier trend, occurring on August 3rd.

When viewed from an economic perspective, EOD represents the day on which humanity enters an ecological deficit spending. Think of ecological overuse as you would financial overspending, but with a significant difference: Financial debt can always be wiped away, while ecological resources are borrowed from a system we cannot bargain with. In ecology, the term Earth Overshoot Day illustrates the level by which human population overshoots its environment.

Throughout most of history, humanity has used nature's resources to build cities and roads, to provide food and create products, and to release carbon dioxide at a rate that was well within the earth's budget. But by the early 1970s, that critical threshold had been crossed: Human consumption began outstripping what the planet could reproduce. According to Global Footprint Network’s calculations, our demand for renewable ecological resources and the services they provide is now equivalent to that of 1.75 earths. The data show us on track to require the resources of two planets each year well before the mid-21st century.

Advocates for Earth Overshoot Day note that the costs of ecological overspending are becoming more evident over time. Climate change - a result of greenhouse gases being emitted faster than forests and oceans can absorb them - is the most obvious result. Other effects include shrinking forests, species loss, fisheries collapse, higher commodity prices and civil unrest. Our overuse of our planetary resources is becoming increasingly clear as deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and extreme weather conditions resulting from climate change become unavoidable realities of daily life for a significant proportion of the planet.

This year, humanity has exhausted earth's budget in seven months. The implication is clear. Humanity is simply demanding more than the earth can provide. To preserve peace and sustain human achievements, humanity needs to reverse the trend and push Earth Overshoot Day back to December 31st and beyond. This is the minimum condition for one-planet prosperity. The only alternative is one-planet misery, where resource insecurity undermines whole economies and pits nation against nation, accelerating inequalities. Four years ago, the coronavirus pandemic caused humanity’s ecological footprint to contract. Sadly, we have returned to our previous pattern … The global EOD for 2024 is August 1st. For a ton of facts and activities, visit the Earth Overshoot website.





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then and now button   07/01/1862 - The first federal polygamy legislation was enacted.

then and now button   07/01/1863 - The Civil War battle of Gettysburg began.

then and now button   07/01/1898 - During the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba.

then and now button   07/01/1943 - 'Pay-as-you-go' income tax withholding began.

then and now button   07/01/1944 - Delegates from 44 countries began meeting at Bretton Woods, NH, where they agreed to establish the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

then and now button   07/01/1946 - The US exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

then and now button   07/01/1963 - The US Post Office first began using Zip Codes.

then and now button   07/01/1968 - The US, Britain, the Soviet Union and 58 other countries signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

then and now button   07/01/1991 - President GHW Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court ... and the battle began!

then and now button   07/01/1997 - Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British colony.

then and now button   07/02/1776 - The Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that these United Colonies are, and of right, out to be, Free and Independent States.

then and now button   07/02/1926 - The US Army Air Corps began.

then and now button   07/02/1962 - Ernest Hemingway, the winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize in literature, died at 62 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

then and now button   07/02/1964 - President Lyndon Johnson signed a sweeping civil rights bill.

then and now button   07/02/1976 - The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.UFO

then and now button   07/02/2024 - World UFO Day

then and now button   07/03/1608 - Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec.

then and now button   07/03/1775 - General George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge MA.

then and now button   07/03/1930 - Congress created the US Veterans Administration.

then and now button   07/03/1962 - Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.

then and now button   07/03/1971 - Jim Morrison died in Paris. The official cause of death was a heart attack.

then and now button   07/03/2024 - St Thomas Day – Christian

then and now button   07/04/1776 - The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

then and now button   07/04/1802 - The US Military Academy officially opened at West Point NY.

then and now button   07/04/1831 - Dr. Samuel Francis Smith, a Baptist minister in Boston wrote America. He scribbled his original words to a melody he found in a German songbook not realizing the tune was that of the British national anthem. Hours later, the congregation of Boston's Park Street Church sang it for the first time.

then and now button   07/04/1826 - Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, died at Monticello VA.

then and now button   07/04/1826 - John Adams died in Quincy MA.

then and now button   07/04/1884 - France presented the Statue of Liberty to the US as a gift.fireworks

then and now button   07/04/2024 - Happy Independence Day!

then and now button   07/05/1811 - Venezuela became the first South American country to declare its independence from Spain.

then and now button   07/05/1865 - William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.

then and now button   07/05/1946 - The bikini made its debut during an outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris.

then and now button   07/05/1975 - Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors.

then and now button   07/05/1984 - The Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old "exclusionary rule," deciding that evidence seized with defective court warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials.

then and now button   07/05/2016 - FBI Director James Comey held an infamous press conference at the height of the 2016 presidential election, in which he announced that although Hillary Clinton hadn’t committed any crimes in using a private email server as secretary of state, she’d still done things Comey personally thought were “extremely careless.” The announcement may well have helped tank Clinton’s campaign, leading to the election of Donald Trump.

then and now button   07/06/1854 - The first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson MI.

then and now button   07/06/1923 - The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics formed.

then and now button   07/06/1933 - The first All-Star baseball game took place at Chicago's Comiskey Park. The American League defeated the National League 4 to 2.

then and now button   07/06/1945 - President Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.

then and now button   07/06/1967 - The Biafran War erupted. The war lasted over two years and claimed over 600,000 lives.lips

then and now button   07/06/2024 - International Kissing Day

then and now button   07/06/2024 - Birth of the Dalai Lama – Buddhist

then and now button   07/07/1865 - Officials hanged four people in Washington for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Lincoln.

then and now button   07/07/1898 - The US annexed Hawaii.

then and now button   07/07/1958 - President Eisenhower signed the Alaska statehood bill.

then and now button   07/07/1981 - President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the US Supreme Court.

then and now button   07/07/2024 - World Chocolate Day

then and now button   07/07/2024 - Al-Hijri (New Year) / Muharram begins at sunset – Muslim

then and now button   07/08/1663 - King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.

then and now button   07/08/1856 - Charles Barnes of Lowell, Massachusetts patented the first machine gun.

then and now button   07/08/1889 - The Wall Street Journal was first published.

then and now button   07/08/1947 - The US Army swore in its first women recruits.

then and now button   07/08/1950 - General Douglas MacArthur became commander-in-chief of UN forces in Korea.

then and now button   07/09/1872 - John Blondell of Thomaston MN patented the doughnut cutter.

then and now button   07/09/1893 - Doctors performed the first successful open-heart surgery.

then and now button   07/09/1896 - William Jennings Bryan delivered his famous Cross of Gold speech at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.

then and now button   07/09/2024 - Martyrdom of the Bab – Baha’i

then and now button   07/09/2024 - Chokhor Duchen – Buddhist

then and now button   07/10/1850 - Vice President Millard Fillmore assumed the presidency following the death of President Taylor.

then and now button   07/10/1919 - President Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate and urged its ratification.

then and now button   07/10/1991 - Boris Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian Republic.

then and now button   07/10/1992 - A federal judge in Miami sentenced former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, convicted of drug and racketeering charges, to 40 years in prison. The sentence was later cut to 10 years.

then and now button   07/11/1533 - Pope Clement VII excommunicated England's King Henry XIII.

then and now button   07/11/1798 - A congressional act formally reestablished the Marine Corps and created the Marine Band.

then and now button   07/11/1864 - Confederate forces led by General Jubal Early began an abortive invasion of Washington DC, turning back the next day.

then and now button   07/11/1977 - The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.population

then and now button   07/11/2024 - World Population Day

then and now button   07/12/100BCE - Roman Dictator Julius Caesar was born.

then and now button   07/12/1817 - Naturalist-author Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord MA.

then and now button   07/12/1862 - Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.

then and now button   07/12/1881 - William H. Bonney Jr., aka Billy the Kid, was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner NM.

then and now button   07/13/1960 - John Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination at his party's convention in Los Angeles.

then and now button   07/13/1977 - A blackout lasting 25 hours hit the New York area. (There were a lot of kids born 9 months later!)

then and now button   07/14/1798 - Congress passed the Sedition Act making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the US government.

then and now button   07/14/1933 - The German government outlawed all political parties except the Nazi Party.

then and now button   07/14/1958 - The army of Iraq overthrew the monarchy.

then and now button   07/15/1606 - Dutch painter Rembrandt was born.

then and now button   07/15/1870 - Georgia became the last Confederate state readmitted to the Union.

then and now button   07/15/1964 - Senator Barry Goldwater won the nomination for president at the Republican national convention in San Francisco.

then and now button   07/15/1998 - The Congressional Budget Office estimated federal surpluses of $1.55 trillion over the next decade. (My, how times have changed!)

then and now button   07/15/2006 - The San Francisco-based podcasting company Odeo officially releases Twttr—later changed to Twitter—its short messaging service (SMS) for groups, to the public.

then and now button   07/16/1790 - The District of Columbia became the seat of the US government.

then and now button   07/16/1918 - The Bolsheviks executed Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family.

then and now button   07/16/1945 - The US exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert near Alamogordo NM.

then and now button   07/16/1951 - JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye was first published.

then and now button   07/16/1964 - In accepting the Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco, Barry Goldwater said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." Does anyone still believe that?

then and now button   07/16/1979 - Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq.

then and now button   07/16/1995 - Amazon officially opened for business as an online bookseller. Within a month, the fledgling retailer had shipped books to all 50 US states and to 45 countries. Founder Jeff Bezos’s motto was “get big fast,” and Seattle-based Amazon eventually morphed into an e-commerce colossus, selling everything from groceries to furniture to live ladybugs, and helping to revolutionize the way people shop.

then and now button   07/16/2024 - Ashura begins at sunset and ends tomorrow – Muslim

then and now button   07/17/1821 - Spain ceded Florida to the US.

then and now button   07/17/1945 - President Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of WWII.

then and now button   07/17/2024 -   emoji  World Emoji Dayhotdog

then and now button   07/17/2024 - National Hot Dog Day

then and now button   07/18/64CE - The Great Fire of Rome began.

then and now button   07/18/1947 - President Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act, which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.

then and now button   07/18/1969 - Ted Kennedy drove off the Dike Bridge killing Mary Jo Kopechne. He received a two-month suspended sentence for leaving the scene of the accident.

then and now button   07/19/1848 - A pioneer women's rights convention opened in Seneca Falls, NY.

then and now button   07/19/1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign in Europe.

then and now button   07/19/1969 - Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon.

then and now button   07/19/1979 - The Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas two days after President Anastasio Somoza had fled the country.

then and now button   07/19/1993 - President Clinton announced a compromise allowing homosexuals to serve in the military if they refrained from all homosexual activity ... the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. It probably should have been called "don't ask, don't act."

then and now button   07/20/1861 - The Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond VA.

then and now button   07/20/1881 - Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn, surrendered to federal troops.

then and now button   07/20/1942 - The first detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, later known as WACs, began basic training at Fort Des Moines IA.

then and now button   07/20/1944 - An attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed.

then and now button   07/20/1969 - Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.

then and now button   07/20/2024 - Asalha Puja (Dharma Day) – Buddhist

then and now button   07/21/1861 - The South won the first Battle of Bull Run at Manassas VA.

then and now button   07/21/1925 - The Monkey Trial ended in Dayton, TN with John Scopes (high school science teacher) convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution. (The conviction was later overturned.) The trial attracted intense national publicity, as national reporters converged on Dayton to cover the well-known, charismatic lawyers representing each side, and it was the first trial to be broadcast on radio. The case was seen as a conflict between fundamentalism and modernity, as well as the right to teach modern science in schools under the 1st Amendment.

then and now button   07/21/1949 - The US Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty ... which created NATO.

then and now button   07/21/1954 - France surrendered North Vietnam to the Communists.

then and now button   07/21/1980 - Draft registration began in the US for 19- and 20-year-old cream

then and now button   07/21/2024 - National Ice Cream Day

then and now button   07/21/2024 - Guru Purnima or Vyasa Purnima – Hindu

then and now button   07/22/1934 - Federal agents shot John Dillinger to death in Chicago.

then and now button   07/22/1937 - The Senate rejected President Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.

then and now button   07/22/1975 - The House joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

then and now button   07/23/1846 - Protesting slavery and the US involvement in the Mexican War, Henry David Thoreau refused to pay his $1 poll tax and the Concord MA constable jailed him. This experience moved him to write Civil Disobedience.

then and now button   07/23/1904 - Charles Menches invented the ice cream cone during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

then and now button   07/23/1914 - Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin. The dispute led to WWI.

then and now button   07/23/1979 - Ayatollah Khomeini banned Rock and Roll music in Iran.

then and now button   07/23/2024 - Birthday of Haile Selassie I – Rastafari

then and now button   07/24/1929 - President Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy.

then and now button   07/24/1946 - The US detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device.

then and now button   07/24/1974 - The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.

then and now button   07/24/2024 - Pioneer Day – LDS

then and now button   07/25/1593 - France's King Henry IV converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.

then and now button   07/25/1952 - Puerto Rica became a self-governing commonwealth of the US.

then and now button   07/25/2024 - Papa Ogou (St Jacques le Majeur) – Vodún

then and now button   07/26/1775 - Benjamin Franklin became Postmaster-General.

then and now button   07/26/1947 - President Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

then and now button   07/26/1953 - Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro ousted Batista in 1959.

then and now button   07/26/1990 - President GHW Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act.

then and now button   07/26/2024 - Gran'Dlai et Gran'Aloumandia (Sainte Anne) – Vodún

then and now button   07/27/1794 - French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre was overthrown and placed under arrest. He was executed the following day.

then and now button   07/27/1953 - The Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting.

then and now button   07/27/1974 - The House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend President Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a course of conduct designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.

then and now button   07/27/2024 - Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

then and now button   07/28/1868 - The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing due process of law, took effect.

then and now button   07/28/1945 - A US Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.

then and now button   07/28/2016 - Former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton maked history by accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for president, becoming the first woman to lead a major US political party.parents

then and now button   07/28/2024 - Parents’ Day

then and now button   07/29/1030 - The patron saint of Norway, King Olaf II, died in battle.

then and now button   07/29/1890 - Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in France.

then and now button   07/29/1958 - President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created NASA.

then and now button   07/29/2024 - Maitresse Silverine – Vodún

then and now button   07/30/1729 - The city of Baltimore was founded.

then and now button   07/30/1885 - Jean Francois Gravelet stepped out over Niagara Falls for the first tightrope walk over the famous waterfall. She did it on a 3" rope stretched 1,166 feet.

then and now button   07/30/1942 - President Roosevelt signed a bill creating a women's auxiliary agency in the Navy known as the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).

then and now button   07/30/1965 - President Johnson signed into law the Medicare bill ... which went into effect the following year.

then and now button   07/31/1777 - The Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, became a major-general in the American Continental Army.

then and now button   07/31/1919 - Germany adopted its Weimar Constitution.

then and now button   07/31/1991 - President GHW Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.






Online Resource Links

then and now button   How Wobbly Is Our Democracy?The American Abyss US is polarizing faster than other democracies. The Ballad of Downward MobilityA Crisis Coming … The Twin Threats To American Democracy: (1) A Growing Movement to Refuse to Accept Defeat in an Election and (2) Policy and Election Results that Are Increasingly Less Connected to What the Public WantsAmerica’s Surprising Partisan Divide on Life Expectancy | ‘Freedom’ Means Something Different to Liberals and Conservatives. Here’s How the Definition Split - and Why That Still Matters.| Politics is personal.For elites, politics is driven by ideology. For voters, it’s not.Trust and Strengthening the Weak Points of American DemocracyDistrust in AmericaOne America is thriving; the other is stagnating. How long can this go on? America Is Growing Apart, Possibly for Good - The great “convergence” of the mid-20th century may have been an anomaly. Are we really facing a second Civil War? How ‘Stop the Steal’ Captured the American RightConspiracy theorists want to run America’s elections. These are the candidates standing in their way.Two Americas Index: Democracy deniersWhere will this political violence lead? Look to the 1850s.American Democracy Was Never Designed to Be Democratic Yes, the economy is important, but we found that election subversion attempts appear to matter more to voters than polling suggests. Donald Trump’s 2024 Campaign, in His Own Menacing Words A Warning We Are in a Five-Alarm Fire for Democracy | According to Freedom House, the US, whose aggregate score for political rights and civil liberties fell 11 points between 2010 and 2020, now falls near the middle of the free spectrum, behind Slovenia, Croatia and Mongolia. | The Looming Contest Between Two Presidents and Two AmericasWhy Losing Political Power Now Feels Like ‘Losing Your Country’Here Is One Way to Steal the Presidential ElectionIn tense election year, state officials face climate of intimidation. In the GOP’s new surveillance state, everyone’s a snitch.Political scientists want to know why we hate one another this much.

then and now button   At The Brink: A Series about the Threat of Nuclear Weapons in an Unstable WorldThe Brink: If it seems alarmist to anticipate the horrifying aftermath of a nuclear attack, consider this: The US and Ukraine governments have been planning for the scenario for at least two years. The possibility of a nuclear strike, once inconceivable in modern conflict, is more likely now than at any other time since the Cold War. | A nuclear weapon strikes. What happens next? (8:10) | 72 Minutes Until the End of the World?The Doomsday Clock 2024: It’s 90 seconds to midnight. The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has left the hands of the Doomsday Clock unchanged due to ominous trends that continue to point the world toward global catastrophe. (Founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer and University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later, using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet. The Doomsday Clock is set every year by the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes nine Nobel laureates. The Clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to global catastrophe caused by man-made technologies.) The Toll: The Threat of Nuclear Weapons in an Unstable World

then and now button   Visualizing the State of Global Debt, by Country: The debt-to-GDP ratio is a simple metric that compares a country’s public debt to its economic output. By comparing how much a country owes and how much it produces in a year, economists can measure a country’s theoretical ability to pay off its debt. The World Bank published a study showing that countries that maintained a debt-to-GDP ratio of over 77% for prolonged periods of time experienced economic slowdowns.

then and now button   What ISIS Really Wants: The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy and for how to stop it  |  ISIS Claims Responsibility, Calling Paris Attacks First of the Storm  |  Syria Iraq: The Islamic State Militant Group  |  Isis: The Inside Story  |  Frontline: The Rise of ISIS  |  Council on Foreign Relations: A Primer on ISIS  |  Cracks in ISIS Are Becoming More Clear  |  How ISIS’ Attacks Harm the Middle East Timeline: the Rise, Spread and Fall of the Islamic State

then and now button   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.

then and now button   What it’s like to live on $2 a day in the United States (PDF)

then and now button   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.

then and now button   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.

then and now button   Check out the 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.

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

then and now button   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.

then and now button   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.

then and now button   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.

then and now button   Stem Cell Research: See the official NIH resource for Stem Cell Research. In 2005, NOVA aired an overview of The Stem Cell Issue.

then and now button  Instances of the Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798 - 2020: 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. | Here's How Bad a Nuclear War Would Actually BeThis is What It’s Like to Witness a Nuclear Explosion

then and now button   Government Product Recalls

then and now button   Homeland Security Knowledge Base

then and now button  If you're worried about retirement, try some of these sites: IRS Tax Information for Retirement PlansSocial Security Retirement PlannerRetirement Planning Resources from Smart Money

then and now button   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.

then and now button  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.

then and now button   The State of State and Local Finances: New studies afford a state-by-state or city-by-city analysis of fiscal well being. The Year of Living Dangerously: While leaders in a growing number of states appear to believe they're serving the public good by squeezing government dry, there's little question that minimizing management carries a host of dangers that directly affect the lives of citizens.

then and now button   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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use this Community link or the link at the top of the page.
The link will take you to a list of the topics I currently have available.
To schedule a date or for more information, feel free to contact me at




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