Archive | May 2011

OnGuard Online

“OnGuardOnline provides practical tips from the federal government and technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.”–From the website.


” The site’s mission is to empower individual investors to take control of their finances and investments through the Internet. … believes that every investor, regardless of experience, can benefit from a guide designed to help them sort through all of the investing information on the Internet. Sections that benefit everyone equally are those covering online brokers, stock information, and a comprehensive list of publicly traded companies (including home pages, research, and discussion).–From the website.

Consumer Action

“Consumer Action is a nonprofit organization that has championed the rights of underrepresented consumers nationwide since 1971. Throughout its history, the organization has dedicated its resources to promoting financial literacy and advocating for consumer rights in both the media and before lawmakers to promote economic justice for all. With the resources and infrastructure to reach millions of consumers, Consumer Action is one of the most recognized, effective, and trusted consumer organizations in the nation”–From the website.

“Consumer Action advances consumer rights, nation-wide, by referring complaints, publishing educational materials in multiple languages, advocating for consumers in the media and before lawmakers, and comparing prices on credit cards, bank accounts and long distance services.”–From the website.


“Musopen …  is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.”–From the website.

Discover Yale Digital Commons

“…Scholars, artists and other individuals around the world will enjoy free access to online images of millions of objects housed in Yale’s museums, archives, and libraries thanks to a new “Open Access” policy that the University announced today. Yale is the first Ivy League university to make its collections accessible in this fashion, and already more than 250,000 images are available through a newly developed collective catalog.”–From the website.

Library of Congress National Jukebox

“The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.”–From the website.

Adult Learning Activities : California Distance Learning Project

“The purpose of this site is to help adults improve basic skills like reading and spelling using real-life stories on topics of interest to adults.”–From the website.  “The site is free and does not require registration or sign-in. You need a computer with a mouse, sound and a connection to the Internet; an Internet browser such as Internet Explorer (version 5 or above) or Firefox (version 2 or above), JavaScript enabled, a Flash plug-in (version 7+), and the RealPlayer plug-in (version 8+). A printer is helpful, but not required. “–From the website.

“The site was created by The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association to help educate investors. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association(SIFMA) represents the industry which powers the global economy. Born of the merger between The Securities Industry Association and The Bond Market Association, SIFMA is the single powerful voice for strengthening markets and supporting investors—the world over.”–From the website.

OFFSTATS : Official Statistics On The Web

“The OFFSTATS database provides access to free statistics from official sources on the web. Some specialised databases are only available to the University of Auckland staff and students. “-From the website.

Osama Bin Laden Largely Discredited Among Muslim Publics In Recent Years

“In the months leading up to Osama bin Laden’s death, a survey of Muslim publics around the world found little support for the al Qaeda leader.

Among the six predominantly Muslim nations recently surveyed by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, bin Laden received his highest level of support among Muslims in the Palestinian territories — although even there only 34% said they had confidence in the terrorist leader to do the right thing in world affairs. Minorities of Muslims in Indonesia (26%), Egypt (22%) and Jordan (13%) expressed confidence in bin Laden, while he has almost no support among Turkish (3%) or Lebanese Muslims (1%).”–From this Pew Research Center Report.

History on the Web

This set of web pages are not being updated, but there are many, many links to sites about American History, World History, Ancient History, Women’s History, Medieval History, and much more.

The State of the Birds 2011

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers its annual report on the state of birds.  It highlights the importance of public lands in bird conservation.