Archive | May 2013

Global Terrorism Database

“The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2011 (with annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 104,000 cases.”–From the website.


U. S. Volcanoes and Activity Alerts

From the U. S. Geologic Survey.  “The Volcano Hazards Program  monitors active and potentially active volcanoes, assesses their  hazards, responds to volcanic crises, and conducts research on how  volcanoes work to fulfill a Congressional mandate (P.L. 93-288)  that the USGS issue “timely warnings” of potential volcanic hazards  to responsible emergency-management authorities and to the populace  affected.”–From the website.

Infrastructure — Helpful Sites

American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 Infrastructure Report Card on United States Infrastructure.

Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young:  2013 Infrastructure, Global Priorities, Globa Insights.  Includes information on U. S. infrastructure plus information on the infrastructure of countries from around the world.

10 Pieces of U. S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now, from Popular Mechanics

Council on Foreign Relations:  Encouraging U. S. Infrastructure Investment, Policy Innovation Memorandum no. 17 (Can be downloaded from the site).

InfrastructureUSA : Advocating to Restore America’s Infranstructure.

Affordable Care Act — Helpful Sites

The Health Care Act and You – 

This site provides comprehensive information about the Affordable Care Act, including the text of the law, key features of the law, a timeline of when its provisions begin, information about the benefits, and much more. 

The sites below include even more specific information about the new law. 

Affordable Care Act – Dept. of Labor 

Affordable Care Act – Tax Provisions – IRS 

Affordable Care Act – MEDICAID

Tools, resources, links to provide information on resources and services on long-term care.  Extensive information to help anyone needing information on long-term care for themselves or family members.

FCA : Family Caregiver Alliance

“Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and
friends providing long-term care at home. Long recognized as a pioneer in health services, FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support
and sustain caregivers.”–From the website.  Information about resources and services to help families caring for their loved ones at home is found here.

Free eBooks From Smashwords

Smashwords is a site where you can find ebooks from indie authors and publishers.  It is a commercial site, but for Price, you can click on “Free” and can get a large number of free ebooks available for download from the site.


A database of “useful biological numbers,” complete with a search engine and full citations.  If you need to know how many skin cells the human body has or the estimated number of insects on the Earth at a given moment, then this resource has what you need.

U.S.A. Learns

U.S.A. Learns is an outgrowth of a project that was conceived by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL).  DAEL promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens.  The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition.  These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving.”–From the website.

America’s Literacy Directory

“America’s Literacy Directory (ALD) is a web site that allows users to find local literacy providers in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. The ALD includes literacy programs for adults looking for adult basic education, adult secondary education, computer literacy and English as a Second Language.

By entering an address or a ZIP code, you can find detailed information about area literacy programs and the services they offer. You can also generate a map and driving directions for all programs listed in the ALD.”–From FAQ

eldercare locator

“Welcome to the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging  connecting you to services for older adults and their families.You can also reach us at 1-800-677-1116.”–From the website.