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Archive for June, 2012

Active Reading: Comprehension and Rate

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Reading Myths:

Active Reading Strategies:

Learning Links

A Classic Method for Studying Texts: SQ4R– University of Guelph

Active Reading Strategies– Princeton University

Rapid Reading – Cornell University

Concept Mapping – Cornell University

Guide to Reading Primary Sources – University of Pennsylvania


It’s the Inequality, Stupid

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Eleven charts that explain what’s wrong with America.




The richest controls 2/3 of America's net worth


A millionaire's tax rate, now and then. Share of Federal Tax revenue

More visuals from Mother Jones

BBC: Mexico Special Reports

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

An astute series of articles about Mexican culture and politics from BBC.

Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty NYC

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet.

The city’s Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database.

Delancey Street

Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.


Artists, Writers, and the Great Depression

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Primary source video footage on TGD art and literature

A Challenge to Robert Redford

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Nixon is back. Back from the dead to haunt us once again with his lies. With his one Big Lie. The one he got away with. The one all too many historians and journalists still complacently accept.

This burst of interest is not really a surprise since—like him or not—Richard Nixon remains one of the great American characters, a Rorschach blot upon which we project our conceptions of American politics and history…

Nonetheless, on the fundamental question—what did the president know and when did he know it?—the vast majority of accounts take Richard Nixon at his unsupported word.

It’s amazing to me that historians of Nixon and Watergate have been so timid on this issue.

It’s not a trivial matter, it goes to the question of the true character of one of the great characters in American history. It goes to the question of whether discovering the whole truth matters

I reiterate my challenge: Give us your answer to the question in this documentary, prove my theory about Nixon’s guilt wrong, or prove someone else gave the order, or admit you don’t care whether Nixon has, in the end, gotten away with his crime.

Originalist Sin: the Founding Fathers not only supported mandates, they passed laws imposing them

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

The five conservative justices on the Supreme Court—Thomas, Alito, Scalia, Roberts and Kennedy—cloak themselves in the myth that they are somehow channeling the wisdom and understanding of the Founding Fathers, the original intent that guided the drafting of the Constitution.  I believe the premise of their argument is itself suspect: It is not clear to me how much weight should be given  to non-textually based intent that is practically impossible to discern more than 200 years later. Most of the issues over which there is constitutional dispute today could not even have been envisioned when the document was drafted.

Photoessay: Putin shows off military hardware in Victory Day parade

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012


Check out these photos. Daunting!

Interactive Map: Measure of America

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Play with the U.S. HDI map. Consider the questions the data raises. Come to your own conclusions.

Why Are Teen Moms Poor?

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Delivering the commencement address last weekend at the evangelical Liberty University, Mitt Romney naturally stuck primarily to “family values” and religious themes. He did, however, make one economic observation that intersects with some fascinating new research. “For those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and marry before they have their first child,” he said, “the probability that they will be poor is 2 percent. But if [all] those things are absent, 76 percent will be poor.”

These are striking numbers, but they raise the age-old question of correlation and causation. Does this mean that the representative high-school dropout would be doing much better had he stuck it out in school for a few more years? Or is it instead the case that the population of high-school dropouts is disproportionately composed of people who have attributes that lead to low earnings?

Good questions. Some answers.