The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
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The History of Money

Barter is the exchange of resources or services for mutual advantage, and may date back to the beginning of humankind. Some would even argue that it's not purely a human activity; plants and animals have been bartering - in symbiotic relationships - for millions of years. In any case, barter among humans certainly pre-dates the use of money. This PBS/NOVA site provides brief details of the how money was created and how it was used through the ages. It is a sub-section to the larger site, Secrets of Making Money.

Related site:

The World of Paper Money.



This site provides online maps of USA, Canada and Europe. Also available, are free driving directions on detailed, interactive, and dynamic street level maps. Search for addresses and plan your itinerary with Map24. Calculate your route; look for hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, or other points of interest. International routing across borders with street maps, city maps, and house number accurate address search.


National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. Search for statewide information in elementary/secondary education, postsecondary education, public libraries and selected demographics for all states in the U.S. using a variety of NCES data sources.


Quackwatch: Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions

Quackwatch, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere.


One Year on Mars

In January 2004, Mars had two new visitors. The Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and
Opportunity, were about to begin an amazing year of exploration. Look back at their
scientific adventures and discoveries, and stay tuned as the rovers welcome a brand new year on Mars.

Related site:
Latest Images from Mars Rovers.


Free Annual Credit Report

This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. is the official site to help consumers to obtain their free credit report.