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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Saturday, June 30, 2007


The Religion of Peace (or We Kill You)

The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

Earth Calendar

The Earth Calendar is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world. For the purpose of this web site a 'holiday' is any day that recognizes a cultural event.


Educator's Reference Desk

From the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials, and the Virtual Reference Desk, the Educator's Reference Desk brings you the resources you have come to depend on. 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.


Harper's Weekly: Explore History

Since 1995, up to 12 indexers with advanced degrees have read every word and studied every illustration and cartoon in Harper's Weekly, and have carefully constructed user-friendly indexes that will guide you in locating information quickly and concisely. The information is presented in an easy-to-navigate, alphabetical, multi-level structure familiar to scholars, reference librarians and students alike. Descriptive sub-entries will help you determine the relative value of the references by giving you specific information about an
entry prior to display.

Related site: Outline of U.S. History.


Library of Congress: Today in History

Today in History is a Library of Congress presentation of historic facts highlighted by items from the American Memory


The World of Paper Money

This site is all about paper money. Most people associate money with earning and spending. Very few consider money as an art object or a collectable item. Only in the last several years has paper money collecting as a hobby become more popular. Modern banknotes are very attractive and colorful, especially in uncirculated conditions favored by collectors.


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"Sir, I say that justice is truth in action."

-Benjamin Disraeli


"To every thing there is a season..."

"To every thing there is a season, and time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

-The Bible


"There are three things which are real..."

"There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third."

-Aubrey Menen


"It is not our affluence, or our plumbing..."

"It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the
imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril."

-James William Fulbright


"If the Government becomes a lawbreaker..."

"If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the
administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means - to declare that the
Government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal - would bring terrible retribution."

-Louis Dembitz Brandeis


"If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law..."

"If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That
means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the emocratic

-Felix Frankfurter


Saturday, June 02, 2007


The Religion of Peace (or We Kill You)

New Words for 2006

(From Pamela, our correspondent in Bay Ridge.)

(Essential vocabulary additions for the workplace (and elsewhere)!)

1. BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

2. SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

3. ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.

4. SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.

5. CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles

6. PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.

7. MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.

8. SIT COMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What Yuppies get into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.

9. STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.

10. SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.

11. XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.

12. IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The J-Lo and Ben wedding (or not) was a prime example -- Michael Jackson, another...

13. PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

14. ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

15. 404: From the World Wide Web error Message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested site could not be located.

16. GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.

17. OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. (Like after hitting send on an e-mail by mistake)

18. WOOFS: Well-Off Older Folks.


Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to
go in harm’s way."

-John Paul Jones


"We hold these truths to be self-evident..."

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal, that they
are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are
instituted among men. We … solemnly publish and declare, that these colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states … and for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honour."

-Thomas Jefferson


"The chief duty of governments, in so far as they are coercive..."

"The chief duty of governments, in so far as they are coercive, is to restrain those
who would interfere with the inalienable rights of the individual, among which are the right to life, the right to liberty, the right to the pursuit of happiness and the right to worship God according to the dictates of one’s conscience."

-William Jennings Bryan


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it
was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

-Charles Dickens


"Salvation for a race, nation, or class must come from within..."

"Salvation for a race, nation, or class must come from within. Freedom is never
granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted. Freedom and justice must be struggled for by the oppressed of all lands and races, and the struggle must be
continuous, for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationships."

-Asa Philip Randolph


The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

U.S. ZIP Code Lookup Tools

This site by the U.S. Postal Service allows you to find a ZIP+4 code for a specific street address or business; search for ZIP codes by city or town; or search for localities in a ZIP code area.

Related site:

Canadian Postal Code Lookup.


Library of Congress: An Annotated List of Reference Websites

The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress has eight alcoves. This ninth 'virtual alcove' is a collection of websites selected and annotated by Humanities and Social Sciences Division subject specialists. All of these websites have components that are free and available to the public; some might require user registration, or may have links to fee-based services.


Who's Alive and Who's Dead

Welcome to Who's Alive and Who's Dead - the site that helps you keep track of which famous people have died and which are still alive! The people listed in Who's Alive and Who's Dead are grouped according to the accomplishments for which they are best known. That makes it easy to find the cast list of your favorite TV show or rock group. Or, you can easily get a list of famous athletes who played your favorite sport. Politicians are here too, along with authors, cartoonists, astronauts, and a bit of everything else.


Worldwide Telephone Directories

This site provides databases for searching foreign telephone numbers, arranged by country.


Major Metro U.S. Newspapers

This site provides links to major newspapers in the United States.

Related site:

Top 100 U.S. Newspapers.


Real-time Java-based online clocks giving the official time for all U.S. time zones. A service of the National Technical Information Service and the U.S. Naval Observatory.