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New CMS Initiative Helps to Assist and Identify Individuals Who Care for Medicare Beneficiaries as Caregivers

September 25th, 2008

New CMS Initiative Helps to Assist and Identify Individuals Who Care for Medicare Beneficiaries as Caregivers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today launched Ask Medicare, a new initiative to help family caregivers –those who are family members or friends who help people with Medicare — access and use valuable healthcare information, services and resources.

More than 44 million Americans, more than one in five adults, provide care to a loved one, friend or neighbor, valued in economic terms at $350 billion annually, according to a recent report by AARP. The new initiative will provide a one-stop Web page for caregivers (www.medicare.gov/caregivers) that provides easy access to useful information about Medicare and other essential resources to help with caregiving.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

The Top 18 New Money Management Sites

September 25th, 2008

The Top 18 New Money Management Sites

With the average debt in the United States rapidly rising, many individuals are looking for a better way to manage their bank accounts, credit cards, savings and investments. While there are lots of software solutions available, cutting edge Web 2.0 technology has given rise to many new money management tools and services that make keeping track of personal finances easy. However, don’t let all the jargon make choosing between these tools difficult.

If you have never used a Web 2.0 money management tool or service, don’t miss out on all the advantages they offer. Here’s a monster list of 18 of the top Web 2.0 finance services currently available. This list covers new sites offering services in a variety of specialized fields ranging from online banking, personal finance, investing, business tools, shared bills and housing prices. Be sure to fully investigate all the features and security details on a site before signing your life away and deciding which one best fits your needs. Or you can just choose the site with the coolest logo, always a fundamentally sound means of selection.

Source: Wall Street Fighter (weblog)

Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know…and other full-text reports on DocuTicker

September 25th, 2008

Posted 24 September 2008 on DocuTicker:
+ Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know (Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University)
+ GLAAD Study Reveals the Highest Number of LGBT Characters Ever for 2008-2009 Television Season (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
+ State of the World’s Birds (BirdLife/National Audubon Society)

News Briefs

September 24th, 2008

+ InfoTech: OverDrive and Audible Audiobooks Newly Compatible with Microsoft’s Zune® (Library Journal)

+ First lady hosts her final National Book Festival (Associated Press)

+ NYTimes.com’s New Social Network TimesPeople Launches in Public Beta (NY Times)

+ The Number of Web Sites Promoting Anorexia and Bulimia Has Increased 470% Since 2006 (Optenet)

+ AARP and Google Launch Consumer Protection Videos to Protect Older Americans Online (AARP)

Paper — Harvard, NIH, and the Balance of Power in the Open Access Debate

September 24th, 2008

Harvard, NIH, and the Balance of Power in the Open Access Debate

This article reviews the recent decision by Harvard’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences to submit scholarly articles to the University’s institutional repository prior to (or in lieu of) publication in a journal. The remarkable decision, the first of its kind in the United States, reverberated quickly across the open access landscape, making many wonder which universities will follow Harvard’s lead. This article also looks at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, which as of 8 April 2008, requires NIH-sponsored investigators to place into PubMed a copy of their peer-reviewed journal articles. The impact of this legislation will be enormous, as some 80,000 articles per year result from NIH-sponsored research.

+ Full Paper (PDF 151 KB)

Source: OCLC Systems & Services (via E-LIS)

TopClassActions.com

September 24th, 2008

TopClassActions.com

Welcome to Top Class Actions! What can you do here?

Check out the most active items, by popularity, on the left. Clicking on one will bring up the class action lawsuit settlement or article details. Each class action lawsuit settlement page includes how to participate, who is eligible and our take on the settlement. We dig through the legal paperwork and terminology of every class action lawsuit settlement to find the info which will benefit YOU the most so YOU don’t have to.

From About Us:

The founder of TopClassActions.com is Scott Hardy (President and CEO.) Scott received assistance from tech visionaries J.R. Jasperson and Dave Elkins who have acted as trusted advisers throughout the creation and roll out of TopClassActions.com.

Offers e-mail newsletter, RSS feed.

Military Essays and Articles by General George S. Patton, Jr.

September 24th, 2008

Military Essays and Articles by General George S. Patton, Jr. (PDF; 883 KB)

“The only thing to do when a son-of-a-bitch looks cross eyed at you is to beat the living hell out of him right then and there.”

Source: The George S. Patton, Jr. Historical Society (Charles M. Province, editor)

Hat tip: Combined Arms Research Library

State of the Blogosphere / 2008

September 24th, 2008

State of the Blogosphere / 2008

Welcome to Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2008 report, which will be released in five consecutive daily segments. Since 2004, our annual study has unearthed and analyzed the trends and themes of blogging, but for the 2008 study, we resolved to go beyond the numbers of the Technorati Index to deliver even deeper insights into the blogging mind. For the first time, we surveyed bloggers directly about the role of blogging in their lives, the tools, time, and resources used to produce their blogs, and how blogging has impacted them personally, professionally, and financially. Our bloggers were generous with their thoughts and insights. Thanks to all of the bloggers who took the time to respond to our survey.

Blogs are Pervasive and Part of Our Daily Lives

There have been a number of studies aimed at understanding the size of the Blogosphere, yielding widely disparate estimates of both the number of blogs and blog readership. All studies agree, however, that blogs are a global phenomenon that has hit the mainstream.

The numbers vary but agree that blogs are here to stay

+ comScore MediaMetrix (August 2008)
o Blogs: 77.7 million unique visitors in the US
o Facebook: 41.0 million | MySpace 75.1 million
o Total internet audience 188.9 million

+ eMarketer (May 2008)
o 94.1 million US blog readers in 2007 (50% of Internet users)
o 22.6 million US bloggers in 2007 (12%)

+ Universal McCann (March 2008)
o 184 million WW have started a blog | 26.4 US
o 346 million WW read blogs | 60.3 US
o 77% of active Internet users read blogs

Source: Technorati

Lists & Rankings: The 50 Richest Members of Congress

September 24th, 2008

The 50 Richest Members of Congress

Everything that you are about to read might be wrong.

Roll Call’s annual attempt to rank the riches of Members of Congress is hampered by one fundamental flaw: It is based on the lawmakers’ financial disclosure forms, which are extraordinarily unreliable sources of information.

The disclosure rules allow Members to report assets in broad categories, so there is no way to tell the difference between a $20 million investment and a $5 million investment. The top category on the Members’ forms is “over $50 million,” so it is impossible to accurately account for anything worth more than that — like a professional sports team, for example. There is also a gaping loophole for assets owned by the Members’ spouse or dependent children; anything worth more than $1 million in value can be reported as “over $1 million.” There is no way to tell whether that is $1.2 million or $1.2 billion.

Beyond all of these flaws, there remains the fact that many, many financial disclosure forms filed by Members of Congress are simply inaccurate. A check mark placed in the wrong box can inflate or deflate a Member’s apparent net worth by millions of dollars, and misunderstandings of the rules have led Members to understate some assets, overstate others and claim additional assets they no longer own.

Where the errors are obvious or have created noticeable discrepancies from prior-year filings, Roll Call has attempted to contact the offices to get a proper understanding of the actual value of the asset or assets in question.

What remains below is a ranking of the 50 wealthiest Members of Congress based on the minimum net worth reported on their financial disclosure forms. To achieve these numbers, Roll Call totaled the assets listed on financial disclosure forms filed in 2008 (covering calendar year 2007) using the lowest number in the ranges in which Members are required to report. An asset from $500,000 to $1 million is counted as being worth $500,000, unless the Member has provided a brokerage statement or other documentation that offers more specific detail.

Liabilities, which are also reported in ranges, are calculated based on the minimum value, and are subtracted from total minimum assets to establish total net worth.

One-in-Five Speak Spanish In Four States New Census Bureau Data Show How America Lives

September 24th, 2008

One-in-Five Speak Spanish In Four States — New Census Bureau Data Show How America Lives

At least one-in-five residents of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas spoke Spanish at home in 2007, according to new American Community Survey data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Nationwide, an estimated 35 million, or about 12.3 percent, hablan español at home.

The annual release of American Community Survey data about the social, economic and housing characteristics of the nation’s population also show state rankings on topics such as which state had the highest household size (Utah), and which had the highest percentage of college graduates (District of Columbia and Massachusetts).

+ Detailed tables
+ MSA ranking tables (xls)
+ ACS Media Tool Kit
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Database — Industrial Development Abstracts

September 24th, 2008

Industrial Development Abstracts

The Industrial Development Abstracts (IDA) is an important source of information on the activities of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to assist industrialization in developing countries. Much of the work is unique and unpublished elsewhere.

IDA contains over 11,000 fully indexed abstracts of UNIDO documentation and includes descriptions of major studies and reports, reports resulting from UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities, reports and proceedings of expert working groups, workshops and seminars, and publications in series. The time frame is from 1981 to today.

All the reports abstracted in IDA are now available free of charge as image PDF files. However, they are not yet downloadable from the web site. Until they become available online, these files will be sent to requestors via the Internet. The files too large to send via the Internet will be sent on a CD-ROM at EURO 15.00 including airmail shipping charge.

Source: United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Hat tip: UN Pulse

The Cost of Government Financial Interventions, Past and Present…and other full-text reports on DocuTicker

September 24th, 2008

Posted 23 September 2008 on DocuTicker
+
The Cost of Government Financial Interventions, Past and Present (Congressional Research Service)
+ Survey of State Hospital Associations: Practices to Prevent Hospital-Associated Bloodstream Infections (U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)
+ The Economics of Allowing More Domestic Oil Drilling (Reg-Markets Center Working Paper)

U.S. Labor Department announces new online tools for workers and plan administrators

September 23rd, 2008

U.S. Labor Department announces new online tools for workers and plan administrators

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today announced new online tools to give workers access to financial information and an improved calculator that makes it easier for employers and plan administrators to pay online civil penalties for delinquent filings of annual reports under the agency’s Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP).

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 required the department to post on its Web site actuarial information of pension plans filed with the Form 5500 annual reports. The site, located at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/actuarialsearch.html, provides user friendly ways for workers and plan officials to search for plan information by such categories as plan name, employer identification number or date.

The DFVCP encourages plan administrators to file already overdue annual reports required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Delinquent filers can avoid potentially higher civil penalty assessments by satisfying the program’s requirements and voluntarily paying a reduced penalty amount.

Employers and plan administrators can access the new feature that allows them to electronically pay civil penalties at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/calculator/dfvcpmain.html. The calculator uses the Department of the Treasury’s pay.gov financial management system. Users now can accurately and simply calculate the amount of civil penalties and pay those penalties online with a credit or debit card as an alternative to paying by check.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

hakia Issues Open Call to Librarians and Information Professionals: Help Us Guide Web Searchers to Credible Web Sites

September 23rd, 2008

From the news release:

Semantic search engine hakia today announced an open call to librarians and information professionals to participate in a new program to unlock credible and free Web resources to Web searchers. Currently, hakia is generating credibility-stamped results for health and medical searches to guide users towards credible Web content. These results come from credible Web sites vetted by the Medical Library Association. Now, hakia is aiming to further its coverage to all topics, with the participation of librarians and information professionals.

Direct to Project Overview

Note: Gary is involved in this project and is quoted in the news release.

China’s national library to republish Ming, Qing dynasty books

September 23rd, 2008

From the article:
The National Library will reprint 556 ancient books as part of an ongoing effort to preserve traditional Chinese culture and promote academic research.

Source: China Economic Net