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the news, history, education, family matters,
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Arts > Illustration > Whimsical and Humorous
Who? What? Where? When? Why?

What is "psiphon" ?

The internet public library

reference dept. f.a.q.'s
Access all 50 US State libraries
National Archive & Records Admin. research room
Building an internet library - Archive.org
Martindale's online calulators
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Global Communities
localized online communities, and expat oriented websites

    "LunarStorm, an online community in Sweden that has the attention of most Swedish youth -- and which turned out to be an unexpectedly useful resource in the aftermath of the tsunami. If those cool-hunters who hang out in Harajuku and Harlem don't speak Swedish, they probably don't know about LunarStorm, an equally likely if less celebrated habitat of young culture-makers. I can't think of an institution, brand or subculture anywhere in the world that could compare with LunarStorm's mindshare among Swedish youth. "
    [attribution: smartmobs.com] site citations: lunarstorm.se lunarstorm.dk lunarstorm.co.uk

Democracy links and world affairs
current new and ancient history

two way street

    For the inquisitive.

Click the map to access the site.
Listings of political sites sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.  

vast wasteland

International News

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public opinion

fourth_estate the fourth estate
Theo Van Gogh   Van Gogh

Megumi Yokota Megumi Yokota
    "Suffrage"  defined:
   wikipedia dictionary US timeline Mary Livermore
    "Kuwaitis voted Saturday for a parliament that could include women for the first time..."
    "I'm very optimistic," said Aseel al-Awadi...
              {reuters: but not quite yet...}    
            Congressional Committees: [International Relations]

                "networks of trust"

    Speak Freely, Surf Freely
    What is psiphon?
    psiphon is a censorship circumvention solution that allows users to access blocked sites in countries where the Internet is censored. psiphon turns a regular home computer into a personal, encrypted server capable of retrieving and displaying web pages anywhere
    Who will use psiphon?
    psiphon operates through networks of trust. There are psiphon providers who install and administer a psiphon server (psiphonode) in an uncensored country, and psiphon users (psiphonites) who login and access the server from a country that censors the Internet.

    Psiphon is part of the CiviSec Project run by the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto.
    The CiviSec Project is funded by the Open Society Institute.
          express yourself
          express yourself

    "As long as there are such things as Printing and Writing, there will be libels.
    It is an Evil arising out of a much greater Good.
    And as to those who are locking up the Press, because it produces Monsters, they ought to consider that so do the Sun and the Nile; and that it is something for the World to bear some particular Inconveniences arising from the general Blessings, than to be wholly deprived of Fire and Water."
          - James Madison


Polar Bears in a multi-polar world...

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Supreme Court, Washington, DC

LISTEN to the World Radio Network
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VISIT the Supreme Court of the United States

FIND the US Electoral Congress

the National Endowment for Democracy
Democracy Resource Center: www.ned.org
Receive a free e-subscription to Democracy_News

the Council for a Community of Democracies > ccd21.org links

World Association of Newspapers
promoting freedom of the press

Stratfor gives real information
Global Intelligence Updates. Latest news on Hotspots, commentary by region. Information retrieval and analysis, not slanted reporting. An open-source information company
Transnational issues - Google: international affairs
- Exceptionally diverse research and analysis: Rand.org -

Find a Member of the US Congress
Searchable database of members
US Citizens: write to your representatives, express your opinion.

Thomas, Legislative Information on the Internet

Foreign policy think tanks:
CSIS - The Center for Strategic & International Studies

US Library of Congress:
The Empire that was Russia

Visit the most popular web destinations in mainland China
May you live in interesting times

Calligraphy of the Masters

Inside China Today
EIN News - Country information
        Local color: Chinatown, NYC

"An informed public makes for a strong republic."                        
              -- Martha Rountree pioneering tv journalist, co-founder/producer "Meet the Press" 1945

Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History
A massive collection of historical works, literature and documents which contributed to the formation of early American politics, culture, and ideals.

EAWC - Explore Ancient World Cultures

Navigate the EAWC Index

Search Argos, the Ancient and Medieval Cultural Index

click here to go to Project Gutenberg

Musei Vaticani - Perseus - Museumgoer.com
Art, archeology, museums.

Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project
Collection of online historical texts.
          Access electronic texts, images and historical maps.

Museum of American Financial History
Dedicated to chronicling the role of finance and the capital markets in American history.

National Maritime Museum, UK - Maritime Art, Greenwich
Search the collections.

                             NEW YORK, NEW YORK

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Art and the Empire City - since 1870.
Access the Metropolitan Museum's collection.

the sounds of subways

Olden times

Visit and see - photography - the lower east side - new york historical society - rebuilding nyc - one persons' tribute - forgotten new york - NYC micro-tour - NYC photo-gallery - The Digital Journalist - Pictures from the staff at The Washington Post - (Books) New York Works: Anatomy of a City - Perched on a ledge atop the Chrysler Building - Here is New York.org - Build the Memorial.org

classic cars in Wolman's Skating Rink, Central Park, NYC - click here to see photo close-up...

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    Be an exhibitionist !

ship your exhibitions - click here to see photo close-up...

Ship your collector car overseas and back...
We service classic car exhibititions worldwide.

The world's first digital news archive: britishpathe.com

The Municipal Art Society - click here

photo: FDR Drive, NYC

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Flotsam and Jetsam; Miscellaneous links

The Straight Dope [questions and answers]
"Fighting ignorance since 1973"
(It's taking longer than we thought!)

Mystery Animal Spotted In Central Maryland

What is it ?   photos [jersey devil] [news report]

photo: New York World's Fair site, Corona, NYC
literature, occasional bargains, amusements, light hearted diversions

"Colorado Man Resuscitates Chicken."

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Abarenbo Shogun, on broadcast television.
Abarenbo Shogun Abarenbo Shogun Shogun Yoshimune -
Hero of Japanese tv series,
where good triumphs over evil.

image courtesy TV Asahi

Write over Wrong:
Common errors in English Usage

Learning Languages
Expat Education
book fairs - book tv

Japanese: Holidays, Hinamasuri: Dolls Festival, hear song
Worldwide Fun > Animated Holiday Cards > Christmas

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"Reading Comprehension"
Can you raed tihs? Olny srmat poelpe can.

cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

maritime flags:
/\/\/\/\/\/\ signals /\/\/\/\/\/\
/\/\/\/\/\/\ semaphore /\/\/\/\/\/\

Moma.org Photography - Art.net Free Expression - Artchive

c r e a t i o n

Artcyclopedia.com - Art History on the internet

History and Art of Haiti

Art from Haiti

WWW Haitian Art Gallery dot com

Art Crimes- the writing on the wall
graffiti from around the world

Rabbit in the Moon

Folklore and Mythology
Indigenous People

street art
photo: near 31st St, Astoria NYC

    Norse mythology > Odin

      The chief divinity of the Norse pantheon, the foremost of the Aesir. Odin is a son of Bor and Bestla. He is called Alfadir, Allfather, for he is indeed father of the gods. With Frigg he is the father of Balder, Hod, and Hermod. He fathered Thor on the goddess Jord; and the giantess Grid became the mother of Vidar. Odin is a god of war and death, but also the god of poetry and wisdom. He hung for nine days, pierced by his own spear, on the world tree. Here he learned nine powerful songs, and eighteen runes. Odin can make the dead speak to question the wisest amongst them. His hall in Asgard is Valaskjalf ("shelf of the slain") where his throne Hlidskjalf is located. From this throne he observes all that happens in the nine worlds. The tidings are brought to him by his two raven Huginn and Muninn. He also resides in Valhalla, where the slain warriors are taken. Odin's attributes are the spear Gungnir, which never misses its target, the ring Draupnir, from which every ninth night eight new rings appear, and his eight-footed steed Sleipnir. He is accompanied by the wolves Freki and Geri, to whom he gives his food for he himself consumes nothing but wine. Odin has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. His other eye he traded for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, and gained immense knowledge. On the day of the final battle, Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir. He is also called Othinn, Wodan and Wotan. Some of the aliases he uses to travel icognito among mortals are Vak and Valtam. Wednesday is named after him (Wodan).

    ATTRIBUTION: www.pantheon.org/articles/o/odin.html

Urban legends:   Rumors   Myths
- separating fact from fiction -
Photos: Real or Fake?

The Federation of Rodent Cheesemakers
Welcome to the fascinating world of rat cheese.

Frog Fables - Aesop's Fables

Sabrina's Chinese Astrology
Tet Legends: Vietnamese Zodiac - The proud pig.

What's your fortune, cookie?

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UNESCO's World Heritage List
Over 630 culturally important sites around the world

access the artists archive

comic relief...

Useless fact of the day.
Andy's amazing card trick.

    RentMySon.com - Certified Child Rental Agency

dilbert.archive get together for a laugh calvin.and.hobbes

zippy the pinhead
The best medicine: [laughter - cartoons - The Bishop and the Donkey]

salvatore bart
salvatore bart
Come visit the cynic's sanctuary.
How about some useless facts?
Can you relate? Job Humor.
The object of the game is to move the red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching the black walls. If you can go longer than 18 seconds you are phenomenal. It's been said that the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots. They are expected to go for at least 2 minutes. Try it!!

click image at right
test your reflexes

Good grief !
happiness is...Peanuts

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. Mark Twain"

   further reading: ACA newsletter American Citizens Abroad (ACA)

Expat Connectivity: Travelers Message Board


quote/unquote                      Enjoy Mark Twain's wit
      "If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed;
          if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed."

      "Never try to teach a pig to sing.
      It wastes your time and annoys the pig."   

      On politicians:   "Don't applaud, it only encourages them."

      "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
            Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

       "Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson. You find the present tense, and the past perfect."    
Project Gutenberg gives to all web-surfers,
free access to Online Books
by major authors, including Mark Twain: click here

Have a look back in time: Rare postcards from another era.

A volunteer nonprofit association dedicated to serving Americans abroad. Click here to learn more!
ACA web site

                   Where in the world are you?

                   The Astro Atlas: Find Geographic Locations
Enter at least the first few letters of the name of the city to search for (not the country).

                   About this Atlas:
                   "...a reference source for private use...
                      to find longitude, latitude and time zone information."

Countries Worldwide: ranked by population size, and population density   Country types: the Federation

Call Home, E.T. telephonics

Here's some numbers to call: www.payphone-project.com
Payphones from around the world.

Don't Call ! [get on the list]         Do Call ! [get SKYPE free worldwide internet calling]

"The National Do Not Call Registry is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency." www.donotcall.gov

left behind some dough?
Find your lost money!

Traveling within Europe? Find out about the low fares airline: Ryanair.com
Peruse our Expat Travelers Message Board

            Buying clothes online? Try My Virtual Model.com

Slow Food
"The Movement"

Great Outdoor Recreation Pages

Taking the subway?
Global Subway Navigator
On-line route finder, using public transport in over 60 major cities worldwide.

Get moving.

American Sign Language

Study language in the USA and Abroad   {Access our Expat Liguistics Resources}

101 ways to say... I Love You and Peace

    portraiture during wartime

War and Peace: Tolstoy

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Polar Image - Bears Alive explore! National Geographic: Polar Bears

      Search: [earth science]

      Georgia Strait Coastal Waters...

      The Strait of Georgia is 220 km (135 miles) long and from 25 to 55 km wide (15 to 35 miles).
Some people call it the "Gulf of Georgia", as that was the name Captain Vancouver first gave it - and the reason why the hundreds of islands here are called the Gulf Islands.

      [environmental conservation]   [reforestation]


click here - how to help
The Earth does strange things [online photo gallery]

      Earthquakes - Tsunamis - Floods - Sink Holes - Volcano...
      Tornados, Funnel Clouds - Wall Clouds

    Back in business: New Orleans
    Re-opened - the Cafe Du Monde on Decatur Street.

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Humanitarian aid, philanthropy, volunteerism

Andrew Carnegie       Read worldwide news coverage of

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Lighthouse International overcoming the challenges...

*** Worldwide Relief *** private volunteer organizations

News from Japan
Heaven's Passport

CRS-Emergency Responses

* Volunteering Abroad *
International Volunteers

The International Foundation for
Education and Self-Help

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a global exchange

Global Development Research Center

donate food           UN World Food Program [wfp.org]
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) donors/partners

Read article: About the "Giving Back Awards"
the hunger site

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Family matters

click here for info about the KENYA based orphanage known as Nyumbani

Orphans - Child adoption

Thanks to S. Taylor, American expat in Russia,
for sharing this info via the Moscow Expat list.
      click here to see wider view
mother and child II (NV, 1995)

Adoptive Families of America
Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption
Jt. Council on Intl Children's Services
Nat'l Adoption Info Clearinghouse
Parent Network for the Post-Institutionalized Child
Rainbow Kids
China Adoption Ring


Creating Possibilities Through Relationships
Fare Well friends
philanthropic matters

For some
who have passed
before us

some on
11 Sept
John W. Perry
Michel P. Colbert

and others,
at other times.

Joe Daniels
Michael Arad
"On ne voit bien qu'avec le cur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."
"One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
The Little Prince

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis
Jacques-Louis David (French, 1818) oil on canvas

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The Culture Corner

Out of many, One. -- America's motto.

E pluribus, unum. Out of many, one.

Second Avenue, NYC - click here to go to SEFCO's Home Page
Second Avenue, NYC - Beauty

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    "Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein

Topic: American culture
On religious liberty


photo: 54th and Lex, NYC

NYC Architecture: The Austrian Cultural Foundation acfny.org

Great Buildings
picture index

"Once organic character is achieved in the work of Art, that work is forever. Like sun, moon, and stars, great trees, flowers and grass it is and stays on while and wherever man is."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling water
"What Wright does in his architecture is make poetry. He makes images that people can relate to and he makes buildings that celebrate the various purposes for which they were designed."

Enter: The Virtual Smithsonian

U.S. Library of Congress loc.gov

LOC Exhibitions

Some People in the News statuesque, NYC photos American documents

- Norman Rockwell -

The top 100 American speeches of the 20th century

From tenements to mansions,
in a land of promise.

...in a land of promise. 
Visit the home of the US National Trust.

R. Buckminster Fuller
- Thinking out loud -
Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking

New Media Experimental Flash Art
dreamless.org   spanky   e-2.org

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

PhilSci Archive
the philosophy of science

toca aqui

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spheres of influence


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