Question: political orientation of think tanks and policy orgs

Hi, yep I'm a student -- library and info studies no less -- but am stumped on this one and figure you can help. Is there a site where one can get reliable information about the political orientation of various think tanks and generically-names groups and organizations? Right now I'm particularly interested in the National Bureau of Economic
Research
. I've been to their "About" page and know I can do indiv. research on some of the Board members and so on, but I'm looking for a shortcut ... a more comprehensive list of orgs that can be searched on...

Question: Coincidence of place names

I was recently looking at a county map of Florida and noticed several place names that are identical to place names in Washington State, where I live. Some of them are easily explainable (both states have a Franklin County, for example, which makes sense) but
other's aren't so. Pasco, Washington, for example, and Pasco County, Florida. Another is Columbia County, Florida, and the Columbia River (and corresponding Gorge) here in Eastern Washington. The common place names I've found between the two states are Columbia, Baker, Franklin, Washington, and Pasco. Now that I look at it, only three of the names really puzzle me, and those are Baker, Columbia, and Pasco. Is it just coincidence that Washington and Florida wound up with identically named places?

Question: Cost of non-commercial TV and radio

there are three figures that i am accustomed to quoting to press and when
speaking to people about media issues, but i do not know where i got these
figures, and whether they are still accurate. Help!

Question: RSS feeds for progressive/radical orgs?

Does anybody know of websites or web pages that list mostly progressive and radical RSS newsfeeds? Sites like Democracy Now have an RSS feed, but they don't feature the URL in an obvious place.

Question: Shortwave Radio

In the united states, shortwave listening is an obscure hobby, and listening for pirates is even more obscure. I have heard a rumor that in the late 1940s, some congressmen pressured radio receiver manufacturers to stop including shortwave in their consumer receivers, and to include instead FM. FM, of course, is higher quality, but can only be received within 50 or 60 miles at most, whereas shortwave can be heard around the world. I have heard that the congressmen stepped in because they did not want americans listening to radio moscow, or news from any source outside the US for that matter.

Question: Longshoreman Pension Calculation

How do the longshoremen calculate employer contributions to the pension fund in new york and in charleston, South Carolina (local
1422).

Question: Food Not Bombs

I'm a student doing a research paper about homeless people. I have some questions for Food Not Bombs, but could not find a contact person. These are my questions about food not bombs:
1: Who is your organization?

Question: NYC School Counselors

Can you check into how many school counselors there are in the NYC public school system? I'm editing an article which says there are only 300, which is much fewer than I would expect.

Question: radio station ownership

I am looking high & low for a list of the owners, corporate & individual, of the radio stations in my area which is eastern Washington state. HELP!!!

Calling all radical library workers!

Shout Out to radical
library workers!

Library workers are launching
a project in support of the demonstrations surrounding the Republican National
Convention in New York City August 29-September 2, 2004. We will offer blog,
chat, street, and news reference, responding to questions from demonstrators.

Sound ambitious? It is,
so we need help.

Please contact info@radicalreference.info
if you would like to:

  • answer e-mail reference
    questions
  • use your foreign language
    skills to answer questions and make the site more accessible
  • perform chat reference
  • participate in street
    reference
  • be a news librarian,
    teaching and researching for independent media journalists
  • help with the website
  • gather "Quick Facts
    & Contacts" info for street reference
  • rally together as library
    workers at the protests
  • send us money (for hats
    to identify us, materials, technical costs)

All will be welcome to
participate regardless of skill level or proximity to NYC. Indicate in your
message in which areas you will participate.

NOTE: our website is under
construction. We hope to have it ready to receive reference questions by the
end of the week.

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