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Question: cost of living index

Where can I find a comprehensive index on cost of living in cities in the US?

Question: Campaign expenditures for the AFL-CIO

I am wondering if you could tell me how much is the AFL-CIO spending on the presidential election this year. I think its the most in the
history of the federation. Also, if you can find how much AFL-CIO unions (or the SEIU) spent on organizing new workers in the past couple years and how many workers were organized in 2003.

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
. 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: 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: From what budget does NYPD pay its fines?

When the NYPD is ordered by the courts to pay a fine, where does the money come from? I mean, where in the Dept. does it come from? From whose budget?

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