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Seems to me that five years ago, the websites of many art museums displayed lots of their works on their websites. But in 2013, I've discovered this generosity to the viewer has often disappeared. But I did manage to display for you examples of the artists' works by using Google image search. Many of the images will first appear small -- thumbnail size -- but usually can be enlarged by clicking on them or by simply moving your mouse over them. On some sites, too, tools such as a magnifying glass will allow you to enlarge images.

  1. Art Institute of Chicago. Over a thousand works on line. I especially like the photography gallery. If you're allergic to bee stings, I wouldn't recommend looking at this photo. 6/29/2015
  2. The Bicycle Thief, (also called Bicycle Thieves) produced in 1948. I just saw this movie tonight on Netflix -- July 9, 2015. I am including here under the Art category because I consider it one of the greatest films I have ever seen. And the New York Times reviewer in 1949 thinks so highly of the movie he writes "it is as full and electric and compelling as any plot-laden drama you ever saw." The story seems simple enough: A poor father, desperate to find a job to support his impoverished family in Italy a few years after WWII, finally gets a job. The job requires a bicycle which he only gets after his wife pawns the family's bedsheets. But the bicycle is stolen and much of the movie shows the father along with his young son, perhaps seven or eight years old, looking seeking desperately for the thief that stole the bike. The acting is superb. I was surprised to learn that the father Lamberto Maggiorani was not even a professional actor at the time the film was made. And the best child actor I ever saw was portrayed as his son by Enzo Staiola who went on to perform in several other films and also became a math teacher. 7/7/2015
  3. Dali Theatre and Museum, a museum of the artist Salvador Dali in his home town of Figueres, in Catalonia, Spain. Many of the Dali works in the museum are shown here; also included are photos of the outside of the museum. Images are shown here in small size, but click on them to enlarge. Several Museum videos on YouTube. Another YouTube video showing Dali on in the 1950s tv game show "What's My Line." This video may not be tied into the museum, but it's fun to view to get a personal glimpse of the artist. If you are in Florida, you can see a great collection of Dali's work in St. Petersburg. 6/29/2015.

    3/8/2015 I just received an email from Nicholas who works for which is a great resource for all those who would like to view Dali's work online as well as learn information about this great artist. In Nicholas' email to me, he wrote "I actually worked on Artsy's new Salvador Dali page and I think it would be a great resource for your readers. The newly designed page includes his bio, over 140 of his works, exclusive articles about Dali, as well as his up-to-date exhibitions – it's a unique Salvador Dali resource." Thanks, Nicholas, for bringing to my attention this excellent source of Dali's work.

  4. Doll creation as an art form? Only recently have I discovered that creating dolls can be a beautiful expression of art. I made this discovery thanks to a relative -- Gayle  Wray. You can see several of her artistic creations at Doll Pile.  You can also view a video of her work on YouTube. Any questions or comments you wish to send to Ms. Wray, just forward them to me at   7/26/2015
  5. Dunedin, Florida Fine Arts Center. What a find just today! Less than a half hour drive from my home. I personally visited today this local arts center where folks nourish their own artistic talents and display and even sell their work to fellow students and center visitors. I signed up for a family membership and a photography course.  So glad to see this center has a coffee shop where I can have breakfast or lunch and chat with other students to share our interest in all forms of art. Mine happens to be photography, but I am anxious to explore other arts to enrich my own retirement years. Maybe I'll even take a course in water coloring. One of the instructors at the Center is Lisa Sibley. Her website demonstrates how, in the hands of a true artist, a camera can become as creative as any paintbrush.  Consider, for example, how in her early work Lisa turned polaroid photos into artistic gems. 9/10/2015.
  6. Isabella Steward Gardner Museum. Boston, MA. Many works can be seen on line. In 1990, millions of dollars worth of art was stolen from this museum by thieves posing as Boston policemen. Details of this still unsolved crime from the FBI.  6/29/2015.
  7. J. Paul Getty Museum. Manuscripts, drawings, paintings, sculpture.  6/29/2015
  8. Jackson Pollock. Biography plus many Pollock paintings from various museums. Be sure to click on the thumbnail size photos to enlarge them.  6/29/2015
  9. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Fine Artat the Tarpon Springs (Florida) Campus of St. Petersburg College. I have a special interest in this museum near my home in Tarpon Springs, Florida on the St. Peterburg College campus. As the name suggests, the museum focuses on two artists Allen Leepa and Abraham Rattner. I will provide here links to information on these two artists. Over 20 Google hits on Abraham Rattner were picked up on July 23, 2013, limited to edu (college and university) sites and all updated in the last year. With the same limitations except removing the one-year time limitation,  I picked up more than 160 Google hits on Allen Leepa.  6/29/2015
    • In my research on Abraham Rattner, I came across the work of one of his relatives, also an artist whose work I admire. His name -- Chuck Berk.  To my untrained eye, his style  seems similar to Rattner's as you can judge for yourself by viewing some of  Mr. Berk's work at his  website. Berk's work on A video of Berk.  Berk's resume.  6/29/2015
  10. Louvre Museum in Paris. The text in this site is in French. This is a good chance to use Google's translator. Just put the website address of the Louvre Museum into the box at the Google translator site, that is  In the top right hand corner of each webpage in the Louvre site, you may have noted the red tab "Select language." So in this case, you could have translated this French site without using Google Translator. But I thought this would be a good time to introduce you to Google's translation power. Imagine how helpful this translator could be if you were learning French,. You could open one window of your browser in English; and then another window in French. Size both windows so that the French and English versions are next to one another. Anytime you're stuck on a French word, just look in the adjacent English version to get the translation. Before you leave the Louvre site, be sure to take the virtual tour. 6/29/2015
  11. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. With the Museum's approval, you can enlarge and download (save) to your own computer more than 400,000 works of art from the museum's collection. . 6/29/2015 
  12. National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  6/29/2015 
  13. Paris Web Museum. Includes work of Cezanne, Degas, Greco. 6/29/2015
  14. Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts. Collection includes a house from China moved and rebuilt within the museum, plus Chinese Art, American Decorative Art, African and Indian art, plus much more. Special photography exhibit with many photos online. PEM also includes the Philips Library open for serious researchers on "New England maritime history and art, New England life and culture, American decorative arts, Asian art and culture, Native American history and art, the art and culture of Oceania, natural history and genealogy." Salem residents are fortunate, indeed, to visit this museum without paying any entrance fee. If you visit Boston in the summer months, be sure to take the ferry to Salem to view this great museum and the fascinating town filled with so much history. For nine years, I spent the summer months in Salem three months a year and never tired of visiting the museum, the great restaurants and shops.  6/29/2015
  15. Photography
    1. Photography by nature photographer Ray I. Doan. After seeing the movie March of the Penguins, I was especially interested in his information on Emperor Penguins. 6/29/2015
    2. Photography EarthTrek. If you're an amateur photography interested in improving your skills by viewing thousands of photos taken around the world, this is the site for you.   Browse over 1,200,000Never saw so many great photos in one place. Members can post their photos and have them critiqued and even improved by others. Here are some examples of photos I found especially artistic, all taken in Krakow, Poland. 6/29/2015
    3. Photography by Tony Arruza. Click on the word "Gallery" at the top of webpage for a category of the types of photos in this online collection. If you love the beach and photography, Tony is a master at capturing the beauty of life in and around the water.This website is a great example, too, of how to display your photos online.6/29/2015.
  16. San Francisco Fine Arts Museum.. I especially like the museum's online photo collection. 6/29/2015.
  17. Web Gallery of Art. Over 11,000 examples of European paintings and sculpture from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries.Artists are listed in alphabetical order. Use the dual window view to see side by side two works of art that are similar in ways the accompany text explains.  Just click on an artist's name to see his or her work. 6/29/2015
  • Business & FinanceMan pointing to graph
  1. CNN and Money Magazine. Business trends, career opportunities, stock market information. Find out how a stock you're interested in is doing. 7/6/2015
  2. Better Business Bureau of Florida (the Tampa Bay area). Find out if the contractor you are planning to hire is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. 7/6/2015 
  3. Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation. See if a contractor, real estate broker, plumber, electrician or another business person is licensed by the State of Florida. Also, see if there are any complaints filed against this business owner. 7/6/2015
  4. Google Finance search is a valuable tool for researching stocks and funds, and getting access to interactive charts and financial news. I thank my neighbor George for suggesting this site to me. 7/6/2015
  5. How does your salary compare to others in the same field? Check out comparisons of salary for various jobs around the country. 7/6/2015
  6. Superpages. Helps you find information on just about any company in the Tampa, Florida -- information such as addresses, phone numbers, location map and even driving directions. I have focused this link on Tampa since I live in this area. However, you can turn your search to other city areas throughout the Country. 7/9/2015
  7. U.S. Business Advisor. Government sponsored site that helps you find information on making the right decisions to make your business a success.7/6/2015 
  8. Yahoo Finance teaches the basics of the stock market and investing.. 7/6/2015  
  • Careers link to categoriesHelp wanted
  1. opportunity for freelancer for writing articles on specific topics. I did an Advanced Google search trying to find out how much -- if anything -- pays its free lance writers, but I couldn't find the answer. I did though find Make a Living Writing that does give specific information on sites that pay freelancers. Sounds like a great opportunity for retirees looking for extra income while they can work out of their own homes. 7/7/2015
  2. CareerSite. Aimed at helping both employers and job seekers in Tampa Bay, FL match up.Be sure to use the page links at the bottom of the opening webpage to see more job possibilities than those appearing on the first page. For other States. Required to register. 7/9/2015
  3. Career Builder. Here you can search for jobs by category as well as location. Offers advice on job hunting. 7/8/2015
  4. Home business on line. Thanks to home computers and Internet connections, many people are finding it convenient and financially rewarding to have a job based in their own homes. Might especially be a good alternative for mothers with young children, the handicapped, and retirees.7/8/2015
  5. Monster. Can help you track your ideal job region by region. I was especially interested in teaching jobs in Tampa Bay Florida. 7/9/2015
  6. TopTechJobs. If you have good computer skills, this might be just the site you need to find a job. 7/7/2015
  • Chats & Newsgroups Chatting over the computer.
  1. Google Groups. Here listed by categories and regions,  you can read and respond to thousands of messages posted on an Internet bulletin board. This is not live chat, but allows viewers to post a message where it is later read by others who can post a reply. To fully participate in the chat, you need a Google email account including a password. You might, for example, read messages posted on Middle East conflicts and then send in your own reply to be posted for all to view, right along with the message from the original poster. 7/9/2015
  2. TalkCity. Lots of categories of chats. Easy to use. One of the web's most popular chat sites. Home page lists more than 100 chat room and shows you how many chatters are currently taking part. Might first consider an overview of the chat categories. 7/9/2015
  3. Yahoo! Chat. Hundreds of chat rooms. Yahoo is known as one of the best places to meet people on the Internet. To fully participate, you must first sign up for a Yahoo account. 7/10/2015
  • Children link to categories girl playing trumpet
  1. American Librarian Associations Great Sites for Kids. List hundreds of sites selected for children. 7/12/2015 
  2. newAfter School Care Programs provides links to learning exercises, games that will be helpful for teachers and parents wishing to have children develop skills in these areas: 9/6/2015
    Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Health & Nutrition
  3. newFBI safety tips for children. The internet can be a dangerous place for unsupervised children to wander. This FBI site will help keep children safe and also provide guidance for their parents. Thanks to tutor Courtney P. and her students, I was led to this FBI site. A High Five to Courtney and the students in her class. 9/5/2015
  4. FunBrain. Children can have fun and learn important academic skills at the same time. 7/10/2015
  5. Magic Tricks. Kids will enjoy learning tricks to entertain their friends and families. 7/11/2015
  6. Mamamedia. Variety of fun and creative activities for kids. Links to collection of websites for children under 12.  7/11/2015
  7. Mathematics on-line lessons. Today July 18, 2014 I received an email from Cara who wrote that her daughter Chloe has been using a great resource for GCSE -- a resource for "A level math teachers and pupils" -- a resource called Math Doctors." GSCE stands for England's General Certificate of Secondary Education. Cara continued "There are over 250 interactive worksheets and online video tutorials which are step-by-step and Chloe has learned a lot from it. This was the one she was working through yesterday: Algebra -- nth term.  I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing it on your page so your visitors can benefit as well." Thank you, Cara. I am glad to include your resource for teaching math skills. 7/19/2014
  8. Nine planets. Multimedia tour of the universe. Might encourage your youngster to become an astronomer. 7/11/2015
  • Computer technical help

DISCLAIMER: It is assumed that users are familiar with the operating system they are using and comfortable with making the suggested changes. I will not be held responsible if changes you make cause a system problem or failure.

  1. Antivirus. You're running windows 8 on your PC. You wonder if you need additional antivirus protection -- more than what comes with Windows 8. Check out this page for one man's answer to this question. 7/8/2015
  2. Ask Me For Help. If you have a computer problem or a problem with other technology such as an ipad or celll phone, you might find your answer here.  7/10/2015
  3. CD drive tray does not open. I had this problem with my HP Pavilion a1230n desktop computer. A CD got stuck in the drive and the drive tray would not open no matter how often I pushed the eject button. I freed the drive by using a paperclip as described at this HP site. Be sure your computer power cord is unplugged before you try this. I disclaim any responsibility if you ruin your CD drive or cause any other problems. But what I did was follow the directions exactly in the HP site with good results. If you have an HP Desktop, this is one site you should know to solve your computer problems. 7/11/2015
  4. NewBackup your documents. How upset I would be to find that my important documents on my computer have evaporated. My harddrive broke. Or a virus made my documents disappear. Or my ten year old grandson playing around with my computer somehow fouled up My Documents folder. In reality, I'm safe from such computer tragedies. I never let a week go by without backing up -- or making copies -- of my entire My Documents folder to an external harddrive. The free backup program I use is SyncBackFree from 2BrightSparks. Before I download a program, I always check out reviews first, like this one from Yahoo. 9/3/2015
  5. Clear-type. Make the type easier to read on your laptop LCD monitor. For more information from Microsoft on Clear-type. 7/10/2015
  6. CCleaner. You can use the free version of this program to rid your computer of all the junk files that slow it down. 7/10/2015
  7. Kim Komando, radio talk show host and columnists, departs her computer expertise on her popular website. Includes links to her past columns. I especially like Kim's computer tips. 7/12/2015
  8. Outlook. If you use Microsoft's Outlook as your email program, you should be concerned that if your harddrive fails, then you could lose all the email messages you have received. This Microsoft site tells you how to make a back up copy of these saved email message. 7/11/2015
  9. Printer problems? I kept getting paper jams in my Dell inkjet printer. I got great advice from the site Fix Your Printer. The advice told me to turn my printer upside down and shake it, and there would be a good chance something would fall out that was blocking the flow of the paper. I did just that -- and a ball point pen fell out. I have no idea how it got there. Well, this site helped me with my printer problem and maybe it can help you, too. The advice, by the way, was free.7/11/2015
  10. How to start your Windows 7 computer in Safe Mode so that you can have a better chance figuring out what may be causing your computer problems. 7/12/2015
  11. Speeding up your computer. PC World offers help for making your sluggish computer get some renewed energy. 7/11/2015
  12. Best Free Software reviewed by PC Magazine. Be careful when downloading free software. If it's free, there's a good chance it is bloated with ad on software that can cause your computer big problems. Might be a good idea to read PC Magazines comments on free software. Before installing any new software, do a System Restore so that if the installation causes problems, you can return your computer to the state it was before the installation. Imagine if you went to a plastic surgeon to straighten your crooked nose, and your new nose looked worse than the old one. But with a nose restorer wand, you could you old nose back. That's what System Restore can do for your computer.  7/12/2015
  13. Tampa Bay Times writer John Torro helps to solve computer problems. In his last paragraph, here he suggests installing the free version of MalwareBytes AntiMalware that he says works well with Windows 7 running the security program Windows Security Essentials. 7/12/2015
  14. Start-up files. If you suspect that your computer may be running slow because many unnecessary programs are automatically starting up when you turn on your computer, you can see what these start up program files are by clicking on Start/Run and then type in msconfig in the open slot. Click OK. Before you select any unknown files to disable in the System Configuration Start Up tab, check out what the file is used for at one or all of these sites. You don't want to end up disabling a start-up program that will cause Windows to crash or in some other way foul up your system:  Answers that work 8/17/2015
  15. Tampa Bay Computer Society. Meets monthly in Clearwater, FL. Offers free technical help to its members. Even fixes computers without charge for members.  7/11/2015
  16. TechSupportGuy. A fourteen year old computer nerd founded this website in 1996 to supply answers to all the computer questions he was getting from friends and relatives. Now he and associates continue to offer free advice. 7/12/2015
  1. American Civil Liberties Union. Claims to fight to preserve individual rights guaranteed by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. 7/11/2015
  2. American Spectator. Seems like a good source of political debate. Wikipedia does call the American Spectator an "conservative U.S. monthly magazine covering news and politics, edited by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and published by the non-profit American Spectator Foundation." 7/11/2015
  3. American Thinker. From the site's About page: "The American Thinker is devoted to the thoughtful exploration of issues of importance to Americans. Provides detailed information on its staff.  7/11/2015
  4. Bill O'Reilly, controversial conservative TV commentator for the Fox News channel. To access much of the site requires paid premium membership, but you can get free access to his past columns. 7/12/2015
  5. Bob Grant, I was saddened to learn today (January 5, 2014) that one of my favorite and most controversial talk show hosts Bob Grant died. For years I recall my long drive to and from my Long Island teaching job listening to Bob on the car radio. He had a way of making the long drive pass quickly by. I remember so well Bob yelling at callers to get off his phone. More than twenty years ago, Bob was always threatening to quit the talk show business because he was so disgusted with so many of his callers, but even up to recent years, he remained on the radio. Goodbye Bob. I will miss you. 7/11/2012
  6. Born into the cradle of war. A Wayne State college student writes a fascinating story of revisiting Germany where she was born in 1944. The student Erika Martin examines her early years growing up at the end of the Nazis area and in Germany after the war. The controversy here revolves around her attempts to determine to what extent the typical, average German knew about the slaughter that went on in the concentration camps. Ms. Martin points to xenophobia (hatred of foreigners) as the root of so much evil in history and in the world today. 7/12/2015
  7. Coast to Coast radio show with George Noory. Stories of UFOs, ghosts, claims that humans lived on the Earth millions of years ago -- and all kinds of paranormal tales. Cynics laugh at Noory's guests, but others are devoted followers, late night listeners, who find much to believe and wonder about. One night I heard the show with an interview of Michael A. Cremo, co-author of The Hidden History of the Human Race. Cremo claims humans have existed on the Earth for millions -- perhaps billions of years, contradicting Darwin's theory of  Evolution. Cremo claims that the majority of archaeologists and other scientists may scoff at his claims, but only because they are too stuck on and committed to their views to consider Cremo's evidence. 7/11/2015
  8. Columnists from the Washington Post, including my favorite Charles Krauthammer.  7/11/2015.
  9. Conservative, Republican viewpoint on the news, From a liberal perspective, see Media Matters. 1/5/2014
  10. Conservative views of Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, Pat Buchanan and others, from Human Events. For contrasting views, see Media Matters "comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media." Here are websites of newscasters and commentators who many consider on the liberal side of the news: Rachel Maddow, Keith Obermann, Chris Matthews, and Al Sharpton 7/11/2015
  11. Crusades. I read a book What's Great about Christianity, by Dinesh D'Sousa. D’Sousa. The author led me to believe that Jews were not victimized by the Crusaders. But when I read another book God's War, by Christopher Tyerman, the view here was that Jewish communities were slaughtered by crusaders who on their march to free what is now Europe from Moslem rule took every opportunity to kill Jews along their route to Jerusalem. See, for example, pages 100 to 106 in a section titled "The Jewish Pogrom of 1096." I also found these web sources confirming that Jews often faced persecution at the hand of the crusaders. 7/11/2015
    1.  "The Crusaders came to liberate the Holy Land from the "infidels" and woe to any Jews who stood in their way." 7/11/2015
    2. Crusaders 'exterminated by many massacres the Jews of almost all Gaul, with the exception of those who accepted conversion.'” (3) On balance, see this source from Holy Cross College that says that Catholics played heroic roles in saving Jews during the Holocaust. 7/11/2015
  12. Cults. Religious cults discussed by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance ( I suggest you read first the site's essay on cults in general. Then check out its parent site which is "a web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center" that "aims to fight hate and promote tolerance." I did a Google search, looking only for edu sites (colleges and universities) on the Southern Poverty Law Center to see if it is a reputable organization. One search-hit was a memo to graduate students in the Department of Psychology, Northwestern University. This memo includes this statement: "The widely respected Southern Poverty Law Center has now come forward on the realities and causes of the terrible wave of hate crimes against transgender and transsexual women now rampant in many U.S. cities." Memo is dated January 23, 2004, ten years ago -- but perhaps there is still much said that is still relevant. 7/11/2015
  13. Daily Grail. Articles, book reviews on the occult and other controversial subjects, 7/12/2015
  14. Drudge Report. First read this site with a skeptical view in August 2004. Reporter Matt Drudge has been accused of publishing stories without adequately checking out the facts, but on occasion his articles have broken major stories. That's what I wrote ten years ago, and Drudge's website seems today very much alive and well.  7/12/2015
  15. Da Vinci Code. Dan's Brown best selling book has stirred up much controversy. One controversy relates to the legal challenge that he may have borrowed too much material from a earlier book Holy Blood, Holy Grail. The question becomes -- is Dan Brown guilty of plagiarism and/or copyright infringement? 7/12/2015
  16. Evaluating internet sources. More than nine years old, this article on "Evaluating Quality on the Net", by Hope N. Tillman still has relevance today. But if Tillman's article seems a little outdated, then read her husband's article on the same subject.  7/12/2015
  17.  Facts or Fiction -- or partial truths. A guide in telling the difference. PolitiFact is a helpful source from Florida's St. Petersburg Times. Big challenge today (August 15, 2009) is to weed out the fact from fiction regarding Health Care Reform, especially when we are bombarded by email messages claiming to deliver the truth. See article on "Why shouldn't I forward this email asking me to 'forward to everyone I know?" 7/12/2015
    1. ABC News offers a fact checker resource related to President Barack Obama's health care initiative.  7/12/2015
    2. Canadian Health Coalition. Canadians overwhelmingly support public health care.  7/12/2015
    3. David Axelrod, Senior advisor to President Obama, sent out this email to perhaps millions of Americans on August 13, 2009. 7/12/2015
    4. Sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.7/12/2015
    5. The Fact Checker. From the Washington Post. 7/12/2015
    6. From the newspaper the Tampa Bay Times. 7/12/3015
    7. Results of Google Advanced Search restricted to the last 24 hours on all these words together: fact check health care reform. 7/12/2015
    8. Tax Policy Center. If political candidates make statements about how much their policies or project would cost the tax paper, this is a good site to check out, Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. 7/12/2015
    9. Truthout. Another site that aims to search out the truth of political statements. 7/12/2015
    10. White House under President Obama's administration responds to questions on health care reform.7/12/2015
    11. Yahoo. I typed this question into the Yahoo search engine and got these hits: Is Canadian health care better than US health care? 7/12/2015
  18. Flying Saucer reports from around the world. Fact or fantasy? 7/12/2015
  19. Free Thought Radio. Hosts radio talk shows that oppose traditional religions. 7/12/2015
  20. Glenn Beck. TV Fox and radio commentator. Frequently attacks what he views as the "Radicals on the Left." Color of Change aims to strengthen "the Black America's political voice." 7/12/2015
  21. Hannity, Sean. Conservative radio and TV talk show host. 7/11/2015
  22. Hiram Bingham IV Debate. Haram Bingham is considered a hero by some for his work in behalf of saving Jews from Nazi persecution during the Holocaust. Others, however, take issue with this view and hold that Bingham at the end of his life was an anti-semite and a Holocaust denier. Source 1. Source 2. Source 3 (Scroll half down this web page until you come to the section Raiders of the Lost Ark) 7/10/2015
  23. High speed railroad -- a good idea or a train load of trouble? Robert Samuelson's view in the Washington Post. More on the same topic from the New York Times. 7/9/2015.
  24. Intelligent Design is stirring much controversy today as its supporters want taught in the classroom a theory that the design, order in the universe cannot be explained by evolution alone but reflects an intelligent force (God) that controlled the evolutionary process. The New York Times gives a comprehensive picture of this controversy. 7/13/2015
  25. International Responsibilities Task Force of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities.The authors of this site promote it as "Alternative News, Analysis, and Commentary." Provides links to many sources that seem to be anti-Bush administration. 7/13/2015
  26. NewIranian US agreement on nuclear proliferation reported in the New York Times. What the agreement contains as explained by Politico. Opposition: Daily Signal finds fault with the treaty. Support: President Obama points out the positives of the agreement to Congress.  7/15/2015
  27. Israel/Palestinian conflict
    1. Google hits on the words history Israel Palestinians. Now doing the same Google search but limiting myself to hits updated in the last three months as of July 12, 2015, and almost all from edu domains -- American colleges or universities. 7/12/2015
    2. Middle East Research and Information Project. A primer on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Broken up into 14 sections including Zionism, British Mandate, UN Partition Plan. 7/12/2015
    3. MidEast Web. A brief history of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A quick look at this Website makes me think that it attempts to give a balanced view. From its About page: "MidEast Web was started by people active in Middle East dialog and peace education efforts. Our goal is to weave a world-wide web of Arabs, Jews and others who want to build a new Middle East based on coexistence and neighborly relations." For information about its founders and supporters...7/12/2015
    4. Jews Against Zionism. This group of Orthodox Jews oppose the establishment of Israel. Some of their rabbis met with President Ahmadinejad of Iran . Wikipedia article on the ultra othodox Neturei Karta. Israel's chief rabbi condemns Neturei Karta. Links to articles in the Jerusalem Post about Neturei Karta. 7/12/2015
    5. 2010 top Top ten anti-Israel lies reported by the Simon Weisenthal Center. You can download a pdf booklet at this site. 7/12/2015
  28. Life after death. Down through the centuries, mankind has wrestled with the question if the human personality, spirit suvives the death of the body. James Park on the University of Minnesota lists several books that he thinks does the best job wrestling with this question.  7/11/2015
  29. John Loftus, a St. Petersburg, Florida resident, is a former Justice Department prosecutor who once had the highest security clearance, enabling him to learn of secret, controversial issues, including Nazis war crimes.7/12/015
  30. Krasko, Genrich L. Professor Krasko, although a retired physics professor, has written much in a philosophical vein, tackling such topics as finding meaning, purpose in life. See his book, for example, This Unbearable Boredom of Being: A Crisis of Meaning in America.  7/11/2015
  31. Liberal versus conservative. On July 11, 2015, a Google search on "Liberal vs Conservative" brought up these links. Might be helpful for those trying to learn the differences between liberals and conservatives explained by a variety of sources. 7/11/2015
  32. Conservative talk show host Mark Levin You can read several of his articles here. 7/12/2015
  33. Media Research Center states as its purpose to expose bias in the media. But it looks to me that it focuses on liberal bias in the media. 8/9/2011
  34. Media Matters. Claims to be a non-profit organization "dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."
  35. Michael Medved, conservative talk show host and columnist. 7/11/2015
  36. Michael Moore. Controversial director of the movie Fahrenheit 911. His Twitter posts frequently criticize conservatives.  7/11/2015
  37. Michael Savage, talk show host, considers himself an independent thinker, critical at times of both Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with him, Savage will certainly stimulate your own critical thinking. 7/11/2015
  38. NewMind Over Medicine. Lissa Rankin, MD, lectures Google employees on how your thoughts, life circumstances (abusive marriage, job stresses, crushing debt) can trigger illness, while positive thoughts, freeing yourself from negative circumstances, the placebo effect can bring about spontaneous remission of physical illnesses even including cancer. For some critical comments about Dr.Rankin's mind-over-illness approach, see the comments following another Lissa Rankin's video on FitnessTips. 7/11/2015
    1. For more thoughts on spontaneous cures and cures resulting from the placebo effect, read the 2007 article by Jeanne Lenzer -- "The Body Can Beat Terminal Cancer -- Sometimes." Lenzer's article includes the statement, "Finally, a number of reports suggests that some emotional, spiritual, or mind body connection may have induced a spontaneous cure." 7/11/2015
    2. I learned from Lenzer's article that noetic sciences includes the study of the mind-body relationship. Why are the findings of Noetic Sciences so controversial? 7/17/2015
  39. Political action organization that seeks to organize average Americans into a powerful political force.7/11/2015.
  40. National Public Radio. Government and public funded radio shows, free of commercial advertisements. Emphasizes cultural, educational program that many would consider too intellectual, too sophisticated for the average American. For a thorough description of NPR, see Wikipedia. 7/11/2015
  41. Moslems Against Terrorism. A site promoting the view that Moslems should condemn terrorism, including suicide bombing. FaithFreedom is critical of Moslem Against Terrorism. 7/12/2015
  42. 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.Who was behind this attack? A Google search on this question brings up more than 10 million hits, offering a variety of views. When I limited my Google search to only .edu sites updated in the last month -- thinking that I might come closer to a more accurate view by seeking the responses to professors affiliated with educational institutions -- the hits became more manageable and perhaps more worth checking out. 7/13/2015
  43. Objective news reporting. If you really want to get the news without reports swayed in the direction of either major political party, where do you turn? Dan Rather as reported on January 17, 2014 by the Hoffington Post says that 80% of U.S. media is controlled by four to six mega Corporations.   I did a google search on "Most objective news source" and came up with 163 million hits. I spent time checking out the first twenty, and list the sources that seem the most reliable. Of course, you may have a different opinion. So you can check out those same Google hits to see what you come up with. Meanwhile, here are mine. 7/12/2015
    1. Christian Science Monitor is the most objective news source according to
    2. Public Broadcasting System (PBS)  gets a lot of votes for objectivity.
    3. Ryan Dube recommends five sources he has faith in. I know you may never have heard of Mr.Dube's website, but you may be impressed as I am with his presentation and recommendations: a. The Independent from England  b. The Real News (accepts no advertising)   c. The Independent Media Center  d. World News  e. Alter Net
    4. Reuters is worth checking out. (All a through d links checked 7/12/2015)
  44. Open Mindedness. An article worth consideration, from a writer at the University of Pennsylvania, on open mindedness.  Especially applies  to those who are politically liberal or conservative and who do not even consider the views of others who have a different opinion. I love to listen to people who have different views than I do on a controversial subject, whether it be politics, religion, sports -- or whatever. I find I learn more from listening to those  who disagree with me than from those who agree with me. 7/12/2015
  45. Sponsored by the Florida Tampa Bay Times, this site uses a meter to rate statements from politicians, lobbyists and others who generously give their opinions on what's going on in Washington, D.C. 7/11/2015
  46. Political parties: Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians. 7/12/2015
  47. President Obama's official White House site.7/13/2015
  48. NewPresidential race for the 2016 election. As of July 15, 2015, Atlantic magazine gives background information on the Republicans running to win their party's nomination.. 7/15/2015
  49. The Tampa Bay Times reports that it intends to check out the truthfulness of politicians, newspapers and other news outlets, on both sides of the political aisle. "We will reach beyond politicians to regularly check statements found in newspaper columns, blogs and websites, as well as the claims made by guests and hosts of TV and radio talk shows," writes Neil Brown, Tampa Bay Times Editor and Vice President. 7/13/2015
  50. Rachel Maddow blog. For liberal, pro-democratic and pro-Obama commentary, Rachel Maddow is an excellent source. 7/13/2015
  51. Racism. Subtle forms of racism. "I, Racist," is a sermon by a black man giving the view that prejudice against blacks, even in subtle forms, still infects white society. Read not only the sermon but view the reader comments, some of which give opposing views. The comments begin after the advertisements that follow the sermon. I first learned about this sermon by reading the blog of the Unitarian Universal Congregation of Clearwater, FL. Another article, this one by a white woman raised in the South, writing about the subtle -- and not so subtle -- faces of racism she saw after she moved to New York City for a job on Wall Street. The author's conclusion: "America is still a racist country."   A Daily Beast article gives four possible solutions for overcoming the poverty that locks down so many blacks imprisoned by poverty. The author, according to the article's title, "Black People Should Stop Expecting White America to 'Wake Up' to racism." Be sure to read many of the over 1,000 comments at the end of the article. Many of these comments are critical, such as the comment "Articles like this are part of the problem, not the solution," by BeaverBrew42 who goes on to give reasons for his view. 7/17/2015
  52. Religious controversy. Hardly a subject could be more controversial than religion. I have a special interest in examining both sides of religious questions. In this section of my Controversy category, I will spotlight sites that tackle controversial religious questions. What questions do I select? Whatever interests me.
    1. A growing number of Conservative Jewish synagogues are including music in their services -- music that includes not only the organ, but guitars, too, as well as other instruments. How are congregants reacting to this change? From J. Weekly. From My Jewish Learning. 7/14/2015
    2. Did Christ's resurrection as described in the New Testament actually take place? A debate between Michael Horner and Dan Barker from the Secular Web website. I recognize that the name of the source where this debate is published suggests a pro-skeptic view, but I think if you examine the transcript of the debate you will agree that both sides of the issue are fairly presented. 7/14/2015 
  53. Rhine Institute (An Institute for the Study of Consciousness) at Durham, North Carolina. Research on reincarnation, ESP, healers. 7/14/2015
  54. Rush Limbaugh, popular radio talk show host, gives his views on political issues. Rush has been labeled a stanch conservative, ardent supporter of the Republican party and President Bush. But to make up your own mind, visit his website or his facebook page.. 7/14/2014
  55. Savage Nation. Radio conservative talk show host Michael Savage stirs up much controversy. USA Today in 2003 reported that Savage was fired by MSNBC in 2003. See these sites for different views on Savage: Center for Internet and Society, and Media Matters. 7/14/2015
  56. Sean Hannity, the conservative voice on the Hannity and Colmes TV show. To view  the liberal side, visit the Alan Colmes site. To see if you are politically conservative, close to the thinking of Sean Hannity,here is a  link to a test. Maybe the results would put you more in the corner of liberal Alan Colmes -- or sitting right between Hannity and Colmes. .
  57. Skepticism. Offers views that attempt to overturn beliefs in Flying Saucers, ESP, vampires, zombies, ghosts, etc. 7/15/2015
  58. Slavery. For all my adult life, I had thought that when Lincoln emancipated the slaves, the path was cleared for blacks to make progress, free to reach financial equality with whites. How mistaken I was! The Emancipation Proclamation was only the first step in a long journey toward equality. I learned in Douglas A. Blackmon's book Slavery by Another Name that thousands of "freed slaves" in the South were only imprisoned and their services sold to steel, mining, and turpentine factories where they became indentured servants, chained, whipped, humiliated as much as any pre-Lincoln slave had endured. Blackmon's book is well documented. He has a website, too, to supplement and update his book. 7/15/2015
  59. Smoking Gun. Claims to uncover documentation exposing controversial issues. 7/15/2015
  60. Spirit of Change, newspaper-type publication about alternative, new-age health treatments. 7/15/2015
  61. Spiritualism. Can the living communicate with the dead? Good introduction to this field is Raymond Buckland's The Spirit Book ( Encyclopedia of clairvoyance, channeling and spirit communication), copyright 2006. Wikipedia describes spiritualism. offers articles on spiritualism. Tricks of fraudulent mediums once exposed led to the decline of spiritualism. The Skeptic Report -- a critical look at myths and mysteries, psychic powers, conspiracy theories about 9/11 and more. Invites registered readers to "submit a paper" for possible publication on the website. The Skeptics Dictionary pokes holes in the integrity of mediums -- those who claim they can communicate with the dead. Biographical information about the author of the Skeptic Dictionary. In checking out online resources on spiritualism, I stumbled across the Tampa Bay Skeptics site which holds special interest for me because I am from the Florida Tampa Bay area. Still another source, this one from California Bay Area  Skeptics. 7/15/2015
  62. Sun -- England's popular tabloid newspaper.  7/15/2015
  63. TruthDig.From the publisher When I first discovered this site in 2006:  "The purpose of our new Web magazine is to provide you with insightful and accurate reporting on current subjects and on issues that need to be brought to your attention." 7/15/2015
  64. Unclassified government documents from the National Security Archive at George Washington University. These documents made available to the public thanks to the The Freedom of Information Act . See, for example, unclassified documents on the Bay of Pigs Invasion. 7/15/2015
  65. Unexplained Mysteries. Paranormal, conspiracy theories. Includes articles on UFOs, reincarnation, ghosts, and voodoo. 7/15/2015
  66. WikiLeaks. Explains how to search for documents, articles in this site.  Uses anonymous sources. Results of Google search on "criticism of Wikileaks." 7/15/2015
  • Crime Fighting link to categories
  1. CIA Central Intelligence Agency 7/15/2015
  2. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Information on current cases.  Also information on the FBI's most wanted. 7/15/2015
  3. Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Offers reward for most wanted. Provides links to information on sexual predators, missing children, amber alert, background checks, unsolved homicides, stolen property and more. 7/15/2015
  4. Homeland Security. 7/15/2015
  5. Identity theft.
    1. Federal Trade Commission shows you what to do if you think your identity has been stolen. 7/15/2015
    2. FBI gives information about identity theft. An agent tells how you can protect yourself. One way he explains is to get in contact with the three major credit report agencies.  Although not mentioned in the article, I found a site that helps you contact these three agencies for annual credit reports.  U.S. News/Money Magazine reports that  BBB recommends for free annual credit reports from each of the three credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. AnnualCreditReport "is the only site authorized by the Federal Trade Commission for the free report," writes BBB's Katherine HuttAnnualCreditReport (ACR) gives valuable information for protecting yourself from ID theft. ACR includes the website addresses of the three major credit agencies. 7/15/2015
    3. Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports millions of individuals had confidential personal data stolen from a health insurance company. BBB gives steps to take if you think the privacy of your ID information may have been stolen. 7/15/2015
    4. NewProtecting yourself from ID theft. Must you pay for a service to protect your ID or can you take steps on your own to protect your ID? See this article from 20 Something Finance. 9/1/2015.
  6. Pinellas County, Florida police reports. 8/13/2015

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