Learn 46 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, English, Chinese & More
How to learn languages for free? This openculture collection features lessons in 40 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go.
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011
This news item from the USA Department of Commerce's Census Bureau provides an alternative angle on the nation's health. Rather than focussing exclusively on GDP and other conventional growth data, which has known limitations, these statistics provide additional, albeit backward looking data points.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Web site for the aFederal Reserve, the central bank of the United States.
Debt Clock for the USA
Mesmerising and disturbing...
UNESCO Culture Sector - Intangible Heritage
What do the following have in common: Gingerbread making in Northern Croatia, Azebaijani carpet weaving, Falconry, Mongolian Khoomei singing and the Koguryo caves in the DPRK? All are listed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. As the site notes, "...Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. While fragile, intangible cultural heritage is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization. An understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities helps with intercultural dialogue, and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life....". The site is hours of fun and will connect with the inner Margaret Mead. The intangible cultural heritage listings are extensive and include: identification of the listing, descriptions in up to 26 languages, photos, slideshows and video recordings.
US Department of Labour....Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.
National Bureau of Statistics of China
China stat nirvana...