Saturday, March 8, 2014

635 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. (Open Culture)

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Abstract:
Watch 635 movies free online. Includes classics, indies, film noir, documentaries and other films, created by some of our greatest actors, actresses and directors. The collection features films by Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, Andrei Tarkovksy, John Huston, plus some early short films by Tarantino, Kubrick and Truffaut. You will also find masterful performances by Humphrey Bogart, Laurence Olivier, Audrey Hepburn, Edward G. Robinson, John Wayne and Bette Davis.

The Free Movies collection is divided into the following categories: Comedy & Drama; Film Noir, Horror & Hitchcock; Westerns (many with John Wayne); Silent Films; Documentaries, and Animation. We also have special collections of Oscar Winning Movies and Films by Andrei Tarkovsky and Charlie Chaplin.
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200 Free Documentaries Online (Open Culture)

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200 Free Documentaries Online (compiled by Open Culture)

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Watch over 200 free documentaries online. The documentaries cover everything from music and cinema, to literature, religion, politics and physics.
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Where international migrants are going to and coming from (Pew Research)

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Excerpt:
Have more Canadians migrated to the United States or have more Americans moved north to Canada? Where are most of New Zealand’s migrants from? And what up with the 2,000 or so Argentines who’ve relocated to Bangladesh? The Migration Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research group, has used United Nations migration estimates to produce this fascinating, and somewhat addictive, interactive map. Choose from the “Select Country” pull-down menu below the map, and it will show you (to the nearest thousand) how many immigrants to and emigrants from that country there were as of last year, along with those migrants’ countries of origin or destinations.
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Millennials in Adulthood (Pew Research)

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Millennials in Adulthood (Pew Research, 7 March 2014)

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The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 331, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future. They are also America’s most racially diverse generation. In all of these dimensions, they are different from today’s older generations. And in many, they are also different from older adults back when they were the age Millennials are now
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The Decline of Yiddish, the Rise of Tagalog (Pew Research)

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The Decline of Yiddish, the Rise of Tagalog (Pew Research, 28 February 2014)

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The United States has been a polyglot country since before it was a country. As early as 1646, no fewer than 18 languages were spoken on Manhattan Island. German was common in colonial-era Pennsylvania. New York’s Dutch community held onto their language long after the English takeover of what had been New Amsterdam. And African slaves spoke dozens of native languages and dialects. But the nation’s continuing linguistic diversity is ever evolving and it can still spark controversy, as Coca-Cola discovered with its recent Super Bowl ad.

Language charts, such as this one by the U.S. Census, reflect the nation’s changing demographics. Spanish is overwhelmingly the most common non-English language, as it has been since the Census Bureau began detailed language surveys in the 1970s. According to the 2011 American Community Survey, nearly 13% of the population (37.6 million people) spoke Spanish or a Spanish creole at home. Beyond that, though, the chart illustrates the changing composition of the U.S. population.
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The U.S. Hispanic population has increased sixfold since 1970 (Pew Research)

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The Hispanic population grew to 53 million in 2012, a 50% increase since 2000 and nearly six times the population in 1970, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data. Meanwhile, the overall U.S. population increased by only 12% from 2000 to 2012. Hispanic population growth accounted for more than half of the country’s growth in this time period. U.S. Hispanic Population in 2012Much of the growth is occurring in a relatively small geographic area. A Pew Research Center analysis last year found that the 10 largest counties by Hispanic population accounted for 22% of the national Hispanic population growth between 2000 and 2011. Half of these counties are located in California.
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Google Redesigns News Archive, Makes Searching Through Newspapers Easy

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Ever need to track down an old newspaper clipping? In olden times, you'd need to head into the library's microfiche section and dig through boxes of film. Now, it's as easy as heading over to Google's recently relaunched and easier to search through news archive. On the main news archive page you'll find hundreds of newspapers organized by title. You can search within the paper, look through other news sources, or just check out issues from specific dates. If you're ever looking for an old clipping of a family member or you just want to see what was going on when you were born, this is a pretty good place to start.
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