difranco.net - Useful Links

Here are links to some pages I have found useful. If you have a favorite you think would be appropriate for difranco.net, please let me know.

  • Real data, lots of it: FEDSTATS is the master index to US Government statistics and statistical agencies. You can find data on almost anything if you spend a little time searching.

  • Search the web efficiently and privately: Try DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn't track you.

  • Our political world: The CIA continually updates its very accurate World Factbook, which includes maps and detailed information on every country.

  • Bad Weather: You may not need them every day, but when there is a hurricane coming, there is no better source of information that the great charts and forecasts at the National Hurricane Center.

  • What time is it?: Official US Time. Exactly. And some great exhibits about the general topic of time.

  • The news: The best all-around news sources, for me, are the NY Times and NPR. For a more global perspective on the news try the BBC or the International Herald-Tribune. For newspapers by country or US city, check the whole list at the Internet Public Library.

  • Identity theft: A very scary prospect, and becoming more common. If you believe your credit information has been stolen, you may want to put a "fraud alert" on your account (yes, you have one whether you want want or not) at the three credit reporting bureaus: Equifax (800-525-6285), TransUnion (800-680-7289) and Experian (888-397-3742). There's a lot more info on identify theft and links to consumer resources at the ID Theft Resource Center.

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