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Recently the U.S. Congress, pertaining to district reapportionment, who gets to vote for which Congresspeople, decided that many of the districts were undercounted by 5%, perhaps then later deciding that all districts had been undercounted by 5% [can't recall details]. However, I just this moment heard a news item that made me wonder a bit more about the accuracy of the U.S. Census. A "Special Census" is taking place in Normal, Illinois, that is expected to count more people, by a factor of 3,000 or 3,400, depending on which source. 45,386 was the population as per the 2000 Census, so 3,000 added to this would be an increase of 6.6%, and 3,400 would be 7.5%, above a possibly automatic increase of 5% as per the same terms above but I presume this is in addition to previous adjustments. Of course, we should consider that we would have to double figures, perhaps to 15% from those above, if are considering the normal time between censuses of 10 years, these are for 5 years' growth. In previous news I heard about the U.S. Census, no mention was made about the annexation of various nearly locations as a cause of this normally unexpected growth, but it is mentioned at the site I found on the subject of the current Special Census. If annexation is the primary cause of such increases, country wide, then we should not be expecting a huge rise in the 2010 Census, but rather should expect something more along the norm. However, if it is not annexation, but more actual people on the average, then this might be an indicator that the population of the U.S. may have seen 300 million go by some time ago. For more details, see:

The production statistics are calculated based on full weeks' production; each production-week starts/ends Wednesday noon, starts with the first Wednesday of January. January 5th was the first Wednesday of 2005, and thus ended PG's production year of 2004 and began the production year of 2005 at noon. This year there will be 52 Wednesdays, thus no extra week. *** *Headline News from Edupage [PG Editor's Comments In Brackets] COMPUTERS IN SCHOOLS, BUT NOT ALWAYS FOR TEACHING A new study indicates that computer usage by U.S. schoolteachers is rising, though technology is more frequently used for administrative purposes than for teaching. The study, conducted by Scholastic subsidiary Quality Education Data, found that 70 percent of teachers communicate with parents using e-mail and that a majority use computers for tasks such as attendance, according to CDW Government. Just 54 percent said they have incorporated technology into their teaching, and more of those who use technology in teaching are at the elementary

level than in middle or high schools. Teaching with technology appears to be correlated with training: 85 percent of respondents said they have received training in applications such as the Internet, word processing, and e-mail, while 27 percent said they have had little or no instruction in how to include computers in their teaching. CNET, 29 August 2005 FBI SEEKS LIBRARY RECORDS According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the FBI is using one of the powers granted by the USA PATRIOT Act to demand the records of a library in Connecticut. Because the USA PATRIOT Act also forbids disclosure of details surrounding such investigations, the name of the library in question is being kept confidential, though it is known to be a member of the American Library Association. At issue is the authority to subpoena library records using something called a national security letter, which does not require a judge's approval. The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the library, saying "it should not be forced to disclose such records without a showing of compelling need and approval by a judge." Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU, said, "This is a prime example of the government using its Patriot Act powers without any judicial oversight to get sensitive information on law-abiding Americans." The FBI did not comment on the lawsuit, but the agency's national security letter noted that it was seeking the library records as part of an investigation "to protect against internal terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities." New York Times, 26 August 2005 (registration req'd) GOOGLE TALK PROVIDES VOICE, IM SERVICES Google has announced a free service called Google Talk that lets e-mail account holders talk to each other using a PC, microphone, and speakers and provides instant messaging capability. Google reportedly plans to make the service compatible with other companies' services, basing it on an open standard, which would allow users to talk to people on competing systems. Users will not be able to make calls to landlines or mobile phones, however. The new service does not carry advertising, but Google hopes it will encourage people to sign up for the Gmail service, which does. BBC, 24 August 2005 [and in a related story] FCC PROPOSES USF TAX ON NET PHONE USERS A Federal Communications Commission proposal released to public notice by the FCC's federal-state joint board on universal service recommends requiring more companies to pay taxes into the Universal Service Fund (USF). The shift would mostly affect Internet telephone providers, which don't currently pay into the fund. Internet-based services such as chat and instant messaging that don't link to the public telephone network would continue to be exempt from USF taxes, according to the proposal. The USF subsidizes telephone services in rural and high-cost areas, and companies that currently pay into the fund pass the costs on to their customers. ZDNet, 23 August 2005 HITACHI CLAIMS FIRST TERABYTE HARD DRIVE/DVD RECORDER [And you heard it here, a week ago] Hitachi claims to have developed the first hard disk drive and DVD recorder that can store a terabyte of data or record about 128 hours of high-definition digital broadcasts. The company hopes the new line will make the money-losing DVD recorder part of its business into a profit center by next year. The new line also includes models that can store 160, 250, and 500 gigabytes of data. Hitachi claimed the new models are the first to have the capability of recording two high-definition programs simultaneously. They go on sale in Japan in September. Plans for overseas sales are not firm because of weak interest in high-end recorders in European and U.S. markets, explained a company spokesman. Washington Post, 24 August 2005 (registration req'd) SONY PLAYSTATION PORTABLE GETS INTERNET BROWSER [With a browser, can eBooks on PlayStations be far behind?] Sony Computer Entertainment America announced plans to add Internet access to its PlayStation Portable gaming device in an attempt to boost the PSP's use as a handheld entertainment center. A software upgrade enables wireless Internet access through a Web browser. The software also boosts data security and enhances sharing of digital photos and playback of video, according to Sony. Yahoo, 24 August 2005 You have been reading excerpts from Edupage: If you have questions or comments about Edupage, send e-mail to: To SUBSCRIBE to Edupage, send a message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU and in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE Edupage YourFirstName YourLastName or To subscribe, unsubscribe, change your settings, or access the Edupage archive, visit ***

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*STRANGE WORDS OF THE WEEK *DOUBLESPEAK OF THE WEEK [Combined this week, due to unprecedented events] Former Governor John Rowland of Connecticut may actually be the first person conviced under the "Revolving Door" law he signed while still governor. Currently he is serving time in Federal Prison ["Club Fed"], but the Connecticut State's Attorney says he intends to bring him back for trial in state court, and, if convicted, to place him among the general prison population.

*PREDICTIONS OF THE WEEK John Rowland will NOT serve time in the general prison population. *QUOTE OF THE WEEK [Leaving this one in, as is relevant to the new SAT scores below] US spending on tutors rose to $4 billion is 2004 from $3.4 billion in 2003. [This is enough for 4 million families each to spend $1,000 per year, just on extra tutoring to augment our failing classroom instruction.] Source: The New York Times via Edupage [paraphrased for stand alone grammar]. [sub. required] *ODD STATISTICS OF THE WEEK Yesterday the new SAT scores were released with a big hoopla, touting that the US school system was finally improving: but the truth is that this year's scores are virtually identical, and statistically indistinguishable from previous scores. * The nationwide average this year is 1,028, up two points from 2004. 520 for math was up 2, 510 for verbal was totally unchanged; scores in general have risen 9 points since 2000, still less than 1% more, and still less than it would take to make any conclusions, based on statistical standards. 2 points out of ~1,000, and a possible score of 1600 isn't remotely what these testing companies would/could/should call significant in terms of their own statistical expertise. The variances between an SAT of one year and of another are much greater than 2 points, thus the tests are likely to be changing more than actual performance by the schools and/or the students. It would be nice if we could test the tests, and thus have some knowledge of our measuring stick. Verbal scores dropped just below 500 in both 1991 and 1994, and the scoring of the tests was soon revalued, as were the ACT scores when

they dropped to 90% of their original scores. Math scores had their lowest point at 492 in 1980 and 1981. We should also consider that most of the students who should not be expected to do very well on such tests do not take them, either for reasons of personal choice, where that is still an option, or based on the fact that they simply are not continuing in school at all. Thus we should be aware that the real national average would be all that much lower if everyone were tested. People ask me why I write something so negative about our students, our schools, and our testing system, and the answer is that I would not have to if the statements made about the various scores will be made more accurately. I didn't hear or read a single media comment questionning whether the 2 point change was valid or reliable, in a statistical sense. What does this mean? The next time you see all the statistical polling done by the media, take a look at a corner, and you will likely see a comment that the results of these surveys are designed to be accurate within + or - 3%. . .that gives a range of 6%, or what would be 60 points on a scale of about 1,000 points. 2 points just isn't enough to be statistically significant, even if the SAT people did three times as well, and guaranteed their values accurate to + or - 1%. . .which would still be a 20 point range the values could fluctuate within before being even mininally mentioned in a statistially relevant sense, and far from having significance. *Just ask your local math teachers about statistical significance.* You probably won't find 3% of these who would say 2 points in 1,000 has as much statistical relevance as a number of other factors in a testing process such as the SAT, where just one question being just slightly poorly written would throw off scores more than 2 points-not to mention social changes, such as the fallout from 9/11 and an assortment of other geopolitical events. [Results of your survey as above should be accurate to + or - 3%.] We should also keep in mind that the various college tests were not using the same traditional scoring system recently, and in fact the scoring systems have been altered more than once since the time our own SAT and ACT scores were computed. After each of these revalued scorings the news media has been full of the "fact" that scores had improved, without any mention that it was actually a change in what we might call the measuring stick rather than in what we measured. The SATs were "remodeled" in 1990, and "a new SAT was introduced in 1994, and in 1995 SAT scoring was recentered. . . ." "Since the adjustment, SAT averages have gone up." [Quotes from: iApply - Where do you go after high school?]

Recently this process has been renewed. WARNING:

"Don't Confuse The Map With The Territory." * Another topic not mentioned was that a large percentage of students take the tests more than once, and even more than twice, until they feel they have reached a satisfactory score. * Here are some of the exact scores I have been able to find. If you can provide more, they would be greatly appreciated. Supposedly an ETS [Educational Testing Service?] bulletin is available with a new complete history of SAT scores, but I haven't found one yet. [I now have complete years from 1972-2001, would still like more!] 1980 1981 Low point Low point Math 492 Math 492

[Test "remodeled" in 1990 1991 1994 Verbal Verbal 499 499 Low point Low point

["New" test in 1994] [Scoring "recentered" in 1995] 2000 2001 2004 2005 Verbal Verbal Verbal Verbal 505 506 508 508 Math 514 Math 514 Math 518 Math 520

We should note that even from the lowest points to the highest, even with all the "remodeling" and "recentering," that scores have not gone up all that much. * Still hoping for more statistical updates and additional entries. "If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following. There would be: 57 Asians 21 Europeans 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south 8 Africans 52 would be female 48 would be male 70 would be non-white 30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian 30 would be Christian 6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States 80 would live in substandard housing 70 would be unable to read 50 would suffer from malnutrition 1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education 1 would own a computer [I think this is now much greater] 1 would be 79 years old or more. Of those born today, the life expectancy is only 63 years, but no country any longer issues copyrights that are sure to expire within that 63 year period. I would like to bring some of these figures more up to date, as obviously if only 1% of 6 billion people owned a computer then there would be only 60 million people in the world who owned a computer, yet we hear that 3/4 + of the United States households have computers, out of over 100 million households. Thus obviously that is over 1% of the world population, just in the United States. I just called our local reference librarian and got the number of US households from the 2004-5 U.S. Statistical Abstract at: 111,278,000 as per data from 2003 U.S Census Bureau reports. If we presume the saturation level of U.S. computer households is now around 6/7, or 86%, that is a total of 95.4 million, and that's counting just one computer per household, and not counting households with more than one, schools, businesses, etc. I also found some figures that might challenge the literacy rate given above, and would like some help researching these and other such figures, if anyone is interested. BTW, while I was doing this research, I came across a statistic that said only 10% of the world's population is 60+ years old. This means that basically 90% of the world's population would never benefit from Social Security, even if the wealthy nations offered it to them free of charge. Then I realized that the US population has the same kind of age disparity, in which the rich live so much longer than the poor, the whites live so much longer than the non-whites. Thus Social Security is paid by all, but is distributed more to the upper class whites, not just because they can receive more per year, but because they will live more years to receive Social Security. The average poor non-white may never receive a dime of Social Security, no matter how much they pay in. * POEM OF THE WEEK This is number five of a series of five poems from a volume named: "Thoughts of My Exiled Self."

The motto for this poetry volume is, "Upon this Word I shall build my life." A Thought To Nichita Stanescu, the poet A thought exploded in me saying that the dawn's cheeks blush because they long for the night and that the wave of the sea is a restless traveler who seeks pearls of words among the empty shells I am enslaved by this thought with the crazy passion of the Moon to embrace the Sun and thus give birth to a new Universe with no rules or regulations just castles of sand that last and boats carrying a fisherman who can walk on the sea. Copyright 2005 by Simona Sumanaru and Michael S. Hart Please send comments to: simona_s75 AT & hart AT *** *Information About the Project Gutenberg Mailing Lists For more information about the Project Gutenberg's mailing lists, including the Project Gutenberg Weekly and Monthly Newsletters: and the other Project Gutenberg Mailing Lists: The weekly is sent on Wednesdays, and the monthly is sent on the first Wednesday of the month. To subscribe to any (or to unsubscribe or adjust your subscription preferences), visit the Project Gutenberg mailing list server: If you are having trouble with your subscription, please email the list's human administrators at: