Browsing through this week's NPtech Tag Stream of 134 items found a story about mold and nonprofits, but also a few good research reports, some newly discovered voices in the nonprofit technology space, more talk about web videos, and poetry. And, of course, more tool talk and tips!
The consumer federation of America in 2000 stated that roughly 64% of Americans were living pay check to pay check. This was prior to 9/11 after 9/11 the FED said they were going to provide liquidity. Which means they were going to print more money. This is inflation. Now what percentage of American do you believe are living pay check to pay check?
In 2000 30 percent of our national workforce was working as temporary labor workers. Typically minimum wage with no benefits. As of 2003 the Business Examiner was quoted as saying that the temp labor industry is now generating over $80 billion in the US.
Net Tuesday DC is happening next Tuesday, October 17th at 7 PM at Affinity Lab (22451 18th St., NW 2nd Floor). Their speaker, Marty Kearns, the co-founder and Executive Director of Green Media Toolshed, will be talking about "crowd-sourcing" and the Media Volunteer Center, which asks volunteers to give 15 minutes to help maintain a Media Contact Database for nonprofits. You can check out Marty's blog at Network-Centric Advocacy.
Did you know that new car smells and new shower curtain smells are from poisonous chemicals off-gassing from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic? Or that children can be exposed to phthalates, poisonous chemicals that PVC releases, by chewing on vinyl toys? I sure didn't. Even more disturbing, PVC plants are disproportionately located in low-income communities and communities of color.
Jeff Reifman has announced the release of NewsCloud Web Service and APIs as part of the effort to make it into a fully open platform for media distribution. His intent is to enhance citizen journalism efforts by helping developers embrace and extend their work. The NewsCloud web services will allow other community developers to easily interact and expand the stories and features at NewsCloud.com.
NewsCloud's Web Services consist of more than 50 interfaces (APIs) for interacting with the NewsCloud Web site. Notes Jeff in a recent email:
"On a personal note, I'm a comedian who makes fun of what I believe to be the absurdities of our government. Tomorrow when you go to the polls, make my life difficult. Make the next four years really hard, so that every morning all we can do is come in and go, 'Madonna is doing some Kaballah thing, you wanna do that?' I'd like that. I'm tired." [Jon Stewart speaking to his audience the night before the 2004 U.S. Presidential election] via Wikiquotes.