Archive for January, 2010

2010 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. released

The Statistical Abstract, also known as “Uncle Sam’s Almanac,” has been published since 1878 — before automobiles, airplanes and motion pictures had even been invented. Contained in the 129th edition are more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts which collectively describe the state of our nation and the world.

Did you know that in 2007, the nation’s 16,604 libraries collectively had an average of 12.5 public-use computers connected to the Internet per library?

Every edition of the Statistical Abstract, dating from 1878, is available in PDF or zip files on the Census Bureau’s Web site.

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President considers the State of the Union

“I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I could do it alone,” President Obama said today in his first State of the Union speech to the U.S. Congress. “Democracy in a nation of 300 million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. And when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy. That’s just how it is.

“We have finished a difficult year.  We have come through a difficult decade.  But a new year has come.  A new decade stretches before us.  We don’t quit.  I don’t quit.  Let’s seize this moment — to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more.”

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Reflections on Australia Day

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From Ambassador Bleich:

Australia Day.

The Embassy was closed and so we traveled from Melbourne to Sydney and then back to Canberra and congratulated every Australian that we saw along the way.

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Economic report of the President for 2009

An overview of the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices, the Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

The Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress has released its own review of this document as part of its continuing study of matters relating to the US economy.

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Lessons on the water and on the courts

From Ambassador Bleich:

I spent most of yesterday morning in productive meetings with Admiral Pat Walsh, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. I had already heard from several members of the U.S. Senate that Adm. Walsh was impressive – a superior naval aviator (he flew with the Blue Angels and even worked with Tom Cruise on Top Gun), an exceptional commander and a thoughtful leader. He lived up to all their glowing descriptions.

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Up close and personal in Alice Springs

From Ambassador Bleich:

I spent the past two days in Alice Springs, a town that is virtually in the dead center of Australia. I had read a good deal about Alice Springs over the past few years, but had never visited. Bill Bryson’s book In A Sunburned Country gave a (typically humorous) history of the place and described Alice as a town worth visiting in its own right and not just a stop along the way to Uluru. But even a fan like Bryson had not recommended visiting in the height of summer when temperatures can be well over 35 degrees Celsius and when Alice’s famously persistent flies are out in full force.

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U.S. committed to Asia-Pacific region

“There should be no doubt that the United States itself is a Pacific nation, and in every regard — geopolitically, militarily, diplomatically, and economically — Asia and the Pacific are indispensable to addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities of the 21st century,” testified Assistant Secretary Kurt M. Campbell, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State,  at a hearing of  the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 21 January.

Secretary Campbell testimony concerned “the vital importance of Asian-Pacific countries to the United States and the key aspects of our engagement strategy with the region.”

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Concern for Haiti demonstrates U.S.-Australia closeness

Former President Bill Clinton will travel to Haiti February 5, his second visit since the January 12 earthquake.From Ambassador Bleich:

Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti. I think the attention of the world needs to be focused on this disaster – a disaster of unprecedented dimension that will require an unprecedented effort by the world community.

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Secretary of State Clinton promotes internet freedom

In a major foreign policy speech, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined the U.S. commitment to internet freedom, which she said is essential to upholding human rights and encouraging economic prosperity.

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Economic growth linked to good governance

The link between stable, honest government and economic prosperity is being recognized increasingly around the globe by governments, private sector leaders, and entrepreneurs. Governance and Growth, the latest e-journal from the Department of State’s Bureau of International Information  Programs, explores the reality behind President Obama’s statement to Ghana’s parliament earlier this year: “Development depends on good governance.”

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