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New This Week for July 19, 2007
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This week it's artists on vacation, a ventriloquism museum, "Sicko" and European health care, the great American hot dog, Vanity Fair's article on The Simpsons, and an introduction to the Transformers. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Jennifer, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Vent Haven Museum
The website for this ventriloquism museum features photos and audio and video clips highlighting some of the figures, images, and other memorabilia in the museum's collections. Also includes a "Figure of the Month" with images and trivia, a link to details about the annual museum-hosted ventriloquism convention, and related material.
URL: http://www.venthavenmuseum.net/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24125

Wish You Were Here: Artists on Vacation
"Like everyone else, artists view vacation as a time to get away from the grind. ... Getting away, however, does not mean leaving the canvas or sketchbook behind." This exhibit "include numerous items that show artists on vacation, from snapshots and sketchbooks to letters and postcards." Browsable by topics such as anticipation, city, woods, summer homes, passports, and abroad. From the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
URL: http://www.aaa.si.edu/exhibits/pastexhibits/vacations/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23006

Business

AAAAgencySearch.com
Searchable directory of advertising agencies who are members of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA). Basic and advanced search options include geography, industry experience, clients and brands, global capabilities, and more. Additional portfolio and report features require free registration. AAAA is a "national trade association representing the advertising agency business in the United States."
URL: http://www.aaaagencysearch.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24130

Government

America's Farm Bill 2007
Material from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) about the 2007 reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which provides subsidies to U.S. farmers. The 2007 bill includes "more than 65 proposals [that] correspond to the 2002 farm bill titles with additional special focus areas, including specialty crops, beginning farmers and ranchers, and socially disadvantaged producers." Includes news, fact sheets, and related material on topics such as conservation, energy, forestry, nutrition, and rural development.
URL: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdafarmbill?navtype=SU&navid=FARM_BILL...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24117

Health

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
This group "supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe." The website features profiles of health care systems of European countries and other country-specific health information, health policy publications, and related material on topics such as health care funding, hospitals, and European Union law. A partnership of the World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Europe, and other organizations and countries.
URL: http://www.euro.who.int/observatory
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24084

Moore's "Sicko" Lands Blows on U.S. Health Care
This June 2007 article reviews Michael Moore's movie "Sicko," which is "an indictment of the U.S. health care system, highlighting insurance horror stories and profiling countries with universal health care." Also features an interview with Moore and links to sites with data about health care in the U.S. and abroad. From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11285514
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24120

Sunscreen Summary -- What Works and What's Safe
"In a new [2007] investigation of 785 name-brand sunscreens, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found widespread evidence that many products on the market are not safe and effective, including one of every eight high-SPF sunscreens that does not protect from UVA radiation. [EWG has] also identified 130 products that offer very good sun protection with ingredients that present minimal health risks to users." Includes a summary of the report and details about products.
URL: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/special/sunscreens/summary.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24119

Home & Housing

Fact Sheets: Hot Dogs and Food Safety
This document provides definitions and food safety guidelines for "frankfurters (a.k.a., hot dogs, wieners, or bologna) [which] are cooked and/or smoked sausages according to the Federal standards of identity." Some of the topics of discussion include casings, byproducts and variety meats, mechanically separated meat (MSM), and food product dating (such as "sell by" and "use by" dates). From the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service.
URL: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Hot_Dogs/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24126

National Hot Dog & Sausage Council
The website for this industry organization provides a collection of materials promoting hot dogs and sausage, such as hot dog history and trivia, a hot dog factory tour, glossary of sausages and prepared meats, and hot dog etiquette. Also includes a recipe collection and brochures featuring recipes for crockpots, tailgating, holidays, and other themes.
URL: http://www.hot-dog.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24129

Media

80 Years of Robots in Hollywood
This article highlights films that have featured robots, starting with Fritz Lang's 1927 "Metropolis," and including "The Stepford Wives," "Star Wars," "Alien," "Blade Runner," and others. It also provides links to three other articles related to the 2007 film "Transformers." From Time Magazine.
URL: http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1639033_1639027...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24124

Television: Simpson Family Values
In anticipation of the July 2007 release of "The Simpsons Movie," this article provides a "behind-the-cels oral history from the TV show's voices, writers, animators, and ultimate boss -- Rupert Murdoch." Also includes links to a Q&A with former Simpsons writer Conan O'Brien and picks for the ten funniest Simpsons episodes. An expanded website feature from Vanity Fair magazine.
URL: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/08/simpsons200708
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24136

People

Lady Bird Johnson
Companion to a 2001 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary exploring different chapters in the life of Lady Bird Johnson, who died on July 11, 2007. Includes "transcripts of the film, background essays, key speeches and diary entries and detailed timelines." Important events in her life include Lyndon Johnson's 10-week courtship of Lady Bird and her nationwide beautification campaign. Also includes audio of a July 2007 reflection about her life and legacy.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/ladybird/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24131

Lady Bird Johnson Final Tribute
Website created to celebrate the life and legacy of former First Lady Claudia Alta (Lady Bird) Taylor Johnson, who died in July 2007. Features a biography that includes a discussion of how "she inspired the passage of the Beautification Act of 1965 ... which cemented environmentalism as a top priority in the United States," link to an image gallery, and quotes by and about her. From the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
URL: http://www.ladybirdjohnsontribute.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24142

Recreation

Hot Dogs as America
This small presentation highlights some of the hot dogs served in different cities and at baseball stadiums in the U.S., including New York deli and street cart dogs, the "Chicago Red Hot," "Dodger Dog," "Fenway Frank," Texas corn dog, and others. Part of a larger past exhibition about baseball at the American Museum of Natural History.
URL: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/baseball/hotdogs/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24128

Transformers History
Illustrated history of this line of robot-to-vehicle toys that have also been featured in an animated TV series, comic book, a 1986 animated feature film, and 2007 live-action movie. Includes details of the toys starting with Transformers Generation 1 in 1984. From Hasbro.
URL: http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=Collectors/History
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24123

Regional: California

2007 Farm Bill: A California Perspective
This site brings together viewpoints on the 2007 Farm Bill from "various industry sectors -- nutrition, agriculture, resources" in the state of California ("the largest agricultural producer and exporter in the nation."). "Covering such issues as energy, nutrition, conservation, and rural development -- the farm bill is an omnibus multi-year authorizing law for major food and farm programs. ... [and] domestic assistance programs (food stamps)." From the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
URL: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/farmbill07/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24132

The California Missions Trail: Missions of the Californias
Brief descriptions of the 21 missions that "comprise California's historic mission trail [and which] are all located on or near Highway 101, which roughly traces El Camino Real (The Royal Road) named in honor of the Spanish monarchy which financed the expeditions into California in the quest for empire." Listed from south (San Diego) to north (Sonoma), making it a handy reference for a road trip. From the California Department of Parks & Recreation.
URL: http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=22722
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24011

Science

The History of Plastics
Overview of the development of artificial plastics. Includes discussion of natural polymers from tropical trees and the vulcanization of rubber, semi-synthetics (such as celluloid), thermosetting plastics (such as Bakelite), amino plastics (such as melamine), thermoplastics, and high-tech plastics. Also includes images of selected plastic items and a short timeline. From the British Plastics Federation (BPF), a trade association.
URL: http://www.bpf.co.uk/bpfindustry/History_of_Plastics.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24140

NOAA Celebrates 200 Years of Science, Service, and Stewardship (1807-2007)
Website for the 200th anniversary celebration in 2007 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal government agency concerned with the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. Provides features on historical events, people, and breakthroughs, and data sets, collections, and educational material. Also includes recent changes in NOAA missions and projects and NOAA's visions for the future.
URL: http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24056

Society & Social Science

About National Tree Day
"National Tree Day [the last Sunday of July] is an Australian environmental initiative aimed at promoting community planting of native trees and shrubs." School Tree Day, on the last Friday in July, is the day on which Australian school children participate in planting events. The site features a list of planting sites and photos from past events. From a sponsor of the event.
URL: http://www.toyota.com.au/TWR/events/Content/0,,1401_442,00+en-USS_01DB...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24135

Design for the Other 90%
Website companion to this 2007 exhibition that "demonstrates how design can be a dynamic force in saving and transforming lives, at home and around the world." Includes descriptions and images of design projects concerned with shelter, health, water, education, energy, and transportation. View projects by topic of region of the world. Also includes a blog, panel discussion video, and related links. From the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
URL: http://other90.cooperhewitt.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23978

Live Earth
Companion website to a series of international concerts in July 2007 that "mark[ed] the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by the Alliance for Climate Protection. ... to take action to solve global warming. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is the Chair of the Alliance and Partner of Live Earth." The site features tips and news about combating global warming.
URL: http://www.liveearth.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24121


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