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LII New This Week
New This Week for November 20, 2008
This Week
Explore advertising history this week, plus current issues such as zebra and quagga mussels, lame ducks and lead-tainted wildlife, and tips for a successful holiday. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
When our next newsletter comes out you will probably have your hands full. Here's a collection of Thanksgiving food sites to help you out.
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Arts and Humanities

The Magnificent, the Merry and the Mundane: The Display Windows of Eaton's Department Store
This exhibit explores department store display windows, which "have been central to Canadian retailing since Timothy Eaton built Canada's first super-size department store in the 1880s." Topics include the history of Eaton's (founded as T. Eaton Company by Timothy Eaton), displays inspired by royalty, Christmas windows, and other window display trends through the history of the store. From the Archives of Ontario.
URL: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/exhibits/eatons-windows/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27105

Business

The Advertising Century
Online version of a "major project to chronicle the history of the era's advertising industry. The years from 1900 to 1999 were, in fact, when the advertising business came of age." Features an introductory essay, lists of top 100 advertising campaigns (such as Volkswagen's 1959 "Think Small" and the 1955 Marlboro Man), top 100 industry players, and top 10 jingles, slogans, and ad icons. Also includes a timeline back to the 1700s. From Advertising Age.
URL: http://adage.com/century/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26619

Holiday Shopping, Circa 2008: Tips From the Federal Trade Commission
This consumer tip sheet provides holiday shopping advice for staying on budget, with suggestions such as making a shopping list and budget before shopping, comparing prices, checking sale ads and bargain offers, tracking your spending, and considering layaway programs. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt082.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27141

Job Loss Help
Information about financial and other help available to workers who lose or leave a job. "Workers pay the taxes that fund many of these services. Employers provide other services. If you qualify, it is your right to receive certain benefits." Describes health insurance protections (such as COBRA, HIPAA, Medicaid, and CHIP), financial help (such as unemployment insurance and Supplemental Security Income), where to get help in finding another job, and more. From AARP.
URL: http://www.aarp.org/money/careers/jobloss/a2004-04-28-transition.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27064

Top 5ive Tips for Black Friday Shopping
Five shopping tips for taking advantage of special bargains on "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving. Tips include creating a game plan (budgeting and visiting order of stores), foregoing sleep, using the Internet, comparing prices, and avoiding identity theft. Includes links to sites with Black Friday advertising. From AOL Money and Finance.
URL: http://money.aol.com/top5/general/black-friday-shopping-tips
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27093

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) Calculator
"Since its inception in 1935, the unemployment insurance (UI) program in the United States has operated as the primary safety net for those who involuntarily lose their jobs. Although the UI system's broad guidelines were established by federal law, UI essentially operates as a state-level program." This calculator "demonstrates the great disparities ... from one state to the next" and gives a general idea of the typical benefits. From the Economic Policy Institute.
URL: http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/datazone_uicalc_index
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27057

Government

C-SPAN: Presidential Transition
Archive of C-SPAN's 2008-2009 coverage of the "77-day period between Election Day and Inauguration Day, traditionally known simply as the transition." Features audio and video of press conferences, remarks, conference calls, and other activities involving the transition of the White House from President George W. Bush to President-elect Barack Obama. Also includes links to related websites. From C-SPAN.
URL: http://www.c-span.org/special/presidential-transition.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27175

How Lame Is a Lame-Duck President?
Material about the "incumbent president who's reached the end of his term." On this site, "read about some of the hits (and misses) some lame duck presidents have made in the final days of their terms in this article. But first, read about the Lame Duck Amendment [20th Amendment] to the Constitution," which shortened the lame duck period. Includes links to related material. From HowStuffWorks.
URL: http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/lame-duck-president....
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27191

In-Depth Coverage: Obama's Transition to Power
This news coverage of the 2008-2009 presidential transition features background reports, analysis, interviews, and related material. Includes a listing of key positions (such as chief of staff, secretary of defense, and U.N. representative), and related links. From the PBS Online NewsHour.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/white_house/transition200...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27157

Lame Duck Sessions of Congress, 1935-2004 (74th-108th Congress)
This 2006 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report described the activities of each "lame duck" session of Congress from 1935-2004. "A 'lame duck' session of Congress occurs whenever one Congress meets after its successor is elected, but before the successor's term begins." Also includes material about characteristics of lame duck sessions such as occurrence, timing, and length. Opens directly into a PDF file. Provided by the U.S. Senate.
URL: http://senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL33677.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27192

Health

google.org: Flu Trends
This tool, which "uses aggregated Google search data," claims "to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems." View data for the entire U.S. or by state, and download raw data for current and historical estimates. Provides an overview of the tool, a FAQ, and links to other flu material. From Google.
URL: http://www.google.org/flutrends/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27171

Home & Housing

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks
Ideas for "dressing up store-bought products so that they'll taste and look special to your guests" at Thanksgiving and suggestions for lightening up Thanksgiving side dishes. Includes tips for stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, Jell-o salad, and sweet potatoes. From a dietitian.
URL: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=55865
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27095

Topics to Avoid at Thanksgiving Dinner
List of eight topics to avoid at the holiday dinner table, such as politics and the election, bodily ailments, past embarrassing events, and the economy. Suggested conversation topics include recent vacations, funny characters at work, the delicious food, the weather, and "when all else fails: puppies." From the Nest magazine.
URL: http://ideas.thenest.com/dinner-recipes/entertaining/Articles/topics-t...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27097

Media

Liberal Pranksters Hand Out Times Spoof
Article about how on November 12, 2008, "[i]n an elaborate hoax, pranksters distributed thousands of free copies of a spoof edition of The New York Times," in New York City and other U.S. cities. This document, dated July 4, 2009, "imagines a liberal utopia of national health care, a rebuilt economy, ... and other goals of progressive politics." Includes links to the hoax paper and to the accompanying website. From The New York Times.
URL: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/pranksters-spoof-the-time...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27190

Regional: California

California Supreme Court: High Profile Case: Marriage Cases
California Supreme Court case documents and related material pertaining to challenges to California's Proposition 8 (starting November 2008) and to six cases in which (in May 2008) the court "concluded that public officials of the City and County of San Francisco acted unlawfully by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the absence of a judicial determination that the California statutes limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman are unconstitutional."
URL: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25649

Dark Days of San Francisco
Collection of articles from November 2008 about how "[t]hirty years ago, hundreds of people [many from San Francisco] died in Jonestown. Nine days later [San Francisco] Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were killed." Includes the "1977 expose that started Jim Jones' downfall," photos, and material about the Moscone and Milk slayings and aftermath. Also includes San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner front pages from the era. From SFGate, website for the San Francisco Chronicle.
URL: http://www.sfgate.com/jonesmilkpromo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27197

Regions of the World

New York Songlines: Virtual Walking Tours of Manhattan Streets
These virtual walking tours of New York City "follow a single pathway, whether it goes by one name or several," as inspired by aboriginal Australians, who "were able to navigate across their harsh and unforgiving land by memorizing and following the Songlines -- an intricate series of song cycles." View annotated online maps for tours starting at Times Square, Macy's, the Flatiron Building, Stonewall, and more. Includes links. From an enthusiast.
URL: http://home.roadrunner.com/~jkn/nysonglines/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26618

Science

400th Anniversary of the Invention of the Telescope: 1608-2008
This site commemorates the invention of the telescope by Dutch craftsmen Johannes (Hans) Lipperhey and Zacharias Janssen in 1608. The site notes that Galileo is better known because he was one of the first to use the telescope for scientific purposes and his astronomical discoveries were a huge sensation. Includes a FAQ, and articles on the history of the telescope and related subjects. In English and Dutch. From the Philippus Lansbergen Public Observatory.
URL: http://www.inventionofthetelescope.eu/400y_telescope/component/option,...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27196

Concerns Rise Over Known and Potential Impacts of Lead on Wildlife
This article discusses the potential health impacts on "upland game birds, scavengers (such as vultures, hawks and eagles) and other waterbirds that are exposed to lead through the ingestion of spent lead shot, bullet fragments and fishing sinkers." Accompanied by many related links about lead poisoning and wildlife. From the National Wildlife Health Center, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
URL: http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/lead_poisoning/index.jsp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26978

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species: Zebra and Quagga Mussel Information
Compilation of material about two species of shellfish, the zebra and quagga mussels, that have similar ecological and environmental impacts in the U.S. Provides fact sheets, a quagga vs. zebra FAQ, current quagga and zebra mussel sightings maps, historic distribution maps, photos, and more. From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
URL: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/taxgroup/mollusks/zebramussel/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27117

Society & Social Science

Not a Cough in a Carload: Images From the Tobacco Industry Campaign to Hide the Hazards of Smoking
This intention of this exhibit "is to tell ... the story of how, between the late 1920s and the early 1950s, tobacco companies used deceptive and often patently false claims in an effort to reassure the public of the safety of their products." View dozens of advertising images by brand or by theme (such as doctors smoking, brides smoking, inhaling, digestion, and calming nerves), and read slogans. From the Lane Library, Stanford School of Medicine.
URL: http://lane.stanford.edu/tobacco/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27044

RAND Health Featured Research: Influences on Adolescent Sexual Behavior
Compilation of documents related to "multiple studies identifying the predictors and consequences of adolescent sexual intercourse, ... [including] the first study [released in November 2008] to demonstrate a link between exposure to sexual content on television and the experience of a pregnancy before the age of 20." Includes research briefs, abstracts, journal articles, and related material. From Rand Health, a division of the policy organization Rand Corporation.
URL: http://www.rand.org/health/feature/teen_sex/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27112


LII New This Week

Thanks for reading LII New This Week!

Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder