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New This Week for November 27, 2008
This Week
Get to know piracy old and new, Tightwad Tod, cars you can't buy in the U.S., and the first annual National Day of Listening. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Image & Sentiment: Five Publishers of Victorian Holiday Cards
This site features a browsable gallery of images of Victorian Christmas and New Year cards from five publishers. The site also provides users the opportunity to send electronic postcards of the images. Curated and designed by librarian Erika Dowell of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.
URL: http://www.indiana.edu/%7Eliblilly/xmas2/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6585

Business

Concept Cars Show "Fascination" With Fuel Economy
This report from the 2008 Paris Motor Show describes how automakers are "debuting some of the most inherently contradictory concept cars in recent memory," with themes for cars including hybrid and electric vehicles, downsized cars, and smaller crossover vehicles. Includes images and descriptions for cars from BMW, Chevrolet, Honda, and other manufacturers. From Forbes.com.
URL: http://www.forbesautos.com/news/autoshows/2008/paris/concept-highlight...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27180

Consumer Reports Blogs: Tightwad Tod
In this blog feature, launched in October 2008 in response to the U.S. economic downturn, a longtime Consumer Reports researcher and writer will be "posting on the news that affects your pocketbook, sniffing around for great buys, challenging offers that sound too good to be true, and heaping shame on the scams and ripoff artists that abound out there." Part of the Consumer Reports Money blog.
URL: http://blogs.consumerreports.org/money/tightwad_tod/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27142

Energy [R]evolution
"The energy [r]evolution is an independently produced report that provides a practical blueprint for how to half global CO2 emissions, while allowing for an increase in energy consumption by 2050. ... [I]t explains how existing energy technologies can be applied in more efficient ways." Site includes the report, examples of projects, policy recommendations, and related material. From Greenpeace International and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).
URL: http://www.energyblueprint.info/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27165

Give a Good Card
Information about how to purchase "a gift card for charity where the recipients get to donate to their charity of choice." The site notes that "[w]hen you purchase a Good Card it is tax-deductible for the buyer. When the recipient redeems a Good Card it is not tax-deductible for them." Includes a FAQ on purchasing and redeeming. From Charity Navigator.
URL: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=699
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27103

Piracy at Sea
Collection of news and analysis about piracy at sea, such as material about 2008 activities by pirates from Somalia. Includes an interview with a spokesman for the Somali pirates, slideshow on Somali piracy, and other material back to the mid-1980s. Also include links to related sites. From The New York Times.
URL: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/p/piracy_...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27264

Top 10 Fun, MPG-Friendly Cars You Can't Buy in America -- Yet
This August 2008 article explains that "[r]ight now there are precious few cars that return exemplary fuel economy paired with a reasonable dollop of fun. But those lucky devils across the pond have just the cars we're looking for. Now all that's left is convincing manufacturers that we want these mighty mites on our shores." See photos and descriptions of cars available in Europe and made by Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Ford, and others. From Popular Mechanics.
URL: http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/new_cars/4276559.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27163

Computers

Digital Youth Research
Website for a project that "explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives" outside of school. In addition to a report and the book "Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media," the site features project background, field stories, and a bibliography covering digital media and education, gaming, mobile phone culture, and related topics. Administered by the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://digitalyouth.ischool.berkeley.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27247

Government

Center for Ethics in Government
Compilation of resources from this center that addresses "this most critical, fundamental and far-reaching problem facing government in America: the loss of public trust and confidence in representative democracy." Features an overview of ethics policy issues, an ethics and lobbying legislation database, publications, links to news stories on ethics, and more. From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
URL: http://www.ncsl.org/programs/ethics/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27176

Imperial Washington
Companion website to this 2008 public radio program that looks at "how the perks lawmakers enjoy make it tough to clean up government, and what happens when newcomers try to play the lobbying game." Includes the full program and transcript, a list of congressional perks, features on the viral video "We Are the Web" and the growth of lobbying in Washington, reporter's notebook, and related links. From American RadioWorks.
URL: http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/congress/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23596

Lobbying Ethics
This FAQ discusses definitions of political lobbying, the relationship between lobbying and ethics, and ethical dilemmas presented by lobbying in the areas of fairness, transparency, and the common good. Includes links to related websites. From the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.
URL: http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas/government_ethics/intr...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27173

Health

Holiday Survival Guide: Manage Stress and Simplify Your Holiday Season
Advice on reducing stress during the holiday season, including dealing with difficult relatives, loneliness, shopping, and party planning. An About.com site.
URL: http://stress.about.com/od/holidaysurvivalguide/Holiday_Survival_Guide...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7349

Home & Housing

What Matters to You This Holiday Season?
This site concentrates on ways to focus on the true meaning of the holidays, providing ideas for preventing excessive consumerism, saving money, and selecting environmentally responsible holiday gifts. Includes gift ideas, holiday statistics, and ideas for planning an alternative gift fair. From the Center for the New American Dream, an organization devoted to responsible consumerism.
URL: http://www.newdream.org/holiday/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7514

Law

The Law of Piracy in Popular Culture
This 2000 article discusses "how the legal regime that has governed piracy is reflected in current works of popular culture. After briefly reviewing the background of pirate literature from the 17th to the 20th centuries" the article pays special attention to the depiction of pirates and piracy in films and television. Topics discussed include egalitarianism, pirate punishments, and jurisdiction over pirates. Reprinted from the Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce.
URL: http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/lpop/etext/jmlc/gutoff31.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27269

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

Mobile Millennium
Starting in November 2008 and "spanning 18 months, the Mobile Millennium project will design, test and implement a state-of-the-art system to collect traffic data from GPS-equipped mobile phones and estimate traffic conditions in real-time." This site provides background, links to news, and an opportunity for you to download software so your cell phone can become a mobile traffic sensor. From the California Center for Innovative Transportation, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://traffic.berkeley.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27162

Santa Monica Public Library Mural by Stanton Macdonald-Wright
This sumptuously illustrated site is dedicated to the 1935 Santa Monica, California, Library mural that is "large in scale and ambitious in theme. Covering nearly 2,000 square feet of wall, the mural cycle details the history of humankind through the evolution of creative arts and sciences." Explore mural panels, read an artist's statement, and learn about the creation and installation of the mural, which "was stored for 40 years." From the Santa Monica Public Library.
URL: http://www.smpl.org/mural/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26665

USGS and The Great Southern California ShakeOut!
Compilation of materials from "the most comprehensive analysis ever of what a major Southern California earthquake would mean ... [which was] used as the basis for The Great Southern California Shakeout, November 12-18, 2008, which [included] the largest earthquake preparedness drill in United States history." Includes video and transcripts from scientists and project partners, news releases, podcasts, videos narrated at the San Andreas Fault, photos, and links to reports. From the U.S. Geological Survey.
URL: http://www.usgs.gov/homepage/science_features/shakeout.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27230

Regions of the World

World News: India
News and analysis of topics about modern India, such as religion, child labor, terrorist attacks, relations with Pakistan and Europe, and its nuclear program. Also includes an "interactive guide to Britain's pullout from India and the disaster that followed," created on the occasion of the 60-year anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan (2007), and historical coverage of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. From the website of British newspaper The Guardian.
URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/india
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24573

Science

Everyday Mysteries: Who Invented Electric Christmas Lights?
This essay explores the invention of electric Christmas lights, noting that "[w]hile Thomas Edison and Edward H. Johnson may have been the first to create electric strands of light in 1880/1882, it was Albert Sadacca who saw a future in selling electric Christmas lights [in 1917]." Includes historic images and links to related websites. From Science Reference Services, Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/christmaslights.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27106

Society & Social Science

Life Photo Archive
"Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google." Searchable by keyword, or browse by decade (1860s to 1970s) or featured people, places, events, sports, and culture. From Google.
URL: http://images.google.com/hosted/life
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27240

StoryCorps: Do-It-Yourself Guide
StoryCorps (a nonprofit that has helped more than 40,000 Americans record oral histories) declared "November 28, 2008 the first annual National Day of listening." The site provides a guide to interviewing a person who is important to you, with a DIY recording guide and video, question generator, a few online oral histories, and related material.
URL: http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27258


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