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There's gold in them thar websites! Get out your pick and pan and read up on holidays, manuscript collections, cooperatives, cookies, ex-pats, egg donors, dog toys, sudoku, Jane Austen, Gutenberg, the Monroe Doctrine, and the California Gold Rush. Bon appetit from Team LII: Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Tom.
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This site provides "a selection of [winter] holiday cards for you to download, print and share. The cards were created by artists, designers and illustrators at The Chronicle. All cards are blank on the inside for your personal greetings." Includes dozens of cards. From SFGate.com, website for the San Francisco Chronicle.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19826
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
This library describes itself as "the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. The archives include Literature, Science, Religion, History and Art. Among the treasures are ... The original manuscript of 'The Wedding March,' Einstein's description of his 'Theory of Relativity,' The 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' signed by George Washington, ... and over one million more." Includes images of selected items, and visitor information for museum locations throughout the U.S.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19866
Zentrum Paul Klee
Official site for the Paul Klee Center in Bern, Switzerland, which opened in 2005 and is dedicated to the work of this 20th century Swiss artist. The site features visitor information and a database of hundreds of images of Klee paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures. Also includes information about the architecture and landscape sculpture of the museum building designed by Renzo Piano, and links to related sites. In English, German, and French.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19834
National Co-operative Archive
Collection of documents and background information about the cooperative movement that started in Great Britain during the Industrial Revolution to organize people around common ideals and goals. Includes information about Robert Owen ("Father of Co-operation") and other pioneers in the movement. Also includes links to related sites. From the archive of the Co-operative College, Manchester, United Kingdom.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19853
University of Wisconsin Center For Cooperatives
This research center "strives to study, promote and research cooperative action as a means of meeting the economic and social needs of people." The center's website contains bulletins on worker cooperatives and types of cooperatives (such as forestry and dairy), case studies for specific co-ops, and links to other publications on topics related to cooperative businesses.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19856
Frontline: The Storm
This Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline program "examines how and why government at every level -- local, state and federal -- was unprepared, uncoordinated and overwhelmed in dealing with the Hurricane Katrina disaster." The website features interviews, analysis, a timeline of the warnings leading up to the hurricane, excerpts from home videos, video of the program, readings and links, and a teacher's guide.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19650
"Bed bugs are increasingly becoming a problem within residences of all kinds, including homes, apartments, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories and shelters. ... [This document provides] basic information about the biology and health significance of these pests, and ... offer[s] guidance on how to safely and effectively manage an infested residence." The site notes that "bed bugs are not known to transmit any infectious agents." From the Harvard School of Public Health.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19841
Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite!
Fact sheet about these small insects that "prefer to feed on human blood, although they may bite other warm-blooded animals, including pets. During the day, bedbugs hide in bedclothes, mattresses, springs, bed frames and cracks and crevices near the bed. They use heat-seeking thermoreceptors to find their sleeping victims at night." Includes images and information about habits, prevention, and management. From the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19840
FDA Heart Health Online
This website provides information about "the products used to prevent, diagnose, and treat cardiovascular disease. It includes full descriptions and patient instructions for many medications, medical devices, and diagnostic tests for cardiovascular disease." Articles (and links to other content) describe angina, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, coronary artery bypass surgery, stents, pacemakers, and related topics. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19871
Safety and Health Topics: Benzene
Workplace safety information related to benzene, an "aromatic hydrocarbon that is produced by the burning of natural products. It is a component of products derived from coal and petroleum and is found in gasoline and other fuels." Discusses OSHA standards and health effects from exposure to benzene, which has been shown "to be a carcinogen (cancer-causing)." From the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19835
Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW)
This website focuses on resources for U.S. Foreign Service "spouses, employees and retirees," but also contains many articles of interest to anyone relocating abroad. "Articles and Advice" covers topics such as preparing for a move, language training, family life, coping with house guests, keeping in touch with family members, financial planning, and health and safety concerns. Also includes a short reading list and links to related websites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19863
Clean It: Safer House-Cleaning Methods That Really Work!
This guide provides less toxic methods for household cleaning than the use of cleaning products that are hazardous to the health and to the sewer system (and possibly water life). Includes general cleaning guidelines, items not recommended for garbage disposals, and specific ideas for cleaners, ovens, drains, bathrooms, furniture, and metal polishes. From the San Francisco Bay Area Pollution Prevention Group. Opens directly into a PDF file.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19813
This spice encyclopedia from a company that sells herbs and spices provides brief information about these food flavorings. Includes descriptions, uses, history, and folklore for a selection of herbs and spices, such as allspice, anise, basil, cardamom, cumin, dill, ginger, mace, nutmeg, saffron, thyme, and vanilla. Also includes a brief history of spices, and recipes that call for (but do not require) herbs and spices from the company.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19828
National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC)
Resources on cooperative housing in the United States, which is housing where "members own a share in a corporation that owns or controls the building(s) and/or property in which they live." Discusses buying into a housing co-op, starting a new co-op, and topics related to living in a co-op (such as taxes and homeowners insurance). Includes a history, glossary, and updates on legislative issues of interest to housing cooperatives. From a national federation of housing cooperatives.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19855
Hate Crime Statistics 2004
"Published annually since 1992, Hate Crime Statistics is the byproduct of the joint effort between the FBI and the law enforcement agencies that identify and report hate crimes." This site chronicles thousands of "criminal incidents that law enforcement agencies reported -- as motivated by a bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnicity, or sexual orientation." From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19842
The Papers of Justice Tom C. Clark
These papers "contain a comprehensive record of Justice Clark's activities as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, public servant, and advocate for improved judicial administration. ... [M]ost of it dates from Clark's appointment to the Supreme Court in 1949 until his death in 1977." This site features images of selected court documents relating to desegregation, school prayer, voting rights, Mexican American civil rights, and more. From the University of Texas at Austin.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19833
James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
Site for this museum and library dedicated to President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth. The site features a chronology of the life and times of James Monroe, images of selected personal objects, information about the 1823 Monroe Doctrine, and related material and links. The museum is owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Note: Some sections are under construction.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19849
Critical essay addressing the life and works of 19th-century English author Jane Austen. Includes a discussion of her early writings and of her mature works such as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Emma." Also includes a list of works by Austen, a bibliography, and links to related sites. From a professor at Brandeis University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19839
WHO Multi-Country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence Against Women
"The first-ever World Health Organization (WHO) study on domestic violence reveals that intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence in women's lives -- much more so than assault or rape by strangers or acquaintances." The full text of the 2005 report (with data and quotes) is accompanied by fact sheets with information about women's health and domestic violence in Brazil, Ethiopia, Japan, Samoa, and several other countries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19846
History of the Advent Calendar
This page from a German advent calendar company presents information on the origins of advent calendars and a short history of their evolution from simple chalk lines marking off the days in December until Christmas to paper calendars with windows. The online Advent Calendar Museum provides photographs of calendars from the 1940s through 1960s. Also includes a brief history of the Sellmer Company in Stuttgart and an online tour of calendar production.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/552
"Learn about the Jewish holidays and explore the customs and traditions of Reform Jews throughout North America." Every description has dates, a brief annotation, and a good selection of related links. Includes a holiday calendar. From the Union for Reform Judaism.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/5932
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
A database of toy drives by state (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) lets users know where to donate to this venerable project of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The Reserve collects "new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year ... [to provide] Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted." The site has a history of the charity and information on its corporate sponsorship program.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7002
"The rules of Sudoku are simple. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square." This site features billions of interactive games with easy, medium, hard, and evil levels of difficulty (users can receive hints). The site also supplies puzzles for newspapers, magazines, and other media for a fee.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19823
AIDSHotline.org: California's HIV/STD Referral Database
Extensive directory of organizations providing HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease (STD) services in California. Searchable and browsable referral database includes listings for education, testing, case management, mental health and legal services, job training, housing, and other services and support. Site includes FAQs and statistics about HIV/AIDS and STDs, annotated links, and information about volunteering for the California AIDS Hotline. From the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/233
Cabrillo National Monument
Information about this park (located on San Diego Bay, California) that is dedicated to explorer "Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo [who] led the first European expedition to explore what is now the west coast of the United States" in 1542. The site provides brief biographical information about Cabrillo and information about the park, such as the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, whales, and flora and fauna. From the National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19850
Gold Rush Chronicles
History of the California Gold Rush, including a chronology beginning when Swiss-born John Sutter arrived in the California territory and covering the 1848 discovery of gold by James Marshall and California's admission to the United States in 1850. Features information about towns, mines and mining camps, people, the Pony Express, and more. From a company in the gold country that created a website for El Dorado County, California.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19606
Northwest Biodiesel Network
The website for this organization promoting the use of biodiesel ("renewable fuel made which is primarily made from any vegetable or animal oil source") provides general resources about the fuel and information specific to using biodiesel in the Pacific Northwest. Features a list of filling stations and producers, sources for locating a biodiesel-compatible vehicle, Northwest businesses that use biodiesel in their vehicles, and links to news about biodiesel.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19480
Backgrounder: The Residential School System
Information from the Canadian government about the government-supported residential school system that "grew out of Canada's missionary experience with various religious organizations," and which ceased operation completely in the mid-1990s. Discusses the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, which supports people "affected by the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in the residential school system." In English and French. From Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19858
Christmas Markets in Germany
"This brochure presents a cross-section of typical and popular [Christmas] markets all over Germany, from Flensburg in the far north to Constance in the south, and between Aachen in the west and Bautzen in the east." Includes images and descriptions of selected markets, such as "Germany's oldest Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt [in Dresden], founded in 1434." In English and German. From the German National Tourist Board.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19829
God Jul! [Merry Christmas!]
This page contains an overview of Christmas activities in Sweden, including Advent, St. Lucia's Day (the oldest daughter wears a wreath and candles on her head while serving saffron buns and coffee), Christmas Eve (children set out porridge for the Jultomten, the Christmas gnome, who leaves them presents), Christmas Day, and St. Stephen's Day (for the patron saint of animals). Includes directions for making a St. Lucia wreath.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6561
Where Are the Children? Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools
This exhibit "attempts to give voice to the untold stories of so many Aboriginal boys and girls who attended residential schools in Canada from 1831 to the 1990's." Articles and stories discuss assimilation of Aboriginal people, physical and sexual abuse in the school system, and related topics. Includes images and video clips. In English and French. From the Legacy of Hope Foundation, Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and Library and Archives Canada.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19859
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
The website for this organization "dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitat in Africa" features background information about mountain gorillas, images of gorillas, updates on research and conservation efforts, biographical information about founder Dian Fossey (1932-1985), and activities for children.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19851
Dog Toys: You Need Them
This fact sheet provides tips for choosing safe and appropriate toys for dogs. Includes recommended toys and ideas for getting the most out of toys. The cat behavior section of this website includes a similar fact sheet on cat toys (search for "cat toys"). From the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19861
Vietnam Wooden Boat Foundation
The goal of this Port Townsend, Washington state, nonprofit is to preserve "the maritime history of Vietnam with an emphasis on the art, craft, lore, and history of traditional Vietnamese wooden boat building." The group's website includes many images of boats and boat-building, and details about the group's trips and other activities.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19680
Academic Ranking of World Universities
Annual ranking of the top 500 universities based on "several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, articles published in Nature and Science, articles indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance." Includes top-100 lists for Europe, North and Latin America, and Asia Pacific universities. Rankings go back to 2003. From the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19854
Becoming an Egg Donor
"This guidebook provides prospective egg donors with unbiased information. It suggests issues for you to consider and questions to ask before deciding whether or not to become a donor." Discusses the egg donation process, ads for egg donation, legal and financial considerations, and related subjects. From the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19860
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
Information about this museum in San Francisco, which opened in 2005 and which "celebrates how we all, as one world, have changed and influenced the history and cultures of the African Diaspora." The site features online exhibits such as "thousands of images contributed from visitors all over the world" relating to the African Diaspora and "narratives about people of African descent." Also includes images and information about museum exhibits on art, culture, and history.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19825
This site explores two topics related to the Gutenberg Bible at the University of Texas. The "Invention" section explores Johann Gutenberg's creation of the first book printed with movable type, and "Books Before and After Gutenberg" considers the development of written materials from clay tablets to facts about modern printing. Includes images, lesson plans, and a glossary. From the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19781
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