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New This Week for January 19, 2006
This Week
This week explore Mozart, fashion, body imagery, pregnancy ultrasounds, ecoterrorism, prescription drugs, Pluto, Iran, Liberia, sexual harassment, the San Francisco earthquake, and the histories of radio, rubber, and Texas. Bon appetit from Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

Jugendstil in Vienna, Austria
Briefly annotated images documenting the current state of buildings in Vienna designed in the Austrian Art Nouveau style, known as Jugendstil. Includes images of the Secession Building, designed in 1898 by Joseph Maria Olbrich, and public buildings, bridges, and private housing designed by Otto Wagner. From "an independent magazine fully dedicated to outdoor photography using professional digital cameras."
URL: http://www.outbackphoto.com/places/2001/jugendstil/20010910_jugendstil...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20278

The Portal to Texas History
"[A] digital gateway to the rich collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections." The site features images of hundreds of photos and other primary materials in topics such as architecture, agriculture, business, economics, education, science and technology, religion, and more. Also find lesson plans and related material for educators. Hosted by the University of North Texas Libraries.
URL: http://texashistory.unt.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20354

Business

The International Natural Rubber Market, 1870-1930
Essay about natural rubber extraction and commercialization during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Initially "the best source of latex, the milky fluid from which natural rubber products were made, was hevea brasiliensis, which grew predominantly in the Brazilian Amazon (but also in the Amazonian regions of Bolivia and Peru)." Later, Southeast Asian plantations developed a low-cost alternative to South American production methods. Includes graphs. By two history professors.
URL: http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/frank.international.rubber.market
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20357

National Organization for Women: Women-Friendly Workplace Campaign
Background information and updates about this National Organization for Women (NOW) campaign "aimed at stopping sexual harassment and other workplace abuses." Includes press releases and other documents (back to 1997) related to NOW campaigns targeting sexual harassment and discrimination in general and at specific corporations. Provides employer and consumer pledges, suggested actions, and links to related information from NOW and other organizations.
URL: http://www.now.org/issues/wfw/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20370

Computers

AP News and Google Maps Mashup
This mashup plots selected current Associated Press (AP) news stories superimposed on a Google map or satellite image of the United States. It includes national news, sports, business, technology, and "strange" stories. Clicking on a marker provides a synopsis with a link to the full story as hosted on the site for the San Francisco Chronicle. From a software developer with a degree in computer science.
URL: http://81nassau.com/apnews/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20125

Government

Congressional Budget Office Publications by Subject Area: Taxes
Collection of papers, letters, testimony, and other publications on the economics of the U.S. tax system. Some of the topics covered include the alternative minimum tax (AMT), tax-deferred retirement savings, the untaxed business sector, gasoline taxes, Internet sales taxes, estate taxes, effective federal tax rates, and capital gains taxes. Includes material back to 1978. From the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
URL: http://www.cbo.gov/publications/bysubject.cfm?cat=33
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20283

Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies
This website documents the activities of a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) task force convened to assess sexual harassment and sexual violence at U.S. military academies. It provides documentation of the meetings of the task force (which completed its activities in September 2004) and the June 2005 report of the group, with statistics and findings of the research. The "Research" section includes prior reports on sexual harassment at military academies and in the U.S. military in general.
URL: http://www.dtic.mil/dtfs/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20372

The U.S. Congress Votes Database
This database features "every vote in the United States Congress since the 102nd Congress (1991)." Browse votes by member, or by topics such as party, state, region, "boomer status," gender, missed votes, and astrological sign; and for specific types of votes, such as impeachments, nominations, and treaties. Offers an RSS feed of recent Congressional votes. From washingtonpost.com.
URL: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20366

Understanding the Tax Reform Debate: Background, Criteria, and Questions
This September 2005 report provides background information about the U.S. tax system and proposals for its reform, such as value-added taxes (VAT), personal consumption tax, the flat tax, and income tax system reform. Includes key questions, a bibliography, statistical charts and graphs, and a glossary. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is "commonly called the investigative arm of Congress or the congressional watchdog, [and] is independent and nonpartisan."
URL: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d051009sp.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20389

Health

Body Image
This annotated list of fiction and nonfiction books for middle and high school students focuses on themes related to body image, such as weight, body shape and size, eating disorders, food addiction, physical deformities, skin conditions, piercing and tattoos, and self-acceptance. Includes titles for and about both girls and boys. Compiled by library media teacher Mary R. Hofmann. From School Library Journal.
URL: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6277819.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20392

FDA Cautions Against Ultrasound "Keepsake" Images
Article from 2004 counseling against the "risky business [of] taking pictures of unborn babies when there's no medical need to do so," by "companies trying to turn an important medical procedure into a prenatal portrait tool." Includes a brief description of this "common diagnostic medical procedure, which uses high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic images (sonograms)" that "can produce physical effects in tissue." From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
URL: http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2004/104_images.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20369

GlobalHealthFacts.org
Data, by country, for "HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators." Features tables, charts, and color-coded maps which "can be downloaded for custom analyses." GlobalHealthFacts.org is a companion site to GlobalHealthReporting.org, a project operated ... with major support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation." Data is viewable by country or by topic. Also includes demographic information. From the Kaiser Family Foundation.
URL: http://globalhealthfacts.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20368

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Companion Website
This website companion to "Our Bodies, Ourselves"--a book about women's health and sexuality--is rich with information about body image, healthy diet and lifestyle, relationships and sexuality, sexual health, reproductive choices, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, medical conditions, and other topics. Includes articles, book excerpts, news briefs, and website and book recommendations. From the Boston Women's Health Book Collective.
URL: http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20390

Media

American Radio History: The First Hundred Years
Find a survey of radio in the United States and chapters on the history of radio in several metropolitan areas across the country. West Coast coverage includes Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, San Diego, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle. From radio biographer and historian Alex Cosper.
URL: http://www.tangentsunset.com/usradiohistory.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20363

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

AT&T Real Yellow Pages
"AT&T has digitized select white and yellow pages printed directories and made them available over the Internet." Registration required. Search by keyword or phone number for directories in about half the states. "New books are being added each day and soon all AT&T markets will be available." From AT&T.
URL: http://www.realpageslive.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20359

Tax Quotes
Small collection of quotations with themes related to taxes and taxation. Includes quotes from personalities such as James Madison, Frederick the Great, Albert Einstein, Plato, and Will Rogers. "These quotes reflect the opinions of their authors; their inclusion here is not an official IRS endorsement of the sentiments expressed." From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
URL: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=110483,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20388

Regional: California

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
This digital archive of thousands of images and texts commemorates the 100th anniversary of the April 18, 1906, San Francisco earthquake and fire. Features include an exhibit divided into thematic groups (such as before the disaster, firestorm, and reconstruction), an interactive map of the city with associated images, and a "panoramic collage of San Francisco shortly after the disaster." From the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collections/earthquakeandfire/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20353

Medicare Part D, Prescription Drug Program [California]
State government information for California residents about the federal law that "makes prescription drug coverage available to all Medicare beneficiaries beginning January 1, 2006." Includes a FAQ for residents enrolled in Medicare and Medi-Cal, notices from the state about Medicare Part D (some available in several languages), and related material. From the California Department of Health Services.
URL: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/MedicarePartD.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20383

A Primer: Three Strikes: The Impact After More Than a Decade
This October 2005 report looks at the "Three Strikes and You're Out" California state criminal sentencing law passed in 1994. Provides background information, data, and impacts of the law, which requires "among other things, a minimum sentence of 25 years to life for three-time repeat offenders with multiple prior serious or violent felony convictions." From the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), a "nonpartisan office which provides fiscal and policy information and advice to the [California] Legislature."
URL: http://www.lao.ca.gov/2005/3_Strikes/3_strikes_102005.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20302

Urban Creeks Council
"The Urban Creeks Council of California is a statewide non-profit organization working to preserve, protect, and restore urban streams and their riparian habitat. We act as advocates on behalf of creeks ... and offer support and technical advice." The site features an overview of programs and projects (primarily in Alameda and Contra Costa counties), information about promoting healthy watersheds and threats to creeks, and links to related sites.
URL: http://www.urbancreeks.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20323

Regional: Washington State

The Evergreen State's Official "Coast Rhododendron"
Article about the official Washington state flower. Includes how the official flower was selected in a 1892-93 vote by women throughout the state (and a time when women did not have the right to vote in political elections), a description and images of this flowering shrub, and tips for growing various types of rhododendron in the garden. From GardenGuides, a company that sells plants and gardening supplies.
URL: http://www.gardenguides.com/how-to/tipstechniques/flowers/coastrhodode...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20349

Washington State Parks: Centennial 2013
Background information and planning and progress updates for the Washington State Parks centennial in 2013. Discusses the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's "Centennial 2013 Vision," which calls for care of existing parks, expansions and new parks, and a "call to action to citizens to donate funds, materials and labor to complete one of 100 projects in parks around the state." Includes a plan brochure, progress reports, and issues of the centennial newsletter.
URL: http://www.parks.wa.gov/Centennial2013/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20295

Whitworth College Archives
"The mission of the Whitworth Archives is to actively collect, process and preserve all records and materials pertaining to the history [of this college in Spokane, Washington]." The site features online exhibits designed by Whitworth students on topics such as "The Whitworth Pirate and Logo," "Improvising Their Fun: the Depression Era at Whitworth College," and hairstyles at Whitworth College.
URL: http://www.whitworth.edu/Library/Archives/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20273

Regions of the World

Africa South of the Sahara: Liberia
An annotated directory of websites related to Liberia, adressing politics, government, news and much more. Maintained by Karen Fung of the Stanford University Libraries.
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/liberia.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20395

In Focus: IAEA and Iran
Collection of documents related to the International Atomic Energy Agency's efforts towards nonproliferation of nuclear weapons in Iran, strengthened nuclear facility safeguards, and suspension of uranium enrichment activities. Provides agreements, resolutions, meeting reports, news coverage, and other documents related to nuclear activities in Iran. From the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations (UN) agency that is "the world's center of cooperation in the nuclear field."
URL: http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/Focus/IaeaIran/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20378

Nonproliferation: Iran
Links to material about Iran's nuclear program and nuclear facilities in Iran. Includes U.S. government information, policy reports from a variety of sources, news stories and opinion pieces, and other material providing background information and current developments related to Iran's nuclear fuel program and the possibility of nuclear weapons. From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a nonpartisan organization "dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States."
URL: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/npp/index.cfm?fa=view&nppID=1000089
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20380

United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
This UN mission was established in September 2003 "to support the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the peace process" in Liberia following a civil war that began in 1989. The site features background about the 1989-2003 war, the UN mandate, a map, and information about UN operations. Includes photos (on subjects such as UN assistance in the 2005 elections, in which Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected head of state), UN documents, and related material.
URL: http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/missions/unmil/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20396

Science

Condoms: History, Testing, Effectiveness & Availability
A timeline of the development of condoms from ancient Egyptian use of "a linen sheath for protection against disease" through the 1800s, when "condom manufacturing was revolutionised by the discovery of rubber vulcanisation by Goodyear (founder of the tyre company) and Hancock," and the present day. Also includes a link to information about the female condom. From Avert, "an international HIV and AIDS charity based in the UK."
URL: http://www.avert.org/condoms.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20355

The Mozart Effect
This site considers issues such as whether "listening to Mozart's music is purported to improve our spatial intelligence," and what this effect might be on babies. Includes links to related sites and a bibliography. Part of the Human Intelligence website from Indiana University.
URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~intell/mozarteffect2.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20381

NASA Lunar and Planetary Science: Comets
Collection of documents about comets (celestial bodies that orbit the sun), specific comets (such as Hale-Bopp), and NASA missions related to comets, including Deep Impact, Rosetta, and Stardust (which returned samples for analysis from the comet P/Wild 2 in January 2006). Also includes links to material on meteors and meteorites. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) National Space Science Data Center.
URL: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/planets/cometpage.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20376

New Horizons: NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission
The NASA New Horizons mission, scheduled to be launched in early 2006 and to reach Pluto in 2015, "is the first mission to the last planet -- the initial reconnaissance of Pluto-Charon and the Kuiper Belt." Find a mission overview, a FAQ, and facts about mission spacecraft and science. The section "P-K Bits" includes amusing facts. From the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL).
URL: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20398

Stardust: NASA's Comet Sample Return Mission
Extensive information about Stardust, "the first U.S. space mission dedicated solely to the exploration of a comet, and the first robotic mission designed to return extraterrestrial material from outside the orbit of the Moon." Features background and educational material, news about the return capsule (which landed in Utah in January 2006), photos and drawings, animations and videos, interviews, and related information. From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.
URL: http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20374

United States Synthetic Rubber Program, 1939-1945
Illustrated essay about the origins of synthetic rubber, which was developed by a consortium of companies after Southeast Asia cut off the U.S. supply of natural rubber at the beginning of World War II. Includes a bibliography. Part of the American Chemical Society National Historic Chemical Landmarks website.
URL: http://acswebcontent.acs.org/landmarks/landmarks/rbb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20361

Society & Social Science

Ecoterrorism
Essay about the ecoterrorist movement, which "involves extremist views on environmental issues and animal rights." Provides background about the development of related movements (such as ecofeminism and ecoanarchism) and prominent groups (such as the Earth Liberation Front) thought to be responsible for acts of ecoterrorism. Includes related links. From an instructor at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn.
URL: http://www.apsu.edu/oconnort/3410/3410lect05.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20377

Environment and Terrorism: A New Report
This 2001 report "examines the nature and risks of terrorist attacks that use the environment both as a target and a tool. ... Several ideas for reducing the risk of environmental terrorism are discussed." Explains the difference between "environmental terrorism" (targeting natural resources) and "eco-terrorism" (targeting built environments). From the Pacific Institute, an "independent, nonpartisan think-tank studying issues at the intersection of development, environment, and security."
URL: http://www.pacinst.org/reports/environment_and_terrorism/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20375

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Sexual Harassment
Discussion of sexual harassment, which is "a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964," and which includes "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature" affecting an employee's work environment. The website includes text of the law and related regulations, enforcement guidelines, policy documents, charge statistics, and related links. From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
URL: http://www.eeoc.gov/types/sexual_harassment.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20364


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