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LII New This Week
New This Week for July 27, 2006
This Week
As the temperatures finally fall, stay cool with mind-stretching websites about book lists, Mickey Spillane, Lebanon, home science projects, civil rights pioneers, lizards and snakes, and more. Bon appetit!

Tip of the Week
Some of the content in this week's newsletter is underwritten by California Digital Library, in a partnership where LII catalogs websites for their new Calisphere website. Since 2003, LII has created over 400 records for CDL; the records are in LII and exported in an XML feed to CDL's site as well. Most of these sites are related to California but of broad interest to others (such as the site about drag racing in Pomona, or the lovely "Magical Mexico" exhibit). We welcome enquiries from other organizations that would like to partner with us.
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Arts and Humanities

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Book Lists
Collection of adult fiction and nonfiction annotated reading lists with themes such as travel fiction, chick lit, gay and lesbian fiction, baseball, Christian fiction, the U.S. Civil War, science fiction and fantasy, culinary mysteries, bread baking, and home repair. From the staff of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
URL: http://www.carnegielibrary.org/books/booklists//
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22186

Stereotyping Native America
This exhibit of photographs features "turn of the 20th century stereographs of Native Americans" and related depictions to "showcase how, around the turn of the 20th century, photographic convention dictated Native Americans be portrayed according to mainstream American typologies." Includes an introductory essay and annotated images. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
URL: http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/exhibitions/stereotyping/default.lasso
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22143

Xavier Castellanos: "Paintings -- Magical Mexico"
Companion to an exhibit of contemporary Mexican landscape paintings by Xavier Castellanos. Features images of over a dozen paintings that use "vivid colors within bold outlines ... reminiscent of Expressionism and Fauvism." Includes a brief statement from the artist. From the Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://socrates.berkeley.edu:7001/Gallery/castellanos/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22092

Business

Computers

Kosmix
Beta version of an Internet search engine that is designed to let "people search less, and discover more great stuff." Searchable by keywords in these categories: health, travel, video games, finance, and U.S. politics. Kosmix plans to add more categories.
URL: http://www.kosmix.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21581

Topix.net
This site allows users to "quickly and easily find targeted news on the Internet" with the aid of "artificial intelligence algorithms that continuously monitor breaking news from over 10,000 sources, 24 hours a day" and cluster news stories by subject and geography. Search by topic, city, or ZIP code; or view news in categories such as sports, entertainment, business, technology, and "offbeat."
URL: http://www.topix.net
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21583

Government

State Sales Tax Holidays
Overview of sales tax holidays, instituted by some state governments "to provide relief to taxpayers ... [through] a temporary sales tax exemption on certain items for a specific period of time." Includes a chart of states with sales tax holidays, showing year of implementation, effective dates, eligible purchases, and website links where available. From the Federation of Tax Administrators, an organization serving state tax collection agencies.
URL: http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/sales_holiday.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22175

Health

National Center for Health Statistics: Injury Data and Resources
This website compiles "injury morbidity and mortality data and statistics available from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)"and provides "details on injury surveillance methodology and tools to assist in data analysis." It features reports and statistics on topics such as hospital inpatients and outpatients, emergency department and physician office visits, injury deaths, and specific types of injuries (such as accidents and occupational injuries). From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/injury.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22066

People

Lest We Forget: Images From the Civil Rights Movement
Collection of portraits by 20th century artist Robert Templeton of leaders involved in the American Civil Rights movement. Features briefly annotated images of over two dozen individuals such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Whitney Moore Young, Jr. Also includes links to related sites. From the Robert Templeton Estate.
URL: http://www.templeton-interactive.com/lest1a.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22187

Mickey Spillane -- You the Jury
Article that considers "What is it about this guy [author Mickey Spillane] that critics so loath and Joe Q. Citizen loves?" The article notes that this American mystery writer, who died in July 2006, had been condemned for his use of sex and violence and his right-wing politics. Also includes a list of Spillane's Mike Hammer novels and an interview with Spillane. From Crime Time, a British magazine about mystery and crime novels.
URL: http://www.crimetime.co.uk/features/spillane.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22166

Whitney M. Young Jr.: Little Known Civil Rights Pioneer
This article describes "Whitney M. Young, Jr.'s contributions to the civil rights movement ... [and] his role in making life better for African Americans in the armed forces." Includes biographical material about Young, who was a member of a segregated U.S. Army during World War II, president of the National Urban League, and 1968 recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. From the U.S. Department of Defense.
URL: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=43988
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22185

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

The Almanac of Hunger and Poverty in America, 2007
National and state data on hunger and poverty, covering topics such as unemployment rates, poverty rates of children and seniors, and food insecurity and poverty rankings of states. Also includes an overview of the U.S. food bank network, narratives on federal nutrition programs, and related background material. From the hunger relief organization Feeding America, with statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies. Formerly called America's Second Harvest.
URL: http://feedingamerica.org/our-network/the-studies/hunger-almanac-2007....
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22181

United States Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) Program
Website for the U.S. activities under this international program of the World Meteorological Organization, whose purpose is "obtaining weather and oceanographic observations from transiting ships." Features overviews of the international and U.S. programs, photos of some of the participating U.S. ships, a list of award-winning VOS ships, weather observation resources, and related weather and marine links. From the National Weather Service.
URL: http://vos.noaa.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22183

Regional: California

86400 Moments: 24 Hours at Joshua Tree National Park
Collection of photos from a 2004 project in which "19 photographers and filmmakers of all skill levels ... [participated in] a stimulating 24-hour photography session at Joshua Tree National Park." Features selected photos of this park in Southern California and a brief essay about the project. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
URL: http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/exhibitions/joshuatree2004/default.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22148

California ISO
The California ISO (Independent Service Operator) is a nonprofit public-benefit corporation "charged with operating the majority of California's high-voltage wholesale power grid. ... [T]he ISO is the impartial link between power plants and the utilities." The "Public and Media Center" features "resources for consumers and the media about California's electrical power system. Contains news and information about the California ISO, the power grid and energy conservation programs."
URL: http://www.caiso.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22192

Faster: The Pomona Drags
This photography exhibit "examines a remarkable, head-on confrontation between two technologies that have shaped the Southern California psyche -- cars and cameras." It features annotated images of photos of drag racing in Pomona (Southern California) during the 1960s and an introductory essay. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
URL: http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/exhibitions/faster/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22147

Palm Springs Aerial Tram: History & Technical
Background about the construction and operation of this tram completed in 1963 "in rugged Chino Canyon on the north edge of Palm Springs [California]." Features a history of the project dating back to its conception in the 1930s and technical facts and details on topics such as cables, cabin hanger, and docking brake hydraulics. Includes photos and video clips.
URL: http://www.pstramway.com/history-tech.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22131

Regional: Washington State

Defenders of Wildlife: Sea Otter
This page briefly discusses the diet, habitat, behavior, reproductive cycle, population, and habitat of the sea otter as well as environmental threats to this marine mammal. Features video and sound clips. Includes links to related material about sea otters. The Defenders of Wildlife is an environmental protection organization.
URL: http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/sea_otter.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21585

Herpetology at the Burke
Learn about Washington state's "25 species of reptiles and 27 species of amphibians -- some [of which are] found nowhere else in the world." Features a list of the reptiles and amphibians with descriptions and images of some of the species, including salamanders, frogs, snakes, lizards, and turtles. Also provides links to related websites, and history and details about herpetology research at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington.
URL: http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/collections/herpetology/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21285

Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association (PNWBA)
The website for this organization for Pacific Northwest competitive barbecue enthusiasts contains a calendar of barbecue festivals and competitions, results from barbecue and chili cook-off contests (for which there are teams and spring training), recipes, a page on regional styles of barbecue, and links to related websites. Also includes photos, a message board, and bylaws and rules.
URL: http://www.pnwba.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22072

Regions of the World

Lebanese Security and the Hezbollah
The working draft of this July 2006 report discusses Hezbollah, the Lebanese organization that "has opened a dangerous second front in the Israeli-Palestinian war of attrition that began in September 2000. The ... analysis not only describes the nature of Hezbollah and its military capabilities, but the severe limits to the Lebanese Army and other divisions and problems within Lebanon." From the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).
URL: http://www.csis.org/component/option,com_csis_pubs/task,view/id,3359/t...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22182

Science

At Home Astronomy: Hands-On Science Experiments for the Whole Family
Collection of illustrated instructions for science experiments related to astronomy. Topics include understanding shadows, verifying the size and location of the sun, building a model lunar settlement, demonstrating the principles of rocketry, and making an astrolabe and model of the solar system. Includes links to related sites. From the Center for Science Education, Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/AtHomeAstronomy/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22103

Blackouts: Safety Information for Short-Term Power Outages or "Rolling Blackouts"
Tips on how to prepare for a blackout and what actions to take when one occurs. Emphasizes supply and safety tips, including some for people with disabilities. Provides energy conservation recommendations and information on heat waves, using generators, and food safety. Contains safety fact sheets (in PDF files) in English and Spanish. From the American National Red Cross.
URL: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_133_,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/8437

Driving Up the Heat: SUVs and Global Warming
A special report about the impact of sports utility vehicles on the environment. Includes discussion about the pollution created by SUVs, the role of the United States as one of the top polluting nations, and the relationship between dependence on oil and national security. From the Sierra Club.
URL: http://www.sierraclub.org/globalwarming/SUVreport/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/1345

Lizards & Snakes: Alive!
This exhibit looks at squamates (lizards and snakes), "[an] ancient group, whose scientific name is Latin for 'scaled,' [and which] is more diverse than mammals, as old as dinosaurs." Features photos and diagrams, essays on specific squamates and the relationships among these animals, video and sound clips, a webcam, and classroom materials. From the American Museum of Natural History.
URL: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/lizards/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22006

National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB)
Website for this federal government board that "provide[s] advice to federal departments and agencies on ways to minimize the possibility that knowledge and technologies emanating from vitally important biological research will be misused to threaten public health or national security." Includes a FAQ, lists of members and participating agencies, archived audio and documents from meetings, and related material.
URL: http://www.biosecurityboard.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22179

Navdanya: Seed Sovereignty
Introduction to the seed-related activities of this organization (based in New Delhi, India) founded by scientist and environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva. Topics include techniques for seed saving (collection and storage of seeds for future use), the role of "beej rakshaks" (seed keepers), and political actions in India. The "Food sovereignty" section of this website contains additional information about crop diversity.
URL: http://www.navdanya.org/earthdcracy/seed/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21983

Society & Social Science

From Noah Webster to Merriam-Webster: Celebrating 200 Years of Dictionary Making in America
In 2006 "Merriam-Webster celebrates the bicentennial anniversary of America's first dictionary, Noah Webster's A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1806." The site features a timeline, a list of words appearing for the first time in Webster's 1806 dictionary, and brief background about Noah Webster's spelling reforms. Also includes listings of associated spelling bee events for children and adults. From Merriam-Webster.
URL: http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/webster-reform.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21843


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