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New This Week for October 12, 2006
This Week
Cuba to cooking, airlines to insects, Tutu to World Food Day, and the 411 on Howard Taft's sleep apnea: it's another great week of fabuwonderful and surprising websites. Some of this week's content underwritten by California Digital Library. Bon appetit from the LII team: Karen, Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, Pat, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

Britain in the World: The South African War
History from British perspective of the South African War, "sometimes called the Boer War or Anglo-Boer War ... [which was] fought between Britain and the self-governing Afrikaner (Boer) colonies of the South African Republic (the Transvaal) and the Orange Free State." Provides an overview of the war, which started in 1899, and links to related websites. From the U.K. National Archives.
URL: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/census/events/britain5.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22729

John Leech Sketch Archives From Punch
Online archive of hundreds of social commentary cartoons from the 1840s and 1850s drawn by John Leech for the British magazine Punch. Topics include the Crimean War, the Great Exhibition of 1851, social classes, and feminism. Browsable by year, title, and topic. From an enthusiast.
URL: http://www.john-leech-archive.org.uk
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22728

Business

Coin & Conscience: Popular Views of Money, Credit and Speculation
This exhibit features historical images (from the 16th through the 19th centuries) depicting themes related to money and finance, such as bankers, stock exchanges, the "money devil," credit and speculation, "misers, moneylenders, and thieves," love and money, and "vanity and virtue: allegories on the pursuit of riches." View images by theme or artist. Includes an introduction to the collection and a selected bibliography. From the Bleichroeder Collection at the Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
URL: http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/cc/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22024

Skytrax
Website for this aviation research organization that commissions the "World Airline Survey ... an independent consumer study." Features worldwide airport and airline ratings and rankings, flight reviews, data about "airline cabin seat pitch sizes for airlines around the world," photos, and related material. Users may participate by filling out one of the online surveys.
URL: http://www.airlinequality.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22280

Computers

Email Archiving: What's Right for Your Enterprise?
This May 2006 article discusses factors a company should consider when selecting an email archiving strategy in light of the fact that emails have "become an important source of evidence in many of today's high-profile court cases." Features evaluations of in-house and off-site systems. From a company that provides "information on the Windows platform for Windows computing managers."
URL: http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid1_gci118875...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22715

Shakespeare Searched
This is a search engine "designed to provide quick access to passages from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets." Search results can be viewed by topic (such as love or death), work, and character. Includes options to view surrounding text of the passages and citations. The text of the plays is courtesy of Moby Lexical Tools. From the Clusty search software company.
URL: http://shakespeare.clusty.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22703

Government

Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba
Website for this "Cabinet-level Commission [established] on October 10, 2003 to explore ways the U.S. can help hasten and ease a democratic transition in Cuba." Includes reports from the commission, policy briefings, fact sheets, speeches and remarks, and other publications from the commission. From the U.S. Department of State.
URL: http://www.cafc.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22722

Frequently Asked Questions About Instant Messaging
Questions and answers from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) about "Instant Messaging (IM)... an electronic messaging service that allows users. ... to exchange text messages with connected parties in real time." Topics include how IM differs from email, current best practices for capturing IM, and archiving of IM content created by government agency employees when the IM is a federal record.
URL: http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/initiatives/im-faq.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22719

U.S. Department of Homeland Security: US-Visit
This site describes the program that "records biometric and biographic information to verify the identities of foreign visitors to the United States." It is "part of a continuum of security measures that begins overseas and continues through a visitor's arrival in and departure from the United States." Features a list of enrollment requirements, ports of entry where currently used, and videos and brochures in many languages. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
URL: http://www.dhs.gov/xtrvlsec/programs/content_multi_image_0006.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22378

Health

Family Caregiving 101
This site "is designed to provide caregivers with the basic tools, skills and information they need to protect their own physical and mental health while they provide high quality care for their loved one." Some of the topics covered on the site include care-giving skills, taking care of yourself as a caregiver, "navigating the health care maze," and finding help. From the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC).
URL: http://www.familycaregiving101.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22704

Menopause and Menopause Treatments
Fact sheet about menopause, "the time in a woman's life when her period stops." Topics discussed include symptoms of menopause, the connection between menopause and bone loss, hormone therapy and other treatments, ideas for specific symptoms of menopause, and premature menopause. From the National Women's Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
URL: http://www.4woman.gov/faq/menopaus.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22472

William Howard Taft and Sleep Apnea
Description and analysis of how U.S. President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft suffered from sleep apnea, "a repeated decrease of airflow into the lungs during sleep," which causes sleeping problems. Taft suffered from sleep apnea because he weighed too much. Includes anecdotes about Taft's sleep apnea, and material about Taft's weight and weight loss. Also includes a bibliography. From a company that is "developing new ways to detect and manage sleep breathing disorders."
URL: http://www.apneos.com/taft_intro.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22467

Home & Housing

How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America's Chefs
Recipes from "How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America's Chefs," a public television series (and related cookbook) in which food writer Mark Bittman "pits his home cooking against the ultra-style of the best known chefs in the country." Provides recipes for dishes such as steak tartare, lobster roll, tuna teriyaki, gazpacho, braised rabbit, and persimmon pudding.
URL: http://www.howtocookeverything.tv/episode_list.php.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21553

Media

Mennonite Weekly Review
Online edition of this "inter-Mennonite newspaper published weekly since 1923." It provides news coverage and editorials from an Anabaptist/Mennonite viewpoint. Some of the topics covered include ecumenical gatherings, the Mennonite Church's work in other countries, and the 2006 Amish school shootings at the West Nickel Mines Amish School in Pennsylvania. Archives go back to 2001. Includes related links.
URL: http://www.mennoweekly.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22716

People

Dwight David Eisenhower: The Centennial
Brochure created in 1990 by the U.S. Army on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Eisenhower's birth. Features an overview of the army career of this soldier who became the 34th president of the United States. Covers his stationing in the U.S. during World War I, his activities as an army general in World War II, and how "Eisenhower presided over the postwar demobilization of that Army."
URL: http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/Ike/ike.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22726

The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University
A "multimedia version of 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X,' ... which features interactive visual presentations of Malcolm X's life and times." While access to the autobiography is limited to Columbia students, the site provides free access to a chronology, selected video clips, oral histories, and government documents. From the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University.
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ccbh/mxp/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22195

The Nobel Peace Prize 1984: Desmond Mpilo Tutu
Profile of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who was the winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize and recognized for his "role as a unifying leader figure in the campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa." Features Tutu's Nobel lecture, a documentary video clip, a summary of his achievements up to 1984, and links to related resources. From the Nobel Foundation.
URL: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1984/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22714

Recreation

International Sports Calendar
Use this site to locate "the key dates of international sporting events" for sports such as aquatics, baseball, Basque pelota, bowling, cricket, orienteering, rowing, and wushu. Browsable by date, sport, and country. In English and French. From the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
URL: http://www.olympic.org/uk/news/calendars/calendar_sports_uk.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22281

Regional: California

Critical Habitat Designated for Threatened Alameda Whipsnake
Material about the October 2006 designation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of "154,834 acres in California's East Bay as critical habitat for the federally threatened Alameda whipsnake. Areas designated as critical habitat include portions of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Joaquin counties." Includes maps, background about the Alameda whipsnake, and the recovery plan. From the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office.
URL: http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/ea/news_releases/2006%20News%20Releases/...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22705

Survey and Policy Research Institute (SPRI)
SPRI is a research unit at San Jose State University that provides consulting services to business, government, civic, and political organizations, and produces survey reports on California state and national issues. The site features survey results on topics such as the 2006 California governor's race, approval ratings for President Bush in California, and consumer confidence. Includes consumer confidence reports back to 2002 and reports on other topics back to 2004.
URL: http://www.sjsu.edu/spri/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22706

Sustainable Agriculture
Newsletter of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), a program created through "grass roots efforts of organizations and individuals concerned about the environmental impacts of agriculture" in California. Features "reports on program activities including workshops, grants information and policy issues. It also includes technical reviews of research, journal articles, reports, and books." Includes issues back to 1988. SAREP is located at the University of California, Davis.
URL: http://sarep.ucdavis.edu/newsltr/newsletters.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22507

Yellow Starthistle Information
This site explores the biology, ecology, and management of yellow starthistle, a weed found in the western United States (and "thought to have spread to over 15 million acres in California"). Includes information on the impact of starthistle on rangelands and livestock, horses, and the bee industry. Find photos, an overview of related legislation, and a bibliography. From the University of California Weed Research and Information Center.
URL: http://wric.ucdavis.edu/yst/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22333

Regions of the World

Economist.com: Cuba
This backgrounder provides an overview of Cuban business and economy, with links to articles about specific events and topics. Discusses U.S.-Cuba relations, Fidel Castro, the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, Cuban economic relations with other countries, tourism, and more. From the website of The Economist magazine.
URL: http://www.economist.com/research/backgrounders/displaybackgrounder.cf...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22720

Science

California Rangelands
Scientific reports, fact sheets, and other publications on California rangelands. Topics include water quality (pollutants, best management practices), vegetation (weeds, ecological site descriptions), and livestock production (forage quality, grazing management). Includes links to related websites. From the California Rangelands Research and Information Center (CRRIC), located on the campus of the University of California, Davis.
URL: http://californiarangeland.ucdavis.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22509

How Black Boxes Work
Background about how an airplane's "flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR), also known as 'black boxes,'" are used by investigators to determine the cause of airplane accidents. Topics include data recording and storage technologies, how these "crash-survivable memory units (CSMUs)" are "engineered to withstand extreme heat, violent crashes and tons of pressure," and how information is retrieved from the black boxes. From How Stuff Works.
URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/black-box.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22723

Society & Social Science

Mennonite Life
Collection of issues of this journal "published by Bethel College devoted to exploring and developing Mennonite experience." Some of the topics explored in the journal include Mennonites and the American health care system, the relationship between theology and therapy, Mennonite political involvement, and Mennonite peace-building efforts. Archives go back to 1998 (with a few other past issues). Also features an annual Mennonite bibliography.
URL: http://www.bethelks.edu/mennonitelife/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22718

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration: Travelers
Links to information for air travelers in the U.S. Topics include airport status and flight delays, limitations on items that can be brought on board (such as liquids, aerosols, and gels), security screening procedures, prohibited items, cell phone use, flying with children, flying with pets, consumer complaints, safety, health, and more. From the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
URL: http://www.faa.gov/passengers/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22700

World Food Day
"The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945." The site features posters and selected additional material about this commemoration back to 1981, audio and video clips, listing of events throughout the world, and links to related resources.
URL: http://www.fao.org/wfd/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22730


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