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This week we show you another side of the man who is Borat, new faces on the $1 coin, an unusually ornamented mummy from Peru, and an amazing 18 ways to make a baby, plus Santas past and more. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Maria, Jennifer, and Charlotte.
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Early Images of Virginia Indians
Companion to an exhibit of prints of Native Americans made by Europeans in the late-16th and 17th centuries. Includes illustrated essays about interpreting historical images, invented scenes from narratives (such as the abduction of Pocahontas), and fanciful figures. From the Virginia Historical Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22932
Senses of Cinema
This online journal from Australia is "devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema." It is "primarily concerned with ideas about particular films or bodies of work, but also with the regimes (ideological, economic and so forth) under which films are produced and viewed." Includes critical evaluations of dozens of directors (such as of Robert Altman, who died in November 2006), film annotations, top ten lists, and archived articles back to 2000.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22945
How To Do an Annual Financial Checkup
This article outlines ideas for a year-end personal finance review, covering goals, asset protection, will updates, investment performance evaluation, debt control, income tax reduction, and retirement plan review. Includes links to related articles. Written for About.com by an accountant and author of books on personal finance.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22965
Presidential $1 Coin Program
"The United States is honoring our Nation's Presidents by issuing $1 circulating coins featuring their images in the order that they served, beginning with Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison in 2007. The United States Mint will mint and issue four Presidential $1 coins per year." Features a coin release schedule, coin images (and edge lettering), and material about coinage legislation and U.S. Mint directors during each presidential term. From the U.S. Mint.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22951
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Listen to recordings and read transcripts of interviews representing "approximately twelve hours of opinions recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from more than two hundred individuals in cities and towns across the United States." Searchable, and browsable by name, subject, title, or geographic location. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/9438
Companion to a 2006 exhibit of objects, photos, and documents exploring how "Virginians have played important roles representing America's interests abroad or supervising its foreign policy." Topics include how James Monroe of Virginia went to Paris to negotiate the purchase of New Orleans with Napoleon Bonaparte, the Monroe Doctrine and manifest destiny, and Civil War diplomacy. From the Virginia Historical Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22931
Details about national and global HIV/AIDS observances, such as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March), HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May), National HIV Testing Day (June), World AIDS Day (December), and awareness days for HIV/AIDS in black, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latino populations. Provides fact sheets, posters, event listings, and related material. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22968
Fact sheets about noroviruses (also known as Norwalk-like viruses), "a group of related, single-stranded RNA, nonenveloped viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis in humans." Provides a FAQ, a technical fact sheet, recommendations for food handlers, and a fact sheet on norovirus in health care facilities. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22944
Epicurious Holidays: Hanukkah, Festival of Lights
Collection of recipes and cooking ideas for Hanukkah, including traditional foods such as latkes and sufganiyot (Israeli jelly donuts), vegetarian recipes, seasonal menus, kosher wine suggestions, baking projects such as rugelach and cream cheese Hanukkah stars, and more. From Epicurious.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22970
Biographical details, exhibits, and other material about composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Features images of instruments and manuscripts, audio clips, a glossary, and other research materials. Most documents available in English, with a few only in German. From Beethoven-Haus, a museum and research center located in Bonn, Germany, the birthplace of the composer.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22962
Respek! How Does Ali G Keep Conning Famous Guests?
September 2004 article about how comedian "Sacha Baron Cohen, in the guise of a British would-be gangsta with a penchant for malapropisms and misunderstandings, [has] managed to secure another passel of interviews" with famous people. Discusses methods used to secure the interviews (such as letters and release forms) and the other Baron Cohen characters "Borat and campy Austrian fashion Nazi, Bruno." From Slate.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22946
Kaiser Faces Charges for Dumping Homeless Patient
Series of stories related to criminal charges filed in 2006 by the Los Angeles city attorney's office "against hospital giant Kaiser Permanente for endangering a former patient. The charges allege Kaiser dumped a homeless patient on the city's downtown Skid Row." Includes a surveillance camera video clip showing "a 63-year-old patient from Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower hospital, dressed in a hospital gown and slippers, exiting a taxicab on Skid Row." From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22958
Listening to Nature: A Sound Walk Across California
"This site is an exploration of the natural sounds of California. ... The sounds are organized to represent the differing natural communities encountered as one goes inland from the coast, towards and over the Sierra Nevada to the Great Basin." Features sounds and images of animals for areas such as the coastline, coastal mountains, Central Valley, Sierra foothills, and desert. From the Oakland Museum of California.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22964
The Khmer Rouge Trial Task Force
The website of the Cambodian government task force for the "preparation of the proceedings for the trial of senior Khmer Rouge leaders" features an extensive FAQ on the Khmer Rouge regime, which "took power on 17 April 1975 and was overthrown on 7 January 1979. More than three million people perished." Also provides a chronology (starting in 1997), legislation, and other documents related to the task force and the trial. In Khmer, English, and French.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22954
Mystery of the Tattooed Mummy
Excerpts from a June 2006 National Geographic magazine article about "an ornately tattooed 1,600-year-old mummy unearthed in Peru [who] could be a warrior queen of the violent Moche people." The mummy was "discovered last year  at a ceremonial site called El Brujo -- the Wizard -- on the north coast of Peru." Includes photos, a map, and links to related sites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22955
USAID Sub-Saharan Africa: Horn of Africa Complex Emergency
Background and updates about the U.S. response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa ("with the largest numbers affected in the region spanning southern Somalia, northern Kenya, and southern and southeastern Ethiopia") resulting from several seasons of drought. Provides situation reports, a map, data on aid given, and related material. From the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22950
Outside contributors create the opinionated but useful text of this travel site. Editors screen for grammar and spelling and try to weed out fraudulent postings but, overall, prospective vacationers get a candid view of destinations worldwide. Includes postings for hotels, restaurants, attractions, nightlife, shopping, and transportation for areas around the world. "Every tip on VirtualTourist is linked to a member's profile."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22905
18 Ways to Make a Baby
Companion to a 2001 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Nova program that "investigates the brave new world of assisted reproduction." Topics include types of human reproduction (such as various types of artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization), human cloning, fertility throughout life, and animations about how cells divide (mitosis and meiosis).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22960
Interactive animated lessons provide material and tests about prokaryote, animal, and plant cells. At the end of this lesson, you should be able to recognize the difference between these types of cells and "understand the function of the organelles in theses different cells." Also includes a "construct a cell" feature. From a college textbook publisher.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22957
From Advent to Epiphany: Traditions and Symbols
Overview of traditions and symbols associated with the Christian church seasons of Advent and Christmas. Topics include advent calendars, candy canes, Christmas cards, Christmas trees, crèches, fruitcake, mistletoe, and poinsettias. From the United Methodist Church. Note: Links to some sites are broken.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22935
St. Nicholas Center: Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus
Material about St. Nicholas, "lover of the poor and patron saint of children." Features background about this 4th-century saint, illustrated descriptions of St. Nicholas customs from around the world (such as Sinterklaas celebrations on December 6 in the Netherlands), and activities, crafts, recipes, and stories related to St. Nicholas celebrations. The gallery provides images of St. Nicholas from cards, toys, church banners, and more. From two enthusiasts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22934
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder