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New This Week for October 6, 2005
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This week, in our debut newsletter on the new site, learn about funk, Harriet Miers, poetry, ex-pat voting, California's special election, the Japanese prime minister, Botox, the nutritional data of candy, hours of viewing pleasure with independent films, the 50th anniversary of "Howl," and olives galore. We at LII hope you find these sites useful. -- Librarian-editors Karen, Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, Pat, Tom, and Charlotte.

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Arts and Humanities

50th Anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's Howl
"In 2006, City Lights and poetry lovers ... will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first publication of 'Howl and Other Poems' by Allen Ginsberg. Beginning in October 2005 and lasting through the fall of 2006, there will be a series of celebrations and commemorative readings." The site includes a history of this poem (first read on October 6, 1955, at the Six Gallery in San Francisco), and a listing of celebrations. From City Lights Books.
URL: http://www.citylights.com/His/CLhowl.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19242

Italian American Culture & History: Christopher Columbus
"This study presents a series of documented facts on the life of Columbus, his explorations and their significance, as well as the history of Columbus Day in the United States. It also examines the controversial charges about the explorer that have been levied in recent years. ..." Includes "Why We Should Celebrate Columbus Day," what Columbus accomplished, and who is in Columbus' tomb. From the Order Sons of Italy in America.
URL: http://www.osia.org/public/culture/columbus.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/8167

New Words
"Find a sample of the nearly 100 new words and senses that have been added" in 2006 to the New 2006 Copyright of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. Updated occasionally.
URL: http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/new_words.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19239

Newcomb Pottery and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Louisiana
Information about this art pottery decorated by women at Tulane University's women's school, the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial School, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also provides information about Newcomb metalwork, embroidery, and bookbinding. Includes images and a bibliography. From the Louisiana State Museum.
URL: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/newcomb/newcomb.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19213

Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove
This Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Independent Lens program profiles the band Parliament Funkadelic, known to fans as P-Funk. The companion website features a history of the band (from its origins in the 1950s as the Parliaments to the present), profiles of band members (including leader George Clinton), descriptions of albums, images of album cover art, a quiz, and related links.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/parliamentfunkadelic/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19235

Government

Birth of the Constitution of Japan
This exhibition "presents the major events and important documents involved in the framing and enactment of Japan's Constitution." Includes a timeline, information about historical figures, an overview of the process, images of documents (in Japanese) with commentaries, and discussions of significant issues, such as popular sovereignty and the emperor system, and renunciation of war. In English and Japanese. From the Japanese National Diet Library.
URL: http://www.ndl.go.jp/constitution/e/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19225

Ex-pats Hear Rules for Voting Absentee in Mexico
September 2005 article about the absentee voting system for Mexicans living abroad and voting in the 2006 Mexican presidential contest. It will be "the first time in Mexican history that absentee ballots will be accepted." The "4.5 million Mexicans who already have a voter identification card may apply for an absentee ballot starting Saturday [October 1, 2005]." Includes a link to the Mexican federal election site. From SFGate.com, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle.
URL: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/09/27/BAG4OEUD45...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19221

Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
Official website of the executive branch of the Japanese government. Includes a profile of the prime minister and his cabinet ministers, a list of previous prime ministers back to 1996, information about the structure of the Japanese government, the text of the Japanese Constitution, and related information. In English and Japanese.
URL: http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/index-e.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19227

The Saddam Hussein Sourcebook
This site provides information based on declassified documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) about the U.S.-Iraq relationship. It provides annotated images of documents relating to the U.S. relationship with Iraq in the early 1980s, weapons of mass destruction, Desert Storm, and 1992 Iraqi war criminals. Also includes aerial photos. From the National Security Archive at the George Washington University Library.
URL: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/special/iraq/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/638

Survey of Mexican Migrants, Part Two: Attitudes About Voting in Mexican Elections and Ties to Mexico
This survey, released in March 2005, reports that of the "nearly 5,000 Mexican migrants who were interviewed while applying for identity cards at Mexican consulates in the United States ... an overwhelming majority would vote in Mexican elections scheduled for next year if they had the opportunity." Includes a summary and the complete report. From the Pew Hispanic Center.
URL: http://pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=42
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19217

Health

The Changing Face of Skin Care
2004 series on the rise in popularity of the "'cosmeceutical' -- a product marketed as a cosmetic that purportedly has biologically active ingredients that affect the user." Includes a slide show of some products, such as wrinkle creams marketed as alternatives to Botox injections, alpha hydroxy acid, hyaluronic acid, prescription vitamin A creams and gels, and vitamin C sunscreens. From BusinessWeek magazine.
URL: http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/nov2004/nf20041130_0962_db...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19231

MedlinePlus: Botox
Links to resources on Botox (botulinum toxin), a substance used in cosmetic dermatology. Includes links to research on other potential uses of Botox, such as treatment of fibromyalgia, severe underarm sweating, and migraines. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/botox.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19226

Trauma and the Brain
Companion website to an American RadioWorks program about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the rise of the trauma counseling industry since the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Includes transcripts and audio clips from the show and from researchers and survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks.
URL: http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/ptsd/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19249

Home & Housing

Ari Weinzweig's Guide to Good Olives
Descriptions of varieties of olives, listed by country of origin (Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Israel, North Africa, Morocco, and the U.S.). From the website for "The Splendid Table," a public radio series.
URL: http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/gourmetguide/source_olives.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19220

Good Enough To Eat: Olives Drab? Grow or Cure Your Own
This article provides detailed instructions for curing olives kalamata-style, using a salt solution, vinegar, and herbs. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
URL: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/nwgardens/221853_smith28a.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19218

Guide to Olives
This fact sheet on olives features descriptions of some olive varieties (such as kalamata, manzanilla, and sevillano), curing methods, classification (green, pink, black, wrinkled black), and fun facts. From a natural foods chain store.
URL: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/guides/olives.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19219

Museo dell' Olivo/ Olive Tree Museum
The website for this museum (located in Imperia, Italy) features history of the olive tree and information about olive cultivation and oil production. Includes a virtual tour of the museum, a brief discussion of the role of olive oil in the Mediterranean Diet, and images of olive pits, oil lamps, tree, harvesting, and olive oil production equipment. Available in several languages.
URL: http://www.museodellolivo.com/eng/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19223

Law

Harriet Miers Nominated for Supreme Court
Compilation of stories about the nomination by President George W. Bush of White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. Provides audio files of broadcasts with information about her legal background, and a brief discussion of justices who had not previously served in the judiciary (such as Earl Warren, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black, Louis Brandeis, and Abe Fortas). From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4933926
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19245

Inside the Trial of Saddam Hussein
This article is a companion to a Fox News program about the war crimes trial of Saddam Hussein set for October 2005. Features a discussion of the main charges and information from key players, including the main prosecutor and investigator. Includes links to related stories.
URL: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,170848,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19233

Katrina Legal Aid Resource Center
"Resources for people affected by the hurricanes, for legal aid and defender programs helping them, and for private attorney volunteers." Includes state-by-state links to information about housing, insurance, health, financial aid, finding a pro bono lawyer, news about new legal assistance, and more. "A collaborative effort of the American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and Pro Bono Net."
URL: http://www.katrinalegalaid.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19206

The O.J. Verdict
This 2005 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline documentary revisits the O.J. Simpson trial, which lasted over a year until a verdict was reached in October 1995. The companion website provides video of the full program and some selections, and includes interviews, observations and analysis, discussion of race and class in the judicial system, highlights from the trial, and other features exploring the impact of the trial and the racial tensions surrounding the case.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/oj/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19236

The Supreme Court of the United States: Highest Court in the Land
This online journal from April 2005 presents "a collection of essays ... that explain how the Court functions ... [with] contributions by a number of the nation's premier legal scholars." Topics include a "historical perspective on the nomination, confirmation, and appointment of justices" and summaries of landmark decisions. Also includes a bibliography and links to related sites. From the U.S. Department of State. Note: opens directly into a PDF file.
URL: http://www.america.gov/media/pdf/ejs/0405.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19248

U.S. Senate: Supreme Court Nominations
"The Constitution requires the president to submit nominations to the Senate for its advice and consent. Since the Supreme Court was established in 1789, presidents have submitted ... [over 150] nominations for the Court, including those for chief justice." This site provides a list of nominees with information about confirmation status, and voting details. From the U.S. Senate.
URL: http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/reference/nominations/Nominations.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19237

Media

Folkstreams.net
Find rare films by independent filmmakers on diverse topics such as music (blues, roots, klezmer, gospel, playground songs, and more), outsider art, folk crafts (such as quilting and basketmaking), folk dance, religious experience, storytelling, and more. The site also includes transcripts, essays, and background information for many of the films. This not-for-profit venture is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
URL: http://www.folkstreams.net
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19229

People

CastleGarden.org: America's First Immigration Center
This website offers a "database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened." Search results include name, occupation (if known), age, arrival date, country of origin, and ship. The site also includes a timeline (1804-1999). "Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, ... at the tip of Manhattan. ... [The] Castle was America's first official immigration center." Note: The comparative data section is under construction.
URL: http://www.castlegarden.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19241

Regional: California

Olive
Fact sheet on olives with a focus on varieties grown commercially in California. ("Virtually all U.S. commercial olive production is concentrated in California's Central Valley, with a small pocket of olive acreage outside Phoenix.") Discusses growth, pruning, harvest, and related topics. From California Rare Fruit Growers.
URL: http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/olive.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19212

Smart Voter
Smart Voter provides nonpartisan voter information on current elections in California. Find polling information, FAQs about candidates and issues, information tailored for new voters, children's resources, and more. Also find extensive information about previous elections, including voter turnout and the number of votes and percentages for each candidate and proposition. Includes some information about Ohio elections. From the League of Women Voters of California.
URL: http://www.smartvoter.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/10334

Regional: Washington State

Washington State Bar Association
This site features a directory of lawyers licensed to practice in Washington state, and information about lawyer referral services and continuing legal education. "For the Public" offers educational pamphlets (such as bankruptcy, elder law, and wills), information on locating free or low-cost legal assistance, details about legal ethics and filing complaints, and related material.
URL: http://www.wsba.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19254

Regions of the World

Bali Bomb Attacks Claim 26 Lives
News article about "three bomb attacks [in October 2005] in two tourist areas on the Indonesian resort island of Bali [that] have killed at least 26 people - among them foreign nationals." Also includes video and links to related stories, including those about the two explosions in October 2002 in Bali. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4300274.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19224

Country Profile: Kiribati
Profile of Kiribati, the former Gilbert Islands, "a collection of 33 atolls, ranged into three principal groups, which won independence from the United Kingdom in 1979." Includes demographic facts, historical overview, timeline of key events, and information about leaders and media. Site also includes audio of the national anthem. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1168527...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19207

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.
URL: http://www.bry-backmanor.org/holidayfun/sweden.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6561

Science

The Foliage Network
Reports from over 500 "foliage spotters" in three regions in the U.S. (northeast, southeast, and midwest) will guide you to the best viewing areas for the spectacular color change of autumn leaves. Maps and reports for each region are updated twice weekly during September, October, and November. Includes photos and links to places to stay and things to do in each region.
URL: http://www.foliagenetwork.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/10951

Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center: Olive
Collection of publications on olives and olive oil, covering olive production in California, pest management (particularly the olive fruit fly), and other topics related to growing and harvesting olives. From the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis.
URL: http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/datastore/datastoreview/showpage.cfm?reportnum...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19211

A Pathfinder to Information on the Endangered Species Act of 1973
"This pathfinder is intended to provide pointers to information on the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973." It includes summaries of major provisions and amendments to the act, sources for legislative history of the act, evaluations of legal resources, listings of major court decisions and federal laws and treaties related to endangered species, and other materials. From reference librarian Mary Kilpatrick of the Massachusetts School of Law.
URL: http://www.llrx.com/features/esa.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19209

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: The Endangered Species Program
"The Fish and Wildlife Service ... and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries ... share responsibility for administration of the Endangered Species Act" of 1973 (ESA). This website provides background information about the ESA, the full text of the ESA, data and documents about species on the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants, a page for children, and updates about laws, policies, and other actions related to endangered species.
URL: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19208

Society & Social Science

New Page-Turner Bible Is Launched
News article about the September 2005 unveiling at England's Canterbury Cathedral of "the 100-Minute Bible, written as a page-turner for those who do not have the time to read the full version." From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4266564.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19210


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