[LII New This Week] October 13, 2005

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NEW THIS WEEK: October 13, 2005

[ Arts and Humanities ]

Are You Wearing Woolies? Medieval Knitting, Nålbinding
Annotated links to websites about period knitting. Includes sites about
medieval Muslim knitting, Egyptian socks, hand-knit stockings from the
1500s, Viking-age yarnwork (nålbinding), and more. From SCAtoday.net, a
website "offering news, information, and discussions ... to members of the
Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)."
URL: http://scatoday.net/node/view/3765
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19290

Here to There Dept.: Stitches
2005 article on the Yarn Bus, "a fifteen-passenger van topped with three
enormous balls of yarn and a pair of knitting needles the size of 9-irons,"
that shuttles passengers (free of charge) to and from Manhattan to the
Flying Fingers yarn store in Irvington (Westchester County), New York. From
the New Yorker magazine. Note: no photograph provided.
URL: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/content/index.ssf?050321ta_talk_collins
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19284

The Independents: The Ashcan School & Their Circle From Florida Collections
Essay about this group of early 20th century painters, who worked in "a
style of realism that was later, imprecisely, designated 'The Ashcan
School.'" Includes information about their genesis as "The Eight," their
involvement in the Armory Show of 1913, and links to information about
individual artists, such as Robert Henri, George Bellows, and Maurice
Prendergast. By a curator of American art at the Flint Institute of Arts,
Flint, Michigan.
URL: http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/6aa/6aa55.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19292

Knitting for a Better World
Annotated list of organizations and projects focused on knitting and
crocheting for charitable causes. Includes knitting for premature infants,
children in hospitals, domestic violence victims, chemotherapy patients,
U.S. armed forces, humanitarian projects in other countries, and more. From
a publisher of craft books.
URL: http://www.interweave.com/knit/charities.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19286

The Reading Cure: How to Organize a Book Group With a Social Conscience
This opinion piece provides suggestions for starting a reading group
centered on "socially conscious and political novels." It includes ideas for
forming and running the group and a briefly annotated list of reading
suggestions that includes both classics and contemporary novels. From the
website for Mother Jones magazine.
URL: http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2005/10/the_reading_cure...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19243

V&A: Knitting
This site features annotated images of knitted items from the Victoria and
Albert (V&A) Museum in London, and additional features on knitting. Includes
information about regional knitting in the British Isles and Ireland (such
as Shetlands, Fair Isle, and Channel Islands), interviews with knitting
designers, patterns from the 1940s, a list of knitting blogs, and related
URL: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/knitting
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19293

[ Business ]

Looking Back at the Crash of '29
Special feature from 1999 recounting the history of the U.S. stock market
crash in October 1929. Provides images of The New York Times front page and
archived articles from the time period. From the website for The New York
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/library/financial/index-1929-crash.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19278

Stock Market Crash [1929]
Concise summary of the U.S. stock market crash of 1929, including the events
leading up to the crash and the effect of the crash on the economy. Also
includes links to interviews with two history professors about the 1929
crash and related topics. From the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) special
program "The First Measured Century."
URL: http://www.pbs.org/fmc/timeline/estockmktcrash.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19280

[ Government ]

The Prince of Wales Visits San Diego: A Study in Perception
Article about the visit by Edward, the Prince of Wales, to San Diego in
April 1920. Includes a discussion of the United States' "preoccupation and a
fascination with English royalty," the preparations for the visit, and the
events of the visit. Also includes photos. From the journal of the San Diego
Historical Society.
URL: http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/92summer/wales.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19287

[ Health ]

1918 Influenza Pandemic
"In 1918, a highly virulent form of the influenza virus [known as the
'Spanish Flu'] killed at least 20 million people worldwide." This site
features information about an October 2005 report that scientists in the
U.S. reconstructed the 1918 flu virus. Includes links to related articles,
some of which are only available to subscribers. From Nature magazine.
URL: http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/1918flu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19274

Health Officials Keep Close Watch on Bird Flu
A compilation of radio programs from 2005 about the response of world
leaders and health officials to "an especially virulent strain of the bird
flu [that] is spreading out from Southeast Asia. Known as H5N1, the virus
can infect humans as well as birds." Also includes information about the
1918 influenza epidemic and about "Wickett's Remedy," a recently published
novel set at the outset of the flu epidemic. From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4949542
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19275

Influenza 1918
This site explores the influenza epidemic that killed more than 600,000
Americans and between 20 and 40 million people worldwide. Includes
reflections about the pandemic and its epidemiology, a pathologist's
analysis of whether the same type of devastation could occur again, a map
showing the spreading of the disease in the U.S., audio files of interviews,
a timeline, a teacher's guide, and the epidemic's effects on Boston,
Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Based on the 1998 PBS American Experience
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/influenza/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/10700

Lead in Children's Lunch Boxes
In this August 2005 press release "the Center for Environmental Health (CEH)
announced it is filing lawsuits ... against makers and retailers of soft
vinyl lunch boxes that can expose children to harmful levels of lead. The
Center has also notified several other companies of violations under
California's toxics law Proposition 65." Includes a FAQ, images, and
information about testing vinyl lunch boxes you already own.
URL: http://www.cehca.org/lunchboxes.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19222

Fact sheet on the biology of leeches, which "are commonly found in lakes and
ponds and many of [which] provide food for vertebrates such as fish, ducks,
turtles and some other birds." Also discusses the history and current use of
leeches for medicinal purposes. Includes related links. From the King County
(Washington State) Department of Natural Resources.
URL: http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/waterres/Bugs/Leeches.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19300

[ Home & Housing ]

America's Housing Craze
Collection of articles and analysis from 2005 about the increased cost of
purchasing a house in the U.S., financing options, buying and selling, and
related topics. Includes information about prices in selected cities,
hunting for a house in California, and affordability of houses. From MSNBC.
URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3038118/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19307

Halloween Safety: Safety Alert
Safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, covering safe
costume designs, flame-resistant costumes, pedestrian safety, and more.
Includes a diagram illustrating safe Halloween costumes.
URL: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/hallow.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/8895

Resources for Home Preserving Pumpkins
"Pumpkins offer far more than a door-stop at Halloween." This site provides
ideas and safety tips for various methods of preserving pumpkin flesh and
seeds, including canning, freezing, drying, and pickling. Features links to
further information on the preparation of pumpkin butter, fruit leather, and
canned winter squash. From the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
URL: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/tips/fall/pumpkins.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/12531

[ Law ]

Religious Affiliation of the U.S. Supreme Court
Information about the religious affiliations of current members of the
Supreme Court and of all Supreme Court justices. Also includes links to
information for members of the U.S. Congress, presidents and
vice-presidents, and governors. From a site that provides national and world
religion statistics and "is not affiliated with any religious, political,
educational, or commercial organization."
URL: http://www.adherents.com/adh_sc.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19247

[ Media ]

NPR Podcast Directory
Dozens of free podcasts (audio downloads suitable for computers or handheld
computer devices) produced by National Public Radio and partner
organizations. Includes podcasts of morning and evening news, shows such as
"Pacific Time," "Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know," "The California Report,"
and much more. Also find reader-friendly explanations of podcasting.
Browsable, with annotations for each program, but not searchable.
URL: http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19258

Podcasts, Blogs, webcasts, audiocasts, audioblog, RSS, wiki, smart mob,
What you hear is unregulated by the FCC so you know
how amazing that is. This is the promise of the internet fullfilled.
Bless the founders of the net.
Tools to use for these efforts

Union Jack
"The Union Jack is the Only National British Newspaper produced and
published in the United States." The site features articles from the current
issue, immigration information, a calendar of British events in the United
States, and columns about Britons in Florida, California, and Texas. Also
includes links to related information.
URL: http://www.ujnews.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19289

[ People ]

Einstein's Big Idea
Companion website to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Nova program about
"the story behind the world's most famous equation": energy equals mass
times the speed of light squared (E = mc²). The site features an essay
explaining this 1905 equation that "says that energy and mass (matter) are
interchangeable," information about scientists whose experiments paved the
way for Albert Einstein, an audio clip of Einstein explaining the equation,
links to related sites, materials for library activities, and much more.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/einstein/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19304

To Begin: Find out All About Einstein

Senator E.L. "Bob" Bartlett: Architect of Alaska Statehood This site uses a statue of Senator Bartlett (Alaska Territorial Delegate 1945-59, senator 1959-1968) as a "gateway into an abridged account of the historical and political context of Alaska's long struggle from neglected colony to 49th state." Features a brief illustrated history of Alaska statehood (admitted January 3, 1959) and information about the role of Edna Ferber's novel "Ice Palace" in Alaska's quest for statehood. Part of the Capitol Project from American Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA). URL: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/BARTLETT/btintro.html LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19313

[ Ready Reference & Quick Facts ]

The Ig® Nobel Home Page
"Each year [in October], ten Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded. The selection
criterion is simple. The prizes are for 'achievements that cannot or should
not be reproduced.'" Find award winners (some of whom are blissfully unaware
of this honor), video clips of the award ceremonies, "personal reminiscences
of some participants," and more. Ig Nobel Prizes activities are organized by
the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR).
URL: http://www.improbable.com/ig/ig-top.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/12138

[ Recreation ]

Baseball as America
This site is a companion to a traveling exhibit featuring artifacts from the
Baseball Hall of Fame. The exhibit "reveals how baseball has served as both
a public reflection of, and catalyst for, the evolution of American culture
and society." The site features commentary and images of exhibit highlights,
an exhibit overview (topics such as ideals and injustices, enterprise and
opportunity, and sharing a common culture), and a tour schedule (2002-2006).
URL: http://www.baseballasamerica.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19303

[ Regional: California ]

1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance
The objective of this organization is to "use the centennial of the 1906
earthquake [in the San Francisco Bay Area] to highlight a century of
progress in understanding earthquake hazards and reducing risks as well as
to commemorate the cultural and social response to this historic event." The
site features a speakers bureau, and information about activities, events,
and exhibitions. Also includes links to related information.
URL: http://www.1906centennial.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19305

California Apple Commission
Find descriptions of leading apple crops, a timeline for California apple
production, a map of California apple growing regions, children's games, and
more. Includes recipes for apple crisp, sugarless apple pie, and other dishes.
URL: http://www.calapples.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/2556

California State Lands Commission: Ballast Water Program
This organization "recommends specific performance standards for the
discharge of ballast water into the waters of the state" following
international shipping trips. Includes information about measures to prevent
nonindigenous (also called exotic) species into the waters of California,
shipping rates, legislation, and related information and documents.
URL: http://www.slc.ca.gov/Division_Pages/MFD/MFD_Programs/Ballast_Water/Ba...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19281

The New de Young
Series of articles on the grand opening in October 2005 of the new M.H. de
Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The "sinuous copper-clad
structure ... has been likened to a Mayan temple or a rusty aircraft
carrier, complete with an observation deck." Includes news and opinion
pieces, photos, a chronology of the museum back to 1893, and audio and video
tours of the new museum building. From the website for the San Francisco
URL: http://sfgate.com/deyoung/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19266

Taking It All In: Documenting Chemical Pollution in Californians Through
Results of a study to measure chemical pollutants in 11 Californians through
biomonitoring analysis of blood, hair, and urine samples; the purpose was to
detect chemicals "commonly found in plastic water bottles, non-stick
cookware and other consumer products." Participants in the study included
actor Peter Coyote and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. From Commonweal, a nonprofit
health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. Opens
directly into a PDF file.
URL: http://www.commonweal.org/programs/download/TakingItAll_2_sm.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19302

[ Regional: Washington State ]

2005 Gas Tax [Washington State]
"The 2005 Washington State Legislature voted an increase in gas taxes and
other fees to pay for a 16-year plan to take care of some of Washington
State's most critical transportation needs. Over 270 projects will be funded
by a package." This website highlights selected road and bridge projects
completed or underway in some of the state's counties. Includes a link to a
complete list of projects. From the Washington State Department of
Transportation (WSDOT).
URL: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/accountability/2005GasTax/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19260

The Seattle Public Library: Reading Lists
Collection of reading lists for children, teens, and adults, created by
staff at the Seattle Public Library. Includes a series of lists on Pacific
Northwest explorers and travelers, fiction set in Seattle and Washington
state, Seattle mysteries, local science fiction and fantasy authors, and more.
URL: http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=collection_readinglists
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19259

Washington Apples
This attractive site contains extensive information about varieties of
apples grown in the state of Washington, an apple usage chart, nutritional
information, recipes, statistics and "core" facts. Directions to the
Washington Apple Commission Visitor Center in Wenatchee are available as
well as a Just for Kids section, media kit, and large graphics library which
includes historical photographs.
URL: http://www.bestapples.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/1149

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Living With Wildlife
The "animal species covered in this series were selected after surveying
agencies and organizations [in Washington state] that receive calls from the
public about local wildlife. ... [I]n many cases the calls are from people
who are -- or think they are -- experiencing a conflict with a wild animal
and are seeking a way to remedy the problem." Includes tips for dealing with
snakes, gophers, cougars, black bears, raccoons, skunks, deer, Canada geese,
muskrats, and other species.
URL: http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19263

[ Regions of the World ]

Liberia's Uneasy Peace
News coverage of politics in Liberia, covering the October 2005 presidential
and parliamentary elections and the civil war that preceded the election.
Features information about candidates and leaders, essays and lesson plans
on Liberian history and U.S.-Liberia relations, background on the civil war,
archived news stories, and related material. From the Public Broadcasting
Service (PBS) Online NewsHour.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/africa/liberia
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19308

Pakistan Quake Survivors Await Relief
News article about the effects of a major earthquake that struck in
Pakistan-administered Kashmir on October 8, 2005. Includes photos and links
to related articles. (Use the search function to locate additional
articles.) From Aljazeera.net.
URL: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/04EB732C-F997-4FA6-B3C2-6113D99...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19271

Q&A: Liberian Elections
Questions and answers about the October 2005 elections in Liberia for a new
president and parliament. Also includes related news stories about the
election, candidate profiles, feedback from Liberians about the elections,
and links to background information about Liberian history and civil war in
the country. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4321814.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19309

ReliefWeb: South Asia: Earthquake - Oct 2005
Updates on relief efforts related to the major earthquake that struck in
Pakistan-administered Kashmir on October 8, 2005, and affected India,
Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Includes information about rescue efforts and
relief, assistance from other countries, and extent of damage. Also includes
links to maps. From the United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs.
URL: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/dbc.nsf/doc108?OpenForm&emid=EQ-2005-00017...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19273

[ Science ]

DOE Launches "Energy Hog" Energy Efficiency Campaign
In March 2004 the DOE "launched a national public service advertising
campaign designed to make children and their parents aware of energy
efficient behavior. ... [The campaign] features a reprehensible new villain
-- the energy-wasting Energy Hog. ... The centerpiece of the campaign is the
new Energy Hog Web site, which is aimed at children." Includes a link to the
Energy Hog site. From the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
URL: http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/news_detail.cfm/news_id=6719
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19295

Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site
Information about the cleanup of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the
Hudson River. In October 2005 the Justice Department and the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) reached an agreement with the General Electric
Company requiring it to begin the dredging of the Hudson River in 2007. This
site contains background information, maps, photos, a FAQ (with information
about PCBs, contamination of the Hudson River, and the dewatering facility
that will hold dredged sediment), and related material. From the EPA.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/hudson/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19272

National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC)
The NBIC, a program of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the
United States Coast Guard, "collects, analyzes, and interprets data on the
ballast water management practices of commercial ships." A main goal of the
NBIC is "to determine the degree to which ... [ballast] water has undergone
... treatments designed to reduce the likelihood of ballast-mediated
invasions by exotic species." It features a database with ballast discharge
information and links to research.
URL: http://invasions.si.edu/nbic/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19282

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