[LII New This Week] 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
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

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/site/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

A Sampling of New Words and Senses From the New 2005 Copyright of
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition
"Find a sample of the nearly 100 new words and senses that have been added"
in 2005 to this well-known dictionary of American English. Terms include
"cybrarian (noun) ... a person whose job is to find, collect, and manage
information that is available on the World Wide Web."
URL: http://www.m-w.com/info/new_words.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19239


Ask the White House
"This online interactive forum ... allows you to interact with Bush
administration officials and friends of the White House. Launched in April
2003, citizens have participated in over 200 online discussions with Cabinet
Secretaries, Senior White House Officials, behind-the-scenes professionals
at the White House, and others." Includes online conversations with Deputy
Chief of Staff Harriet Miers (in the archives).
URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ask/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19234

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


Candy Calculator
"How many calories and how much fat and saturated fat are you and your
family consuming when you munch [on selected candies]? Use this calculator
to find out." Candies include candy corn, chocolate bars, malted milk balls,
and licorice twists. From a media company focused on parents and children.
URL: http://childrentoday.com/resources/ccalc.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19238

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

Unwrinkling the Botox Story
Article about Botox, a byproduct of the clostridium botulinum bacteria, used
in cosmetic dermatology and the treatment of facial muscle disorders.
Discusses cosmetic procedure, safety concerns (including concerns about
"Botox parties"), and related topics. From the UAB Health System, University
of Alabama at Birmingham.
URL: http://www.health.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=61190
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19228

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

For the Love of 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/products/specialty/olives.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19219

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
URL: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/nwgardens/221853_smith28a.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19218

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
URL: http://www.museodellolivo.com/eng/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19223


Harriet Miers Nominated for Supreme Court
Compilation of stories about the nomination by President George H. 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

Iraqi Special Tribunal
Official website of this body organized in 2003 for the "prosecution of war
crimes" in Iraq, including those alleged against Saddam Hussein. The site
features the governing statute, a list of defense counsel, and news, such as
the setting of October 19, 2005, as the trial date for Saddam Hussein. In
English and Arabic, but English translation of documents is not official.
Note: Includes disturbing photos of mass graves.
URL: http://www.iraq-ist.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19232

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.
URL: http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itdhr/0405/ijde/ijde0405.htm
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


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

National Children's Folksong Repository
Record your own "Folk and PlayGround Songs" using the phone


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
URL: http://www.castlegarden.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19241

TESTRECORD Free Range Chuckles
Chuckles the clown don't care about nobody. Chuckles the clown don't care
about nobody. Chuckles the clown don't care about nobody. Chuckles the clown
don't care about nobody. Chuckles the clown don't care about nobody.
Chuckles the clown don't care about nobody.
URL: http://chickensarefree.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19165

Regional: California

Hot Topics: Nov. 8, 2005 California Ballot Propositions
Collection of resources on topics related to the November 8, 2005, special
elections in California. Includes general information about special
elections in the state, material on specific ballot measures, and links to
related topic pages (such as pension reform and education reform). From the
Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Library, University of California,
URL: http://www.igs.berkeley.edu/library/htSpecialElection2005.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19246

November 8, 2005 Special Statewide Election Information [California]
Official information from the State of California for the November 2005
election. Includes initiatives that have qualified for the November 8 ballot
(as well as propositions for future ballots and initiatives still in
circulation), a voter information guide, and general polling place and
election information. From the California Secretary of State.
URL: http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/statewidespecial.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19244

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

Fire Danger in Your County
This site provides current information about wildfire danger and outdoor
burning restrictions throughout Washington state. Click on a county on the
map to view fire danger levels and restrictions and other notes about fire
safety for the area. From the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
URL: http://www2.wadnr.gov/burn-risk/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19252

Municipal Court of Seattle
This government page contains official court information, such as court
hours, payment of fines and tickets, courtroom locations, bail, and
information for witnesses and jury members. Also include marriage ceremony
requirements, jail locations and visitation details (for King County Jails,
Renton City Jail, and Yakima County Jail), and related court information.
URL: http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/courts/general/courtinformation.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19253

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

Court: Koizumi Shrine Visits Unconstitutional
News article about how a Japanese court ruled in September 2005 "that Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo war shrine violated [Article
20 of the Japanese] ... constitution." The "Court said Koizumi's worshipping
at Yasukuni shrine ... is a public act and therefore violates the
constitutional separation of state and religion." From the Guardian
Unlimited, the online companion to the British newspaper The Guardian.
URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5312329,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19230


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