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New This Week for February 28, 2008
This Week
A year of frogs and languages, the Smurfs turn 50, and we uncover mystery shopping and spy satellites and re-entry hazards. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.

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Heads up, most of North America: Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March; you'll be springing forward at 2:00 a.m. on the 9th.
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Arts and Humanities

U.S. History -- Women's Rights/History: Lesson Plans
Compilation of lesson plans concerning women's rights and women's history, including topics such as women aviators, first ladies, voting rights for women, women in the U.S. Civil War, quilting, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wall-paper." From EDSITEment, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.
URL: http://edsitement.neh.gov/tab_lesson.asp?subjectArea=3&subcategory=27
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25518

Business

Before You Enter a Check Cashing Store
Brief advice suggesting that consumers not "rely on check cashing stores to cash their payroll, government, or personal checks. These corner stores charge customers very high fees." Instead, consumers "can avoid paying high fees by opening or using a basic checking or savings account at a bank, savings and loan, or credit union." Also provides tips on what to ask about fees and obtaining a receipt when using a check cashing store. From AARP.
URL: http://www.aarp.org/money/credit_debt/a2002-10-04-CreditDebtFringeBank...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25549

Community Financial Services Association (CFSA)
This mission of this industry association of payday lenders is "to promote legislation and regulation that provides payday advance customers with substantive consumer protections while preserving their access to short-term credit options." Its website provides background about how payday loans work, advice about when payday advances are not appropriate, and a map showing allowed maximum fees for payday loans in the U.S. Also includes material for consumers, media, and policymakers.
URL: http://www.cfsa.net/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25548

The Secrets of Mystery Shopping Revealed
Consumer alert about mystery shopping, the use of an anonymous shopper to evaluate the quality of service in a store, and scams associated with the solicitation of mystery shoppers. Provides facts about becoming a legitimate mystery shopper for a legitimate company (which does not cost anything), and under what circumstances consumers should be skeptical of mystery shopping promoters. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt151.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25514

Snopes.com: Secret Shopper Scams
Discussion of employment fraud in the form of secret shopper job postings. Describes how "reshipper" and "cashier's check" cons have been reworked into secret shopper pitches, as well as the traditional secret shopper con, in which individuals are defrauded in the "value of their payments for goods (training materials) or services (certificates or listing in databases of available secret shoppers)." Also provides tips for avoiding secret shopper scams. From Snopes.com.
URL: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/employment/shopper.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25516

Government

Declassifying the "Fact of" Satellite Reconnaissance
Collection of previously classified government documents, released in October 2007, "concerning U.S. policy with regard to acknowledging the 'fact of' U.S. satellite reconnaissance operations -- particularly satellite photoreconnaissance." Includes an introduction to and annotations for the documents, most of which are from the 1970s. Provides links to several other documents and collections concerning U.S. reconnaissance (spy) satellite operations. From the National Security Archive, George Washington University.
URL: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB231/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25535

National Reconnaissance Office
Official website for this U.S. federal government office that "builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites ... [for] customers like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)." Features background about the agency, the Corona photo reconnaissance satellite system (in operation from 1960 to 1972), and recent operations. Also includes a link to a website for children.
URL: http://www.nro.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25534

Health

FEMA: Satellite Re-entry
Collection of documents concerning the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) role in the disabled U.S. spy satellite that was intentionally destroyed by a missile in February 2008 to prevent hazardous chemical risks to U.S. citizens. FEMA has "been charged with the consequence management piece of the reentry in the event the disabled satellite impacts the continental U.S. or one of its territories." Includes text of "First Responder Guide for Space Object Re-Entry." From FEMA.
URL: http://www.fema.gov/media/2008/satellite.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25533

Hydrazine
Collection of documents about the toxicology and health effects of exposure to hydrazines, "colorless liquids that are used in rocket fuels, chemical manufacturing, and as boiler water treatments. Exposure to hydrazines may cause nervous system effects, as well as liver and kidney damage." Includes the February 2008 health advisory "Potential Health Effects Associated With Hydrazine and Satellite Reentry." From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/hydrazine/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25532

Law

Booker Townsell: Articles of Interest
Collection of links to news articles from 2007-2008 concerning the U.S. Army Board for Correction of Military Records' review and overturning of the 1944 court-martial conviction of black World War II veteran Booker Townsell. Articles discuss the events leading up to the decision, including the role of journalist Jack Hamann's book "On American Soil" in calling attention to the case. From a website promoting the story of Townsell and offering speaking engagement services.
URL: http://www.bookertownsell.org/articles1.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25543

Media

Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media
This "nonsectarian left and feminist publication" presents material "on film, television, video and related media and cultural analysis." Published irregularly, but about once a year, it includes full text of all issues (back to 1974), which cover topics such as China and the China diaspora film, horror films, new worlds of documentary, Internet today, and more.
URL: http://www.ejumpcut.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25474

People

An Unreasonable Man
Companion website to a 2007 Independent Lens documentary about consumer activist and politician Ralph Nader. Website features cover Nader's life and career, legislation attributed to Nader's work (such as the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, Consumer Product Safety Act, and Whistleblower Protection Act), the state of democracy in the U.S., presidential candidacy, and related material. Includes a large collection of related links. From Independent Television Service (ITVS).
URL: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/unreasonableman/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25545

Recreation

The Fine Print: Senior Discounts
This article discusses the "[h]otels, tours, airlines, and attractions [that] target seniors with special offers, which unfortunately often turn out to be discounts in name only. The only way to figure out if you're getting a deal is to crunch the numbers." Topics include airfare, lodging, attractions (such as museums and historic sites), trains, travel insurance, and overseas car rental. From Budget Travel magazine.
URL: http://www.budgettravel.com/bt-dyn/content/article/2006/04/05/AR200604...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25462

Girl Wrestler
Companion website to this documentary that "follows a year in the life of Tara Neal, a Texas teenager who rocks the establishment by insisting that girls and boys should be able to wrestle on the same mat." Special features cover Title IX, "cutting weight" (rapid weight reduction, popular among amateur wrestlers), and a history of women in wrestling. From Independent Lens.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/girlwrestler/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25523

Regional: California

California Reinvestment Coalition
This California organization "advocates for the right of low-income communities and communities of color to have fair and equal access to banking and other financial services." Features background and related reports on predatory mortgage lending (such as a December 2007 report about foreclosures), and banking and insurance (such as a guide to banking fees and a report on payday lenders). Some material also available in Spanish.
URL: http://www.calreinvest.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25546

J.P. Harrington Database Project
Website for this project whose goal is "to increase access to the linguistic and ethnographic notes on American Indian languages collected by J.P. [John Peabody] Harrington during the first half of the twentieth century. ... Well over half of an estimated 500,000 pages are on California Indian languages." Provides a biography of Harrington, project background, newsletters, and related material. A collaboration between researchers at University of California, Davis, Humboldt State University, and Pachenga Cultural Center.
URL: http://nas.ucdavis.edu/NALC/JPH.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25506

WeConnect
This "campaign is a pioneering public/private partnership designed to help California's working families become more financially secure by connecting them to important programs and resources." Includes information on programs to put more money in your pocket (such as the earned income tax credit, alternate rates for energy, and college savings plans), a link to a site to help you determine program eligibility, and material for employers. In English and Spanish.
URL: http://www.weconnect.net/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25491

Regions of the World

Eurocheapo
This site is a "budget travel resource aiming to help make travelers' time in Europe affordable and memorable. [It offers] professionally written budget travel advice and recommendations written by [a] team of seasoned travel writers," and has an emphasis on reviews of budget hotels. Also includes information about European transportation, city guides for over a dozen cities, and a budget travel blog.
URL: http://www.eurocheapo.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25492

Science

I Was Wondering ... A Curious Look at Women's Adventures in Science
This site, inspired by a biography series for middle-school-aged students, is "intended to showcase the accomplishments of contemporary women in science and to highlight for young people the varied and intriguing careers of some of today's most prominent scientists." Features background and suggested experiments related to 10 recent women scientists (such as a robot designer, gene hunter, and space geologist). Includes links to related sites. From the National Academies.
URL: http://iwaswondering.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25472

Time & Timekeeping: Leap Years
Explanation about the need for and calculation of Leap Years. "The reason for these rules is to bring the average length of the calendar year into line with the length of the Earth's orbit around the Sun." Also describes how the adoption of the Gregorian calendar was made in Catholic countries in 1582 and in Britain and her colonies in 1752, "when 2 September was followed by 14 September." From the U.K. National Maritime Museum.
URL: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/server/show/conWebDoc.349
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25509

Society & Social Science

2008, International Year of Languages
Website for this 2008 United Nations program "to promote and protect all languages, particularly endangered languages, in all individual and collective contexts." The site provides a list of programs arranged by theme (such as the endangered languages of Hawrami Kurdish and Bakthiari from Iran and intercultural dialog) or by geographical outreach. Also includes articles from a UNESCO publication and related material. From the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
URL: http://portal.unesco.org/culture/admin/ev.php?URL_ID=35344&URL_DO=DO_T...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25513

Council of Women World Leaders
The goal of this "network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers" is "to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries." Includes a members list and descriptions of initiatives in the areas of health, environment, and education. (Some areas of site are under construction.)
URL: http://www.womenworldleaders.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25468


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