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New This Week for July 31, 2008
This Week
This week we added sites about departing employees and network security, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and California's green building standards, plus reruns of a couple of sites with details of the August 1 solar eclipse. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.

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Arts and Humanities

Newsfilm Online (NFO)
"Hours of [British] television news and cinema newsreels, taken from the huge collection of the ITN/Reuters archive ... available online in high quality format for teaching, learning and research." Video clips cover 1920s to the present and are searchable or browsable by decade or by topic such as conflicts, disasters, lifestyle, science and technology, sports, and weather. Includes links to related sites. From the British Universities Film & Video Council.
URL: http://newsfilm.bufvc.ac.uk/index.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26061

Walk This Way
Companion to an exhibit that "places shoes -- from ancient Egyptian and Nubian sandals to new acquisitions representing the best in contemporary design -- throughout the MFA's galleries to illustrate their relationship to other works of art." Take a virtual tour of the exhibit and see over two dozen "pumps, clogs, wedges, [and] boots" along with annotations and links to related works of art. From the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston.
URL: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/sub.asp?key=15&subkey=4168
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26432

Business

Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS): On Food and Agriculture
The mission of this news service from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is "[t]o keep world food supply/demand under continuous review, and provide early warnings of food crises." Find a FAQ about the 2008 food price crisis, relevant periodical publications (such as on crop prospects), photo gallery, region and country reports, satellite imagery of countries in nutritional crisis, and policy recommendations. Available in several languages.
URL: http://www.fao.org/giews/english/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26271

TrustedID: Identity Theft Data Breach Alerts
This blog relates instances of data breaches that could lead to identity theft. Covers items such as lost and stolen laptop computers, student information posted on the Internet, access to computer information by former employees, and improperly discarded paper credit card receipts. Entries go back to June 2006. From TrustedID, a company that provides anti-identity theft tools.
URL: http://breachalerts.trustedid.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26514

Computers

Chronology of Data Breaches
"The data breaches noted ... [on this list] have been reported because the personal information compromised includes data elements useful to identity thieves, such as Social Security numbers, account numbers, and driver's license numbers." The list of mostly computer-related breaches goes back to 2005 and is updated frequently. Also includes links to related sites. From the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
URL: http://www.privacyrights.org/ar/ChronDataBreaches.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26515

Network Security Is Every Employee's Responsibility
This overview of best security practices is designed to help all employees understand how to protect computer networks from misuse and attack. Topics include password protection (complex passwords, changing passwords often, and single-use passwords), not leaving logged-in computers unattended, performing backups, e-mail security, use of mobile devices, and how to handle a security emergency (such as losing your laptop). From a computer software company.
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/midsizebusiness/security/network-security-for...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26576

When Employees Leave, Make Sure They're Gone
"Employee resignations and layoffs raise questions about network security and data security. Here are 7 ways to protect your small or midsize business." Tips include having a detailed and signed security policy, not signaling cutbacks in advance (to reduce the chance of cyber-theft or sabotage), cutting access immediately on termination, and monitoring remote access. From bMighty, a website on information technology for small businesses.
URL: http://www.bmighty.com/security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=202101445
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26574

Government

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Compilation of policy and opinion pieces on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA, signed into law in July 2008). Includes many letters and other documents against the FISA Amendments Act, which "[u]ntil Congress enacted the FAA, FISA generally prohibited the government from conducting electronic surveillance without first obtaining an individualized order from the FISA court." From the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
URL: http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/fisa.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26591

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Compilation of government documents concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978, which "prescribes procedures for requesting judicial authorization for electronic surveillance and physical search of persons engaged in espionage or international terrorism against the United States on behalf of a foreign power." Includes material on the FISA Amendments Act (signed into law in July 2008), several Congressional Research Service reports, related court decisions, and more. From the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).
URL: http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/fisa/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26596

Health

Heart Healthy Firefighter
This program is "dedicated to saving America's firefighters and EMS [emergency medical services] personnel from their leading cause of death: heart disease." The website contains health and fitness tools for firefighters, their families, and fire departments, and details about National Firefighter Health Week (held in mid-August). Includes a press releases and a news feed. From the National Volunteer Fire Council.
URL: http://www.healthy-firefighter.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26598

Home & Housing

A Big List of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff
Annotated list of "general interest sites that give quality instruction on all sorts of fun and useful projects. Including, sometimes, how to build a deck or bake a cake." Includes links to sites such as Instructables, eHow, and About.com. From ReadWriteWeb, a blog that provides Web technology news, reviews, and analysis.
URL: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/tutorial_sites.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26385

Food, Nutrition & Health: Canning & Food Preservation
This collection of documents on canning and food preservation covers foods such as apples, cantaloupe, garlic, nuts, olives, oranges, peppers, strawberries, and tomatoes. Also includes guides to safely cutting and storing venison and safe canning. A few documents are fee-based, but most are available for free download. From University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources.
URL: http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/CanningFoodPreservation/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26527

How Do I? ... Freeze
Extensive list of freezing recommendations for specific foods, such as meat, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fresh herbs, and prepared foods. The list includes a step-by-step presentation on freezing strawberries and freezing information for less commonly covered foods, such as chayote squash and mayhaw juice. From the National Center for Home Food Preservation at the University of Georgia.
URL: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/freeze.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26523

International Code Council: Green Building
Compilation of documents and links to news and resources about green building codes. Includes a green clearinghouse map (in development) with notes about state and local green building codes, white papers and policy statements, a green building survey, and related items of interest. From the International Code Council, a membership organization that develops codes used by state and local governments.
URL: http://www.iccsafe.org/news/green/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26565

Solution Source: Food Preparation, Safety and Storage
This collection of food tips includes topics related to canning, food safety, food storage, freezing food, jams and jellies, pickling, and other preservation and safety concerns. Some of the specific subjects include canning with a pressure canner, packing safe bag lunches, foods that do not freeze well, safe shipping of food, and making low or no-sugar jams. From Penn State Extension.
URL: http://solutions.psu.edu/Food_Preparation_Safety_Storage.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26521

Law

The Hague Justice Portal: Karadžić, Radovan
Documents related to legal charges against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the Hague "for genocide and complicity in genocide committed in numerous areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina" and for "crimes against humanity." Includes press releases (such as on Karadzic's July 2008 arrest), court documents, and related material.
URL: http://www.haguejusticeportal.net/eCache/DEF/6/066.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26585

Media

Philosophy Talk
Website for this weekly philosophy radio program "that questions everything ...except your intelligence." Hosted by Stanford philosophy professors, the show applies philosophic thought to everyday topics and issues such as baseball, happiness, and terrorism. Features upcoming topics and where to listen, show podcast, and blog. Audio programs of past shows are archived back to 2004. From Stanford University.
URL: http://www.philosophytalk.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26461

Regional: California

California Building Standards Commission
Website for this state agency "responsible for administering California's building codes, including adopting, approving, publishing, and implementing codes and standards." Find details about the green building standards adopted in July 2008, PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) regulations, and other news about building codes and standards in the state.
URL: http://www.bsc.ca.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26560

Green California
This is "is a gateway for the latest information about how the state of California is working to reduce energy and resource consumption, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and creating healthier environments in which to work, live and learn." The emphasis of the website as of July 2008 is on green building, and the site also contains material on environmental topics for state agencies, schools, and other groups. From the California Department of General Services.
URL: http://www.green.ca.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26561

Yosemite National Park
The official National Park Service (NPS) website for this California park contains visitor information (including weather forecasts and current road conditions and closures), webcams, several audio and video presentations about the park, and essays about history and culture, environmental factors (such as air quality), and wildlife and plants in the park. Also includes park planning and fire management documents.
URL: http://www.nps.gov/yose/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26597

Regions of the World

Walk Score
"Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address [in the U.S.] by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle -- not how pretty [or safe] the area is for walking." The site also "ranks 2,508 neighborhoods in the largest 40 U.S. cities to help you find a walkable place to live." San Francisco ranks first; Los Angeles is ninth. Includes maps.
URL: http://www.walkscore.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26541

Science

Horse Sense
This 2006 article presents that thesis that "[t]o Americans, the image of mustangs pounding across the range is a potent symbol of the Wild West. But it's a myth that harms wildlife and wreaks ecological havoc." Topics include need for population control, and whether these "feral equids" are "closely related to animals unleashed by the conquistadores" or are descended from recently escaped livestock. Also includes reader reactions and a response by the author.
URL: http://www.audubonmagazine.org/incite/incite0609.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26564

NASA Eclipse Web Site
Describes forthcoming and past solar and lunar eclipses. Features charts, maps, and the "Five Millennium Catalog of Lunar Eclipses," which provides historical information as well as eclipse predictions into the 30th century. Includes material such as a live webcast of the August 1, 2008, total eclipse of the sun. Also includes material about planetary transits across the sun and links to related sites. From the Planetary Systems Branch, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
URL: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/10182

SEMS, Sun, Earth, Moon Systems: Eclipses, Transits and Phases
This site features webcasts of solar and lunar eclipses and planetary transits, including for the August 1, 2008, total solar eclipse over China. Also includes information and a blog about an expedition to view and film the eclipse in China, background about solar and lunar eclipses and moon phases, and material about webcasting. From the University of South Dakota Department of Computer Science.
URL: http://sems1.cs.und.edu/~sems/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26593

Solar Eclipse: Stories From the Path of Totality
Webcasts and other material about solar eclipses since 1998, including August 1, 2008 (China), March 29, 2006 (Turkey), and June 10, 2002 (U.S.). Includes essays on why eclipses happen, how to view an eclipse, a world map of future solar eclipses (2017 is the next one viewable in the U.S.), and other features. From the Exploratorium.
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20812


LII New This Week

Thanks for reading LII New This Week!

Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder