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Dig into more Thanksgiving history and Native American perspectives this week, plus disc dog competitions, Peter Pan, Islamic finance, and more. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Maria, Jennifer, and Charlotte.
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Some of our previously published sites have terrific ideas for Thanksgiving preparations and recipes meaty and vegetarian, including the ever-amazing deep-fried turkey, plus predictions and hard data about holiday shopping--revisit them in this week's newsletter!
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Life and Death in the White House: Assassinations and Mourning
This presentation looks at assassination of U.S. presidents and the role of the U.S. Secret Service in protecting presidents. Discusses assassinations and assassination attempts, including Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Andrew Jackson, and James A. Garfield. Includes a chart listing all of the assassination attempts and outcomes. Part of a larger exhibit on the U.S. presidency by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22894
The Nuremberg Trials and Their Legacy
This exhibit focuses on the International Military Tribunal trials of World War II war criminals held in Nuremberg, Germany, starting in 1945. Features a photo collection, images of artifacts (such as the tribunal program), audio clips relating to testimony, and associated material. From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22895
Second Hand Songs: A Cover Songs Database
"Find out who performed the original version of a particular song, or who covered that song." Features a database searchable by song, artist, or album, lists of newly added and recent songs, and related material about cover songs. The "Guidelines" section includes the website's definitions of original and cover songs, partial covers, samples, remixes, and other terminology. From a "group of fanatic cover song lovers."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22596
Better Business Bureau (BBB): Work-at-Home Schemes
This site provides descriptions of common work-at-home scams and typical advertisements for these scams. Types of scams include assembly work at home, chain letters, envelope stuffing, multi-level marketing, online business, and processing medical insurance claims. Includes tips for avoiding fraud, signs of work-at-home scammers, and tips about what to do if you become a victim of a work-at-home scheme. From the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22878
Islamic Banking and Finance
Transcript from a series of lectures on Islamic finance "delivered at UCLA in a Fall 2001 seminar for the business community." Provides an overview of banking and finance in accordance with Islamic law, examples of Islamic banking in the private sector and at the state level, discussion of risk management and prospects for Islamic finance, and related material. From the UCLA International Institute.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22886
Islamic Finance Project (IFP)
This project "aims to study the field of Islamic finance from the legal and shari'a [Islamic law based on the Quran] points of view by analyzing contemporary scholarship." The "DataBank" section (free registration required) features a bibliographic database with abstracts, a Shari'a database with Arabic and transliterated text and translations, and a glossary. Site also includes reports from forums and seminars. From the Harvard Law School Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22884
National Retail Federation: Annual Holiday Sales Information
Information about retail shopping activity in the U.S. during the winter holiday season. Information before and after the holidays variously includes spending projections, shopping on the Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving ("Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday"), online shopping, and consumer surveys. Also includes a report with "recent and historical data on holiday trends, including sales data, holiday hiring, and shoplifting." From a trade association whose membership "comprises all retail formats."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6588
Trip: A National Transportation Research Group
Trip, a nonprofit organization supported by insurance companies and other businesses, "promotes transportation policies that relieve traffic congestion, improve air quality, make highway travel safer and enhance economic productivity." Its site features research reports, news releases, and state and national information about roads and traffic conditions. Also includes links to sites relating to the 50th anniversary in 2006 of the Interstate Highway System.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22842
Collection of links to material about phobias, which are known as anxiety disorders in extreme cases. Topics include treatments and coping, specific conditions (such as social phobia), related issues (such as panic disorders and agoraphobia), and fears and phobias in children and teens. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22891
World Health Organization: Female Genital Mutilation
Material about female genital mutilation (FGM), "often referred to as 'female circumcision', [which] comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural, religious or other non-therapeutic reasons." Includes a fact sheet, reports, and other publications. From the World Health Organization (WHO).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22890
A Deep Fried Delicacy: The How-To on Deep Frying Turkey
"Deep-fried turkey, a concept that started in the South, is gradually rising in popularity nationwide." This site provides guidelines for deep-frying turkey, including equipment, ingredients (with links to specific recipes), location (outside), preparation, and safety tips. Gives detailed information about selecting, filtering, and storing frying oils. From the National Turkey Federation, a turkey industry organization.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7118
Loosen your belt a notch as you browse Thanksgiving menus, cooking tips, and hundreds of recipes (many featuring beautiful photographs). Includes wine and beer suggestions, a "turkey primer," vegetarian dishes, and suggestions for using up leftovers. From Epicurious.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/1521
Vegetarian Thanksgiving (Vegan Friendly!)
Features a complete menu with recipes for a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. From an author of vegetarian cookbooks.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/14470
Ed Bradley: Journalist and Jazzman
February 2004 article about the "passion for jazz" held by this "60 Minutes" television journalist who died in November 2006. Discusses Bradley's work early in his career as a radio DJ who played jazz music and his recent hosting of "Jazz from Lincoln Center" on NPR. From All About Jazz.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22883
Famous Native Americans
Selection of historical photos of well-known Native Americans. Includes photos of Rain in the Face, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Ouray and Chipeta, Chief Joseph, Geronimo, Ignacio, and American Horse. Part of the photography collection at Denver Public Library. Note: may not display enlarged images.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22904
US Disc Dog Nationals (USDDN)
Website for organization that supervises competitions in which dogs catch flying discs thrown by humans. Includes a list of international events, judging criteria for "toss and fetch" and "freestyle" competitions, and training material. Also includes links to local disc dog groups in the U.S.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22893
The Gold Rush
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program that "tracks the evolution of the [California] Gold Rush from the easy riches of the first few months to the fierce competition for a few good claims." Features a map with major "strikes," timeline, background about people (such as Mexicans and Chinese immigrants) and events, a special feature on Native Americans, and an online role playing game. Also includes a teacher's guide.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22880
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa Report
Full text of this report (published in 1998, released in 2003) of the South African commission that investigated the amnesty process, human rights violations, and reparation and rehabilitation with respect to apartheid. Includes errata to the final report, as well as a list of acronyms. From the South African government.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22881
Human Genome Project Information
"Completed in 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health." This site provides background and updates on the project (data analysis is ongoing). Topics include medical and genetic implications, and ethical, legal, and social issues. Also includes material for teachers and students. From the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Human Genome Program.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22885
The First Thanksgiving Was Celebrated in Virginia
This site describes how the "First Official thanksgiving in America" was held by English colonists at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia on December 4, 1619, "one year and 17 days prior to the landing of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts!" From Virginia is for Lovers, the tourism website of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22897
The National Day of Mourning
This site describes how since 1970 "on Thanksgiving Day, many Native Americans and their supporters gather at the top of Coles Hill, overlooking Plymouth Rock, for the 'National Day of Mourning.'" Includes comments about the history of this event, including Wampanoag leader Frank James' 1970 speech about the history of oppression of the Native people of America, which led to the first commemoration. From the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22902
Thanksgiving in North America: From Local Harvests to National Holiday
This site traces the history of Thanksgiving in North America and the U.S. "Most Americans are familiar with the Pilgrim's Thanksgiving Feast of 1621, but few realize that it was not the first festival of its kind in North America." Discusses Native American harvest celebrations; celebrations in Newfoundland, Florida, Maine, and Virginia prior to the Pilgrims' celebration; and presidential Thanksgiving proclamations. Part of the Encyclopedia Smithsonian from the Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22899
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