ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 100, NOVEMBER 2003

A Collection of Web Sites of Possible Interest to Government Documents Librarians

Table of Contents

Active Fire Mapping (USDA Forest Service)
American Factfinder Thematic Maps
Army National Guard Personnel Mobilized to Active Duty
Experiencing Significant Pay Problems
Automobile Insurance (Michigan)
Bob Hope and American Variety
Columbia's Last Flight
Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States
and Other G-8 Countries
Crime in Michigan - 2002 Uniform Crime Report
Disaster Discovery Online Game
Everyday Mysteries
FBI's Famous Person Files
FBI's Freedom of Information Act Famous Person Files
Federal Bureau of Prisons Federal Inmate History
FirstGov.gov En Espanol
Freedom of Information Act Famous Person Files
Freedom of Information and Access to Government Record Laws Around the World
Governor Granholm Sponsors "Creating Cool" Conference
Hiding the Truth: President Bush's Need-to-Know Democracy
Household Products Database
IBuyer's Guide to Automobile Insurance (Michigan)
Interactive Buyer's Guide to Automobile Insurance (Michigan)
Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses
Lasik Eye Surgery Factsheet (Medline Plus)
Library of Congress Science Reference Service: Everyday Mysteries
Michigan Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force Final Report, Oct. 15, 2003
Michigan PayKids Initiative
Michigan Public Service Commission Report on August 14th Blackout
Michigan Uniform Crime Report, 2002
Minnesota Library Association Read Documents Poster Campaign
NIHSeniorHealth.gov
Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats
OurDocuments.gov
Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility
Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations
Requested from the Congressional Research Service
Results.gov: Resources for the President's Team
Science Behind Drug Abuse
To Burn or Not to Burn: Summary of the Forum on Urban/Wildland Fire
Top Ten Digital Legislatures
Tox Town
Under the Microscope: Looking at Stem Cell Research
USDA Forest Service Active Fire Mapping
U.S. Government Manual, 2003-2004, Now Online
U.S. Resumes Membership in UNESCO
Up from Zero
The White House Tapes : The President Calling
Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers
Women of Our Time (National Portrait Gallery)

American Factfinder Thematic Maps
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/TMSubjectAllThemesServlet?_lang=en&ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&ds_label=Census+2000+Summary+File+1+(SF+1)+100-Percent+Data
View census data in graphical format for all geographies from the nation to individual Census blocks. Data are available for Census 2000, the 1990 Census, the 1997 Economic Census, and 2001 Population Estimates.
(Last checked 11/04/03)

Bob Hope and American Variety
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/
Bob Hope has been a friend of every president of the United States since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Now on view are engaging photographs of Bob Hope making the presidents laugh, a personal holiday greeting from Richard M. Nixon and scores of political jokes from Hope's 89,000-plus-page personal Joke File, displayed in its entirety at the Library. The gallery also includes items from the newly acquired Bob Hope Collection, materials from the rich and varied collections of the Library, and objects borrowed from the Bob Hope Archives.
(Last checked 10/20/03

Columbia's Last Flight
If your library subscribes to the Atlantic Monthly, you may want to look up Vol. 292, no. 4, Nov. 2003, for this interesting article by Willian Langewiesche about the Columbia Space Shuttle's last flight and the insuing investigation. A companion article --
The Structure of an Accident -- provides William Langewiesche's discussion of the fundamental problems within NASA that led to the space shuttle's demise.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-8 Countries: 2002
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/2003026.pdf
This NCES Web site describes how the U.S. education system compares with other economically developed countries.
(Last checked 10/16/03)

Disaster Discovery Online Game
http://www.fema.gov/kids/games/board/
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has unveiled a new, interactive Web-based board game for children - as part of the agency's ongoing commitment to educating young people about disaster preparedness and risk reduction. The game can be played online or downloaded and played on a home or school computer. It can also be printed out and played in "hard copy." Macromedia's Flash player is required to play the online version of the game; the free software can be downloaded through the site. The board game includes different sections, including Tornado Alley and Quake Country. A player is moved forward when correctly answering disaster-related questions, all of which are based on information from the site. Hazard! cards also send a player forward or backward depending on different disaster scenarios.
(Last checked 10/22/03)

Everyday Mysteries
http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/mysteries-home.html
Did you ever wonder why a camel has a hump? If you can really tell the weather by listening to the chirp of a cricket? Or why our joints make popping sounds? These questions deal with everyday phenomena that we often take for granted, but each can be explained scientifically. Everyday Mysteries will help you get the answers to these and many other of life's most interesting questions through scientific inquiry. In addition, we will introduce you to the Library of Congress' rich collections in science and technology. All of the questions presented on this Web site were asked by researchers and answered by librarians from the Library's Scrience Reference Services.
(Last checked 10/20/03)

FBI's Freedom of Information Act Famous Person Files
http://foia.fbi.gov/famous.htm
What did Jackie O., J. Edgar Hoover and Marilyn Monroe have in common? No, this isn't the beginning of some off-color lingerie or JFK joke — they're all subjects of long, elaborate, and intrusive FBI investigations. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, you can now see how Hoover spent taxpayers' money on these little curiosity fits. We especially enjoyed the Joe McCarthy file, which is capped by an editorial criticizing the notorious witch-hunter in terms that would send modern-day wannabes (we're looking right at you, Coulter) crying for Mommy. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 17, 2003.
(Last checked 10/31/03)

Federal Bureau of Prisons Federal Inmate History
http://www.bop.gov/inmate.html
Index of current and past federal inmates online! Goes back to 1982.
(Last checked 10/31/03)

FirstGov.gov En Espanol
http://www.firstgov.gov/Espanol/index.shtml
The federal government launched its first Spanish language portal during October 2003.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

Freedom of Information and Access to Government Record Laws Around the World
http://www.freedominfo.org/survey/survey2003.pdf
A compilation by David Banisar courtesy of the freedominfo.org Global Survey, Sept. 28, 2003. Spotted in Be Specific, Sept. 29, 2003.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

Governor Granholm Sponsors "Creating Cool" Conference
http://www.michigan.gov/minewswire/0,1607,7-136-3452-77491--M_2003_10,00.html
Governor Granholm wants to transform Michigan cities into "cool" places for Michigan's youth to live and is sponsoring a conference in December to share ideas.
(Last checked 11/12/03)

Hiding the Truth: President Bush's Need-to-Know Democracy
http://www.misleader.com/pdf/specialreport2_secrecy.pdf
This special report, by Stephen Pizzo, chronicles some of the most significant examples of how the current administration has curtailed public access to critical government documents. From the report: "Gary Bass, executive director of OMB Watch, an independent public advocacy group, says that the United States, is moving from a society based on the right to know to one based on the need to know." Spotted in Misleader: A Daily Chronicle of Bush Administration Distortion.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

Household Products Database
http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/
What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Do these household products pose a potential health risk to you and your family? Find out what's in these products and what are the potential health effects, and other safety and handling information. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.
(Last checked 11/14/03)

Interactive Buyer's Guide to Automobile Insurance (Michigan)
http://www.cis.state.mi.us/fis/pubs/guides/auto/auto_buyer_criteria.asp
Worried about paying too much for your automobile insurance? The Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services Office of Financial and Insurance Services web site has charts that compare various insurance rates for young people, seniors and families with or without children.
(Last checked 10/01/03)

Keeping Patients Safe:
Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309090679/html/
Institute of Medicine (IOM), Board on Health Care Services (HCS), 2003. The work environment of nurses, the largest segment of the nation's health care work force, needs to be substantially transformed to better protect patients from health care errors, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. This report calls for changes in how nurse staffing levels are established and mandatory limits on nurses' work hours as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce problems that threaten patient safety by strengthening the work environment in four areas: management, work-force deployment, work design, and organizational culture. Copies are currently available on the Internet at http://www.nap.edu. Copies of the print report will be available early next year from the National Academies Press; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242.
(Last checked 11/06/03)

Lasik Eye Surgery Factsheet (Medline Plus)
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/lasereyesurgery.html
If you're tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses, you may be considering Lasik eye surgery — one of the newest procedures to correct vision problems. Before you sign up for the surgery, get a clear picture of what you can expect. Review this compilation of web links courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Source: RefDesk.com, August 2003.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

Michigan Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force Final Report, Oct. 15, 2003
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/cwd_final_report_75838_7.pdf
A state task force dedicated to studying the problem of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and elk is calling on the state to conduct a complete audit of Michigan’s captive deer and elk industry and establish a centralized database and record-keeping system to track animal movement in the industry. The Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force, established by Governor Granholm earlier this year, presented its findings and recommendations in a report delivered to the Governor. “After the extensive testing of over 6,000 animals, there is no evidence that Chronic Wasting Disease has found its way into Michigan,” said Dr. Howard Tanner, former director of the Department of Natural Resources and Task Force co-chair. “However, in our effort to reduce Michigan’s vulnerability and to keep CWD out of the deer and elk population, we must be vigilant and need to conduct a complete audit and maintain all of the continuous data in one, real-time database.”
(Last checked 11/12/03)

Michigan PayKids Initiative
http://www.paykids.com/
We face a child support epidemic in Michigan. Well over one half million children in this state do not receive the child support they deserve, and, of that group, over 400,000 receive no support at all - not a dime. Imagine what would happen if 650,000 kids woke up tomorrow with smallpox or the measles - schools would shut down and every newspaper, radio and television station would cover the story. Unfortunately, that's not the case with child support. All of that, however, is about to change. Excerpt from Michigan Attorney General Cox's campaign to enforce child support laws.
(Last checkedc 11/12/03)

Michigan Public Service Commission
Report on August 14th Blackout
http://michigan.gov/mpsc/0,1607,7-159-16370_17060-79403--,00.html
The August 14, 2003 electricity blackout stamped an indelible impression on the minds of North Americans. Stretching from as far west as Detroit, the blackout covered much of Ontario, Canada, northern Ohio and extended all the way east to New York City. Almost as quickly as the event struck an avalanche of worldwide media coverage reported that the largest electric blackout in North American history had, in a matter of minutes, suddenly plunged 50 million North Americans into darkness and forced thousands of businesses to abruptly close operations. In its wake a renewed appreciation of the importance of electricity in all aspects of our everyday lives was stirred along with a rekindled understanding of just how intricately interwoven, interdependent, and vulnerable our electrical system has become. A search for answers as to what happened on August 14, and, more importantly, what can be done to strengthen the reliability of our electric system to prevent such an event from recurring in the future was immediately set in motion with a sense of keen urgency. With over six million residents out of power for up to two days and hundreds of businesses shut down, some for several days, Michigan elected to commence an investigation to examine the blackout from our vantage point. This web page provides both a pdf-summary report and the full report.
(Last checked 11/12/03)

Michigan Uniform Crime Report, 2002
http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1645_3501_4621-78753--,00.html
Officials report that statistically both Index Crime and overall crime figures decreased between 2001 and 2002. The most significant change in 2002 took place in the category of Robbery where the state registered a 7.59 percent reduction in reported crimes. Motor Vehicle Theft showed a 5.27 percent reduction and Larceny a 5.18 percent reduction. The largest increase in Index Crime was in the category of Rape where there was an increase of 2.10 percent. However, it should be noted that this is still less than the 6.92 percent increase we experienced last year.
(Last checked 11/12/03)

Military Pay: Army National Guard Personnel Mobilized to Active Duty Experienced Significant Pay Problems (GAO-04-89, November 13, 2003)
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0489.pdf
450 out of 481 Army National Guard personnel surveyed, many now posted overseas, have experienced problems with getting their pay on time. Source: Daniel Cornwall, GOVDOC-L, Nov. 13, 2003.
(Last checked 11/14/03)

Minnesota Library Association
Read Documents Poster Campaign
http://govpubs.lib.umn.edu/forum/read2003.phtml
Government documents staff in Minnesota chose their favorite documents, grabbed a camera, and let loose their creativity as part of a READ (Docs!) campaign. It's a new take on the American Library Association's (ALA) celebrity READ campaign using real people and real documents! The web pages were printed as posters for display at the 2003 Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Annual Conference. Courtesy of Christine Dent, Reference Coordinator and Government Documents Librarian, Rodney A. Briggs Library, University of Minnesota - Morris
(Last checked 10/28/03)

NIHSeniorHealth.gov
http://nihseniorhealth.gov/
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched NIHSeniorHealth.gov, a new talking web site with formats and topics tailored to the needs of older people. The senior friendly site takes advantage of techniques developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) designed to encourage older people to use the Internet, and this site in particular, as a resource for the best information on health and medical research.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309086280/html/
One out of every four dogs and cats in the western world is now obese. Like humans, dogs and cats that are obese run a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, or other health problems. A new report from the National Academies' National Research Council recommends revised nutrient guidelines for adequate and appropriate diets to keep dogs and cats healthy. The 450-page report by an international team of experts is the most comprehensive assessment available of the daily nutrient and calorie requirements for dogs and cats. Although it is intended primarily for scientists, pet-food manufacturers, and veterinarians, the report also includes tips on how to recognize when dogs and cats are overweight, and on what and how to feed the animals to keep them healthy.
National Research Council, Committee on Animal Nutrition, Subcommittee on Dog and Cat Nutrition, 2003. 600 pages. Summary available. Pre-publication copies are available from the National Academies Press for $295.00 (prepaid) plus shipping charges of $4.50 for the first copy and $.95 for each additional copy; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242 or order on the Internet at http://www.nap.edu. Internet access is free.
(Last checked 11/10/03)

OurDocuments.gov
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/index.php?flash=true&
It's a sad fact that too much American history is taught to children as a recitation of random facts, and too little is taught by exposure to original source material such as documents. Geared for teachers to create enthusiasm for the subject, ourdocuments.gov presents the writings that shaped American history — many of which are a wonderfully lively read. Here you can read the 100 speeches, memoranda, letters and proclamations that shaped this country. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 17, 2003.
(Last checked 10/31/03)

Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309089352/html/
More young people drink alcohol than use other drugs or smoke tobacco, and underage drinking costs the nation an estimated $53 billion annually in losses stemming from traffic fatalities, violent crime, and other behaviors that threaten the well-being of America's youth. Curbing underage drinking is an uphill battle because alcohol is legal and readily available to adults. To tackle the problem, a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies offers a comprehensive strategy that requires a deep, shared commitment from many institutions and individuals, including alcohol manufacturers and retail businesses, the entertainment industry, and parents and other adults in local communities.
Richard J. Bonnie and Mary Ellen O'Connell, Editors, Committee on Developing a Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National Research Council, 2003. 295pp. Pre-publication copies are available from the National Academies Press; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242 or on the Internet at http://www.nap.edu. The cost of the report is $50.00 (prepaid) plus shipping charges of $4.50 for the first copy and $.95 for each additional copy. Internet access is free.
(Last checked 11/10/03)

Respectfully Quoted:
A Dictionary of Quotations Requested from the Congressional Research Service
http://www.bartleby.com/73/
The 2,100 entries in this eminently researched collection form the constellation of collected wisdom in American political debate. In fulfilling decades of requests from Members of Congress for citation of quotations, the Library of Congress compiled the most frequently asked questions of the legislature for the edification of every citizen. Suzy Platt, ed.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

Results.gov: Resources for the President's Team
http://www.results.gov/agenda/scorecard.html
The Executive Branch Management Scorecard tracks how well the departments and major agencies are executing the five government-wide management initiatives. Take a look at the latest scorecard to see how poorly many agencies are doing.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

Science Behind Drug Abuse
http://www.teens.drugabuse.gov/
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Heath (NIH), created this Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. NIDA enlisted the help of teens in developing the site to ensure that the content addresses appropriate questions and timely concerns. Source: RefDesk.com, October 2003.
(Last checked 11/04/03)

To Burn or Not to Burn: Summary of the Forum on Urban/Wildland Fire
http://www.nap.edu/books/NI000357/html/index.html
Discusses solutions to wildfire hazards resulting from widespread residential development near forested lands. National Research Council, Natural Disasters Roundtable, 2001.
(Last checked 11/12/03)

Top Ten Digital Legislatures
http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/center/highlightstory.phtml?docid=73192
Michigan failed to place in the top ten digital legislatures according to the Center for Digital Government.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

Tox Town
http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/
An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places. To experience the site the way we intended, you need Macromedia Flash player, a plug-in for your web browser.
(Last checked 11/14/03)

Under the Microscope: Looking at Stem Cell Research
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309076307/html/
Scientists speculate that stem cells hold great potential for treating or curing illnesses, including juvenile diabetes and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine, a new report from the National Academies, says that public funding of research on human stem cells derived from both adults and embryos provides the most efficient and responsible means to fulfill the promise of stem cells for achieving medical breakthroughs. Committee on the Biological and Biomedical Applications of Stem Cell Research, Board on Life Sciences, National Research Council, Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, Institute of Medicine. 2002. 112pp.
(Last checked 11/12/03)

USDA Forest Service
Remote Sensing Applications Center's (RSAC)
MODIS Active Fire Mapping
http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/
Welcome to the USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center's (RSAC) MODIS Active Fire Mapping web site. Here you will find information on current large fires, active fire maps, and fire imagery as seen by the MODIS instrument on board NASA's EOS satellites, Terra & Aqua. Great for tracking the current fires in California.
(Last checked 10/31/03)

U.S. Government Manual, 2003-2004, Now Online
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html
GPO provides access to The U.S. Government Manual 2003-2004 via either a key word search or through a browse feature (choose between viewing content in text of pdf), to access data organized into the following topics: Legislative Branch, Judicial Branch, Executive Branch, Executive Agencies, Independent Establishments and Gov't Corporations, Quasi-Official Agencies, Appendices and Changes.
(Last checked 11/05/03)

U.S. Resumes Membership in UNESCO
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/09/20030929-8.html
The full text of the speech delivered on 30 September 2003 by First Lady Laura Bush. In her remarks, Mrs. Bush said that the group's work "is more urgent and more important than at any time in UNESCO's history."
(Last checked 10/14/03)

Up from Zero
http://www.dol.gov/opa/dvd/index.htm
The Department of Labor is offering a free (yes, that's right) DVD documentary on the men and women who worked so very hard to pull New York literally out of the rubble of 9/11. Ground Zero was an extraordinarily dangerous worksite, and many of those who saw the area in the first days after the attack were sure it would take at least a year to dig out and clean up. The job was done in nine months. Hear from the folks who made that happen and who, day by day, restored a sense of order both to downtown and to the country at large. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 17, 2003.
(Last checked 10/31/03)

The White House Tapes : The President Calling
http://www.americanradioworks.org/features/prestapes/
Three of America's most compelling presidents - Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon - bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. They left behind thousands of secretly recorded conversations, from momentous to mundane. In this documentary project, American RadioWorks eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history. Source: Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis, American Radioworks, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
(Last checked 11/12/03)

Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wrighthtml/
The online presentation of The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress, comprising about 10,121 library items or approximately 49,084 digital images, documents the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright and highlights their pioneering work which led to the world's first powered, controlled and sustained flight. Included in the collection are correspondence, diaries and notebooks, scrapbooks, drawings, printed matter, and other documents, as well as the Wrights' collection of glass-plate photographic negatives. The Wright Brothers' letters to aviation pioneer and mentor Octave Chanute, from the Octave Chanute Papers, were also selected for this online collection. The Wright Papers span the years 1881 to 1952 but largely cover 1900 to 1940. This online presentation includes the famous glass-plate negative of the "First Flight" at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903, as well as diaries and letters in which Wilbur and Orville Wright recount their work that led to that day. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, American Memory Project.
(Last checked 10/20/03)

Women of Our Time
Twentieth Century Photographs from the National Portrait Gallery
http://www.npg.si.edu/cexh/woot/
Navigate through this Smithsonian Institution Web site that offers an interactive gallery and explore photographs of some of twentieth-century America's famous and influential women. Also included are brief biographical profiles and a discussion of photographic styles.
(Last checked 09/30/03)

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