ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 106, NOVEMBER 2004

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

Table of Contents

Afghanistan Reborn
Childhood Lead Poisoning, Final Report of the Task Force to Eliminate...
A Citizen's Guide to Radon
Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD
DNA Information at Your Fingertips
Duelfer Report
Farmer's Markets in Michigan
Final Report of the Task Force to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning
Ghosts of the White House
Good to Be in DC
Historical Statistics of the United States
Into the 80's: the Final Report of the Governor's Committee
on Unification of the Public Mental Health System
Lessons Learned from the Beslan (Russia) School Attack
Levin Report
Michigan Education Yes High School Report Cards
Michigan's Long Term Care Portal
Michigan Mental Health Commission Final Report
mymoney.gov
National Intelligence Director and Security Analysis
Power Trips
Public Library Trustee Manual on the web
Teleportation Physics Study
Travel Michigan
U.S.-China Economic Security Review Commission
WatchingJustice: An Eye on the U.S. Department of Justice
A Year In Iraq

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Afghanistan Reborn
http://www.usaid.gov/locations/asia_near_east/afghanistan/AfghanistanReborn.pdf
“Afghans have already made huge advances from life under a cruel, medieval theocracy that barred girls from school, kept women from public life and amputated limbs as a punishment. Today Afghanistan is a land of bustling markets, schools filled with eager students and people enjoying a new birth of freedom. We can be proud of what we have helped this unique and courageous people to achieve and we will remain at their side as they work to build a better future for their children.” - U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Andrew S. Natsios.
(Last checked 11/10/04)

A Citizen's Guide to Radon:
The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Radon
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html
"You can't see radon. And you can't smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high." And this site explains the issue, provides tips on testing for it and ways to fix the problem if radon is found near your home.”
(Last checked 11/01/04)

Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD
Also known as the Duelfer Report
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/duelfer.html
The report, written by Charles Duelfer of the Iraq Survey Group, was posted by the Central Intelligence Agency on its web site at: http://www.cia.gov/cia/reports/iraq_wmd_2004/index.html on October 6, 2004. At the time each of the three volumes were 50-70 MB, making it impossible for most citizens to read, even with a broadband connection. This version of the report is divided into smaller segments, even though a broadband connection is still advisable. Courtesy of Grace York, University of Michigan Documents Center.
(Last checked 10/14/04)

DNA Information at Your Fingertips
http://www.DNA.gov
This web page offers a wealth of information about funding, training, publications, and other resources related to the use of DNA technology in solving crimes, protecting the innocent, and identifying missing persons. Visitors to the site can learn more about the President's DNA Initiative, Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology.
(Last checked 11/03/04)

Farmer's Markets in Michigan
http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-1570-15576--,00.html
The state of Michigan now has an online database of U-Pick Farms, Farmer's Markets, and Cider Mills available. (mmmm... cider.) There are over 250 sites listed in the database.
(Last checked 10/05/04)

Final Report of the Task Force to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lead_108767_7.pdf
100 recommendations and strategies to eliminate lead poisoning among Michigan's children by 2010 Michigan Department of Community Health. June 2004. 84p.
(Last checked 11/18/04)

Ghosts of the White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/ghosts/
“Americans have long enjoyed telling ghost stories. From the ghost of Abigail Adams doing her laundry in the East Room to the spirit of Dolley Madison overlooking the Rose Garden, the White House has its own legend of ghost stories that have been passed down over the years. Members of the staff, who have worked in the White House for many years, recently shared some of their stories of strange noises in the White House, sightings of President Abraham Lincoln's ghost and a Halloween prank by President Carter's daughter." Source: El Dorado County (Cal.) What’s Hot on the Internet, Nov. 1, 2004.
(Last checked 11/01/04)

Good to Be in DC
http://atomfilms.shockwave.com/content/goodtobeindc/frameset.html
If you liked "This Land" by Jibjab, then you have to check out "Good to Be in DC".
(Last checked 10/22/04)

Historical Statistics of the United States,
Colonial Times to 1970 (Bicentennial Edition)

http://www2.census.gov/prod2/statcomp/index.htm
The Census Bureau now provides access to a digitized copy of this reference tool, as well as to many individual issues of the Statistical Abstract of the United States from 1878 to 2003.
(Last checked 11/10/04)

Into the 80's:
the Final Report of the Governor's Committee on Unification of the Public Mental Health System
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Intothe80s_83250_7.pdf
80 recommendations proposing a comprehensive approach to assuring an equitable distribution of basic mental health services throughout Michigan. During Milliken's tenure. 1980. 36pp.
(Last checked 11/16/04)

Lessons Learned from the Beslan (Russia) School Attack
http://www.asisonline.org/newsroom/beslan.pdf
Advisory from the U.S. Department of Education, Oct. 6, 2004.
(Last checked 10/13/04)

Levin Report
Report of on Inquiry into the Alternative Analysis of the Issue of an Iraq-al Qaeda Relationship
http://www.levin.senate.gov/newsroom/supporting/2004/102104inquiryreport.pdf
A report issued by Senator Levin demonstrates how high-ranking officials in the Department of Defense exaggerated intelligence regarding the alleged link between Iraq and al Qaeda in order to support the Bush Administration's policy goal of removing Saddam Hussein. Administration statements did not accurately reflect assessments by the Intelligence Community. Senate Armed Services Committee, Oct. 21, 2004. 46pp.
(Last checked 10/25/04)

Michigan Education Yes High School Report Cards
http://www.michigan.gov/minewswire/0,1607,7-136-3452-103648--,00.html
Over 600 Michigan high schools received a passing grade in the second year of the EducationYES! Report Card, surpassing last year’s number by over 100, according to the Michigan Department of Education. Individual Michigan School Report Cards can be accessed at http://ayp.mde.state.mi.us/ayp/. Source: Michigan Newswire, November 4, 2004
(Last checked 11/15/04)

Michigan's Long Term Care Portal
http://www.michigan.gov/ltc/0,1607,7-148--15231--,00.html
Long Term Care covers topics from planning ahead for a family member's care needs to choosing the best care setting for immediate needs. To address the breadth of LTC issues we developed a comprehensive website that would encompass the wide range of Long Term Care information available from public and private sources. This site strives to provide customers with the best, most accurate information available. Please, check back often.
(Last checked 11/03/04)

Michigan Mental Health Commission Final Report
http://www.michigan.gov/mentalhealth/0,1607,7-201--98116--,00.html
“Members of the Mental Health Commission have tirelessly worked over the course of the last 10 months to create a new vision for supporting citizens with mental illness in our state,” Granholm said. “I deeply appreciate their efforts and am anxious to review the Commission’s vision to restructure Michigan’s mental health system.” Provides recommendations to Governor Granholm on improving state's mental health services, released October 25, 2004.
(Last checked 11/03/04)

mymoney.gov
http://www.mymoney.gov
Welcome to mymoney.gov, the Federal Government's website dedicated to helping Americans understand more about their money – how to save it, invest it, and manage it to meet your personal goals. Every day, consumers spend money – or do something that involves money - whether it is balancing a checking account; shopping for a mortgage or auto loan; researching ways to pay for a college education; checking credit card statements; putting money away for retirement; understanding a credit report; or simply deciding whether to pay cash or charge a purchase.… the list goes on and on. You can use the resources on this site to learn how to do these things and manage your money better – and we hope you'll share what you learn with others. This site will grow over time with more information on lots of different topics – so visit often! This website is managed by the federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission.
(Last checked 10/25/04)

National Intelligence Director and Intelligence Analysis
http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RS21948.pdf
Critical issues facing congressional members working on intelligence reform include which agency should prepare secretive presidential daily briefs and how the National Intelligence Council, which develops classified national intelligence estimates, should be managed, according to a new report. A Sept. 30, 2004 Congressional Research Service report highlights a debate within Congress over overhauling the U.S. intelligence community and creating a new national intelligence director. The report was obtained and publicized by the Federation of American Scientists.
(Last checked 08/06/04)

Power Trips
http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/congtravel/
"Reforms in recent years have made many of the lush perks once enjoyed by Congress disappear. But not all, certainly not travel. That's the conclusion of an investigation by Marketplace, American RadioWorks, and a team of graduate students from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, who cataloged every privately sponsored trip taken by members of the House or Senate since 2000. The result: Over $14 million spent by corporations, universities, and other outside interests, sending representatives around the world, for sometimes questionable reasons." Source: Steve Henn, American RadioWorks, Sept. 2004 via Gary Price's ResourceShelf DocuTicker, Oct. 1, 2004.
(Last checked 11/16/04)

Public Library Trustee Manual on the web
http://www.michigan.gov/librarytrustee
The Library of Michigan has released the 2004 edition of the Michigan Public Library Trustee Manual, fully revised and with a more comprehensive library law section. The previous edition was released in 1998.
(Last checked 11/18/04)

Teleportation Physics Study
http://www.fas.org/sgp/eprint/teleport.pdf
Beam Me up Scotty! USA Today (Dan Vergano, Nov. 5) reported that the Air Force paid $25,000 to one Eric W. Davis of Warp Drive Metrics in Las Vegas for a study of various forms of teleportation. And it got its money's worth, too. If you don't believe me, check out the full report--Star Trek references and all--on the Federation of American Scientists Web site. The report recommends the Air Force spend another $7.5 million to conduct psychic teleportation experiments, but the service says that for now, it's done throwing money at this little concept. Source: GovExec.com Daily Briefing Fedlog, Nov. 9, 2004.
(Last checked 11/18/04)

Travel Michigan
http://travel.michigan.org/
Come to Michigan, the Great Lakes playground. From the big city hustle to snow shoeing in the rugged Upper Peninsula, spas and relaxation to downhill skiing and snowboarding, Michigan’s winter season has something for every traveler. We invite you to explore our two peninsulas and find your favorite features and activities. Enjoy! If you are really gung ho, you can even sign up for a variety of enewsletters so you can stay on top of all that Michigan has to offer.
(Last checked 11/18/04)

U.S.-China Economic Security Review Commission
http://www.uscc.gov/
The Ohio field investigation revealed the extent of the difficulties faced by America's manufactures, workers and communities, as a result of manufacturing competition from China. Panelists representing Ohio's manufacturing industries - including autos, steel, machining and ceramics - provided vivid descriptions of the challenges they face from Chinese competition. Chairman C. Richard D'Amato, in summing up the testimony of a variety of business and labor panelists at the hearing stated, "I am drawing two major conclusions from what you all have said: First, the Chinese are ripping the bedrock of our manufacturing base out from under us, and second, your government in Washington is doing next to nothing to stop it."
(Last checked 11/12/04)

WatchingJustice: An Eye on the U.S. Department of Justice
http://www.watchingjustice.org/
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) plays a significant and singular role in shaping and enforcing the nation's policies through litigation, regulation, investigation, and implementation of laws. Watching Justice's mission is to keep a vigilant and long-term eye on Americans' fundamental rights and liberties by providing a forum for analysis, praise, and criticism of the department's actions. Watching Justice also monitors those offices in the Department of Homeland Security that were previously based in the DOJ.
(Last checked 11/10/04)

A Year In Iraq
http://www.usaid.gov/iraq/ayeariniraq.html
$3.3 billion in U.S. aid fixed schools, vaccinated millions of children, restored electricity and created Iraq’s first democratic councils. The emergency relief and reconstruction aid delivered to Iraq during the 12 months since the fall of Saddam Hussein in April, 2003, was the biggest U.S. foreign aid program since the Marshall Plan, delivering $3.3 billion in help to Iraq’s people. This text explains how the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) have supported Iraq's recovery from three decades of tyranny and mass murder.
(Last checked 11/10/04)

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