ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 108, MARCH 2005

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

Table of Contents

Abraham Lincoln's Life: The Great American Story
Al Qaeda: Profile and Threat Assessment
Avian Influenza
Bernan's Government Publication News (GPN)
Church Report Executive Summary
Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States
Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
Economic Benefits of the Michigan Department of
Transportation's 2005-2009 Highway Program
Endangered Species Assessment Resource Tool
Flu: the Latest Flu Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Foreign Media Reaction
Gender Differences in Participation and Completion of Undergraduate Education
and How They Have Changed Over Time
Government Information in the Digital Age
Government Information Online Chat Service
History of the US Income Tax
In Larger Freedom (UN)
International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: 2005
The Making of a Homemaker
Michigan Attorney General Opinion on Same-Sex Domestic Partnership Benefits
Michigan Career Portal
Michigan Department of Transportation's 2005-2009 Highway Program,
Economic Benefits
Michigan Lottery Results : Historical Archive
MiInternship
Military Personnel : Financial Costs and Loss of Critical Skills
Due to DOD's Homosexual Conduct Policy Cannot Be Completely Estimated
The Pig Book: How Government Wastes Your Money
Planning for your Peace of Mind: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Medical and Legal Decisions
Prescription Drug Importation, Report on
Report of Solid Waste Landfilled in Michigan: Oct. 1, 2003 - Sept. 30, 2004
Social Security and Pensions
Solid Waste Landfilled in Michigan: Fiscal Year 2004 Report
State of World Population Report : 2004 (UNFPA)
Suffering Under a Great Injustice: Ansel Adams's Photographs
of Japanese American Internment at Manzanar
Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: a Guide to Basic Sources
United Nations Oil-for-Food Inquiry
US Income Tax, History
War Relocation Centers of World War II: When Fear Was Stronger than Justice
We the People of Arab Ancestry in the United States
Weapons of Mass Destruction : Commission Report
White House Drug Czar Launches Blog
WhiteHouseTapes.org at the Miller Center of Public Affairs

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Abraham Lincoln's Life: The Great American Story
http://www.alplm.org/timeline/timeline.html
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a 200,000 square foot complex situated in downtown Springfield, Illinois, and is complemented by a meticulously restored Union Station Visitors Center (completion scheduled 2006) and an adjacent parking facility (completion scheduled May 2005). This web page provides highlights.
(Last checked 03/31/05)

Al Qaeda: Profile and Threat Assessment
http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RS22049.pdf
A Congressional Research Service Report by Kenneth Katzman, Feb. 10, 2005, 6pp., courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists.
(Last checked 03/15/05)

Avian Influenza
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/
The Bird Flu has been in the news a lot as a possible threat. Here's a web page by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
(Last checked 03/15/05)

Bernan's Government Publication News (GPN)
http://www.bernan.com
GPN provides a free e-mail service to keep you posted on the latest U.S. government and international documents available for purchase in paper format. Subscription information is posted on web site. To view the March GPN, just click on this link: http://www.bernan.com/images/pdf/gpn/MarchGPN2005.pdf.
(Last checked 03/22/05)

Church Report Executive Summary
http://levin.senate.gov/newsroom/supporting/2005/Churchreport.031005.pdf
According to Senator Levin upon reviewing the report, March 10, 2005, "In the end, I can only conclude that the Defense Department is not able to assess accountability at senior levels, particularly when investigators are in the chain of command of the officials whose policies and actions they are investigating. Only an independent review can fully and objectively assess both the institutional and personal accountability for the abuse of detainees."
(Last checked 03/18/05)

Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
Also known as the Silberman-Robb Commission
http://www.wmd.gov/report/
http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/politics/20050331_wmd_report.pdf
In a scathing report, a presidential commission" said this morning "that America's spy agencies were 'dead wrong' in most of their judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the war and that the United States knows 'disturbingly little' about the weapons programs and threat posed by many of the nation's most dangerous adversaries," AP reports. "The commission called for dramatic change to prevent future failures. Source: Katherin Shrader, WMD Commission Releases Scathing Report: Panel Finds U.S. Intelligence on Iraq's Weapons Was 'Dead Wrong', Washington Post, March 31, 2005.
(Last checked 03/31/05)

Economic Benefits of the Michigan Department of Transportation's 2005-2009 Highway Program : Final Report
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT5yrprogrameconomicbenefits_115173_7.pdf
Prepared by the Economic Development Research Group and the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Michigan, for the Michigan Department of Transportation, January 25, 2005. 25pp.
(Last checked 03/02/05)

Endangered Species Assessment Resource Tool
http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/esa/
The site is designed to provide private landowners, consultants, local governments, developers, and other citizens with a preliminary evaluation of whether endangered, threatened or special concern species; high quality natural communities or unique natural features have been known to occur at or near a site of interest. Following the preliminary assessment, users may contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to request a more formal assessment to learn whether rare species or unique natural features have been documented at or near the location.
(Last checked 03/02/05)

Flu: the Latest Flu Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.hhs.gov/flu/
Provides the latest on vaccine availability, preventing the flu, if you get the flu, price gouging, press releases, state health agencies, and more links.
(Last checked 03/01/05)

Foreign Media Reaction
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/medreac.htm
Each business day, the U.S. Department of State's Office of Research produces an Issue Focus of foreign media commentary on a major foreign policy issue or related event. These reports provide a global round-up of editorials and op-ed commentary from major newspapers, magazines and broadcast media around the world. Following a one-page analysis of the commentary, readers will find block quotes sorted by geographic region and country. An Issue Focus normally covers one to three weeks of editorial opinion. A searchable archive is available. Repeat from March 2000 Red Tape.
(Last checked 03/31/05)

Gender Differences in Participation and Completion of Undergraduate Education and How They Have Changed Over Time
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2005169
This report drew on several publications and postsecondary datasets to provide a detailed account of gender differences in undergraduate education. Specifically, the analysis examined gender differences in rates of participation and completion of undergraduate education, focusing on changes over time in college enrollment, associateís and bachelorís degree awards, and the demographic and enrollment characteristics of undergraduate men and women. The analysis also examined trends in high school academic preparation, postsecondary persistence and degree completion, and early labor market outcomes among bachelorís degree recipients. Feb. 2005.
(Last checked 03/31/05)

Government Information in the Digital Age:
The Once and Future Federal Depository Library Program
http://ssdc.ucsd.edu/jj/fdlp/jal_fdlp.html
Rapid technological change has caused some to question the need for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). We argue that the traditional roles of FDLP libraries in selecting, acquiring, organizing, preserving, and providing access to and services for government information are more important than ever in the digital age. Preprint of article by James A. Jacobs and Shinjoung Yeo, Social Sciences and Humanities Library, University of California, San Diego, scheduled to appear in Journal of Academic Librarianship, May 2005.
(Last checked 03/01/05)

Government Information Online
http://govtinfo.org/
Government Information Online (GIO) is a national pilot project that will establish a viable model for online cooperative virtual reference and information service that specializes in answering questions about government information. Libraries contributing their time and expertise to the project (over thirty institutions across the United States) represent public libraries, academic institutions, as well as state library and archive departments. All the project's participants are official depository libraries who participate in the U.S. Government Printing Office's Federal Depository Library program, and many are also official depository libraries for their respective state governments. The project's participants share the belief that government information is a core source of reliable knowledge that enhances the lives of our patrons. Further, with a growing share of government information available in an electronic formats and on the web, the project will further enhance the search capabilities of professional librarians. Our users are on the Web; we should be too.
(Last checked 03/18/05)

History of the US Income Tax
http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/hottopic/irs_history.html
"If, in the midst of sorting receipts and studying the latest changes in the US income tax laws, you suddenly wonder 'What is the origin this annual ritual in the weeks leading up to April 15th?' here are some places you can go for answers." Features links to information from the Internal Revenue Service and other resources, images from Library of Congress collections, and reading suggestions. From Ellen Terrell, Library of Congress Business Reference Services. Source: Librarians' Index to the Internet, Feb. 17, 2005.
(Last checked 02/25/05)

In Larger Freedom (UN)
Towards Development, Security, and Human Rights for All
http://www.un.org/largerfreedom/
Secretary-General Kofi Annan addressed the General Assembly, to introduce his report, "In Larger Freedom," which outlines actions to be taken to follow up on the commitments made in the Millennium Declaration. He told the Assembly, "My hope is that world leaders, when they arrive here in September, will be ready to take the decisions that are needed. And I hope they will adopt them as a package." Report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Decision by Heads of State and Government in September 2005.
(Last checked 03/21/05)

International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: 2005
http://www.state.gov/g/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2005/
Annual report from the State Department to Congress on efforts by key countries to control narcotics trafficking. In two volumes for drug control and for financial crimes such as money laundering.
(Last checked 03/31/05)

The Making of a Homemaker
http://www.sil.si.edu/ondisplay/making-homemaker/
Sustaining a home and healthy family was a full time job for middle class women in late nineteenth century America. Daniel Wise articulated the popular sentiment when he proclaimed, "Home is woman's world, as well as her empire".1 Cooking, cleaning, and child rearing were seen as women's work. To some, "Comfort for her family is provided even at the expense of many an exhausted nerve, and an aching heart".2 How did they handle the daunting work without the aid of microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners and carpools? Wealthier women might rely on servants while other matrons bore the brunt of work themselves. However, to almost all, a comprehensive domestic guidebook could be indispensable. This collection courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution provides online access to a number of these books.
(Last checked 03/31/05)

Michigan Attorney General Opinion on Same-Sex Domestic Partnership Benefits
http://www.ag.state.mi.us/opinion/datafiles/2000s/op10247.htm
As a result of Proposal 2 in the last election, state and local governments are now prohibited from extending their benefits packages to same-sex partners of employees. Judicial appeals are expected.
(Last checked 03/21/05)

Michigan Career Portal
http://www.michigan.gov/careers
About 150,000 people visit the Michigan Career Portal, the stateís online service for career and job information, each month. The site provides links to state and national employment, career, education, training, and business resources and services.
(Last checked 03/02/05)

Michigan Lottery Results : Historical Archive
http://www.michigan.gov/lottery
Provides the most recent lottery game results as well as an archive of winning numbers going back to 1994. MiInternship
http://www.michigan.gov/miintern
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has announced the launch of a new website to help students find internships in the State of Michigan. Internships help students find the skills they need to land a full-time job and give businesses a cost-effective way of finding talented workers. MiInternship, powered by the Michigan Talent Bank, offers valuable tips for students, employers and educators. The site features a search engine that allows students to review more than 400 internship opportunities by employer/organization name or location. Students will also find an Internship Tool Kit with information on getting the important first job, resume and cover letter writing, and job interviewing.
(Last checked 03/18/05)

Military Personnel : Financial Costs and Loss of Critical Skills Due to DOD's Homosexual Conduct Policy Cannot Be Completely Estimated
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05299.pdf
It's debatable whether kicking homosexuals out of the military is good for unit cohesion and morale, as the policy's defenders claimóbut there's no question that it's bad for the military budget, and probably for military readiness as well. According to a report from the GAO, the Department of Defense may have had to spend as much as $95 million to recruit and train replacements for the 9,488 service members discharged for coming out in various ways since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" took effect, in 1994. In addition, 757 of those discharged were in "critical occupations"ómany of them intelligence-related jobs such as "voice interceptor" and "interpreter/translator." (The report found that 322 of those discharged could claim knowledge of important foreign languages such as Arabic, Farsi, and Korean.) These costs may help explain why the military seems to have scaled back such discharges since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan. The Pentagon recently announced that only 653 gay service members were discharged in 2004, down from around 1,200 a year in 2000 and 2001. Source: Primary Sources, The Atlantic Online, May 2005.
(Last checked 03/31/05)

The Pig Book: How Government Wastes Your Money
http://www.pnnonline.org/article.php?sid=5832
Citizens Against Government Waste announced the publication of "The Pig Book: How Government Wastes Your Money," a compilation of the worst pork-barrel projects exposed by CAGW over the past 14 years. From 1991 to 2004, the annual Congressional Pig Book identified 52,461 egregious projects approved by Congress, costing taxpayers more than $185 billion... Of course, it's all in the eyes of the beholder.
(Last checked 03/25/05)

Planning for your Peace of Mind: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Medical and Legal Decisions
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/publications/PeaceofMind.pdf
This booklet, also available in paper format from your favorite state legislator or your favorite Michigan Depository Library, explains and provides copies of two important documents: (1) Durable Power of Attorney and (2) Advance Directives for Health Care. These forms are THE legal documents Michigan citizens use to provide instructions about health care should they lack the ability to make decisions themselves. Among those powers are refusal of medical treatment, withdrawal of medical treatment, and do-not-resuscitate orders. Many patrons inquire about "living wills." Living wills are not recognized by Michigan law and therefore not included in the Peace of Mind booklet. The Michigan Statutory Will, which is recognized by Michigan Courts, is included. Source: Debbie Gallagher, MeL Government Information Selector, MichLib-L, March 23, 2005.
(Last checked 03/24/05)

Prescription Drug Importation, Report on
http://www.hhs.gov/importtaskforce/Report1220.pdf
HHS Task Force On Drug Importation. Dec. 2004. 144pp.
(Last checked 03/01/05)

Report of Solid Waste Landfilled in Michigan: Oct. 1, 2003 - Sept. 30, 2004
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-whm-stsw-reportOFsolidwastelandfilled2-22-5.pdf
Details the amount of waste disposed of in Michigan landfills, landfill capacity, and future trends for the state fiscal year 2004. Prepared by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Waste and Hazardous Materials Division, Storage Tank and Solid Waste Section, Feb. 22, 2005, 58pp.
(Last checked 03/02/05)

Social Security and Pensions
http://www.cbo.gov/byclasscat.cfm?cat=11
This collection of documents from the Congressional Budget Office provides analysis, projections, and outlook on the U.S. Social Security system and other government pension topics. Features congressional testimony and papers such as "The Retirement Prospects of the Baby Boomers" and "Retirement Age and the Need for Saving." Includes documents back to 1978. Source: Librarians' Index to the Internet, Feb. 24, 2005.
(Last checked 02/25/05)

State of World Population Report : 2004
http://www.unfpa.org/swp/swpmain.htm
Countries are making real progress in carrying out a bold global action plan that links poverty alleviation to womenís rights and universal access to reproductive health. Ten years into the new era opened by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, the quality and reach of family planning programmes have improved, safe motherhood and HIV prevention efforts are being scaled up, and governments embrace the ICPD Programme of Action as an essential blueprint for realizing development goals." And this report, developed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) explains that progress nations have made to meet the goals set in the Cairo Conference.
(Last checked 03/31/05)

Suffering Under a Great Injustice: Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese American Internment at Manzanar
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aamhtml/
In 1943, Ansel Adams documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese Americans interned there. This site provides side-by-side digital scans of both Adams' 242 original negatives and his 209 photographic prints, collection highlights, Adams' book "Born Free and Equal," a selected bibliography, and a chronology of Adams' life. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.Source: Librarians' Index to the Internet, Feb. 17, 2005.
(Last checked 02/25/05)

Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: a Guide to Basic Sources
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/98-461.pdf
Includes not only print resources but telephone resources for up-to-the-minute information. Congressional Research Service Report 98-461, by Carol D. Davis, updated Jan. 13, 2005, and posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
(Last checked 03/15/05)

United Nations Oil-for-Food Inquiry
http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusRel.asp?infocusID=97&Body=Oil-for-Food&Body1=inquiry
The United Nations caught a lot of flack about corruption in its "Oil for Food" program in Saddham Hussein's Iraq. This web page reports the findings of the UN Enquiry and other related news items.
(Last checked 03/21/05)

The War Relocation Centers of World War II: When Fear Was Stronger than Justice
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/89manzanar/89manzanar.htm
A lesson plan designed to study the U.S. government's confinement of people of Japanese ancestry to relocation centers during World War II. Resources include maps, readings, photographs and layouts of the Manzanar (California) and Rowher (Arkansas) camps, activities, and links to related Web sites. From the U.S. National Park Service program, Teaching with Historic Places. Source: Librarians' Index to the Internet, Feb. 17, 2005.
(Last checked 02/25/05)

We the People of Arab Ancestry in the United States
http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/censr-21.pdf
Presents demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the Arab-American population, based on the 2000 Census. Also identifies the largest component groups of the Arab community. From the Census Bureau. March 2005. 21pp.
(Last checked 03/31/05)

White House Drug Czar Launches Blog
http://www.pushingback.com
ONDCP becomes the first cabinet-level agency to launch an online Web log. This new Web site showcases nationwide, local, and international efforts, along with up to the minute news on the Drug Czar, his staff, and efforts that "push back" against the drug problem in America. (ONDCP)
(Last checked 03/16/05)

WhiteHouseTapes.org at the Miller Center of Public Affairs
http://www.whitehousetapes.org
"Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents [Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon] from both political parties secretly recorded just under 5,000 hours of conversations. This site is designed as a service to the research community by making freely available all of the presidential recordings, along with relevant research materials" Also includes topical pages using conversations. From the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. Source: Librarians' Index to the Internet, Feb. 24, 2005.
(Last checked 02/25/05)

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