ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 114, FEBRUARY 2006

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

Table of Contents

2005 State of Michigan's Environment
2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (U.S.)
2007 Michigan Executive Budget
Alaska Volcano Observatory
Bon Appetit! : A Celebration of Canadian Cookbooks
Budget of the United States of America, Fiscal Year 2007
BugInfo from Encyclopedia Smithsonian
Building the Bombs: A History of the Nuclear Weapons Complex
Cheney Hunting Accident Report
Classic Speeches from the U.S. Senate
Economic Report of the President 2006
Everyday Mysteries (LC)
ExpectMore.gov
A Failure of Initiative: The Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee
to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina
Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina : Lessons Learned
Girls' Use of Illicit Substances Increases
Globalization, Biosecurity and the Future of the Life Sciences
The Great Depression
Life Beyond MARC: the Case for Revolutionary Change in Library Systems and Services
Major Savings and Reforms in the President's 2007 Budget
Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq
Michigan Department of Management and Budget - 2007 Executive Budget
National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism
Quadrennial Defense Review, 2006
Saddan Hussein Trial Web Page
Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to
Hurricane Katrina
Solar System Exploration : The Best of NASA Science 2005
State of Michigan's Environment 2005
Today's Document from NARA
We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States

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2006 Quadrennial Defense Review
http://www.defenselink.mil/qdr/report/Report.pdf
Pentagon leaders publicly touted the much-anticipated Quadrennial Defense Review as laying out an aggressive strategy to better position U.S. forces to combat terrorists and other unpredictable enemies and continue what the Bush administration now calls "the long war." The document contains more than 100 recommendations for realigning military forces around a broad scope of missions, working with other government agencies and foreign allies and improving the Defense Department's organization, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said Wednesday night. Source : Greta E. Marlatt, Information Services Manager & Homeland Security Digital Library Content Team, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943, via GOVDOC-L, Feb. 3, 2006.
(Last checked 01/13/06)

Alaska Volcano Observatory
http://www.avo.alaska.edu/
The Alaska Volcano Observatory's popular website lets the public track Augustine's activity, from live earthquake data to hourly updates on the blasts of ash and rocky pyroclastic flows that have rumbled down the snowy volcano since it began erupting in mid-January. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) is a joint program of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAFGI), and the State of Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (ADGGS).
(Last checked 02/11/06)

Bon Appetit! : A Celebration of Canadian Cookbooks
http://www.collectionscanada.ca/cuisine/index-e.html
Compiled from the Library and Archives Canada collection, the exhibition portrays the evolution of cooking in Canada. It begins with an introduction to the foods and cooking methods of Canada's indigenous peoples; and continues through to the culinary traditions of the early settlers, noting the coming of science to the kitchen at the beginning of the 20th century. It concludes with the multicultural heritage that is an integral part of how food is enjoyed today. The site includes two fully searchable nineteenth-century cookbooks, as well as appetizing resources for students and teachers.
(Last checked 02/27/06)

Budget of the United States of America, Fiscal Year 2007
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy07/index.html
The President's Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2007 is now available.
(Last checked 02/28/06)

BugInfo from Encyclopedia Smithsonian
http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmnh/buginfo/start.htm
This website provides users with a series of Information Sheets on a variety of insects, including Killer Bees, Monarch Butterflies, a whole series of Beetles and Carpenter Ants. Source: Eldorado County (Cal.) Library Whatís Hot on the Internet, Feb. 20, 2006.
(Last checked 02/21/06)

Building the Bombs: A History of the Nuclear Weapons Complex
http://www.prod.sandia.gov/cgi-bin/techlib/access-control.pl/2002/020307p.pdf
Charles R. Loeber. Albuequerque, New Mexico : Sandia National Laboratories, 2002. 283pp.
(Last checked 02/27/06)

Cheney Hunting Accident Report
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/dn06/dn06govt.html#cheney
For inquiring documents librarians! Copy of report filed with Texas Parks and Wildlife Commison. Describes mistaken shooting of Harry Whittington on February 11, 2006. Courtesy of the University of Michigan Documents Center.
(Last checked 02/21/06)

Classic Speeches from the U.S. Senate
http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/Classic_Speeches.htm
Speeches and introductions reprinted from Robert C. Byrd, The Senate, 1789-1989: Classic Speeches, 1830-1993. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1994.
(Last checked 02/27/06)

Economic Report of the President 2006
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/eop/
The Economic Report of the President is issued by the Executive Office of the President and the Council of Economic Advisers. It includes:

  • Current and foreseeable trends and annual numerical goals concerning topics such as employment, production, real income, and Federal budget outlays;
  • Employment objectives for significant groups of the labor force;
  • Annual numeric goals;
  • And a program for carrying out program objectives.
  • Also included is the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers. Each year, the Council of Economic Advisers submits this report on its activities during the previous calendar year in accordance with the requirements of Congress as set forth in section 10(d) of the Employment Act of 1946 as amended by the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978.
    (Last checked 02/28/06)

    Everyday Mysteries
    http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/
    Did you ever wonder why cats purr? Or why a camel has a hump? Can you 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 Science Reference Services. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Feb. 13, 2006.
    (Last checked 02/14/06)

    ExpectMore.gov
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/expectmore/
    The Federal Government is working to ensure its programs perform well. Here we provide you information about where we're successful and where we fall short, and in both situations, what we're doing to improve our performance next year.
    (Last checked 02/08/06)

    A Failure of Initiative: The Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina
    http://katrina.house.gov
    Hurricane Katrina exposed the U.S. governmentís failure to learn the lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as leaders from President Bush down disregarded ample warnings of the threat to New Orleans and did not execute emergency plans or share information that would have saved lives, according to a blistering report by House investigators. This web site also provides numerous links to additional hearings on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
    (Last checked 02/16/06)

    The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina : Lessons Learned
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/reports/katrina-lessons-learned.pdf
    A White House report has concluded that federal agencies, and the Homeland Security Department in particular, remain unprepared for catastrophes despite the billions of dollars that have been spent on emergency management since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The 228-page report reviewed the preparations for, and response to, Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans. The review noted problems at every level of government and the private sector, and included 125 recommendations for reform. The White House said 11 of the changes need to be made before the start of the next hurricane season on June 1. "Our current system for homeland security does not provide the necessary framework to manage the challenges posed by 21st-century catastrophic threats," the report said. "While we have built a response system that ably handles the demands of a typical hurricane season, wildfires, and other limited natural and manmade disasters, the system clearly has structural flaws for addressing catastrophic events." February 2006. 228pp.
    (Last checked 02/23/06)

    Girls' Use of Illicit Substances Increases
    http://www.mediacampaign.org/pdf/girls_and_drugs.pdf
    "Girls and Drugs--A New Analysis: Recent Trends, Risk Factors and Consequences" (11 pp.). Despite commonly held beliefs that boys are at higher risk for using illegal substances, data indicate that girls have caught up with boys in illicit drug and alcohol use and have actually surpassed boys in cigarette and prescription drug use. Also, more girls than boys are new users of substances. Not available from NCJRS. (ONDCP)
    (Last checked 02/16/06)

    Globalization, Biosecurity and the Future of the Life Sciences
    http://darwin.nap.edu/books/0309100321/html/
    Reports on the need for vigilance, an expanded view of bioterrorism threats, and a stronger public health infrastructure to reduce the risk that new developments in the life sciences and technology will be used to create biological weapons. From the National Research Council. Spotted on the College of William and Mary Swem Library Government Documents Blog.
    (Last checked 02/09/06)

    The Great Depression
    http://www.hoover.archives.gov/exhibits/Hooverstory/gallery06/gallery06.html
    This informational site has been produced by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and details the U.S. Government's prior knowledge of and then its handling of what has come to be called "The Great Depression." "The worst disaster in American economic history began in October 1929. This gallery puts the Great Depression in historical context and details Hoover's early response to the crisis." Courtesy of the El Dorado County (Cal.) Library What's Hot on the Internet This Week, February 13, 2006.
    (Last checked 02/13/06)

    Life Beyond MARC: the Case for Revolutionary Change in Library Systems and Services
    http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=3774
    Watch a free 65 webcast from the Library of Congress! Roy Tennant makes a case for revolutionary change in the ways libraries do their business and make their offerings available to the public via the Internet. September 15, 2005.
    (Last checked 02/20/06)

    Major Savings and Reforms in the President's 2007 Budget
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2007/pdf/savings.pdf
    President Bush's fiscal 2007 budget proposes to terminate funding for 91 programs and sharply cut another 50 from 2006 levels, for a combined savings of $14.7 billion, according to a document released by the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday. The Major Savings and Reforms document provides the first detailed look at the 141 programs President Bush has said he would like to see significantly scaled back or eliminated altogether. Of the 91 programs the administration proposed terminating to produce savings of $7.3 billion, only 12, representing $580 million in funding, haven't been on past years' lists. The 50 programs identified for major reductions represent $7.4 billion in savings. Proposed cuts to the 10 programs that are newly targeted would yield $2.3 billion in savings. Feb. 2006. 226pp.
    (Last checked 02/10/06)

    Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq
    http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/Iraq_Reports/Index.html
    Given the recent news reports on Iraq, this may prove an interesting read. February 2006 Report to Congress, 57pp, as well as earlier quarterly reports mandated by Congress.
    (Last checked 02/27/06)

    Michigan Department of Management and Budget
    2007 Executive Budget
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/EBVII_149814_7.pdf
    Increased funding for the state's school students that includes money for new after school programs, additional funding for Michigan's colleges and universities, and $110 million in tax loophole closings highlight the Governor's proposed budget.
    (Last checked 02/16/06)

    National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism
    http://www.defenselink.mil/qdr/docs/2005-01-25-Strategic-Plan.pdf
    Unclassified version. For a summary description, see Linda Robinson, Plan of Attack : The Pentagon has a secret new strategy for taking on terrorists--and taking them down", U.S. News & World Report, August 1, 2005.
    (Last checked 02/07/06)

    Saddam Hussein Trial Web Page
    http://www.loc.gov/law/public/saddam
    The Library of Congress Law Library has put together a website on the Saddan Hussein trial. Our foreign legal specialist that covers Iraq has wriiten material on the trial that we have combined with other resources. We plan to add to this continually as events warrant. Check it out. Contributed by Hui Hua Chua, Michigan State University Documents Library.
    (Last checked 02/07/06)

    Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina
    Additional Views of Rep. Charlie Melancon and Rep. William J. Jefferson
    http://www.melancon.house.gov/SupportingFiles/documents/Melancon_Jefferson_Views_--_FINAL.pdf
    This Feb. 12th report from the minority democrats finds that governmental responses to Hurricane Katrina were less than adequate.
    (Last checked 02/14/06)

    Solar System Exploration : The Best of NASA Science 2005
    http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm
    So you think you know the solar system. NASA gives you a chance to brush up with this beautiful site that offers an in-depth look on our stellar neighborhood. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Feb. 14, 2006.
    (Last checked 02/14/06)

    State of Michigan's Environment 2005
    http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-osep-ftp-deqdnrei05.pdf
    Impact of exotic species that have invaded Michiganís waters and land, overview of Michiganís endangered and threatened plants and animals, urban sprawl, numerous environmental programmatic measures, and several emerging contaminants of concern to Michiganís environment. 3rd biennial report.
    (Last checked 02/16/06)

    Today's Document
    http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/
    For the first time, the National Archives website now includes a new Today's Document feature, highlighting a specific document, record or photo from the holdings of the National Archives relating to the current day, and/or current exhibitions and programs at the National Archives. This new feature - available on the Archives.gov home page - draws from the online resources of the National Archives, including Our Documents, the Online Exhibit Hall, Teaching with Documents, and the Archival Research Catalog (ARC)."
    (Last checked 02/28/06)

    We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States
    http://www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/censr-28.pdf
    This demographic study was written by Stella U. Ogunwole, produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, and issued in February 2006. Provides a portrait of the American Indian and Alaska Native population in the United States and discusses the largest specified tribal groupings, reservations, Alaska Native village statistical areas (ANVSAs), and areas outside reservations and ANVSAs (outside tribal areas) at the national level. It is part of the Census 2000 Special Reports series that presents demographic, social, and economic characteristics collected from Census 2000. In Census 2000, 4.3 million people, or 1.5 percent of the total U.S. population, reported that they were American Indian and Alaska Native. This number included 2.4 million people, or 1 percent, who reported only American Indian and Alaska Native as their race. Source: Eldorado County (Cal.) Library Whatís Hot on the Internet, Feb. 20, 2006.
    (Last checked 02/21/06)

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