Thursday, December 17, 2009
Click on the blue title above to link to a report of the 111th Congress about the failure of the United States to find Bin Laden - and the consequences of that failure. This report is powerful and concise.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
It's that time of the year again where students must endure a nightmare before leaving for Christmas break. A nightmare called "finals!"
The Finals Resting Place is an annual activity during finals week where the library provides free refreshments, games and a contest to help students relax and take quality breaks while studying for finals in the library. This event runs from Wednesday, December 9th to Wednesday, December 16th.
The library will be open late for students on December 9, 10, 13, and 14. On these evenings, the library will remain open until midnight.
Refreshments will be offered on the evenings of December 9, 10, 13, 14, 15. Games will be available throughout the event.
The "Win a Christmas Gift" contest will begin on December 9th and a winner will be selected at noon on December 16th. A jar full of rubberbands will be placed at the circulation desk and contestants need only guess how many rubberbands are in the jar. Contest forms will be available at the desk. The winner will receive a wrapped Christmas gift from the Library.
Although the Library is making the study environment fun and festive, the Library does observe absolute quiet throughout the building during finals.
A deal at the climate conference would tip the balance toward renewables, and offer huge opportunities for companies ranging from Alstom to IBM.When the delegates at the climate summit in Copenhagen need to call home, they can do so in style. Cisco Systems (CSCO) is outfitting four rooms in the city's Bella convention center with a giant-screen teleconferencing system, enabling officials to confer face to face with counterparts in 100 places around the world. The donation is not entirely altruistic. It's a demonstration of how
For the complete article go to Business Week
Monday, December 07, 2009
To the Congress of the United States
Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message.
While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack. It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost.
In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu. Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island. Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves.
The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation. As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God. I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. In 2008, only one state (Colorado) had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Thirty-two states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 25%; six of these states (Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30%.
It's never too late to get in shape. Click on the blue title above to link to the President's Challenge. Teachers can get free software to help track group achievement and also free certificates with a Presidential signature for their students.
Check out the rules for an active lifestyle and select an activity that you enjoy. Walking is one of the simplest and inexpensive means of exercise. Buy a pedometer and simply walk ast least 8,500 steps a day. (If you have children or grandchildren at home, this is pretty easy to accomplish.)
Also, if you have a goal chart on the wall at home, it will help you remember to exercise each day to get down to your desired weight or BMI.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Click on the blue title above to check out online information available for Oklahoma drivers. Site includes regular Driver's Manual, Commercial Driver's Manual, School Bus Driver's Manual, and Motorcycle Operator's Manual. If you are handicapped, there is an online form to fill out to request a handicap placard. If you have ever forgotten to renew your Oklahoma Driver's License, you will also be pleased to know that you can fill out a "Driver License/ID Card Renewal Notification" form and you will get a reminder 45 days ahead of time to renew your license before it expires. Oklahoma Department of Public Safety also provides information regarding: boat safety, bail bonds, and (strangely) carrying concealed weapons.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Some historians suspect that Abraham Lincoln's use of blue mass to treat melancholy (probably clinical depression) may have altered his behavior, and may explain the erratic behavior and violent rages to which he was subject over a period of years prior to the Civil War. Lincoln stopped taking it soon after his inauguration as President because it made him “cross,” according to a letter he wrote to a friend. Some historians believe that this explains the contrast between his earlier behavior (while he was perhaps suffering from mercury poisoning from his use of Blue Mass) and his later behavior during the war (after he had stopped taking blue mass), given that most of the effects of mercury poisoning are reversible.
Unfortunately, since no hair samples from Lincoln during this period are available, it is impossible to determine whether or not he was truly suffering from mercury poisoning while he was taking the blue mass. Detractors point out that he remained violent and erratic up until his assassination.
Blue mass was recommended as a remedy for such widely varied complaints. The ingredients of blue mass varied, but they all included mercury (Lincoln took tablets.) One recipe of the period included (for blue mass syrup):
• 33 parts mercury
• 5 parts licorice
• 25 parts Althaea
• 3 parts glycerol
• 34 parts rose honey
Mercury is known today to be toxic, and ingestion of mercury by mercury poisoning (q.v.), a form of heavy-metal poisoning. While mercury is still used in compound form in some types of medicines and for other purposes, blue mass contained excessive amounts of the metal: a typical daily dose of two or three blue mass pills represented ingestion of more than one hundred times the daily limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. today. Click on the blue title above to read more.
Monday, November 23, 2009
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Specialty license plates are money makers. California has raised $10 Million dollars with Yosemite National Park plates since 1993. Tennessee raises about $550,000 a year selling Friends of the Smokies plates.
Click on the blue title above to link to the Oklahoma Specialty License Plates website created by the Oklahoma Tax Commission. A rough count of their list revealed 159 different plates available for sale. The plate listing includes: universities, fraternities, military branches, firefighters, police, and even one for physically disabled motorcycle. (Plate pictures and 2009 prices included.)
Take a quick look; I promise you'll find one you've never seen before.
Friday, November 13, 2009
The 46th state, Oklahoma, presents our unusual history with the online version of The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. The Encyclopedia was prepared by over 500 "university-based scholars and independent historians and scholars," and was a joint effort by The Oklahoma Historical Society and Oklahoma State University Library Electronic Publishing Center
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Click on the blue title above to read the U.S. Surgeon General's report on how smoking effects children.
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, lower respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth. The California Environmental Protection Agency recently estimated that 430 infants die from sudden infant death syndrome in the United States every year as a result of secondhand smoke exposure.
To see how beautiful cigarette advertisements hooked people during the last 100 years, go to http://lane.stanford.edu/tobacco/index.html (hosted by the Stanford School of Medicine.) (Copy and paste into your Internet browser.)
Early ads featured babies, athletes, doctors, brides, and young people.
One early Camel slogan was: Give your throat a vacation..." An advertisement featuring Babe Ruth (above) had the slogan "Not a cough in a carload".
Friday, November 06, 2009
OK, maybe you really have heard about this website, but many have not. Click on the blue title above for link.
Topics found in USA.gov include: Benefits and Grants, Consumer Guides, Defense, Environment & Energy, Family Home & Community, Health, History Arts & Culture, Jobs & Education, Money & Taxes, Public Safety & Law, Reference & General Government, Science & Technology, Travel & Recreation, Voting & Elections. I promise there will be at least one area in which you have an interest.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Why spend money on expensive multimedia tools when you can use comparable alternatives for free? They may not be an exact replacement, but how can you argue with the price?
PHOTO EDITING: Photoshop
WEB DESIGN: Dreamweaver
For More Tools Visit: Seven Multimedia Tools
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
In a recent test of U.S. homes, cell phones were found to actually be dirtier than toilet seats.
“The phones contained more skin bacteria than the any other object; this could be due to the fact that this type of bacteria increases in high temperatures and our phones are perfect for breeding these germs as they’re kept warm and cozy in our pockets, handbags and brief cases. These bacteria are toxic to humans, and can cause infections if they have the opportunity to enter the body.” - Joanne Verran, Professor of Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University
There are several things you can do to protect yourself . The easiest is to frequently clean your phone with a clean cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol or a disinfectant wipe. Just be sure not to soak your phone or get any liquid inside, since it is an electrical device.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Before you make any big purchase or investment, be sure to check out the Federal Trade Commission's website. (Click on the blue title above to link, then click on Consumer Protection, then Consumer Information.)
What you will find is very concise information about a plethera of subjects: Automobiles, Computers & the Internet, Credit & Loans, Education, Scholarships & Job Placement, Energy & Environment, Health, ID Theft, Investments & Business, Shopping for Products & Services, Telemarketing & Phone Service.
Reading these short tips will help you recognize and avoid rip-offs. They will also help you know what questions to ask before you buy - to protect yourself and your wallet. Also available in Spanish.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Hybrid autos are becoming quieter every year. This sounds like a good thing, but totally silent cars pose a risk to pedestrians (especially young children and the blind.) Surprisingly, a hybrid in silent battery mode can only be heard when approaching within seven feet of the listener.
A possible solution would be to get help from Hollywood to create different sound effects for the cars to emit - which would alert pedestrians of approaching cars. Click on the blue title above to link to online article from the New York Times. Auto buyers may get to choose which sound effects their hybrid will make.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The National Library of Medicine has released a new product in beta called Pillbox. Click on the blue title above to link to website. This website allows you to quickly and accurately identify pills using the shape, color, size, scoring and imprint of the pill being examined.
Links are provided to NLM drug information resources, such as DailyMed and the Drug Information Portal.
Pillbox was created by a partnership between the National Library of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration and could be especially usefull to pharmacy and nursing students.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Click on the blue title above to link to website. The purpose of this website is to highlight government websites which serve American Indians or focus on American Indian issues, such as the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs; or have significant American Indian content in them, such as the CDC and the Minerals Management Service. There are also links to sites such as SAMSA.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Win 50,000 books for Oklahoma's children by simply clicking on link in the blue title above.
Today (Sept 30) is the last day to enter. Oklahoma is currently No. 4 behind: Hawaii, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Ask your friends to vote also, since we could probably win with only as few as 1,000 votes. Thanks for voting!
Monday, September 21, 2009
We mourn the passing of Department of Communication & Theatre instructor Cindy Carley who died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 19. Ms. Carley was an excellent teacher, an outstanding leader, and a valued member of the SWOSU community. We will certainly miss her radiant smile and the positive outlook she possessed.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Oklahoma is near the top of the list of all states trying to win 50,000 free books. Click on the blue title above and simply list the book which first intrested you in reading. You can enter every day and it will help the kids in our state win a chance to read more - and change their world! Ends Sept 30, 2009.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Want to know who started Labor Day in the United States? Click on the blue title above to link to the History Channel. Find out all of the details surrounding the last holiday of summer.
OK, you really don't have time?
The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary. By 1893, more than half the states were observing a "Labor Day" on one day or another, and Congress passed a bill to establish a federal holiday in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
One of the things college & university students should be aware of is owing too much money after they graduate. It is one of the biggest regrets that former students have.
One idea to keep in mind is that new cars, clothes, and vacations are best enjoyed when purchased after you graduate - and especially when not added to existing student loans while going to school. Click on the blue title above to link for online article. One young couple will owe about $500,000 after graduating!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Planning on traveling to a foreign country soon? The United States military and many travelers the world over use a proven (and also free) method to prevent jet lag when traveling through multiple time zones. Click on the blue title above to link to website. Method was developed by Charles F. Ehret of Argonne's Division of Biological and Medical Research. The diet is simple, but you need to religiously follow the schedule for maximum effect.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The attached photo shows the Fermilab team which will use the "Dark Energy Camera" on a remote mountaintop in Chile to examine light from hundreds of million of galaxies and try to find out why our universe is expanding ever faster over time.
The answer may be dark energy, a mysterious "antigravity force." Click on the blue title above to link to full online article.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Oklahomans who are interested in heavenly bodies may want to set their alarm clocks for 2:00 AM tonight if they would like to gaze out on a prolific meteor shower called Perseid. The meteor shower received its' name from the fact that it originated from the constellation Perseus radiant. The glowing particles which we see may have been ejected from the Comet Swift-Tuttle about a thousand years ago. In medieval Europe, the Perseids were called the "tears of St. Lawrence." Click on the blue title above to access Perseid article online.
Rain clouds might block our view, or a full moon could diminish the brightness of the meteors. It could be spectacular or then again, maybe not.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
National Geographic will televise "Drain the Ocean" Sunday at 8:00 Central Time. It shows what the earth would look like if the oceans were gone. The biggest mountain on earth is actually underwater. Also see "Black Sea Ghost Ships", and "Tunnel to a Lost World." Click on blue title above to peruse.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Eight young Cherokee cyclists will retrace the route of the Trail of Tears, with a revival of the Remember the Removal ride. Riders were selected by an advisory panel that interviewed and determined each candidate’s interest and commitment to this project. Twenty-five years ago, a similar group of students undertook the same challenge during the first Remember the Removal ride.
The more than 900-mile bike ride will take 23 days, with each day traveling from 40 to 70 miles per day. The riders will stop daily to learn about things that happened along the Trail of Tears.
The Trail of Tears of the Cherokees took place over the winter months of 1838 through 1839. An estimated 16,000 Cherokees were forced by the U.S. to remove themselves and their families from their homes, farms and communities. After being held in federal stockades until deep winter, they were subsequently herded on overland and water routes that moved through territories that represent the present-day states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. More than four thousand Cherokees died along the various routes from the harsh conditions of the crossing. Click on the blue title above to link to complete online article.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
The CDC has released the latest study of obesity in the United States. The six worst states were:Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. These six had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30%.
Click on blue title to link to website. An animated map shows obesity rate changes for all states from 1985 to 2008.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
In a world with precious little time to read (and think), what we need to know is which books—new or old, fiction or nonfiction— will open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways.
Check out the top 50 from Newsweek: What To Read Now. And Why
And check the books out here... at the Al Harris Library
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Pandemics. Global warming. Food shortages. No more fossil fuels. What are humans to do? The same thing the species has done before: evolve to meet the challenge. But this time we don’t have to rely on natural evolution to make us smart enough to survive. We can do it ourselves, right now, by harnessing technology and pharmacology to boost our intelligence. Is Google actually making us smarter?
Review the article by Jamais Cascio in this month's online issue of The Atlantic
Image: Anastasia Vasilakis
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The National Center for Education Statistics has released a 2007-08 survey of public and private Indian (elementary and secondary schools.) Click on the blue title above to access full survey results.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Joining the ranks of other book recommendation tools, like previously reviewed BookArmy, WhichBook, BookLamp, and What Should I Read Next?, BookSeer offers a simple interface and answer system.
With BookSeer you can plug in a book you enjoyed reading and it will return the top recommendations from book sources like Amazon.com and LibraryThing to suggest a list of books you might enjoy. Each book in the recommendation list is linked back to information from the source so you can dig down and read more about the books BookSeer is recommending.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Nazi Germany carried out a program from 1933 to 1945 to create a master race while simultaneously eliminating "genetically diseased" persons based on the ideals of eugenics - which almost eliminated European Jews from the face of the earth.
See this traveling exhibit (from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.) at the Oklahoma Science Museum at 2100 NE 52nd, OKC. See now through July 5, 2009. Exhibit is open daily: 9-5 Monday-Friday, 9-6 Saturday, and 11-6 Sunday and is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater OKC.
Click on the blue title above to access exhibit information on Science Museum website.
In 1933 the Nazi state made a racial philosophy the guiding principle of its health and population policy. In the period up to 1945, 400,000 people were forcibly sterilized, and in Germany and Austria alone, more than 210,000 disabled and mentally ill people were murdered. Furthermore, large numbers of psychiatric patients died as the result of medical experiments. The purpose of these measures and killings was to create a genetically healthy "Aryan" race in Germany, free of Ballastexistenzen (burdensome existences).
This policy had its roots in Social Darwinist ideas that had found their way into the modern scientific fields of eugenics and "racial hygiene" before the First World War. With the start of the Second World War, economic motives also played a role, expediting the decision to launch a "euthanasia" program. Its radical measures included a centrally coordinated campaign of murder targeting the mentally ill and mentally handicapped. Labeled Operation T4, it was carried out between January 1940 and August 1941 in six killing centers within the territory of the Reich. The campaign became the model for the murder of millions of European Jews, which began shortly afterward.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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Friday, June 12, 2009
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Fotopedia and its community are building the largest free, photo distribution network which will provide an effective avenue for photographers to promote and monetize their premium content. Fotopedia features a consumer-friendly interface that makes it easy for anyone to create a page about subjects that matter to them. Fotepedia also allows users to nominate and vote for the most relevant images for each page.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Jason Henderson at the SWOSU Library has some neat ideas:
In the digital world of 2009, more entertainment and educational video content has become available for consumption via the World Wide Web. These services are often a great value in locations where television reception can be difficult to pick up, and the only viable alternatives until now have been cable service or satellite TV services, like Dish Network and Direct TV. Click on the blue title above to access IPTV.
Online television websites include:
HULU (www.hulu.com) Programming from several major contributors including: NBC, and FOX, as well as full length motion pictures.
CBS, (www.cbs.com) Programming from CBS - Current Shows and a great collection of classics.
ABC (www.abc.com) Programming from ABC – Much of it available in High Definition!
Until now the only “problem” with this free, on-demand form of entertainment has been the need to be confined to the computer desktop. Even with the ability to watch on portable laptop computers, most users of long form entertainment wish to view programming in a more traditional manner on an actual tv, from the comfort of their favorite easy chair or sofa. One company, Mediamall technologies has come up with a solution utilizing wired/wireless DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) networking to provide exactly the experience users are looking for.
The only “catch” is a PC is needed to run the software, and then a secondary network attached “receiver” is required to be plugged in to the TV. Devices that are “fully supported” include Microsoft XBOX 360, SONY Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii (Support coming soon). In fact many other “unofficial” DLNA enabled devices work with it as well, and are listed on the official Playon website: www.themediamall.com
Thursday, May 07, 2009
On May 1, 1931, work on a new 102-story Art Deco tower in Midtown Manhattan — the Empire State Building — was completed, a masterpiece of architecture that would rank as the tallest building in the world for 40 years. It took 3,400 men to build, most of them European immigrants who risked their very lives to finish the skyscraper in an astounding 410 days. Try not to get vertigo while you flip through our gallery of the Empire State Building in progress, with photos of unharnessed workers hundreds of feet in the air, putting it together piece by piece. Click on blue title above to access photos.
Friday, May 01, 2009
Select a Chance card at the Circulation Desk and see what awaits you!
Leave a comment card in the Community Chest (Library News Room) and tell us how well we are serving you.
Take study breaks in the News Room - socialize with friends, pick up free snacks and drinks, and play board games.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Due to the recent global outbreak of H1N1 Influenza, EBSCO Publishing and the DynaMed Editors have made DynaMed’s information about H1N1 Influenza free to health care providers and institutions throughout the world. The DynaMed topic on H1N1 Influenza consolidates information from multiple sources for health care providers to stay current with recommendations for monitoring, diagnosing, and treating patients with flu-like illnesses during this outbreak. DynaMed Editors will continue to monitor information and update this topic as needed throughout this global crisis.
Please click on the following link for information regarding H1N1 Influenza:
Stay current with all the latest information on H1N1 influenza with the library's Swine Flu page.
Monday, April 27, 2009
CDC.gov is the Center for Disease Control's primary online communication channel for credible online health information. CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
For more information: Swine Influenza (Flu)