Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Characteristics of Public, Private, and Bureau of Indian Education Schools Survey.

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

Literati, Independent Book Fair

Skip the chain stores and go straight to the source. Wayward Poets and Rampage Artists are hosting Literati, an indie book fair at the IAO Gallery located at 811 N Broadway Oklahoma City in Historic Automobile Alley on Saturday, June 27th from noon to 8 pm. Admission is free.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Campus Explorer - College Matching Tool

From the site: "Whether it’s a two- or four-year school, a career college or an online program, we have figured out everything from tuition to average temperature. We also have a personalized search function that allows you to set your wish list and explore from there. We even have direct partnerships with schools to put you in touch with admissions officers. Our database today contains information on more than 6,000 schools, and counting. It’s accurate. It’s easy to use. It’s the most comprehensive directory devoted to higher education you’ll find anywhere on the web. And it’s free!"

Monday, June 22, 2009

What Should You Read Next?

BookSeer's webapp answers the question "What should I read next?", using Amazon, LibraryThing, and the last book you read and enjoyed.

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

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.

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

Throw out your Zicam ...

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today advised consumers to stop using three products marketed over-the-counter as cold remedies because they are associated with the loss of sense of smell (anosmia). Anosmia may be long-lasting or permanent."

Read the full FDA announcement ...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fotopedia: Images for Humanity

Fotopedia is breathing new life into photos by building a photo encyclopedia that lets photographers and photo enthusiasts collaborate and enrich images to be useful for the whole world wide web.

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.