Archive | August 2008

Charitable Donations : Give or Take?

The Federal Trade Commission offers consumer information on charitable donations here, including where to go to find information about charities and how to complain about a specific charity

National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) and 811

Thanks to Caroline Barnett, Cordova Branch Library Manager, for passing these two sites along:

NPMS — “The National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) is a geographic information system (GIS) created by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) in cooperation with other federal and state governmental agencies and the pipeline industry.  The NPMS consists of geospatial data, attribute data, public contact information, and metadata pertaining to the interstate and intrastate gas and hazardous liquid transmission pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, and hazardous liquid breakout tanks jurisdictional to PHMSA.”–From the website.

811 — “A new, federally-mandated national “Call Before You Dig” number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.”– From the web site.  811 is the number you should call before beginning any digging project.

Thanks to Caroline Barnett, Cordova Public Library Branch manager, for passing this along:

The Arbor Day Foundation offers a Tree Guide here, which provides detailed information of dozens of commonly planted landscape trees, an online guide to tree identification, information on the Arbor Day holiday, including its history, and more.

Psychology Topics

The American Psychology Association offers a list of topics here, for which it provides information, including current news and information about the topic and the text of psychological journal articles dealing with the topic.

Human Genome Project Media Room

Much information here about the Human Genome Project and Genome Science, including history of the Project and fast facts about genome science.

AARP International : Aging Everywhere

AARP International provides this resource tool organized by region and country of the world to provide relevant information on aging populations from around the world.  It is updated regularly.

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets

Information on a variety of dietary supplements, including echinacea, saw palmetto, noni, hoodia, gingko, St. John’s Wort, and many more are found here on this National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements site.

Stimulus Payments–It’s Not Too Late,,id=177937,00.html

“If you haven’t yet filed a tax return to get your stimulus payment, you still have time to do so. But you must file by Oct. 15 to get your payment this year. And if you’ve already filed to get your payment but have a question or issue, it might be addressed here.”–From IRS website.

Storm Worm Virus

The FBI warns of recent spam emails that have been spreading the Storm Worm malicious software, malware.

Kids Meals : Obesity on the Menu

The Center for Science in the Public Interest offers here the results of their investigation into the nutritional quality of children’s meals at 13 top restaurant chains.

NIDDK Image Library

“The NIDDK Image Library is a searchable database of original full-color and black-and-white illustrations produced by the NIDDK Information Clearinghouses that are available copyright free to the public at no cost.* The Library makes available anatomical and medical, instructional, and lifestyle and activity illustrations presented in high, medium, and low resolutions”–From the web site.  This image library is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

Shelby Farms Park — Master Plan Executive Summary

The executive summary of the Master Plan for the development of Shelby Farms is available on the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy  website.

Situation Report: Russo-Georgian Conflict

The Institute for the Study of War has put together this backgrounder on the current situation in Georgia.  It includes a very useful map and is updated regularly.


From the Scout Report: “This rather innovative database brings together three unique data sets including bill texts, legislative voting records, and supporting and opposing interests for each bill. This data allows users to determine the contributions given by interests supporting and opposing each bill and the average donations given to legislators voting ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ on each bill.”  Search by bill, legislator or interest group.

[From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008.]

Taking care of our pets

Most people in this culture treat our pets just as beloved members of the family.  This site from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) informs petowners which vaccinations are necessary, and how the medicine protects the animals.