A petition by Michael Newdow to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance when led in public schools goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. He contends it’s a violation of the First Amendment. Additional resources are available through One Nation, Under God, a tipsheet from the Religion Newswriters Association and through a Pledge resources page from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. From the Waterboro Public Library (ME) blog.
ePodunk (free site) offers links to data for communities throughout the U.S. covering census & demographics, companies, crime & arrest statistics, the economic climate, education, high school graduation rates, environment, etc. Also includes lists such as claims to fame, festivals, imaginary places, literary quotes about places, &etc. Most/all of the information is collected from other sources (the site relies heavily on the U.S. census), but its by-community analyses (heavily linked one-page snaphots) are intuitive and straighforward.
Two of Moraine’s own have donated books to the library. Richard Wolf’s The Big Picture: A Study in Moral Philosophy and Arnie Bernstein’s The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago’s Civil War Connections are being cataloged and placed in the circulating collection.
Transcripts from the television program 60 Minutes can be found in EBSCO Newspaper Source. Full-text transcripts of broadcasts from November 26, 200 to the present can be found. You can limit the search by entering 60 minutes in the “Newspaper” field. There is now a record in the Library’s online catalog for 60 Minutes with a link to EBSCO Newspaper Source.
The Worldwide Elections Guide comes from the UCSD Social Sciences and Humanities Library. Research and gather data on the history of elections in Mexico, Central America, Asia, Europe… Find out about the electoral process from our backyard to the entire world.
Postwar on the Web, by Hugh Eakin, posted January 15, 2004 in Slate, discusses “where to find solid data on how many soldiers have been killed in Iraq.”
Photos of the Martian landscape taken by Rover and Spirit, from NASA’s web site.