Examining the Worldwide Financial Crisis

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two years, you’ve heard mention of the global financial crisis crippling businesses and nations. In this week’s blog entry, the ipl2 blog will highlight different resources to keep you informed about the financial crisis. This week we’ll highlight two websites that provide an overview of the causes of the crisis, analysis of the current proposals to solve the problem, and ways you can protect your own financial future during this turbulent time.

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NEW! Current Event — Ireland and the Crisis

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/government-in-crisis-as-green-party-calls-for-general-election-2430417.html

The financial Crisis has not finished claiming victims. The Independent from Ireland reports that Ireland’s Green Party called for general elections to be held, and for the current government to be dissolved. This comes after politicians accepted a bailout from the IMF and other European countries. Read the article for more details.

Timeline of the Financial Crisis

http://timeline.stlouisfed.org/index.cfm?p=home

This website “provides information related to … market events and the actions the [Federal Reserve] and other governmental enterprises have taken” related to “a period of severe turbulence in world financial markets.” Includes a timeline (starting February 2007), financial and Federal Reserve monetary data, publications, news, and links to relevant government websites. From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

NEW! Origins of the Credit Crisis

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/c/credit_crisis/index.html

The New York Times published an informative article that details the origins of the credit crisis, which helped spur the world wide financial meltdown. The article highlights that lower interest rates coupled with higher demand for home purchases and loan refinancing created a situation where the quality of home loans began to degrade. This in turn helped to create the credit crisis.

NEW! Surviving the Crisis — Advice from The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/2954701/Surviving-the-credit-crisis-credit-crunch-financial-crisis-Telegraph-.html

The British publication, The Telegraph, provides an excellent resource on their website of different tips and ideas to help save money and make the most of the turbulent financial times worldwide. Although geared towards British markets, the articles included provide sound financial advice that can be applied to any market. Of particular interest is the Step-by-Step Survival Guide.

Thanks for checking in, hopefully this week’s blog entry made you more informed about the financial crisis, and provided some helpful pointers to weather the rest of the economic storm.

Web Content and Copyright Laws

The Web is NOT Public Domain

Greetings from the ipl2’s weekly blog where we try to keep you informed of interesting current events in the news.  Undoubtedly, you have heard about the controversy raging through the Internet regarding the erroneous and somewhat arrogant response received by a blogger in response to the “lifted” article off her blog. Rather than go off on a tangent about the story, you can read it by clicking the below link.

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NEW! NPR:  The Day the Internet Throw a Hissyfit About Copyright And Pie

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2010/11/05/131091599/the-day-the-internet-threw-a-righteous-hissyfit-about-copyright-and-pie

The most important take away from this situation is not the arrogance of the editor’s response, but the ignorance of the laws governing the content that is available online.  Below are some links to copyright information that may be helpful in learning about copyright law.  The ipl2 provides these links to our readers as an informational service that should not be taken as legal advice.  When in doubt, consult an attorney who would be able to advise on copyright law.

Cornell University’s Copyright Information Center

http://copyright.cornell.edu/

From the website:  “This site offers information on copyright policy, copyright clearance services, and copyright training and tutorials.”  It has a list of Frequently Asked Questions that covers such issues as “How do I find out if a work is in the public domain?” and “We’re an educational institution, so aren’t all uses fair use?”

Stanford University’s Copyright & Fair Use

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/

Includes information on the public domain, fair use, website permissions, academic and educational permissions, releases, and copyright research.

Creative Commons

http://creativecommons.org/choose/

This site explains how to keep your copyright while allowing people to distribute it with attribution.

NEW! Makeuseof.com’s article “Plagiarism Checkers:  5 Free Websites to Catch the Copycats”

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/article-checkers-5-free-websites-to-catch-the-copycats/

Five sites that offer ways to monitor who is using your content and how.

Thank you for checking in.  The teams at the ipl2 hope you find this information helpful in better understanding our global community’s challenges and triumphs.

The Link – November 2010 – A Change of Seasons

A new school year has started and for all of us a change of seasons.  No matter where you are in the world, weather changes are in the air.  Below are several great resources to celebrate the changes in seasons: why we have them, how you can prepare your living space for the coming weather changes, further reading about season changes and more!  New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources are already listed in the ipl2 collections.  Enjoy!

Why we have changing seasons

The United States National Arboretum, The Science of Color in Autumn Leaves
http://www.usna.usda.gov/PhotoGallery/FallFoliage/ScienceFallColor.html
The United States National Arboretum provides information on the how’s and why’s behind autumn, such as why some trees change color and others do not, and how a specific region of the world can affect color displays during autumn. After educating yourself on the why’s of fall, treat yourself to the Arboretum’s gallery of fall leaves. The best part of Autumn is the natural fireworks display that nature creates in the trees. Here you can enjoy one from the comfort of your home!

Eric Weisstein’s World of Astronomy, Seasons
http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/topics/Seasons.html
Clear, detailed technical discussions of seasons, solstices, and equinoxes. Includes the exact dates when spring, summer, fall, and winter arrive. Debunks misconceptions about seasons and the superstition “that it is possible to stand an egg upright on its end [only] on the date of the equinoxes (and/or solstices).” Maintained by scientist Eric Weisstein.

University of Illinois Extension, The Miracle of Fall
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/fallcolor/
A directory of links to information about fall foliage and related topics. Includes links to sites about fall color, trees, fall foliage updates and reports, driving and hiking suggestions, photos, lesson plans, activities, autumn gardening and composting, and more. From the University of Illinois Extension.

How to prepare your home for changing seasons

NEW! Energy Saving Trust, UK
http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
“Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organization that provides free and impartial advice on how to stop wasting energy.”  This site provides information on climate change, ways to stop wasting energy and reduce water usage and household waste, and home improvements that can lead to lower energy costs.  It also discusses how to generate your own energy.

Energy Savers, US Department of Energy
http://www.energysavers.gov/
This site “provides homeowners with tips for saving energy and money at home and on the road.” Features information about conducting a home energy audit, a major appliances shopping guide, and tips on insulation, heating and cooling, windows, and water heating. From the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Poetry, fiction, and reading lists that focus on seasons

NEW! Poetry Magazine from the Poetry Foundation: Fall Poems
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/tool.poem.cat.4.1.html?id=37
The Poetry Foundation provides a large selection of themed poetry for any occasion or time of year through its Poetry Tool. This collection provides 130 poems all about Fall. Some influential poets whose work is included in this collection are: Robert Frost, John Keats, and William Shakespeare.

NEW! Poetry Magazine from the Poetry Foundation: Spring Poems
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/tool.poem.cat.4.1.html?id=35
Another collection of poems from the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Tool. Treat yourself to some warm, spring theme poems from influential writers such as: E. E. Cummings, Robert Browning, and Robert Fitzgerald.

NEW! Just for Kids:  40 Books about the Seasons (Ages 6-12)
http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/detailListBooks.asp?idBookLists=84
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s 40 Books about the Seasons provides reading lists for children from 6 to 12 years old. The titles highlight different themes or events that accompany the different seasons. Each season is included so parents and children can find theme books for every time of year!

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