In the News: Shop Smart, Shop Safe

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With the holidays approaching many people are starting their shopping. Next week comes one of the busiest shopping days of the year: Black Friday. Plus pre-Thanksgiving sales, Cyber Monday, and all the other holiday sales make this time of year a little hectic when it comes to finding the perfect gift. With some of the economic challenges people are facing this year, finding the best bang for the buck is even more important. So take a break and check out the history behind Black Friday and some tips and tricks you can use to find the best deals and to keep yourself safe as you shop for your loved ones this year.

NEW! Why is it called Black Friday?

http://useconomy.about.com/od/demand/f/Black_Friday_Name.htm

Black Friday got its name originally because of the car accidents and violence that took place as the crowds rushed for the sales. Stores didn’t want the day associated with something so negative so they changed it to represent the way the sales would help get them back in the “black” financially speaking.

The History of Black Friday (find it on the ipl2)

http://blackfriday.com/pages/black-friday-history

Find out more about Black Friday on this site devoted to the day and everything surrounding it. Learn more about when it started, who coined the phrase, and why it’s become something shoppers look forward to almost as much as Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Personal Safety Plan for Black Friday (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.ncpc.org/about/news/you-need-a-personal-safety-plan-for-black-friday

The National Crime Prevention Center offers tips to keep you safe if you go out to face the crowds on Black Friday. These ideas will help you make a plan ahead of time and keep you, your money, and others around you safe. Remembering to take your time, not carry more than you can, and being aware of your surroundings are just a few of the tips offered to make your shopping more enjoyable and less stressful.

Black Friday Ads and Shopping (find it on the ipl2)

http://blackfriday.com/

This site gathers all the sales and information you need to make your strategy for Black Friday shopping. Browse the ads ahead of time, find out special shopping times, and learn any restrictions you need to know before you head out the door.

Tips: Safe Online Shopping (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.safeshopping.org/tips.shtml

Because of the crowds and the craziness you might prefer to shop from the comfort of your home. This site offers practical advice and tips on how to protect yourself as you shop. Valuable suggestions on how to tell if a website is secure to shop on and reminders to trust your instincts are just a couple of the tips that can help you have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience, even on the web.

Cyber Monday Ads and Shopping NEW!

http://www.cybermonday.com/

With the advent of online shopping, stores decided to get in on the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and extend special deals that would be available only online on the Monday after Thanksgiving. This site will give you tips on all of the deals to watch for on Cyber Monday. Plus they offer the inside scoop on online deals all throughout the year.

Better Business Bureau Consumer Tips (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.bbb.org/us/consumers/

The Better Business Bureau offers plenty of tips on how to shop online safely. They offer suggestions on how to avoid scams, lists of reliable sites, and ratings on specific businesses to help you make better choices. There are a lot of useful links and articles to help you stay safe while shopping all year long.

NEW! Shopping Tips and Tricks

http://shoppingtipsandtricks.com/

This blog is updated regularly and is focused on helping you find the best deals. There are regular pages of links to places you can find coupons or ads, information about freebies, and other sites you might find useful. Plus, the author posts about special promotions as she finds them.

National Retail Federation (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&id=615

This site gives you all the news you could want about past and present shopping trends around the holiday season. Get statistics, articles, and information about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It will help you check out what’s big this year or look at what happened last year at this time.

In the News: World Pneumonia Day

 

Pneumonia X-Ray by Encephalon at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Pneumonia X-Ray by Encephalon at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

World Pneumonia Day is held on November 12 every year to bring attention to the world’s leading killer of children under age 5, and to encourage governmental action to prevent and treat the disease around the globe. Key messages of World Pneumonia Day 2013 include: Pneumonia takes an immense human toll; the Developing World is the worst affected; Proven interventions exist and must be made available to the vulnerable; and Innovation is crucial. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and chemical and physical irritants. Pneumonia is most common in Winter months and anyone can get it, although it most often attacks young children, people over the age of 65, and those with compromised respiratory or immune systems. Preventative strategies and treatments are available and several organizations are involved in implementing and tracking those interventions all over the world.

Pneumonia Fast Facts

Virtual Medical Centre: Pneumonia NEW!

http://www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/diseases/pneumonia/38#Statistics

The Virtual Medical Centre provides a Pneumonia Fact Sheet with definitions, statistics, risk factors, treatments, research resources and more.

Pneumonia & Children

World Pneumonia Day NEW!

http://worldpneumoniaday.org/

The United Nations has recognized November 12th as World Pneumonia Day since 2009.  This year the theme for Pneumonia Day commemorations is “Innovation”. On November 12th, medical professionals and advocates call upon the governments of the world to invest in innovation for the prevention and treatment of the world’s number one killer of young children.

World Pneumonia Day Places Emphasis on the Biggest Killer of Children (find on ipl2)

http://www.unicefusa.org/news/news-from-the-field/world-pneumonia-day-unicef.html

“We can’t have the reductions in child mortality that we envisage without a concentrated, direct attack on the biggest enemy that children face,” said Mickey Chopra, Chief of Health of United Nations Children’s Fund in November, 2012.

Pneumonia & the Elderly

Pneumonia – University of Maryland NEW!

http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/pneumonia

For the elderly population in the United States, Pneumonia is a serious concern. It is the most common hospital-acquired infection for seniors, and is one of the most prevalent nursing home-acquired illnesses. The University of Maryland provides excellent information on the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease in the elderly and other populations. Images and charts make this medical information easier to understand.

What are the Risks of Pneumonia in the Elderly? (find on ipl2)

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-risks-of-pneumonia-in-the-elderly.htm

The elderly are vulnerable to Pneumonia because they often have weakened immune systems and pre-existing health conditions that are worsened by Pneumonia. Common treatments are often not effective for older patients for a variety of reasons. Wisegeek discusses some of the challenges involving older patients and Pneumonia.

Symptoms & Treatment

Pneumonia – MedlinePlus (find on ipl2)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pneumonia.html

High fever, shaking chills, unproductive cough, shortness of breath– all are possible symptoms of Pneumonia. MedlinePlus, an excellent online health resource, provides plenty of information on the symptoms and treatment of Pneumonia, which is also called Bronchopneumonia.

Pneumonia – Treatment & Drugs (find on ipl2)

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pneumonia/DS00135/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

Antibiotics, anti-viral medications and vaccinations for children are possible responsive or preventative treatments for Pneumonia. As explained by the Mayo Clinic, treatment for Pneumonia depends largely on its type and severity.

Around the World

World Health Organization – Pneumonia (find on the ipl2)

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs331/en/

Pneumonia affects people all across the globe, but it is most prevalent in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The World Health Organization fact sheets provide information about the specific causes of Pneumonia and discusses how to prevent and treat the disease with simple remedies and care.

Pneumonia – The Acute Respiratory Infections Atlas NEW!

http://www.ariatlas.org/understanding_aris/pneumonia

The Acute Respiratory Infections Atlas, sponsored by the World Lung Foundation (WLF), provides maps and other information about Pneumonia around the world. Pneumonia, according the WLF, is a disease of poverty.

In the United States

American Lung Association (find on the ipl2)

http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/influenza/in-depth-resources/pneumonia-fact-sheet.html

The American Lung Association discusses the causes, types, treatments and costs of Pneumonia in the United States. It also provides statistics about Pneumonia in the U.S. regarding age, gender and race.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (find on ipl2)

http://www.cdc.gov/features/pneumonia/

The CDC, a participant and advocacy organization in World Pneumonia Day, reports that “In 2009, 1.1 million people in the United States were hospitalized with pneumonia and more than 50,000 people died from the disease.” The CDC also provides other information as well, including facts on the prevention of the disease through vaccination and good hygiene practices.

Strategies & Progress

What We Do – Pneumonia Strategy Overview – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (find on the ipl2)

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Health/Pneumonia

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is participating in efforts to prevent and treat Pneumonia around the world. The foundation’s “top priority is to promote full-scale delivery of currently available…vaccines and support the development of new vaccines” and to improve access to treatments for those at risk.

Pneumonia Progress Report – IVAC NEW!

http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/resources/IVAC-Pneumonia-Progress-Report-2012.pdf

The International Vaccine Access Center from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health provides data about the progress the world is making in preventing and treating Pneumonia in the 15 countries with the most child Pneumonia Deaths. Their findings? “Even in the face of significant progress, pneumonia remains the biggest threat to children’s lives, and disproportionately affects the poorest children in the world.”

In the news: 2013 – The Year of Solar Flare

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The sun erupted with an X1.7 class solar flare on May 12th, 2013. This is a blend of two images of the flare from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. One image shows the light in the 171-angstrom wavelength and the other show the 131 angstroms.

Are science fiction literature authors correct when they write about solar flares causing Earth’s communications to fail and causing catastrophes worldwide or is this simply a convenient plot device? The year 2013 has seen the most solar flares since 2003 because the Sun’s magnetic field cycle is reversing polarization, as it does every 11 years. This reversal causes larger and more frequent solar flares, which explains why this year has seen a large number of these impressive solar weather occurrences in many years.  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials say “the sun’s normal 11-year activity cycle is ramping up toward solar maximum, which is expected in late 2013″ (NASA News, 2013, found below).

Early in October the Earth was treated to a wonderful display of Northern Lights, illuminating the sky with brilliant dancing colors throughout the Northern United States and Canada. A solar flare directed at the Earth sent a larger than average stream of magnetized radiation at the Earth, which reacted with the Earth’s own gravity and magnetic field, creating Northern Lights. This particular flare was a class M, which was not strong enough to disrupt any satellites or space stations orbiting the Earth but is still considered impressive by NASA’s standards.

The question remains: how will these solar flares affect technology and are they dangerous to the Earth? Below are some informative links explaining what solar flares are, how they affect technology, and how they are studied.

What are solar flares and why are they important:

Solar Flare Theory Educational Web Pages (find it on the ipl2)
http://hesperia.gsfc.nasa.gov/sftheory/index.htm

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the Heliophysics Science Division offers a detailed look at solar flares, explaining what a solar flare is, why it’s important to study solar flares, and what impact solar flares have. Additionally, this site reviews current research projects in the field of solar flares, such as the RHESSI Spacecraft.

NASA News (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News060813-m5.9flare_prt.htm

On June 8th, 2013, NASA announced that a class M solar flare had occurred on June 7th. NASA explained effects such as moderate radio blackout are common with class M solar flares. NASA officials also stated that increased solar weather activities, like flares, were likely to occur more frequently in 2013, as the magnetic field was likely to reach “solar maximum.” The United States Space Weather Prediction Center with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association predicts that the solar flare activities are likely to increase late in 2013.

The Sun Also Flips: 11-Year Solar Cycle Wimpy, but Peaking (New!)
http://www.news.wisc.edu/22222

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Terry Devitt provides an in depth explanation of the solar flare and of solar maxes, explaining that the Sun’s magnetic field reverses direction every 11 years, causing sunspots, solar flares, auroras, and geomagnetic storms.  Devitt also discusses the effects of superflares and their potential global threat to the Earth.

The not-so Northern Lights: Solar Flare Slams into Earth to Display Majestic Aurora as Far South as Kansas, Maine and Donegal (New!)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2442531/Solar-flare-causes-Northern-Lights-US-Kansas-Maine-Donegal.html#ixzz2iNzp8EQf

The Daily Mail Online explains how a powerful solar flare brought the Northern Lights as far south as Kansas, Main, and Donegal (a town in Ireland). The site explains the phenomena and includes many lovely photos from Paul Cyr illustrating an Amish family experiencing the Lights for the first time. The Daily explains what a solar flare is, why it occurs, and that in December of 2013 this solar flare cycle will reach its peak, undoubtedly creating more Northern Lights.

How do they affect technology on the Earth:

The Effects of Solar Flares on Technology (New!)
http://www.ehow.com/list_7584091_effects-solar-flares-technology.html

eHow explains the Effects of Solar Flares on Technology in a manner that is clear and easy to understand. eHow explains the Sun’s 11 year magnetic energy cycle and its effect on the rate of solar flare as it changes.  The site additionally outlines the effect on the power grids, GPS technology, and mobile devices.

Could an Extremely Powerful Solar Flare Destroy all the Electronics on Earth? (find it on the ipl2)
http://science.howstuffworks.com/solar-flare-electronics.htm

In Jonathan Strickland’s article with HowStuffWorks.com, he explains the nature of the sun, solar flares, and the potential for damage for our planet when a solar flare happens. Strickland explains that the majority of flares are absorbed in our atmosphere, creating Northern Lights and leaving the majority of people unharmed, but for people in space or at high altitudes skin cancer or irritation is a risk depending of the flare’s classification; additionally Strickland explains the vulnerability of satellites and electronics. The last super-storm from the Sun happened in 1859, when a flare so powerful occurred that Cubans saw the Northern Light. Strickland explains that if a similar flare happened today, it would take months to repair the damage.

Solar Flare Warning Issued by NASA (New!)
http://www.inquisitr.com/914975/solar-flare-warning-issued-by-nasa/

On August 21st NASA issued a Solar Flare Warning as a storm hurtled toward the Earth at 3 million mph, interrupting some satellites used for GPSs and airline communications. The article from Inquisitor explains that 3 million mph is an average speed for solar storms. Additionally the Northern Lights is an extraordinary side effect of the these storms.  When the solar radiation from the the flare hits the Earth’s magnetic field, the radiation breaks up in the atmosphere creating the Northern Lights in the sky, which are brightest at the poles of the Earth where the magnetic field is the strongest.

Solar Effects (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/info/SolarEffects.html

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Space Weather Predictions Centers (SWPC) offers detailed descriptions of solar effects, including solar cycles, solar-terrestrial effects (the solar weather’s effects on earth), and a look at SWPC’s other solar weather operations. The table provided on this site is particularly helpful in laying out the specific effects that solar weather has on the Earth.

How do we study the sun:

Scientists have High Hopes for Japan’s Solar-B Mission Which has been Launched from the Uchinoura Space Port (find it on the ipl2)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5371162.stm

Here the BBC’s Jonathan Amos discusses Japan’s new mission to study solar explosions. In September of 2006, Japan sent the spacecraft Solar-B into space carrying a probe, which will find out more about the Sun’s magnetic fields that cause solar flares when their 11-year cycle changes, flinging radiation into space. Amos explains that the probe will act as magnet to study the sun, giving scientists the hope that with finer detail they will be able to predict solar flares more accurate and avoid disaster in the future.

The Classification of X-ray Solar Flares or “Solar Flare Alphabet Soup” (find it on the ipl2)
http://spaceweather.com/glossary/flareclasses.html

SpaceWeather.com gives a unique look into the science of classifying solar flares. By analyzing strength of wattage, or the measurement of light admitted from the Sun, in a measurement called an Angstrom, scientists are able to determine the classifications; for example 10^-5.5 watts measures up to a class M solar event.  The site then explains how class X could lead to lasting radio blackout and radiation, class M would cause radiation in the Earth’s magnetic field and radio blackouts around the pole, and class C are unnoticed by the public.

Strongest Solar Flare in Months Unleashed by Sun (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/strongest-solar-flare-months-unleashed-sun-8C11369482

NBC’s Denise Chow offers a clear explanation of the class system for solar flares in a report of the event on October 9th, 2013, when at 9:48pm EDT one of the strongest solar flare in two months occurred. Chow illustrates the role of Earth’s magnetic field and how the flare could disrupt communications on Earth.

Our Sun (New!)
http://www.kidsastronomy.com/our_sun.htm

This children’s site illustrates the fundamentals of solar astronomy, highlighting key points like x-ray classification of solar flares, convection, thermonuclear fusion, and sun spots and winds. This site is particularly helpful because it offers HD video from NASA and the Kids Know It Network.

NASA Canyon of Fire on the Sun (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-releases-movie-of-suns-canyon-of-fire/#.UmmFvfmsiSo

Nasa’s YouTube Channel offers look at an eruption of solar material that occurred in late September. The video illustrates how the Sun is actually made out of plasma, and as magnetic fields change cycles, eruptions, like solar flares, can happen. This video demonstrates that by analyzing the eruption at different wavelengths, as demonstrated by the multiple colors, scientists are able to study the magnetic field around the Sun.

In the News: Back to School 2013

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It’s that time of year again…Time to prepare for going back to school.  Families all over the country are beginning to get their children ready to return to school.  For some this may mean packing their children up and moving them into their first college dorm, while for others this may mean shopping for back to school clothing and supplies.  The resources below provide a look at Back to School Shopping, health, and Common Core and how this is effecting  families all over the country.

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Back to School Countdown (find it on the ipl2)

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/back_school.html#cat169

This resource provides valuable information about heading back to school.  Whether you have a child heading back to an elementary or middle school you can find links to information about how to help your child deal with first day jitters, helping with homework, after school snacks and getting involved at school.  There are also many kid friendly links providing a lot of wonderful insights and back to school tips!

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5 Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping (find it on the ipl2)

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/BacktoSchool/ways-save-back-school-shopping/story?id=14329474

“School is starting soon, and you know it costs money for children to be prepared with books, clothes, supplies and the just the right backpack.”  This resource provides 5 great tips on how to save money when you do your back to school shopping.  Read on and SAVE!

 

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Tax Breaks for Back to School Shoppers (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52672847#52672847

This video resource provides insightful information about the tax breaks being offered to back to school shoppers.  “Back to school shopping is the second biggest retail event behind Christmas sales, and a growing number of states are offering a sales-tax break on school supplies as an incentive to spend. NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports.”

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Back to School Health Check List (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Back_to_School_Health/

This site provides information about making a healthy start back to school.  This resource covers immunizations, reducing anxiety and special health concerns.  Read on to find out what you need to do to help your child start their year off right.

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.shtml

There are many sites that provide resources dedicated to helping your child make a physically healthy start back to school, but this site, the National Institute for Mental Health, is dedicated to the mental health of your child.  Read on to learn more about how you can help a child coping with ADHD, Autism, Depression, OCD and the development of a young brain.

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Understanding the Common Core (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Policies/Understanding-the-Common-Core

This resource supplies the public with a lot of great information about the Common Core Standards newly implemented by 45 of the 50 United States. There articles both praising and critiquing the Common Core and what this means for a K-12 student about to head back to school.

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In the News: Therapy Dogs – Helpers of Society

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In today’s society, individuals with special needs and disabilities find the use of a Therapy Dog to be an essential role in their lives.  These four-footed furry animals help in terms of guidance, comfort and companionship. The links provided below, will give an overview of how these animals provide a source of comfort and assistance for each person’s needs.

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NEW! Cesar’s Therapy Dogs

http://www.cesar.com/therapydogs/#welcome

This website, acquired by Google, gives users a glimpse of Therapy Dogs and what they have to offer.  Users can read about Cesar dog products commitment to dogs by donating funds to support Therapy Dogs to assist individuals in need.  Additionally, a person can submit their own personal dog therapy story as well.

The Cesar’s Therapy Dogs link above and photo has a video introducing these canine heroes.

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Photo provided from Pet Partners, used via a Creative Commons license.

Pet Partners (Find it on ipl2)

http://www.petpartners.org/

This website provides links and resources to find information about Therapy Dogs along with sources on how to apply for a dog.  It also includes, information regarding donations, volunteering and creating memorial tributes.

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Photo provided from Therapy Dogs International, used via a Creative Commons license.

NEW! Therapy Dogs International

http://www.tdi-dog.org/Introduction.aspx?Page=Children+Reading+To+Dogs+Video

This is a great resource that displays how Therapy Dogs used to help people with literacy.  These dogs will sit patiently while individuals which range from children o adults read them stories. This website also contains information regarding additional programs such as: hospice, libraries, shelters, nursing homes and home visits. The  Therapy Dogs International link above and photo has a video introducing special dogs.

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NEW! Therapy Dogs, Inc.

http://www.therapydogs.com/

This source discusses the steps to obtaining certification for dogs that are eligible to become therapy dogs. Furthermore, this website also contains information regarding membership, donations and canine requirements of good manner, good health and testing for certification.

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In the News: Labor Rights

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After the recent factory collapses in Bangladesh and Cambodia, global attention is finally being paid to the conditions in which many employees are subjected to work. Although the majority of the blame has fallen on the factory owners and the government officials who did not properly regulate conditions, the brands who used the factories to produce their goods are also being subjected to international scrutiny. This has led to a collective agreement among brands, retailers, and trade unions called the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which will entail safety inspections of the hundreds of factories in Bangladesh and public reportings on the findings. This is a big step in the right direction to ensure safety for factory workers in these countries.

Bangladesh Factory Safety Accord: At Least 14 Major North American Retailers Decline To Sign – Huffington Post (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/bangladesh-factory-safety-accord_n_3286430.html

This Huffington Post article describes some of the stipulations of the Bangladesh Safety Accord and lists some North American based retailers who have declined to sign due to working on separate initiatives they believe will improve conditions in Bangladesh.

Ethical Shopping: How the High Street Fashion Stores Rate – The Guardian (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/2013/may/17/ethical-shopping-high-street-fashion?INTCMP=SRCH

“In the wake of this crisis, most concerned readers want to know: which are the ethical shops on the high street? Sam Maher, of Labour Behind the Label, says “Why not reward those companies for making a step? Choose the brand that’s signed over the one that has not.”

Behindthelabel.org (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.labourbehindthelabel.org/

“A multimedia news website covering the stories of people fighting for fundamental human and labor rights against the goliath global clothing industry.” Features a FAQ, news, campaigns, audio and video clips, a browsable archive, and related links. Sponsored by a “global alliance of clothing workers, religious leaders, and students.”

Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.globallabourrights.org/

Formerly known as the National Labor Committee [NLC], the mission of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights is to help defend the human rights of workers in the global economy. The Institute investigates and exposes human and labor rights abuses committed by U.S. companies producing goods in the developing world.” The site contains news, articles, reports, and more.

Sam Reiss: An Eyewitness to Labor History, 1948-1975 (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/collections/exhibits/tam/reiss/

“Often referred to as ‘labor’s photographer,’ Sam Reiss used his camera to capture historic events that shaped American labor.” This online exhibit presents Reiss’s photos of labor unions, demonstrations and rallies, labor and civil rights leaders, and related subjects. Browse by year or subject. From the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.

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In The News: Connecting Through Social Media

Social Media Word Cloud created at wordle.net.

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It has become evident in the last few years that social media is about more than keeping in touch. Social media has become a way for us to become connected in more ways than ever before. This week’s In The News highlights recent events in which the importance of the social media connection exists.

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Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking – TED (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_palmer_the_art_of_asking.html

Musician Amanda Palmer is famous for breaking with her major recording label so that she could create music her way. She has infamously used her twitter account to connect with her fans all across the world in order to find boarding, food, musicians, and possible “ninja gig” locations. The strong connection she has with her fans allowed her to raise over $1 million in her kickstarter  project in 2012.  At the 2013 TED Convention, Amanda Palmer shares the importance of connection – online and in-person – and why no one should ever be afraid of asking for what they need.

NEW! I’m Still Here: Back Online After a Year without the Internet – The Verge

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/1/4279674/im-still-here-back-online-after-a-year-without-the-internet

On April 30, 2012, The Verge tech writer, Paul Miller, left the internet that he thought was making him an unproductive. In this article he details his year long journey without the internet and the surprising conclusions he developed about the internet’s part in the real world and staying connected with those around you.

Social Media and the Search for the Boston Bombers – CBS News (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18559_162-57580603/social-media-and-the-search-for-the-boston-bombing-suspects/

This CBS News article discusses the search for the Boston Bombing suspects last month via twitter with Mashable< http://mashable.com/&gt; Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff. In this recent crisis people turned to social media to discover information and to help with the search. Ulanoff explains that while the crowdsourcing information wasn’t always correct, the people on Twitter and Reddit would start over and get it right.

Social Media Helps Cancer Patient – Huffington Post (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/12/marie-sowler-19yearold-ca_n_3254576.html

Through YouTube, Reddit, and twitter, social media helped dying cancer patient Marie Sowler reach out to Sleeping With Sirens singer, Kellin Quinn. It took a less than a day for Kellin to respond and figure out how to meet her young fan.

Social Media Safety – NetSmartz.org (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.netsmartz.org

Social media is a wonderful way to stay connected with people, but it’s also important to remember the rules of online safety.  NetSmartz is supported by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and provides internet and social media safety advice for parents, teens, and children.  Stay safe!

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