The State Department has a blog called, Dipnote where you can read blog entries from State Department officials about their work and international travels. “Dipnote” refers to a diplomatic note, which is one of the ways with which governments formally communicate with one another.
A recent blog entry from Dipnote featured the winner of Apps 4 Africa, a technology competition inviting entrepreneurs to build tools to serve the needs of local Non-Governmental Organizations and communities in Africa. The winning application, iCow, lets farmers manage the breeding periods of their cows and monitor their cow’s nutrition.
Watch a video on the Dipnote blog of Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, sharing the winners.
Gleeson’s Government Documents collection also has several documents about the State Department and Foreign Aid to Africa. Below are some links to recent documents in the collection:
Gleeson’s Government Documents collection has a number of interesting documents from the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that goes by the easy-to-remember-acronym, HELP. The committee presides over the country’s health care, education, employment and retirement policies.
Here are some examples of HELP documents in the collection:
The GPO prints documents produced by and for the federal government and is basically charged with making government information from the 3 branches available to the American Public. GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) is a digital system still in development that provides free online access togovernment documents.
In honor of Halloween, take a look at some of Gleeson’s more unusual, “spooky” government documents.
In addition to the pamphlet pictured here, in which the United States Air Force put together Aids to Identification of Flying Objects, Gleeson Government Documents Print Collection also has materials on the Roswell Report. This document concerns a series of mysterious incidents in Roswell New Mexico in the Summer of 1947. Several people reported sighting unidentified flying objects and the alleged debris of extra-terrestrial beings. After the military claimed the debris was from a high-altitude surveillance balloon from a top-secret project and closed the case with its report, many people claimed it was just a government cover-up. What do you think? Take a closer look at the documents for more details!
On October 10th, 188 countries participated in over 7000 climate action events for the Global Work Party, ranging from local garden plantings to solar panel installations.
Global Warming is also a critical issue in the upcoming November 2nd elections in California withProposition 23, which proposes suspending certain clean air laws until unemployment drops in the state. The California Government website has a climate change portal where you can read more about California’s climate impact and legislation.
“I would like to thank, Mr. Chairman, your avatar for holding this hearing. I actually suspect that the real reason we are here is so that you can get some pointers on how to get past the seventh level of the World of Warcraft, but I do think you need to know that chairing this hearing is only worth two experience points.”
Find the full text of the hearing in print and online by clicking on this link:
TheCommittee on Energy and Commerce is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. Established in 1795 it is one of the oldest house committees in the United States. So, what do they do? The short explanation is that the committee deals with issues related to commerce and public health. Recent examples of issues include the egg recall and the BP oil spill disaster.