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View Resource Anatomy of a Scout Report: Resource Discovery in the Information Age, or How We Do It

Have you ever wondered how we find the sites we annotate? Actually, we go through a rigorous process of searching for quality information sites to bring to our readers each week. For those who would like to learn more about the process, and take a virtual tour through the resource discovery process that led to a single Scout Report, the March 1997 InterNIC News End User's Corner column will be...

https://scout.wisc.edu/scout/toolkit/enduser/archive/1997/eu...
View Resource Valentine's Day and Chocolate

While the exact origins of Valentine's Day are often disputed, the link between chocolate and the modern incarnation of this particular holiday are undeniable. Recent data released in a report by the business information group Datamonitor revealed that the global consumption of chocolate totaled approximately $42.2 billion worth of chocolate-based consumable goods. It will not come as a surprise...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2003/0214
View Resource Legendary Calaveras County Frog-Jumping Contest Will Continue

The much-storied annual Calaveras County Frog-Jumping Contest, inspired by Mark Twain's humorous short story, received good news yesterday when a careful review of the California Fish and Game Code revealed that "frogs to be used in frog-jumping contests" are exempted from general wildlife rules. The problem facing the contest was that most of the frogs used in the contest today are in fact...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2003/0207
View Resource The Proposed International Criminal Court

This week's In the News concerns the UN Conference, July 26-August 13, focussing on the proposed International Criminal Court. Once established, the International Criminal Court will have a permanent status and global jurisdiction. It will be the first court of its kind empowered to investigate and charge individuals, rather than countries, who commit the most serious of crimes against the...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/ss/1999/0727
View Resource Security Council Addresses AIDS in Africa

On Monday, Vice President Al Gore opened the first UN Security Council of the new century with the announcement of US intentions to focus the council's agenda for the next week on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Part of a larger focus on Africa in general for the month-long tenure of the US chairship, this announcement marks the first time the Security Council has taken up a major world health...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/ss/2000/0111
View Resource Peace Process in Northern Ireland Threatens to Unravel

Recent events in Northern Ireland suggest that the peace process established by the ratification of the Good Friday agreement in 1998 could soon collapse. In response to the passing of a deadline for IRA disarmament at the end of last month, David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), has signed an undated resignation that he is ready to tender this week. Meanwhile, the British...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/ss/2000/0208
View Resource Mitrovica: Kosovo's Latest Wrinkle

Yesterday, UN forces in Kosovo (KFOR) fired tear gas into a crowd of tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians who were attempting to march across a bridge in Mitrovica that separates the Serb and Albanian populations of this once-integrated city. The marching Albanians want to return to their neighborhoods on the Northern side, but KFOR currently is seeking to keep the two groups apart to avoid more...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/ss/2000/0222
View Resource Mozambique: Coping with the Aftermath

In the wake of three weeks of flooding that claimed thousands of lives and were the worst in living memory, the people of Mozambique and relief workers are struggling to prevent the aftermath of this natural disaster from being even more devastating than the waters themselves. With almost all of the people who had been stranded in trees and on rooftops by the torrential floodwaters rescued, the...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/ss/2000/0307
View Resource Taiwan Takes Another Step Towards Independence?

On Saturday, the Republic of China elected Chen Shui-bian (pronounced chen shway-bien) as president. The leader of the opposition's Democratic Progressive Party, Chen had called for Taiwan's independence from China, which had responded to such rhetoric with threats of invasion were Chen to be elected. Thus far, no invasion is imminent, but an olive branch from Chen in the form of a request for...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/ss/2000/0321
View Resource Census Resistance?

Saturday April 1 was Census Day, the official deadline for returning one's US Census questionnaire. Given the fact that only about half of the forms have been returned, one may wish to reflect on the irony of the government choosing April Fool's Day as the Census deadline. As a matter of fact, surveys sponsored by the Census Bureau as well as informal assessments of talk-show call-ins, complaints...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/ss/2000/0404
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