The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Saturday, August 19, 2006
The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

The Library of Congress: Webcasts

Over 300 webcasts presented by the Library of Congress on a wide range of topics
such as religion, government, and education.


USA Patriot Act: Free, Searchable Version

Search and analyze the text from the USA Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56).
Passed after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks, the Act expands the
authority of U.S. law enforcement for the stated purpose of fighting terrorist
acts in the United States and abroad. This expanded legal authority is also used
to detect and prosecute other alleged potential crimes. Among its provisions,
the USA PATRIOT Act amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).


Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Every day we experience sound in our environment such as the television, radio,
washing machine, automobiles, buses, and trucks. But when an individual is
exposed to harmful sounds--sounds that are too loud or loud sounds over a long
time--sensitive structures of the inner ear can be damaged, causing
noise-induced hearing loss.

Related site: Headphones and Hearing Loss