Monday, March 31, 2014

Texas Abortion Law Affirmed

The latest ruling on abortion restrictions in Texas on March 27 affirmed the hospital admitting privileges provision for abortion providers, citing that "90% of women in Texas would still be able to find an abortion provider within 100 miles of home" although residents of less-populated areas of Texas may need to go farther for abortion services as a result of House Bill 2 signed into law in July 2013 ("Texas Abortion Limits Law Upheld by Appeals Court," Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2014).

Review selected hard copy and online library books and videos related to abortion, pro-life movement, contraception, and reproductive rights at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • abortion
  • contraception
  • pro-choice movement
  • pro-life movement
  • reproductive rights

"Moyers and Company: What's Fueling the Modern Abortion Debate?" from the Films on Demand video database - Films Media Group, 2013.
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"In this edition of Moyers and Company, Bill discusses the changing face of the reproductive rights movement and those it serves—as well as the success of social conservatives on the abortion front—with Jessica Gonz├ílez-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Lynn Paltrow, founder and executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women." - producer summary excerpt

Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement by Sarah Erdreich - Seven Stories Press, 2013.
call number: on order
"Journalist and women's health advocate Erdreich delivers a passionate study of the past, current, and future state of the pro-choice movement in America. . . This is a thoughtful and comprehensive treatment of one side of an emotionally charged topic." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Rickie Solinger - Oxford, 2013.
call number: 363.96 Sol
"Includes a concise, unbiased explanation of the historical (e.g., while before the mid-19th century, a woman could legally ask a physician or midwife to terminate her pregnancy, by 1910 almost every state had criminalized abortion), political, legislative, and judicial elements surrounding the issue. . . Researchers interested in the full context of abortion rights and other reproductive issues will appreciate this helpful guide." - Library Journal review excerpt

The Street Politics of Abortion: Speech, Violence, and America's Culture Wars by Joshua C. Wilson - Stanford Law Books, 2013.
call number: 363.46 Wil
"Wilson (political science, Univ. of Denver) chronicles the evolution of the anti-abortion movement from grassroots clinic protests to its present form as a highly organized and politically powerful collection of institutions. . . This is a thoughtful and well-documented history of the anti-abortion movement, not an analysis of the right or wrong of abortion." - Library Journal review excerpt

Friday, February 28, 2014

Prescription Drug Addiction and Its Consequences

When public figures such as Academy Award winner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, die from a drug overdose, the issue of addiction gets press coverage ("The Rise of Drug Overdoses in the US," BBC News, February 7, 2014). The latest reports on his death published at the end of February, show that he died from a combination of heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines ("Philip Seymour Hoffman Died of Accidental Drug Overdose: Coroner," Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2014). However, the first article mentions that "in 2010, prescription drugs killed more than 22,100 people in the US, more than twice as many as cocaine and heroin combined."

Review selected hard copy and online library books and videos related to substance abuse, addiction, and drug use at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • addicts
  • drug abuse
  • drug control
  • substance abuse
Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
call number: 362.29 She
"Sheff makes his case methodically and convincingly, finishing with a stark look at the failure of the War on Drugs-and a comparison to the far more effective wars on cancer and AIDS, fought with the weaponry of 'education and prevention, changing public policy, and improving treatment,' rather than 'interdiction, arrest, prosecution, and eradication.'" - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There: A Memoir by Tom Sizemore with Anna David - Atria Books, 2013.
call number: B Sizemo (biography)
"Some Miracle I Made It Out of There is a harrowing journey into the heart of addiction, told in riveting and often shocking detail-a terrifying cautionary tale for anyone who's peered over the abyss of drug abuse." - publisher summary excerpt

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on prescription drug abuse.
"America's Secret Epidemic" from the Films on Demand video database - CNBC, 2011.
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"Nearly 48 million Americans abuse prescription drugs. It is the second most abused drug behind marijuana. It is estimated nearly 26,000 people die a year. Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske makes prescription drug abuse a top priority." - video clip summary


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cyber Theft Compromises Target Security, Causing Financial Problems for Millions of Shoppers

Cyber thieves took vendor credentials to create the Target security breach affecting some 40 million credit and debit card numbers in late 2013 ("Target Says Criminals Attacked with Stolen Vendor Credentials," Reuters, January 29, 2014). A Target representative did not provide further details on the theft. Meanwhile, government officials in Washington renewed discussion on creating a standard for reporting such security incursions to the public in light of this major hit to the third largest retailer's customers.

Review selected hard copy and online library books and videos related to computer security/crime at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • computer crimes
  • computer security
  • cyberspace security
  • cyberterrorism
"More Retailers Targeted in Cyber Attacks" from the NBC Learn Higher Ed video database - NBC Universal Media, LLC, 18 January 2014.
Note: Login with your My LoneStar login or Lone Star College ID/library card barcode number to view the video off campus. "The virus used to steal financial and personal data from an estimated 110 million Target shoppers is infecting other retailers. Upscale Neiman Marcus says a security breach in their system went undetected for nearly six months, according to the New York Times. And now a cyber-security company IntelCrawler says at least six other retailers are under active attack by hackers." - video clip summary

Cyber Warfare: How Conflicts in Cyberspace Are Challenging America and Changing the World by Paul Rosenzweig - Praeger, 2013.
call number: 355.4 Ros
"An up-to-date, accessible guide to the growing threats in cyberspace that affects everyone from private individuals to businesses to national governments."  - publisher summary


50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age by Steve Weisman - FT Press, 2013.
call number: 332.024 Wei
"Discover why ID theft is more dangerous than ever, and discover today's most dangerous new threats -- including attacks targeting medical records, personal finance and online banking sites, the elderly, and military service members. Meet the hackers and organized crime groups who want to steal your identity and money -- and learn how to protect your data and your life! Step by step, Weisman shows how to avoid risks, minimize risks you can't completely avoid, and immediately take the right steps if you're ever victimized." - publisher summary excerpt

Computer Security Literacy [Electronic Resource]: Staying Safe in a Digital World by Douglas Jacobson and Joseph Idziorek  - CRC Press, 2013.
call number: EBSCO eBook
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"(This book) helps you better understand the practical aspects of computer security. The authors cover such popular security topics as social networking, social engineering (phishing), and online shopping. They also address situation awareness, including the security risks of using wireless Internet at a university and the risks of using a public computer." - publisher summary excerpt