Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flu Prevention Methods

Below is a transcript of a video by Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services and the Commissioner of Health for the State of Texas, talking about important flu prevention methods.

The video and transcript can be found here:

Dr. David Lakey
Flu Prevention Methods Video Transcript

April 29, 2009

Hello, my name is David Lakey and I'm the Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services and the Commissioner of Health for the State of Texas.

We wanted to share with you some basic principles you can utilize to protect your health. Obviously, there is a lot of concern out there related to what we hear in the media with this new swine flu, but we want to put that in perspective, and again give you some tools to use to protect your health.

Every year we have seasonal influenza. We’re used to that. We take our shots to help protect us, and seasonal influenza is dying out this part of the year. Unfortunately, there is this new strain, and our hope is like the seasonal influenza it will also go away, but we can’t count on that. So we need to do things to protect our health.

There are very simple tools you can use to protect your health. First, flu is spread when we cough on each other. When we cough on our hand and we touch our mouth and touch our eyes, we can spread the disease. So it’s very important right now that if you are coughing, to cover your mouth and cover your nose.

It’s also very important to wash your hands. We spread diseases by our hands. If you don’t wash your hands, you can pass on germs or pick up germs and then touch your eye or mouth and you can become infected.

It’s also very important that we stay home when we are sick. A lot of us go to work no matter what condition we're in. This is not the time to do that. If you're sick you need to stay home. It’s not time to go for your perfect attendance record at school. It's not time to worry about sick leave. If you are sick, you need to stay home. If you don’t, you could spread this to other individuals.

It’s also very important that you understand that throughout the state of Texas, we're taking some specific measures to prevent the spread of this disease into your community. In communities where we have identified swine flu, we're asking the communities to do specific steps. We're asking them – at certain times when they have the disease in their schools – to close their schools. We're asking them to implement their Pandemic Influenza Plan so we are ready, and the community is ready, for whatever comes their way. We're working with health care providers throughout the state so they know what they need to do in order to protect your health.

Again, I appreciate your time. Again, I advise you to do those basic precautions to protect your health, wash your hands, cover mouth when you cough, cover your sneeze, and if you are sick you need to stay home.

Thank you.


For more information on the H1N1 Flu refer to the Texas Department of State Health Services at

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At 5 minutes and 6 seconds after 4 am, on the 8th of July, of this year, the time and date will be:

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This will not happen again until the year 3009!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day

Mother's Day was established as a national observance in 1914, but it took a while to get a special day designated for dear ol' Dad.
In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge suggested that dads deserved a national holiday. It wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson set the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, in 1972, President Richard Nixon created Father's Day as a national observance.
Father's Day falls on June 21 this year. Read more about the history of Father's Day at, plus check out its section on famous TV dads.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Plain Talk About Flag Day

Flag Day is June 14, a date that honors the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress approved the design of the new nation's flag.

The "Today in History" page of the American Memory project of the Library of Congress offers Flag Day illustrations, links, facts and stories, including the following conversation overheard long ago and published in "American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940":
"Why ain't you got your flag out?" says Mr. Richmond, entering the gas
station in which he spends much of his time these days. "You know today is
flag day, don't you?"

"I guess the boss forgot to buy a flag,
George," says Mr. Davis, the
station attendant. "And even if we had one, we
ain't got no place to put it."

Mr. Richmond: "That's a fine state of
affairs, that is. Here they are
tryin' to bring home to you people the fact
that you're livin' in one of the few
countries where you can draw a free
breath and you don't even know it. You're
supposed to have flags out all
this week. Don't you know that? This is flag day
and this is flag week.
Where's your patriotism?"

Mr. Davis: "What the h*** are you hollerin'
about, George? You're always
runnin' the country down. They can't do
anything to suit you. You're worryin'
about taxes and future generations and
all like that. Where's your

Mr. Richmond: "Well, that's
different. A man got a right to criticize.
That's free speech. Don't mean I
ain't patriotic."

Learn more about Flag Day and many other aspects of Americana at
American Memory,

Illustration from the WPA Federal Art Project, 1939, from American Memory.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Search Engine Called Bing

Microsoft held a big party at Seattle's Space Needle (above) this week for the launch of its new search engine Bing, but only the number of users in upcoming weeks will dictate if Bing is a success.
Bing is a more beautiful search environment. Its home page features stunning photography. Its search result pages aren't nearly as cluttered as Google's.
Microsoft calls its new search engine a "decision engine" because people need to sift through so much information to make good decisions and Bing is designed to help.
We took Bing for a spin, with Google in the passenger seat. We searched on "UNT Dallas" on Bing and on Google.
The results were only slightly different.
Bing brought back more "how-to" results: A search result on how to log on to Blackboard Vista, a result on Eagle Connect mail, that sort of thing.
Interestingly, there was not one search result for Wikipedia on Bing's first page, while, per usual Wikipedia was one of Google's top finds.
Bing claims it returned 1,670,000 items on UNT Dallas, while Google said it hit 509,000. Not that it matters. Both search engines return 10 hits a page and most people don't bother to read through more than the first two pages of results, if that.
Give Bing a try and let us know what you think. It's at
Space Needle photo from the Bing launch party used with permission from via flickr.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

65th Anniversary of D-Day

June 6th marks the 65th anniversary of D-Day. On this day in 1944 166,000 Allied troops landed on a 50 mile stretch of beach in Normandy, France. Although 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, 100,000 troops were able to march across Europe to defeat Adolf Hitler.


General Dwight D. Eisenhower made a speech just before the invasion, below is this speech:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

-- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower


To start the invasion paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines to prepare for the beach assault. Of the men of the 101st Division who landed, only 1/6 arrived at their destination point. The 82nd also suffered great losses. Both Divisions reorganized themselves into improvised squads and successfully fought on.


A controversy arose at the official French D-Day commemoration when the Queen of England was not invited. The Queen of England is the only reigning monarch to have served in WWII. The French government acknowledged this, but stated that the Normandy invasion was "primarily a Franco-American" affair. The Royal Family will be represented by The Prince of Wales.


For further information:

The UNT Library system holds many resources regarding D-Day and related topics, examples include:

The bloody battle for Tilly : Normandy, 1944 / Ken Tout. D756.5.C15 T68 2000

The battle for Normandy [by] Eversley Belfield and H. Essame. 940.54 B411b

Anatomy of a battle [by] Kenneth Macksey. Illus. by Patrick Hargreaves. D756.5.N6 M23 1974

The Americans at Normandy : the summer of 1944-- the American war from the Normandy beaches to Falaise / John C. McManus. D761 .M328 2004

Please feel free to come by or contact us at the Dallas Campus Library and we will be happy to assist you with these or any other library materials.