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As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes

There is an article in the New York Times called As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes When I was in China the air pollution was very noticeable. I was in Beijing in the winter and in the evening when everyone in the city started to fire up their coal burning stoves the air got noticeable thicker. During the day the air quality was bad but at night it got even worse. Here is a nasty detail but shows how bad the air was. After a day, the mucus in your nose would be black or at a minimum would have black particles that had been filtered out of the air. When we landed back in the United States the air in Los Angeles seemed like fresh clean air in comparison.
I don't know the best way for the U.S. to help China with their pollution problem but we should be trying something.

The Fortunes of Mitchell Kennerley, Bookman

The Fortunes of Mitchell Kennerley, Bookman

New York Times Review of book at:

Books on Fire

Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries throughout History

Book being released August 19, 2007

Colorado Regents Vote to Fire a Controversial Professor

After more than two years of public tumult, the University of Colorado Board of Regents voted Tuesday to fire a professor whose remarks about the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks led to a national debate on free speech. But it was the professor's problems with scholarship that the board cited as the cause for his termination.

The professor, Ward L. Churchill, was dismissed on the ground that he had committed academic misconduct by plagiarizing and falsifying parts of his scholarly research.Story continued here.

Car Keys Could Go the Way of Tail Fins

Story in the New York Times.

Book Covers and Book Design

The Illlustrated Librarian Temporary Tattoos

The Illlustrated Librarian Temporary Tattoos


What is originality? Undetected plagiarism. Dean William R. Inge, Harper Book of Quotations 1993


The Children's Blizzard

BOTD Wednesday

Contact -- Carl Sagan

Read an article in the New York Times from 1981 that was about Carl Sagan's first novel "Contact". In the article there is this line, "The movie rights to "Contact," scheduled for publication in the fall of next year, have been purchased by Polygram Pictures. Mr. Meredith said the movie was tentatively budgeted at $40 million and was scheduled for release at Christmas 1983."
The movie did come out, but not in 1983. The movie came out in 1997.

The Presidential $1 Coin Program

Information page at the US Mint website.

Stranger than Fiction

I saw the movie Stranger than Fiction this weekend and really enjoyed it. Ebert liked it and you may also.

Google Book Search

For links to two law review articles that discuss Google Books Search see:

Atlanta Nights

Atlanta Nights, Wikipedia created reading lists, and the Book Guys interview Mark Levine about POD publishing contracts. See:

Book Price Comparison Sites

Web Search: In reply to your e-mail

The article contains comments from several different people about different web services. Near the end of the article is this entry:

Finally, Betsy Sundquist says she has found a book price-search site that she likes better than BookFinder (, which I recommended: Fetch Book (

"It seems more user-friendly to me," she says, "and I think it searches more sites."
I do a lot of book buying and Fetchbook is also my preferred book comparison site.

Iraqi Lawmakers Say U.S. Study Ignored Them

DVD Tablet

DVD Tablet

Liberty Dollars

I saw a press release at the U.S. Mint website that I found interesting. Liberty Dollars Not Legal Tender, United States Mint Warns Consumers
The website for the Liberty Dollar is here.

Interesting book on Leadership

Came across this book and I found it very interesting. Never Rule Without a Magician, a Sage And a Fool

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