Smoking Bans: It's Gone Too Far, It's All My Fault

Joe Hodnicki writes "This is a law firm librarian confession. Sometimes our work has significant impact far beyond the the immediate request of a client. Here's an example from a research assignment I performed over 20 years ago. See Smoking Bans: It's Gone Too Far and It's All My Fault at The Law Librarian Blog"

Docuticker: Iraq - National Intelligence Esitimate

Bill Drew writes "Here is a link to the declassified summary of the classified National Intelligence Estimate for Iraq. I do not necessarily agree with its conclusions. This was just reported via Docuticker. National Intelligence Estimate — Prospects for Iraq’s Stability: A Challenging Road Ahead (PDF; 200 KB)Source: National Intelligence Board (via CNN)Summary (of classified document)“Iraqi society’s growing polarization, the persistent weakness of the security forces and the state in general, and all sides’ ready recourse to violence are collectively driving an increase in communal and insurgent violence and political extremism. Unless efforts to reverse these conditions show measurable progress during the term of this Estimate, the coming 12 to 18 months, we assess that the overall security situation will continue to deteriorate at rates comparable to the latter part of 2006. If strengthened Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), more loyal to the government and supported by Coalition forces, are able to reduce levels of violence and establish more effective security for Iraq’s population, Iraqi leaders could have an opportunity to begin the process of political compromise necessary for longer term stability, political progress, and economic recovery.â€"


Amnesty: Cuban harassment of libraries continues

Steve Marquardt writes "A Press release on the severe restrictions on freedom of expression and association affect thousands of people across Cuba.

In Cuba, all print and broadcast media are under state control. Also, access to the internet is severely limited outside governmental offices and educational institutions....

During 2006, there was a rise in the harassment and intimidation of independent journalists and librarians....

Prisoner of conscience, Julio Cesar Lopez Rodriguez, Vice President of the Frente Linea Dura and Director of an independent library, was arrested on 22 July 2005, whilst he tried to participate in a peaceful demonstration in front of the French Embassy. He has been campaigning for many years for political reform and the defence of human rights, and kept anti-totalitarian books in his library. He has been held without charge or trial...."


FBI: Massive Archived Database of Surfing Habits

Search Engines WEB pointed the way to a Declan McCullagh Article that reports The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed.

Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords.

Keep in mind, Declan McCullagh wrote this.

Government Sale of Kaczynski Papers

everhoef writes "Monday's NYTimes reported: "Nine years after he began serving a life sentence for the Unabomber crimes, Theodore J. Kaczynski is fighting to reclaim more than 40,000 pages of his writings and correspondence so he can preserve them in their rawest form for the public to read....The government wants to auction sanitized versions of the materials on the Internet to raise money for four of Mr. Kaczynski's victims."

Pelosi's First 100 Hours Legislation

Joe Hodnicki writes "Links to the text and summaries of the bills that passed the House and bill status so one can monitor Senate action are provided on Law Librarian Blog at lawprofessors.typepad.com"

Needed Reforms for Presidential Libraries

rteeter writes "In a New York Times OpEd, professor Benjamin Hufbauer suggests six necessary reforms in the system of presidential libraries. Archives of Spin."

The Public Understanding of Science....

Turner writes "Technology taking on superstition...this could be interesting. In the last few years, Americans have seen the harm that results when political decisions are made in the name of religion. Now, the non-believers are fighting back. A group calling itself "The Rational Response Squad," has launched The Blasphemy Challenge, a campaign to entice young people to publicly renounce belief in the God of Christianity. Participants who videotape their blasphemy and upload it to YouTube will receive a free DVD of The God Who Wasn't There, a number one bestselling independent documentary at Amazon.com. http://www.alternet.org/stories/46566/"


My Space to Offer Parental Notification Software

Turner writes "I wonder what the kids think about this ? Will they vote with their feet? Two story sources below. MySpace.com, News Corp.'s (NWSa.N: Quote, Profile , Research) popular online social network, plans to offer free parental notification software in a bid to appease government critics, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Parents will be able to use the software, named "Zephyr," to find out what name, age and location their children use to represent themselves on MySpace, the Journal said. It would not allow parents to read their children's e-mail or see their profile pages, and it would alert children that their information was being shared, the paper reported. http://plonc.blogspot.com/2007/01/myspace-to-offer -parental-notification.html http://dmwmedia.com/news/2007/01/17/wsj-myspace-to -offer-parental-notification-feature-on-kids-accou nts"

Like digital wildfire

Here's A Short Article from the Missoula Independent on that goofy blog thing that happened a couple weeks back. When Absarokee-based Episcopal priest Jane Ellen Schmoetzer recounted a conversation she had with a small-town librarian on her blog, janellen.blogspot.com, on Jan. 9, she had no idea the post would trigger a long-distance game of "Telephone" that would change the way she approaches her four-year-old blogging habit.

In her post, "Libraries are dangerous places," Schmoetzer recounts a conversation she had that morning with Larrie Hayden, director of Joliet's tiny public library. According to the post (since removed), Larrie told Schmoetzer that she had submitted a book request to a Billings library for copies of The Last Jihad and The Ezekial Option by novelist Joel C. Rosenberg, which she received along with a letter informing her that the order had earned her a spot on a government "watch list," and that she would have to "appear in person in Billings" before she would be able to order any more books.


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