Massachusetts cuts talking book libraries' funding

Rich writes "Monday's Boston Herald reports that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick wants to cut thousands of dollars from two talking book libraries.
The Governor is seeking to cut $100,000 from the $2.2 million funding at the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library and $18,000 from the
$390,000 program at the Worcester Talking Book Library. "Steven Rothstein, president of the Perkins School for the Blind, said less money means fewer books for fewer people. Thousands of people used the library each year, but he estimates 150,000 aren't being served."

"We understand that behind every dollar is a person and unfortunately we had to make cuts to serveral agencies," Roy said. "And we're glad this one wasn't as servere as it could have been."

"It's sad to see he has money to go out and lease a Cadillac and he decides to make a cut in books for the blind," said Bob Hachey, president of the Bay State Council for the Blind."

Book censorship in Egypt

JET writes "Censorship of literary works spreads in Europe : Book censorship is spreading in Egypt now that numerous self-appointed authorities have received the absolute right to ban, sue or destroy a book for so-called religious and security reasons.

Freedom of expression is a right granted by the Egyptian constitution and acknowledges 'freedom of literary, artistic and cultural invention'.

Wellesley archives "hid" Hillary's Thesis

Walter Skold writes ""How The Clintons Wrapped Up Hillary's Thesis":

Reading the excellent and fascinating article on Hillary's senior college thesis shows it to be a benign, typical senior thesis, no raving manifest to communize the world....Many of her critics, who rightly castigated a college archives for participating in the cover up, will not like the facts.

OpenCongress site launches

OpenCongress, launched yesterday, "brings together official government data with news and
blog coverage to give you the real story behind each bill."


OpenCongress is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the
Participatory Politics Foundation. It brings together on one site
congressional info from Thomas, news from Google News, blog posts from
Google Blog Search and Technorati, campaign contribution info from the
Center for Responsive Politics, and their own 'congressional gossip' blog.

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"


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