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Oh OH ...here it comes...

Bob Turner writes "Declan Mculagh sends this out to his Polytech mailing group...this video is a MUST see....Watch it and weep...bt Based on preliminary reports, this is what seems to have happened on Tuesday evening: Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a UCLA student, was quietly studying in the campus library around 11:30pm. Campus police asked him for his ID, a usual procedure. Mostafa didn't have it with him and walked toward the exit. While en route, one of the police officers laid a hand on Mostafa (which may well be simple battery) and he reacted by saying "Get off of me." That's when he was hit with a blast from a Taser, which can render someone unable to walk for 5 to 15 minutes. But the cops, through malice or ignorance, kept demanding that Mostafa immediately stand up and walk to the door. He was screaming at this point and said he could not, at which point they Tased him again and again. The cops also threatened to Taser bystanders as well if they persisted in asking for badge numbers. This, too, is on videotape and is in fact a crime. (Think that cop will go to jail? Right.) The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3CdNgoC0cE Articles on this incident: http://dailybruin.com/news/articles.asp?id=38958 http://dailybruin.com/news/articles.asp?id=38960 http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/californi a/la-me-cellcamera16nov16,1,2951795.story http://cbs2.com/local/local_story_319101652.html
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Authors Retract Libelous Allegations

An Anonymous Patron writes "The November 4-10, 2006 issue of The Economist has printed a full-page apology (p.47) by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, authors of "Forbidden Truth: U.S.-Taliban secret oil diplomacy and the failed hunt for Bin Laden", c2002. This title is held by over 900 U.S. libraries. The authors are retracting "...very serious and highly defamatory allegations about Sheikh Khalid Bin Mahfouz and Sheikh Abdulrahman Bin Mahfouz, alleging support for terrorism through their businesses, families and charities..." Brisard and Dasquie further state "...(W)e accept and acknowledge that all of those allegations about you and your families, businesses and charities are entirely and manifestly false." What are U.S. libraries doing with their copies of this title? Full text of apology at: voltairenet.org"

200 Years of KEYWORDS in Presidential Speeches

Search Engines WEB writes "How have Public Concerns been addressed by Presidents over the Past Two Centuries. Using the SLIDER on this site and going from January 1776 to Jan 2006 — compare the Changing Keywords from all the major Presidential Speeches — to see how emphasis, concerns and priorities have changed over the Years. http://chir.ag/phernalia/preztags/"

Calling all Librarians: mod the Hexayurt

Woody Evans writes "How do we make a hexayurt into a book that helps relief workers help those affected by disaster? This diaster-relief structure could be, like most books these days, physical/virtual/social all at once; the challenge is to make the hexayurt seep information on several levels (human-eye, RFID, and at great distances) at once. Read the call for design ideas and the rest of the entry here. Link to "informatics strategy" in the Hexayurt Design Wiki here. After ALA in New Orleans, it's clear librarians can apply info-management skills to disaster- relief efforts."

Tim Berners-Lee concerned about web's future

XeonesRiposte writes "According to the BBC, the man who "invented the Web" — Sir Tim Berners-Lee — says that he's worried about the way Internet technologies might be used to spread "misinformation and undemocratic forces" in the future. He's looking to launch a new trans-disciplinary research initiative looking at the both the social and technological aspects of the web. Sounds like a job for librarians.
For something beyond this brief article, check out Berners-Lee's appearance last year at the Oxford Internet Institute to learn more about his views."

U.S. intelligence Launches Intellipedia Wikipedia

Search-Engines writes "The office of U.S. intelligence czar John Negroponte announced Intellipedia, which allows intelligence analysts and other officials to collaboratively add and edit content on the government's classified Intelink Web much like its more famous namesake on the World Wide Web. A "top secret" Intellipedia system, currently available to the 16 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, has grown to more than 28,000 pages and 3,600 registered users since its introduction on April 17. Less restrictive versions exist for "secret" and "sensitive but unclassified" material. [ed.]I thought this comment was of interest -- "We're taking a risk," acknowledged Michael Wertheimer, the intelligence community's chief technical officer. "There's a risk it's going to show up in the media, that it'll be leaked."

http://today.reuters.com/misc/PrinterFriendlyPopup .aspx?type=technologyNews&storyID=2006-10-31T23394 7Z_01_N01237389_RTRUKOC_0_US-INTERNET-INTELLIGENCE .xml"

Politician in trouble over blog content

cathyp writes "Today's Globe and Mail has an article about an MP in Ontario who was suspended from the Conservative caucus due to confidentiality concerns and attacks on other politicians in blog. He's posted a response online.

Mr. Turner is scheduled to formally respond to his suspension at a press conference later Wednesday in Ottawa, but he posted a response on his blog ahead of the news conference.

"I work for the voters — the people, the taxpayers. After that I heed my party and the political establishment. All are important, of course, but the people come first," Mr. Turner wrote.

He adds that most of the people he talks to "want political leaders and MPs who look at every opinion, chew over ever idea, kick every notion, and then decide what's best."

The maverick MP has one of the most comprehensive websites of any MP. It includes daily blogs and podcasts, leading to Mr. Turner's reputation as being the only true "digital populist" in the Tory ranks.

His main page is currently working, but the link within to his blog isn't at the moment, most likely because of increased traffic to the site. His full response can be read if you scroll down the main page."

US Responds to LibraryConnection/Chase Demagoguery

Anonymous Patron writes "From U.S. Attorney's Office, New Haven to the Hartford Courant comes a response to "several press reports and editorials" in a
recent media blitz by Connecticut's Library Connection consortium."

Bush's "Reading First" Program Ignored Ethics

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "A scorching internal review of the Bush administration's READING FIRST program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money the way it wanted. The report in full is available in pdf: The Reading First Program's Grant Application Process. The Reading First Director [Chris Doherty] who made certain that the grant process was open to a very few made this statement:"Beat the [expletive deleted] out of them in a way that will stand up to any level of legal and [whole language] apologist scrutiny. Hit them over and over with definitive evidence that they are not SBRR, never have been and never will be. They are trying to crash our party and we need to beat the [expletive deleted] out of them in front of all the other would-be party crashers who are standing on the front lawn waiting to see how we welcome these dirtbags." — [p.24]. More details here."

Media ownership study ordered destroyed

A former lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission has said the agency ordered the destruction of a 2004 draft working paper that examined the effect of corporate group ownership on local television news coverage. Adam Candeub, who was an attorney-advisor in the FCC's Media Bureau before joining the Michigan State University law faculty, told AP that high-ranking FCC officials directed staff members to destroy "every last piece" of the draft and that the project "was just stopped" afterward. More.

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