Bush Library Questioned by SMU Professors

MR has sent out a post by MLDB at Daily Kos that provides a link to "The George W. Bush Library:Asset or Albatross for SMU?"

Professors William K. McElvaney and Suzanne Johnson write in the United Methodist NeXus:

What does it mean ethically for SMU to say a war violating international law makes no difference? That a pre-emptive war based on false premises, misleading the American public, and destined to cost more American lives in Iraq than the 9-11 terrorist attack, makes no difference? That the death of thousands of innocent Iraqis by our "shock and awe" bombing in the name of democracy, verified by international organizations and Iraqi doctors, is of no consequence?

These realities are not about partisan politics. Rather we are concerned with deep ethical issues that transcend politics. Do we want SMU to benefit financially from a legacy of massive violence, destruction and death brought about by the Bush presidency in dismissal of broad international opinion?

Librarians have been used as cover by the Bushes and some have protested.

Mrs. Bush has had grants named for her that existed before her husband became president. Some librarians have noted this. Some of us have been so angry at being used by the Bush family that we have made personal protests.


Library funds ruling overturned

Todd writes "West Virginia state supreme court rules library levy money taken from school funds unconstitutional."


Published by Random House,The Iraq Report Will be Out on December 6

The Washington Post reports that the Iraq Study Group's report on the war there will be released next week, to be published by Random House, as was the 9/11 Commission Report. It will also will be posted Wednesday on the Web sites of the U.S. Institute of Peace and the James Baker Institute.


House Bill Could Force Presidential Library Donors Into Daylight

Anonymous Patron writes: From"The Hill, details on a bill (HR 4682) that House Democrats might pass that would prohibit privately funded travel and lengthen a lobbying ban from one to two years for top staff and former members. Less well-known is the provision requiring the organization that raises money for a presidential library to disclose donors to Congress four times a year.

Bush already has grand plans for his library. The fundraising goal is $500 million for the facility, and, reportedly, a new think tank that has been likened to the Hoover Institution, a conservative policy center in Palo Alto, Calif.

By comparison, President Clinton's library in Arkansas cost $165 million.

Federal Case Could Redefine What is Child Porn

Search Engines WEB reports an article from CNET news "he ran a business called Beautiful Super Models that charged $175 for portraits of aspiring models under 18 years old. Prosecutors acknowledge there's no evidence he has ever taken a single photograph of an'unclothed minor...his models struck poses that were illegally provocative. "The images charged are not legitimate child modeling, but rather lascivious poses one would expect to see in an adult magazine"

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

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."


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