May 2007

Filter foils senator’s porn demo

Filters Foil Frivolous Fear Mongering. Software has prevented Family First (Australian) senator Steve Fielding from showing Communications Minister Helen Coonan internet pornography on her Parliament House office computer. Senator Coonan initially agreed to allow Senator Fielding to show her offensive material that could be accessed from her office computer and asked him to carry out a similar demonstration at the National Library.

However, as the time drew near for the demonstrations, Senator Coonan said she had discovered that there was an internet filtering program on the computers in her office.

A border runs through it: Tiny town worries feds

Neat Story On the Haskell Library in Derby Line VT. Step through the front door of the Haskell Library and you’re in the United States.

Walk across the carpeted floor to the circulation desk and you’re in Canada. But if you sit down on the couch, you’re back in the U.S.

The 106-year-old Romanesque building, which straddles the international border, has enjoyed a kind of informal immunity from border restrictions through the years.

But a U.S. Border Patrol crackdown focusing on three unguarded streets linking Derby Line with Stanstead, Quebec, across the border, could soon change that.

“There’s been an increase in illegal activity, both north and south, in the last little while,” said Mark Henry, the operations officer for the Border Patrol’s Swanton sector, which runs across northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. “There have been some significant cases.”

Bookstore owner burns books in protest

GSO writes “Full story here. Wayne began burning his books in protest of what he sees as society’s diminishing support for the printed word.

“This is the funeral pyre for thought in America today,” Wayne told spectators outside his bookstore as he lit the first batch of books.

The fire blazed for about 50 minutes before the Kansas City Fire Department put it out because Wayne didn’t have a permit for burning.

Wayne said next time he will get a permit. He said he envisions monthly bonfires until his supply — estimated at 20,000 books — is exhausted.

Conference Of Chairmen Of National Libraries Coming To Turkey

Turkish Culture & Tourism Ministry organized a “Conference of Chairmen of National Libraries of Turkic Republics”, it was reported on Tuesday.
The conference is set to take place between June 4th and 8th in Ankara. Chairman of national libraries of 11 countries, namely Azerbaijan, Hakas Republic, Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Crimea, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Bashkordstan, Saha Republic, Tajikistan, Tatarstan, and Turkmenistan will attend the conference.

Potter upheld again — Mother loses latest attempt to remove books

After losing her latest battle to keep Harry Potter books out of the classroom, a Loganville mother on Tuesday said she may start a new case in federal court.
Laura Mallory, who has challenged the use of the books in schools since 2005, said she was not surprised by Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor’s decision to uphold the Gwinnett County Board of Education’s ruling.
“I’ve done the best I can by myself,” said Mallory, who argued her case without an attorney. “Perhaps we need a whole new case built from the ground up.”

Perv looks at child porn, not@your library.

mdoneil writes “Some disgusting piece of human flotsam was arrested for looking at child pornography at a public computer in a Houston community center.

This waste of cytoplasm is currently on probation for posession of child pornography.

He looks very happy in his booking photo.

Perhaps they might want to reconsider his probation since that seemed not to work in this case. If convicted of then new charge (not to mention found culpable of the VOP) this pervert should be put in the deepest darkest corner of the prison never to see the light of day again until his death. Only one group, the producers of child pornography deserve a more severe punishment.

I cannot express how much I hate these people, how much I want to beat them within an inch of their lives. These are the only people, those that prey on children, that could possibly change my stand on the death penalty.

Thank our lucky stars it was not in the library — for many reasons.”

“Burst” culture

madcow writes “Cory Doctorow’s wonderful BoingBoing has a link to Warren Ellis take on “Burst” culture, ie microchunks of culture, data, information, short attention span, what was I just typing? oh yeah. Bursts.

“* I love print. I love magazines that commit and pay for long articles and long fiction. The web rewards neither approach. It’s a packeted medium, a surf medium. Short bursts are the way to go. The web isn’t a replacement medium — it’s *another* medium. ”

Ellis’ take.

“* Bursts aren’t contentless, nor do they denote the end of Attention Span. If attention span was dead, JK Rowling wouldn’t be selling paperbacks thick enough to choke a pig, and Neal Stephenson wouldn’t be making a living off books the size of the first bedsit I lived in.””

Irish Classic Is Still a Hit (in Calfskin, Not Paper)

Somebody writes New York Times The Book of Kells, the splendidly illustrated Gospels in Latin written 1,200 years ago, is about to undergo laser analysis.
For a manuscript written 1,200 years ago and revered as a wonder of the Western world practically ever since, little is known about the Book of Kells and its splendidly illustrated Gospels in Latin. But the book may be about to surrender a few of its many secrets.”