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While we are off the topic of Greenpeace

As I survey my street every Thursday morning on recycle day, I notice my blue bin is consistently loaded with more stuff than my neighbors. In fact, I usually have an extra 3 or 4 paper sacks to offer the guys in the green truck. I am an "earth friendly" person.

I am also not an "eco-hypocrite".

A fellow LISNewzer recently posted a marginally library related piece about Uncle Sam legally "picking" on Greenpeace. The point here I suppose is that self-righteous street theater trumps federal law.

I particularly found "A conviction against Greenpeace for conspiring to monger sailors could cost the organization its tax-exempt status and expose it to further government inspection of finances and membership roles." interesting. Why? Because this would certainly hamstring Greenpeace's ability as a nonprofit 501 [c][3] to illegally funnel money to nonexempt 501[c][4] groups as Public Watch alleges in their letter to the IRS "Green-Peace, Dirty Money: Tax Violations in the World of Non-Profits,". (this letter is referenced in Beyond Simple Protest National Law Journal, October 27, 2003). Ironic that "Ashcroft Pursues Greenpeace" neglected to mention charges of Enronesque accounting practices or that this matter is also under investigation.

If anyone is curious to learn more about Greenpeace hypocrisy, I offer an article written by Andrew Kenny The Green Gestapo.

Just before the WSSD began, Greenpeace, the eco-fascist organisation whose flair for publicity is a match for Hitler in the 1930s, stole the headlines on the issue of energy. In South Africa, poor people use very dangerous and dirty energy, namely coal, wood and paraffin, which they burn in their houses and shacks. The toll of death and disease is appalling: more than 4,000 children a year die from paraffin poisoning; fires kill and mutilate thousands more; air pollution in households reduces life-expectancy by 15 years.

But just north of Cape Town is Koeberg nuclear power station, safe, economic, with no emissions and producing tiny amounts of stable waste which are easy to dispose of safely. In a brilliantly symbolic act, Greenpeace ignored the plight of the thousands of people dying from dirty energy and staged a showy demonstration at Koeberg, the source of the cleanest electricity in Africa.

Fang's Omission

My quote in context.

"Sex with a horse is not the same as naked pygmies. The former you would never find in a public library before 1993."

Anyone willing to discuss the veracity of this statement?

Egg Shortage in Manhattan?

The RNC on MTV? Good luck Mr.Gillespie. Just in case the studio windows can be opened, I suggest a plastic poncho at the ready.

For those unfamiliar with MTV's political endorsement policy, they prefer the subtlety of weaving political bias, liberal of course, within the context of a voter registration campaign. Back in 2000, "Rock the Vote" provided the perfect irony by assuring a Bush win by energizing a few of Nader's green anarchists.


No. No library discussion here. Just "sharing" thoughts about an upcoming race.


Udder Nonsense

Do not, may I repeat, do not read the following if you:

  • are an avid animal lover
  • only eat cheese pizza
  • are a literary critic
  • can't stomach sloppy eaters
  • would rather talk about that Patriot Act thing.

    Just a modest offer to introduce a little humor."Little" perhaps the operative word.

    FWIW I regularly scoop up little spiders and such around the house and free them in our backyard.
    (Probably only to be eaten by a bigger bug ; ) )

  • Peace in our time?

    ALA, like Neville Chamberlain, has embarked upon a policy of appeasement with Castro's Cuba. Placation with furrowed brow, rather than an unseemly resolution that would neatly tuck the organization in the same bed of George Bush and John Aschroft. ALA will pass on this ménage a trois.

    The Language Police

    The issue of censorship is a much like a rented mule, used and beaten six ways to Sunday. My contention has been that the "jack-ass" of soccer moms and deacon daddies is disingenuous and that "hidden" liberal censors are as much, if not more culpable.

    Diane Ravitch's, The Language Police (A. Knopf 2003, 0375414827) vindicates my position with a cogent and clearly documented history of her personal experience working with the bias review boards within American test and textbook publishers. The travesty of this "censorship" is its scope and impact upon our children as compared to the flavor of censorship ALA prefers to attack. The "censorship" Ravitch exposes is much more insidious, involving a captured audience of nearly all American school age children to be "educated" by social engineering review boards.

    Ne're a word from ALA.

    The Council on Interracial Books for Children, National Organization for Women, American Library Association, NAACP, and bias review boards for every major textbook and test publisher are all major players in "censoring" what our children read. For the edification of my "freedom of speech" colleagues this book is a must read. Anything less is willful ignorance.

    Some Language Police nuggets:


    * A passage on peanuts and George Washington Carver was pooh poohed because bias reviewers opposed the term "African slave". They also objected to the historically correct fact that Spanish and Portuguese explorers defeated "native tribes".

    *Bias reviewer rejected a passage about economic necessity of nineteenth century women who quilted for family income because portrayed women as "soft" and "submissive".

    * An inspiring piece about a blind man who climbed Mount McKinley was purged because it suggested that "sightless" people might be somehow disadvantaged in mountain climbing as compared to sighted folks.

    * The bias reviewers did like Aesop's The Fox and the Crow, just not the gender of the characters. They proposed making both characters the same sex or the fox female and the crow male.

    * A Native American animal fable edited by William J Bennett was tossed out because it told of animals "emerging from the darkness to find sunlight". Apparently bias reviewers felt some type of racial bias with this.

    * An eco-friendly story (or at least one would assume) about a rotting stump that provided shelter and food for animals was chopped because the writer made the mistake of comparing it to an apartment. Seems the bias review board felt this contained a negative stereotype of people who live in apartments.


    * In 2001 Houghton Mifflin added new criteria for their editors regarding African Americans. Stories about slavery, Underground Railroad, dialect, or depictions of athletes, musicians or entertainers should be avoided. Asians should not be portrayed as prodigies or valedictorians, Latinos not as migrant workers or illegal aliens and "disabled persons" not as pirates, witches or criminals (no more Captain Hook)

    * Barbara Cohen's Molly's Pilgrim, a story about a Russian Jewish immigrant girl's first Thanksgiving in America, was accepted by a textbook publisher. Unfortunately all mention of Jews, Sukkos, God and the Bible had been removed on behalf of atheists who would object.

    *Stephen Vincent Benet's The Devil and Daniel Webster was "edited" as well. For example, "Help me! For God's sake, help me!" was changed to "Help me! I beg of you, help me!" . Walter Van Tilburg Clark's The Ox-Bow Incident had one of it's lines "By the Lord God, men" changed to "By heaven, men". Again, the atheists.

    *Not only are McGraw-Hill illustrators required to maintain a 50-50 balance between sexes in their art, they are required to include captions when a women were not full participants. George Washington crossing the Delaware must include a caption pointing out women were excluded from important military roles until the late twentieth century. Some other guidelines forbid:

    • women wearing aprons
    • mothers shopping
    • fathers looking calm in trying circumstances
    • girls watching boys play ball
    • only girls playing with dolls
    • girls jumping from snakes
    • pioneer women doing domestic work
    • women as passengers on sailboats
    • women as nurses, teachers and yes librarians

    The list of "outlawed" words is lengthy. In fact it is a dictionary in and of itself. A sampling:

    • Able-bodied
    • Adam and Eve
    • America/Americans
    • Backward
    • Birth defect
    • Bookworm
    • Career woman
    • Clergyman
    • Costume
    • Cowboy
    • Courageous
    • Craftsman
    • Disabled
    • Downs Syndrome
    • Elderly
    • Eskimo
    • Fairy
    • Fat
    • Fisherman (sorry Hemingway)
    • Gay
    • Girl
    • God
    • He
    • Heroine
    • Idiot
    • Inconvenienced
    • Jungle
    • Kaffir
    • Lazy
    • Maid
    • Man
    • Maven
    • Middle East
    • Minority group
    • Mothering
    • Mysterious
    • Normal
    • Papoose
    • Polo
    • Regatta
    • Seaman
    • Senile
    • Snow Ball
    • Soda
    • Sophisticated
    • Stickball
    • Swarthy
    • Wife
    • Yacht


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