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by Zlatko Waterman
December 2nd, 2007, 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Guess who's birthday? - Nov 29th
Replies: 9
Views: 764

Happy birthday, you genuine artist , poet and musician, you . . .

You, you, you . . .

and there are more selves in there-- I know it.

--Z
by Zlatko Waterman
December 1st, 2007, 1:50 pm
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR PROFIT
Replies: 15
Views: 1822

Dear ST and all: I admit to being guilty of nostalgia. You call yourself an old man routinely, ST, but I am old also. I have a savor in me, which hasn't vanished, of my adventures in the stacks of the old Chico State College library in 1964 ( when I was 19). I was in love. With books, and even more,...
by Zlatko Waterman
November 30th, 2007, 3:39 pm
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR PROFIT
Replies: 15
Views: 1822

You're not off topic, ST. The Panglossian logic of e-dog is, however. Oregon has had trouble with funding public institutions and programs since I was born and grew up there in the forties and fifties. It has also resisted a sales tax and registered vehicles for very low rates ( compare California, ...
by Zlatko Waterman
November 30th, 2007, 1:13 pm
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR PROFIT
Replies: 15
Views: 1822

Call me a utopian leftist, and dismiss me as such if you please, but as ST affirms, the homeless know what libraries are for-- the full range of their possibilites. It's hard to conceive of being in a condition where what is free is essential. I am relatively safe financially now, but I have been ( ...
by Zlatko Waterman
November 29th, 2007, 6:49 pm
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR PROFIT
Replies: 15
Views: 1822

Postal workers are better armed than librarians, I suppose. But not as well armed as Blackwater. Two things: One, the USPS has gotten more expensive and shabbier with semi-privatization. The mail carriers rip and tear my mail every day, and deliver pieces of mail ( like magazines I subscribe to) rip...
by Zlatko Waterman
November 29th, 2007, 4:58 pm
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR PROFIT
Replies: 15
Views: 1822

Dear Doreen: I've bookmarked and linked the breakdown in funds supplied by Federal agencies and state agencies for the state of Virginia ( which I think is your state?) (here) http://www.ala.org/template.cfm?section=libraryfunding&template=/cfapps/pio/state.cfm&state=va But please try to investigate...
by Zlatko Waterman
November 29th, 2007, 11:33 am
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR PROFIT
Replies: 15
Views: 1822

PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR PROFIT

My wife is a librarian and keeps me well-informed on ALA issues.

Along with the disappearance of some libraries, the neglect of others, this article describes another trend. What do you think?


( article here):


http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112907P.shtml



--Z
by Zlatko Waterman
November 29th, 2007, 10:35 am
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: HERE COME THE THOUGHT POLICE (McCarthy Redux)
Replies: 24
Views: 1666

My favorite government name along these lines, e-dog was: TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS which was piloted by John ( "Mistakes were made") Poindexter until DARPA ( another fine coinage-- sounds like a boy-loving Allen Ginz organization . . . or at least a Buddhist metaphysical descriptor . . .) purport...
by Zlatko Waterman
November 27th, 2007, 10:18 am
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: HERE COME THE THOUGHT POLICE (McCarthy Redux)
Replies: 24
Views: 1666

bonhonato and Hester: Thanks for reading this rather frightening article. Yes, it's HUAC all over again, but only in a finally visible form. The snooping, wire-tapping and other horrors-- all in the digital realm, will simply become blood-sport on tv eventually, if that. I'm reading Arthur Schlesing...
by Zlatko Waterman
November 26th, 2007, 1:32 pm
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: HERE COME THE THOUGHT POLICE (McCarthy Redux)
Replies: 24
Views: 1666

Certainly you and I should apply for seats on the "Center of Excellence" . . .

Why, I can smell a subversive thought a mile off . . .


--NCM
by Zlatko Waterman
November 26th, 2007, 11:39 am
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: HERE COME THE THOUGHT POLICE (McCarthy Redux)
Replies: 24
Views: 1666

HERE COME THE THOUGHT POLICE (McCarthy Redux)

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" ( Monty Python)

Read Below:

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/19/5320/
by Zlatko Waterman
November 26th, 2007, 10:59 am
Forum: Norman Mallory
Topic: WAR WITH IRAN-- the consequences
Replies: 7
Views: 1653

I don't do it either, ST.

Chris Hedges is a daring and highly intelligent writer, but I want the last few years I have on this planet to myself.

--Z
by Zlatko Waterman
November 25th, 2007, 2:53 pm
Forum: Norman Mallory
Topic: WAR WITH IRAN-- the consequences
Replies: 7
Views: 1653

WAR WITH IRAN-- the consequences

Chris Hedges, a reporter with thirty years' experience in the hot war zones of the Middle East and elsewhere, and the author of books on the human ( and personal) lust for war in the recent past, writes of the consequences of a U.S. attack on Iran-- cogently and expertly: First, here is his brief su...
by Zlatko Waterman
November 23rd, 2007, 3:13 pm
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: U.S. WAR RESISTERS IN CANADA
Replies: 38
Views: 3608

Ladies and gentlemen-- good digital friends: I'm reading Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.'s JOURNAL 1952-2000. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_M._Schlesinger,_Jr. Schlesinger, in his long, liberal life, saw a good deal of the 20th century. His well-composed and thoughtful journals show his fears about th...
by Zlatko Waterman
November 22nd, 2007, 4:25 pm
Forum: Culture, Politics, Philosophy
Topic: EX-IRAQ COMMANDER SAYS NO TO WAR
Replies: 1
Views: 249

EX-IRAQ COMMANDER SAYS NO TO WAR

The opinion of a guy who was there and was in charge:



http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 636S01.DTL



--Z

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