Lessons of War

bq.Now, I’m not suggesting that it’s useless to learn about modern literature. War itself teaches enough practicality for a lifetime, and quickly. The speed with which Iraqi universities were up and running following the invasion is a testament to the desire people here have to distance themselves from war.

Documented FBI Sighting

bq.A couple of months ago, I was sitting in Lawson-McGhee’s new “Rothrock Café(Rothrock Café Opens)”:http://www.knoxlib.org/aboutkcpl/news/cafe.php chatting with a friend who works there. Midway into our conversation I noticed two dark-suited men in conversation near the circulation desk. They seemed out of place and were obviously discussing the library.

Thinking Back

“Two years ago(September 11, 2001 Archives)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2001/09/11/, I stayed up late night to watch the game on Monday Night Football. Before I went to bed, I posted a slate of entries so that the blog would be updated for the day. Later on in the day, I actually decided to post one more.

Technology and Seniors Take 2

“Today Maryam and I went house hunting and I was reminded just how much work we have to do at Microsoft. At one place a nice lady opened the door for us and said ‘show yourself around, we’re up playing on the computer upstairs.’ Eventually we got upstairs we overheard her and her husband, both in their 70s, trying to install a new printer on their older computer.

Second Superpower

When I skimmed James F. Moore’s essay about a new kind of government formed as a check on a power of the United States, my first thought was not Howard Rheingold’s Smart Mobs that I just finished reading. It was actually CyberNation from the Net Force series.

Iraq Body Miscount

I noticed a couple of sites has some sort of link to something called Iraq Body Count today. Out of curiosity, I went the site. Interesting methodology used: First of all, it has absolutely nothing to do with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Salient Quotes

“We infinitely desire peace, and the surest way of obtaining it is to show that we are not afraid of war.” – Theodore Roosevelt, speaking in San Francisco, California, May 13, 1903

“Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American.

Patriot Act and Patrons

Santa Cruz County library branches now post signs alerting patrons that federal agents can review their reading habits. In Santa Cruz , the library has begun posting signs warning patrons of the ramifications of the Patriot Act. The article also has some good information about Bernie Sander’s Freedom to Read Act .

Pinkos for Peace

I just saw a story about how some of the members of CODE PINK , including author Alice Walker , were just arrested while demonstrating in a restricted area outside the White House. Their name is said to be derived from the Homeland Security Advisory System .